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Bagged: Democrats Vote to Ban Plastic Bags After Union Shift

Democrats in Sacramento finally passed the plastic bag ban introduced by State Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), after a similar vote in the State Assembly failed earlier this week. The key, notes KQED public radio, was that the powerful...Show More Summary

Emanuel allies send loyalty scorecard to aldermanic challengers

A political fund backing Mayor Rahm Emanuel has assembled a scorecard for would-be Chicago City Council candidates to gauge their views on key issues such as property taxes, public schools and the minimum wage.

Chicago Students Want a Democratic School System

In 1995, Richard M. Daley convinced the Illinois General Assembly to do away with elected school councils and place the Chicago Public Schools directly under the mayor's control. Since then, CPS has operated under a model in which the...

Sam wants to keep being a football player

ST. LOUIS -- As if from an assembly line, the labels have been thrown at Michael Sam. Since Sam announced publicly that he’s gay in an interview with ESPN in February, he’s heard them all. He has been called a pioneer and trailblazer. Show More Summary

WFP remains secretive on campaign spending

The Working Families Party has yet to publicly reveal spending on its campaign for a Brooklyn state Assembly seat.

CA Lawmakers Fight 'Hate' by Banning State Sale, Display of Confederate Flag

On August 21 the California State Assembly voted 66-1 to pass AB 2444, banning the state from selling Confederate flags or displaying them. An exemption would exist for "the flag's use in school textbooks, public museums and other educational...Show More Summary

Ferguson Police Release Statement Telling Protesters Not to Assemble After Sundown

2 weeks agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

For those of us watching the events unfolding in Ferguson, Missouri, in response to the police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown there this weekend, the Ferguson Police Department has finally issued a public statement this morning, their first since the shooting occurred on Saturday, it appears. In the statement, which a St. Show More Summary

CA Considering Harsher Standards for Sexual Assault on Campuses

The Los Angeles Daily News reports that in August, the California State Assembly will consider legislation requiring colleges whose student financial assistance is publicly funded to obey an “affirmative consent standard” designed to investigate and then punish those guilty of sexual assault. Show More Summary

California considering universal consent standards to combat sexual assault

The California State Assembly is set to review legislation that would require schools receiving public funding to adopt an “affirmative consent standard,” clearly defining when sex is consensual and when it is not. California would be...Show More Summary

California Assembly Passes Bill Requiring Police to Get a Warrant for Surveillance Drones

3 weeks agoNews : Reason

The California Assembly has passed a bill hat would require law enforcement agencies to obtain a warrant before using a surveillance drone as part of a criminal investigation. The bill specifically states:  (a) A public agency shallShow More Summary

University education is only for rich kids

4 weeks agoUS Politics / Liberal : BlueNC

The North Carolina Constitution states: The General Assembly shall provide that the benefits of The University of North Carolina and other public institutions of higher education, as far as practicable, be extended to the people of the...Show More Summary

Massachusetts Bill Would Give People, Not the Government, Right to Decide Gun Control Issue

Last week the Massachusetts Assembly voted on a gun bill that was initially submitted to the legislature last year by Governor Deval Patrick following Sandy Hook. The bill was debated at a half-dozen public forums attended by advocates...Show More Summary

Photo Gallery: Jaguar F-Type Project 7

2 months agoVehicles / Cars : Kicking Tires

Jaguar has confirmed that it intends to build 250 examples of the 2013 F-Type Project 7 concept car for sale to the public, using its Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations team to handle the assembly of the custom two-seat roadster.....

Oil By Rail: Nine Things California Can Do to Increase Safety

At a joint Senate and Assembly hearing last week on oil by rail safety in California, some lawmakers expressed frustration at slow federal action, and asked what California can do to increase public safety. My testimony focused on federal preemption issues, defining areas where the state can regulate, and those where it is preempted by […]

Despite budget struggles, PA General Assembly sitting on big cash

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania might be facing a two-year deficit of $1.4 million, but not everybody is hurting. Aside from their $84,000 base salaries, session-day per diems and public pensions, Pennsylvania lawmakers had a reserve fund of more than $153 million as of June 30, 2013, according to an...

Police shut down Black Bear Bar show, so EULA will play extra long Thursday (maybe tracks off their new 7")

Black Bear Bar only has 4 pics on Facebook. This is one of them As Ted Chase first told me, the Northside Festival showcase happening in the front room of what used to be Public Assembly (but is now called...

Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

By Tom Spurgeon Stuart Immonen and Kathryn Immonen have just released their Snipe on Comixology Submit. If I'm on top of my game this week, I'll remember to have linked this part of this sentence directly to that publication. If not,...Show More Summary

World Health Assembly closes

24 May 2014 | GENEVA -The Sixty-seventh World Health Assembly closed today, after adopting more than 20 resolutions on public health issues of global importance.

Illinois General Assembly To Public: Frack You!

Late Friday, before Memorial Day weekend, a bill was introduced into the Illinois General Assembly to cut the public out of the rulemaking process for fracking statewide. [Not like the practice is controversial or something.] [ more...

Supervisor: Fairfax will kill limits on home assemblies

TIME TO TOAST?: Fairfax County officials are expected to back track on a plan to limit the number and size of assemblies at local homes. By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau FAIRFAX, Va. — Bowing to a public backlash, Fairfax County officials likely will kill a proposal limiting the size and number of gatherings...

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