The Associated Press Updated 9:38 am CDT, Sunday, July 28, 2019 FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2007, file photo, Vice President Dick Cheney, left, is joined by Virginia House of Delegates speaker, William Howell, R-Stafford, front right, and others in the the Pledge of Allegiance during a commemorative session of the Virginia General Assembly in Historic Jamestown's Memorial Church in Jamestown, Va. Academics, lawmakers, dignitaries and maybe even the president will gather in Virginia this week for events celebrating the beginnings of American democracy four centuries ago. Tuesday, July 30, 2019, marks the 400th anniversary of the first meeting of the House of Burgesses. less FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2007, file photo, Vice President Dick Cheney, left, is joined by Virginia House of Delegates speaker, William Howell, R-Stafford, front right, and others in the the Pledge of Allegiance ... more Photo: Steve Helber, AP … [Read more...] about Events in Virginia mark beginnings of American democracy
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By Will Swaim | PUBLISHED: May 26, 2019 at 12:02 pm | UPDATED: May 26, 2019 at 12:02 pm If you’re looking for a moment that illustrates California’s unique form of political corruption, consider that public employee unions are furnishing the offices of our new lieutenant governor. In fairness, they were asked to do so – by the lieutenant governor herself. California Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis has raised about $300,000 for the nonprofit, “Committee to Support the Office of the Lt. Governor.” Most of that money came from government unions, according to news reports. But $300,000 for paint and furniture is pocket change to California’s government unions. They collect nearly $1 billion in dues every single year. They spend most of that money in political races — not merely in the form of cash but also in in-kind contributions of labor such as the essential “door-knockers, walkers and talkers,” as they’re called in the political … [Read more...] about The Party of Government rules California
Christina Hall Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EDT Mar 12, 2019 They’ve been friends and political allies for years. So it was surprising to many observers when things got ugly a couple of weeks ago between two of Macomb County's most well-known politicians, as they threw accusations against each other during dueling news conferences held only 30 minutes apart. “I’ve got no animosities. It’s not personal,” County Executive Mark Hackel told the Free Press, after he announced that he was going to ask the state Attorney General’s Office to investigate county Prosecutor Eric Smith. “I’ll continue to have a relationship as long as he’s willing.” Smith, a decades-long friend of Hackel's, is facing scrutiny over how he spent some of the $1.8 million in four forfeiture funds that have been under his office’s control for many years. Smith, for his part, said he wants the county … [Read more...] about Can two of Macomb County’s top politicians be friends again?
Gov. Jared Polis laid out an ambitious, sweeping agenda Thursday in his first State of the State address before a packed joint session of the General Assembly, dominated by fellow Democrats swept into power Nov. 6 with the new governor.Polis sketched out his intention to spread prosperity across Colorado and described the aggressive approach that his administration intends to take. The one-time tech entrepreneur used the word “bold” eight times in the 55-minute speech.The former five-term Boulder congressman kept a tight focus on issues that were the focus of his campaign. Sporting his trademark blue sneakers on his second day in office, a relaxed Polis vowed to establish free full-day kindergarten statewide by this fall and announced the creation of a state office dedicated to cutting health care costs. Premium 7 takeaways from Gov. Polis' first State of the State Erin Prater Declaring his intention to confront climate change “head on,” Polis said the … [Read more...] about Polis sets ‘bold’ agenda on education, health care, renewable energy in 1st State of the State address
By Milos Krivokapic and Elaine Ganley Published 2:10 pm PST, Saturday, January 5, 2019 A demonstrator holds a placard displaying a picture a French President Emmanuel Macron during an anti-government rally organized by the “yellow vest” movement in Paris. A demonstrator holds a placard displaying a picture a French President Emmanuel Macron during an anti-government rally organized by the “yellow vest” movement in Paris. Photo: Abdul Abeissa / AFP / Getty Images Photo: Abdul Abeissa / AFP / Getty Images Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 A demonstrator holds a placard displaying a picture a French President Emmanuel Macron during an anti-government rally organized by the “yellow vest” movement in Paris. A demonstrator holds a placard … [Read more...] about Tear gas greets 1st ‘yellow vest’ protest of 2019 in France