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Small business group backs Kathy Szeliga for Senate
A national small business group that has been active in Maryland endorsed state Del. Kathy Szeliga's campaign for the state's open Senate seat on Thursday. The National Federation of Independent Businesses, which has over 4,000 members in the state and which helped to kill a controversial paid...
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Small business United States Senate Chris Van Hollen Business Maryland Democratic Party Senate Baltimore
Australian senator quits shadow cabinet over China payments row
SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian opposition senator quit the shadow cabinet on Wednesday after saying he had failed to declare that a Chinese company had made payments on his behalf for travel and legal bills.
10 points by Reuters | Reuters Thomson Reuters News agency Senate News United States Senate Politics Tom Glocer
Michigan Senate approves medical marijuana tax, regulations
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan would tax and regulate medical marijuana in a tiered licensing system under legislation that has cleared a big hurdle in the Legislature. The Republican-controlled Senate voted 25-12 for a bill Thursday to require a state operating license to grow, process, sell, transport or test marijuana ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | United States Congress Legislature Michigan Legislatures Senate United States Senate Washington D.C. United States
Senator’s nephew found dead in home invasion
The nephew of a prominent Democratic senator was found murdered in his small Washington state town — lying in a pool of his own blood, with a blood-stained wood-splitting ax nearby. Bob Tester, 35, was found after his 8-year-old daughter called her grandmother to say her father had been killed. It is believed Tester was...
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McGinty, Toomey trade barbs to launch fall campaign season
The Keystone State's candidates for the U.S. Senate fired volleys at each other Tuesday at campaign events on opposite sides of Philadelphia.
18 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | United States Senate Senate United States Donald Trump Philadelphia President pro tempore of the United States Senate Arlen Specter Working class
Ad wars begin in Florida Senate race between Murphy, Rubio
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The post-primary television ad wars are beginning in Florida's U.S. Senate race, touching on themes raised earlier in the campaign: Republican Sen. Marco Rubio not showing up to work and Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy embellishing his resume. Murphy's campaign began airing an ad Wednesday showing ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | United States Senate Small business American Roman Catholic politicians Senate Marco Polo United States Florida Patrick Murphy
Deal to fund Baltimore schools, pass manufacturing tax break taking shape
A deal is taking shape in Annapolis that would give the Baltimore school system money to help close its $130 million funding shortfall and also create a tax break that Gov. Larry Hogan proposed for manufacturers.Del. Maggie McIntosh, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, predicted Friday...
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Legislatures Taxation in the United States United States Senate United States House Committee on Appropriations Bill Clinton President pro tempore of the United States Senate Senate Curt Anderson
Senate OKs state budget
The state Senate approved its revision of the state's $43.5 billion budget on Thursday, though some senators expressed concern that the plan doesn't resolve long-term spending imbalances. While the budget must be balanced each year, the state's finances project a structural deficit in future years....
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Hawaii committees pass new versions of vacation rental bills
HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii legislative committees have passed new versions of bills addressing vacation rentals. State Senate committees on tourism and public safety on Wednesday passed legislation giving hosting platforms like Airbnb the option to pay hotel taxes on behalf of short-term rental operators. The bill says platforms that do ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | United States Congress Bill Clinton Legislatures Legislature Senate Property Renting United States
Sunday liquor sales ban on Minnesota House's chopping block
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota could take the first step toward erasing the state's ban on Sunday liquor sales. The House was expected to vote Monday on a bill that would allow liquor stores to open on Sundays. It's a perennial issue at the Capitol that consumes plenty of ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Washington D.C. United States Senate United States Congress Legislatures United States Capitol Bill Clinton Sunday Senate
U.S. senators consider sanctions against Iran for missile development
MUNICH (Reuters) - U.S. Republican senators plan to introduce legislation to impose further sanction on Iran, accusing it of violating U.N. Security Council resolutions by testing ballistic missiles and acting to "destabilize" the Middle East, a U.S. senator said Sunday.
-2 points by Reuters | United States Senate Reuters Thomson Reuters United States Senate Committee on Armed Services Missile News agency Senate United States
Battle brews on extending T’s Pacheco Law waiver
Gov. Charlie Baker said last week that the MBTA’s Fiscal Management and Control Board should stick around well past its current 2018 expiration date — but another major reform at the T isn’t getting the same latitude.The 2015 budget that created the control board — along with the option of extending it to 2020 — also included a three-year waiver exempting the MBTA from the Pacheco Law, which gave the agency more freedom to explore private contracts for what’s currently public work.
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Letter: Thank you for the prayers
Thank you for the prayersDear Citizens of Senate District 2: I’m writing to express my deepest gratitude to all who have offered prayers and support since my beloved Christine was stricken on Jan. 18. For those many who have sent cards, cooked meals for us, cared for our pets, plowed our driveway,...
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Clark County wants role to match responsibility in inmate pre-sentencing reports
Clark County officials want a more oversight in preparing pre-sentence investigation reports used by the court system.
2 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | United States Congress Legislature United States Senate The Bill Legislatures Carson City Nevada Senate ITV
Delinquent child support payments could lead to suspended vehicle registrations in Nevada
Nevadans who fall behind in child support payments could have their vehicle registrations suspended.
735 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | United States Congress United States Senate Legislatures Carson City Nevada Senate Legislature Nevada U.S. state
Illinois governor offers tax-hike guidance in budget mess
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner will give a specific glimpse at what kind of tax increases he'll accept Wednesday in attempting to break the nation's longest state-budget stalemate since at least World War II.
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | Illinois Springfield Illinois Chicago United States Missouri Barack Obama Ohio Senate
Tenn. lawmaker resigns amid allegations of inappropriate sexual contact
Scandal comes just months after another lawmaker expelled for inappropriate behavior.       
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Russian Lawmakers Criticize Washington Over Flynn
Russian officials cast the resignation of national security adviser Mike Flynn as a campaign by Washington insiders to undermine President Donald Trump and scuttle the chances of Russian-American rapprochement.
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At least four GOP senators are on the fence about Labor Dept. nominee Andrew Puzder
At least four senators signal that they're waiting to see how he does at his confirmation hearing.
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Overnight vandalism closes Pa. Senate offices today
HARRISBURG -- The state Senate is closing its offices today after a vandal apparently broke into the state Capitol early Sunday and sprayed the contents of a fire extinguisher along several hallways outside the Senate's offices and chambers, according to state officials.
24 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | United States Senate United States Capitol United States House of Representatives Washington D.C. United States Congress Senate War of 1812 Bavaria
What Milo Yiannopoulos and Elizabeth Warren have in common
What's the best way to make sure a message gets heard? Try to muzzle it. Both liberals and conservatives are newly rediscovering the political power of this phenomenon.
1 points by The Denver Post | Coretta Scott King Liberalism Mitch McConnell Senate Censorship Barbra Streisand Jeff Sessions Liberal
‘British troops may return to Afghanistan,’ admits Armed Forces minister
As Afghanistan slides deeper into chaos, Armed Forces Minister Mike Penning has said British troops may return to the war-torn country. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Rand Paul explains vote for Sessions: Democrats alienated him with 'character' attacks
“I think it’s very upsetting that they didn’t choose to go after him on particular issues, like civil asset forfeiture."
1526 points by The Washington Post | United States Senate Democracy Coretta Scott King Senate Alabama United States House of Representatives Asset forfeiture Barack Obama
Revision to state laws would make college credit more accessible to Nevada high school students
Revisions to two state laws aim to make it easier for Nevada high school students to earn college credits or participate in internships while in high school.
2 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | High school Education Proposal State College Law Senate Educational stages
Dueling paid sick leave plans under debate
State lawmakers, intent on passing some version of a law that would require employers to offer paid sick leave to their workers this year, began Thursday to sort through the details of two competing proposals.A proposal by General Assembly Democrats would benefit more people and expect employers...
2 points by Baltimore Sun | United States Senate United States Senate Committee on Finance United States Legislatures Proposal Senate Employee benefit Leave
Trump attacks senator as debate over judiciary ensnares Supreme Court nominee
In the short history of the Trump presidency, the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court had been the one effort operating under traditional rules — smooth, carefully planned and predictable. Until Thursday. The disruption came, as has so often been the case, with a tweet from the...
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Jacques: Opponents make DeVos ‘more resolute’
In exclusive interview she puts priority on convincing education establishment she’s not out to destroy public schools        
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Liz Warren goes high to surpass old boys’ club
What’s the matter, guys? You can’t take a smart, tell-it-like-it-is, in-your-face woman who says what she means and means what she says?Many of us in Massachusetts, men and women alike, thank our lucky stars we have someone of Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s courage and caliber out there fighting for us. We find comfort in knowing she is not afraid to ask the questions that no one else may have thought to ask — a woman who comes back at you arguing what she believes, no matter how hard the pushback or how rough the fight.
2 points by Boston Herald | United States Senate Coretta Scott King Republican Party Senate Barack Obama Woman Senator for life Rights
Opponents make DeVos ‘more resolute’
In exclusive interview she puts priority on convincing education establishment she’s not out to destroy public schools        
-2 points by The Detroit News | National Education Association United States Senate Donald Trump Education Senate School Education policy School voucher
Elizabeth Warren spotlights economic struggle in new book, ‘This Fight Is Our Fight’
Senator Elizabeth Warren isn’t done fighting America’s good fight, judging by the title of her upcoming book, This Fight Is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class.
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Senator: Firms ‘cheating the system’ on state contracts
Business bids on state contracts would be exempt from public disclosure until a final award is made under a new bill        
-2 points by The Detroit News | United States Senate Detroit Party leaders of the United States Senate Federal government of the United States Legislature Senate Lansing Michigan Negotiation
Senate panel introduces new school vaccine opt-out bill
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - An Idaho Senate panel has introduced legislation that would allow parents simply to write a letter excusing their children from vaccines rather than fill out a governmental form. The Times-News (http://bit.ly/2koAfe3 ) reports that the state currently allows parents enrolling their children into school to opt ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Immune system Washington D.C. Senate Public health United States Congress State Boise Idaho United States Senate
Jovenel Moise sworn in as Haiti's new president
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Jovenel Moise was sworn in Tuesday as Haiti's president for the next five years after a bruising two-year election cycle, inheriting a chronically struggling economy and a deeply divided society.The 48-year-old entrepreneur took the oath of office in a Parliament chamber packed with Haitian lawmakers and foreign dignitaries from countries including the U.S., Venezuela and France. He smiled slightly as the Senate leader slipped Haiti's red and blue presidential sash over his left shoulder.
1 points by Boston Herald | Oath Haiti Inauguration Port-au-Prince Cap-Haïtien Oath of office Politician Senate
Sharpton ally sues New Jersey for arrest at takeover hearing
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - The leader of the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network chapter in Atlantic City is suing New Jersey over his arrest while testifying at a state Senate hearing. Steven Young was handcuffed and taken into custody on March 10 after refusing to end his testimony ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | New Jersey Al Sharpton United States New York City National Action Network Washington D.C. James Brown Senate
Will Richman join SRC in charter-school vote?

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Legislature rejects bonds to repair Rawlins prison
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Legislative leaders are proposing to create a savings account to eventually rebuild the state prison at Rawlins rather than spend money to repair it now. The decision runs against a recommendation by Gov. Matt Mead to use bonds to repair the prison after a task force ...
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Two Washingtons, two day jobs and angry Democrats back home: Trump EPA official juggles dual roles
An official helping to reshape the Environmental Protection Agency under juggling his other job, as a top Republican in the Washington state Senate.
818 points by The Washington Post | United States Senate Washington Democratic Party United States Olympia Washington Donald Trump Washington D.C. Senate
Watch live: Senate debate on Betsy DeVos nomination
USA TODAY will carry live coverage of this event       
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N.Y. lawmakers begin shelving 5-cent plastic bag fee plan
State lawmakers on Monday began the process of bagging the city’s 5-cent plastic bag fee.
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State Sen. Farley will ‘not be silenced’ after departure from GOP
State Sen. Patricia Farley had the perfect “mom job.” It was by happenstance she traded it in for steel-toed boots, a hard hat and politics — the latter undergoing an evolution of its own. Farley, elected as a Republican in 2014 representing Senate District 8 in Las Vegas, left the GOP in November and will serve in the 2017 Legislature as an independent. She will caucus with Democrats but gave no promises on how she’ll vote on issues.
217 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | United States Senate Party leaders of the United States Senate Senate Family Want Las Vegas metropolitan area The Bill
Texas Senate panel OKs so-called sanctuary cities bill
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas Senate panel has approved a so-called sanctuary cities bill that would withhold state money from local jurisdictions that don't hand over immigrants already in custody for possible deportation.
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | Texas Senate Immigration United States Senate Legislatures Austin Texas United States U.S. state
Michigan Senate passes bills aimed at reducing recidivism
The state Senate passed a 21-bill package that deals with parole, probation, housing young offenders        
-2 points by Detroit Free Press | Prison United States House of Representatives United States Senate Bill Clinton Criminal justice Senate Legislature Crime
Hello? People swamp Congress with calls in era of Trump
Life on Capitol Hill in the Trump era means answering more phone calls        
-2 points by The Detroit News | United States Senate Mitch McConnell Republican Party Party leaders of the United States Senate Donald Trump Democratic Party United States Capitol Senate
Kamala Harris zings Trump attorney general pick: 'Jefferson Beauregard Sessions' is 'troubling'
Essential Politics: Ellison to speak to California Democrats, political strategists discuss the 2016 election Nov. 18, 2016, 4:27 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now:Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison will speak...
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Who has Trump appointed to his cabinet so far?
Donald Trump added three new men to his list of cabinet picks Friday, bringing the total number of posts he’s filled (pending nominations) t...       
14318 points by USA Today | United States Senate Hillary Rodham Clinton Democratic Party Senate Donald Trump Leave of absence Republican Party Bill Clinton
Trump cabinet picks send Twitter into meltdown
Critics of President-elect Donald Trump reacted to his newest Cabinet picks with the same outrage they expressed over his choice of chief strategist. His pick for CIA director pleased some fierce critics, while angering vocal supporters. Read Full Article at RT.com
467 points by Russia Today | United States Senate President of the United States United States House of Representatives Jeff Sessions Attorney general 2003 invasion of Iraq Senate Justin Raimondo
Oops: Senator congratulates Flynn on Trump appointment that hasn't happened
Jack Reed released a statement congratulating retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn on his appointment as national security adviser.
11 points by The Washington Post | United States Senate James L. Jones Senate United States National Security Council National Security Advisor National security Rhode Island Jack Reed
Michigan Senate OKs bill to allow dogs on restaurant patios
The bill — which supporters say could boost tourism — now moves to the House.        
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The fight for Brazil's future
The Brazilian youth is leading the resistance to legislation that would reverse social gains and protect wealthy elites.
1269 points by Al Jazeera English | Tax Brazil Rio de Janeiro Senate United States Constitution The Crisis Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva Crisis
Italy's Renzi rules out government role if he loses referendum
ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Thursday he would not take any part in efforts to form a temporary or technocratic government if he loses next month's referendum on constitutional reform.
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