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Walker's office considered giving mine lobbyist DNR job

Tue, 2015-04-07 13:12

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Republican Gov. Scott Walker's staff considered making a lobbyist for a company seeking to dig an iron mine in Wisconsin the state Department of Natural Resources' deputy secretary, according to a newspaper report.

Gogebic Taconite lobbyist Bob Seitz was considered to replace outgoing DNR Deputy Secretary ...

ND Senate OKs bill expanding places firearms may be carried

Tue, 2015-04-07 13:10

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's Senate overwhelmingly endorsed sweeping pro-gun legislation on Tuesday that expands the places where a concealed-carry permit holder can pack a gun, including public parks, political rallies and highway rest stops.

Senators voted 45-2 to approve the legislation that Sen. Kelly Armstrong, R-Dickinson, said "clarifies, ...

Chuck Grassley questions whether ATF has punished Fast and Furious agents

Tue, 2015-04-07 12:25

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is pressing the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives about why one of its agents, who was recommended to be fired for whistleblower abuse amid the botched Fast and Furious gun-running operation, is still employed at the agency.

Sen. Chuck Grassley wrote ...

Idaho House approves open meeting law fine hike

Tue, 2015-04-07 11:21

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Fines for violating Idaho's open meeting rules may soon be getting an increase.

The Idaho House voted 60-9 on Tuesday to advance the second version of a bill that would hike penalties for violating the open meeting laws.

The basic violation will increase fivefold - from ...

Rand Paul enters presidential race, vows to 'take America back'

Tue, 2015-04-07 10:13

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky on Tuesday officially launched his 2016 presidential bid, casting himself as a different kind of Republican, while vowing to stand for liberty in what is shaping up to be a wide-open GOP nomination race.

"Today begins the journey to take America back," Mr. Paul said, ...

Sam Brownback, Kansas governor, signs nation's 1st ban on abortion procedure

Tue, 2015-04-07 10:07

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas became the first state Tuesday to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure that critics describe as dismembering a fetus.

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, a strong abortion opponent, signed a bill imposing the ban. The new law takes effect July 1.

Two abortion rights groups that ...

Obama blasts 'less-than-loving Christians' at Easter Prayer Breakfast

Tue, 2015-04-07 09:58

President Obama appeared to break from his script for a moment at Tuesday morning's Easter Prayer Breakfast to opine on Christians who espouse "less-than-loving" views.

"On Easter, I do reflect on the fact that as a Christian, I am supposed to love," Mr. Obama said toward the end of his ...

Federal Obamacare exchanges better at retaining, recruiting enrollees in 2015: Study

Tue, 2015-04-07 09:07

Obamacare exchanges run by the federal government both retained a higher percentage of 2014 customers and added new ones at a better rate than states with their own portals, an analysis released Tuesday found.

Avalere Health, a Washington-based consultancy, says 34 federal exchanges re-enrolled 78 percent of their 2014 customers ...

Some fear farmer may be tearing up burial ground

Tue, 2015-04-07 09:05

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) - Donny Witmer isn't sure why everyone's making such a fuss.

Witmer owns a chunk of land off Indian Marker Road in Manor Township, an area that was once part of Conestoga Indian Town - land given to the Conestogas by William Penn himself in the early ...

Albuquerque City Council OKs nonbinding immigration measure

Tue, 2015-04-07 07:00

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The Albuquerque City Council split along party lines as it narrowly approved a non-binding measure expressing support for immigrants and calling for comprehensive immigration policy changes.

The council's vote Monday was 5-4, with Democrats in the majority and republicans in the minority.

The memorial offers support ...

Rand Paul: Fed. government 'an enormous monster with tentacles'

Tue, 2015-04-07 05:48

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky declared in a fundraising e-mail Tuesday morning that, as expected, he's officially announcing his candidacy for president later on in Louisville, writing that Washington, D.C., has been "turned into a land of make-believe."

"This race is wide open, and polls show my campaign at or ...

Rand Paul targeted by foreign policy group in Iran ad in early presidential states

Tue, 2015-04-07 05:15

As Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky prepares to kick off his campaign for the White House Tuesday, a nonprofit advocacy group is rolling out a million-dollar ad buy in early presidential states hitting Mr. Paul on Iran.

"The Senate is considering tough new sanctions on Iran," a narrator says in ...

Rick Perry: Rand Paul entrance into 2016 presidential race 'would add a nice prism to it'

Tue, 2015-04-07 04:44

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry said that Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky's entrance into the 2016 presidential contest would add a nice "prism" to it, but that the former governor himself is uniquely positioned as a veteran of the Air Force and former chief executive in Texas.

"Rand coming into ...

Vermont Gas starts 2 eminent domain proceedings

Tue, 2015-04-07 04:34

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Vermont Gas has started eminent domain proceedings against two landowners in Monkton for its natural gas pipeline.

The properties are along the route between Colchester and Middlebury in a section that would be constructed next year.

State regulators approved the pipeline in 2013; their certificate ...

Obama: Scott Walker needs to 'bone up' on foreign policy

Tue, 2015-04-07 04:34

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker shouldn't criticize the U.S.-led nuclear deal with Iran until he's had more time to "bone up" on foreign policy, President Obama said in an interview with NPR released Tuesday morning.

Mr. Walker, a Republican and likely 2016 presidential candidate, has said he would undo ...

Jeb Bush has edge on wide-open 2016 GOP field: poll

Tue, 2015-04-07 04:09

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has a small lead over Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in a new national poll on the possible 2016 GOP presidential field.

Mr. Bush is the choice of 13 percent of Republican voters in the Monmouth University poll, ...

Obama says Iran could cut nuke time to near zero in 13 years

Tue, 2015-04-07 02:02

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defending an emerging nuclear deal, President Barack Obama said Iran would be kept a year away from obtaining a nuclear weapon for more than a decade, but conceded Tuesday that the buffer period could shrink to almost nothing after 13 or more years.

Obama, whose top priority ...

John McCain announces he's running for 6th term

Tue, 2015-04-07 01:31

U.S. Sen. John McCain has announced he will run for re-election in 2016.

The Arizona Republican made the announcement to run for a sixth term on Monday in an interview with NBC News. He is the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

McCain uses his position as ...

Recent Missouri Editorials

Tue, 2015-04-07 00:01

The Springfield News-Leader, April 1

Reducing domestic violence takes a community commitment:

Domestic violence in the Ozarks is more complicated than our community realizes, and agencies striving to help need more support.

Those two messages rang true and often during a community conversation about domestic violence, hosted by the News-Leader ...

Rand Paul launches 2016 White House bid, plans ambitious 50-state campaign

Mon, 2015-04-06 19:01

Sen. Rand Paul, the eye doctor turned politician, officially kicked off his long-awaited campaign for the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday in his home state of Kentucky, intent on waging a 50-state campaign that marries the small-government libertarianism championed by his father and the millennial generation with the traditional forces of ...

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