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  • Scott Walker to have short time to sign budget before announcement

    07/08/2015 10:44:56 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 7--8-15 | No author identified
    Gov. Scott Walker will have to act in near-record time to sign the state budget before his presidential campaign announcement on Monday, but his Democratic predecessor signed budgets on the same timeline. Walker's office has not released a timeline for when or where he will sign the state budget and unveil his partial vetoes to it, but the Republican governor has repeatedly said that he wants the budget finished before he hits the White House campaign trail. The state Senate passed Walker's two-year $72.7 billion state budget just before midnight on Tuesday, and the Assembly is expected to send it...
  • Witch Hunt for Conservatives

    06/10/2015 12:33:23 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 11 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 9, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    If liberals had to endure what conservatives do on campus, or off of it, they would be screaming “witch hunt” so loudly you would think that we were all back in Salem. Susan Dench, founder and president of the Informed Women’s Network, was named by the governor to the University of Maine’s board of regents. “I have the perfect background,” she told the audience at the Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) “Women Lead” summit meeting on June 4, 2015. “I have a background in business and they are in financial difficulty.” But first she had to get past the state assembly....
  • Abbott Got Most Wishes

    06/07/2015 1:10:46 PM PDT · by CARTOUCHE · 5 replies
    Corpus Christi Caller-Times ^ | 06/06/2015 | Matthew Waller
    Abbott got most wishes; Governor gives his list of legislative wins. (From the newspaper Sunday City Edition) A pretty well-balanced accounting of the 140 day Texas legislative session spread out over 2 1/2 pages of today's Caller-Times. "We learned something very important, which is part of the message I'll convey across the country," Abbott said. "And that is, conservatives can lead. They can achieve meaningful legislation that will improve the lives of people in this state." SKIP On Abbott's list of legislative wins: changes to increase the quality of pre-K; an increase in money for higher education research; more than...
  • How Much Influence Does the LDS Church Have on the Legislature? Depends on Who You Ask

    04/21/2015 10:20:48 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 36 replies
    UtahPolicy.com ^ | April 20, 2015 | Bob Bernick
    Perhaps you will find no issue reflecting a greater divide among Utahns that whether LDS Church leaders have too much influence in the Utah Legislature. A new UtahPolicy poll by Dan Jones & Associates finds that three-fourths of the faithful members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints say their church has “about the right amount of influence” on state lawmakers’ political decisions. But when you ask the same influence question of non-Mormons, you find super-majorities – 79 percent of Catholics, 84 percent of Protestants – say the Mormon Church has too much influence on Capitol Hill. Now,...
  • Moderate Republicans Give Democrats De-facto Control Over Montana Legislature

    04/21/2015 6:45:42 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies
    mediatrackers.org ^ | 4/20/15 | Phil Rolen
    Parliamentary maneuvering and a strategic partnership between moderate Republicans and Democrats in the Montana State legislature have provided Democrats with de-facto control over the House of Representatives on two key issues this session. In a move reminiscent of the underhanded wrangling by national Democrats used to pass Obamacare in 2010, a handful “moderate” Republican legislators joined with Montana Democrats to bypass opposition by changing chamber rules to pass a state Medicaid expansion plan (SB 405) and the controversial CSKT Water Compact (SB 262). SB 405 passed the House earlier this month on a 54-42 vote. SB 262 passed 2nd reading...
  • Modest Open Carry Reform Close to Passage in Texas

    04/19/2015 1:59:47 PM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 20 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The massive efforts of the Texas open carry advocates, with thousands of open carry marches all over the state, seem to be about to pay off.  While second amendment enthusiasts may not get everything that they wish, they will have instituted a modest reform that moves Texas toward a return to the strong protections of a right to bear arms that it was born with.  Like the American revolution, the Texas revolution started with a distant government ignoring the rights of the people with an attempt to disarm them.    The original Texas declaration of rights of 1836 and the...
  • 'Blessed Be, Aho, and Amen,' Wiccan Priestess Delivers Prayer for Iowa House

    04/11/2015 6:59:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 50 replies
    MRC TV ^ | 4/10/15 | Barbara Boland
    “Blessed Be, Aho, and Amen,” aren’t the words members of the Iowa House of Representatives are accustomed to hear at the closing of the invocation marking the House’s opening ceremonies, but that’s just what happened yesterday when a Wiccan priestess delivered the prayer. "We call this morning to God, Goddess, Universe, that which is greater than ourselves to be here with us today,” said Deborah Maynard, who delivered the first prayer by a Wiccan in the assembly. “By the Earth that is in our bones and centers us, may all here remember our roots and those whom we are here...
  • Senate Traitors? Hardly. Antagonizing a co-equal branch of government has consequences

    03/10/2015 8:54:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/10/2015 | Noah Rothman
    Traitors! Wreckers! Saboteurs! The Senate Republicans, consumed as they are with a personal and irrational hatred for the president, have elected to thwart the administrationÂ’s glorious efforts to secure a nuclear deal with Iran and safeguard your familyÂ’s interests. The Republicans have put your childrenÂ’s lives at risk with their reckless vandalism in an unprecedented betrayal of both king and country. And so on. These and other hyperbolic and overwrought pronouncements from the left followed the decision by 47 Republicans in the upper chamber of Congress to remind those negotiating a nuclear deal that their consent to any agreement...
  • West Virginia legislature overrides governor's veto on abortion bill

    03/08/2015 9:33:43 PM PDT · by Morgana · 19 replies
    jurist.org ^ | 7 March 2015 | jurist
    [JURIST] The West Virginia Legislature [official website] on Friday overrode the governor's veto, passing a bill [text, HB 2586] banning abortion after 20 weeks. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin [official website] said he vetoed the law because of concerns over its constitutionality and would have preferred a later gestational period for banning abortion. The bill excludes [AP report] certain cases of medical emergencies and is set to take effect in May. West Virginia is now the 11th state to ban abortion after 20 weeks. The legislation is based on the premise that fetuses can feel pain starting around 20 weeks, a...
  • Please Practice Safe Fracking ("expert" says fracking causes increase in STDs)

    02/16/2015 4:04:04 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    Youtube ^ | February 12, 2015 | Maryland House Republican Caucus
  • State Senator Authors Resolution To Repeal Indiana's Ratification Of 17th Amendment

    02/10/2015 9:45:33 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    WBAA Public Radio ^ | February 9, 2015 | Network Indiana
    An Indiana state senator wants to change the way US senators are elected. Until the 17th Amendment was ratified a century ago, senators weren't elected directly, but by state legislatures. Charlestown State Senator Jim Smith says the idea was to make senators responsive to their states‘ concerns. He argues the switch to direct election has contributed to a shift in the balance of power from the states to the federal government. Smith says it‘s separated senators from state concerns and made it harder to remove them. "As the needs of the state of Indiana change," says Smith,"then we would essentially...
  • Open Carry Activists in Texas Gain Ground

    01/30/2015 4:38:32 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Open carry activists at the State Capitol in Austin. The movement to restore open carry to Texas has heated up in the last year and a half.  It arguably accelerated with  C.J. Grisham being accosted by a police officer in rural Bell County.  An army veteran whose family owns thousands of acres in Bell county,  Grisham was eventually convicted of "interfering with police duties" after a second jury trial.  He is paying a $2,000 fine.  On the installment plan.  In nickles.   The results are still under appeal.  Many who have watched the video of the event think the police...
  • Maryland’s Larry Hogan takes office with promise of bipartisanship, conservative agenda

    01/22/2015 9:26:18 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 21, 2015 | S.A. Miller
    At his inauguration as Maryland’s 62nd governor, Republican Larry Hogan promised to usher in an era of bipartisanship and cooperation in a state capital dominated by Democrats, even as he outlined an unabashedly conservative pro-business agenda. “We must get the state government off our backs and out of our pockets so that we can grow the private sector, put people back to work and turn our economy around,” Mr. Hogan said in a speech delivered on the steps of the State House. As he began his speech amid a flurry of snowfall that dusted the crowd, Mr. Hogan with a...
  • Hogan taps ‘highway builder’ as transportation secretary, appoints 7 others

    01/13/2015 8:53:24 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 13, 2015 | John Wagner
    Maryland Gov.-elect Larry Hogan (R) announced eight more senior members of his administration Tuesday, including a new transportation secretary whom he introduced as “the best highway builder in the entire country.” Hogan’s nomination of Pete Rahn, who has held top transportation jobs in New Mexico and Missouri, comes amid great uncertainty over the future of the light-rail Purple Line in the Washington suburbs and other proposed mass-transit projects. The governor-elect has strongly signaled that he will emphasize roads over rail after he takes office Jan. 21. Hogan, who made tax cuts a rallying cry of his campaign, also pledged to...
  • Pro-life Kansas poised for possible fetal heartbeat bill in new legislative session

    01/06/2015 2:25:16 PM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    live action news ^ | January 6, 2015 | Susan Michelle
    When the annual legislative session opens Jan. 12, Kansas is poised to expand its pro-life laws. At the top of the list is a fetal heartbeat bill. Kansas recently re-elected its pro-life governor, Sam Brownback, as well as many new pro-life legislators. Rep. Steve Brunk (R-Wichita), chairman of the Federal and State Affairs Committee, told the Wichita Eagle that the committee will have at least informational hearings on heartbeat legislation: “As a general topic, heartbeat legislation is on the table.” The Kansas Coalition for Life has been petitioning for a heartbeat bill as well. Abortion supporting groups are opposed as...
  • MT: Legislative Goals for MSSA for 2015

    12/30/2014 4:00:04 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The Montana Shooting Sports Association has published its legislative goals for the coming year.  They are worth looking at because they show the long term view and commitment that exemplify many of the state level organizations.  Here is a link to the facebook page that has the goals listed:  MSSA Legislative goals.    These are bills that MSSA has been pushing/refining for some time.  The links with each item lead to a bill that was in the 2013 legislature.  The bills will likely change a little in 2015, but the substance will be the same.   MSSA has given me...
  • Nearly Every Texas Legislator Should Be Audited (Short Title)

    12/29/2014 11:07:10 AM PST · by ziravan · 7 replies
    Hardhatters.com ^ | 12/29/14 | Hardhatters
    After noticing some irregularities in certain legislators’ campaign loans, we took it upon ourselves to examine every sitting State Representative’s and Senator’s campaign and PAC finance reports from their first report until now (prior to January 2015 reports) and audit their loans (more to come from contributions and expenditures at a later date). Very quickly, we noticed that, at the very least, the numbers weren’t reconciling. In some cases, the figures were off by hundreds of thousands of dollars, some by millions.
  • Larry Hogan vows fight against Martin O’Malley anti-farm regulations

    12/09/2014 6:28:12 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 8, 2014 | S.A. Miller
    After weeks of promising bipartisanship and refusing to make policy announcements that might rile Democratic lawmakers, Maryland Gov.-elect Larry Hogan has picked his first political fight, coming out swinging against environmentalists and their powerful allies in the General Assembly. Mr. Hogan vowed Monday to roll back proposed new regulations that would limit phosphorus runoff from farms, siding with Eastern Shore farmers who rely on phosphorus-rich chicken manure for fertilizer and against environmentalists who blame it for choking the life out of the Chesapeake Bay. The regulation, known as the “phosphorus management tool,” or PMT, has been hotly debated in the...
  • GOP dominates in Alabama Legislature

    11/05/2014 5:53:47 AM PST · by alancarp · 8 replies
    FOX10TV.com ^ | Nov. 5, 2014 | Kim Chandler
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Republicans strengthened their grip on the Alabama Statehouse in a Tuesday election sweep that saw House Speaker Mike Hubbard win re-election despite his indictment on felony ethics charges. The GOP built upon the existing supermajority won in 2010 and increased their numbers in both chambers. Republicans will hold nearly 70 percent of the seats, a formidable number that will allow them to cut off filibusters and push through legislation if they stick together as a caucus. ...[snip]... Republican defeated several Democratic incumbents in the 105-member House of Representatives to boost their numbers from 66 to 72...
  • Commentary: Why we should repeal the 17th Amendment

    09/24/2014 11:11:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    The Elko Daily Free Press ^ | September 24, 2014 | Thomas Mitchell
    We managed to repeal the 18th Amendment, which created Prohibition. It is time to repeal the 17th. What? You have no idea what the 17th Amendment is? Well, it is the one that effectively ended federalism by taking the power to appoint U.S. senators from state legislatures and having the citizens directly elect them, as they had always done with the House of Representatives. We may not get better senators, but it is likely they would not try dictating to the states what they should do — as they did when they set the national speed limit at 55 mph...
  • PA: Legislature to Vote on Gun Law Reform

    09/15/2014 3:16:42 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The NRA is reporting that an important gun law reform will be coming up for a vote this week.  From the nraila.org: Next week, the Pennsylvania Legislature returns from its summer break, and the NRA has learned that the state House of Representatives may be considering a vote on House Bill 2011 as early as next Monday.  This critical firearms preemption legislation is needed to strengthen and provide consistency in Pennsylvania’s firearm and ammunition laws throughout the state.  To date, nearly fifty municipalities have enacted illegal local gun control ordinances including Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Lancaster, Reading and the state capital...
  • High court is right’s backstop

    07/05/2014 2:52:25 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 4, 2014 | Niall Stanage
    Conservatives increasingly see the Supreme Court as a last line of defense against the Obama administration’s agenda. Despite the court’s 5-4 vote to uphold the president’s healthcare law, the justices have more frequently pushed back at what conservatives see as overreach by the White House. A view that the High Court is having more success than the GOP House as a check on President Obama has been developing for some time, but became all the more prevalent after its decisions in the recent Hobby Lobby and Noel Canning cases. “What we are experiencing is a high court reining in an...
  • Boehner: House will sue Obama

    06/25/2014 11:03:48 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 75 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 25, 2014 | Russell Berman with Cristina Marcos
    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday said he plans to sue President Obama on behalf of the House over his frequent use of executive actions that Republicans believe are beyond his authority. During his weekly Capitol press conference, the Speaker accused the president of violating his oath of office by not “faithfully executing the laws of our country.” But Boehner said the lawsuit would not lead to an attempt to remove Obama from office. “This is not about impeachment,” Boehner said. “This is about his faithfully executing the laws of our country.” The Speaker would not say what specific executive...
  • Lawmakers reject driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants

    06/24/2014 1:07:11 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 4 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | Maria Sacchetti
    A committee of Massachusetts lawmakers rejected a bill Monday that would have granted driver's licenses to illegal immigrants, leaving another crop of gubernatorial candidates to debate the hot-button issue before the November elections. Advocates for immigrants had hoped the Joint Committee on Transportation, dominated by Democrats, would follow a recent national trend and approve the bill. Instead, the panel voted overwhelmingly to send the measure to study, effectively killing hopes for its passage. “It’s a huge, huge disappointment,” said Eva Millona, executive director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, a statewide group. “Members are more worried about the...
  • George F. Will: Stopping a lawless president

    06/21/2014 6:13:59 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 143 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 20, 2014 | George Will
    What philosopher Harvey Mansfield calls “taming the prince” — making executive power compatible with democracy’s abhorrence of arbitrary power — has been a perennial problem of modern politics. It is now more urgent in the United States than at any time since the Founders, having rebelled against George III’s unfettered exercise of “royal prerogative,” stipulated that presidents “shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” Serious as are the policy disagreements roiling Washington, none is as important as the structural distortion threatening constitutional equilibrium. Institutional derangement driven by unchecked presidential aggrandizement did not begin with Barack Obama, but his...
  • Thank Heaven We Have a Full-Time Legislature

    06/03/2014 3:30:38 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/30/2014 | Michael LaFaive
    While pondering all of the reasons the state House should not have approved a $195 million partial bailout of the Motor City Thursday, I couldn't help but think aloud (with tongue firmly planted in cheek) what a blessing it is to have a full-time, highly paid Legislature. How else might Lansing politicians have the time to both confiscate more taxpayer wealth to reward bad behavior and determine — with the wisdom of Solomon — which Michigan frog should be the state's "official" amphibian. House Bill 5577, introduced May 14 by Rep. Sam Singh, D-East Lansing, would declare in statute that...
  • Gun lobbyists keep Vermont lawmakers in crosshairs near session’s end

    05/11/2014 8:02:46 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    watchdog.org ^ | 9 May, 2014 | Bruce Parker
    MONTPELIER, Vt. — As the legislative session races to an end, gun rights advocates say now is the time to keep a watchful eye on lawmakers in Montpelier. The closer they get to that final gavel, the faster the horses get traded over there in Montpelier,” Evan Hughes, vice president of the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, told Vermont Watchdog. Hughes is one of many Second Amendment defenders camped out at the Capitol this week to make sure anti-gun legislation doesn’t get stealthily passed in the legislative session’s final hours. The session, which began in January, could end as soon...
  • Colo. lawmakers get blunt, move to tighten marijuana rules after two deaths

    04/22/2014 5:54:36 AM PDT · by catnipman · 42 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 4/21/14 | Valerie Richardson
    The Mile High City was jammed with pot revelers Sunday for the annual 4/20 festival, but the mood was far from celebratory Monday as state legislators moved to tighten rules on marijuana products in the wake of two tragic deaths. The Colorado House passed unanimously bills to set possession limits for concentrated forms of marijuana such as hash oil, and to make cookies, candy and other foods infused with pot more easily identifiable. ... But industry officials aren’t thrilled with the edibles bill, which will require the state Department of Revenue to adopt rules by Jan. 1, 2016, that require...
  • Legislative wrap: Minimum wage, education funds successes in election-year General Assembly

    04/08/2014 10:38:15 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 3 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 4/8/14 | Maria Wiering
    The Maryland Catholic Conference counts the boost in minimum wage and full funding of two programs benefiting nonpublic schools among its successes as the General Assembly adjourned April 7. Legislators passed a bill April 7 raising the state’s minimum hourly wage from $7.25 to $10.10 incrementally by 2018. The final bill does not require, as earlier drafts did, that the wage be indexed to inflation. It also extended by one year the original proposal’s timeline for the full wage increase to take effect. The MCC, which advocates for public policy on behalf of the state’s Catholic bishops, supported a general...
  • Free Market Friday: Roadblock to Progress

    04/05/2014 10:40:46 AM PDT · by Pining_4_TX
    The Journal Record ^ | 04/03/14 | Michael C. Carnuccio
    Unless Oklahoma continues efforts to grow the size of our state’s economic pie, tax-consuming interests will become more aggressive in their efforts to seize what they believe to be their piece of the pie in its current size. In this struggle, some will win and some will lose. On Monday, we began to see a little more clearly how this could play out, as thousands of public school employees from across the state took off work, some with pay, to go to the Capitol and pressure state lawmakers to direct more taxpayer dollars to public education. Their school administrators encouraged...
  • Michigan State should end union organizing seminars, say anti-union lawmakers and builders

    03/27/2014 4:55:33 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 9 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | March 27, 2014 | Jay Scott Smith
    EAST LANSING – The Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan is demanding that Michigan State University cancel its Building Trades Academy program on the grounds that it encourages "organizing in non-union construction companies," while a state legislative committee has struck funds from the university's budget for 2014-2015. "Such activities lack legitimacy when performed by an academic institution," Chris Fisher, president of Michigan chapter of ABC, said in a statement. "Would the university support a similar program geared toward union busting?" But MSU spokesman Kent Cassella said that the program, which began in May 2013, is not paid for by taxpayer...
  • Bill that would undo Common Core academic standards all but dead (WI)

    03/06/2014 5:07:54 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    A bill that would give the Legislature power to write and approve Wisconsin's academic standards is unlikely to pass in its current form, the leader of the state Senate said Thursday as hundreds of teachers, school administrators and business leaders -- including Madison superintendent Jennifer Cheatham -- converged on the Capitol to oppose it. And the chairman of the Senate Education Committee, which held a hearing on the measure, told The Associated Press that at least five Republican senators told him they opposed the measure that would likely lead to the undoing of the Common Core standards adopted in 2010....
  • Nebraska Moves to Nullify Unconstitutional Obama Gun Laws

    02/26/2014 5:16:22 PM PST · by SolidRedState · 2 replies
    Email From GOA | 2/26/2014 | Gun Owners of America
    Nebraska has now joined states like Florida, Arizona, Idaho, Missouri, Kansas, and Alaska in standing up for the Second Amendment -- and telling Barack Obama what he can do with his unconstitutional gun bans and gun registration schemes. L.B. 1030 would prohibit any Nebraska state or local official from "restrict[ing] the carrying, possession, transfer, purchase, sale, or ownership of or otherwise regulat[ing] any firearm, ammunition, or component of any firearm or ammunition to a greater extent than state law." This is particularly important in view of the Obama administration's efforts to ban and register guns unlawfully, by executive fiat. Hence,...
  • At 30, Catholic Lobby Night draws legislative veterans, greenhorns

    02/18/2014 2:14:51 PM PST · by Welchie25 · 2 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 2/18/14 | Maria Wiering
    Deacon George Sisson jumped from issue to issue, trying to squeeze a stuffed folder’s worth of information into the short time he had his lawmakers’ attention. He made a case for raising the state’s minimum wage and mandating paid sick leave, efforts to build immigrants’ trust of law enforcement, and banning abortions after a fetus can feel pain. A permanent deacon at Holy Family in Middletown, Deacon Sisson, 67, was the clear leader of the four-person, Frederick County contingency at the annual Catholic Lobby Night, held Feb. 17 by the Maryland Catholic Conference. He spoke with confidence and ease; he...
  • NY Legislature Attacking Facial Scrubs… And They’re Probably Right To Do So!

    02/12/2014 9:30:17 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | February 12, 2014 | Mark Horne
    I say “probably” because I haven’t had time to research the factual claims behind the legislation. But if anyone thinks conservatives are against all government action, then this might be a time to set the record straight. If the facts are correct then I think if is quite likely that the NY legislature is doing exactly what it needs to do. In that case, I hope other states, or even the Federal Government follows their example. Here is Newser.com’s summary:
  • John Boehner, Eunuch: A country whose legislators allow the executive to usurp their power

    02/12/2014 8:10:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/12/2014 | Jason Kissner
    Less than 24 hours after President Obama illegally rewrote the law he had previously jammed down Boehner's -- and the country's -- throat, Boehner handed the budding dictator a clean debt-ceiling hike. Last October, Obama vindictively shut down the federal government upon his having refused to delay ObamaCare, which of course is exactly what he himself lawlessly did on February 10, 2014! Of course, Boehner is hardly in a position to argue now, having foolishly (immensely so) accepted responsibility for the shutdown. Never mind Boehner's cowardice (we'll get to that in a moment); what kind of moron cedes that...
  • Michigan Legislators Missed More Than 1,000 Votes in 2013

    01/03/2014 5:51:34 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/2/2013 | Jack McHugh
    Michigan Senators and Representatives missed 1,093 votes in 2013, which in total was lower than 2012, but higher on a percentage basis because fewer votes were taken this year compared to last. The information on Michigan's 38 senators and 110 representatives is compiled on the Missed Votes Report at MichiganVotes.org. The Senate took 665 roll call votes. The House took 591 in 2013, not counting purely procedural votes. Last year, 2,234 votes were missed. Legislators are missing far fewer votes today than in years past. In the 2001-2002 legislative session, legislators missed a total of 21,162 votes. "The days of...
  • GOP touts campaign to blunt Obama's executive powers

    12/08/2013 3:18:16 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 8, 2013 | Ben Goad and Julian Hattem
    House Republicans say they’re proud of their 2013 campaign to stymie President Obama’s regulatory agenda, even as Congress comes under fire for one of its least productive years. The bitterly divided Congress will pass fewer laws in 2013 than any year in modern history. As a result of the gridlock, President Obama has turned to his administration’s regulatory authority in pursuit of key policy goals, including efforts to tackle gun violence and climate change. While House Republicans have pinned the blame for Congress’ anemic legislative output on Senate Democrats, they make no bones about their efforts to blunt Obama’s rulemaking...
  • The ‘Living’ Law: Republics die when Congress hands over its constitutional role to the executive.

    08/21/2013 6:43:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/21/2013 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    In his dazzling revolutionary polemic, Common Sense, Thomas Paine explained in no uncertain terms that in America, the law is king. For as in absolute governments the King is law, so in free countries the law ought to be king; and there ought to be no other. John Adams put this a little more pithily a few years later, distilling into the new constitution of Massachusetts an ancient English value: This state, Adams wrote, would be “a government of laws and not of men.” Adams’s axiom has become American scripture; an impulsively recalled maxim of liberty to which all men...
  • Catfish, cheese and juice: WI takes on 11,000-page regulatory rule book

    07/27/2013 8:16:08 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 7-27-13 | Alyssa Hertig
    A somewhat offbeat sport, bowfishing resembles archery, except fishermen wield a hefty bow to target fish. Wisconsin has a regulation for that. Some fish are off-limits, but the restrictions aren’t always the same statewide, said Wilhelmson, a regional representative of the Wisconsin Bowfishing Association. “I’d like to be able to shoot catfish and I’d like to see the restrictions lifted from other parts of the state,” he said. The state’s bowfishing regulations, he said, are “goofy,” which aptly describes much of Wisconsin’s administrative code, key lawmakers say. Nursing homes, for instance, can be fined if the orange juice is off...
  • New Maryland Laws, Effective July 1

    06/30/2013 4:12:01 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    Maryland Legislative Watch ^ | June 30, 2013 | Maryland Legislative Watch
    Residents of Maryland may or may not know that over 100 new laws will be effective July 1. The laws include myriad new or adjusted rules on licenses to serve alcohol, requiring union representation fees for those in public education institutions, and fifteen million dollars in potential bond debt.Garrett County Memorial Hospital is a 55 bed hospital. Senator Edwards (Republican, D-1) sponsored the successful bid to authorize the County Commissioners to borrow up to $15,000,000 in order to assist in financing the cost of hospital improvements. The votes for this legislation were 135-0 in the House and 46-0 in the...
  • Bloomberg to urge Cuomo to veto bill to allow sparkler sales outside of NYC over terror target fears

    06/29/2013 9:53:04 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The New York Post ^ | June 26, 2013 | CARL CAMPANILE
    It could spark terrorism! Mayor Bloomberg will urge Gov. Cuomo to veto legislation that would legalize the sale of sparklers outside New York City, arguing that terrorists could resort to using even kiddie fireworks to ignite a bomb. And that’s a risk not worth taking, City Hall officials said. The mayor opposes the measure, which the Legislature passed last week, even though it wouldn’t apply to the five boroughs, where a ban on sparklers — and all other fireworks — would remain in effect. The bill would allow the sale of sparklers and other small “novelty” fireworks only in counties...
  • Minn. House Speaker: No Gun Bills This Year

    05/01/2013 9:28:20 PM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | 1 May, 2013 | AP
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — House Speaker Paul Thissen decided Wednesday that the Minnesota House won’t vote on any gun control bills this year, a major priority for many Democrats coming into the legislative session but one that got stymied by divisions in the party over access to guns.
  • Should the US Switch to a Parliamentary System? (This Question Hasn't Been Asked Since Jimmy Carter)

    04/23/2013 6:28:06 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 29 replies
    Pacific Standard Magazine ^ | April 9, 2013 | Seth Masket
    Institutions Worthy of Our Parties: Should the U.S. Switch to a Parliamentary System? Efforts to curb legislative partisanship have weak track records, so maybe we should consider changing the other side of the equation in order to establish a government that can actually get things done. Rick Hasen has a really interesting paper up discussing partisan polarization and the possibility of changing the Constitution to deal with it. (And you should really read Jonathan Bernstein’s response, too.) Hasen starts off by asking whether we should be considering moving toward a more parliamentary style of government. It’s a fair question. We...
  • Counter Revolution

    04/02/2013 6:31:23 AM PDT · by Marine Sentinel · 10 replies
    The Marine Sentinel ^ | 04/02/2013 | Marine Sentinel
    America and her Patriots, the real threat to your “Rights and Freedoms” isn’t the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. It is democrats, liberals, elitists, leftists, progressives, left wing-nuts, communists, socialists, gays, lesbians, leftist loons, mentally handicapped—meaning their vocabulary is so small it would fit in a navel cavity of a flea, Nazis, republican rhinos who are really democrat insider fools, traitors, anti-Americans, and yes last but not least my favorite—lying maggot politicians. This past Monday another state legislature populated by non other than liberal wing-nuts and some so-called republicans in name only of Connecticut purposely and illegally subverted the...
  • Maryland Senate approves gas tax increase; gun-control bill survives House panel’s fight

    04/01/2013 6:13:48 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 29, 2013 | John Wagner and Aaron C. Davis
    Maryland lawmakers gave final approval Friday to the first increase in the state’s gas tax in 20 years, acting to replenish a transportation fund that is rapidly running out of money for highway construction and long-planned mass-transit projects. Under the bill, which passed the Senate 27 to 20, motorists can expect to pay between 13 and 20 cents more per gallon by mid-2016, according to legislative analysts. The increase would be phased in, with the first bump of about 4 cents a gallon coming in July. The legislation, which transportation officials say would yield $4.4 billion for new projects over...
  • Md. Senate Passes Gun Control Measure 28-19

    03/01/2013 5:37:32 PM PST · by RedMDer · 42 replies
    WJZ ^ | February 28, 2013 5:42 PM
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ)—Maryland is a step closer to enacting some of the strictest gun control legislation in the country. The Maryland Senate passed an amended bill that keeps the governor’s original plan for gun control intact. ... Since their rally Feb. 6, gun advocates have continued to protest what they believe is a violation of their Second Amendment right to bear arms. And those arguments were echoed in the Senate chamber Thursday. “We are taking that right away from law-abiding citizens,” argued Senator Nancy Jacobs, (R) Harford County. In marathon sessions, the senate amended and passed the Firearms Safety Act...
  • Has the Maryland General Assembly Lost its Legitimacy?

    02/27/2013 9:07:31 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    Conservative Action Alerts ^ | February 27, 2013 | Michael Peroutka
    Are you getting the feeling that the Maryland General Assembly seems to have lost its grip on reality? Last year the Maryland Legislature decided that they would attempt to redefine the institution of marriage. To attempt to redefine what God Himself has defined is to declare either that there is no God or that you are God. In either case, it is a foolish and dangerous thing to do. It is an indication of a reprobate mind. Now this same group is attempting to repeal the God-given right to self defense. They are preparing legislation that would pretend to make...
  • Georgia Legislators Propose Ending Direct Election of Senators—Why Not Just Get Rid of the Senate?

    02/17/2013 10:14:16 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 101 replies
    Mother Jones (yeah, I know, I know) ^ | February 15, 2013 | Tim Murphy
    It is a matter of public record that the United States Senate is a terrible place where serious policy issues are ignored; routine votes are occasionally delayed over concerns about non-existent terrorist groups; and proverbial cans are proverbially kicked down the proverbial road of sadness, gridlock, and despair. What's less clear is why the Senate is such a congress of louts. Is it the endless pressure to raise money? The never-ending campaign? The fact that Americans hold lots of substantive disagreements on important things and are themselves—it's been said—somewhat dysfunctional? Actually, according to Georgia state Rep. Buzz Brockaway, the biggest...
  • House bill could raise ICC speed limit to 70 (Maryland)

    01/31/2013 5:54:51 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Gazette ^ | January 28, 2013 | Sylvia Carignan
    This story was corrected on Jan. 29, 2013. An explanation follows the story. The speed limit on the Intercounty Connector could reach 70 miles per hour if a bill, introduced during the General Assembly's current session, passes. Del. Aruna Miller (D-Dist. 15) of Darnestown and Del. Neil Parrott (R-Dist. 2B) of Hagerstown are co-sponsoring the bill that would raise the maximum speed limit on interstates and expressways statewide from 65 to 70 miles per hour. The speed limit on the ICC would automatically increase from 55 to 70 miles per hour if the bill is passed. The Maryland Transportation Authority...