July 06, 2011, 11:40 AM
California lawmakers on Tuesday sent the governor a bill that would make the state the first to require public schools to include in social studies curricula the contributions of gays and lesbians.
The bill, passed on a party-line vote, adds lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people as well as people with disabilities to the list of groups that schools must include in the lessons. It also would prohibit material that reflects adversely on gays.
July 01, 2011, 11:41 AM
Maryland is the first state in the country to impose a new requirement to graduate from high school -- something called environmental literacy.
But what is that? That is the question State Senator J. B. Jennings is asking.
"What kind of education is it going to be?” he asks. “Is it going to be fact-based? Or is it going to be theory-based, which is usually politically, theory driven. And you can think, it's going to be about global warming or climate change."
June 23, 2011, 02:03 PM
Republican lawmakers and gun rights advocates testified Tuesday that a series of gun control measures promoted by Democrats – requiring imprinted serial numbers on firearms, “microstamped” bullets and annual limits on gun purchases – would punish lawful gun owners, increase the cost of handguns and hamper a 5,000-job industry in Massachusetts.
June 07, 2010, 06:27 PM
The debate over Arizona's immigration law is reverberating on Main Streets across the country, as national attention on the policy has led some cities to boycott the state, forced others to scrutinize their own rules toward illegal immigrants and compelled candidates for office to make it their signature campaign issue.
June 03, 2010, 01:23 AM
Little noticed, last Friday the Obama administration yet again tried to make it easier for illegal aliens to stay in the United States. In a brief filed with the Supreme Court, the administration asked the court to carve out a special exemption for businesses who break the law by hiring illegal aliens.
June 02, 2010, 02:32 AM
The ink was just barely dry when President Obama signed the historic Health Care legislation into law when Florida and 18 other states filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services challenging its constitutionality.
May 25, 2010, 04:33 PM
As a young lawyer working for Justice Thurgood Marshall, Elena Kagan repeatedly expressed her concern that a conservative Supreme Court was looking for ways to cut back on the rights of women, criminal defendants and prisoners.
May 25, 2010, 04:13 PM
Paychecks from private business shrank to their smallest share of personal income in U.S. history during the first quarter of this year, a USA TODAY analysis of government data finds. At the same time, government-provided benefits — from Social Security, unemployment insurance, food stamps and other programs — rose to a record high during the first three months of 2010.
May 25, 2010, 03:40 PM
Passage of Obamacare will have negative consequences for practically all Americans. However, it is the nation’s senior citizens who will get the short end of the stick after enactment of the President’s health care agenda. In a recent paper, Heritage health policy expert Robert Moffit, Ph.D., lays out the specific provisions of Obamacare that will hurt seniors ...
May 24, 2010, 06:04 PM
After nearly a week of criticism following revelations that he misrepresented his military record and five days after a press conference in which he expressed regret for his misstatements, Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Richard Blumenthal apologized.
May 24, 2010, 05:12 PM
A Democratic senator is introducing legislation for a bailout of troubled union pension funds. If passed, the bill could put another $165 billion in liabilities on the shoulders of American taxpayers. The bill, which would put the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation behind struggling pensions for union workers, is being introduced by Senator Bob Casey, (D-Pa.), who says it will save jobs and help people.
May 21, 2010, 07:47 PM
The man accused of raping a woman behind an Edmonds grocery store has been deported at least four times in the past 15 years, reports KIRO Radio.
May 21, 2010, 02:55 AM
A California city mere miles from the metropolis that imposed a boycott on Arizona over its immigration law has just weighed in on the other side of the debate -- voting to declare itself a "Rule of Law City" where illegal immigrants are not welcome.
May 20, 2010, 02:38 PM
Following bombshell revelations that he claimed he served in Vietnam when he hadn't, Connecticut Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal's once-robust lead in the polls has hit record lows.
May 14, 2010, 03:31 AM
The nation's most influential small business lobby is joining a court challenge to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, arguing that Americans cannot be required under the Constitution to obtain insurance coverage.