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Oregon state Rep. Ed Diehl, regarding a bill that would recriminalize the possession of small amounts of drugs in the state. (OPB — Feb. 29, 2024)
Caitlyn Peca, a rookie police officer in Fowlerville, Mich., allegedly said to a colleague over the radio, according to a case summary. Peca misread a 0.02 breath test of a man from Japan as 0.22, which would be nearly three times the state’s blood-alcohol limit for driving. Fowlerville has agreed to pay the man $320,000 to settle the case. (Associated Press — Feb. 29, 2024)
Robert P. Jones, president of the Public Religion Research Institute, regarding a growing movement of Christian nationalism across the country. (NPR — Feb. 28, 2024)
Washington state Sen. Phil Fortunato on withdrawing an amendment which would have created ID cards for those in state custody or care. Under his proposal, those getting cards would have to pick up the cost, rather than the state paying for them. Without missing a beat, Sen. Marko Liias asked, “Can we call her about other amendments?” (KNWN Newsradio — Feb. 24, 2024)
James Gordon of DeLand, Fla., regarding the state’s Florida Man Games that took place this weekend. Gordon won the first event of the weekend by eating a plateful of barbecue pork and sausage faster than the nearest competitor. Spectators paid $45 per ticket or more to attend the games at Francis Field in St. Augustine. (Associated Press — Feb. 24, 2024)
Valli Pendyala, a freshman at Georgetown University, on student-planned protests at 25 campuses across the country to demand their universities kick Starbucks off their campuses because of the coffee giant's failure to negotiate contracts with the thousands of baristas who've unionized over the last two years. (CBS News – Feb. 22, 2024)
New Hampshire state Rep. Jennifer Rhodes, speaking against proposed legislation that would allow people to voluntarily prohibit themselves from buying guns. Those against the bill have expressed doubt that removing oneself from the prohibited list would be as easy as supporters have claimed. (Associated Press — Feb. 22, 2024)
Louisiana Gov. Jeff Landry, referring to carjackers in a speech to the Legislature on Monday, Feb. 19, the first day of a crime-focused special session. Proposed legislation would impose tougher sentences for certain crimes that plague urban areas, including carjacking, which would carry an elevated minimum sentence of five years. (Associated Press — Feb. 20, 2024)
Angelique EagleWoman, a Native American Law professor in St. Paul, Minn. Despite the fact that overdose deaths are ravaging Native American communities, Native law enforcement is not allowed to prosecute non-Natives for most crimes, including drug trafficking. Many Native American leaders want to see the rules changed. (NPR — Feb. 20, 2024)
Jonathan Adkins, CEO of the Governors Highway Safety Association, regarding the use of automated cameras to enforce speed limits. (NPR — Feb. 16, 2024)
Andy Ashby, co-owner of Memphis Made Brewing in Tennessee, regarding proposed legislation that would ban the sale of cold beer across the state, warning of the potential impacts on his industry. State Sen. Paul Rose and state Rep. Ron Gant sponsored the legislation in hopes of reducing drunk-driving crashes by making alcohol less readily available. (The Hill — Feb. 15, 2024)
New York City Public Schools Chancellor David Banks, regarding the district’s use of snow day remote learning on Feb. 13. Parents and students had troubles logging on to the remote learning system, which was expected to host nearly a million students. (The Hill — Feb. 13, 2024)
Mark Farrell, who served as interim mayor of San Francisco back in 2018, announcing his candidacy Tuesday for a full term in the job. The city has struggled to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, with residents and businesses continuing to complain about vandalism, break-ins, tent encampments and open drug use. (Associated Press — Feb. 13, 2024)
The caption of a 30-second video that President Biden posted to TikTok, his first ever, on Sunday, Feb. 11, that consisted of a Super Bowl-themed question and answer, signaling what could be a push for the youth vote in his re-election campaign. (The Hill — Feb. 11, 2024)
Sally Hudson, a University of Virginia professor and former member of the House of Delegates, on the way that the state’s legislative sessions are structured. The General Assembly considers thousands of bills in sessions scheduled for, at most, 60 days and lawmakers don’t meet on the weekends, which often results in public commentary and legislators being cut off or encouraged to “make it quick!” (Associated Press — Feb. 9, 2024)
Kim Callinan, CEO of the advocacy group Compassion & Choices, regarding the growing support for physician-assisted death. Two-thirds of voters in Virginia support allowing mentally capable adults with terminal disease the right to request and obtain medication to end their life. Ten states and Washington, D.C., allow patients with terminal illness to request life-ending medication from their doctor. (NPR — Feb. 8, 2024)
Trenace Dorsey-Hollins, the parent of a 5-year-old in Fort Worth, Texas, regarding the mixed messages parents have received about when they should or should not keep their children home from school when they are sick. During the pandemic, schools urged parents to keep their children home at any sign of illness. Now, some advocates, school systems and states are changing their guidelines to encourage students to return to class even if they have sniffles or other nuisance illnesses, like lice or pinkeye. (Associated Press — Feb. 7, 2024)
North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey, regarding his opposition to an industry request to raise homeowners’ insurance premiums by an average of 42 percent. Causey said that he and his department received more than 25,000 emails, phone calls and letters about the proposal and “almost nobody was in favor of it.” (Associated Press — Feb. 6, 2024)
Trent Rhorer, executive director of the San Francisco Human Services Agency. A local public safety proposal that will appear on the March 8 ballot would require single adults on welfare to be screened and treated for illegal drug addiction, or lose the cash assistance. (Associated Press — Feb. 5, 2024)
April Rochford, an Anchorage, Alaska, resident, in a letter to the Legislature regarding a bill proposed by state Sen. Shelley Hughes that would require Alaska school districts to train a volunteer to carry a concealed handgun on school grounds. No public testimony for the bill, but 51 letters, 49 of which were opposing, were received prior to the meeting. (Alaska Beacon — Feb. 2, 2024)
Tennessee state Sen. Richard Briggs, who is fighting to undo some of the abortion-related legislation that he helped put in place. When he co-sponsored legislation to enact some of the nation’s strictest abortion restrictions five years ago, he never thought it would actually be implemented. This is Briggs’ second attempt to amend his previous work. A similar effort last year did repeal some of the harshest restrictions in the 2019 law. (NPR — Feb. 1, 2024)
Georgia state Rep. Steve Tarvin, regarding the proposal to include watermarks on ballots to ensure authenticity. The state House voted 167-1 on Wednesday, sending the bill to the Senate for more debate. (Associated Press — Jan. 31, 2024)
South Dakota state Rep. Kadyn Wittman, of Sioux Falls, regarding the legislative proposal to increase the legal marriage age in the state to 18. The House State Affairs Committee rejected the bill and let current law stand, which allows 16- and 17-year-olds marry if they have the consent of a parent or guardian. Between 2000 and 2020, 838 minors got married in the state and 81 percent were minor girls being wed to adult men. (Associated Press — Jan. 30, 2024)
Honolulu, Hawaii, Mayor Rick Blangiardi, expressing frustration with poor communication from his police force, including his having to find out about a lawsuit through the media. (Honolulu Star-Advertiser — Jan. 26, 2024)
Eliana Trillo, a Venezuelan woman who was sleeping in the unsanctioned tent camp outside of a New York City migrant shelter. The migrant shelter on Randall’s Island will house some 3,000 migrants on any given night, but as the number of immigrants continues to grow, the shelter has run out of housing space. Trillo slept in the tent camp last week, during some of the most frigid nights of the year. (Associated Press — Jan. 25, 2024)
New York Mayor Eric Adams, in his State of the City address. New York City has become the first major city to designate social media as a “public health hazard.” (The Hill — Jan. 25, 2024)
Tera Hurst, the executive director of the Health Justice Recovery Alliance, regarding Oregon lawmakers’ proposal to roll back the state’s landmark drug decriminalization law. The legislation has received pushback from both sides of the issue. (OPB — Jan. 23, 2024)
B.J. Ayers, regarding Wyoming’s status at or near the top in the nation for per capita suicides. Firearms are used in roughly 75 percent of suicides in the state, as compared with just over 50 percent nationally. (NPR — Jan. 23, 2024)
Carole Alfano, a New Hampshire resident, who was excited to vote for Nikki Haley in Tuesday’s primary election. Many voters, especially women, like that Haley is a woman candidate, but some say they especially appreciate that she isn’t Donald Trump. (Reuters — Jan. 22, 2024)
Utah Gov. Spencer Cox, in the opening of his annual State of the State address. (KSL — Jan. 18, 2024)