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  • Texas Range Protection Legislation on the House Floor Tuesday

    05/24/2011 5:27:30 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    ammoland.com ^ | 23 May, 2011 | Alice Tripp, TSRA
    Houston, Tx --(Ammoland.com)- SB 766 by Texas Senator Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) is being sponsored in the Texas House by State Rep. Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs). This necessary legislation is on the House calendar for Tuesday. Please send email and please call. Explanation: Public policy in the State of Texas allows law-abiding, eligible citizens to obtain a concealed handgun license to carry a handgun for self-defense. Currently there are over 400,000 Texans with a license. Included in the DPS training course is the requirement to demonstrate proficiency on a shooting range. Texas hunters also require access to close shooting ranges...
  • After divisive pastor starts (Minnesota) House session, speaker apologizes

    05/20/2011 8:01:05 PM PDT · by MplsSteve · 3 replies
    Minneapolis StarTribune (aka The Red Star) - Hot Dish Politics Blog ^ | 5/20/11 | Bob Von Sternberg - Staff Reporter
    As protesters chanted against an anti-gay marriage amendment outside the House chamber Friday morning, controversial pastor Bradlee Dean took to the House rostrum to give the prayer for the day. According to those present, Dean, who has suggested he approves of the death penalty for gay people on a radio show, was accusatory toward Democrats and insulting to people who do not believe in Jesus. "I know this is a non-denominational prayer in this Chamber and it’s not about the Baptists and it’s not about the Catholics alone or the Lutherans or the Wesleyans. Or the Presbyterians the evangelicals or...
  • Conceal-carry law, truth-in-sentencing on lawmakers’ wish lists(WI)

    05/01/2011 9:29:32 AM PDT · by marktwain · 24 replies
    wisconsinreporter.com ^ | 28 April, 2011 | Kevin Lee
    MADISON — The time for a concealed-carry law in Wisconsin may be at hand. Legislation that would allow individuals to carry concealed firearms will be introduced "in the next few weeks," according to state Sen. Van Wanggaard, R-Racine. The concealed-carry debate is one that Wisconsin lawmakers have held for a decade. But with support coming from the Republican-controlled Assembly and Senate and Republican Gov. Scott Walker, the issue will see renewed debate, according to Wanggaard. "You'll see it before summer, we're working on it now," said Wanggaard. "It's still a work-in-progress." And while lawmakers are on a crime-and-punishment roll, debate...
  • [AzCDL-list] Governor vetoes firearms bill

    04/30/2011 6:46:48 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies · 1+ views
    AZCDL list | 30 April, 2011 | AZCDL
    Late in the evening of Friday, April 29, 2011, Governor Brewer vetoed SB 1201, the AzCDL-requested bill that would have required state or local government offices wanting to ban firearms to provide security measures that ensure no one is capable of bringing in a firearm without detection. The Governor’s veto means that for at least another year, all a state or local government office needs to do to disarm the law-abiding is to put up a “No Firearms” sign. Meanwhile armed criminals can continue to enter these facilities undetected. We believe the governor’s recent vetoes of SB 1201 and SB...
  • URGENT – Suppressor bill, HB 174(MT)

    04/28/2011 9:01:08 PM PDT · by marktwain
    MSSA ^ | 28 April, 2011 | Gary Marbut
    MSSA’s bill to repeal the archaic firearm suppressor law criminalizing possession of a suppressor in the “field or forest,” HB 174, was sprung from the Senate Judiciary Committee today on a “blast” motion, a motion to override an adverse committee report. Senator Chas Vincent made and defended the motion (thanks Chas!!) All Democrats voted against the motion except for Senator Blewett (for), and all Republicans voted for the motion except for Senators Moore, Ripley and Tutvedt (they were against). The final vote was 26-24 – a squeaker. HB 174 will be up for Second Reading maybe this afternoon (Wednesday) at...
  • Past House GOP Tactic Proves Useless to Democrats

    04/25/2011 5:05:54 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    ABC News ^ | JIM ABRAMS Associated Press
    ....Now that Republicans are running the House, Democrats have tried to stymie the GOP agenda by relying on the tactic, known as the motion to recommit. But they've failed on every one of their 23 attempts this year. ...the maneuver is aimed at forcing members of the majority into an untenable choice between opposing their party's position or casting a vote that opponents could use against them in election campaigns. For a recommit motion to work, the minority party must pick off at least some members of the majority. Thus Democrats would need at least a few dozen of the...
  • Cap the Film Incentives and Kill the Film Industry in Michigan? Not Yet

    04/19/2011 1:57:21 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 12 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/18/2011 | Kathy Hoekstra
    In a March 29, 2009 Detroit Free Press column, film industry proponent and popular author Mitch Albom said that if legislators were to put a cap on the state’s refundable, unlimited film incentives, you might as well “kill” them altogether. He said that a cap “…effectively chases films away. No successful tax-incentive state has a cap like this, because no studio wants to be the last film in, then find out the money is gone. They can't plan that way. They just won't come.” Film industry supporters insisted in numerous media outlets that mere ‘talk’ of capping the film incentives...
  • Bills and Mack Author Bill to Allow More Self Defense Measures(MN)

    04/19/2011 4:41:22 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    applevalley.patch.com ^ | 18 April, 2011 | Allison Wickler
    While the Legislature has been going full speed working to draft and pass finance omnibus bills, legislators continue to introduce new bills about issues important to constituents. Reps. Kurt Bills (R-District 37B), Rosemount, and Tara Mack (R-District 37A), Apple Valley, are authors of a bill that looks at people's rights to protect themselves on their private property, HF1467, introduced on Thursday. It would allow people to use "deadly force" against someone who is committing a felony in their home. The bill also includes a provision to make transfer permits valid for five years instead of one year. Mack said she's...
  • Assembly will soon vote on controversial handgun law(IL)

    04/16/2011 6:28:24 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    news.medill ^ | 14 April, 2011 | Bethany Moore
    By the beginning of May, big changes could be in store for Illinois if the General Assembly passes a bill allowing residents to carry concealed hand guns. The Family and Personal Protection Act would allow state residents over 21 to legally carry firearms after background checks and training, according to the Illinois General Assembly website. Illinois is one of the few states without a carry-permit process, said Illinois Rep. Brandon Phelps (D-Harrisburg), who introduced the bill. Recent Supreme Court cases upholding Second Amendment rights that could include carrying a concealed weapon show that Illinois is behind the times, he said....
  • Solving the College Affordability Problem

    04/04/2011 3:10:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 64 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 4, 2011 | Dan Lips
    How much should a college education cost? According to the College Board, the average cost of earning a degree at a private, 4-year university is now more than $100,000. If tuition prices continue to rise as quickly as they did during the past decade, a college degree will cost more than $200,000 by the time today’s third-graders are applying. That price tag is enough to cause most parents to break into a sweat. Is a college degree really worth this cost? Some bright minds think Americans are paying way too much. In fact, Bill Gates--one of the country's most famous...
  • Sons of pastor slain by deputy push for new laws(WA)

    04/04/2011 5:22:52 AM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies
    seattletimes.nwsource.com ^ | 3 April, 2011 | Chelsea Bannach
    The sons of slain pastor Wayne Scott Creach have taken their quest for justice to the Legislature. Alan and Ernie Creach and the Freedom Restoration Project, a gun-rights activist group, proposed two bills last week that they hope will curb unjustified police shootings and the illegal use of unmarked vehicles, in response to the Aug. 25 shooting death of 74-year-old Creach in Spokane Valley. "We've got a problem in our community," Alan Creach said. "I believe we need to sit down and look at the laws that let that happen and try to correct them so it doesn't happen to...
  • In Final Hours, Prosser Makes His Case: ‘David versus the Wisconsin Left’

    04/04/2011 3:25:59 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 30 replies
    The National Review ^ | April 3, 2011 | Robert Costa
    Green Lake, Wis. — On the frozen lip of sprawling Big Green Lake, local Republicans gathered in a small hotel ballroom this afternoon for their annual Lincoln Day dinner. Mark Slate, a 39 year-old candidate for county judge, was decked in a stovepipe hat, but the real attraction was state supreme-court justice David Prosser, who gave a rousing speech, urging conservatives to support him on Tuesday, when he faces JoAnne Kloppenburg, an environmental lawyer, at the polls. In his remarks, Prosser noted that the race has gone national. Union-friendly groups are pouring millions into the contest, hoping to tilt the...
  • [Gov] Walker won't be on the ballot (unions to "get even" by voting environmental lawyer as SCJ)

    04/02/2011 5:42:53 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 64 replies
    Baraboo News Republic ^ | March 29, 2011 | Ellen Bueno
    On April 5 Wisconsinites will be voting for assorted alderpersons, trustees and school board candidates. The marquee event however, is the hotly contested Unions vs. Gov. Scott Walker race. Oh sure, the ballot will say something about JoAnne Kloppenburg vs. David Prosser for Wisconsin Supreme Court justice, but they're just bit players in the unions' big play to get revenge on Walker for his budget repair bill. Unions are casting Justice Prosser as a Walker clone and urging Walker haters to use the high court race to punish Prosser/Walker by voting for his opponent, whoever she is. Prosser, who has...
  • Update from Helenaf(MT)

    04/01/2011 7:59:25 PM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    montanahuntingtoday.com ^ | 1 April, 2011 | Gary Marbut
    I just got back from Helena. I appeared before the House Taxations Committee this morning at 8 AM in support of SB 371, MSSA’s bill to encourage the production of powder, primers and brass in Montana. I asked the Committee to restore two of the three incentives stripped out by the Senate Taxation Committee, the tax breaks and the liability protection. I’m betting that the Committee WILL restore these needed incentives, and that the House will approve SB 371 in that form. Then the trick will be to get the Senate to go along with House amendments. I’ll let you...
  • Legislative update; 3/27(MT)

    03/30/2011 6:05:14 PM PDT · by marktwain
    montanahuntingtoday.com ^ | 28 March, 2011 | Gary Marbut
    March 28, 2011 Here’s where we are to date: HB 174, suppressors. Still stuck (tabled) in Senate Judiciary Committee. Senators Hutton, , Murphy, Essman and Peterson need messages asking them to spring HB 174. Hutton, Murphy and Peterson all represent rural districts and have been getting messages from poorly-informed ranchers asking them to kill HB 174 to prevent “silent” poaching. The Montana Stockgrowers Association may be softening their opposition given real information about suppressors. I’ll paste below my analysis of opponent’s arguments. BE BRIEF. Legislators have very little time to consider messages. HB 271, permitless carry. Has been passed by...
  • SB 371, powder/primers bill hearing, 3/31, Thursday (MT)

    03/30/2011 5:59:55 PM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    montanahuntingtoday.com ^ | 30 March, 2011 | Gary Marbut
    MSSA’s # 2 bill, SB 371, our bill to encourage the manufacture of smokeless powder, primers and cartridge brass in Montana has been scheduled for its public hearing before the House Taxation Committee for Thursday, 3/31, at 8 AM, in room 152 of the State Capitol. Please contact Committee members and ask the to restore to the bill two features removed in the Senate; the tax breaks and the liability protection. come to the hearing if you can. The tax breaks won’t cost Montana anything because there is no such business in Montana now. If such a business starts, it...
  • Florida Legislature proves once and for all that it is for sale

    03/27/2011 5:08:41 AM PDT · by scottteng · 24 replies
    St Pete Times ^ | 3/26/2011 | Howard Troxler,
    These are harsh words for a Sunday morning, but the occasion screams out for them. I take them from the Bible; please forgive me. The Florida Legislature proved this past week, once and for all, that it is the utter Whore of Babylon. It is now legal in our state to pay off the Legislature directly. Who says so? The Legislature. This is not a joke. This is not satire. This is Florida — where the laws of our democracy are now openly, officially For Sale. On Thursday afternoon, with greedy lip-smacking speed, the Legislature voted to relegalize a bygone...
  • Constitutional Carry Plainly Explained and Defended(WI)

    03/24/2011 4:59:49 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Ammoland.com ^ | 23 March, 2011 | Richard Church
    Wisconsin --(Ammoland.com)- Concealed carry is coming to Wisconsin. It is an absolute certainty that before the current legislative session is complete, a concealed carry law will be passed and the governor will sign it. Such legislation has passed the legislature before, but has always fallen victim to the governor’s veto pen. Not this time around. But what kind of concealed carry law will we have? For many, it seems, there is a disconnect between the rights asserted in the First Amendment and rights asserted in the Second. No state requires a permit to exercise the freedom of religion. You do...
  • SUNSHINE STATE PATRIOTS HEAD TO TALLAHASSEE "Stand With Florida Rally"

    03/09/2011 3:50:50 PM PST · by seekthetruth · 9 replies
    March 9, 2011 | SeekTheTruth
    ACTIONS IN TALLAHASSEE - THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 2011 Thursday, March 10th - StandWithFlorida Join your fellow FREEPERS and AnyStreet-ers and the largest coalition of tea party/912 groups at NOON on THURSDAY, MARCH 10 in Tallahassee for the WE THE PEOPLE “STAND WITH FLORIDA” Rally on the steps of the capitol building. Get informed and inspired by Florida speakers who will talk about specific issues and how to get involved.
  • TOMORROW -ObamaCare Hearing (MN)

    03/07/2011 12:33:13 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 4 replies
    GOOD BILL - Please attend tomorrow's hearing on defunding Obamacare in Minnesota. HF 468 (Gruenhagen-R) would prohibit use of any state funds to implement Obamacare until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the law's constitutionality. Your support is critical. Conservatives must show up to support good bills as well as to oppose bad bills. BAD BILL - In addition, the Committee will be taking testimony on Rep. Steve Gottwalt (R)'s surveillance bill, HF 200 which will establish a state government health surveillance system on patients diagnosed with Alzheimer's (even those who just get cognitive testing), including collection of the doctor's...
  • Utah House Passes Bill Recognizing Gold, Silver as Legal Tender

    03/06/2011 1:34:02 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 75 replies
    FOX News ^ | March 4, 2011 | FOX News
    Utah took its first step Friday toward bringing back the gold standard when the state House passed a bill that would recognize gold and silver coins issued by the federal government as legal currency. The House voted 47-26 in favor of the legislation that would also exempt the sale of gold from the state capital gains tax and calls for a committee to study alternative currencies for the state. The legislation now heads to the state Senate, where a vote is expected next week. Under the bill, the coins would not replace the current paper currency but would be used...
  • Colorado Legislature Half-Time Report

    03/01/2011 12:23:32 PM PST · by invaderzim
    03.01.11 | Hear Us Now
    Join David K. Williams (Chair of the Libertarian Party of Colorado, Co-founder Gadsden Society of Colorado) as he moderates a discussion with Senator Shawn Mitchell, Representative Donald Beezley, Representative Chris Holbert, Senator Ted Harvey and Nancy Rumfelt of Liberty Watch Colorado, on Saturday March 12th. The conversation will be a review of what has taken place to this point in the legislative session. Perceived success and failures, what might be expected in the remainder of the session and what role you might be able to play. Budgetary concerns are likely to rule the day, but no doubt each panel member...
  • Wisconsin Law on Declaring Vacancies in the Legislature

    02/18/2011 11:20:55 AM PST · by Liberty1970 · 33 replies
    Section 17.19 (1)  Members of legislature. In the office of state senator or representative to the assembly, by election, as provided in s. 8.50, for the residue of the unexpired term. In addition, an anticipated vacancy in the office of state senator or representative to the assembly may be filled as provided in s. 8.50 (4) (e). 17.06  Removal of state officers; impeachment; address. 17.06(1)(1) Any civil officer of this state may be removed from office by impeachment for corrupt conduct in office, or for crimes and misdemeanors as provided in article VII, section 1, of the constitution; and any supreme...
  • Wisconsin State Assembly live video feed

    02/18/2011 7:52:09 AM PST · by bigbob
    Channel 3000 dot com ^ | 2-18-11 | Wisconsin State Assembly
    Live streaming video from the floor of the Wisconsin State Assembly. Mostly reps just recognizing constituents who are "in the capitol"...
  • Tennessee: Comprehensive Pro-Gun Reform Bill Introduced in the Legislature

    02/17/2011 5:28:40 PM PST · by deoetdoctrinae · 5 replies
    NRA | 2-17-11 | NRA ILA
    Today, February 17, the Tennessee Legislature introduced NRA-drafted House Bill 1668 and companion bill Senate Bill 1768, the Tennessee Gun Owners Improvement Act. Sponsored by state Representative Judd Matheny (R-47) and state Senator Bill Ketron (R-13), HB 1668/SB 1768 would improve upon the current Tennessee Permit Law by cleaning up redundancies that are found in Federal Law and remove unnecessary restrictions placed on law-abiding citizens.
  • 2.10.11 legislature open hearing, my thoughts and written testimony (CT)

    02/13/2011 4:59:49 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    OpenCarry.org ^ | 11 February, 2011 | Jonathan Hardy
    2.10.11 legislature open hearing, my thoughts and written testimony Given the discussion, I figured I'd give a little detail on what went down at the legislative office building yesterday. Below is my written testimony, but as I said in other posts, I deviated from that in order to address some insane ramblings from our pal Senator Looney and a detective in New Haven (same detective on the channel 8 piece). First, let me give a quick recap HB 5800 AN ACT REQUIRING REGISTRATION OF ALL FIREARMS Would be interesting to see where this goes. Committee members seemed to have some...
  • Concealed carry permits up for vote in IL House

    02/13/2011 4:45:35 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    whbf.com ^ | 12 February, 2011 | NA
    Soon Illinoisians may be able to carry a concealed gun. State Representative Pat Verschoore said passing a bill to allow concealed carry permits in Illinois may be a long shot. But he said it's your second amendment right to carry a gun. Verschoore said once Wisconsin's governor signs a similar bill, Illinois will become the last state without some form of a concealed carry law. "My emails, phone calls, personal contacts, have been running I would say three to one in favor of the concealed carry," said State Representative Pat Verschoore, (IL) D-Milan. Verschoore said state legislators have failed to...
  • Immoral and unscriptural (Illegal alien BARF ALERT in GA)

    01/30/2011 3:32:03 AM PST · by Tennessee Nana · 48 replies
    ChattanogaTimesFreePress ^ | January 30, 2011 | Brian Clark
    Something is about to happen in Georgia that violates the Golden Rule, the greatest commandments and everything Judeo-Christian scripture teaches about the treatment of others. A special legislative committee in the Georgia General Assembly is discussing an Arizona-style immigration law that targets undocumented persons and is due to come before the House and Senate in February or March. The proposed legislation is gaining strength and likely will pass with little opposition unless the religious community speaks on behalf of our neighbors in great number and with great clarity. The reasons behind the proposed legislation are economic in nature. The committee...
  • House budget plan puts Texas in reverse, stalls progress, critics say

    01/20/2011 9:40:00 AM PST · by Army Air Corps · 27 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 19 January 2011 | ROBERT T. GARRETT
    AUSTIN — Outraged groups — from doctors and health executives to teachers, the elderly, advocates for abused children and even some Republicans — ripped the proposed House budget Wednesday, saying it would send the state backward. Critics heaped scorn on the House GOP leaders’ all-cuts approach to the state’s giant budget hole, particularly for reductions in education that would eliminate pre-kindergarten programs, shutter four community colleges and close university opportunities for tens of thousands needing financial aid. Any advancement in curtailing high school dropout rates, improving college graduation statistics and preparing Texans for future jobs would be, at best, placed...
  • GOP leaders hail gun OK in N.H. capitol

    01/15/2011 5:04:55 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 12 January, 2011 | Sarah Schweitzer
    CONCORD, N.H. — As a state representative, Al Baldasaro says he has been physically threatened multiple times. But he has always felt a measure of safety because New Hampshire’s laws permit him to carry a concealed weapon. “This is why we are the safest state in the country,’’ said the former Marine, whose grandfather was mayor of Cambridge. Now, the Republican says he feels even safer after legislators voted last week to overturn a ban on weapons in the State House and permit concealed weapons on the House floor and in the visitors’ gallery. The moves were bold symbolic statements...
  • Conservative group calls Georgia tax reform plan a tax increase

    01/13/2011 2:28:10 PM PST · by GrootheWanderer · 7 replies
    The Daily Citizen ^ | 01/12/2011 | Charles Oliver
    One of the nation’s largest tax reform groups opposes a new proposal to overhaul Georgia’s tax code. Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) says the plan unveiled last week by the Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness for Georgians would lead to a net tax increase of more than $1 billion for state taxpayers. The plan would trim income tax rates and exempt energy used in manufacturing, mining and agriculture from sales taxes. But it would expand the 4 percent state sales tax to include groceries as well as the personal sale of vehicles. The plan would also increase tobacco...
  • Arizonans Rally to Prevent Westboro Church Disruption of Shooting Victims' Funerals

    01/11/2011 11:50:17 AM PST · by topher · 18 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | January 11, 2011 | Judson Berger
    Arizona residents are locking arms to stop the Westboro Baptist Church from disrupting the funerals for victims of Saturday's shooting in Tucson, with bikers and others organizing a massive counter-protest and state lawmakers fast-tracking a bill to hamstring the group. The Kansas-based Westboro church is notorious for showing up at the funerals of dead soldiers and other high-profile gatherings wielding anti-gay signs. But when the church announced it would picket the funeral Thursday for the 9-year-old girl fatally shot over the weekend at a Tucson grocery store by a gunman who allegedly killed five others and injured 14 others attending...
  • Dan Walters: Can California's failing Legislature be fixed?

    12/06/2010 8:14:00 AM PST · by SmithL · 17 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 11/6/10 | Dan Walters
    The decline of the California Legislature from an institution once considered to be a model for other states to something held in disdain by nearly 90 percent of voters is a case study in unintended consequences. Misguided and misnamed "reforms" – professionalization, term limits, campaign contribution limits and lobbying restrictions, etc. – conspired with an ever-changing social and economic reality and self-serving political hijinks, such as gerrymandered districts, to weaken the Capitol's ability to function. The Legislature's comic opera efforts to fix a chronically unbalanced state budget testify to its impotence. Each fiscal failure – they are now happening every...
  • Sens. Doherty, Beach Introduce Resolution Calling on Congress to Reconsider TSA Screening Procedures

    11/16/2010 3:42:17 PM PST · by My hearts in London - Everett · 20 replies
    Senator Michael J. Doherty (R- Hunterdon, Warren) and Senator James Beach (D- Camden) announced they will present resolutions to the Senate and Assembly calling on the U.S. Congress to end TSA screening procedures requiring full body scans and pat downs at U.S. airports Their action comes in response to widespread concerns over privacy and radiation, as well as reports of inappropriate conduct by TSA agents during the screening process. “The pursuit of security should not force Americans to surrender their civil liberties or basic human dignity at a TSA checkpoint,” said Doherty. “Subjecting law-abiding American citizens to naked body scans...
  • Minnesota GOP (legislative) sweep buries gay marriage push

    11/14/2010 8:32:38 PM PST · by MplsSteve · 24 replies
    St Paul (Mn) Pioneer Press ^ | 11/05/10 | Patrick Condon - Staff Reporter
    Gay-rights activists in Minnesota thought 2012 would be the year they could finally make a serious push for gay marriage in the state, but a surprise Republican takeover of the Legislature has them back on the defensive instead. Tom Prichard, president of the Minnesota Family Council, said Thursday that his group will push for a statewide vote in 2012 to ban gay marriage and civil unions in Minnesota's Constitution. Previous efforts to do so in 2004, 2005 and 2006 met a firewall in the strongly Democratic state Senate, but that liberal majority crumbled in Tuesday night's election. And despite a...
  • Forecast: A good chance of change headed to the state with influence from the right

    11/07/2010 12:04:31 AM PDT · by Lucius Cornelius Sulla · 10 replies
    The Ocala Star-Banner ^ | November 6, 2010 | Tallahassee Bureau
    Last Tuesday’s elections gave conservatives a virtual lock on power in Florida government. It remains unclear, however, how far Gov.-elect Rick Scott and the Legislature will move the state to the right. Tallahassee Bureau correspondent Gary Fineout assesses the chances some of the biggest and most debated issues will be approved by the time the Legislature closes next spring’s session:Tax cuts: Scott wants to cut property taxes 19 percent and phase out the corporate income tax. . . . Expect fierce opposition from law enforcement over cutting half the state prison budget and from state workers, who will see jobs...
  • Socialist Party had success in Utah, among Mormons 100 years ago

    11/04/2010 5:57:36 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 41 replies
    Ogden Standard-Examiner ^ | Aug. 12, 2010 | Doug Gibson
    Mormons, as well as the state of Utah, have been identified as conservative/Republican for so long that it may surprise many to know that 100 years ago more than a few Mormons in Utah were card-carrying socialists, rallying against the evils of capitalism. No, socialists were never the majority in Utah, nor were most socialists in Utah LDS, but in the years between 1900 and 1920, the Socialist Party in Utah enjoyed some triumphs. In the early 20th century, about 40 percent of the members of the Utah Socialist Party were LDS. There were many thousands of socialists in Utah,...
  • "Entire generations of Dems vanished overnight"

    11/03/2010 1:09:57 PM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 62 replies
    Dave Wasserman's Twitter Feed ^ | 11/03/10 | Dave Wasserman (Cook Political Report)
    "Looking at state leg races, it may take years to comprehend full devastation. Entire generations of Dems vanished overnight"
  • Historic GOP Gains in State Legislatures

    11/03/2010 7:23:49 AM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 26 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 11/03/10 | John Hood
    Still trying to chase down results in key legislative races around the country, but at the moment it looks like this: • Going into the 2010 elections, Democrats held 60 partisan legislative chambers and Republicans held 36, with a couple of ties. • It looks like the GOP has picked up an astounding 20 chambers, including both houses in Alabama, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Wisconsin and additional chambers in Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. • In total legislative seats, it is possible that after all the results are posted, Republicans will have won...
  • GOP takes control of Alabama Legislature after 136 years

    11/03/2010 3:11:15 AM PDT · by TheBigB · 23 replies
    Alabama Live ^ | 11/3/10 | David White
    MONTGOMERY -- Republicans on Tuesday appeared to take control of the Alabama Legislature, with top Republicans claiming to have close to 60 seats in the 105-member House of Representatives and perhaps 22 seats in the 35-member Senate.
  • Field Poll: Legislature sinks to all-time low

    09/28/2010 9:06:09 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 9/28/10 | Wyatt Buchanan
    Sacramento - -- California voters are giving state leaders some of the lowest marks ever recorded, according to a Field Poll released today. A mere 10 percent of registered voters approve of how the 120 members of the Legislature are doing their jobs, and 80 percent disapprove. That's the lowest approval rating in the history of the poll, going back to 1983, and is six percentage points lower than in July. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger nearly matched his all-time low, with 23 percent of voters approving of his job performance, one percentage point higher than his low point two months ago...
  • Winners of Iowa Republican Idol contest announced

    September 2, 2010 – Ames, IA – Congressman Tom Latham, Honorary Chairman of For America’s Republican Majority, announced on Thursday the winners of the For America’s Republican Majority’s Iowa FARM Team project’s unique online contest – Iowa Republican Idol. The online contest, held at the organization’s website IowaFARMTeam.org, asked Iowans to cast their votes for their favorite Iowa Republican House and Senate State Legislative Candidates. The winners of each the House and Senate Iowa Republican Idol contests will be receive a $5,000 contribution from For America’s Republican Majority for their campaigns. Thousands voted over the past two months and Iowans...
  • End of legislative session drama! Senators shout! Bills die!

    09/01/2010 9:02:33 AM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 91/10 | Wyatt Buchanan
    There was a bit of political drama and intrigue at the end of the legislative session Tuesday night as Democrats scrambled to finish passing bills before the clock hit midnight. As voting continued at 12:00 a.m., then even later, it was standing room only in the back of Senate chamber as Republicans on the floor -- whose microphones had been cut -- shouted, "Point of order!" as voting continued on a bill regarding renewable energy projects. Sen. Sam Aanestad, R-Penn Valley (Nevada County), who is vice chair of the Senate Rules Committee, was holding a rule book in the air...
  • 'Nanny state,' or looking out for public? [NY => hyper-regulation!]

    08/23/2010 3:25:30 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 1 replies
    Albany TU ^ | Monday, August 23, 2010 | By CAROL DEMARE Staff Writer
    ALBANY -- The Democrats who run the Albany County Legislature like to pass local laws. Critics, often Republicans, say they tend to trample the rights of individuals and private enterprise -- and are yet another intrusion into the lives of citizens. All but eight of Albany's 39 county lawmakers are Democrats. The legislature's penchant for local laws is likely linked to the dominance by the party that lends itself to a governing style of protecting constituents. Across the aisle, Minority Leader Christine Benedict and the other six Republicans and single Conservative have opposed most of the three dozen local laws...
  • DE ratifies 17th Amendment--98 years later (actually 97)

    06/25/2010 5:19:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 52 replies · 3+ views
    WDEL 1150 AM ^ | June 25, 2010 | Amy Cherry
    Delaware officially ratifies Amendment 17 of the U.S. Constitution that provides for the popular election of U.S. Senators. 98 years ago, several states had already ratified the amendment, making it a part of the Constitution, so the 45th General Assembly apparently felt no need to do so. But the 145th General Assembly put their ceremonial stamp on it...
  • Tea Party 'Flash Mob' Coming Soon to the (Louisiana) State Capitol

    06/01/2010 11:58:30 AM PDT · by abb · 19 replies · 453+ views
    The Dead Pelican ^ | June 1, 2010 | Chad Rogers
    Our sources inside the Tea Party Movement tell us that the Tea Parties are planning on using a social media tactic using twitter, facebook and email to create a 'Flash Mob' at the state capitol in the next few days. The point they say is to gather a group of people (members and interested friends) in the Capitol rotunda to show legislators that the citizens are paying attention. They say that legislators are well known for slipping through controversial matters in the final days of the session. The Tea Parties are particularly interested in the potential raid of the state...
  • LaFonta Stunt Causes Havoc in Louisiana House

    05/05/2010 11:25:47 AM PDT · by NickyAitch · 8 replies · 568+ views
    The Hayride ^ | May 5, 2010 | macaoidh
    Yesterday, New Orleans Democrat and Congressional candidate state Rep. Juan LaFonta nearly managed to sneak through a concurrent resolution in the Louisiana House of Representatives which would have asked Congress to investigate Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal for a “slow response” to the Gulf oil spill. The bill, HCR 144, which would normally have gone through a committee but for some reason did not, reached the floor yesterday amid a host of other bills gaining little attention from the assembled legislators in the House. And for some reason House Speaker Jim Tucker, not to mention the rest of the Republican delegation...
  • Arizona Legislature Passes Bill to Curb 'Chauvanism' in Ethnic Studies Programs

    04/30/2010 1:24:39 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies · 595+ views
    fox ^ | 4/30/10 | fox
    After making national headlines for a new law on illegal immigrants, the Arizona Legislature passed a bill Thursday that would ban ethnic studies programs in the state that critics say currently advocate separatism and racial preferences. The bill, which passed 32-26 in the state House, had been approved by the Senate a day earlier. It now goes to Gov. Jan Brewer for her signature. The new bill would make it illegal for a school district to teach any courses that promote the overthrow of the U.S. government, promote resentment of a particular race or class of people, are designed primarily...
  • Florida Senate Adds Amendment to Health Bill for Ultrasound Before Abortion

    04/29/2010 12:14:03 AM PDT · by flfreedom · 12 replies · 510+ views
    www.lifenews.com ^ | 4/29/10 | flfreedom
    by Steven Ertelt LifeNews.com Editor April 28, 2010 Tallahassee, FL (LifeNews.com) -- Florida senators today added an amendment to a health care bill that would allow women considering an abortion to see an ultrasound of their baby. Although abortion centers frequently conduct pre-abortion ultrasounds, they don't necessarily give women a chance to see them. Sen. Alex Villalobos, a Miami Republican sponsored the amendment the Florida Senate approved on a 22-17 vote. “I just don't see the problem with having someone have a little more information before they make a decision,” Villalobos said, according to the St. Petersburg Times. The language...
  • Paterson to Successor: You Will Fail

    04/27/2010 2:49:49 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies · 439+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 4-27-10 | JACOB GERSHMAN
    ALBANY—David Paterson, the current governor of New York, has a message for his successor: You're doomed to fail. In a 70-minute interview with The Wall Street Journal, the governor cast himself as a scapegoat for the state's problems, blamed an "organized smear campaign" for ruining his political career and pinned his inability to repair New York's ailing finances on a dysfunctional budget process. "Whether the governor is David Paterson or Rick Lazio or Andrew Cuomo or Superman, we don't have a structure that empowers a single leader to get his or her state out of a major conflict," said Mr....