Michael Balsamo, Associated Press Updated 10:11 am PST, Friday, January 11, 2019 President Donald Trump's attorney general nominee, William Barr, meets with Senate Judiciary Committee member and Trump confidant Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. Barr, who served in the position in the early 1990s, has a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week and could be in place at the Justice Department as soon as February when Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein leaves after Barr is confirmed. less President Donald Trump's attorney general nominee, William Barr, meets with Senate Judiciary Committee member and Trump confidant Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 9, ... more Photo: J. Scott Applewhite, AP … [Read more...] about AG pick to reassure senators he backs sentencing overhaul
Associated Press Published 1:08 PM EST Jan 11, 2019 Ann Arbor – A misdemeanor charge related to campaign literature has been dismissed against a recent Michigan Senate candidate. The Ann Arbor News reports that Ann Arbor District Judge Elizabeth Hines issued an opinion Thursday that the state law under which Anuja Rajendra was charged with falsely representing herself as an incumbent is an unconstitutional infringement of free speech. Rajendra, an Ann Arbor businesswoman, lost a four-way Democratic primary race in August. She was defended by the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan. Rajendra said after Thursday’s hearing that “words cannot describe the trauma of being thrown into the criminal justice system when you did nothing wrong.” The Washtenaw County prosecutor’s office says it hasn’t decided yet whether it will try to appeal Hines’ decision. … [Read more...] about Michigan Senate candidate’s campaign literature charge dismissed
Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press Updated 8:41 am PST, Friday, January 11, 2019 Senate Education Committee chairman Gray Tollison, R-Oxford, addresses members of the Mississippi Economic Council, the state chamber of commerce, as he cites statistics on the state's progress in education and work force training programs, during the group's visit to the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. less Senate Education Committee chairman Gray Tollison, R-Oxford, addresses members of the Mississippi Economic Council, the state chamber of commerce, as he cites statistics on the state's progress in education and ... more Photo: Rogelio V. Solis, AP Photo: Rogelio V. Solis, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Senate Education Committee chairman Gray Tollison, … [Read more...] about Oxford Republican wins Mississippi Senate leadership post
As Minnesota’s legislative session kicked off Tuesday, lawmakers were busy at the Capitol in St. Paul outlining their agendas for the upcoming months. For Republicans in control of the state Senate, one issue placed front and center was Minnesota’s lack of affordable child care, which has been a headache for not only parents but businesses desperate for workers amid a tight labor market. In a morning press conference, state Sen. Karin Housley, R-St. Mary’s Point, revealed a slate of proposals aimed at helping new child care businesses — or those interested in starting one — navigate the state’s complex rules governing the service. Child care became a flash point in Housley’s bid for U.S. Senate last year against DFLer Tina Smith, in which Housley largely blamed what she called burdensome and unnecessary state regulations for driving newcomers away from the career. Smith cruised to victory in the race, but Republicans have made a point to show … [Read more...] about Senate Republicans push to make addressing Minnesota’s child care woes a priority
This is a long time coming after news reports about how lewd comments and unwelcome groping have been commonplace at the Capitol for years. Women — and men — should be able to come to work there without accepting, combating or somehow navigating such disgusting conduct.The reports that women in the Texas statehouse had to resort to an online whisper network to document offenders were beyond disturbing.Our hope is that this move gives victims the courage to not suffer in silence and assurances that when they do come forward, their concerns will be taken seriously and handled fairly.Now, we urge the Senate to follow the House’s example. Senators adopted a new policy last year, but we still have questions about its procedures after the allegations against Sen. Charles Schwertner. The Georgetown Republican was accused of sending lewd messages, including pictures of genitals, to a University of Texas at Austin graduate student.Schwertner denied sending the … [Read more...] about Sexual harassment in the Texas Capitol must be stopped. The House has acted; Senate where are you?