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Arkansans Cameron, Bradbury and Stephens among wealthy taking advantage of removed cap on political
California
The Washington Post reports that the U.S. Supreme Court decision that removed the cap on individual political contributions has had the effect you would have expected. More than 300 donors have seized the opportunity, writing checks at such a furious pace that they have exceeded the old limit of $123,200 for this election cycle, according to campaign finance data provided by the Center for ...
September 02 2014
Supreme Court puts a hold on gay marriage in Virginia
Virginia
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court blocked gay and lesbian couples from marrying in Virginia Wednesday as it edges closer to deciding whether same-sex marriage should be legalized nationwide. The order puts on hold a federal appeals court's verdict last month striking down the state's ban on gay marriage. That case was brought by Norfolk residents Timothy Bostic and Tony London, who were denied a ...
August 29 2014
Solid Waste Board to look at staff cuts
Mesa, Washington
Thursday workshop to address possible Solid Waste changes The seemingly ever-embattled Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority will hold a “strategic planning” workshop on Thursday, which is expected to focus on possibly making permanent staff cuts and privatizing some positions — including employees covered by union contracts. The workshop will be facilitated by independent consultant Terry ...
August 24 2014
US Supreme Court blocks same-sex marriages in Virginia
Washington
The Supreme Court put a hold Wednesday on gay marriages in Virginia, as it weighs whether to legalize same-sex marriage across the United States. The decision blocked a federal appeals court ruling last month that struck down the southern state's ban on same-sex marriage in what had been hailed as a landmark victory for the gay rights movement. In making its decision last month, the Fourth ...
August 20 2014
Kurds Push Attack in North Iraq as Maliki Clings to Power
Union, Washington
Kurdish forces fought to retake positions overrun by Islamic State fighters in northern Iraq last week as Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki tried to cling to power as his international backing crumbled.
August 13 2014
Tea Party Group Fails in Appeal to Overturn PAC Limits
California
A Tea Party-linked group seeking to loosen restrictions on corporate political action committees was handed a defeat by a Washington appeals court, marking a rare win for advocates of campaign finance controls.
August 12 2014
Passport, job, marriage still out of reach for many Dominicans, despite new law
Medina, Washington
After seven years of fighting the government to recognize her as a Dominican citizen, Juliana Deguis Pierre won this month: She received a national identification card. Ms. Deguis, whose Haitian parents were working in sugar cane fields here when she was born, became the poster child for the citizenship movement after she sued the government for refusing her access to documents like her birth ...
August 10 2014
Tea Party Group Loses Appeal on Corporate PAC Limits
Washington
A U.S. appeals court left in place limits on corporate political action committees, including who can give and how much, handing a defeat to a Tea Party-linked group seeking to loosen controls on political spending.
August 05 2014
Lisa Blue Baron Sworn in as President of National Trial Bar
Oklahoma
WASHINGTON, July 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dallas attorney Lisa Blue Baron has been sworn in as the president of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) at the organization's annual convention in Baltimore, Md. AAJ is the world's largest trial bar, working to make sure people have a fair chance to receive justice through the legal system when they are injured by the negligence or ...
July 31 2014
U.S. 'disappointed' Netherlands released Venezuelan wanted over drugs
Washington
The United States is "deeply disappointed" the Netherlands released a former Venezuelan military intelligence chief detained over U.S. drug trafficking allegations, and is "disturbed" at reports indicating Caracas used threats to obtain his freedom, the State Department said on Monday. Instead of being extradited to the United States, retired Venezuelan General Hugo Carvajal flew home on Sunday ...
July 28 2014
National Taxpayer Advocate Identifies Priority Areas, Challenges for Taxpayer Advocate Service in M
Concrete, Washington
National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson today released her mid-year report to Congress, identifying the priority tax issues the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) will address during the upcoming fiscal year. The report emphasizes the importance of taking concrete steps to give meaning to the recently adopted Taxpayer Bill of Rights, issuing tax refunds to victims of tax return preparer fraud ...
July 28 2014
ObamaCare making free birth control standard for women
Concrete, Washington
More than half of privately insured women are getting free birth control under President Obama's health law, a major coverage shift that's likely to advance.
July 28 2014
The most popular News stories of the week
Washington
Readers loved Andrew Galarneau’s compilation of 10 ice cream parlors worth checking out. Among the 10 he recommends is King Condrell’s, whose Mighty Mint sundae is shown here.
July 27 2014
Report: SEIU halts mandatory fees for some workers
Olympia, Washington
A U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month striking down mandatory payroll deductions for public-sector unions has started to show some impact in Washington state.
July 26 2014
Supreme Court says employers with religious objection can avoid covering women's contraception
Power, Montana
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Monday that some corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women. The justices' 5-4 decision is the first time that the high court has ruled that profit-seeking
July 24 2014
Blow to ObamaCare: Court tosses federal subsidies for HealthCare.gov
Washington
BREAKING NEWS: In a major blow to ObamaCare, a powerful federal appeals court rules against the legality of some subsidies issued to people through the Affordable Care Act exchanges. READ: Federal appeals court decision on ObamaCare subsidies VIDEO: Dr. Ben Carson breaks down blow to ObamaCare
July 22 2014
Justices' cellphone privacy ruling may have broad impact
Monitor, Washington
Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the Supreme Court's decision on cellphone privacy. / Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP WASHINGTON - When it comes to same-sex marriage, last year's Supreme Court ruling that the federal government must recognize legally married gay and lesbian couples has led to a string of lower court decisions striking down state marriage bans.
July 20 2014
8 states, including Tenn., have laws on the books banning atheists from running for office
Washington, Mississippi
WASHINGTON — Attention civically-minded atheists: Thinking of submitting a bid for office? You'll probably want to check your address first.
July 19 2014
Morale gap among LGBT federal workers persists
Clinton, Washington
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a White House ceremony marking LGBT pride last month, President Barack Obama announced his administration was working on an executive order to formally extend workplace protections to transgender federal employees.
July 19 2014
Oklahoma gay marriage ban ruled unconstitutional
May, Oklahoma
Gabrielle Levy WASHINGTON, July 18 (UPI) -- A federal appeals court has ruled Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, following its similar decision striking down Utah's ban last month.
July 19 2014
Washington, D.C., officials blasts Republicans' bid to gut gun laws
District Of Columbia
By Moriah Costa WASHINGTON (Reuters) - District of Columbia officials blasted the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday for passing legislation that would gut local gun laws in the U.S. capital. The House on Wednesday approved a spending bill for Washington and several agencies that included an amendment making only federal gun laws applicable in the city. Mayor Vincent ...
July 17 2014
U.S. lawmakers, lawyers argue over House Republican plan to sue Obama
Florida
By Annika McGinnis WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican effort to sue President Barack Obama over his use of executive powers got under way in Congress on Wednesday at a hearing where lawmakers and constitutional law experts bickered over the move in a taste of the politicking to come. The House of Representatives' Rules Committee is expected to vote next week on a resolution authorizing a ...
July 16 2014
Hobby Lobby Family to Build Bible Museum in Washington, D.C
Washington
Hobby Lobby's founding family has plans to build a Bible museum in Washington, D.C. The Greens and their large chain of craft stores have been making headlines since June 30, when the Supreme Court decided their company would not be required to offer employees contraceptive health care because it ran counter to the owners’ closely held religious beliefs. Now, on the heels of that divisive ...
July 16 2014
Cornell Jones, ex-drug kingpin, swindled D.C. for $330,000, jury finds
Washington
Cornell Jones was accused of using HIV/AIDS grant funds to open the luxe Stadium Club in Northeast D.C.
July 16 2014
Along the Fraser: Liberals don’t like public education
Washington
No lie can live forever – Thomas Carlyle, Victorian writer. In his March on Washington in 1968, Martin Luther King woke up mainstream America when he declared the emancipation of Negroes by Abraham Lincoln was “a bad check marked insufficient funds.”
July 16 2014
Top Senate Democrat blocks votes on gun proposals
Valley, washington
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid blocked a parade of campaign-season votes on gun rights Wednesday that could have been a political thorn for Democrats seeking to retain control of the chamber in this fall's elections.
July 15 2014
Who's Next? Pot changes won't stop with Washington
Colorado
Advocates seeking more lenient marijuana laws have no intention of stopping with Colorado and Washington. Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have allowed marijuana for medicinal purposes, and more could...
July 15 2014
Bill aims to get around Hobby Lobby ruling
Monitor, Washington
Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:53:48 GMT By KATHLEEN RONAYNE Monitor staff U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is backing new legislation that would ban employers from refusing to cover certain mandated health benefits such as birth control. The legislation is a direct response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision that said requirin...
July 12 2014
Supreme Court Justice Alito denies Schuylkill clerk's bid on gay marriage
Washington
WASHINGTON — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito on Wednesday denied a request from a Schuylkill County clerk who was seeking a stay of a lower court decision that had allowed gay marriage to go into effect in Pennsylvania.
July 10 2014
Civil libertarians seek high court review of Antwuan Ball's harsh drug sentence
Washington
Two prominent civil libertarian groups have filed a joint petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the case of a D.C. man serving nearly 19 years in prison after his conviction on a $600 drug deal, citing concerns about "carte blanche" powers given to federal judges. The amicus ...
July 06 2014
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