Legislatures at Work

Does Congress Need to Be Held Back a Grade?

There are various software tools available that will let you determine the "grade level" and/or complexity of a particular piece of text. The Sunlight Foundation ran a couple of decades' worth of the Congressional Record through one of them, and the…


Last Call in the House of Commons?

I mentioned back in 2008 that the drunken-legislator problem in Australia had gotten to the point that some were calling for members of Parliament to be subjected to periodic breath tests. At least two MPs had been forced to resign…


Man Ticketed After Cat Won’t Jog

One reason dogs are (arguably) better than cats: you can take them out jogging. According to the Boulder Daily Camera, a 19-year-old man was ticketed in nearby Lafayette, Colorado, last week "on suspicion of tethering his cat to a rock after…






Penguin Defecates in Kentucky Legislature

I don’t know about you, but I for one am sick and tired of these penguins befouling our nation’s halls of government. Seems like everytime you turn around, there’s another penguin pooping in a legislature. Can the candidates take this…


Feinstein Bill a Great Step Forward for the Illusion of Civil Rights

While most people were getting ready for New Year's, President Obama was happily signing the National Defense Authorization Act (as Jonathan Turley discusses here). As you may recall, the NDAA contains a hilarious provision that requires anyone accused of terrorism to be detained…


Governor Praises Legislature for Mountain-Lion-Stuffing Bill

Here's the right way to use a "signing statement": To the Members of the California State Senate: I am signing SB 769, which allows for a dead mountain lion to be stuffed and displayed. This presumably important bill earned overwhelming support [from] both…