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Chris Evans & Jeremy Renner Both Make Public Apologies For Calling Black Widow A 'Slut' –Read What They Had To Say HERE!

Earlier today, we reported that Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner made an inappropriate joke during an Avengers: Age of Ultron press tour interview, and they're super sorry about it. [ Video: The Avengers Assemble To Play Family Feud On Jimmy Kimmel Live! ] After being asked a question about the idea of Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow character [...]

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.

California bill would ban 'Redskins' as school team name or mascot

Public schools in California would have to phase out the use of the term “Redskins” for their athletic team name or mascot under a bill advanced Tuesday by a state Assembly panel based on concern that the term is derogatory to Native Americans.

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

After Speaker Praises Jesus at Public School Assembly, Everyone (To My Surprise) Handles It Perfectly

With so many public schools directly or indirectly promoting Christianity these days, it's nice to see a situation where everyone handled it properly.Last week, motivation speaker Ryan Roberts spoke to the juniors at Keller High School in Texas, his alma mater, about how to handle stress. Show More Summary

Proposed bill would hobble transit across North Carolina

A bill being considered in the N.C. General Assembly would bar N.C. counties from raising sales taxes to fund both education and public transportation. The taxes could fund one or the other, not both. The bill - House Bill 1224 - acquired some surprise provisions in the last few days. Show More Summary

Michael Higgs’s nomination to Md. state board stalls in General Assembly

The nomination of a prominent Montgomery County Republican to the Maryland Public Service Commission stalled in the General Assembly on Monday night as some senators privately wondered how a series of years-old partisan tweets might have affected his confirmation.Read full article >>

Bill hardly an attack on middle class

By Glenn Cook, Las Vegas Review-Journal Nevada lawmakers don’t have to look too hard for reasons to pass Assembly Bill 182, which contains provisions that public employee bargaining groups have labeled “union Armageddon.” In fact, lawmakers can find the biggest justification for the bill walking the halls of the Legislative Building as a paid lobbyist.

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:

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 ...

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