Category Archives: public policy

How N.C. Senate race became ground zero for what’s wrong with 2014

By Meredith Shiner RALEIGH, N.C. Continue reading

Minimum Wage Capturing Political Center Stage

Ahead of the midterm elections, some politicians – like New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie – are tired of hearing about the minimum wage as a central talking point. For others, a candidate’s stance on raising state hourly pay could be a much more important issue when it comes time to casting votes. Continue reading

The 6 Senate Races That Are Too Close to Call

With two weeks until Election Day, a half-dozen U.S. Senate races remain too close to call Continue reading

Expelled Nazis Got Millions in Social Security

DAVID RISING, Associated Press RANDY HERSCHAFT, Associated Press RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press OSIJEK, Croatia (AP) — Former Auschwitz guard Jakob Denzinger lived the American dream. His plastics company in the Rust Belt town of Akron, Ohio, thrived Continue reading

Expelled Nazis got millions in U.S. Social Security

By DAVID RISING, RANDY HERSCHAFT and RICHARD LARDNER OSIJEK, Croatia (AP) — Former Auschwitz guard Jakob Denzinger lived the American dream. His plastics company in the Rust Belt town of Akron, Ohio, thrived. By the late 1980s, he had acquired the trappings of success: a Cadillac DeVille and a Lincoln Town Car, a lakefront home, investments in oil and real estate. Continue reading

Cop Says Alaska Should Legalize Pot

In less than a month Alaskans decide whether their state will join Colorado and Washington in legalizing marijuana – and the pro-reform campaign is touting support from a small-town police officer. “In all my years on the streets, it’s hard to recall a single time where marijuana use itself was the cause of a violent incident,” says police officer Jess Gondek in a new TV ad supporting the legalization initiative, known as Ballot Measure 2. Gondek works for the city of Valdez, population 4,000. Continue reading

Open for Business: Expanded Gay Marriage Hits Wedding Industry

No matter who you want to marry, the burgeoning wedding industry is open and ready for business. While it’s difficult to determine just yet the total economic impact of the recent Supreme Court action that could soon legalized same-sex marriage in up to 30 states, experts anticipate it’ll almost certainly be a boon for local consumer purchasing, which makes up about two-thirds of the national economy. “Most people think of marriage as not having much to do with economics, but there are all these layers that involve if not an economic-based decision at least an economic effect,” says Lee Badgett, an economist at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and director of the Williams Institute, a UCLA School of Law think tank that focuses on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy Continue reading

Open for Business: Expanded Gay Marriage Hits Wedding Industry

No matter who you want to marry, the burgeoning wedding industry is open and ready for business. While it’s difficult to determine just yet the total economic impact of the recent Supreme Court action that could soon legalized same-sex marriage in up to 30 states, experts anticipate it’ll almost certainly be a boon for local consumer purchasing, which makes up about two-thirds of the national economy. “Most people think of marriage as not having much to do with economics, but there are all these layers that involve if not an economic-based decision at least an economic effect,” says Lee Badgett, an economist at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and director of the Williams Institute, a UCLA School of Law think tank that focuses on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy. Continue reading

Senate Debates Heat Up as Election Day Looms

Senate candidates are squaring off on the debate circuit as an Election Day bout for Senate control draws closer. Continue reading

Why GOP presidential hopefuls are finally talking about drugs

By Chris Moody Shortly after Mitt Romney clinched the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, he traveled to Colorado, where a reporter in Denver asked for his thoughts on medical marijuana. Continue reading