Joseph DeLorenzo, chairman of the Cranston, R.I., Board of Canvassers, referring to a person who served nearly 40 years in prison for killing a child and applied for an absentee ballot. DeLorenzo refused the convict's request and quit his job after the state Board of Elections warned he could face prosecution for doing so.
Cook County, Ill., Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who said she wouldn't be surprised if her proposal to tax bullets and guns as a way of reducing high crime rates in Chicago sparks a legal challenge. Preckwinkle is one of Governing's 2012 Public Officials of the Year.
Source: Washington Post | Maryland |
October 17, 2012
Angel Nunez, a bishop at the Bilingual Christian Church of Baltimore, who supports making some undocumented immigrants eligible for in-state tuition but opposes same-sex marriage -- both issues are on the Maryland November ballot. Immigration advocacy organizations recently formed an alliance with gay rights groups to urge passage of both.
Joshua Schank, president and CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation and former transportation adviser for then-Sen. Hillary Clinton, on how he thinks government will have changed 25 years from now. Read more public officials' predictions about what government will look like in 2037 below.
Source: CommonWealth Magazine | Massachusetts |
October 15, 2012
Bill Weld, the former Massachusetts governor who in 1991 started the unusual tradition of having regular, weekly meetings for political leaders to talk about issues and legislation as well as get to know each other.
The recording on a phone sex hotline that people heard when they tried to call a toll-free hotline to learn more about the meningitis outbreak in Florida. Gov. Rick Scott mistakenly gave out the wrong number, mixing up one of the digits.
Source: McClatchy Newspapers | Danville, Va. |
October 10, 2012
Harold McKinney, Boyle County Judge-Executive in Danville, Ky., which is hosting the vice presidential debate Thursday. The town of 16,000 has won several honors, including being named one of the best, most beautiful small towns in America.