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North Carolina Will Make You Wait For That Abortion Until You Realize You Don’t Want It

Chicks, amirite? So hormonal and impulsive and never knowing what they really want. That’s why they are lucky to have the North Carolina General Assembly to protect them from making bad decisions, with HB 465 — a bill to extend the state’s 24-hour waiting period for abortions to 72 hours, which passed on Thursday. Show More Summary

GOP poverty solution: Cut programs, then tax charitable non-profits

3 days agoUS Politics / Liberal : BlueNC

The convoy of bad ideas keeps rolling down the road: Senate Bill 700, which was recently introduced in the General Assembly, threatens nonprofit tax exemption in North Carolina. It would reduce the cap on sales tax refunds to $100,000 per year, down from the current $45 million. Show More Summary

Rauner, Madigan mulling political trade

A plan to privatize key functions of the state's economic development agency is making its way through the General Assembly as one of the first public signs of behind-the-scenes dealmaking between new Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and veteran Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan.

Soon to be breaking: North Carolina prohibits medical training that includes abortion

4 days agoUS Politics / Liberal : BlueNC

This story is not true as of today, however it will likely be true before the end of this week. Congratulations, North Carolina. You're leading the way in ignorance and bigotry. RALEIGH, NC -- The North Carolina General Assembly today approved extreme new legislation designed to limit abortion rights. Show More Summary

Baker, Hogan converge on economic development in Pr. George’s

Bipartisanship was starkly absent last week at the close of the Maryland General Assembly’s annual legislative session, with Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and Democratic lawmakers at odds over budget and spending priorities.Read full article >>

Vacated.

6 days agoUS Politics / Liberal : BlueNC

The US Supreme Court rejected the NC Supreme Court's ruling upholding the NC General Assembly's racially-motivated redistricting scheme, and sent the case back to the lower Court for a second look. This doesn't mean the redistricting itself has been rejected, but it is a step in that direction. Show More Summary

PACE Launches Campaign to End Immigration Detention of Children

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) kicked off a campaign to stop immigration detention of children. Doris Fiala, PACE General rapporteur on ending immigration detention of children, said that Europe must try to fulfill the UN convention of children's rights.

90 for 90. Getting out the vote in Virginia

Dr. William Ferguson "Fergie" Reid, the first African American elected to the Virginia General Assembly since Reconstruction While much of the media is focusing on presidential hopefuls for 2016, the state of Virginia has key elections coming up this year—elections for the Virginia House of Delegates. Show More Summary

N.C. liquor law update

The Asheville Citizen-Times provides an update on various bills before the General Assembly to change how alcohol is sold in North Carolina. A brief summary from the article: State law requires that all sales of liquor by the bottle be in the network of ABC stores that are owned by and benefit local government. Brewers […]

North Carolinians Call on Governor McCrory to Stop RFRA NOW

Extreme members of both chambers of the North Carolina General Assembly are pushing their own religious refusal bills.

How to Stop North Carolina's New Frontier of Voter Suppression

For years, state legislative and Congressional redistricting has been a topic of great political contention. This year in North Carolina, the conflict went local. The General Assembly introduced a series of bills to reconfigure local government bodies across the state. Show More Summary

Va. lawmakers reject many of McAuliffe’s amendments to bills

RICHMOND — Virginia’s General Assembly failed to override any of Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s vetoes Wednesday but rejected a slew of his amendments in the name of civil liberties, limited government and religious freedom.Read full articl...

The Travel Tax Trap

This post originally appeared on Red Maryland, Maryland’s most respected conservative voice. Follow us on Twitter @RedMaryland or me @BrianGriffiths The Maryland General Assembly managed to mostly restrain itself from passing a tax increase. Show More Summary

Amateur hour in Virginia’s General Assembly

If you are an ordinary Virginian with deep concerns about how the General Assembly passes laws that affect you greatly, you are pretty much out of luck.That’s the conclusion of a study by Transparency Virginia, an informal coalition of non-profit public interest groups. Their findings  came after members studied how the 2015 General Assembly operated.Read full article >>

Illinois Bill Would Force You to Pay for Abortions Through All Nine Months of Pregnancy

The Illinois General Assembly is considering House bill 4013 that would force you to pay for abortions through all nine months of pregnancy for those on Medicaid. But why is it such a bad idea? ( I mean besides the obvious? ) Here’s the top five terrible facts about this bill: 1. According to the pro-choice […]

All Opinions Are Local: Amateur hour in Virginia’s General Assembly

If you are an ordinary Virginian with deep concerns about how the General Assembly passes laws that affect you greatly, you are pretty much out of luck.That’s the conclusion of a study by Transparency Virginia, an informal coalition of non-profit public interest groups. Their findings  came after members studied how the 2015 General Assembly operated.Read full article >>

Police surveillance data high on agenda for Va. legislators’ veto session

RICHMOND — Legislators will be forced to weigh police interests against privacy rights when they return to the state Capitol on Wednesday to have their final say on legislation passed in the 2015 General Assembly session.Read full article >>

Faux Twitter accounts to be a Felony offense?

And you thought I was using hyperbole in describing NC's government as a third-world dictatorship: AN ACT making impersonation of an actual person over the internet for certain unlawful purposes a class h felony. The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts: SECTION 1. Show More Summary

MO: Lawmakers Ponder Tax That Funds Kansas City Public Transit

April 11--JEFFERSON CITY -- The future of Kansas City's public transportation system rests in the hands of the Missouri General Assembly -- a body where taxes and mass transit don't have an abundance of allies. That makes some local leaders nervous. "I have some concerns," said Sen. Show More Summary

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