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4 Pieces of Legislation to Protect Sexual Assault Survivors

4 Pieces of Legislation to Protect Sexual Assault Survivors
Sexual assault is still a serious problem that must be addressed. While we still have a long way to go in terms of developing substantive solutions to preventing these crimes and tackling the negative stigma associated with sexual assault, elected officials across the country are taking steps forward to provide appropriate protections and care for survivors. Here are four ways elected officials across the country are working to bring justice to sexual assault survivors.
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Looming Impeachment of Governor Perry Appointee Complicates Future Plans

Looming Impeachment of Governor Perry Appointee Complicates Future Plans
Governor Rick Perry hasn't exactly had a smooth transition into his (yet to be announced) 2nd run for President. His initial announcement that he would not seek re-election was postponed due to the epic events surrounding Wendy Davis' filibuster in the Senate. Now, Wallace Hall, UT regent and Perry appointee, is one step closer to being impeached by the Texas legislature.
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TX Medicaid Rally Draws Crowd of 1,200 - Wheelchairs Included

TX Medicaid Rally Draws Crowd of 1,200 - Wheelchairs Included
At least 1,200 protesters marched and rode wheelchairs down Congress Avenue to the south steps of the Texas Capitol on Tuesday to demand that lawmakers expand Medicaid by accepting federal funds. These funds from the Affordable Care Act are estimated to cover an additional 1.5 million Texans.
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Congress and Cocaine: Do They Have More in Common Than We Think?

Congress and Cocaine: Do They Have More in Common Than We Think?
Congress' deadly addiction to corporate cash is the main reason Washington is unable to solve the myriad problems affecting our economy, environment and politics. If only we could help Congress kick the habit, our government could work for us again.
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Do As We Say, Congress Says, Then Does What It Wants

Do As We Say, Congress Says, Then Does What It Wants
When CBS News reported in 2011 that members of Congress weren’t prohibited from insider trading, Congress moved swiftly. President Obama signed a law banning it within six months of the broadcast. But Congress is still exempt from portions of a number of federal laws, including provisions that protect workers in the private sector but don’t apply to the legislative branch’s approximately 30,000 employees.
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MN Governor Mark Dayton Would Sign Marriage Equality Bill

Gov. Mark Dayton said today that he would sign a marriage equality bill if it appeared on his desk. Dayton campaigned against the anti-Marriage amendment.
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Mary Franson Wins Recount, May the Jokes Continue

Rep. Mary Franson (R-Alexandria) gained a vote today as her recount wrapped up. She leads by 12 votes. The result will be certified next week.
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Interview With Jeff Hayden, New Deputy Senate Majority Leader

Sen. Jeff Hayden (DFL-Mpls), my Senator, was appointed as Deputy Majority Leader last Wednesday. Hayden is out in Washington, DC for some meetings and we talked over the phone about his appointment.
"I'm the first African-American to serve in Senate leadership," he said. "I'm humbled by this appointment and I feel blessed."
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MN State Senate Republicans Double Down On David Hann's Lack Of Disclosure

The scandal plagued Republican State Senator from Eden Prairie, David Hann, was elected by his fellow Senate Republicans to lead their Caucus as Minority Leader.  No surprise there!  Beginning in January 2011, when the Senate Republicans took over, it has been scandal after scandal after scandal by these Republican scoundrels.
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Doug Wardlow is a Tenther

Tentherism is essentially the modern form of nullification, not always as extreme, but sometimes, the same thing. It's the doctrine that states can ignore federal laws they disagree with based on an erroneous reading of the tenth amendment, or at least based on a convenient forgetting of other parts of the Constitution.
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