Source: McClatchy/GOVERNING | North Carolina |
January 15, 2013
Dr. Gary Kushner, a children's dental program director of a local health department in North Carolina, which was recently ranked in the bottom five of states for school-based dental sealant treatment programs.
Source: AP/Idaho Press-Tribune | Idaho |
January 11, 2013
Brian Kane, the chief deputy attorney general of Idaho, speaking to state lawmakers who for the first time are undergoing ethics training after a slew of scandals last year. Illinois, however, is notorious for its ethics scandals -- three of its newest legislators were sworn in this month while facing felony charges.
Source: McClatchy/GOVERNING | Washington state |
January 10, 2013
Ross Hunter, a state lawmaker in Washington, where public-university presidents have agreed to freeze tuition for two years if the Legislature restores $225 million in state funding to higher education.
Then-New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, referring to pension obligation bonds. Read Governing's feature on the bonds, which some governments invest heavily in despite the fact that they've bankrupted whole cities.
Source: Arizona Republic | Nation |
January 8, 2013
Arizona Congressman Raúl Grijalva, who said he is committed -- and hopes Congress is too -- to addressing immigration reform this year despite competition from looming legislative fights over the fiscal cliff and gun control.
Source: Newark Star-Ledger | New Jersey |
January 3, 2013
New Jersey Congressman Bill Pascrell, in response to the U.S. House of Representatives' decision to cancel a vote on a bill that would provide billions of dollars of aid to victims of Hurricane Sandy. Lawmakers' and governors' outrage caused the House GOP to reschedule a vote for Friday on part of the bill.
Tom Farmer, coordinator of the Tennessee Methamphetamine and Pharmaceutical Task Force, discussing the sharp rise of meth labs in the nation's cities and suburbs. Meth lab seizures have tripled in the Nashville area over the past two years.
Former Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) speaking Wednesday about what the goals of Congress should be in regards to the fiscal cliff. He stressed that not all of the defense cuts take effect next year, so withholding the scheduled tax changes are the most important task in negotiations.
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, writing in a letter posted on the company’s blog. From Wednesday through Friday, Starbucks employees in Washington, D.C.,-area stores are being told to write “Come Together” on every cup of coffee they serve to encourage lawmakers to reach a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff.
Source: Washington Post | Virginia |
December 21, 2012
Richard L. Saslaw, minority leader of the Virginia state Senate, where a bill is being drafted to require some teachers or other school staff to carry concealed weapons in schools. The bill is in response to the recent mass shooting at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school that left 20 children dead.