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  • Ludicrous legislation takes toll on Pennsylvania Turnpike

    08/20/2016 7:49:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | August 7, 2016 | Eric Heyl
    Slam on the brakes. That's what state lawmakers want to do to increasingly frequent instances of motorists skirting payment of Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls. The problem wouldn't be nearly as prevalent had many of those same legislators years ago taken a detour around the lame-brain idea that directly resulted in turnpike travel becoming significantly more costly. How costly? Pretty soon only Saudi Arabian sheiks will be able to afford the outrageous tolls, though those guys probably prefer to fly their personal planes from Pittsburgh to Breezewood. Those lacking private jet transportation sidestep the tolls in renegade fashion. They fly through toll...
  • Proposed legislation would crack down on Pennsylvania Turnpike toll cheats

    08/20/2016 4:10:22 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | August 1, 2016 | Brad Bumsted
    HARRISBURG — Motorists blow past Pennsylvania Turnpike toll booths every year, resulting in millions of dollars of losses. The agency that manages more than 500 miles of highway is supporting legislation to punish those scofflaws. A bill pending in the state Senate would “give us the hammer we need to go after habitual toll cheats,” Turnpike Commission Chairman Sean Logan said. “This measure would ensure that everyone pays their fair share. There are no free rides.” The bill by Senate Transportation Chairman John Rafferty, R-Montgomery County, and Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, D-Forest Hills, would allow PennDOT to suspend the...
  • Emilio Estefan strikes back with ‘We’re All Mexican' [Anti-Trump Song]

    09/11/2015 3:49:06 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 36 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 9/10/15
    Grammy-winning producer Emilio Estefan is not happy with Donald Trump’s anti-Mexican rhetoric — and he’s gathering some friends to take a stand against it, according to Billboard reports that Estefan, 62, has enlisted dozens of friends — including Shakira, Carlos Santana, Thalia, Pepe Aguilar and his wife, singer Gloria Estefan — record We’re All Mexican, which he describes as a musical “celebration of Hispanics and our accomplishments.” The track will also include reggaeton singer Wisin, Wyclef Jean, radio personality Enrique Santos and famed Spanish-American chef José Andrés, and will be released in late September. “There’s a message being sent...
  • Marijuana opponents using racketeering law to fight industry

    07/13/2015 3:38:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 13, 2015 4:20 PM EDT | Kristen Wyatt
    A federal law crafted to fight the mob is giving marijuana opponents a new strategy in their battle to stop the expanding industry: racketeering lawsuits. A Colorado pot shop recently closed after a Washington-based group opposed to legal marijuana sued not just the pot shop but a laundry list of firms doing business with it—from its landlord and accountant to the Iowa bonding company guaranteeing its tax payments. One by one, many of the plaintiffs agreed to stop doing business with Medical Marijuana of the Rockies, until the mountain shop closed its doors and had to sell off its pot...
  • 'Slow-poke’ bill aims to stop left lane lingerers

    02/26/2014 11:06:56 AM PST · by Kennesaw · 314 replies
    Those who lollygag in the left lane of highways and interstates could be ticketed under legislation approved in the state House on Wednesday. House Bill 459, by Rep. Bill Hitchens, R-Rincon, was approved 162-9. The bill makes it a misdemeanor for any driver on a divided highway who does not move to the right when a car going faster approaches from behind.
  • Moving To Mexico

    02/16/2014 1:11:42 PM PST · by Allen In Texas Hill Country · 26 replies
    Dear President Obama: I'm planning to move my family and extended family into Mexico for my health, and I would like to ask you to assist me. We're planning to simply walk across the border from the U.S. into Mexico, and we'll need your help to make a few arrangements. We plan to skip all the legal stuff like visas, passports, immigration quotas and laws. I'm sure they handle those things the same way you do here. So, would you mind telling your buddy, The President of Mexico, that I'm on my way over? Please let him know that I...
  • For First Time, Americans Favor Legalizing Marijuana

    10/22/2013 2:35:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Gallup ^ | October 22, 2013 | Art Swift
    For marijuana advocates, the last 12 months have been a period of unprecedented success as Washington and Colorado became the first states to legalize recreational use of marijuana. And now for the first time, a clear majority of Americans (58%) say the drug should be legalized. This is in sharp contrast to the time Gallup first asked the question in 1969, when only 12% favored legalization. Public support for legalization more than doubled in the 1970s, growing to 28%. It then plateaued during the 1980s and 1990s before inching steadily higher since 2000, reaching 50% in 2011. A sizable percentage...
  • Congress looks at Justice's marijuana decision

    09/10/2013 3:40:48 AM PDT · by markomalley · 32 replies
    AP ^ | 9/10/2013
    The Obama administration is facing criticism over its attempt to straddle the federal law that makes marijuana illegal and state laws that permit recreational use of the drug. In the first congressional hearing since the administration announced a new, permissive enforcement policy, law enforcement and drug-prevention groups and their congressional allies see an opportunity to push back. The administration's Aug. 29 announcement allows the two states where recreational marijuana use has been legalized — Colorado and Washington — to go their own way without federal interference as long as they implement strong enforcement systems. "We are at a precipice," said...
  • Sen. Paul appears on Fox's America's Newsroom with Bill Hemmer- 3/21/2013 (We have de facto amnesty)

    03/21/2013 2:39:24 PM PDT · by JohnPDuncan · 74 replies
    YouTube ^ | 3/21/2013 | Bill Hemmer
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) appeared on America's News room this afternoon and declared: “I’ve got a news flash for those who want to call people names on amnesty – what we have now is de facto amnesty,” Paul shot back. “We have 11 million people here that have been here, some of them for a decade or more. No one is telling them to go home. No one is sending them home.” Click excerpt for video:
  • ICC users rack up unpaid tolls

    11/20/2012 1:06:40 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 19, 2012 | Katherine Shaver
    Nearly one in three motorists who use the Intercounty Connector without an E-ZPass transponder don’t pay the toll later, making Maryland’s newest and most expensive highway home to a toll violation rate four times higher than the state average. Individual motorists racked up as much as $1,418 each in unpaid tolls after driving on the ICC, or Route 200, as many as 430 times during the first six months of this year. A rental car company owed $4,263 in ICC toll debt, while a construction company accrued $2,241 for 65 unpaid trips during that time. The new 18.8-mile highway between...
  • Pelosi leads Dems push to protect gays from deportation

    08/02/2012 6:37:00 AM PDT · by SmileRight · 37 replies ^ | 8/2/2012 | Michele Kirk
    Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), along with 83 other members of Congress, led a push this week to keep lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) family members from being deported. In a letter to Homeland Security sent on Tuesday, July 31, the Democratic members pleaded for recognition, in writing, that same-sex partners should be considered as a discretionary factor in deciding deportation cases. This will be the second attempt at persuading Secretary Napolitano to put the Obama Administration and Department of Homeland Security’s 2011 announcement, into writing. The announcement in August, from high-ranking DHS and White House officials stated,...
  • Drop the I-Word: I Am…Undocumented (You won't believe this!)

    03/28/2011 2:59:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Color Lines ^ | March 15, 2011 | Mónica Novoa
    This week Drop the I-Word is featuring daily “I Am…” stories in honor of Coming Out of the Shadows Week and in collaboration with the National Immigrant Youth Alliance. Today’s story comes from college student Him Ranjit, a young man from Texas who continues to dream, despite the many roadblocks he’s encountered in our country’s broken immigration system. Ranjit and his mother joined his father in this country after he’d been here a few years, so that their family could be together. Their visas were not extended and they were not put on a path to becoming citizens, instead, they...
  • Fake-document ring busted, Fort Worth police say

    11/23/2009 12:02:46 PM PST · by Dubya · 16 replies · 885+ views
    FORT WORTH -- Nine men, all thought to be illegal immigrants, were arrested last week after a six-month investigation into an operation making fake government documents, a police spokesman said Monday. Investigators found that the men were making the documents -- mainly resident alien cards, drivers’ licenses and Social Security cards -- using low-end computer equipment. SNIP They face charges of engaging in organized crime/tampering with government records. They were in the Mansfield jail Monday with bail set at $25,000 each. But all were also on immigration holds, which means they will not be allowed to post bail and leave...
  • Shootout at Tijuana border closes crossing

    09/22/2009 9:06:08 PM PDT · by South40 · 6 replies · 731+ views
    Orange County Register (AP) ^ | September 22, 2009
    SAN DIEGO – Four people were injured in a gunbattle today involving an attempt to smuggle illegal immigrants from Mexico at the busiest border crossing in the U.S., authorities said. More than 70 people traveling in three vans involved in the incident were in federal custody, said U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokeswoman Angelica DeCima. Details remained sketchy, but van drivers tried to storm past inspectors at the San Ysidro port of entry and make their way into the U.S. without stopping, DeCima said. “It was human smuggling, definitely,” said Lauren Mack, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs...
  • S.F. fighting to collect fines over billboards

    12/02/2008 8:06:05 AM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies · 427+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/2/8 | Robert Selna
    San Francisco's yearlong campaign to crack down on illegal billboards and collect large fines is running up against lawsuits brought by advertising companies challenging the validity of city sign restrictions. According to city Planning Department officials, a three-person enforcement team has located more than 250 illegal billboards and sought fines against the company owners and landlords totaling about $1.5 million. Only $50,500 of that has been collected, however, . . .
  • [Texas:]Critics cry foul over DPS license checkpoint plan

    11/12/2008 8:44:12 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 53 replies · 1,729+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Nov. 12, 2008 | JAMES PINKERTON and SUSAN CARROLL
    Some lawmakers say stops would unfairly target illegal immigrants The state agency that imposed new rules barring illegal immigrants from obtaining driver's licenses is requesting authority to set up statewide driver's license checkpoints, part of what several lawmakers suspect is a plan to crack down on illegal immigrants. A number of state legislators argue the Department of Public Safety Commission overstepped its authority Aug. 25 by issuing new rules requiring applicants to prove they are here legally before they can obtain or renew a Texas driver's license. Their suspicions deepened when, two weeks later, the commission's chairman asked Texas Attorney...
  • Denver Police To Enforce Pot Laws During Democrat Convention

    08/19/2008 9:51:36 AM PDT · by rface · 57 replies · 413+ views
    The Denver Channel ^ | August 18, 2008 | staff
    Police say pot smokers who light up during the Democratic National Convention can expected to get busted under state laws..... Mason Tvert, leader of the group that sponsored the ordinance that discourages marijuana busts said, "During the DNC, police should be spending their time ensuring the security and safety of those in this city," Tvert said. "There is no reason why they should spend any of their time worrying about adults simply using a drug that is safer than alcohol. We're concerned during the Democratic National Convention that they are going to use the law to cite people or detain...
  • Family speaks out as Montreal recovers from riot

    08/12/2008 11:05:34 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 25 replies · 136+ views
    Canada News ^ | August 12, 2008 | Unkn
    ----snip Villanueva was reportedly shooting dice with friends in Henri Bourassa Park in the ethnically-diverse borough when police attempted to make a routine arrest. Montreal police say about 20 youths then surrounded them -- several of them reportedly rushing at police. ----snip Villanueva's death triggered an angry and violent response Sunday night. Vehicles were set on fire and there was widespread looting and violence targeting police and emergency service workers. One police officer was shot in the leg, while another officer and an ambulance technician received minor injuries. The technician was struck in the head with a bottle, said CTV...
  • Video: Cop bodychecks bicyclisg

    07/29/2008 9:36:14 AM PDT · by heartwood · 274 replies · 448+ views
    The New York Post ^ | July 29, 2008 | Murray Weiss et al.
    A rookie cop - the son of a highly respected New York City detective - has been stripped of his badge and gun after being caught on video viciously attacking a bicyclist who was part of a Times Square demonstration. ' The startling YouTube video shows Officer Patrick Pogan, 22, apparently setting his sights on - and then tackling - a bicyclist as he pedaled along Seventh Avenue as part of last Friday's controversial Critical Mass ride. Christopher Long, 29, was among a throng of riders as he whizzed toward the corner of West 46th Street at 9:30 p.m. and...
  • Bicyclists blamed twice as often as drivers

    03/22/2008 2:23:48 PM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies · 267+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/22/5 | Erin McCormick
    Bicyclists were twice as likely as drivers to be at fault in the nearly 2,000 collisions that killed or severely injured Bay Area bike riders in the past decade, an analysis by The Chronicle shows. Bicycle and safety advocates say the deaths two weeks ago of two cyclists hit by a Santa Clara sheriff's deputy's cruiser should serve as a call to improve relations between cars and bikes on the roadways.The advocates say large numbers of cyclists fail to follow the rules of the road, running stop signs and red lights, and drivers are becoming more aggressive. "There is a...
  • Deputies use Valentine's Day ploy to round up scofflaws

    02/15/2008 8:01:52 PM PST · by doug from upland · 8 replies · 68+ views
    hometown annapolis ^ | 2-15-08 | Heather Rawlyk
    Deputies use Valentine's Day ploy to round up scofflaws By HEATHER RAWLYK, Staff Writer Published February 15, 2008 They thought they were getting a heartfelt gift from an unknown admirer, but instead more than a dozen men and women were served with outstanding warrants on Valentine's Day from county Sheriff's Department deputies disguised as florists. On Wednesday, Sgt. Tonya Pfaltzgraff of the county Sheriff's Department called about 50 men and women wanted on various charges under the guise of "Maria," a representative from the fictitious company "Flowers By Ron." Sgt. Pfaltzgraff told each person she reached that a gift was...
  • Police can't keep up with criminals in Oslo

    01/10/2008 3:34:55 PM PST · by george76 · 44 replies · 289+ views
    Aftenposten ^ | January 10 2008 | Arild M Jonassen
    The Oslo Police District is snowed under by the sheer number of criminal cases in the capital, and only 21 percent of reported offenses were handled last year. Investigators claim they don't have the time, staffing or resources to cope with their workload. More than 10,000 cases remained in the legal queue in Oslo when 2007 came to a close. "This is unfortunate for the credibility of and confidence in the police," said Oslo district chief public prosecutor Morten Yggeseth. He added that this trend has significance for the country’s security. Oslo Police District Union leader Jan Olav Frantsvold said...
  • Thompson backs Iowa congressman on immigration plan

    11/07/2007 9:51:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies · 136+ views
    DES MOINES, Iowa - Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson is endorsing a tough immigration measure being pushed by Iowa Congressman Steve King. Under King's measure, businesses would not get a tax deduction for wages paid to an illegal immigrant. King says Thompson's endorsement means he understands that Internal Revenue Service regulations can be as important as Homeland Security procedures in enforcing immigration laws. King, who represents western Iowa's 5th District, has been a vocal critic of the nation's immigration policies. The issue is an important one in the contest for the Republican presidential nomination, and King's call for tougher laws...

    11/07/2007 9:14:58 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies · 256+ views
    Justice for Immigrants ^ | November 2007 | US Conference of Catholic Bishops
    The USCCB Committee on Migration sent a delegation to the U.S./Mexico border region to study the plight of unaccompanied minors and human trafficking victims. The ever-growing problems with these populations are some of the gravest and many times most overlooked symptoms of the broken and out-dated immigration system currently employed by the United States. The delegation met with a broad cross-section of agencies and individuals involved with or knowledgeable of these populations to gain critical insights and to understand their needs. The delegation also met with Church officials, government officials, community-based organization, and other with important perspectives. Programs established to...
  • Bringing Politics Back to the People - The Do-It-Yourself Campaign of Ron Paul

    08/29/2007 6:35:05 PM PDT · by traviskicks · 42 replies · 510+ views
    American Chronicle ^ | 8/28/07 | Sean Scallon
    Sean Scallon August 28, 2007 In 1964, just before the New Hampshire primary, an average Joe named Paul Grindle didn’t particularly care for the choice of candidates running for the Republican nomination for President. So he decided to run his own candidate for president. With the help of a few friends and using the most sophisticated marketing techniques at the time, Grindle created a boomlet for Henry Cabot Lodge, former Massachusetts U.S. Senator, 1960 GOP Vice-Presidential candidate and then the U.S. ambassador to South Vietnam. Lodge wasn’t running for anything, his name wasn’t even on the New Hampshire ballot. Grindle...
  • L.A. police to stop impounding cars of unlicensed drivers (SANCTUARY CITY)

    08/29/2007 5:24:32 AM PDT · by radar101 · 54 replies · 1,587+ views
    L A TIMES ^ | 29 AUG 2007 | Richard Winton
    Officers will impound unlicensed drivers' cars under some conditions only, pending a legal assessment of a ruling in an Oregon case. The Los Angeles Police Department has imposed a moratorium on impounding the vehicles of unlicensed drivers amid concerns that the practice may be unconstitutional, officials said Tuesday. The decision touches on what has long been a hot-button issue, because many unlicensed drivers who have their cars towed are illegal immigrants who cannot get driver's licenses. Immigrant rights groups and some legislators for years LAPD officials said they decided to stop impounding until the city attorney's office provides a final...
  • DUI scofflaws targeted by DA

    07/20/2007 6:13:21 AM PDT · by radar101 · 4 replies · 636+ views
    Sacbee ^ | 20 JULY 2007 | Hudson Sangree
    Call it the DUI hall of shame. On Thursday, Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully's office posted a listing of the county's most-wanted drunken drivers on its Web site. Prosecutors are asking for the public's help in catching them. The effort is part of a larger project by Scully's office to clamp down on habitual drunken drivers and make area roads safer. The Recidivist DUI Program was established in February with a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety. Its "Red Team" consists of a prosecutor and two criminal investigators. They target those who have at least one prior...
  • Lefties Launch 'Move Over' Campaign (Left Lane Drivers Unite!)

    06/18/2007 1:49:50 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 124 replies · 3,078+ views
    North County Times/The Californian ^ | June 17, 2007 | Dave Downey
    Lefties launch 'Move over' campaign By: Dave Downey - Commentary Sunday, June 17, 2007 Look out, all you left-lane campers. Soon, you could be approached from behind by an impatient commuter with the words "move over" and a giant arrow pointed in the direction of the No. 2 lane pasted across his or her windshield. Those drivers who routinely get irritated when you create those mile-long backups now have a polite way of communicating with you. For $29, they can buy their very own "move over" windshield decals through the Web site The site was set up earlier this...
  • Minority areas get the boot ("World ends tomorrow: Women, minorities hit hardest"

    05/13/2007 11:36:24 AM PDT · by Krankor · 5 replies · 454+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 5/13/07 | Art Golab
    PARKING Crews find more eligible cars in those communities, city says Minority neighborhoods on the West and South sides are getting kicked harder by city booting crews than other parts of the city, according to a Chicago Sun-Times analysis of city data. But the city says no neighborhood is safe from the dreaded booting vans, it's just that they happen to find more boot-listed cars in minority communities. The neighborhood with the most cars booted per person in 2006 was the Near West Side, where 1,699 vehicles got the clamp, or 3 for every 100 residents. Though it includes gentrifying...
  • Speedy pols: Unethical at any speed

    05/13/2007 5:26:26 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 12 replies · 503+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 5/13/07 | Howie Carr
    You know all those scofflaw legislators whose driving records this newspaper ran this week? That was just the tip of the iceberg, or so the cops say. “Almost nobody cites a self-identified rep or senator,” one state trooper faxed me. “They’ll get the ticket fixed anyway and the court clerk-magistrate will hate you for putting him in a position where he has to fix it.” The key to getting no tickets is simple. The legislator just gets himself one of those infamous legislative plates, with “House” or “Senate” prominently displayed, along with a very low number. Such tags can certainly...
  • SAN FRANCISCO: License plate scanners help find those with unpaid parking tickets

    12/27/2006 8:01:49 AM PST · by SmithL · 27 replies · 742+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/27/6 | Rachel Gordon
    Catching parking scofflaws in San Francisco has become easier with the help of high-tech cameras that scan license plates in search of cars saddled with unpaid citations. A city parking crew operating the new system can almost instantaneously find cars with at least five outstanding tickets. A two-person team roams city streets with two small cameras mounted atop their unmarked vehicle. The cameras can scan 250 or more plates an hour. And when a match is made, the crew attaches a yellow metal boot to the front wheel, removing it only after the tickets are paid. The city's Department of...
  • Undercover teens smoke out tobacco-sales scofflaws

    05/11/2006 3:19:12 PM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 59 replies · 4,031+ views
    The Salem News Online ^ | Thursday, May 11, 2006 | Chris Cassidy
    DANVERS — The brown SUV rolled to a stop in a Holten Street parking lot as two 17-year-old high school students in the back seat emptied their pockets of everything except their cell phones and a $20 bill. They wouldn't need much more to buy a pack of cigarettes in Danvers. The girl, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and a pair of jeans, stepped into the pouring rain, approached a sales clerk at the Mobil gas station and returned moments later with a pack of Marlboro Reds. The two teens work undercover for the North Shore Tobacco Control Program, the...
  • Calif. Dems Cancel Work, But Keep Pay (Support Boycott)

    04/29/2006 11:20:27 AM PDT · by radar101 · 39 replies · 872+ views
    Human Events ^ | April 28, 2006 | CA Assemblyman Chuck DeVore
    On Monday, May 1, large numbers of people nationwide are expected to protest in support of amnesty for illegal immigrants, with some aiming to “close” American cities. Upwards of 3 million people might protest in Los Angeles alone, according to union organizer Jorge Rodriguez who said, “We want full amnesty, full legalization for anybody who is here (illegally).” Organizers of the May Day work stoppage and protest expect that America’s big cities will come to a stop on Monday as Latinos walk off their jobs and skip school. Teachers’ unions in urban areas have advocated that children should not be...
  • Polygamy All Over the Place

    11/19/2005 1:56:48 PM PST · by DanielKronlid · 31 replies · 1,531+ views
    The Brussels Journal ^ | Wed, 2005-11-16 21:07 | Paul Belien
    The riots in France have made the world suddenly aware of a reality which city dwellers in Europe have known for some years: that there are no-go areas surrounding almost every major European town. These have become virtually self-ruling enclaves, abandoned by European authorities and police. A case in point is the Swedish town of Malmö, which is said to be unique because creeping anarchy has spread to almost the entire town. Another thing which many people have known, but which has never been said aloud, is the spread of polygamy across Western Europe. Since yesterday, when French officials, including...
  • Is Abortion and Illegal Migrationm Linked?

    09/04/2005 10:58:34 AM PDT · by eakole · 1 replies · 361+ views
    9/4/05 | eakole
    Is Abortion and Illegal Migrationm Linked? Accidents do not happen, because every physical event has a physical cause. The birth of a galaxy or a human being, does not happen without cause. Whatever the phenomenon, nothing happens without some "retrospective coherent" event. The actual cause may be obscure or unrecognizable, but the principle of cause and effect is always operative. Still, lacking total knowledge, we will attempt to remedy our problems even when the quality of our information is imprecise and superficial. Because we are constantly adding to our store of knowledge, the "retrospective coherent" events become less chaotic and...
  • Florida Democratic Party Faces IRS Lien; $900,000 Shortage

    06/21/2005 6:06:20 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 34 replies · 1,120+ views ^ | 6/21/05 | AP
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Broke and without enough money in the bank to pay its bills after the end of the month, the Florida Democratic Party has now been slapped with a lien by the Internal Revenue Service for failing to pay payroll and Social Security taxes in 2003. The state party's budget and finance committee voted Tuesday to ask for a new audit to account for more than $900,000 it believes somehow disappeared from the books during the 2003-2004 calendar years when the party was led by Scott Maddox, who is now seeking its nomination for governor. Maddox and successor...
  • Feds study why drunken driving persists (Our taxes paid for this!)

    12/27/2004 10:35:19 AM PST · by sully777 · 69 replies · 1,241+ views
    Fresno Bee/SH ^ | December 27, 2004, 09:17:00 AM PST | MICHAEL DOYLE
    WASHINGTON (SH) - The best public relations effort in the world apparently couldn't save victims [snip] from drunken drivers. Now, federal investigators want to figure out why. They're examining why drunken driving persists in the face of aggressive anti-drunken driving campaigns. "It's really complex," said Marilyn Sabin, assistant director of the California Office of Traffic Safety. "It's really a tough question, and I wish I had the answer [snip]
  • COPS MAY STRIKE OUT BIKES (Pedel Pusher Protest)

    08/26/2004 12:29:00 AM PDT · by kattracks · 8 replies · 601+ views
    New York Post ^ | 8/26/04 | GERSH KUNTZMAN
    August 26, 2004 -- The "Bike National Convention" may have just had its tires slashed. The NYPD yesterday announced a crackdown on a group that promotes monthly mass bike rides and has promised traffic-disrupting events during the GOP convention. The group, Time's Up, founded the so-called "critical mass" rides on the last Friday of each month. The crackdown was spurred by Time's Up's planned Bike National Convention, timed to coincide with the Republican gala. On Tuesday, the riders evoked Paul Revere's famous ride, with bicyclists chanting, "The Republicans are coming!" along Lexington Avenue. A police source said that caught the...

    08/26/2004 1:55:47 AM PDT · by weegee · 29 replies · 1,200+ views
    Hands Up Houston ^ | 8/25/2004, 5:31 pm | bikepunx
    NOTE: I did not write this diatribe, I will voice out in the "afterward". This weekend lots of folks are gonna be tearin' it up in NYC at the Republican National Convention, showing not only the country, but the rest of the world that not all of us are "united" behind the Bush administration and their "War on Terror." "Bring the war home," went a slogan for the Weather Underground. Similarly, Fugazi said, "There will be two wars." As long as the power elite wages war abroad, we will inevitably feel the effects at home: immigration restriction, and hightened racism,...
  • High Court Strikes Homestead Exemption From Ballot (Florida Voters Cannot Vote To cut taxes!)

    07/15/2004 2:05:41 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 77 replies · 2,687+ views
    Tallahassee--The Florida Supreme Court says a proposed ballot measure to double the state's 25-thousand-dollar homestead exemption canNOT go before voters this November. In a series of rulings ths morning, justices say the proposal to create a $6.15 minimum wage WILL be able to go to the ballot. The Supreme Court reviews citizen initiatives to judge if they're clearly explained and deal with just one subject. They are the only two issues it addresses. The property tax amendment has been bankrolled by a Vero Beach millionaire who promoted it as property tax relief for homeowners. But critics argue it was really...
  • Florida Court Strikes Down Abortion Parental Notification Law

    07/10/2003 12:36:56 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 52 replies · 885+ views
    <p>WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A Florida law requiring the notification of parents at least 48 hours before minors can obtain abortions violates privacy rights guaranteed by the state Constitution, the Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday.</p> <p>The justices voted 5-1 to strike down the 1999 law that was never enforced because of the legal challenge from abortion providers.</p>