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Scott Walker Addresses Immigration

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 02.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said Friday that the federal government must address those looking to legally immigrate the United State...

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Top Dem: Govs 'Scared To Death'

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 02.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, the head of the Democratic Governors Association, steered clear of calling for a total assault weapons ban F...

State Bill Looks To Replicate Brewer Plan

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics

Republican lawmakers in Kansas are finalizing "phase one" in a plan to eliminate the state's civil service protections. The state House Appropriat...

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GOP Group Wants City To Ban Fluoride In Drinking Water To Preserve Legislators' IQs

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 02.16.2013 | Politics

A Republican group in Kansas wants Topeka city officials to remove fluoride from the city's drinking water in order to preserve the intelligence of le...

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Lawmakers Told They Need Psychological Checks

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics

Members of the New Jersey Legislature were told Wednesday by a Second Amendment advocate that lawmakers -- not gun owners -- are the ones who need to ...

Island Governor Impeached For Massage

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics

The governor of the Northern Mariana Islands was impeached last week by the territorial House on 13 articles, among them that he had a federal prisone...

Preparing Cities for a Mass Shooting

Ron Carlee | Posted 04.13.2013 | Politics
Ron Carlee

The magnitude of gun violence in the United States is undeniable and, as with all social phenomena, the extent of the problems and political attitudes can vary dramatically from one local government to another.

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Legislators Should Get Same Job Rights As Soldiers, Anti-Union Republican Says

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics

A Republican Kansas state senator has proposed legislation that would give state lawmakers protections in their private-sector jobs similar to those o...

Republican Seeks Return To 19th Century

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics

A Republican state senator in Tennessee is seeking a partial repeal of the direct election of U.S. senators in the state, but not before a fellow Repu...

Tea Party Lawmakers Push Questionable Idea

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 01.28.2013 | Politics

Two Tea Party lawmakers in Mississippi have proposed legislation to create a permanent committee charged with nullifying federal laws the state does n...

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Big Blow For Voter ID Laws

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 01.25.2013 | Politics

Montana lawmakers dealt a blow to voter identification proponents by effectively killing a bill that would have limited voter ID options. The Hous...

The FCC Chief Is Awesome at His Job if You Own a Big Cable Company

Christopher Mitchell | Posted 03.24.2013 | Technology
Christopher Mitchell

Local businesses get it. Mayors get it. City councils get it. And unlike Chairman Genachowski, they know what the problem is: little incentive for massive, established cable monopolies to invest in networks when they are harvesting record profits and subscribers have no other choices.

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'Something Has To Be Done'

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 01.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As President Barack Obama announced a series of gun-control proposals Wednesday, mayors from across the country converged on Capitol Hil...

Ethics Loophole Raises Concern

Center for Public Integrity | Nicholas Kusnetz | Posted 03.18.2013 | Politics

On October 26, 2011, the Illinois legislature passed a bill that authorized construction of a multi-billion-dollar smart grid and reshaped how utility...

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Gov. Remains 'Really Excited' About Culture-Change Push

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 01.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON - Halfway through his term as chairman of the National Governors Association, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell (D) remains "really excited" about...

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Lawmaker's Surprising Health Care Proposal

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 01.11.2013 | Politics

A Democratic lawmaker in Nebraska has filed legislation that would end state health care benefits for the governor, statewide elected officials and me...

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States Ask Feds To End 'Uncertainty'

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Calling for an end to "uncertainty" from the federal government, along with greater flexibility for state governments, the leaders of th...

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New Gov Pledges End Of 'Hasty Reactive Government'

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Democrat Maggie Hassan was sworn in on Thursday as New Hampshire's third woman governor. Hassan said she plans to work closely with state lawmakers, i...

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'Cold And Heartless' Sandy Decision Will Cost Taxpayers, Says Belmar Mayor

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

The Democratic mayor of a Jersey Shore community devastated by Hurricane Sandy is calling House Republicans' decision to postpone a vote on federal re...

Republican's 90 Percent Voter Problem Claim Slammed

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 12.28.2012 | Politics

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) said his push for new voter identification requirements and other election law changes stopped 90 percent of...

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Former Obama Aide's Pushes 'Progressive State' In N.J. State Senate Bid

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 12.28.2012 | Politics

A former top campaign policy aide to President Barack Obama has announced plans to seek a New Jersey state Senate seat, taking on a veteran state sena...

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15 States To Take On Tax Reform In 2013

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Fifteen states are likely to see some sort of tax reform legislation in 2013, according to a study released Wednesday by the Institute o...

States Look To Arm Who?

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics

State lawmakers across the country are in the process of introducing legislation to allow the arming of teachers, in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elemen...

Dem Slammed For 'Frightening' Republican Ties

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 12.14.2012 | Politics

The former chairwoman of the New Jersey Democratic Party on Friday called on a Democratic candidate for mayor of the state's second-largest city to re...

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Federal 'Uncertainty' Complicates State Fiscal Picture

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Increased health care spending and uncertainty from the federal government over spending has complicated the fiscal picture for states a...