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Colorado teachers flock to gun classes

This article originally appeared on At a free class this spring, more than 200 Colorado teachers became certified to carry a concealed weapon, but lawmakers turned down legislation to let them carry it in school. Rocky Mountain Gun Owners (RGMO) held its annual free class for teachers on February 28. In 2013, 300 teachers […] Continue reading →

Kansas lawmakers OK bill to void local gun rules

 Kansas legislators gave final approval Saturday to a bill that would nullify city and county gun restrictions and ensure that it’s legal across the state to openly carry firearms, a measure the National Rifle Association sees as a model for stripping local officials of their gun-regulating power. The House approved the legislation, 102-19, a day […] Continue reading →

Did Michigan just trigger ‘constitutional convention’? Bid gains steam

 WASHINGTON –  Momentum is building behind what would be an unprecedented effort to amend the U.S. Constitution, through a little-known provision that gives states rather than Congress the power to initiate changes. At issue is what’s known as a “constitutional convention,” a scenario tucked into Article V of the U.S. Constitution. At its core, Article […] Continue reading →

Pennsylvania Republicans Join Big Labor In Healthcare Fight

Fred Wszolek  The Keystone State has traditionally been regarded as a union stronghold, but recently some lawmakers have taken steps to break their politically motivated partisan influence. Republican lawmakers introduced legislation to change the state’s taxpayer-funded union dues collection system and close loopholes that protect union members from anti-stalking laws. Despite these advances, the Workforce […] Continue reading →

California Democrats, beset by two scandals, propose ethics reforms

California Democrats, whose supermajority in the state legislature was effectively lost after two party lawmakers were either indicted or convicted of criminal wrongdoing, proposed a sweeping package of ethics reforms on Thursday. The proposal comes against a backdrop of renewed focus on ethics in the legislature of the most populous U.S. state after California state […] Continue reading →

Big or small, spending-cut efforts hit roadblocks

 The budget gurus in Congress have failed for years to find a grand bargain to reduce the government’s long-term debt, so this year they decided to go small. Just 1 percentage point would be shaved from the annual cost-of-living increase in military pensions for veterans under age 62. That strategy failed, too. Congress promptly caved […] Continue reading →

Obama to push minimum wage Wednesday in Conn.

Striving to show momentum on a top legislative priority, President Barack Obama is appearing next week with Northeastern governors who back his push to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour and will pledge to lift the earnings of the lowest-paid workers in their states to at least the same level. Obama planned […] Continue reading →