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Virginia's General Assembly likes Solar Energy. Will That Be Enough?

Virginia’s General Assembly broke new ground in February when it passed legislation declaring up to 500 megawatts of utility solar power “in the public interest.” The language will help projects gain regulatory approval from the State Corporation Commission, which has been hostile to renewable energy. read more

Iron Man

Last Tuesday the Wu-Tang Clan released its long-awaited sixth album, A Better Tomorrow. It’s a solid if disjointed piece of work, assembled after many months of premature promotion and intermittent public squabbling. It also landsShow More Summary

ComEd Backs a Bill to Impose Demand Charges on Residential Customers

The Illinois General Assembly introduced legislation recently that would allow ComEd to invest more than $400 million in projects like community solar, along with grid-edge assets such as microgrids and public electric-vehicle charging infrastructure. read more

The Trauma of Mothers Who Have Lost Children to Adoption

In a public hearing before the Assembly Institutions, Health and Welfare Committee on Adoption, December 9, 1981, in Trenton, New Jersey, attorney Harold Cassidy made the following impassioned plea: There is a need for us in societyShow More Summary

Assembly Speaker Heastie gets new car courtesy of taxpayers

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Heastie, who became speaker only last month, is cruising in a brand new, publicly funded black 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited.

Paid Family Leave Moves Forward in Connecticut with Bipartisan Support

Something historic just happened in my home state of Connecticut. The Connecticut General Assembly's Labor and Public Employees committee moved forward a bill that would create a state-wide system of paid family and medical leave, with...Show More Summary

State agency denies Dominion’s request to skip more financial scrutiny

RICHMOND — State regulators on Friday denied a new request from Dominion Virginia Power to keep some financial information secret during an upcoming public review.Dominion’s request came just weeks after the General Assembly took away the State Corporation Commission's authority to order customer rate cuts or refunds through 2022.Read full article >>

Save Our Schools New Jersey - Susan Caulfield

One of my takeaways from today's Assembly Budget Committee has been the number of charter school operators education profiteers who testified asking for even more money from the state. Money that would normally go to public schools.Show More Summary

McKeon on the State Budget

Following today's public hearing of the Assembly Budget Committee, I spoke briefly with Assemblyman John McKeon about the budget process, priorities, and revenue enhancement.

Assembly Budget Committee Public Hearings

Yesterday, Bill Orr reported on the first of several public meetings of the Senate Budget Committee. This morning, its the Assembly's turn, with the first of several meetings; this one being held in Collingswood. Prior to the start of the session, I spoke with Chairman Gary Schaer: http://traffic.libsyn.com/bluejerseypodcast/Schaer.mp3

Illinois Internet Screening in Public Libraries Act Meets with Opposition

At Illinois’s 99th General Assembly on February 29, State Representative Peter Breen (R-District 48) introduced House Bill 2689, which would create the Internet Screening in Public Libraries Act (ISPLA). The act provides that every public...Show More Summary

40 current, former Va. lawmakers back McDonnell conviction appeal

RICHMOND — Forty current and former members of the Virginia General Assembly signed a legal brief supporting former governor Robert F. McDonnell’s bid to have his public corruption conviction overturned on appeal. Read full article ...

Does Vice Float?

On Tuesday afternoon, the art collective Talibam! organized a public assembly in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The purpose of the assembly was, through collective effort and will, to levitate Vice Media up from its current location at 90 North 11th Street and to deposit it into the nearby East River. One figures—conservatively—that the building that currently houses […]

The Day that It Changed for Me

Bob Geary photo accompanying an IndyWeek article about the NC General Assembly's plans to divert millions of taxpay money from public education to private schools. Some of you are aware that I am working on a new book.  I wrote about it here, in I Can’t Believe that I’m Doing this Again!  The initial intent of […]

Purity Ring streaming new album; Braids & Born Gold added to tour, released new songs (listen, dates)

by Andrew Sacher photo: Purity Ring at Public Assembly in 2012 (more by Ryan Muir) Canadian electronic pop duo Purity Ring will put out their anticipated sophomore album, Another Eternity, on 4AD next week (3/3). They've already released two songs,...

Sign up to join Mashable's live blog of Super Bowl ads

For the past three years, Mashable has assembled a crack team of ad execs to live blog and critique the often sorry crop of Super Bowl ads that are foisted on the American public. This year is no exception It's a tough job, but someone's got to do it. Show More Summary

Action Alert Virginia! Your Help is Needed Today!

The Virginia General Assembly is addressing the use of restraint and seclusion of students. Your action is needed today! The Virginia Senate voted to regulate (SB782) the use of seclusion and restraint in public school children. The House of Delegates will now hear similar legislation (HB1443). On Monday morning, February 2, 2015, the House Education […]

VA: HRT Unlikely to Get Lawmakers' OK for Dedicated Revenue

Jan. 29--NORFOLK -- Local boosters of public transportation can expect mixed results this General Assembly session. An effort to reverse a major reduction in state funding for public transit is being pushed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Republican Del. Show More Summary

Hillary Clinton may not Announce 2016 Candidacy until July 2015

Reports say she needs time to assemble her staff and craft her message, especially after a series of public gaffes of how poor she was at one point.

Convicted Ex-Virginia Governor’s Law License Revoked

Bob McDonnell’s conviction on 11 public corruption charges is not good for his law career. “Like” us on Facebook Now read this:New York State Assembly Speaker Arrested For Corruption (Jan 22, 2015) Chris Christie: The Most Corrupt Governor in America (Jan 7, 2015) Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell Sentenced To Two Years In Prison (Jan [...]

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