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House Delegation to Asia Will Overlap With Obama Trip

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.) will lead a group of House lawmakers to meet with top officials from Japan, South Korea and China next week, offering a counterpoint to President Barack Obama’s planned visit to the region...

Wisconsin US House Delegation Experience, 1848-2014

Sign of the times: 23 of the Top 25 most experienced delegations from the Badger State have been elected over the last 50 years.

John Podesta to Lead Obama's Delegation to Canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II

The White House has announced that John Podesta, President Obama’s current Counselor, will lead his delegation to the Holy See for the Mass of canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II on April 27, 2014. Podesta will head the delegation which will also include Rep. Show More Summary

California's Royce to Lead Delegation to Ukraine

Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is leading a congressional delegation to Ukraine during the two-week April House recess, the Orange County Register reports. The delegation will also visit Azerbaijan...Show More Summary

House Speaker John Boehner Visits Afghanistan

Republican delegation's visit comes as presidential elections continue, and as U.S. officials weigh how many—if any—American troops to leave in the country after the end of the year, when U.S. operations there are set to conclude

VA House Candidate: No Abortion Incest Exception Because Sometimes It’s ‘Voluntary’

Virginia Delegate Bob Marshall, running for the U.S. House, who most recently proclaimed disabled children to be a result of God’s vengeance because of abortion, says there should be no exception in cases of incest because sometimes it’s “voluntary.” Bob Marshall is the gift that keeps on giving. At a 2013 event, Marshall speculated that […]

Virginia GOP Candidate: Sometimes Incest Is 'Voluntary'

Virginia Delegate Bob Marshall strikes again! First his comments about disabled children being some kind of bizarre divine punishment, and now this: A Virginia Republican currently running for the U.S. House of Representatives believes...Show More Summary

Fetal Abnormalities: The Next Minefield in the Abortion Wars?

I n January, two legislators in Virginia’s House of Delegates introduced a bill that should have been uncontroversial. The bulk of HB 612 created new rules for genetic counselors practicing in the state, who had been unregulated and unlicensed. Show More Summary

Maryland Set to Decriminalize Marijuana After Gov. Pledges to Sign Bill

After some heated last minute maneuvers in the House of Delegates over the weekend the state of Maryland is set to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. On Monday, Gov. Martin O'Malley pledged to sign the marijuana decriminalization bill recently approved by the Senate.

Marijuana decriminalization passes hurdle in Maryland Legislature

By Jeremy Bauer-Wolf | Maryland Reporter Following hours of hot debate, negotiation and shouting, the House of Delegates Saturday approved removing criminal penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana in a 78-55 vote. The measure already approved by the Senate, SB364, would make possessing 10 grams of marijuana or less a civil offense, like a...

The man who saved marijuana decriminalization in Maryland talks to Death and Taxes

2 weeks agoOdd : Death and Taxes

On Saturday, after a year-long fight, the Maryland House of Delegates passed marijuana decriminalization. The State Senate is expected to vote on the measure Monday (the last day of Maryland’s 2014 legislative session) and Governor Martin O’Malley, who was not supportive of the bill, has sent signals that he may be open to signing it. […]

$10.10 minimum wage passes Maryland Senate committee

By Margaret Sessa-Hawkins | Maryland Reporter The Senate Finance Committee approved a $10.10 minimum wage for most Maryland workers, but extended the increases over the next four years, rather than three as the House of Delegates had done. The bill also ties the minimum wage to increased state reimbursement for disability support workers, who currently...

97 Years Ago Today: 1st Woman in Congress. Today: Zero Women in NJ Delegation

Ninety-seven years ago today Jeanette Rankin, a Republican and lifelong pacifist from Montana took her seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. The first woman ever elected to Congress. Today, there are no women in NJ's congressional delegation. Show More Summary

Maryland House rejects attempts to force vote on legislative pay raise

By Margaret Sessa-Hawkins | Maryland Reporter A Republican attempt to force legislators to vote on their own pay raise was defeated in the House of Delegates Tuesday, with Democrats overwhelmingly rejecting the move. Introduced by Del. Cathy Vitale, R-Anne Arundel, the motion asked the House to suspend the rules so that a resolution to reject...

This Maryland Politician Pulled A Frank Underwood Move On 'House Of Cards'

The battle between the production company behind the Netflix original series "House of Cards" and the state of Maryland finally came to a head last week, when Maryland's House of Delegates pulled a move that would make Frank Underwood would be proud. Show More Summary

Prepare to cringe: photos of a dancing bishop

Thanks to the Tradition in Action blog for these grisly but compelling snaps of Archbishop Giovanni Tonucci, Pontifical Delegate to the Shrine of the Holy House of Nazareth in Loreto, Italy. Is there any truth, I wonder, to the rumour that Doctor Austen Ivereigh was groovin' away just out of shot? As I've revealed before, he [...]

Maryland roundup

3 weeks agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

Prosecution for profit: False Claims Act, empowering private lawyers to sue businesses on behalf of the state and rake off 25 percent bounty for themselves, passes House of Delegates on near-party line vote [roll call, text, ChamberShow More Summary

Maryland Notches Another Victory for LGBT Rights

In a major victory for dignity and equality in the State of Maryland, yesterday the House of Delegates followed the Senate in passing the Fairness for All Marylanders Act of 2014. This new law prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity in public accommodations, housing, and employment. Show More Summary

Maryland House Fights Back Over ‘House Of Cards’ Tax Break Threat

Netflix’s House Of Cards has threatened to pick up and move its production to another state if Maryland doesn’t approve sufficient tax credits And now the Maryland House of Delegates has responded, adopting budget language that would require the state to seize the production company’s property if it does any such thing. Show More Summary

Maryland vows eminent domain to seize “House of Cards”

3 weeks agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

Kind of like Venezuela with Old Bay seasoning: “Responding to a threat that the “House of Cards” television series may leave Maryland if it doesn’t get more tax credits, the House of Delegates adopted budget language Thursday requiring the state to seize the production company’s property if it stops filming in the state. Show More Summary

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