William Patrick | Florida Watchdog
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Consuming marijuana as medicine could be legal in Florida in less than a year.
But first, the Florida Supreme Court has to approve the language contained in a proposed ballot initiative that, with enough petition signatures, voters would see at the polls next November.
Florida’s high court heard oral arguments Thursday [...]
By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE, N.M. — Manny Aragon, the former Democratic state Senate leader who had one of the most spectacular falls from grace in New Mexico political history, is out a Colorado federal prison.
There are reports that Aragon his heading back to the Albuquerque area after his release Thursday. He is [...]
By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
RICHMOND, Va. — “Human connections” will prevent Virginia Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe from adhering to his $100 limit on gifts, a veteran legislator says.
“Does anyone think he won’t go around the country helping Hillary (Clinton)? If he goes on one trip, does he think he won’t violate his own rule?” asks [...]
By Kathryn Watson | Watchdog.org, Virginia Bureau
ALEXANDRIA — As debates swirl about tightening financial disclosure laws for the executive and legislative branches in Virginia, the judicial branch is being left out of the conversation.
But a new report from the Center for Public Integrity suggests Virginians shouldn’t forget the Virginia Supreme Court. Virginia is among 43 [...]
By Yaël Ossowski | Watchdog.org
In July of this year, Vermont lawmakers took a bold step.
They removed criminal penalties for those caught with small amounts of marijuana.
Now, 5 months later, decriminalization of pot is generally judged to be a great success in the Green Mountain State, a sentiment which could push Vermont to be the third [...]