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Parental leave expands for California workers so they can bond with their newborns

Under a new law to combat workplace inequities, some 2.7 million California mothers and fathers will gain the right to a long-sought benefit: 12 …

Kaiser Permanente

Judge rules Justice Department can’t keep grant money from uncooperative sanctuary cities

National Security<p>September 15, 2017 at 5:41 PM<p>Watch more!<p>Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel hailed a federal judge's decision on Sept. 15 barring the Justice Department from denying public-safety grants to sanctuary cities. (Reuters)<p>A federal judge on Friday blocked the Justice Department from withholding …

Immigration

CA ballot measure seeks to legalize 'shrooms'

California could become the first state to legalize "magic mushrooms" if a ballot initiative becomes law.<p>The measure would decriminalize the use of …

A later start to the school day? Why California could delay the bell

<i>Update: Senate Bill 328 to delay school start times stalled in the Assembly during the Legislature’s final days. The author said he’ll revive the</i> …

California governor endorses potential 'sanctuary cities' lawsuit against Trump

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has endorsed the idea of his state suing the Trump administration over its threat to strip federal funding from …

Rahm Emanuel

Defying Trump, Hawaii Becomes First State to Pass Law Committing to Paris Climate Accord

Hawaii on Tuesday became the first state to pass a law committing to the goals and limits of the Paris climate accord, defying President Trump, who announced last week that he would withdraw the United States from the historic agreement.<p>The state’s governor, David Y. Ige, signed two bills at a …

States Consider Legislation To Protect Free Speech On Campus

On college campuses, outrage over provocative speakers sometimes turns violent.<p>It's becoming a pattern on campuses around the country. A speaker is invited, often by a conservative student group. Other students oppose the speaker, and maybe they protest. If the speech happens, the speaker is …

Rights & Freedoms

Louisiana abortion laws 'have major conflicts with science,' report says | NOLA.com

Louisiana ranks among states with the most anti-abortion laws on the books that conflict with or contradict scientific findings, according to a new …

Rights & Freedoms

Why a Nurse and a Pastor Object to Being Forced to Help Abort Babies

A pastor and a nurse want Congress to pass legislation that would allow Americans the freedom to opt out of the abortion process.<p>Chris Lewis, lead …

Rights & Freedoms

Most Welfare Dollars Don’t Go Directly To Poor People Anymore

Twenty years after President Bill Clinton fulfilled his vow to “end welfare as we know it,” it’s fair to say: mission accomplished. The old U.S. …

Poverty

Oklahoma Lawmaker Abandons Anti-Abortion Bathroom Signs Law

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma Republican lawmaker on Friday abandoned a measure that required public bathrooms to display anti-abortion signs …

Rights & Freedoms

Cities Argue For a Bigger Share Of Pot Tax Revenue

When voters in four U.S. states — Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon — approved recreational marijuana sales, part of the appeal was the promise of a new revenue source to buoy cash-strapped cities and states.<p>But tensions are growing in those four states over how the tax rewards from pot sales …

Top 10 Weirdest State Laws in America

More often than not, lawmakers usually have the best interest of their constituents in mind when they set new rules and regulations. However, by …

States rise up against Washington

State legislators around the country have introduced more than 200 bills aiming to nullify regulations and laws coming out of Washington, D.C., as …

Bills of Rights at 225: Framers put federalism at core of Bill of Rights

<i>Last in a 12-part series on the 10 amendments of the Bill of Rights.</i><p>More in the Series<p>Securing liberties of We the People<p>Limits on bails, fines, …

Bill Of Rights

We’re about to see states’ rights used defensively against Trump

Progressives have long been skeptical of federalism, with the role that “states’ rights” played in the resistance to the civil rights act and desegregation typically featuring prominently in their criticism. Its ugly history even led one 20th-century scholar to insist that “if one disapproves of …

Patriot Act

Since Men Aren’t Angels

Federalist 10 offers a timely warning about the dangers of factionalism.<p>On Labor Day, we celebrate both the stupendous achievements of American industry and a well-deserved break from work. But Labor Day comes just a week or so before Constitution Day—Sept. 16 this year—and that holiday should also …

Labor Day

How These States Ensure Welfare Dollars Aren’t Used for Alcohol, Lottery Tickets

A new state law in Maine went into effect last month prohibiting welfare recipients from purchasing items like alcohol, lottery tickets, and tattoos …

Measles outbreak: Different states, different rules on vaccinations

<b>(CNN) —</b> The rash of measles cases across the country has affected some states more than others. And, not surprisingly, the rules for vaccinating vary wildly from coast to coast.<p>Take California, for example, where more than 90 people have already been infected with measles this year. As in many …

Public Health

Education is the business of the states

In 1981, Tennessee’s 41-year-old governor proposed to President Ronald Reagan a swap: Washington would fully fund Medicaid, and the states would have complete responsibility for primary and secondary education. Reagan, a former governor, was receptive. But Democrats, who controlled the House and …

Education

Many Ala. counties refuse to issue gay-marriage licenses

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — On a day where sadness, confusion and joy blended, same-sex couples went to get marriage licenses Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court denied Alabama's request to stop them.<p>Some were successful. Others found themselves caught in a legal fight between the federal courts and Alabama …

Equality

Miracle - The Name on the Front More Important than the Name on the Back

Know Your Rights: States Push High School Civics Exam Requirement

Can you name all three branches of the federal government? How about how many votes it takes to override a presidential veto, or what the first 10 …

Rule Of Law: An Eggs-traordinary Tale Of Economic Reasoning

American eggs seem as wholesome as apple pie. A California law, however, puts the breakfast favorite at the center of a less than sunny side-up plan …

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