Kaitlin Hallett-Pugh

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The Congressman Fighting for More Arsenic in Drinking Water

Mike Simpson believes it’s too expensive for small towns to filter the toxic chemical, which is found in greater abundance out West.<p>Congressman Mike …

Washington’s First (Legal) Weed Salesman

The state’s liquor control board is issuing the first wave of licenses to an unconfirmed number of recreational marijuana dispensaries Monday. Will …

Domestic Violence Hotline Overwhelmed After Rice Video

When the video of Ray Rice punching his now-wife Janay in the face was leaked, the call volume to the National Domestic Violence Hotline was overwhelming.<p>Read more here.

Obama launches new effort combating sexual assault on college campuses

The Obama administration is launching a big new offensive: Combating sexual assault on college campuses.<p>On Friday, the White House launched "It's On Us," a campaign aimed at tackling the problem plaguing universities across the country. The movement, developed from recommendations issued by a White …

In tight Senate races, immigration could still be a priority issue

When the U.S. Senate race in Arkansas heated up this summer, Mark Pryor found himself under attack from his opponent with a nasty — and inaccurate — ad claiming that the Democrat had supported giving Social Security benefits to people who had forged identities to work in the U.S. illegally. In …

Immigration

Folr Helps Keep Tabs on Your Kids

The mainstream adoption of smartphones has brought with it many benefits. As well as putting the internet in your pocket, communicating with others has never been easier — that doesn’t just mean text messages and phone calls, but location sharing too.<p>As a parent of two young kids, I think LG is on …

Lawyers for Indiana, Wisconsin grilled in court over gay marriage bans

Indiana and Wisconsin officials found themselves on the defensive at the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday as they advocated for bans on same-sex marriage.<p>Moments after he began his oral argument, Indiana Solicitor General Thomas M. Fisher was interrupted by Judge Richard Posner, who …

Gov. Brown OKs tripling state film tax-credit funding to $330 million

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed off on a deal that would more than triple funding for California's film and TV tax-credit program.<p>The compromise would increase funding to $330 million a year over the next five years. While that falls short of the $400 million annually sought by backers, the …

California Senate approves gun bill in response to Isla Vista attacks

With support from families who lost loved ones in the Isla Vista massacre in May, the state Senate on Wednesday approved legislation aimed at taking guns away from people seen as a danger to themselves or others.<p>The bill, which goes back to the Assembly for a vote on amendments, would allow law …

Guns

California Senate approves measure banning warrantless drone surveillance | Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The California State Senate passed legislation on Tuesday imposing strict regulations on how law enforcement and other government agencies can use drones, a move supporters said will protect privacy and prevent warrantless surveillance.<p>A camera drone flown by Brian Wilson …

Uber’s War on Lyft Could Prompt Federal Investigation

Uber is the darling of Demo­crats and Re­pub­lic­ans alike, but the com­pany’s cut­throat cam­paign against its ride-share rivals could land it in …

State Democrats Play Defense Ahead Of Midterm Elections

Democrats are bracing for the 2014 election, now fewer than 10 weeks away.<p>What has them worried this year?<p>There's the president's slumping approval scores, the public view that the country is on the wrong track, and frustration that the economic recovery hasn't eased the nation's economic …

California mulls bill to remove guns from potential offenders | Reuters

(Reuters) - A bill allowing family members to ask a judge to order firearms removed from people likely to commit gun violence advanced in California on Wednesday, one of several gun control measures up for votes in the last week of the state’s legislative session.<p>The measure was introduced after …

GOP poll of women: Party 'in past'

A detailed report commissioned by two major Republican groups — including one backed by Karl Rove — paints a dismal picture for Republicans, concluding female voters view the party as “intolerant,” “lacking in compassion” and “stuck in the past.”<p>Women are “barely receptive” to Republicans’ …

White House may Pursue Climate Deal Without Congress

The Obama administration is weighing whether or not to pursue an international climate change agreement that could be enacted without approval from Congress, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Wednesday.<p>Republicans and some Democrats in Congress expressed outrage after The New York Times …

U.S. government sues Minneapolis suburb for rejecting Islamic center | Reuters

(Reuters) - The U.S. government sued a small Minneapolis suburb on Wednesday, accusing it of religious discrimination after local leaders denied a Muslim group the right to open a center in the municipality.<p>The Justice Department filed a complaint in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis against St. …

The next big thing in campaigns

Midterm elections are less than three months away, but there’s already a clear winner in 2014: digital advertising.<p>A leading ad research firm recently estimated that more than $270 million will be spent across the country this cycle on digital campaign efforts — an 1,825 percent increase from 2010, …

Obama's Reaction To Ferguson Raises Questions About President's Role

Ferguson, Mo., has seen nearly two weeks of protests after an unarmed 18-year-old African-American man was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a white police officer. This week, a black leader stepped in to help defuse tensions. But it wasn't a civil rights spokesman or the first African-American …

Indiana Women Fight For Right To Marry In Case At Appeals Court

"She is the love of my life, and I will die with her." Judges at the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear their case, and others from Indiana and Wisconsin, on Tuesday morning.<p>CHICAGO — Marilyn Rae Baskin and Esther Fuller were in Chicago's Federal Plaza on Monday evening for a rally, taking to …

The Tea Party Governor Backlash of 2014

The conventional wisdom has it that this cycle is a GOP wave election. But beneath the surface, Democrats are doing OK—and Tea Party governors may …