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  • Lawsuit Challenges Forced Payments for Tourism Bureaus

    07/19/2016 7:24:56 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/12/2016 | Derek Draplin
    A decades-old law paved the way for quasi-governmental bodies to tax private businesses and then use the money to entice tourists to the area. A business owner who objects to the practice has recently filed a lawsuit in the matter. “The Tourism mafia,” as George Galbraith calls the local tourism bureau, has cost him an estimated $5,000 a year in revenues. Galbraith owns The Landings on Indian River, which offers tourists cabin rentals and a marina in Indian River, Michigan, a small community in Cheboygan County. George Galbraith A 1980 law called the Community Convention or Tourism Marketing Act laid...
  • Inside the Legal Challenge to the FAA’s Drone Registry

    06/22/2016 6:44:34 AM PDT · by milton23 · 40 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 6/21/2016 | Jason Snead & John-Michael Seibler
    Last December, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rushed an arbitrary and ineffectual recreational drone-owners’ registry into effect, mere days before Christmas and just in time to criminalize the flying of toys by thousands of children and hobbyists. The agency has potentially roped those toys under its definition of “aircraft” for purposes of all aircraft regulation as well. Following this bureaucratic overreach, a hobby drone operator who happens to be a lawyer, John Taylor, filed suit in the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, challenging the registry.
  • BREAKING: Targeted Conservative, Steven Crowder Officially Files Legal Motion Against Facebook

    05/10/2016 8:25:47 AM PDT · by StevenCrowder · 55 replies
    Yesterday, I, Steven Crowder, told you that there was more to come. Well, it’s coming. And there is faaaaar more behind the scenes than can even be disclosed here. So please bookmark this site and check back, or join the mailing list here. As a matter of fact, this simple, legal petition for information was a long-time coming. Recent events have only required the timeline be sped up. Below is the official statement and motion filed by my legal representation. I encourage you to read it in its entirety so that you will understand, this is an issue regarding transparency...
  • Brokerage mistakenly transferred shares...legal recourse?

    04/19/2016 4:00:30 PM PDT · by Homer1 · 56 replies
    https://www.google.com ^ | 04/20/2016 | Vanity
    I have a brokerage account. A person with the same name as me passed away and the broker transferred all of my shares to his heirs. What legal actions can I take? What rights do I have? Anybody in the financial industry that can weigh in...it would be appreciated. Thanks
  • Donald Trump Calls Immigrant Supporter to the Stage in Bloomington

    03/13/2016 9:43:17 AM PDT · by hiho hiho · 32 replies
    YouTube ^ | 3/13/2016 | Donald Trump
    https://youtu.be/Lm6LGITkiz4
  • Donald Trump Turned Down 94.4% of American Job Applicants, Applied for 100s of 'H' Visas Instead

    02/25/2016 7:53:04 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 266 replies
    National Review ^ | 02.25.16 | Charles W. Cooke
    Donald J. Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach describes itself as "one of the most highly regarded private clubs in the world..." Since 2010, nearly 300 United States residents have applied or been referred for jobs as waiters, waitresses, cooks and housekeepers there. But according to federal records, only 17 have been hired. In all but a handful of cases, Mar-a-Lago sought to fill the jobs with hundreds of foreign guest workers from Romania and other countries.... So what's Trump's excuse? That's he's a businessman and that these are the realities on the ground? That, I'm afraid, won't wash. When...
  • With Shock, Lawyers React to Scalia's Death

    02/14/2016 1:14:02 AM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 8 replies
    National Law Journal ^ | February 13, 2016 | Katelyn Polantz,
    “Saddened beyond words." "A shock to the system." These were some of the reactions from lawyers on Saturday following the news of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's death. Some remembered his interactions with clerks and law students, others recalled his argument style and the impact he left from his originalist approach to the Constitution. The National Law Journal asked dozens of top appellate advocates and scholars to share their thoughts. Viet Dinh, Bancroft PLLC founder: “It is a shock to the system, literally, to lose his mind and voice. Folks may agree or disagree with particular decisions, but I...
  • State Dept. set to release some Clinton emails amid legal battle

    01/29/2016 10:21:39 AM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/29/16 | Sarah Westwood
    State Department officials are set to release a batch of Hillary Clinton´s private emails Friday amid a contentious court battle over whether the remainder of her records will see the light of day before the Democratic primary begins. Thanks to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by Jason Leopold, a reporter for Vice News, the State Department was required to complete the publication of roughly 30,000 Clinton emails by the end of January. A schedule laid out in May by Judge Rudolph Contreras of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia gave the agency eight months to...
  • Judge Nap: Cruz's American Citizenship Is Settled and Established

    01/11/2016 8:53:37 AM PST · by VinL · 296 replies
    Fox ^ | 1/11/15 | Staff
    Donald Trump continues to raise the issue of Sen.Ted Cruz's (R-Texas) American citizenship. In a Fox News Sunday interview (below), Trump argued that the Canadian-born senator must "get this problem solved" before potentially running against a Democrat in the fall and facing a lawsuit. "Does 'natural-born' mean born to the land, meaning born on the land? In that case, he's not. But nobody knows what it means because it hasn't been adjudicated and it hasn't gone to the Supreme Court," said Trump. On America's Newsroom this morning, Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano said that Cruz's American citizenship...
  • HIS Eye is on the sparrow His eyes are on your soul[charismatic Caucus]

    12/18/2015 7:08:38 AM PST · by Jedediah
    My eye is on the sparrow but do you not see? The coming catastrophe, For your sustainment does not come from man, But from My very hand, And so it is with your soul, That I created so only I know, What it takes for you to be sustained, It is found in My Blood, My Spirit, My very name, JESUS IS LORD must be your call, For Truly I AM your all, so come to your Creator for it is Me, I AM your Tree and River of Life come eat and drink and be set free, Free from...
  • Ted Cruz releases immigration plan: Suspend issuance of H-1B visas for six months,

    11/13/2015 7:24:51 PM PST · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | November 13, 2015 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    I can't possibly summarize the whole thing, as there's lots of detail. You should read it yourself, with the promise that you'll find plenty to like. Border wall? Check. Biometric screening system at points of entry? Check. An end to sanctuary cities? Checkity check. Criminalizing visa overstays? Yep, that too. Strengthening E-Verify? Oh yeah. Nary an enforcement mechanism is left unmentioned. But it's not the provisions on illegal immigration that people are buzzing about on social media. It's what Cruz has to say about legal immigration. Isn't he the guy who called for vastly expanding the cap on H-1B visas...
  • Welfare Use by Legal and Illegal Immigrant Households

    09/12/2015 9:59:19 PM PDT · by imardmd1 · 14 replies
    Center for Immigration Studies ^ | September 2015 | Steven A. Camarota
    An Analysis of Medicaid, cash, food, and housing programs This report is a companion to a recent report published by the Center for Immigration Studies looking at welfare use by all immigrant households, based on Census Bureau data. This report separates legal and illegal immigrant households and estimates welfare use using the same Census Bureau data as that study. This analysis shows that legal immigrant households make extensive use of most welfare programs, while illegal immigrant households primarily benefit from food programs and Medicaid through their U.S.-born children. Low levels of education — not legal status — is the main...
  • American Beverage Association Sues San Francisco Over Soda Health Warning Legislation

    07/27/2015 7:43:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Monday, Jul 27, 2015 | Tamara Palmer
    San Francisco's new legislation requiring sodas to carry health warning labels is being challenged in court by the American Beverage Association. The ABA, joined by the California State Outdoor Advertising Association and California Retailers Association, filed a lawsuit against the city on Friday, arguing that the legislation, which also would ban sugary-drink ads on city property, is a First Amendment violation, reported SFGate. According to Convenience Store and Fuel News, the lawsuit in part alleges that the ban, "discriminates against speech based on the identity of the speaker, in violation of the First Amendment, by expressly prohibiting speech that includes...
  • Who has the authority to stop Obama?

    06/06/2015 5:07:14 PM PDT · by elephantlips · 36 replies
    06/06/2015 | Warren Rue
    Who is in authority to arrest our president? (Not meant to be funny or cute) He has violated the constitution over and over again and I firmly believe he could step out onto Pennsylvania Avenue and gun down a random individual and no one but no one would do a thing about it. There must an authority to handle such things yet nothing happens. Where is our rule of law when it comes to the president?
  • On H1B Visas: Scott Walker Will Fight For American Workers, Senators Cruz and Rubio Not So Much.

    05/22/2015 5:42:50 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 57 replies
    Red State ^ | May 22, 2015 | Repair Man Jack
    Why Scott Walker FLip-Flopped. One of the few intelligent and worthwhile things that John Maynard Keynes contributed to society is the following quote “When my information changes, I alter my conclusions. What do you do, sir?” Governor Scott Walker’s information has recently changed. Remember that Governor Walker had the guts to back down the Progressive Establishment in The Democratic Party of Wisconsin. It thus comes as no surprise that he also has the guts to take on the increasingly progressive and less pro-American pro-immigration caucus in the GOP. Walker explains his qualms concerning this headlong rush to replace domestic American...
  • Immigrants applying to enter US legally facing longer waits

    05/18/2015 6:59:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | May 18, 2015 | William La Jeunesse
    As illegal immigrants continue to seek legal status under President Obama's executive actions, the waiting list to enter the United States legally grows longer, as does the waiting time for those in the pipeline. American born Jimmy Gugliotta, who currently lives in Santiago, Chile, with his Argentinian wife and their children, has been waiting more than a year and a half for visas to bring his family to the U.S. He doesn't understand why going through the process legally puts him behind people who sneak into the U.S. illegally. "It's really sad to see that we've been put in the...
  • Sued for Someone Else’s Products? Alabama Says No.

    05/18/2015 2:17:46 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 10 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 5-13-15 | Amy Kjose Anderson
    Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed into law legislation that would protect drug manufacturers from being sued for products created by their generic brand competitors. In January of 2013 and again last summer, the Alabama Supreme Court decided to allow an individual who used only the generic version of Reglan to sue the manufacturer of the brand name drug. Even though the brand manufacturer had no involvement in the production or sale of the generic drug, the company may be held liable for damages presumably caused by a third party competitor.
  • A Powdered Alcohol, Palcohol, Was Approved by the TTB On March 10 and Is Now Legal To Sell

    05/02/2015 4:25:56 PM PDT · by Stayfree · 88 replies
    company website ^ | May 2, 2015 | Self(vanity)
    I have found a company that is going to start making powdered alcohol this year. The product is called Palcohol and is probably going to outshine the marijuana industry even though it is going to have similar enemies as does the marijuana industry. Taken from the company's website, http://www.palcohol.com: "The TTB approved Palcohol on March 10, 2015 and It is now legal to be sold in the United States. We will be working on getting the production facility up and running. It will take a while but hopefully it will be available this summer. "
  • Is The Avenger's THOR an Illegal Alien?

    04/20/2015 12:23:13 PM PDT · by Talkwire · 41 replies
    Lipman & Wolf Attorneys at Law ^ | April 20, 2015 | Jakob S. Lipman
    In addition to being an alien extra-terrestrial, Thor is in the United States illegally, and is indeed an illegal alien. In the 2011 Marvel film, Thor arrived in New Mexico via the Bifröst rainbow bridge wormhole, circumventing well established border and immigration controls. He is entirely undocumented. Here are my thoughts on the matter as a veteran immigration attorney.
  • Ohio Senate Works to Rein in Closed-Door Deals with Private Attorneys

    03/24/2015 1:23:45 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 2 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 3-24-15 | Amy Kjose Anderson
    The Ohio Senate just passed legislation that would require oversight and fee limitations when the state Attorney General hires private attorneys on contingency fee. Where other government-hired servicers are required to submit public proposals and bid for contracts, attorneys have long been able to sidestep this transparency and strike deals out of the public eye. The Ohio legislation, similar to the ALEC Private Attorney Retention Sunshine Act, would put an end to this discrepancy. Since the tobacco litigation of the 1990’s, private attorneys have brought innovative litigation to Attorneys General offices seeking to bring their lawsuits with state authority and...
  • Mackinac Center Files Brief with U.S. Supreme Court to End Union Agency Fees

    03/13/2015 7:19:16 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Mackinac Center for Public Policy ^ | 3/13/2015 | Anne Schieber
    The Mackinac Center for Public Policy has submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in a case that could extend virtual “right-to-work” status to government employees in every state. Under such a ruling, those workers would no longer be required to pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment. The case is Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, brought by teachers in a forced unionism state who object to so-called “agency fees” that workers must pay to the union even if they elect not to be a “member.” First, however, the justices must decide whether to place...
  • LA to Pay $50K to Detained Photographers and Teach Deputies That Photography is Not a Crime

    03/07/2015 6:47:19 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 30 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | 03/07/15 | Michael Zhang
    Los Angeles has agreed to pay a $50,000 settlement to three photographers after they were detained by LA County Sheriffs while taking pictures in public places. As part of the settlement, the city will also teach its sheriff deputies that photography is not a crime.
  • Dealer: Mexican weed up in smoke

    02/11/2015 5:09:20 PM PST · by SpeakerToAnimals · 44 replies
    The Pueblo Chieftain ^ | 2-11-15 | peter strescino
    The market for Mexican marijuana has dried to a whiff and “everybody and his mother” is growing their own product, says a Puebloan who has been selling pot here for more than 20 years. - The current legal recreational market is fueled by people from out of state, Tracy said. Colorado users, weary of the high taxation on the product, have taken to growing, getting their “red card” for medicinal marijuana or even using Craigslist to score pot. - See more at: http://www.chieftain.com/news/3292183-120/marijuana-tracy-market-dealer#sthash.D9Z5fiLF.dpuf
  • Rick Santorum Goes After Legal Immigrants

    01/21/2015 4:57:52 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 42 replies
    Fox News Radio ^ | Alan Colmes
    Usually, when you accuse someone of being anti-immigrant, that person points out that he or she is anti-“illegal” immigrant. Rick Santrorum has an issue with workers who are not natives. (h/t Karoli at Crooks and Liars). Rick Santorum’s grandfather came to America in 1923 as an immigrant but that fact does not deter him from thinking that we have a big problem in this country that’s “almost as bad” as illegal immigration. Here’s some of what Santorum said: Let me ask you a question. Since 2000 there have been a little over six million net new jobs created. What percentage...
  • Ohio Leads the Way on Criminal Intent Reform

    12/31/2014 8:45:52 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/30/2014 | Anne Schieber
    Recently passed legislation will make Ohio become the first state in the country to require that a person’s state of mind be a key element of any criminal prosecution. It does this by making criminal intent a default requirement for prosecutions in any newly-enacted crimes, although legislators can dispense with the requirement in a particular proposal. More than simply establishing a default going forward, however, the legislation voids any law that does not require prosecutors to show criminal intent, and requires a review of current criminal offenses. Both chambers of the Ohio General Assembly passed the bill unanimously and the...
  • Bill Cosby 'is paying private investigators six-figure fees to dig up dirt on rape accusers'

    12/28/2014 8:43:54 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 94 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 28 December 2014 | By Ashley Collman for MailOnline
    Bill Cosby has refused to address the scores of rape allegations that have been hurled at him in recent months, but that doesn't mean he isn't working to clear his name. The comedian is allegedly paying private investigators six-figure fees to dig up dirt on the more than two dozen women who have come forward to accuse him of rape, according to a report in the New York Post. A source told the paper that Cosby has hired a Glendale, California, firm to discredit his many alleged victims' stories.
  • Portugal decriminalised drugs. Results? Use by teens doubled in a decade with nearly a fifth of 15

    10/31/2014 7:30:13 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 30, 2014 | Steve Doughty
    The nation held up by the Liberal Democrats yesterday as a shining example of how to win the war on drugs is far from the unqualified success story they make out. For the number of children using drugs in Portugal has more than doubled since the country’s laws were liberalised, the latest figures show. A decade after the law was relaxed, nearly a fifth of 15 and 16-year-olds use drugs – well over twice the number in the years before decriminalisation. The controversial Home Office report commissioned by the Liberal Democrats states: ‘It is clear that there has not been...
  • Excerpts from Judge Feldman's Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage

    09/04/2014 3:33:57 AM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 7 replies
    Catholic Analysis ^ | 4 September 2014 | Matthew Olson
    Here are six excerpts from Judge Martin L. C. Feldman's landmark ruling against same-sex civil marriage in Robicheaux, et al. v. Caldwell. "The Court first takes up the most hefty constitutional issue: Equal Protection. The Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution commands that no state shall 'deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.' ... 'The Equal Protection Clause...essentially directs that all persons similarly situated be treated alike.' [Stoneburner v. Sec'y of the Army] However, 'if a law neither burdens a fundamental right nor targets a suspect class,' the Supreme Court has held, 'the legislative classification...
  • Discarded Children Still Bring in Subsidy Checks for the Adoptive Parents Who Tossed Them Aside

    09/02/2014 12:03:54 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Tuesday, September 2, 2014 | Nick Nehamas
    Hundreds of adoptive parents in New York City who've sent their children to live elsewhere continue to get monthly government subsidies of up to $1,700 per child. They can continue receiving the checks until the child turns 21 years old.They gave up on their “hard-to-place" adopted kids — but not on the government check intended for the discarded kids’ care. Hundreds of adoptive parents across the five boroughs who've sent their children to live elsewhere are continuing to pull in monthly checks of up to $1,700 per child while the city, state and feds look the other way, the Daily...
  • 6 Surprising Realities of the Legal Weed Industry

    08/23/2014 10:28:08 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 97 replies
    Cracked.com ^ | 08/23/14
    #6. There's a Whole Industry Dedicated to Just Making Weed Pretty #5. The "Safe, All-Natural Drug" Could Actually Be Full of Serious Toxins #4. Weed Can Be Fairly Dangerous to Handle #3. Even Where It's Legal, It's Not Legal #2. The Legal Pot Industry Is Hurting the Environment #1. The Growers Don't Want It to Be Legal
  • Activist Admits She Doesn’t Want Abortions to be Rare: “We Want as Many Abortions as Needed”

    07/17/2014 7:32:59 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 29 replies
    Life News ^ | 7/17/2014 | Liberty Pike
    Safe. Legal. Rare. Three simple words. On their own, powerless. Devoid of any meaning but their individual Merriam-Webster definitions. But string them together and they become something else entirely.“Safe, legal and rare.” A phrase that has been used by abortion advocates since the 1990s. A phrase that admits there is something about abortion that demands its rarity. A phrase that, in its beginning, seeks to ominously remind us of the pre-Roe era, a time period during which abortion advocates claimed women died in droves from back-alley abortions. (The truth is much less macabre.)A phrase that today’s abortion advocates are tired...
  • Fed policy bans asking legal status of parents who claim illegal children

    07/09/2014 9:45:57 AM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7/9/14 | Stephen Dinan
    Nearly half of all illegal immigrant children don’t show up for their deportation hearings, federal officials testified to Congress on Wednesday, underscoring just how easy it is for those surging across the border right now to disappear into the shadows. The number could be even higher for the current surge of unaccompanied children flooding across the border, who are often released to illegal immigrant parents who have no incentive to bring their children to immigration courts. And federal authorities specifically refuse to ask the legal status of the parents or relatives who come to claim the children, officials acknowledged. “We...
  • How A Texas Border Republican Can Oppose Immigration Reform And Still Be Reelected

    07/02/2014 3:21:01 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 12 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 02/21/2014 | Eugene Mulero
    When several dozen protesters lined up outside the Corpus Christi office of Texas Rep. Blake Farenthold last year, holding a petition with about 10,000 signatures in favor of immigration reform, they hoped to win the Republican's support before the 2014 midterm elections. (SNIP) According to U.S. Census figures, the 2012 remapping of Texas increased the voting-age population for whites in the district by more than 100,000 voters, while reducing the number of Hispanics who could vote there by about that same number. Recent figures show the district currently has 243,991 white voters compared to 233,071 Hispanic voters. In 2010, Farenthold...
  • Wife of officer killed escorting Obama sues

    05/28/2014 3:23:00 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 5/27/14 | MATT SEDENSKY
    The widow of a Florida police officer killed while escorting President Barack Obama's motorcade has sued the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, saying it was negligent in her husband's death. Jupiter Police Officer Bruce St. Laurent died Sept. 9, 2012, after being struck by a pickup truck while he prepared to shut down a stretch of Interstate 95 ahead of the motorcade as Obama campaigned in Florida. His wife, Brenda St. Laurent, sued the sheriff's office for unspecified damages, claiming it "negligently allowed" the driver of the truck to enter the highway.
  • Pro basketball: Sterling responds to NBA

    05/28/2014 2:40:28 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    Donald Sterling is arguing that the NBA has no right to take the Los Angeles Clippers away from him in his response to the league, even as his estranged wife says he has authorized her to sell the franchise...
  • Cal graduate sues In-N-Out over spilled coffee

    05/23/2014 3:57:26 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 100 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 23, 2014 | by Peter Fimrite
    A UC Berkeley graduate who was severely burned after spilling hot coffee on her lap filed a lawsuit Thursday against In-N-Out Burger claiming employees in Oakland refused to call an ambulance. Hedy Chen claims employees at the drive-through restaurant ignored her screams and repeated requests to call 911. Instead, she was given a pack of ice, which can exacerbate scarring, according to the suit filed in Alameda County Superior Court. "What they were supposed to do was call 911 because the operators know that" ice is bad, said Kirk Boyd, her lawyer. "They said there is a policy of not...
  • Was it legal to record and release Sterling's racist rant?

    05/02/2014 5:11:50 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 26 replies
    CNN.com ^ | May 2, 2014 | Mariano Castillo
    (CNN) -- Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is banned from the NBA for life. Sterling has confirmed it is his voice expressing racist views on audio of a private conversation that was leaked to the media. Some who have followed Sterling over the years say he had shown this side before and the leaked audio led to public outcry too loud for the NBA commissioner to ignore.
  • Source: DEA, IRS, firefighters raiding four marijuana businesses tied to money laundering case

    04/30/2014 1:26:41 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    ABC News Denver ^ | April 30, 2014
    DENVER - Federal agents and local officers are raiding four marijuana businesses tied to an alleged international money-laundering scheme. U.S. marshals arrested a suspect, Gerardo Uribe, a 33-year-old Colombian. Uribe was the last of four suspects arrested under a federal indictment unsealed Monday. The indictment charged Gerardo Uribe and his younger brother, Luis Uribe, along with another Colombian, Hector Diaz, and Denver attorney David Furtado with money-laundering crimes related to the illegal cultivation and distribution of marijuana.
  • Is Weed Here To Stay? New Colorado Polls Rank the Dank Highly

    04/29/2014 3:56:09 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 39 replies
    The Free Patriot ^ | April 29 2014 | Benjamin Austin
    If Colorado is any indication, marijuana legalization might be a winning issue — but may pose a problem for Republicans. A new poll released by Quinnipiac University shows that adults there agree with the recent decision to make weed legal in that state. Colorado voters said that they support legalization by a margin of 54 to 43 percent. However, not every group is down with the doobie: 63 percent of Republicans disapprove of marijuana legalization, along with 62 percent of voters older than sixty five. If those trends hold true elsewhere in the country, it means that ending marijuana prohibition...
  • U.S. has not determined legal authority to delay Obamacare mandate

    04/08/2014 4:23:23 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    MSN ^ | 4/08/14 | David Morgan
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. administration has not determined whether it has legal authority to delay Obamacare's individual mandate, which requires most Americans to enroll in health insurance or pay a tax penalty, a senior Treasury official said on Tuesday. Mark Iwry, senior adviser to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, told U.S. lawmakers the administration sees no reason for delay given that the law allows for exemptions and provides financial assistance for those unable to afford health coverage on their own. He said the provision also underpins reforms that protect sick people from discriminatory market practices. "If we don't believe that...
  • Eric Holder refers Congress to Treasury for legal basis of Obamacare delays (Pelosi knew)

    04/08/2014 3:29:17 PM PDT · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/08/14 | Joel Gehrke
    Attorney General Eric Holder told a House panel that lawmakers interested in knowing the legal basis for President Obama's delay of the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate should look to the Treasury Department for answers. "The Treasury Department had looked at it and determined that there was a legal basis [for the mandate delay]," Holder told Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, during a House Judiciary Committee hearing. "I think I would refer you to that document," he also said when asked for Justice Department analysis. Holder said that the Justice Department generally does not disclose the legal analyses provided to the...
  • Prison Overcrowding Threatens Public Safety and State Budgets

    04/08/2014 2:44:09 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 4 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 4-8-14 | Audrey Williams
    How many people are actually locked up in the United States? Well, as it turns out, it’s hard to say. Inconsistent and fragmentary data has made piecing together the “whole pie” of U.S. federal, state, local and other types of confinement data difficult. Lucky for us, the Prison Policy Initiative has released a comprehensive graphic that aggregates the available information and helps to explain the complicated and expansive U.S. correctional system. From the collected data, the Initiative found that the incarceration system in this country “hold[s] more than 2.4 million people in 1,719 state prisons, 102 federal prisons, 2,259 juvenile...
  • Teachers who ‘had sex in class’ can’t be fired: court

    03/20/2014 10:17:40 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 33 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 20, 2014 | Julia Marsh and Georgett Roberts
    As long as the kids are away, teachers can play, a panel of judges said Thursday, ruling that educators shouldn’t be fired for having sex with one another — even in their classrooms. The Manhattan appellate judges said foreign-language teachers Alini Brito, 34, and Cindy Mauro, 38, were treated too harshly when they were dismissed for engaging in a topless classroom tryst inside Brooklyn’s James Madison HS in 2009.
  • Treasury didn't check for legal authority before delaying Obamacare mandate

    03/20/2014 6:07:30 PM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3/20/14 | Joel Gehrke
    Treasury Department officials didn't check to make sure they had the legal authority to delay an Obamacare mandate before issuing guidance that flouted the text of the law, a department official told House investigators. Treasury Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy Mark Mazur, who announced the employer mandate delay in a blog post, told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that he didn't remember anyone considering the legal basis for the delay. "Did anyone in the Department of the Treasury inquire into the legal authority for the delays?" Mazur was asked. "I don't recall anything along those lines, no," he...
  • Texas court rules that police may introduce illegally gathered evidence at trial

    03/15/2014 9:01:05 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 186 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/15/14 | Doug Book
    Texas prosecutors are applauding a decision by the State Court of Criminal Appeals which provides police officers a second chance to present evidence which has been gathered contrary to Texas law and the 4th Amendment. The ruling literally offers law enforcement a “do-over;” an opportunity to secure a search warrant AFTER a home has been illegally searched and AFTER evidence has been improperly obtained. In 2010, police in Parker County, Texas received a call from a confidential informant (CI) who claimed that Fred Wehrenberg and a number of associates “were fixin’” to cook meth. Hours after the call–at 12:30 A.M...
  • Jodi Arias Defense Attorneys Request Two Heavily-Covered Events Stay Out of the Courtroom

    02/24/2014 11:23:50 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 2 replies
    HEADLINES & GLOBAL NEWS ^ | Feb 21, 2014 02:46 PM EST | Maxine Wally
    "Jodi Arias' defense team is trying hard to keep two heavily-covered events out of the Maricopa County Superior Courtroom. Lawyers have filed two motions with the court as of Feb. 13, requesting Judge Sherry Stephens prevent the retrial jury from hearing about Jodi Arias' attempt to switch out her attorney and claims that Arias wanted to kill prosecutor Juan Martinez."
  • Harry Reid Calls For An End To Legal Prostitution In Nevada

    02/23/2014 12:24:33 PM PST · by Libloather · 100 replies
    Mint Press News ^ | 2/21/14 | Frederick Reese
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    02/06/2014 6:42:06 AM PST · by Shimmer1 · 57 replies
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    01/29/2014 10:58:41 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 18 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | January 28, 2014 | Brian Skoloff
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