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Christie v. Christie on the Unemployment Numbers

PolitickerNJ compared candidate Christie with Governor Christie on the state's unemployment rate.
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Veteran Republican breaks with GOP leaders to back DISCLOSE Act

Nine-term Congressman Walter B. Jones, a North Carolina Republican, is again showing off his independent streak, and in a good cause.
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WEIRD WORLD: Mayor Bloomberg Calls on Police Officers to Strike in Favor of Gun Reform

In the wake of the tragic theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg took the opportunity to get vocal on CNN‘s Piers Morgan Tonight in favor of stricter gun laws across the nation. Interestingly, his solution for tackling the problem places the honus on policemen and women.
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It's Time to Lift the Gag Order on Gun Laws

We need to have a national dialogue on Guns. NOW.


The first step is that we have to stop accepting the premise that even asking a question about guns is an affront to the Constitution. None of the amendments to this governing document are unrestricted rights, and that second one is no exception. The Supreme Court has ruled in District of Columbia vs Heller that Americans have the right to possess a firearm. However, it was quite clear that the Second Amendment is not unlimited - "It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose."
The Gundamentalists continue to be in denial over that sentence, but that doesn't mean the rest of us have to be.
We can talk about gun laws.
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Anti-Davis-Bacon Amendment Defeated (and 54 Republicans Voted the Workers’ Way!)

Iowa GOP Rep. Steve King has attempted repeatedly to tear down the Davis-Bacon Act which establishes the prevailing wage on public works projects. He has done so with multiple amendments and legislative actions which onlookers rarely hear or read about.
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Study: Criminalization of HIV Nondisclosure May Discourage Testing

A team of researchers has published findings that they say indicate criminalization of HIV nondisclosure may discourage testing and hinder efforts to prevent the spread of the disease.
The study, from Canada, found that a significant minority of men who have sex with men said that a series of high-profile criminal prosecutions related to HIV nondisclosure had impacted their willingness to get tested for the virus or to discuss risk factors with medical professionals. The researchers further reported that these individuals were more likely to engage in higher-risk sexual practices.
“Our results indicate that, although it is a minority of individuals (17.0 percent and 13.8 percent respectively) who reported that nondisclosure criminal prosecutions either (a) affected their willingness to get tested for HIV, or (b) made them afraid to speak with nurses and physicians about their sexual practices, this small group reported higher rates of unprotected penetrative anal intercourse and internal ejaculation with, on average, a higher number of different sexual partners within the previous 2 months,” wrote the study’s authors.
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An Assault Weapon Ban Would Have Made the Difference Between Maybe 4 Deaths and a Dozen

You can sincerely say, "The price of liberty is measured in blood. The tragic loss of innocent lives is the price we pay for our freedom."
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DNC Platform Drafting Committee Kicks Into Gear - How Can You Influence The Process?

The Democratic Party's platform development process is just now kicking into high gear with the appointment of veteran political operative Andy Grossman as National Platform Director and, perhaps surprisingly given his recent controversial remarks criticizing the Obama campaign's attacks on Romney's Bain record, Newark Mayor Cory Booker as one of the Platform Committee co-chairs.
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Hey VA! Live from Salt Lake City - It's Your Legislators at 'Work'

Next week, at least 12 Virginia legislators will head to Salt Lake City, Utah to meet with corporate lobbyists behind closed doors at the 39th Annual American Legislative Exchange Council conference. If that name sounds familiar, it's probably because ALEC has been in the news recently as 26 corporations, 4 nonprofits, and 55 state legislators have fled the organization as their extreme and controversial agenda has been exposed.
You may remember from our January report that Commonwealth taxpayers have already spent over $230,000 on sending our representatives off to these conferences. Those numbers are about to tick upwards as most of those 12 legislators will again be traveling on the taxpayer dime. While they're in Salt Lake City, those Delegates and Senators will be meeting with lobbyists to find more corporate-sponsored bills in ALEC's arsenal to bring home and add to the 50+ ALEC bills that have been introduced in Virginia.
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NJ Players in the Life and Death Game Of The Affordable Care Act

There are about 1.3 million people in NJ without health insurance - people who forgo needed doctor visits, can not afford medicines, avoid surgery, receive short term help in emergency rooms, and die earlier than those insured. One would think that such a large group would have a significant voice in NJ's approach to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Alas!... no way.
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