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Another State Passes Bill To Nullify Gun Laws

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics

The Alabama state Senate passed legislation Tuesday that would nullify all federal gun laws in the state, joining a growing list of state legislatures...

Practical Tips for Cities Looking to Innovate with Open311

Lily Liu | Posted 06.30.2013 | Impact
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Here are five ways that local governments looking to take advantage of Open311 can strike a balance between innovation and pragmatism.

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Online Sales Tax Moves Forward

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate is expected to open debate Monday evening on a bill that would allow for the collection of sales taxes on items bought o...

GOP Lawmaker's Confrontational Outburst At Public Meeting

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics

A Republican state senator in North Carolina told a newspaper publisher to "be quiet" during a public hearing Tuesday on legislation that could shift ...

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GOP Official's Wife Says Remark Not Offensive

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics

The wife of a Republican county commissioner in rural Kansas who has been under fire for a comment he made two weeks ago, explained Tuesday that her h...

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Christie Plan Slammed As Discriminatory

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics

A proposal from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) administration to overhaul the state's civil service structure is being criticized by a prominent...

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GOP Lawmakers Advance 'Paranoid Level Stuff'

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 04.06.2013 | Politics

Missouri lawmakers advanced two bills this week that would outlaw the government use of drones -- though they are rare in the state -- and the impleme...

Paging Orly Taitz: British Citizen Wins City Council Seat In Kansas

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 04.05.2013 | Politics

A British citizen has won a city council seat in rural Kansas, unseating an incumbent after he didn't even campaign. Adam Baker, the 32-year-old o...

GOP Leader Kills Official State Religion Bill

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics

The Republican speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives killed legislation on Thursday that aimed to establish an official state religio...

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Christie Opponent Sees Path To Victory

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- New Jersey Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono, lagging far behind Gov. Chris Christie (R) in polls, said she rema...

GOP Lawmakers Propose Official State Religion

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics

Republican North Carolina state legislators have proposed allowing an official state religion in a measure that would declare the state exempt from th...

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Dem: Zero Voter Impersonation Cases

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 03.29.2013 | Politics

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander (D) released a report Thursday indicating problems with the strict voter identification requirements containe...

Lawmakers: Overturn Citizens United

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 03.29.2013 | Politics

The Democratic-controlled West Virginia House of Delegates voted Thursday to call on Congress to enact a constitutional amendment overturning the Citi...

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Stand Your Ground Repeal Called Anti-Women

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics

The Democrat-controlled New Hampshire House of Representatives voted narrowly Wednesday to approve legislation that would repeal the state's Stand You...

Howard Dean Announces New Move

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics

Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean (D) announced Tuesday that the political action committee he founded would launch a campaign to flip state legislature...

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States Seek Constitutional Convention

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics

At least three states are seeking to force a constitutional convention to consider changes to the founding document. Indiana, Georgia and Kansas h...

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Senators Back $23.3 Billion Online Sales Tax

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 03.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A measure to allow state and local governments to collect sales taxes from online purchases received key support in the United States Se...

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Lawmakers Advance Statewide Open Carry Gun Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics

A Kansas legislative committee voted Friday morning to advance legislation permitting the open carry of guns statewide, which would nullify ordinances...

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Sequester Will Cut Military Spending In Every State

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 03.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Department of Defense officials told state lieutenant governors Thursday to plan for possible base closures and cutbacks in civilian wor...

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Lawmakers: Iraq Anniversary Good Time To Address Sequestration Impact

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 03.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan group of New York lawmakers introduced legislation Monday with the hope that the state can become the first to end the effe...

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ALEC Stresses Transparency, Reaveals Model Legislation

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 03.15.2013 | Politics

The American Legislative Exchange Council, the conservative leaning group connecting businesses and lawmakers, has posted its model state legislation ...

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Lawmakers Tackle 'Unprecedented' Last-Minute Move

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 03.14.2013 | Politics

Utah legislators are rushing through a last-minute piece of legislation that would allow an independent investigation into the state's embattled attor...

Chris Christie Lottery Plan Slammed

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 03.11.2013 | Politics

Organized labor is attacking New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's plan to privatize the state lottery with a new ad that began airing statewide on Monday....

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New Study: Lawmaker Listening Could Benefit

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 03.07.2013 | Politics

New research suggests that when state legislators spend more time listening to their constituents, more marriage equality legislation is likely. A...

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GOP Gov Ignoring Tea Party Challenger

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 02.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Wyoming's Republican governor, Matt Mead, insisted he's focused on his job and not on a tea party challenger to his re-election in the 2...