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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 ^ | 23 May, 2011 | Alice Tripp, TSRA
    Houston, Tx --( 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 23 March, 2011 | Richard Church
    Wisconsin --( 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...

    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...