Many politicians seeking the Tea Party’s vote in 2012 are making an unusual stop on their campaign trails: the office of Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah). A founding member of the Senate’s Tea Party Caucus, Lee quickly made a name for himself as a Tea Party scion in his first six months in office, and perspective lawmakers are taking note.
After the 2000 census, 1,200 challenges were filed by cities, towns and counties. This time around, the United States Conference of Mayors is expecting an even larger number, The Washington Times reports.
Today, the 12-member jury in the Casey Anthony trial returned a verdict: Anthony is not guilty of first-degree murder in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee Marie. However, she was convicted of lying to the police and will be sentenced at 9 a.m. on Thursday. “The verdict means 25-year-old Anthony was found not guilty of all charges except for four counts of providing false information to law enforcement officer. She will be spared a death sentence, but could still potentially face years behind bars in a Florida prison,” the Orlando Sentinel reported.
With more and more Presidential candidates, Governors, lawmakers and citizens signing the “Cut, Cap and Balance” Pledge, national support for a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution is increasing. Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) referenced this surge of support in a July 1 speech, joining colleagues on the Senate floor to urge Congress to solve the debt crisis quickly.
Today, The New York Times ran an opinion piece written by Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.). In it, the Senators urged President Barack Obama to step up the pace of troop withdrawals from Afghanistan. The Senators claimed the country is currently too unstable and corrupt to foster hopes of founding a Democracy, and continued “nation-building” will be fruitless.
A special session in the Texas Legislature came to an end without a vote on a bill that would have banned certain parts of the Transportation Safety Administration’s pat-down procedure.
On June 27, the Vitamin D Council, a nonprofit educational corporation, announced that it intends to file a complaint with the Attorney General against the Food and Drug Administration “regarding policies that disparately afflict African Americans.”
Now that Wisconsin has allowed for residents to carry a concealed weapon in public, Illinois stands alone as the final state to object to legalizing concealed handguns, The Associated Press reports.
A recent addition to the smoking ban laws that have rippled through major cities was enacted in White Plains, N.Y., this week, taking away a smoker’s right to light up in parks, plazas, playgrounds and trails, the Lower Hudson Valley News reports.
Citizens in Tuscaloosa, Ala., worry that the recently passed Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act may hinder tornado reconstruction efforts, as Hispanic illegal aliens flee the State, fearing prosecution. The new law, touted as “the strongest immigration bill in the country” by Governor Robert Bentley, in part requires employers to use the Federal E-Verify system to make sure their workers are in the country legally.