Alabama asks court to back GOP-backed redistricting plan

ShareThis Alabama asks court to back GOP-backed redistricting plan 26 Jul 2012 Alabama’s attorney general filed a lawsuit Thursday asking a federal court to approve a redistricting plan for his Legislature without requiring the plan to go through the U.S. Justice Department for approval to make sure it doesn’t discriminate against minority voters. The lawsuit […]

California Workers Compensation Benefits Under Assault

Dear Friends, August 15, 2012 There is a Bill it is Senate Bill 863 it MUST be defeated and killed now. All you need do is say “STOP SENATE BILL 863 – DON’T HURT INJURED WORKERS!” Here is some information on the bill and how to find YOUR Legislature…but more that your own Legislature, please […]

Oil industry opened the checkbooks to influence Alaska legislators

ShareThis Oil industry opened the checkbooks to influence Alaska legislators 30 May 2012 The oil industry spent more than $ 1 million lobbying in Alaska as it tried to lower state oil taxes this year, including a $ 3,120 dinner in Washington, D.C., when the Alaska Legislature shut down for lawmakers’ “Energy Break” trip to […]

Virginia delegates pass two of most restrictive anti-abortion bills ever presented to a state legislature

ShareThis Virginia delegates pass two of the most restrictive anti-abortion bills ever presented to a state legislature –Bills would require ‘transvaginal ultrasounds,’ declare life begins at conception  [Next, they’ll be giving voting rights to sperm. –MDR] 15 Feb 2012 Life in Virginia begins at conception, not at birth. So declares a new “personhood” bill that […]

A Gathering Storm Over ‘Right to Work’ in Indiana

By STEVEN GREENHOUSE, NYTimes.com INDIANAPOLIS — Nearly a year after legislatures in Wisconsin and several other Republican-dominated states curbed the power of public sector unions, lawmakers are now turning their sights toward private sector unions, setting up what is sure to be another political storm. The thunderclouds are gathering first here in Indiana. The leaders […]

Seattle City Council bans plastic shopping bags

The fight over plastic bags could move to the Legislature in the coming session as environmentalists seek to expand the ban unanimously approved Monday by the Seattle City Council to the entire state. At the same time, the plastics industry, which poured $1.4 million into defeating a 20-cent Seattle disposable-bag fee in 2009, suggested it […]

Jurists Protect the State and Ignore the Constitution

The Intel Hub BATR November 28, 2011 Editors Note: This is the last of a three part series that covers the “Pork Lawsuit”. Read the other essays, Slaying the New York State Pork Dragon and How to Lick the Budget Deficits When it comes to the meaning of language, the courts are the greatest purveyor […]

Judicial Watch Launches New National Television Advertising Campaign on Illegal Immigration

Judicial Watch, the public interest organization that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it launched a national television advertising campaign on October 24, 2011 to combat illegal immigration. A key purpose of the campaign is to collect petitions from the American people urging governors of all 50 states, to obey and enforce all […]