Runoff elections ensure majority rule

By   /  March 2, 2015  /  Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, News, Politics & Elections, Virginia  /  No Comments

MANDATE? Sen. Mark Warner and Gov. Terry McAuliffe won their elections with less than a majority. Virginia used to have a runoff law to prevent that from happening.

Democrats don’t like them. Republicans buried them. Election officials complain they cost more. How to put a price on a democratic republic?

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What’s he got to say? Kemper Project manager remains muzzled

By   /  February 27, 2015  /  Alabama, Mississippi, News  /  No Comments

PHOTO BY: The Southern Company

“From a layman’s standpoint, it seems to be one of those things that raises a few eyebrows,” Louie Miller, president of the Sierra Club of Mississippi, told Mississippi Watchdog. “What’s going on here? If I was sitting on the Mississippi Public Service Commission, I’d be certainly interested in what this man has to say.”

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Shuckers stadium delay hits taxpayers square in the oysters

By   /  February 27, 2015  /  Alabama, Mississippi, News  /  No Comments

The Biloxi Shuckers will make unwitting suckers of local taxpayers if the team’s new stadium isn’t ready in time for opening day April 21.

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Rogue subcontractors undermine Virginia’s legal workforce

By   /  February 25, 2015  /  Alabama, Arizona, California, Immigration, National, News, South Carolina, Virginia  /  No Comments

DAY LABOR: Illegal and unlicensed laborers compete for construction jobs at the expense of U.S. workers. The Pew Hispanic Center estimates that up to 40 percent of brick masons and drywall installers are undocumented.

On paper, Virginia’s laws against rogue contractors appear ironclad. In reality, the regulations look more like Swiss cheese — and taxpayers are losing out.

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Obama on Alabama same-sex marriage: ‘Federal law wins’

By   /  February 11, 2015  /  Alabama, News  /  No Comments

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In an interview Tuesday, President Obama posited that federal courts “will have something to say” to Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore in his stance against same-sex marriage.

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Is FEC hearing stacking the deck for ‘dark money’ narrative?

By   /  February 11, 2015  /  Alabama, First Amendment, National, News  /  No Comments

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A Federal Election Commission hearing Wednesday originally scheduled to take public comments on a U.S. Supreme Court decision expanding money in politics has grown into a catch-all session on political speech regulation.

But the lineup of campaign finance expert witnesses called to address the commission – and the timing of their appearances – has some wondering whether the deck is stacked in favor of the “dark money” conspiracists

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