Posts tagged: politics

Democrats threaten to stall session

Tweet BOISE — Legislative leadership expects to wrap up the session by mid-to-late next week, but Democrats say not so fast. Heavily outnumbered by GOP members in both the House and Senate, Idaho Democrats made it clear Tuesday, they want two more bills considered before going home. Leaders said if they’re not, House minority leaders say they intend to stall the session. The two bills the Democrats want to see in committee hearings ... Jump to full article >>

French politicians give Sartre back his cigarette

Tweet PARIS — French politicians on Wednesday voted to overturn rules that saw iconic comedian Jacques Tati lose his beloved pipe and existentialist writer Jean-Paul Sartre ditch his trademark cigarette. A parliamentary commission voted for a bill that would exclude cultural heritage from the stringent health legislation passed in 1991 that forbids any direct or indirect promotion of smoking. Last year posters for a Tati retrospective in Paris ... Jump to full article >>

Nick Clegg demands local councils are given powers to impose their own taxes

Tweet Nick Clegg is demanding councils be given the power to impose a massive range of new local taxes. Among the levies he suggests are for fuel, alcohol, office parking, landfill and even speeding. But the Liberal Democrat Deputy Prime Minister is being blocked by Eric Pickles, the Tory minister who is in charge of local government. Hard-pressed taxpayers – who have witnessed enormous council tax rises over the past decade, and are now strugg ... Jump to full article >>

Still’s cigarette tax hike proposal solid

Tweet Mary Still, our 25th District state representative, is a strong advocate for a higher cigarette tax. I’m on her side, and I would think many House members on both sides of the aisle would support her bill’s passage. Mary is quick to supply the numbers — with help from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Missouri Budget Project. Here are a few figures to support her argument. Missouri has the lowest cigarette tax in ... Jump to full article >>

Obama milestone: 9 months without a cigarette

Tweet White House victories are rare these days, but President Obama can claim solid progress in his lonely battle to quit smoking. The president has gone nine months without sneaking a cigarette, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs reported Thursday. Every day is a struggle and there’s no guarantee the president won’t light up tomorrow, it seems. Still, for a president who has been trying to quit for years, the nine-month hiatu ... Jump to full article >>

SUPREME COURT NOTEBOOK: Chief justice sells Pfizer stock to take part in 2 high court cases

Tweet Chief Justice John Roberts has sold his shares of Pfizer Inc., a move that allows him to participate in two pending Supreme Court cases involving the pharmaceutical maker. Federal law requires judges to sit out cases if they own even a single share of stock in any of the parties to a lawsuit. In the past, Roberts has not taken part in cases involving Pfizer because he owned less than $15,000 of the company’s stock, according to his la ... Jump to full article >>

Some Massachusetts towns give up on enforcing relaxed marijuana laws, while others struggle to

Tweet Some Massachusetts towns have given up enforcing a law that decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana, saying the law is written with too many loopholes to be effective. The law established a civil fine of $100 for those caught with an ounce or less of marijuana. That replaced what had been a criminal offense carrying a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $500 fine, also for possession of an ounce or less of the dr ... Jump to full article >>

Brown fights for smoking ban

Tweet State Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, will hold Senate legislation hostage unless he gets a Senate vote on a statewide smoking ban. Brown said Wednesday he is sending a message to the Senate by refusing to sign Senate Bill 175 until two state senators sign House Bill 1132, which contains the smoking ban. Neither proposal can advance from conference committee to a final floor vote until two members of each chamber agree to the language in each m ... Jump to full article >>

Economic survey of the Fed’s 12 regional bank districts

Tweet Highlights from the Federal Reserve’s survey of economic conditions nationwide. The survey, released Wednesday and known as the Beige Book, is based on information collected from the Fed’s 12 regional bank districts. BOSTON (This region covers Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and part of Connecticut.) Economic conditions showed improvement. Most manufacturers said demand strengthened, with makers of sem ... Jump to full article >>

City sets ambitious new health agenda

Tweet Dr. Thomas Farley’s new three-year plan aims to cut in rates of smoking, drinking of sugary sodas, hospitalizations while urging outer borough residents to exercise more. New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley on Monday outlined a ten-step program and specific health goals the city hopes to reach in the next three years, part of a new public health agenda known as Take Care New York 2012. The city’s top doctor unve ... Jump to full article >>