Legislatures at Work

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Senator is Unclear “What a Trillion Is”

On Thursday, the U.S. Senate voted to (again) raise the government’s debt limit to nearly nine trillion dollars.  The government has been running huge deficits for the past few years and Congress has had to raise the limit every year…


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Massachusetts State Legislature: Hard at Work

In our federal system of government, the states retain a great deal of authority and autonomy.  Despite the fact that their legislative bodies frequently seem determined to prove that this is a stupid idea. Various sources have reported on Massachusetts…


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Nebraska County Will Proceed With Pointless Recall Election

A recall election has been scheduled in Howard County, Nebraska, aimed at the removal from office of Sheriff Troy Kaiser, who is accused of intimidating employees and threatening the county attorney.  (It’s nice to know there is at least one…


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Rhode Island Anti-Autograph Bill Doomed to Failure

Rhode Island Senator Roger Badeau says he was appalled when Red Sox players participated in an autograph-signing event in his state last year and charged children $200 per autograph. Feeling that the state need to send a message that sports…


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Iowa Bill Would Protect Public From Deadly Spinner Hubcaps

The latest deadly threat to be the subject of legislation is the “spinner hubcap,” the flashy spinning wheel covers that have become increasingly popular in recent years. Iowa House Bill 108 would make it a misdemeanor to operate any vehicle…