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John Celock

GOP Official Unseated Over Voter Fraud Charges

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 12.23.2011 | Politics

An Indianapolis county court has removed Indiana Secretary of State Charles White from office on charges of voter fraud relating to his 2010 election....

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GOP Lawmakers Propose Radical Changes

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 12.22.2011 | Politics

A group of Republican lawmakers in New Hampshire have recently proposed state constitutional amendments that have the goal of overhauling aspects of t...

State, Local Government Revenues Rose Signaling Hope For Recovery

Posted 12.21.2011 | Business

Tax revenues of U.S. state and local governments rose in the third quarter, the U.S. Census said on Tuesday, marking the eighth straight quarter of gr...

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Lawmakers Push Change To Century-Old Law

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 12.14.2011 | Politics

A group of New Hampshire lawmakers -- including two tied to "birther" movement leader Orly Taitz -- are pushing a measure to partially end direct elec...

After Court Showdown, State GOP Pulls Controversial Move

Spring Valley Patch | Reilly Moore | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics

The South Carolina Republican Party announced Monday that it would not cover all costs associated with the 2012 presidential primary as previously pro...

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States Play Musical Chairs With Calendar

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics

Dwindling state revenues and new federal election laws are among the reasons states have been changing the dates of primary elections in 2012. As more...

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Lawmaker Says Governing Next Year Will Be 'Very Difficult'

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 12.07.2011 | Politics

In Wisconsin, as the state's assembly speaker seeks higher office and several recall elections ramp up, the governor's mansion and control of the stat...

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Control Of 'Divided Party' At Stake

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics

In Kansas, Republican state legislators have leaned increasingly conservative. Now a leader of the state's moderate Republican faction is vowing to fi...

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'Nothing More Dangerous' For States

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 12.01.2011 | Politics

TAMPA -- At the annual fall forum of the National Conference of State Legislatures, pension reform advocates briefed the nation's state legislators on...

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States Grapple With Maps

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 11.29.2011 | Politics

Redistricting fights are springing up nationwide as states grapple with the final stages of redrawing state legislative and congressional district lin...

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Local Expenses And Federal Cuts Stretch States For 2012

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 11.29.2011 | Politics

A rise in Medicaid costs, combined with the end of federal stimulus funds and a continued decline in property tax receipts at the local level will com...

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Teen Lawmaker Retiring

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 11.24.2011 | Politics

This year is going to be a memorable one for Brittany Catchpole, a 19-year-old from Niagara, N.Y. She went to the prom, graduated high school, started...

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Senate Grants Governors' Wish

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 11.23.2011 | Politics

The U.S. Senate has moved forward with including dual status command as part of the National Defense Authorization Act. Long a wish of governors, the ...

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Governors Focus Past Super Committee Failure

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 11.28.2011 | Politics

The group representing the nation's governors is recalibrating its priorities after the super committee failed to reach a deficit reduction deal. ...

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Jan Brewer Recall?

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) could become the second governor to face a recall attempt in 2012. Citizens for a Better Arizona, the group that led t...

The Culture of Fiscal Irresponsibility

Steven Cohen | Posted 01.21.2012 | Politics
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While attention in Washington D.C. is focused on the federal debt and the failure of the Congressional "super committee," 2011 has already seen a numb...

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Missouri Governor's Race Shaken Up

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 11.19.2011 | Politics

The Missouri governor's race was shaken up on Friday as the presumptive Republican nominee dropped out of the race. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder (R) anno...

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Governor's Husband Given Permission For Legal Work

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 11.19.2011 | Politics

Oklahoma ethics officials have granted permission for the husband of Gov. Mary Fallin (R) to do business with two parts of state government. Falli...

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Jan Brewer's Groundhog Day?

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 11.18.2011 | Politics

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) is huddling with her inner circle in an attempt to regroup after the state Supreme Court rejected her attempt to oust the ...

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Governors Group To Facilitate Health Care Exchange Talks

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 11.17.2011 | Politics

The National Governors Association will be helping six states facilitate discussion on the creation of health care exchanges, which are required to be...

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Governor Asks If Federal Broccoli Mandate Is Next

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 11.17.2011 | Politics

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) questioned Wednesday night if a federal broccoli purchase mandate would follow the individual mandate on health car...

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UPDATE: Democrats Get Enough Signatures To Overturn Ohio Voting Law

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics

Democrats and progressives in Ohio have just over a week to gather 10,000 more petition signatures to force a referendum to overturn the state's contr...

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Republicans Proposes Spending On Polar Bear Housing Amid Layoffs

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics

A recently-defeated Republican county executive in upstate New York remains a lame duck until the end of the year, but he is now proposing laying off ...

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GOP Lawmaker: 'Gun Free Zones Become Killing Zones'

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 11.15.2011 | Politics

A Republican state lawmaker in New Hampshire endorsed guns on college campuses on Monday, saying in an email to fellow legislators that "gun-free zone...

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Scott Walker Making Campaign Moves During 'Monday Night Football'

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 11.15.2011 | Politics

On Monday night, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) will kick off his campaign to beat a recall effort ahead of recall petitions due to be mailed out Tue...