White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, referring to gun violence in the wake of the mass shooting of 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school last week. He declined to outline specific measures President Barack Obama could take to prevent gun violence.
President Barack Obama talking to Barbara Walters about marijuana legalization in an interview last week. In his first comments on the issue, Obama said that prosecuting pot smokers in Colorado and Washington -- where the drug is now legal -- should not be a “top priority” of the federal government.
Source: McClatchy/GOVERNING | Nevada |
December 13, 2012
Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval, who announced that he's choosing to expand Medicaid to provide health insurance for more low-income Nevadans under the federal health-care reform law. Sandoval was named one of Governing's 2012 Public Officials of the Year.
Source: McClatchy/GOVERNING | Washington state |
December 12, 2012
Dave Freiboth, leader of the King County, Wash., Labor Council, referring to the unprecedented proposal to eliminate the Washington state Senate Republican Caucus and replace it with a bipartisan legislative coalition composed of all 23 Republicans and two Democratic lawmakers.
Jill Hanauer, president of the Democratic-leaning political research firm Project New America. She said young voters view marijuana through the same lens as same-sex marriage -- as a justice and fairness issue.
Source: Chicago Tribune | Chicago |
December 10, 2012
Cook County, Ill., Board President Toni Preckwinkle, after criticizing the Chicago mayor and police chief's crime-fighting strategy. Preckwinkle was named one of GOVERNING's 2012 Public Officials of the Year.
Source: AP/Seattle Times | Washington state |
December 7, 2012
Jonah Spangenthal-Lee, the spokesman for the Seattle Police Department, which has told its officers to give only verbal warnings to people caught using marijuana in public -- a practice that's illegal even though the recreational use of the drug is now legal in Washington state.
Source: Los Angeles Times | California |
December 6, 2012
California Attorney General Kamala Harris, explaining why she is not requiring local law enforcement agencies to comply with the federal deportation program Secure Communities. Some say it makes illegal immigrants fearful of cooperating with police, even when they are the victims.
Stephen Eide of the Manhattan Institute, on what cities should do in anticipation of the sequestration cuts that are set to take effect in January. For full coverage of the fiscal cliff's impact on states and localities, click here.
The words on a billboard ad in Milwaukee that shows a teen girl with a boa constrictor around her. The ad is part of a larger public education campaign that's helped cut the city's high teen birth rate by a third in recent years.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan, joking that he's more likely to become a stripper -- which the satirical newspaper The Onion suggested -- than secretary of state after New York Times columnist Tom Friedman said he would be a good replacement for Hillary Clinton.