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Judge Refuses To Toss Rick Perry Case

A Texas judge wouldn’t toss two felony cases against Texas Governor Rick Perry for abuse of power. The governor’s defense team had sought to have the matter thrown out, arguing that the special prosecutor, Michael McCrum, wasn’t properly sworn in and some paperwork wasn’t correctly filed. But a written ruling from District Judge Bert Richardson, […]

The news came, conveniently for Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, a week after he was reelected. His state has a $1 billion shortfall. The estimates also said the state will use up $380 million in reserves and still have to cut another $280 million for fiscal year 2015 to balance the state’s current budget. In addition, […]

Vermont is using its authority under the Affordable Care Act to institute single-payer healthcare. Republicans say they want states to have the right to manage themselves, and that local government is key. That’s exactly what Obamacare does, which is why Vermont is going this route. Vermont—Home of Ben and Jerry’s, Maple Syrup, Bernie Sanders and […]

Good news: it’s down from 69 last week. David Waldman’s GunFail this week also includes: …three gun-cleaning accidents, four home invasion shootings, six target practice accidents (including one in which the victim was shot at a toddler’s birthday party over a mile away), four people showing off new guns who accidentally shot themselves or the […]

How is this pro-life? On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of El Salvador upheld, by a 4 – 1 vote, its strict ban on abortion, refusing to allow a 22-year-old woman to end her pregnancy. That woman, and her baby, are likely now going to die. The woman, known only as Beatriz, is 26 weeks pregnant […]

It looks like one of the richest men in America has decided to take his marbles and storm away: In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, New York City’s flagship public television station, WNET, has dropped the richest man in New York, carbon pollution billionaire David Koch, from its board of trustees. Days before the monthly […]

The New Jersey father of a 4-year-old by who shot his six-year-old friend has been charged with possession of multiple unsecured weapons accessible to children. The Atlantic County prosecutor’s office announced Monday that Anthony Senatore, 33, has been charged with six counts of child endangerment and a disorderly person’s offense for enabling access by minors […]

Alternet: Do the math and you’ll discover that the top 7% gained a whopping $5.6 trillion in net worth (assets minus liabilities) while the rest of lost $669 billion. Their wealth went up by 28% while ours went down by 4 percent. It’s as if the entire economic recovery is going into the pockets of […]

Mandatory Gun Insurance

This is one way to get guns out of the hand of undesirables. Jean Ann Esselink writes: The most obvious benefit comes by way of compensation to victims. I know money can never make up for the damage a gun can do, but compensation is not an insignificant matter. Consider someone who is paralyzed, or […]

Submitted by Jazmine Some workers say they weren’t getting a fair shake while working the RNC. Carolyn Walker said she has been cleaning the convention center for 13 years. She had been making $8 per hour until a few years ago, when the cleaning contract went to another company, Cleanevent USA. The new company meant […]

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