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  • Sonora CA, 1852
    Opposition to the foreign miners’ tax
    At the next session of the California legislature, after the tax on foreign miners had passed, I. A. Bescanon, an appointed tax collector, presented a report on the opposition he encountered. Soon after opening an office in Sonora, CA, Bescanon...
  • Democrat Gov. Hassan vs. the GOP NH Legislature
    Democrat Gov. Hassan vs. the GOP NH Legislature
    With the dust settling on Tuesday’s election, leadership roles are being determined in the New Hampshire House and Senate.Republican Chuck Morse of Salem, as he was last session, will be the Senate majority leader. Jeff Woodburn of Dalton...
  • Gold miners
    Foreign miner tax law in California
    The feeling against foreign miners was so strong in California that in their first session the legislature passed what was known as the foreign miner’s tax law. This biased and hurtful statute, passed on April 15, 1850, provided that &ldquo...
  • Balanced Budget Amendment
    A good 5¢ cigar and other urgent needs for America Part 2-B
    In Part 2-A of this article I presented four potential areas which need to be addressed by Constitutional Conventions. As Congress and the Executive Branch have been powerless to reign-in their egos and ever increasing differences of opinion, the...
  • Article-V-a
    A good 5¢ cigar and other urgent needs for America Part 2-A
    I wrote the first part of this article a week ago to set the stage to discuss, not the divisiveness of the country which is often vehemently displayed daily in the political arena, but the commonality of ideas most Americans may be able to agree...
  • Jasmine
    What happened for pets this legislative session in Colorado
    Another legislative session has ended for the State of Colorado and three significant bills were passed to help the welfare of Colorado’s animals and pets. Here is what happened at the sixty-ninth Colorado General Assembly. All information...
  • Burning ship
    Squatting dangerous due to rise in real estate prices
    By 1853 squatting in San Francisco had become much more dangerous and far more frequent than ever before due to an extraordinary rise in real estate prices. While it never became as threatening as in Sacramento, where violent riots had occurred...
  • San Francisco 1851 fire
    Courts favor old Mexican system
    Squatting began early in San Francisco and continued vigorously until land titles became substantially settled by the courts decisions in favor of the old Mexican pueblo system and the subsequent acts of congress of 1864 and 1866 which granted to...
  • Utah League of City and Towns and UAMPS….feed and entertain legislators
    Utah League of City and Towns and UAMPS….feed and entertain legislators
    In keeping with long-standing tradition, the Utah League of Cities and Towns (ULCT), one of the most powerful and formidable lobbying organizations on Utah’s Capitol Hill, loaded a bus with state legislators and transported them to the Salt...
  • CAP Box Lunches - Gibson and Moss
    War on Poverty organizations….feed Utah legislators
    On the second day of the legislative session, theUtah Community Action Partnership (CAP Utah) luncheon served as the pickup point for legislators in search of a free meal.According to the CAP Utah web page:Utah’s community action agencies...
  • Legislators - Eating - The Road Home
    Homeless shelter feeds…..Utah lawmakers
    The basement of the Utah capitol building was an area of contrasts. On one side there was table after table of elementary school students eating homemade lunches packed by their parents.On the other side, state legislators were bellying up to a...
  • Governor Christie in Asbury Park
    2013 New Jersey election results
    The news in the gubernatorial race is not that Republican Governor Chris Christie and Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno were re-elected over Democratic challengers former State Senate Majority Leader Barbara Buono and union leader Milly Silva, but...
  • Alberta MLA quits his party caucus over prostitution allegations
    Alberta MLA quits his party caucus over prostitution allegations
    Mike Allen, an MLA of the ruling Progressive Conservatives has resigned from the provincial assembly after he was arrested Monday in St. Paul, Minn., following allegations of prostitution.St. Paul Police say, their undercover officers posted an ad...
  • The new Ag-gag bills, taping farm cruelty is the new crime
    The new Ag-gag bills, taping farm cruelty is the new crime
    Videos taken by undercover animal rights activists have allowed authorities to take action and file suit or fire employees with cruelty to animals. Some of these farm industries have lost large business customers over their animal cruelty...
  • Pam Roach
    Much ado about lawmakers at gun range
    This morning’s Seattle Times website had, as its lead story, Thursday’s shooting session for state lawmakers at an Olympia-area gun range, an event that has heightened meaning this year with the tsunami of anti-gun legislation that has...