Category: Contributions


Country diary 1968: should diarists ‘meddle in politics’? | UK news

24 February 1968 Some think we must confine ourselves to babbling o’ green fields and to kidding our readers that all is well in those fields Wylfa Nuclear Power Station on Anglesey, North Wales, 2012. Photograph: James Davies/Alamy MACHYNLLETH: Recently in this diary (see below) I deplored the threatened industrialisation of a part of Anglesey. […]

La Crosse’s Ron Kind among the recipients of gun lobby contributions

Generally, the political divide in the wake of mass shootings in America has been between Republicans and Democrats that centers on the lobbying efforts of the National Rifle Association. While the total of money spent directly and indirectly by the NRA to influence elections over the last 20 years has been measured at $202 million, […]

Sohn: Lawmakers’ ‘blood money’ means lockdown training for us

Something is sadly wrong in America when we have to have “active shooter” lockdown training in our schools and churches. But that’s where we are. Thursday after Wednesday’s deadly attack in a Parkland, Fla., high school, local educators were initiating or planning drills. Lee Sims, the principal of Hixson High School, addressed his 800-plus students […]

Foreign Donations Bill ‘Likely’ to be Struck Down by High Court

The controversial foreign donations bill is “unconstitutional” and there is a “reasonable likelihood” it will be struck down by the High Court, a constitutional law expert has told the parliamentary electoral matters committee. In a public hearing in Canberra on Friday, Professor Anne Twomey, a professor of constitutional law from the University of Sydney, told […]

State sues Bellevue judicial candidate Nathan Choi over alleged violations

Nathan Choi never filed campaign contribution or spending reports, the Attorney General’s complaint says. By Seattle Times enterprise producer Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit Friday alleging campaign-finance violations by a Bellevue attorney who ran an unsuccessful campaign last year for the state Court of Appeals. In the Thurston County Superior Court […]

A Viral Video Revealed Big Energy’s Stranglehold on West Virginia Politics

Lisa Lucas is stopped from speaking at the West Virginia Judiciary Committee hearing. Screencap via YouTube “Montani semper liberi!” Those were the last words that West Virginians heard from a resident who, as she commented on proposed state House legislation, was dragged out of a public Judiciary Committee hearing. The Latin phrase, which is also the […]

SA election: Nick Xenophon unveils his party's gambling policy

But now, should SA Best hold the balance of power after the March 17 state election, Mr Xenophon would use his gambling measures, which also include a ban on political donations from the gambling industry and reducing the maximum jackpot to $500, as a “deal maker and a deal breaker” during … Source