There's Big Government, Big Labor, Big Business and now—drum-roll please—something called Big Soda. At a news conference Wednesday at the state Capitol, five lawmakers introduced a package of bills to ban the sale of Big-Gulp-style soft drinks and impose a state tax on sugary drinks. "Big Soda has profited off of life-threatening disease and suffering for too long," intoned Assemblyman David Chiu (D-San Francisco). These Nanny State efforts are commonplace, and provide fodder for people living in more-sensible locales. Look, they say, at how Sacramento politicians want to tax anything—and pose a constant threat to California's business climate. That largely is true. Highly publicized limits on the use of everything from plastic bags to straws gain much-deserved ridicule, but obscure some of the biggest threats to Californians' ability to live free and prosper. Consider something we might call Big Justice. The term doesn't have the same ring as Big Soda, but the … [Read more...] about For Nanny-Statism, California’s Supreme Court Might Be Worse Than the State Legislature
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Today’s batch of burning questions, my smart-aleck answers and the real deal: Question: I moved here a few months ago from Georgia, and I have noticed that your state legislature appears to be in session all the time. My first thought about this was, my goodness, how much does that cost?! In Georgia, the legislature is in session 40 days! Can you compare the cost of running the legislature in the two states? Is this why North Carolina is referred to as having one of the weakest executive (governor) branches in the country, because the legislature works all year? My answer: Not at all. It's because of this line in the North Carolina State Constitution: "The governor shall have no more power than a newborn kitten that has been dosed with Benadryl." Real answer: While many of us fine North Carolinians would love for our state legislature to meet less, or maybe just move to another state entirely, that august body has no limitations on when … [Read more...] about Answer Man: How expensive is the state legislature? Does NC have a ‘weak’ governor?
LANSING — A record number of women will serve in Michigan's state legislature next term, thanks in part to an influx of women elected by mid-Michigan voters on Tuesday. According to preliminary election results analyzed by the Lansing State Journal, a record 53 women will be in the state legislature next term. Statewide, voters elected Gretchen Whitmer as the second female governor, Dana Nessel as Attorney General and Jocelyn Benson as Secretary of State. That will bring the Legislature to 35 percent women, a new record, according to the Center for American Women in Politics at Rutgers University. In the current term, there are 37 women in the Legislature, making the body 25% female. Michigan was among the many states that noted an uptick in female candidates running in local, state and federal elections this year, part of a surge in political interest from left-leaning women experts say started after the 2016 presidential election. "This … [Read more...] about Women’s work is in the state House as mid-Michigan voters elect 5 new female reps
The school bus stop accident that killed three children in northern Indiana is renewing the debate over whether most of Indiana should remain in the Eastern Time Zone. Sen. Eric Bassler, R-Washington, said he plans to file legislation that would move all of Indiana to the Central Time Zone. Right now, several western border counties are on Central Time, while the majority of the state is on Eastern Time. Recent efforts to change the state's time zone, or even study the issue, have failed. But Bassler said he hopes there will be greater interest in it this year. It’s one of at least two bills Bassler intends to file related to school bus safety, prompted by an early morning crash in which a driver said she didn’t realize the vehicle stopped on a dark, winding rural highway was a school bus. "Literally thousands of kids are standing on the side of the streets in the pitch dark waiting for a bus to pick them up," Bassler said. "If it were daylight, even sort of daylight, it … [Read more...] about Why Indiana’s ongoing time zone debate will resurface at the state legislature
This article has been updated to include correct candidate information in the 16th House District. Every seat in the state Legislature is on the ballot next Tuesday. Here are our recommendations for House and Senate races in Wayne County, including Detroit: State Senate District 1 (Detroit, parts of Downriver): Democrat Stephanie Chang is seeking to move from the House to the Senate. She faces Republican Pauline Montie of Trenton and Green Party candidate David Bullock of Detroit. Chang has been an effective advocate for her constituents, and should get the seat. District 2 (Eastern Detroit, Hamtramck, Grosse Pointes): Democrat Adam Hollier is vying with Republican Lisa Papas for this open seat. We endorse Hollier, who offers reasonable solutions for infrastructure and school funding, and is an advocate for supporting job creation and economic development with tax incentives. District 3 (west Detroit, Dearborn, Melvindale): In another open seat, state Rep. … [Read more...] about Endorsement: For state Legislature from Wayne County