| Aug 31, 2014
| 4:35 PM
As the final push begins to fill a key seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, union leaders, elected officials and political analysts are anticipating a realignment of power that could strengthen the hand of organized labor in decisions...
| Aug 30, 2014
What do Sting, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett have in common? All three have huge fortunes, and none of them are giving it to their kids.
Sting just revealed that most of his $300 million won't end up with his six adult children. "I certainly don't...
| Sep 17, 2014
| 6:58 PM
Virginia legislators return to Richmond on Thursday to debate the Medicaid expansion they've already rebuffed with news that a majority of Virginians — 61 percent — support the idea, and with two conservative alternatives on their desks....
| Sep 18, 2014
| 7:12 PM
RICHMOND — The House of Delegates on Thursday took a bit less than an hour to debate, and dispose of, the one proposal on expanding coverage for low-income Virginians to come before it during its special session on Medicaid.
It voted 64 to 33 to...
| Mar 4, 2014
| 7:14 AM
TALLAHASSEE --Because you asked for it (not really), here's the entire text of House Speaker Will Weatherford's session-opening speech:
Opening Day Speech - 2014
House Speaker Will Weatherford
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Remarks As Prepared
Welcome back to...
| Aug 20, 2014
| 5:16 PM
A self-described "Scottish aristocrat" accused of collecting government benefits while living on a million-dollar yacht in South Florida has been sentenced to a year behind bars and ordered to pay the money back after pleading guilty in a welfare fraud...
| Apr 1, 2014
| 7:30 AM
WASHINGTON -- House Republicans will revive Rep. Paul Ryan's lightning-rod proposals to slash the federal safety net, beef up military spending and reduce taxes for the wealthy in a budget unveiled Tuesday -- an election-year calling card that Democrats...
| May 5, 2014
| 1:31 PM
Mercifully, the 2014 Florida Legislative Session has come to a close before it could do further harm, and Gov. Scott and the leaders of state government are loudly congratulating one another on a job well done.
If what our lawmakers wanted was to...
| Mar 17, 2014
| 4:30 PM
[This post has been updated, as explained below.]
The restaurant industry's opposition to a higher minimum wage is hardly a secret--it's one of the top issues on the lobbying agenda of the National Restaurant Assn., the chain restaurants' Washington...
| Mar 21, 2014
| 5:05 PM
Critics of Rep. Paul Ryan's remarks about cultural factors in the persistence of poverty are simultaneously shrill and boring. Their predictable minuet of synthetic indignation demonstrates how little liberals have learned about poverty or changed their...
| Mar 24, 2014
| 12:39 PM
Talk about a "poverty trap"! The phrase was recently used by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul D. Ryan, R-Wisc., to suggest that the nation's panoply of programs to aid low-income households was keeping them from rising into the middle class.