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Your Guide to Alabama's Constitutional Amendments (WBHM - Your NPR News Station)

Your Guide to Alabama's Constitutional Amendments (WBHM - Your NPR News Station) | Gov & Law dane | Scoop.it

Voters will see many candidate names on November's ballot. But they'll also see eleven statewide constitutional amendments. Here's your guide to those ballot issues.


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Alambama is in the process of rewritting their constitution. They are also going to be filling in the people on all their new rights when its finished

 

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Alabama's Constitution is one of the longest constitution. Although, alot of people think that its out of date and even racist too. Read this article and see what you think.

Bryan knesel's curator insight, April 15, 2013 6:15 PM

good story talks about change in currancy and the amendments in alabama.

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Sheriff Mack Announces Lawsuit Against SPLC, Run for Congress

Sheriff Mack Announces Lawsuit Against SPLC, Run for Congress | Gov & Law dane | Scoop.it

On December 10, Richard Mack, former sheriff of Graham County, Arizona, and founder of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA), announced that he will be filing a lawsuit in federal court against the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) for slander, libel and defamation.

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this sheriff from arizona is running for congress. Hes induring a lawsuit in federal court about southern poverty for slander.

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Indigenous Peoples Issues and Resources - On This Day: In 1819 the United States Congress passed the Civilization Fund Act

Indigenous Peoples Issues and Resources - On This Day: In 1819 the United States Congress passed the Civilization Fund Act | Gov & Law dane | Scoop.it

On This Day: In 1819 the United States Congress passed the Civilization Fund Act, which encouraged “benevolent societies” in providing education for Native Americans. The Act also authorized an annuity to stimulate the “civilization process” of Native peoples. The “benevolent societies” that were encouraged to educate Native peoples were Christian missions and the federal government. Federal funds were allocated to schools designed to educate Native Americans in the ways of the white man. The goal was to "civilize" Native Americans by getting rid of their traditions and customs and teaching them reading and writing in the missionary schools. This Act was the beginning of Native boarding or residential schools, which over the next 100 years forced hundreds of thousands of Native people away from their families, land, culture, and traditions.


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This is a picture of the first day that congress passed a civilization law. This will help the native kids and residents. Missionary schools will also be affected. Now that these people will be civilizied, they will be going to boarding schools.

 

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Sarah LittleRedfeather Kalmanson's curator insight, March 3, 2013 8:18 AM

On This Day: In 1819 the United States Congress passed the Civilization Fund Act, which encouraged “benevolent societies” in providing education for Native Americans. The Act also authorized an annuity to stimulate the “civilization process” of Native peoples. The “benevolent societies” that were encouraged to educate Native peoples were Christian missions and the federal government. Federal funds were allocated to schools designed to educate Native Americans in the ways of the white man. The goal was to "civilize" Native Americans by getting rid of their traditions and customs and teaching them reading and writing in the missionary schools. This Act was the beginning of Native boarding or residential schools, which over the next 100 years forced hundreds of thousands of Native people away from their families, land, culture, and traditions.

Dylan Troy Brandau's curator insight, March 7, 2013 10:00 AM

I am glad we have native people in are country and they do things like we do, i just dont agree with us pushing and forcing them away from there cultures they have every right to them. You are allowed to any beleifs.

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George Washington's views on political parties in America

George Washington's views on political parties in America | Gov & Law dane | Scoop.it

BY DENNIS JAMISON, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

 

When George Washington became President of the United States in 1789, there were no political parties.Political parties first emerged during Washington’s first term in office with the Alexander Hamilton’s Federalist Party in 1791 and in the following year, the formation of the Anti-Federalist Party or Democratic-Republicans under the leadership of Thomas Jefferson.

The two political parties formulated their views of how government ought to operate in the new republic.

 

At the end of Washington’s first term, as he was preparing to retire and go back to Mt. Vernon to just be a farmer again, the leaders of the opposing parties both wanted him to reconsider with Hamilton and Jefferson pleading with Washington to stay on for a second term.

Jefferson is credited as stating: “North and South will hang together if they have you to hang on.”

 

Washington finally consented to such sentiments and was again the obvious choice of the Electoral College as they re-elected him in February of 1793.

 

 

[MORE] http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/history-purpose/2012/mar/9/george-washington-warns-against-political-parties/


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the veiws of washington and political parties consist of democratic, republican, federalist, anti-federalist. These were the groups that consist of washingtons time of day. The people were very broad and were so open minded as people now a days.

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Tanner Mathews's curator insight, February 27, 2013 9:52 AM

its saying that while george washington was president is when the federalist and antifederalist parties were founded. 

Kaitlyn Joseph's comment, February 28, 2013 6:57 AM
This is a great and interesting article. It covers great history over Washingtons presidency. He had the federalist and the anti-federalist. We still have them today. This article talks about the political parties during Washingtons terms as president.
Eric Olson's curator insight, March 19, 2013 5:59 PM

This article states about how the political parties came about. They were not always Republican and Democratic parites. In Washington's time they were Federalists and Anti-Federalists.

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Miami Beach voters approve charter amendments - MiamiHerald.com

By David Smiley

After some difficulties counting votes due to long lines and a last-minute absentee ballot surge, the final tallies are in for the four proposed Miami Beach charter amendments placed on the ballot Tuesday. And each passed with overwhelming support.

The two most consequential questions - whether to require a referendum in order to weaken historic preservation regulations and whether to make the city clerk answerable to the city commission - passed with 61 percent and 59 percent of the vote, respectively.

Questions intended to ease the process of qualifying to run for Miami Beach office by petition and to protect petitioners in the case of an elections snafu in verifying those petitions also passed with 58 percent and 57 percent of the vote respectively.

So what does that mean for Miami Beach City Hall?

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Miami Beach voters approve charter amendments - MiamiHerald.com

By David Smiley

After some difficulties counting votes due to long lines and a last-minute absentee ballot surge, the final tallies are in for the four proposed Miami Beach charter amendments placed on the ballot Tuesday. And each passed with overwhelming support.

The two most consequential questions - whether to require a referendum in order to weaken historic preservation regulations and whether to make the city clerk answerable to the city commission - passed with 61 percent and 59 percent of the vote, respectively.

Questions intended to ease the process of qualifying to run for Miami Beach office by petition and to protect petitioners in the case of an elections snafu in verifying those petitions also passed with 58 percent and 57 percent of the vote respectively.

So what does that mean for Miami Beach City Hall?

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Florida voters overwhelmingly rejected amendments this year

Florida voters overwhelmingly rejected amendments this year | Gov & Law dane | Scoop.it

TALLAHASSEE — If GOP lawmakers put 11 proposed changes to the state constitution on Tuesday’s ballot to drive voters to the polls, some might say their plan was a success.

 

But if they wanted voters to support the measures, the plan was a dismal failure.

 

Florida voters rejected eight of 11 proposed constitutional amendments placed on the ballot by the legislature, a marked shift from previous elections in which voters typically say yes. And, while Florida law requires a 60 percent voter approval for the amendments to pass, none of the eight failing proposals even received a simple majority.

 

“What a slap in the face to the Republican legislature,” said University of Florida political scientist Daniel Smith, who tracks constitutional amendments and ballot initiatives.


Senate President Don Gaetz, who co-sponsored Amendment 4, which would have restricted rises in property taxes, said voters he spoke with were loath to change the constitution to accommodate fleeting issues. He said he intends to caution senators to use restraint in future proposals.


“If you have a proposed constitutional amendment, it’d better solve a constitutional problem, not an issue du jour,” said Gaetz, R-Niceville. “And there’d better be a plan to explain this constitutional amendment to the public instead of just putting something on the ballot and then leaving it to the vagaries of the lawyers to put the amendment into confusing and often convoluted language.”


Over the past 40 years, voters have signed off on 80 percent of the constitutional changes placed on the ballot by the legislature. This year, the approval rate was just 27 percent...

 

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In this message it says that the citizens of Talahassee florida were shown a new constitutional change. In this process more that 60% of the citizens turned down 8 of the 11. 60% is florida law for it to work. This benifited the citizens in this case.

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Anna Zamzow's curator insight, March 5, 2013 7:14 AM

Florida voters rejected 8 of 11 proposed constitutional amendments placed on the ballot, where previous elections voters usually said yes. Over the past 40 years, voters have signed off on 80% of the constitutional changes, but this year, the approval rate was 27%. I think the reason so many people rejected the amendments was because the number of proposals on the ballot  took up a whole page. Another reason is because the wording was difficult to understand. A lot of voters didn't want to spend the time reading all the proposals of which they didn't understand, so they just voted no. 

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Your Guide to Alabama's Constitutional Amendments (WBHM - Your NPR News Station)

Your Guide to Alabama's Constitutional Amendments (WBHM - Your NPR News Station) | Gov & Law dane | Scoop.it

Voters will see many candidate names on November's ballot. But they'll also see eleven statewide constitutional amendments. Here's your guide to those ballot issues.


Via Charles Tiayon
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Alambama is in the process of rewritting their constitution. They are also going to be filling in the people on all their new rights when its finished

 

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Brett Bradford's curator insight, February 21, 2013 6:54 AM

Alabama's Constitution is one of the longest constitution. Although, alot of people think that its out of date and even racist too. Read this article and see what you think.

Bryan knesel's curator insight, April 15, 2013 6:15 PM

good story talks about change in currancy and the amendments in alabama.

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Student Sues University For Right To Bear Arms On Campus - News Story - KXLY Spokane

Student Sues University For Right To Bear Arms On Campus - News Story - KXLY Spokane | Gov & Law dane | Scoop.it

Analysis: In the article, a law student named Aaron Tribble is sueing the university that he goes to, for the allowance of keeping your guns in his on-campus apartment. The issue was that it was required to store firearms in the campus's lockers, that was guarded by the police. But however, Aaron Tribble is practicing his 2nd amendment rights, because he wants to keep his wife and children safe, in case someone was to break in his house, or any other emergency. As a result, more students took his side, as they explained why they did so. In my opinion, I agree with Aaron, because you may need your gun for self-defense, but I am also aware that you need to use it safely, as Ted Nugent stated. Plus, I think that the right was threatened, because it would be a delay if Tribble was to go to the Campus every night, just to go get his gun, especially if it was something important. Overall, this article is evidence that this act is Constitutional.

 

 

MOSCOW, Idaho -- The right to bear arms has become the fodder for a lawsuit on the University of Idaho campus, where a law student is suing the university for the right to store firearms in his on-campus apartment.

 

 

 

 


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In this article it talks about a student at the university of idaho sues the college for not allowing him to have a pistol and shotgun in his apartment. He claims that this is violating his right to bear arms, which is one of his constitutional amendments.

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Constitutional Conspiracy

Music By: Payday Monsanto http://www.soundclick.com/store/digital/01_Shop_Album.cfm?bandID=852453&albumID=28628 Song: "High ...

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talks about how society has created a brand new "meaning" for a conspiracy, and society thinks that people who believe in conspiricy are conspiracy nut jobs.

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Brett Bradford's curator insight, February 5, 2013 9:46 AM

Conspiracy does not mean lies and false establishment. Yet alot of people perceive that it does, why would they do that? Why would they follow information on conspiracies if all it is is lies? One deffinantion of conspiracy is an evil and unlawful plan, planned in secret by two or more people.

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Governors urge Congress to avoid automatic cuts--Which Governors the RINOs and Democrats?

Governors urge Congress to avoid automatic cuts--Which Governors the RINOs and Democrats? | Gov & Law dane | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's governors are becoming prominent voices in the fight to cut the federal deficit, warning that Capitol Hill's latest budget stalemate is radiating fresh waves of uncertainty that threatens economic progress in their...

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They want to cut the federal deficit which is good. I think that these democrats are rational. Capitol hil is finally making reasonable decitions.

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littlebytesnews's curator insight, February 23, 2013 1:16 AM

Without reading the article yet, my guess is there are some RINO Republicans and mostly Democrats panicking about the sequester. All part of Obama's fear mongering campaign to get Congress to avoid any cuts and raise taxes again!

 

I hope Congress stands strong and the House opposes any spending or tax increases until the budget is cut, even if it means having to accept the sequester. I just wish they could pass a reasonable defense budget to make sure our national and international security isn't put at risk considering the cuts Obama has already been making.

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Political parties show rare unity in push for fair elections in tribal areas

Political parties show rare unity in push for fair elections in tribal areas | Gov & Law dane | Scoop.it
All major political and religious parties have shown rare unity to call on the country’s election commission to ensure fair, transparent and accessible general elections in the insurgency-hit FATA or the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

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shows that in this article talks about all the political parties joined as one and thought the some on this topic. They all think that in tribal areas they should have fair voting rights. All the parties agreed on this.

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Political parties outnumber election symbols

s a result of a big increase in the number of political parties, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has fallen short of election symbols as the registered parties have outnumbered the available symbols. The number of registered parties reached 216 on Tuesday with the addition of another 19. This coincided with the receipt of a communication by the ECP about approval by the president of its summary on election symbols.


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Miami Beach voters approve charter amendments - MiamiHerald.com

By David Smiley

After some difficulties counting votes due to long lines and a last-minute absentee ballot surge, the final tallies are in for the four proposed Miami Beach charter amendments placed on the ballot Tuesday. And each passed with overwhelming support.

The two most consequential questions - whether to require a referendum in order to weaken historic preservation regulations and whether to make the city clerk answerable to the city commission - passed with 61 percent and 59 percent of the vote, respectively.

Questions intended to ease the process of qualifying to run for Miami Beach office by petition and to protect petitioners in the case of an elections snafu in verifying those petitions also passed with 58 percent and 57 percent of the vote respectively.

So what does that mean for Miami Beach City Hall?

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Miami Beach voters approve charter amendments - MiamiHerald.com

By David Smiley

After some difficulties counting votes due to long lines and a last-minute absentee ballot surge, the final tallies are in for the four proposed Miami Beach charter amendments placed on the ballot Tuesday. And each passed with overwhelming support.

The two most consequential questions - whether to require a referendum in order to weaken historic preservation regulations and whether to make the city clerk answerable to the city commission - passed with 61 percent and 59 percent of the vote, respectively.

Questions intended to ease the process of qualifying to run for Miami Beach office by petition and to protect petitioners in the case of an elections snafu in verifying those petitions also passed with 58 percent and 57 percent of the vote respectively.

So what does that mean for Miami Beach City Hall?

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Have gun? Tell school

Have gun? Tell school | Gov & Law dane | Scoop.it
Does Missouri proposal go too far?

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This video talkes about a propsal to the missouri senator and says, "every kids parents in the elemetary schools will have to sign a waver saying they own guns in there house". What i thought was funny was that the senator claims that the constitusion does state the right to your privacy. This video is interesting and talks alot about gun control.

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Emma Long's curator insight, February 14, 2013 7:17 PM

Interesting insight.  Is it really the school's job to investigate gun control?  I feel like that would invade our privacy that the Bill of Rights grants us.  However, I see where the proposal comes from.  It doesn't eliminate our 2nd Amendment right.

Emely Koehler's comment, February 14, 2013 7:54 PM
This is really interesting, but I do not think that this will become a law. This law violate your privacy and when this become a law it does not even make sense. What should the school do with the knowledge that someone own a gun?
Joel Denney's comment, March 3, 2013 9:24 AM
And this bill solves the violence issue how? Say I'm a troubled student with mild anger issues and a rough family life; how would the school's knowledge of my gun ownership prevent me from doing something violent? They can't treat me differently or limit what I do; all they can possibly do is worry about all of the "problem kids" who legally own guns and use them in a safe manner. All they can do is freak out over what MIGHT happen. All this bill will do is lead to schools jumping to false conclusions. Not to mention the fact that in our geographic region, a lot of students (and their parents) own guns. How difficult would it be to enforce this rule, especially that school staff never see the firearms?
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List of US state constitutional amendments banning same-sex unions by type - from Wikipedia

There are several different types of state constitutional amendments banning legal recognition of same-sex unions in U.S. state constitutions, referred to by proponents as defense of marriage amendments.[1] The amendments define marriage as a union between one man and one woman and prevent civil unions or same-sex marriages from being legalized, though some of the amendments bar only the latter. As of December 2012, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, New York, New Hampshire, Maine, Maryland and Washington are the only U.S. states to allow same-sex marriage. The District of Columbia also allows same-sex marriages.

Thirty-one U.S. state constitutional amendments banning legal recognition of same-sex unions have been adopted. Of these, ten make only same-sex marriage unconstitutional, seventeen make both same-sex marriage and civil unions unconstitutional, two make same-sex marriage, civil unions, and other contracts unconstitutional, and one is unique. Hawaii's amendment is unique in that it does not make same-sex marriage unconstitutional; rather, it allows the state to limit marriage to opposite-sex couples. Virginia's amendment prevents the state from recognizing private contracts that "approximate" marriage. Observers have pointed out that such language encompasses private contracts and medical directives.[2][3] Furthermore, the Michigan Supreme Court has held that the state's amendment bans not only same-sex marriage and civil unions, but also domestic partnership benefits such as health insurance.[4]California Proposition 8 was declared unconstitutional by Vaughn R. Walker, chief judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, on August 4, 2010, in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, but his ruling was put on hold pending a request for a stay the same day.[5]Nebraska Initiative Measure 416 was declared unconstitutional by Joseph F. Bataillon, district judge on the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska, in November, 2005 in Citizens for Equal Protection v. Bruning, but his ruling was reversed on appeal by the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, which ruled that "laws limiting the state-recognized institution of marriage to heterosexual couples ... do not violate the Constitution of the United States."[6]

This list only covers bans of civil unions, private contracts between same-sex couples and same-sex marriage in state constitutions; state statutes are not listed. The text of these amendments sometimes runs several paragraphs. In this event, excerpts of the most important phrases or sentences are included in this list.

There are several different types of state constitutional amendments banning legal recognition of same-sex unions in U.S. state constitutions, termed defense of marriage amendments.


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this article is about how the government is banning same sex unions. Thirty-one U.S. state constitutional amendments banning legal recognition of same-sex unions and they are claiming that this is unconstitutional.

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Jacob Boe's comment, March 7, 2013 5:33 AM
This article is about some states banning same sex unions. Thiry one in fact! I feel that this isn't the best course of action for our nation and that the Supreme Court should step in.
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Obama Violated Constitution With Recess Appointments, Appeals Court Rules

Obama Violated Constitution With Recess Appointments, Appeals Court Rules | Gov & Law dane | Scoop.it

Not even President Obama’s immeasurable regard for his own moral, legal, and intellectual superiority can convert Senate reluctance into Senate recess.

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The President has the authority under "the Recess Appointments Clause" to make appointments during this period. People say that when he did this Obama was violating the constitution by illegally recessing courts and apointments. I dont understand why Obama would do this if it was obviously illegal?

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White House offers proof Obama wasn't just shooting from the lip

White House offers proof Obama wasn't just shooting from the lip | Gov & Law dane | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Seeking to put to rest questions on whether Barack Obama was a straight shooter when he claimed he went skeet shooting all the time, the White House on Saturday offered proof: a...

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this article talks about the white houses proof that obama really is a sharp shooter. Not just all talk about skeet shooting 

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Robert Mesenburg's comment, February 3, 2013 8:25 PM
Shows that Obama shoots guns himself and wants to band guns...Interesting!
Haley Tostenson's comment, February 10, 2013 5:06 PM
I don't think there is anything wrong with him shooting guns as a hobby of his. There is a big difference between that and gun control; he has every right to maintain his hobby without skepticism about things he is trying to do about gun control.
Joel Denney's comment, March 3, 2013 9:51 AM
It would be interesting to find out what kinds of guns the Obamas own.