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U.S. Supreme Court green lights straight-party voting in Michigan
A Michigan law banned straight-party voting with critics saying it would hurt all voters.       
-1 points by USA Today | Supreme Court of the United States United States Appeal Democratic Party United States Constitution Law Supreme court Appellate court
Michigan straight-party voting ban won't take effect after U.S. Supreme Court declines to intervene
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan straight-party voting ban won't take effect after U.S. Supreme Court declines to intervene.
1 points by The Washington Times | Washington D.C. Supreme Court of the United States United States Michigan United States Constitution John G. Roberts Jury President of the United States
U.S. Supreme Court green lights straight-party voting in Mich.
The Friday ruling ends a series of appeals by Attorney General Bill Schuette        
5507 points by Detroit Free Press | Supreme Court of the United States United States Appeal United States Constitution Law Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States John G. Roberts Voting
Letter: Volinsky is a fighter
Volinsky is a fighterBack in the days when it seemed like a fool’s errand to take on the school funding issue in this “local control”-obsessed state, one man stepped into the breach. Andru Volinsky spent literally thousands of hours spearheading the Claremont school funding suit, fending off a hosti...
-1 points by Concord Monitor | Separation of powers U.S. state State School New Hampshire Federal government of the United States United States Constitution United States
Donald Trump interviewed on Russian-government funded TV show
Trump called into Larry King’s RT America show, “PoliticKing,” Thursday to discuss his bid for the White House.
456 points by Daily News | Russia President of the United States United States George W. Bush United States presidential election Bill Clinton Washington D.C. United States Constitution
Suspect charged with murder in motel shootout arrested
MAYS LANDING, N.J. (AP) - Prosecutors say a suspect charged with murder in the shooting deaths of two men in a New Jersey motel room last year has been arrested in Maryland. Prosecutors said Tuesday that 22-year-old Tywan Dixon was arrested at an apartment complex in Glen Burnie, Maryland last ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | New Jersey Criminal law Atlantic County New Jersey United States Constitution New York City English-language films Pennsylvania Maryland
Former Virginia Gov. McDonnell pays hefty price for freedom
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is officially a free man, but he paid a heavy price to get there. Federal prosecutors said Thursday they're moving to drop corruption charges against McDonnell in light of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in June that overturned the former governor's ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Supreme Court of the United States Jury United States United States Constitution Washington D.C. George W. Bush New Jersey Prosecutor
After months behind bars, the face of the armed Oregon occupation goes on trial
For weeks in Oregon’s rugged backcountry, the two brothers were the face of the armed occupation of a wildlife refuge —  two men dressed in flannel and cowboys hats with copies of the Constitution jammed in their breast pockets. Now Ammon and Ryan Bundy — behind bars since the occupation wound...
1011 points by Los Angeles Times | Federal government of the United States United States Constitution United States Congress U.S. state United States federal courts Government of the United States United States Law of the United States
Woman gets husband barred from attending their child’s birth
It’s his kid — but he’s legally barred from attending the birth. In a first-of-its-kind case in the state, a pregnant Staten Island nurse has won the right to ban her estranged husband from the delivery room for the upcoming birth of their child. “It basically boils down to it’s not about him, it’s about...
2812 points by New York Post | Human rights Supreme Court of the United States Law Childbirth Woman Marriage United States Constitution Wife
Embattled Soledad cross will remain standing after 25-year legal battle
More than 25 years of lawsuits, court rulings, aborted sales and property transfers over the landmark Mt. Soledad cross in La Jolla have finally come to an end, closing one of the longest legal battles over religious symbols on public property in the country. On Wednesday the 9th U.S. Circuit Court...
1753 points by Los Angeles Times | Mount Soledad cross controversy Law Veteran Appeal United States Constitution Supreme Court of the United States Federal government of the United States United States
Some of Ebola-quarantined nurse's lawsuit claims are tossed
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A judge has dismissed federal claims Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie violated the constitutional rights of a nurse quarantined because she had contact with Ebola patients in Africa.
-1 points by Arizona Daily Star | New Jersey New York City Newark Liberty International Airport Newark New Jersey United States FedEx Express Port Authority of New York and New Jersey United States Constitution
5 things Colorado’s Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Lily Tang said that may surprise you
In what amounted to a preview of the Club 20 debate, Williams sat for an interview with Colorado Public Radio to talk about the race that aired Thursday. And what she said may surprise you.
78 points by The Denver Post | United States Constitution Libertarian Federal government of the United States Climate change United States Senate United States Global warming President of the United States
Richard R. Beeman, 74, Penn history professor, Constitution Center trustee
Richard R. Beeman, a University of Pennsylvania historian and a trustee of the National Constitution Center who revered America's founding document and spent decades teaching its creation and complexities, died Monday. He was 74.
648 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | United States Constitution Constitution Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis Articles of Confederation National Constitution Center Lou Gehrig Pennsylvania Political charters
Feds drop charges against former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors dropped their corruption case against former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife on Thursday, more than two months after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned his conviction.
-1 points by Arizona Daily Star | Supreme Court of the United States United States Appeal United States Constitution Jury Judiciary Act of 1789 Court United States Attorney
Appeals court has concerns over possible Gitmo video release
WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal appeals court expressed concerns Thursday about the prospect of ordering the Obama administration to release graphic videos of a former Guantanamo Bay inmate being force-fed during a hunger strike. Judges hearing arguments in the long-running legal dispute considered whether any First Amendment interest in releasing ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Barack Obama Guantanamo Bay detention camp First Amendment to the United States Constitution Judge President of the United States United States United States Constitution Appeal
City doesn't want to keep paying leave to cop who shot teen
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina city is firing an officer more than a year after he shot an unarmed teen because it doesn't want to pay him to be on administrative leave any more. The Seneca Police Department released its paperwork to fire Lt. Mark Tiller on Thursday. ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | South Carolina Federal Bureau of Investigation United States Police Columbia South Carolina North Carolina United States Constitution Law enforcement agency
Feds won’t retry former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell
Federal prosecutors say they are moving to drop corruption charges against former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.
4 points by Daily News | Supreme Court of the United States Appeal United States Jury United States Constitution United States Attorney New Jersey Judiciary Act of 1789
Feds to drop charges against former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say they are moving to drop corruption charges against former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.
-1 points by Arizona Daily Star | Supreme Court of the United States Jury Appeal United States New Jersey United States Constitution George W. Bush Franklin D. Roosevelt
Vote clears way for Mich. pot dispensaries
The bills will regulate dispensaries, the growing and distribution of medical marijuana and allow for non-smokable weed.        
-1 points by Detroit Free Press | Cannabis United States Senate Legality of cannabis by country Hashish Lansing Michigan Global Marijuana March Bill Clinton United States Constitution
Death to life: Florida reduces disabled murderer's sentence
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Supreme Court is reducing the sentence of a death row inmate after the U.S. Supreme Court ordered it to reconsider his intellectual abilities.
-1 points by Arizona Daily Star | State supreme court United States Supreme Court of the United States Intelligence quotient Florida New Jersey Childbirth United States Constitution
Libertarian Gary Johnson boots question on Syria: 'What is Aleppo?'
Eric DuVallWASHINGTON, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson stumbled when asked a question about the Syrian civil war, admitting he had never heard of Aleppo.
27 points by UPI | President of the United States United States Chlorine Harriet Tubman United States presidential election United States Constitution Underground Railroad United Press International
Vote clears way for Michigan medical pot dispensaries
The bills will regulate dispensaries, the growing and distribution of medical marijuana and allow for non-smokable weed.        
2848 points by Detroit Free Press | Cannabis United States Senate Legality of cannabis by country Hashish Lansing Michigan Global Marijuana March Bill Clinton United States Constitution
Q&A: What to know as Oregon ranching standoff trial begins
Trial is gearing up this week for armed ranchers who took over a national bird sanctuary in rural Oregon to oppose federal management of public lands ...
-1 points by Las Vegas Sun | Federal government of the United States First Amendment to the United States Constitution United States Constitution Jury Supreme Court of the United States Cowboy Alford plea United States
Primary survey: Dean-Bailey faces challenge by former rep Cady for House seat
Harriet E. CadyParty: RepublicanAge: 73 Town of residence: DeerfieldOccupation: real estate brokerIncumbent? No, served from 2002-2006Do you support . . .Commuter rail funding? No at this time, N.H. has other pressing needs. Providing more state money for higher education? Need to look at how...
3 points by Concord Monitor | Minimum wage Law New Hampshire Higher education Employment Legal and medical status of cannabis United States Constitution Commuter rail
Primary survey: UNH student joins four-way race for GOP nod for House seats
Jim NasserParty: RepublicanAge: 22Town: NottinghamOccupation: student attending UNH – graduating December 2016Incumbent? NoCommuter rail funding? It is a potentially good idea for the future, but for now it will cost millions of dollars in taxpayer money, and that is something we cannot afford.Provi...
-1 points by Concord Monitor | Property Employment Tax United States Constitution Legalization Minimum wage Decriminalization New Hampshire
Letter: Choose Dawson in Laconia
Choose Dawson in LaconiaMy name is Elinor Thorsell. Many of you have passed through my classroom at Memorial Middle School. I have lived in Laconia for more than 40 years and have gotten to know Tom Dawson through his son (a friend of my son) and his Stanley Steamer. I was pleased to learn that Tom...
-1 points by Concord Monitor | United States House of Representatives United States House of Representatives United States Constitution Virginia United States Congress Bill Clinton Lower house
My Turn: Give all people a reason to say, ‘Viva America’
I recently addressed 300 Muslim judges and prosecutors graduating from the Algerian Magistrate School. The minister of justice, with whom I worked at a Rule of Law program in 2001, invited me back to Algiers to talk with the new judges about judicial independence. In Algeria, as in all democracies,...
7 points by Concord Monitor | United States Islam Law Separation of powers United States Constitution Russia Cold War Soviet Union
Airbnb threatens suit if Cuomo signs bill restricting ads
Airbnb is threatening to quickly file suit if Gov. Cuomo signs a bill that would prohibit advertising illegal units on home-sharing sites.
155 points by Daily News | New York City New York United States Congress United States Veto New Jersey United States Constitution Law
Primary survey: Three Republicans vie for chance to face House incumbents
Joseph M. AlibrandiParty: Republican Age: 54Town: Hillsboro Occupation: scientist/ product development engineer Incumbent? No, first time running for any office. Do you support . . .Commuter rail funding? I do not support taxpayers funding the commuter rail. I am for creating jobs in N.H. and this...
9 points by Concord Monitor | Minimum wage Decriminalization Cannabis United States Constitution Legalization Legal and medical status of cannabis Legality of cannabis by country Education
Primary survey: 3 GOP House incumbents face two challengers in Weare, Deering
Gary HopperParty: RepublicanAge: 59Town of residence: WeareOccupation: grandfatherIncumbent? If so, how many terms? 6+Do you support . . .Commuter rail funding? NoProviding more state money for higher education? NoPro-gun legislation, such as constitutional carry? YesReauthorizing Medicaid expansion...
5 points by Concord Monitor | Minimum wage Employment Conservatism Public transport Wage Hippocratic Oath United States Constitution Commuter rail
Primary survey: Three Republicans vie for Epsom, Pittsfield House seat
David J. PalfreyParty: RepublicanAge: 78Town of Residence: EpsomOccupation: retired from a career in bankingIncumbent? Served in House of Representatives from 2008 through 2012Do you support . . .Commuter rail funding? I do not support commuter rail funding as studies have shown it would require a...
3 points by Concord Monitor | United States House of Representatives Cannabis Law Legality of cannabis by country Legal and medical status of cannabis United States Congress Public transport United States Constitution
Obama wraps up nine-day Asia-Pacific trip
China has claimed virtually all of the South China Sea.         
56 points by Arizona Republic | United States President of the United States Southeast Asia Philippines South China Sea Laos United States Constitution United States presidential election
Should ex-Philly cop suspected of sharing child porn be forced to divulge computer passwords?
If police think someone has child pornography on his computer, should investigators be able to force him to provide his passwords - or would that violate his constitutional right against self-incrimination?
386 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Search and seizure Judge United States Constitution Supreme Court of the United States Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution Police Computer Password
Ted Cruz blasts Obama's comments about Kaepernick
Campaign 2016 updates: Trump doesn't want to talk about his 'birther' comments, but Mike Pence speaks up Sept. 7, 2016, 2:29 p.m. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will appear back-to-back at a town hall on military issues in New York.. Trump says he'd restore defense spending but comes up short...
71 points by Los Angeles Times | United States San Francisco 49ers President of the United States United States Constitution The Star-Spangled Banner Barack Obama Protest Democratic Party
Proposal would brand abortion as aggravated murder in Ohio
Petitions were submitted Friday to Attorney General Mike DeWine's office calling for an amendment to the Ohio Constitution branding abortion as aggravated murder. COLUMBUS, Ohio - A proposal to amend the Ohio Constitution to classify abortion as aggravated murder has been presented to the Ohio attorney general for review.  Petitions were submitted Friday to Attorney General Mike DeWine's office --  the first step in a long process to reach the Ohio ballot. DeWine must decide whether the proposal moves to the second step by Monday.  A proposed constitutional amendment would not go on the ballot until at least 2017. The proposed constitutional amendment would "prohibit abortion of all unborn human beings, without exception, and classify it as aggravated murder in the state of Ohio." The amendment language includes provisions to allow for contraception to prevent pregnancy, would not affect procedures involving unfertilized eggs and would not affect procedures like invitro-fertilization.   You can read the proposal below. Mobile users click here. How does the process work?  Ohio law requires that the proposal be accompanied by at least 1,000 valid signatures from registered voters.   DeWine spokesman Dan Tierney did not have an estimate for the total number of signatures submitted. They were submitted on about 100 separate petitions and referred to county boards of election for validation. After the elections boards complete their work, the total will be counted.  In addition to meeting the signature threshold, the attorney general must decide if the summary proposed for the amendment is a fair representation of the amendment language as a whole.  Is the language reviewed for constitutionality?  The review process does not examine whether the proposed amendment would survive a constitutional challenge if enacted.   DeWine does not pass judgment on the merit of the amendment -- only whether the summary that will appear on petitions accurately describes the proposed ballot issue.    The Ohio Supreme Court would have exclusive jurisdiction to hear a challenge to the amendment, Tierney said.  The issue could come into play if the proposal moves forward at all.  The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that under the U.S. Constitution, the ability for a woman to chose to have an abortion is a protected right.  The measure proposed in Ohio is similar to one proposed earlier this year in Oklahoma, said Kellie Copeland, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, an abortion rights advocate.   That effort was proposed for the 2016 Oklahoma ballot. In March 2016, the Oklahoma Supreme Court rejected the initiative petition, saying that the proposal would violate U.S. Supreme Court rulings.  In the past, DeWine has sometimes weighed in with his opinion of a proposal after announcing his legal ruling on whether it meets the signature requirements and is in proper form. DeWine, for example, was not in favor of legalizing marijuana for recreational use, but his office agreed that that amendment, Issue 3 in 2015, was in proper form to advance.  Tierney said it is too soon to say what DeWine's personal reaction might be. It's no secret that DeWine does not support abortion. But he also might shy from  taking a position on this proposal given the potential constitutional issues. What happens next?  If the language is deemed to not be a true summary of the amendment, or if too few signatures were submitted, the group that submitted the issue can start over and then resubmit.  That would involve correcting language if necessary and collecting new signatures. These petitions were submitted by three people. The Columbus Dispatch identified them as Laura Burton of Cleveland, Anthony Dipane of Munroe Falls, and Dustin Paulson of Strasburg - none of whom are not connected with Right to Life or other organized anti-abortion rights groups.  If the issue clears DeWine's review, the Ohio Ballot Board would consider whether it is one constitutional amendment or whether it should be broken into multiple issues. If approved, backers could then begin gathering signatures .  To get on ballot, petitioners would have to collect signatures from 305,591 registered voters. The total is equal to 10 percent of the vote in the 2014 gubernatorial contest. Those signatures must be gathered from at least 44 of Ohio's 88 counties, and in each of 44 counties, the total gathered must amount to 5 percent of the 2014 gubernatorial vote locally.
3377 points by The Plain Dealer | United States Constitution Ohio Abortion Columbus Ohio Democratic Party Roe v. Wade Supreme Court of the United States William Henry Harrison
State House will open for tours on three upcoming Saturdays
It’s official: the State House will be open to the public on three upcoming Saturdays to test a plan to make the building more accessible for tourists.That’s after the Joint Committee on Legislative Facilities approved a memorandum of understanding drawn up by the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce...
164 points by Concord Monitor | New Hampshire Bill Clinton Concord New Hampshire United States Constitution New England Virginia Portsmouth New Hampshire Vermont
Letter: Clarity on cruelty database
Clarity on cruelty databaseRegarding the story about New Hampshire’s lack of an animal cruelty database (Monitor front page, March 18): One of the reasons the cruelty tracking data base was not put into law is that it would have eliminated any possibility of cruelty investigators working deals with...
-2 points by Concord Monitor | Law The Animals Infectious disease United States Constitution Bill Clinton Pets U.S. state Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
Letter: The reach of AFP
The reach of AFPA March 6 New York Times article described the “impatience” of the billionaire Koch brothers for repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Americans for Prosperity will coordinate forceful lobbying efforts. AFP president Tim Phillips is quoted saying, “We’ve been patient this year, but it...
-1 points by Concord Monitor | New Hampshire Koch Industries United States Primary election Lobbying United States Constitution Massachusetts New Hampshire primary
Hogan blasts bill that would limit education reforms
Gov. Larry Hogan on Friday blasted an education reform bill that's moving through the General Assembly, calling it "misguided and horrible."Hogan said the bill — known as the "Protect Our Schools Act" — would thwart "an exciting opportunity to move beyond outdated practices" for reforming schools....
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Public school United States Congress United States Private school High school Federal government of the United States United States Constitution School types
Trump's day in tweets: Friday, March 24
Everything President Trump has tweeted (and what it was about) March 24, 2017, 9:06 p.m. His tweets have the power to shape international relations, send stock prices up - or down - and galvanize the American public.We're watching how Donald Trump is using this platform of unfettered communication...
-1 points by Los Angeles Times | United States President of the United States Federal government of the United States U.S. state United States Constitution Washington D.C. Judge Funk
End Supreme Court lotto: Column
Do we want any president to have the power to shape the nation for 30 years or more?         
-2 points by Arizona Republic | Supreme Court of the United States Chief Justice of the United States President of the United States United States Constitution George W. Bush Democratic Party United States Bill Clinton
Hogan vows veto of bill on low-performing schools
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan says he'll veto a bill that would set guidelines for implementing a federal law requiring states to make schools more accountable for student performance. The Republican governor said Friday the measure would prohibit the state board of education from taking substantial actions to ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Maryland United States United States Congress United States Constitution Washington D.C. State U.S. state United States Senate
‘Pizzagate’ gunman pleads guilty, faces up to 7 years in prison
A North Carolina man has pleaded guilty to opening fire in the pizzeria at the center of the fake news 'Pizzagate' scandal involving former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Read Full Article at RT.com
25 points by Russia Today | President of the United States United States presidential election 2008 Hillary Rodham Clinton United States Constitution United States Allegation Washington D.C. Crime
PHOTOS: Hindu prayer at the New Hampshire House
Veeramani Ranganathan of the Hindu Temple of New Hampshire in Nashua gave the opening prayer in front of the House of Representatives session Thursday. And State Rep. Latha Mangipudi of Nashua became the first legislator to wear an Indian sari during a session. Ranganathan spoke the prayer first in...
-1 points by Concord Monitor | New Hampshire United States House of Representatives Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Concord New Hampshire Bill Clinton Newspaper United States Constitution Virginia
Deliberations to resume in Penn State ex-president's trial
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Jurors in former Penn State president Graham Spanier's child endangerment case are preparing to resume their discussions after failing to reach a verdict over six hours.
-1 points by Arizona Daily Star | Pennsylvania Dauphin County Pennsylvania Harrisburg Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State University Jury Graham Spanier National Register of Historic Places listings in Dauphin County Pennsylvania United States Constitution
Church leader's long legal odyssey over abuse claims returns
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former Philadelphia church official long imprisoned over his handling of abuse complaints may soon learn if his legal odyssey will come to an end.
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | United States Constitution Prison Crime Jury Criminal law Law Trial Habeas corpus
US drug trial delayed for Haitian politician, coup leader
MIAMI (AP) — A trial on U.S. drug trafficking charges has been delayed a month for a former Haitian coup leader and recent senator-elect in that country.
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | Jury Judge Haiti United States Constitution Jean-Bertrand Aristide René Préval Lawyer Prosecutor
Maryland Senate passes bill to pare back court's bail rule
The Maryland Senate passed legislation Wednesday that would pare back a key provision of a rule adopted by the state's top court to de-emphasize the role of cash bail in determining which defendants win pretrial release.The 26-19 vote sends the measure to the House, where supporters of the Court...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | United States Congress United States Legislature Maryland Legislatures Bill Clinton United States Constitution Democratic Party
Dairy relief funding bill close to Governor Sununu’s desk
Dairy farmer relief funding is one step away from Gov. Sununu’s desk. Despite some legislators’ opposition to the idea of a “bail-out” for one industry and not others, the House approved funding for drought-affected dairy farmers, 257-96. Since it passed with an amendment Thursday, it will head back...
-1 points by Concord Monitor | Dairy farming Milk Dairy Bulk tank United States Constitution Cattle Mastitis in dairy cattle Farmer
CBO analysis: Revised GOP bill would save less money, still leave 24 million more uninsured
Changes that House Republicans have made to their health-care legislation would reduce savings in federal spending by half as much as their original plan and would still cause 24 million more Americans to be uninsured, according to congressional budget analysts. The estimates by the Congressional...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | United States Congress Health care Health insurance Tax United States Constitution President of the United States Washington D.C. Republican Party