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Liberal Colorado Gun law based on flawed estimate

 A law expanding background check requirements on Colorado gun sales has been in effect for about a year, and an Associated Press analysis of state data compiled during that span shows the projected impact was vastly overstated in a key budget report. The discovery has prompted a prominent Democratic lawmaker to question whether the Legislature […] Continue reading →

Texas Fights U.S. Again Over Black, Latino Voting Rights

 Texas Republican lawmakers argue they intended to weaken Democrats and not discriminate against black and Latino voters when they drew controversial election maps in 2011 To voting-rights activists and the Obama administration, it’s a distinction without a difference. They contend redrawn voting districts designed to advantage Republicans are biased against minorities who have historically voted […] Continue reading →

Congress Quietly Deletes a Key Disclosure of Free Trips Lawmakers Take

 It’s going to be a little more difficult to ferret out which members of Congress are lavished with all-expenses-paid trips around the world after the House has quietly stripped away the requirement that such privately sponsored travel be included on lawmakers’ annual financial-disclosure forms. The move, made behind closed doors and without a public announcement […] Continue reading →

Credit Cards Have Expiration Dates. Laws Should Too

Jeff Jacoby,  THE GREAT state of Minnesota, you’ll be glad to learn, is no longer interested in the size and color of your bug deflector. The legislature in St. Paul recently scrapped the 1953 law regulating that automotive accessory, one of almost 1,200 antiquated or bizarre laws that Governor Mark Dayton recommended repealing as part […] Continue reading →

GOP’s midterm strength could be problem in 2016

 Republican strength in this year’s House and Senate races could, strangely enough, hurt the party’s presidential chances by stalling the changes in style and policy advocated after Mitt Romney’s defeat in the 2012 presidential campaign. GOP officials and strategists say it’s hard to persuade party leaders to adjust the political recipe when they feel increasingly […] Continue reading →

Obama to take executive steps on student loans

 President Barack Obama is prepping new executive steps to help Americans struggling to pay off their student debt, and throwing his support behind Senate Democratic legislation with a similar goal but potentially a much more profound impact. Obama on Monday will announce he’s expanding his “Pay As You Earn” program that lets borrowers pay no […] Continue reading →

Lawmakers rush to craft bill on veterans health crisis

 U.S. lawmakers engaged in rare bipartisan talks on Wednesday about legislation to address delays in the delivery of health care for military veterans. The discussions sparked optimism that Republicans and Democrats can quickly strike a deal for a bill that would ensure immediate care for veterans and give the Obama administration greater authority to fire […] Continue reading →

States move to blunt Obama carbon plan

 As President Barack Obama prepares to announce tougher new air quality standards, lawmakers in several states already are trying to blunt the impact on aging coal-fired power plants that feed electricity to millions of consumers. The push against Obama’s new carbon emission standards has been strongest in some states that have large coal-mining industries or […] Continue reading →

Russian Lawmakers Want to Impose Criminal Penalties on those Conducting GMO Business

 In an act of lucidity and light that our own country should somewhat imitate, Russian lawmakers are considering equating GMO-related activities to a terrorist act or death threat, a criminal act that Russia says deserves the punishment which killers and creators of mass ecological and human genocide deserve. A Russian newspaper, Izvestia, writes that criminal liability will be […] Continue reading →