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Vermont To Become First State To Require Labels On GMO Foods

AP | DAVE GRAM and LISA RATHKE | Posted 06.23.2014 | Green

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont has raised the stakes in the debate over genetically modified foods by becoming the first state to pass a bill requir...

State Budgets Still Plagued By Little Room For Big Ideas, Report Shows

Reuters | Posted 02.23.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK, Dec 24 (Reuters) - U.S. state budgets appear to be stabilizing, budget gaps are rare and policymakers have more flexibility to deal with o...

'What Brand Are You Smoking?' Marijuana Tops List Of New State Laws

Reuters | Posted 02.23.2014 | Politics

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO, Dec 24 (Reuters) - "What brand are you smoking?," could become a more routine question among Coloradans in...

Fracking Lobby's Tax Forms: Big Bucks to Media Outlets, "Other ALECs"

Steve Horn | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
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America's Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) -- the public relations arm of the oil and gas fracking industry -- has released its 2012 Internal Revenue Services (IRS) 990 form, and it's rich with eye-opening revelations.

Key Issue Sees Rising Attention In 2013

Reuters | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics

By Lisa Maria Garza Sept 11 (Reuters) - The number of immigration-related laws passed by U.S. states rebounded sharply in the first ha...

Despite Outcry, Stand Your Ground Repeals Are Unlikely

AP | CURT ANDERSON | Posted 09.20.2013 | Politics

MIAMI — Despite an outcry from civil rights groups, a call for close examination by President Barack Obama and even a 1960s-style sit-in at the ...

NRA Backs Law Seeking Limits On Gun-Control Lobbying

AP | JOHN HANNA | Posted 08.05.2013 | Politics

TOPEKA, Kan. — Fresh off a series of legislative victories across the country, the National Rifle Association has launched a new effort starting...

Wacky Bill Now In Jan Brewer's Hands

Reuters | Posted 06.30.2013 | Politics

By David Schwartz PHOENIX, April 30 (Reuters) - The Arizona Senate on Tuesday approved a measure to make gold and silver legal currenc...

John Celock

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...

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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...

State Senate Approves Voter ID Bill

Reuters | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics

By Suzi Parker LITTLE ROCK, Ark. March 19 (Reuters) - The Arkansas state Senate approved a measure on Tuesday to require voters to sho...

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Only State Without Human Trafficking Ban Will Finally Outlaw Practice

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 02.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead (R) said Saturday he is planning to sign legislation that will make his state the last in the nation to ban human...

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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...

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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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Post-Tea Party Leader Expects 'Common Sense'

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics

The New Hampshire House of Representatives' new Democratic speaker is pledging "common sense" following two years of Tea Party control of the chamber....

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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...

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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...

GOP Lawmaker Proposes Ending Key Program

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 12.12.2012 | Politics

A Republican state senator in Tennessee is planning to introduce legislation to end the state's affirmative action program. State Sen. Jim Summervi...

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GOP Leader Says Party Needs To 'Be More Tolerant'

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 12.08.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The leader of Kansas' moderate Republican faction says that the GOP nationally needs to be more open to moderates, along with embracing ...

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Lawmakers Celebrate Bipartisanship

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 12.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The nation's state legislators concluded their fall forum here Friday by praising bipartisanship through a tribute to their former leade...

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Dem Says Christie Deputy Made 'Complete Mess' Of Post-Sandy Voting

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 12.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- New Jersey's Democratic state Senate president said he believes that the state's decision to allow Hurricane Sandy victims to vote by em...

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Former Senator Pushing Against 'Hyper Super Charged Partisanship'

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 12.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A pair of former senators told the nation's state legislators Friday morning that Congress needs to work in a bipartisan fashion to addr...

Bruised States Take Step In Right Direction, Still Face Difficulties

Reuters | Posted 02.05.2013 | Politics

Most U.S. states reached a plateau of fiscal stability in 2012 as their revenues slowly grew, but they still face threats from escalating costs, high ...

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Lawmakers Push Conservative Tax

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The nation's state legislators are spread out across Capitol Hill Wednesday afternoon lobbying Congress for the ability to place a sales...

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State Legislators Sent Back To School

HuffingtonPost.com | Ian Gray | Posted 09.26.2012 | Politics

State legislators from around the country are stopping into classrooms this year to meet with students as part of the "America's Legislators Back to S...