U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, who called for a federal investigation of the "new disturbing trend" of prospective employers demanding job applicants to turn over user names and passwords for their social networks. Lawmakers in Maryland and Illinois are pushing state laws to ban the practice.
Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Minnesota |
March 23, 2012
Taylor Gittens, a Concordia University student who is campaigning to take away Minnesota lawmakers' immunity from drunken-driving charges during the legislative session. Bills to do so are in the state Senate and House.
Source: The Associated Press | Idaho |
March 22, 2012
Idaho state Sen. Chuck Winder's comments, which caused outrage, on a bill that would require women to get an ultrasound before an abortion. Some said Winder's comments suggested that women may lie to get abortions, but he said that was not the intent.
Quin Monson, associate director of the Center for the Studies of Elections and Democracy at Brigham Young University, who called Utah Gov. Gary Herbert "brilliant" for timing his veto of a controversial sex-education bill after the GOP caucuses and on a Friday evening.
Colorado state Rep. Nancy Todd, defending her husband's decision to run for her current legislative seat, while she runs for the state Senate. Critics have raised concerns that the couple's possible presence would hinder diversity in the Legislature.
Chicago Mayor and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, taking a punch at GOP candidate Mitt Romney, saying he lacks the “the fortitude, strength or character” to be president because he couldn't stand up to conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh who called a law student a "slut" for supporting employer-covered birth control.
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, referring to the state's proposed consent agreement, which would put a state-appointed panel of financial advisers in charge of the city's finances. "I was not voted as mayor of this city to have to report to the governor," he said.
Source: Oregonian | Portland, Ore. |
March 13, 2012
Tiel Jackson, the state reporting manager for Portland Public Schools, which raised its graduation rate by 5 percent in one year by having people look through paper records because the district's electronic recordkeeping system was counting students who transferred out of the district as dropouts.
Susan Flaccus, a school board member who opposes her rural district's attempt to recruit international students. A trend has emerged in some small towns to charge students from abroad to attend U.S. public high schools with empty seats.
Source: The Associated Press | Alabama |
March 7, 2012
The wording of an Alabama House Resolution introduced by state Rep. Daniel Boman as a joke to mock Republicans. The resolution also professes that large class sizes are good for students who want to "make more friends."