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Nevada state senator booted from legislature after threatening his wife

Las Vegas Democratic Assemblyman Steven Brooks, 40, is not welcome in the state legislature anymore following his arrest Sunday for allegedly threatening his wife. Brooks was arrested January 19 on a felony charge after allegedly threatening Assembly Democratic Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick, then detained by police several days later on a…

Washington becomes 7th state to allow same sex marriage

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire (D) signed a bill into law on Monday that allows same sex couples to marry, making Washington the seventh state to grant same sex couples all the marriage rights available to heterosexual couples. “As governor for more than seven years, this is one of my proudest…

Texas Republicans fail to vote on anti-TSA bill

Just as it looked likely to pass, the Texas Legislature failed this week to take a vote on a bill that would criminalize Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents if they touch the genitals of passengers during security pat-downs. The bill’s original configuration was enough to draw a warning from one…

Connecticut Legislature decriminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana

Legislation that makes possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana a civil violation heads to Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s (D) desk Tuesday after being approved by the state House. Malloy already said he would sign it into law, making Connecticut the 14th state to decriminalize possession of…

Iowa lawmakers push for ban on undercover filming of animal farms

Under legislation being pushed through the Iowa Legislature, those who conduct undercover investigations into animal care would risk misdemeanor or felony charges, heavy fines and jail time. The Winona Daily News reported that lawmakers in Iowa are on the verge of passing the legislation, which would ban the covert filming…

Sixty-five arrested during protest of California budget cuts

The California Highway Patrol arrested at least 65 protesters Monday evening at the California state Capitol after they refused to leave after the rotunda had closed. The protest in Sacramento was the first in a series of protests dubbed “State of Emergency” and planned by the California Teacher Association (CTA).…

Drug-bashing RI Republican charged with drug use

Robert Watson, a high-ranking Republican state legislator in Rhode Island, is in hot water after being charged with driving under the influence of marijuana and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Drug charges alone would be bad enough for a public official, but Watson, Rhode Island’s House minority leader, is still…

Arizona Democratic Party chairman slams Republicans

The chairman of the Arizona Democratic Party blasted Republican lawmakers led by Senate President Russell Pearce on Wednesday as the state’s Legislature ended its 2011 regular session. “Mainstream and middle-class Arizonans can breathe a little easier now that the state Legislature is out of session,” Andrei Cherny said. “But it’s…

Arizona Senate President tells Tea Party: You are not US citizens

Arizona State Senate President Russell Pearce (R) claimed last week that Americans are not citizens of the United States but citizens of their respective states. “Most of us weren’t around when the Constitution was written,” Pearce said during his speech at an Oceanside Tea Party rally. “But you remember we…

Arizona bill aims to let state ignore federal laws

Members of the Arizona Legislature, led by Republican Senate President Russell Pearce, have introduced a bill that attempts to grant the state the power to ignore federal laws it does not want to comply with. If passed and signed into law, Senate Bill 1433 would create a 12-member committee within…

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