April 7, 2013
Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) is calling her state’s new gun laws, including bans of some weapons and high-capacity magazines, a “great package of reforms” that are the “foundation of what we must have at national level.”
Speaking Friday evening on MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show,” Esty said it was heartening to see bipartisan support in a “big gun state.”
“I`ve been able to engage gun owners in my district [...]
Newtown parents, including Mark Barden, spoke at the state capitol building on Monday to call for a complete ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines
Lawmakers in the US state of Connecticut have agreed to a sweeping set of gun restrictions, including a ban on new high-capacity magazines.
The proposal requires background checks on all gun sales and expands the state’s assault weapons ban.
It comes as new federal gun measures appear to have [...]
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley will urge state lawmakers on Wednesday to pass legislation requiring residents to obtain a license before purchasing a handgun, but Second Amendment advocates hope to drown out his message.
Mr. O’Malley, a Democrat, will testify before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee in favor of his bill, which would also ban assault weapons, limit magazine capacities to 10 rounds and require prospective gun buyers to complete a safety course and pay a [...]
January 29, 2013
Drones are wildly popular on the battlefield. Now they can claim victory elsewhere. The use of drones within U.S. borders—in car chases, to monitor wildfires, or for simple surveillance—is uniting political parties and people more often at odds.
Their concern: the widespread use of drones among civilians represents a deep and dangerous intrusion into American life.
“What we used to know as privacy is finished,” said John Whitehead, a [...]
January 24, 2013
While a 15-year-old New Mexico boy faces charges of murdering five family members with his father’s gun, state lawmakers are weighing two measures that show just how divided the state is on firearms.
One measure would require background checks for all gun sales, while another would allow concealed weapons to be carried into bars and restaurants. And lawmakers on both sides of the issue say they will not be [...]
January 4, 2013
HK USP. Caliber 9 mm Parabellum (Photo by Miroslav Pragl, via Wikimedia Commons)
Lawmakers in Connecticut – still stunned from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting – are moving forward with legislation that could make public the names and addresses of 170,000 handgun permit holders in the state.
The measure, introduced by state Rep. Stephen Dargan, is the latest effort to clamp down on guns in Connecticut. If [...]
I heard Arizona is also considering it to in the wake of you-know-what.
Let Teachers Carry Guns? Some State Lawmakers Say Yes
By Mark Memmott
published on Wed December 19, 2012 12:52 pm
There are reports from a variety of states about local lawmakers who want to give teachers the right to bring guns to school. They’re making the case that school shootings such as the one Friday in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 [...]
Damon W. Root
December 17, 2012
In February 2007 a Florida lawyer named Richard T. Catalano was issued a $73.50 ticket for blasting the music of pop star Justin Timberlake out of his car in violation of a state law that made it illegal to “amplify the sound produced by a radio, tape player, or other mechanical soundmaking device or instrument from within the motor vehicle” so that the sound is “plainly [...]
Loud and rowdy supporters of Mitt Romney in Boston drowned out an attempt by President Obama campaign’s top strategist to attack the former Republican governor on his home turf.
In a morning news conference on the steps of the Massachusetts Statehouse,David Axelrod, one of Mr. Obama’s senior strategists, tried mostly in vain on Thursday to level Mr. Obama’s latest broadside on Mr. Romney’s record as governor of the state.
Instead, he was booed, heckled and chanted down by [...]
Fox News Latino
May 29, 2012
Arizona militias determined to keep watch on the U.S.-Mexican border say they’re done trying to get help from their state lawmakers — now they’ll take matters into their own hands, they vow.
The Arizona Daily Star reports the state’s border-militia groups are seeing members becoming more motivated after plans for a state-sanctioned citizens border organization were struck down in the Arizona Legislature.
“Some are explicitly white supremacists,” Pitcavage [...]
In the wake of a New York court ruling that says it’s not illegal to “merely” view online child pornography, child advocates are urging Internet-savvy federal prosecutors to take over these kinds of cases as two state lawmakers rush to fix the law.
It is “a singular outrage that the highest court in New York has decriminalized the act of viewing child pornography by computer,” Patrick Trueman, president and chief executive of Morality in Media, said [...]
By Chris Megerian and Anthony York, Los Angeles TimesMay 14, 2012, 1:43 p.m.
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday released his plan to contain California’s rapidly growing deficit by closing state offices one day a week, deepening healthcare cuts and implementing a variety of short-term fixes — all in the hope that voters give the state more breathing room by approving higher taxes in November.
Brown warned that the deficit could grow significantly if [...]
SEATTLE (Reuters) – President Barack Obama drew cheers and applause for his endorsement of same-sex marriage during a fundraising spree on Thursday that will culminate in a multimillion-dollar extravaganza at the home of Hollywood movie star George Clooney.
Obama’s campaign revved up supporters with teases about Clooney, encouraging fans to donate as little as $3 online for a chance to dine with the Oscar-winning actor and the president in Los Angeles.
From Boston Herald:
State lawmakers overturned a controversial ban on school bake sales this afternoon after a fierce public outcry over school nutrition guidelines that also prohibited pizza, white bread and 2 percent milk.
“That is the stupidest thing I’ve seen in my career,” state Rep. Cory Atkins (D-Concord), moments after the House unanimously voted to ease the statewide cupcake crackdown. “Talk about hitting the nerve of government reaching far into people’s [...]
DAVID KLEPPER, Associated Press
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Wary of tax increases, weary of layoffs and determined to avoid bankruptcy, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras had only to gaze up at his city’s Ivy League campus to see a way out of the morass.
On College Hill sits Brown University, with a $2.5 billion endowment and property worth an estimated $1 billion. Brown would pay the city $38 million in property taxes each [...]
Imagine the horror of having your home or business plundered by thieves. Not a good feeling, but even harder to fathom that the bad guys who did it could end up suing you in court.
State lawmakers say an existing legal loophole allows thieves to file civil lawsuits against home and business owners if they end up getting injured while intruding. But a bill working its way through the Alabama State [...]
Neil Carpenter took a pay cut when he accepted a job as a Louisiana state accountant more than 12 years ago, but he figured he would make up for the loss with a retirement check that would guarantee long-term financial security for him and his family.
Now the 41-year-old finds his life plan teetering as Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal seeks to restructure the pension system for rank-and-file workers, potentially requiring higher [...]
Authorities in Alabama have handed down a three day jail sentence to a man who fell foul of a judge for wearing so called saggy pants.
Failing to cut the grade with Circuit Judge John Bush, LaMarcus D Ramsey, 20, was sent to Autauga Metro Jail for three days for contempt of court.
In Autauga County Circuit Court on Tuesday to enter his plea on a charge of receiving stolen property, Ramsey [...]
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Capitol was part medical clinic, part reality TV show and all cultural battlefield on Wednesday, as an anti-abortion advocate secured a basement meeting room to conduct live ultrasound procedures on six women before a mostly female audience of 150.
Some were ejected from the room by Idaho State Police troopers after interrupting activist Brandi Swindell’s descriptions of the ultrasound images shown on three projector screens.
“Governor Chafee unveiled his long awaited plan to help bail out financially strapped cities and towns Thursday.
Central Falls is already bankrupt. Woonsocket, West Warwick, Pawtucket, and Providence are at the brink of bankruptcy.
Gov. Chafee Unveils Relief Plan For Cities and Towns
One of Governor Chafee’s seven bills lets cities and towns freeze retirees’ cost of living increases. Another allows the state’s “most distressed” communities to suspend teachers’ raises based on seniority [...]
Third female lawmaker introduces bill to limit men’s Viagra access By Liz Goodwin | The Lookout – 3 hrs ago
Democratic Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner is the third female lawmaker to introduce a bill that would limit men’s access to Viagra and other erectile dysfunction drugs to make a statement about the dozens of anti-abortion bills that have passed statehouses around the country over the last year.
Turner is opposed to [...]
Toy gun. (istockphoto)
DETROIT (WWJ) – State lawmakers are currently reviewing legislation that targets the use of certain toy guns. A planned proposal before the Senate would make it a crime to possess a toy gun that has its required markings removed or by having a real gun that is made up to look like a toy.
State Senate Republican Rick Jones said that this has become a major problem, especially within the gang community. [...]
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois already charges so-called sin taxes on smokes, booze and casino gambling. Now state lawmakers are thinking about imposing a $5 skin tax to get into strip clubs.
Club owners are in an uproar, arguing that the tax might put smaller strip joints out of business and throw dancers, bartenders, bouncers and valet attendants out of work. They worry that some customers already are fed up with admission fees, [...]
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state lawmakers voted to approve gay marriage Wednesday, setting the stage for the state to become the seventh in the nation to allow same-sex couples to wed.
The action comes a day after a federal appeals court declared California’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional, saying it was a violation of the civil rights of gay and lesbian couples.
The Washington House passed the bill on a 55-43 [...]
If anyone is tired of the daily European soap opera with surrealistic tragicomic overtones, they can simply shift their gaze to the 8th largest economy in the world: the insolvent state of California, whose controller just told legislators has just over a month worth of cash left. From the Sacramento Bee: “California will run out of cash by early March if the state does not take swift action to find [...]
Controller: State to run out of cash in March without action
California will run out of cash by early March if the state does not take swift action to find $3.3 billion through payment delays and borrowing, according to a letterstate Controller John Chiang sent to state lawmakers today.
The announcement is surprising since lawmakers previously believed the state had enough cash to last through the fiscal year that ends in June.
But Chiang said additional cash management [...]
January 18, 2012
Times are so tough in Illinois that the state and its largest city are having a difficult time burying its poor.
In Chicago, bodies are stacking up in the city morgue because the medical examiner’s office hasn’t paid for the burial boxes used for the dead who were indigent.
At the office of the Cook County Medical Examiner, the morgue’s cooler, built to hold 300 bodies, currently has [...]
1) U.S. debt is now equal to economy (USA Today)
“The soaring national debt has reached a symbolic tipping point: It’s now as big as the entire U.S. economy.
The amount of money the federal government owes to its creditors, combined with IOUs to government retirement and other programs, now tops $15.23 trillion.
That’s roughly equal to the value of all goods and services the U.S. economy produces in one year: $15.17 trillion as of [...]
(Sun Times) Illinois’ financially tanking prepaid college tuition program could require a $1.6 billion bailout from the state to remain solvent during the next 25 years, a new study shows.
If state lawmakers do nothing to prop up College Illinois!, the fund could be drained completely by 2022, financial consultant Gabriel Roeder Smith & Company reported in its analysis for the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.
The report, made public Monday, says if [...]
Tennessee: ATS Sues City Over Right Turn Ticket Money
Red light camera company sues a city because it is losing money without right on red citations.
Automated ticketing vendor American Traffic Solutions (ATS) filed suit Tuesday against Knoxville, Tennessee for its failure to issue tickets for turning right on a red light — and that is costing the company a lot of money. A state law took effect in July banning the [...]
Jefferson County, Alabama, declared the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, capping a more than three-year saga that turned it into one of the biggest casualties of Wall Street’s credit crisis.
The move yesterday by Alabama’s most-populous county came after state lawmakers failed to back a September agreement with creditors led by JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) that would have reduced its sewer-system debt of more than $3 billion. Governor [...]
A longstanding practice that allows public workers to simultaneously collect their pension and a state paycheck has caught the attention of state lawmakers and top UW-Madison officials.
This so-called practice of double-dipping by retired state workers who are hired back either to their exact position or another state post has come to attention recently, with news breaking this week that officials at UW-Green Bay had a contract ready to rehire Tom [...]
Gov. Pat Quinn today moved to lay off more than 1,900 state workers and close seven state facilities as part of a plan to cut the state budget.
The governor sought to blame state lawmakers for giving him a state budget that was $2.2 billion less than he wanted.
“Members of the General Assembly cannot run away from what they did in the spring,” Quinn said. “Some of them [...]