Government and Law
110 views | +0 today
Follow
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Rescooped by Jay Puffer from Government & Law
Scoop.it!

Why the NRA opposes president's pick for surgeon general

“ Dr. Vivek Murthy stance on gun rights under fire”
Via MsHaeussinger
Jay Puffer's insight:
The NRA is afraid that Dr. Murthy will use his position as Surgeon General to implement stricter gun control laws. I hope that this is not Dr. Murthy's intent and that he will focus on controlling obesity in this country, which is a much more pressing health concern as of late.
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Jay Puffer from Government & Law
Scoop.it!

Immigration Polling Roundup: Americans of All Political Stripes Want Congress to Pass Immigration Reform

Immigration Polling Roundup: Americans of All Political Stripes Want Congress to Pass Immigration Reform | Government and Law | Scoop.it
“ Five recent polls illustrate Americans’ broad support for immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship for the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants.”
Via MsHaeussinger
Jay Puffer's insight:
I hope that Congress will pass legislation on this fairly soon. It would be a great step forward to offer citizenship to immigrants who have worked long and hard for it. It appears to me that they deserve to be Americans if they are willing to pay back taxes. The GOP needs to stop stalling the situation, otherwise people will be very disappointed.
more...
Megan O'Leary's comment, March 20, 2014 4:52 PM
I think that it would be great to focus on the immigrants that are already in the United States. Hopefully, action will be taken soon.
Rescooped by Jay Puffer from Government & Law
Scoop.it!

McAuliffe announces reform, pushes for Medicaid expansion

McAuliffe announces reform, pushes for Medicaid expansion | Government and Law | Scoop.it
“ Governor Terry McAuliffe announced a major reform to the state's Medicare and Medicaid program Thursday, as he continued to make the case for extending health insurance benefits to 400-thousand low-income Virginians.”
Via MsHaeussinger
Jay Puffer's insight:
I think this is a great idea. Two different programs for offering medical coverage to Virginians seems complicated and I'm glad that they're at least talking about making the process a whole lot easier.
more...
Megan O'Leary's comment, March 13, 2014 11:32 AM
This seems like it would work well for the state of Virginia. What are the negatives of this plan?
Rescooped by Jay Puffer from Gov & Law- Megan O'Leary
Scoop.it!

Campaign funding violations by state Sen. Berryhill sustained

Campaign funding violations by state Sen. Berryhill sustained | Government and Law | Scoop.it
SACRAMENTO -- A scheme by state Sen. Tom Berryhill (R-Modesto) to launder $40,000 in campaign funds through two county GOP committees to his brother Bill’s 2008 Assembly campaign was a “serious and deliberate” violation of state regulations, an...
Via Megan O'Leary
Jay Puffer's insight:
This senator has given way more money than was allowed to another senator's campaign, his own brother's to boot. This could have affected Bill Berryhill's election drastically and instead of getting elected he is getting a lot of negative attention. I completely agree with the senator on the right in the picture; shame on him.
more...
Ian Thomason's comment, March 9, 2014 12:35 AM
I don't see what the big deal is the guy is giving money to campaign in which he thinks that will make the government better. I mean no matter who you are people will do anything that they want to make the government better.
Rescooped by Jay Puffer from Government & Law
Scoop.it!

Voter ID laws to get big test in primaries

Voter ID laws to get big test in primaries | Government and Law | Scoop.it
“ – In elections that begin this week, voters in 10 states will be required to present photo identification before casting ballots – the first major test of voter ID”
Via MsHaeussinger
Jay Puffer's insight:
There are definitely pros and cons to requiring photo ID's for voting. For one, it ensures that all the ballots are legitimate. On the other hand, for a large sum of voters it would take too long in order to obtain the documents required. I'm not sure which is worse, having illegitimate ballots or 600,000 voters that are not able to vote.
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Jay Puffer from Gov & Law - Samuel Haefner
Scoop.it!

California college student teaches school $50000 lesson on Constitution - Fox News

California college student teaches school $50000 lesson on Constitution - Fox News | Government and Law | Scoop.it
“TheBlaze.com California college student teaches school $50000 lesson on Constitution Fox News A California college student who was blocked last year from handing out copies of the Constitution gave his school a lesson in civics and the law, winning...”
Via Samuel Haefner
Jay Puffer's insight:
I think it's great that this student is handing out Constitutions to people on campus and reminding people about their basic rights. It's good to know that some people are cognizant of their freedom of speech and what it entails.
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Jay Puffer from Gov & Law - Samuel Haefner
Scoop.it!

Obama's war on 1st Amendment - Manteca Bulletin

Obama's war on 1st Amendment - Manteca Bulletin | Government and Law | Scoop.it
“Obama's war on 1st Amendment Manteca Bulletin When President Barack Obama said he planned to “fundamentally transform” the United States, he wasn't referring only to spreading the wealth around or even to conforming our foreign-trade regulations to...”
Via Samuel Haefner
Jay Puffer's insight:
It was really hard for me to get through this whole article. For the author to go as far as stating that we are "in a war for religious freedom" does not support the progress of the United States. Thinking like this is slowly widening the religious gap in the country, which is very detrimental to our society. As for the freedom to exercise one's religion, perhaps Obama could ease up a little on some of his policies, but I'm certain he's not out to completely eradicate religious freedom.
more...
MsHaeussinger's comment, February 20, 2014 5:31 PM
The author of the editorial you scooped is a well-trained Constitutional attorney but she is also very conservative. Her claims in the article might have some validity, but remember, this is an editorial, therefore her perspective could be quite skewed.
Rescooped by Jay Puffer from Government & Law
Scoop.it!

San Diego County gun law violates 2nd Amendment, appeals court rules

San Diego County gun law violates 2nd Amendment, appeals court rules | Government and Law | Scoop.it
“ SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court decided Thursday that a San Diego restriction on carrying concealed guns in public for self defense infringes on citizens' 2nd Amendment rights.”
Via MsHaeussinger
Jay Puffer's insight:
Under the Second Amendment, US citizens are given the right to bear arms. But the important question we should be asking ourselves is why do we need to carry guns around in public in the first place? I would definitely not feel safe if everyone I met on the street was carrying concealed firearms around.
more...
hlivin31's comment, February 21, 2014 3:47 PM
I agree with you Jay, I would not feel safe if I just walked up to someone on the street and they were carrying a firearm. There is a fine line between the right to carry guns and the need to carry guns in public. Personally, I don't think anyone should be able to just carry a gun around with them wherever they go. I think they should have a very specific reason. I don't know, it is a tricky topic, but it makes me feel uncomfortable not knowing who is carrying a firearm.
Kirsten Cunningham's comment, February 22, 2014 9:32 PM
I don't know how to feel about this! I wouldn't want people carry weapons around me
Maureen Disque's comment, February 23, 2014 5:31 AM
I agree that this is a touchy subject. I believe that US citizens should have the right to bear arms, which is stated under the 2nd amendment. It would be unfair to take away this right.
Rescooped by Jay Puffer from Government & Law
Scoop.it!

Minnesota becomes fifth state to offer enhanced driver's licenses and ID cards

Minnesota becomes fifth state to offer enhanced driver's licenses and ID cards | Government and Law | Scoop.it
“ Starting Monday, Minnesota residents can apply for an enhanced driver's license or identification card that will allow them to re-enter the United States from Canada,...”
Via MsHaeussinger
Jay Puffer's insight:
I think that this would make it a whole lot easier for people to return to the United States from these other countries. It would also speed up the whole process of going through customs checks.
more...
hlivin31's comment, February 14, 2014 12:30 PM
I think it is bout time they came up with an idea like this! It will make travel between these countries and the United States simpler. Is a good idea because there are many people who have to buy whole passports for $100 just to go to Canada and Mexico.
Samuel Haefner's comment, February 15, 2014 10:25 PM
I like this idea. However, I think this looks like an easier counterfeit than an entire passport. It's also unfair for the other 45 states that can't do it yet.
MsHaeussinger's comment, February 16, 2014 9:30 AM
Since each state issues its own identification cards with some general federal guidelines it isn't a "fairness" issue. Rather, states have to invest in the technology themselves. It is nice that MN has done this for its residents who frequent Mexico and/or Canada.
Rescooped by Jay Puffer from Government & Law
Scoop.it!

Scoobygate

“ Watchdog group PolitiFact exposes Chris Christie's lie about watching Scooby-Doo when he was four.”
Via MsHaeussinger
Jay Puffer's insight:
I love watching both Stephen Colbert and John Stewart poke fun at various groups within the government. Based on how many pointless scandals are thrown around every day, this could very well come back to embarrass him in the future if he plans to get elected.
more...
Megan O'Leary's comment, February 9, 2014 2:00 PM
It is entertaining to watch this type of political humor. The small scandals and lies are sometimes pointless, but at other times are a big deal.
Rescooped by Jay Puffer from Government & Law
Scoop.it!

How the Ukraine crisis ends

How the Ukraine crisis ends | Government and Law | Scoop.it
“ There are four steps the U.S. should keep in mind, the former secretary of state writes.”
Via MsHaeussinger
Jay Puffer's insight:
I agree with the author of this article in that the solution to the problem in Ukraine should not result in another Cold War between Russia and the West. Both the US and Russia should be searching for diplomatic solutions instead of threatening each other. The leaders of Ukraine should also make decisions based on the consensus of the people.
more...
hlivin31's comment, March 19, 2014 5:13 PM
I agree with you Jay! I do not think that this should end up in another Cold War between Russia and the West. There should be consequences for what Russia is doing, but I think there are many intelligent people in both countries that can work this out without causing a war. There are many different ways to solve this and I think that the people of Ukraine should have say in the decisions being made that involve them!
Rescooped by Jay Puffer from Government & Law
Scoop.it!

Why Republicans should embrace immigration reform, in one chart

Why Republicans should embrace immigration reform, in one chart | Government and Law | Scoop.it
“ A new analysis finds the Latino share of the vote is going up in multiple key swing states.”
Via MsHaeussinger
Jay Puffer's insight:
I think that Republicans should embrace the opportunity to possibly increase their votes among the non-white populace in major swing states. Even though it is not necessary now in order to get a slim majority in the Senate, that might not be true in 2016.
more...
MsHaeussinger's comment, March 16, 2014 2:56 PM
The GOP has continually struggled to find a way to connect to minority voters and women. If the party hopes to survive as the country diversifies, they will have to adopt some new strategies.
Rescooped by Jay Puffer from USA U A V
Scoop.it!

NATO Drone Strike Kills Five Afghans, More Casualties Possible

NATO Drone Strike Kills Five Afghans, More Casualties Possible | Government and Law | Scoop.it
“ An early morning American-lead NATO drone strike occurred in the Charkh district of Logar Province in Afghanistan on Thursday morning killing at least five Afghan National Army soldiers and woundin...”
Via elreydelmundo
Jay Puffer's insight:
Drones are a very effective way to eliminate targets half a world away. They can also be used for surveillance, which creates problems when they are tasked to monitor situations here in the US. People feel like their privacy is being invaded, and it seems like the government has more insight than ever into the lives of American citizens, which can be good and bad.
more...
Megan O'Leary's comment, March 13, 2014 11:43 AM
Drones can be helpful for many different reasons. However, they can also be harmful if no restrictions are in place.
hlivin31's comment, March 14, 2014 5:00 PM
The amount of power drones have frighten me. They can drop bombs on people with very little work. I think they are alright for monitoring threats around the world. However I do not believe they should ever be used in the survaliance of civilians.
Rescooped by Jay Puffer from Government & Law
Scoop.it!

The 2014 Senate Landscape

The 2014 Senate Landscape | Government and Law | Scoop.it
“ Dozens of states will hold Senate primaries this year, beginning with Texas on Tuesday. Here is a look at the key races in every state”
Via MsHaeussinger
Jay Puffer's insight:
It appears that a lot of seats held by the Democrats could flip to the Republicans fairly easily, giving the GOP a majority in the Senate. It will be interesting to see how Congress will work with President Obama these next couple years.
more...
Megan O'Leary's comment, March 6, 2014 3:47 PM
It is interesting to see how many which parties may flip. The Republican party needs a large amount of seats to hold the majority.
Rescooped by Jay Puffer from Government & Law
Scoop.it!

Family of executed Ohio inmate sues state, drug makers, alleging cruel and unusual punishment

Family of executed Ohio inmate sues state, drug makers, alleging cruel and unusual punishment | Government and Law | Scoop.it
“ The prolonged execution of an inmate during which he repeatedly gasped and snorted amounted to cruel and unusual punishment which should not be allowed to happen again, the inmate's family said ...”
Via MsHaeussinger
Jay Puffer's insight:
I believe that in order for certain drugs to be used in executions instead of for sedation, they need to be accepted by the FDA. If it is known that the drugs would cause a prolonged death, then they should not be used as capital punishment.
more...
Ian Thomason's comment, March 2, 2014 1:38 AM
I don't know much about executions but what happened to to old ways were people were put in a chair or something where they couldn't move around like This guy was. I don't feel bad for the guy because he clearly did so etching really bad to the point of having to be executed, but still kill him and get on with it, move onto the next idiot that has killed someone.
Scooped by Jay Puffer
Scoop.it!

Governor of Arizona Is Pressed to Veto Bill

Governor of Arizona Is Pressed to Veto Bill | Government and Law | Scoop.it
Gov. Jan Brewer received legislation that would permit business owners the right to refuse service, on religious grounds, to gays and others.
Jay Puffer's insight:
Oh boy. This is a very serious topic I think. I understand why this bill was proposed, to give business owners a break from all the lawsuits against them for refusing service to certain people. But this bill could be considered as discrimination against those people and groups disguised as religious liberty.
more...
hlivin31's comment, February 27, 2014 12:16 PM
I totally agree with you Jay, this is a touchy topic. It could be a good thing for the businesses but it could also be a curse. it could be labeled as discrimination against certain groups... I do not know the right answer on this one!
Megan O'Leary's comment, February 27, 2014 3:53 PM
This subject is very interesting as everyone seems to have different opinions on it. Refusing service for some can be discriminating.
Rescooped by Jay Puffer from Government & Law
Scoop.it!

License-plate reader firm says new Utah law curbs free speech

License-plate reader firm says new Utah law curbs free speech | Government and Law | Scoop.it
“ The surveillance industry is fighting back. A company that makes automated license-plate readers sued Utah's government last week over a new law intended to protect drivers' privacy.”
Via MsHaeussinger
Jay Puffer's insight:
As long as this private company uses their surveillance system only to track stolen or repossessed vehicles, then there shouldn't be a problem with people's privacy I would think. It might not be the best idea to limit this companies abilities to locate stolen cars, it's a good service that they're providing.
more...
Megan O'Leary's comment, February 22, 2014 6:55 PM
If the system is used only for justified reasons, such as tracking stolen vehicles, then I think it is safe.
Rescooped by Jay Puffer from Government & Law
Scoop.it!

6 Million Americans Without a Voice

6 Million Americans Without a Voice | Government and Law | Scoop.it
“ States should listen to Attorney General Holder and repeal unjust and outdated felon disenfranchisement laws.”
Via MsHaeussinger
Jay Puffer's insight:
I agree with this push to give people who have been incarcerated for their crimes their right to vote. This is a basic right of people living in the United States and should not be denied just because someone is serving time.
more...
Megan O'Leary's comment, February 15, 2014 10:46 PM
I agree that after serving one's time, he should be allowed to vote. This number of Americans not allowed to vote is very large.
Maureen Disque's curator insight, February 19, 2014 10:19 PM

It's surprising how many people aren't given the right to vote due to other factors. They should have the right to vote 

Kirsten Cunningham's comment, February 22, 2014 9:31 PM
I agree, he should be allowed to vote!
Rescooped by Jay Puffer from Government & Law
Scoop.it!

Drug policy debate should focus on federalism | United Liberty | Free Market - Individual Liberty - Limited Government

Drug policy debate should focus on federalism | United Liberty | Free Market - Individual Liberty - Limited Government | Government and Law | Scoop.it
“ Ted Cruz In a speech last month at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) argued that, rather than ignoring certain laws, President Barack Obama should go to Congress to start “a real conversation” about federal drug”
Via MsHaeussinger
Jay Puffer's insight:
While Ted Cruz makes a good point about Obama taking matters into his own hands, the topic of a federal drug law does not seem like a very big priority right now. Yes Obama is refusing to work with Congress on certain issues, but it is the fact that Congress is so unable to make progress on anything that has caused the President to take action. The power to enact drug policies should be reserved for the states according to the federalist government that runs this country.
more...
Maureen Disque's curator insight, February 12, 2014 11:52 PM

Federalism gives the power to enact drug laws to the state government. Should only the state government have the power to do this, or should our national government decide?

Yesenia Gibson's comment, February 17, 2014 1:26 PM
There's a good point made in this article and although Federalism enables that power I think drug laws should be made by the national government unless the
Yesenia Gibson's comment, February 17, 2014 1:26 PM
states are making sure it's handled right.
Rescooped by Jay Puffer from Government & Law
Scoop.it!

New York State Rep. Greg Ball Defends Controversial Tweet Suggesting Torture for Boston Bombing Suspect

New York State Rep. Greg Ball Defends Controversial Tweet Suggesting Torture for Boston Bombing Suspect | Government and Law | Scoop.it
“ New York State Sen. Greg Ball (R) took some heat on Twitter after calling for authorities to use torture on 19-year-old Boston bombing suspect Dzokhar Tsarnaev. ”
Via MsHaeussinger
Jay Puffer's insight:
I'm not really sure that torture is the best approach to this situation. Even though this terrorist committed a terrible and unforgivable act, there are probably more civilized and respectful ways to secure the safety of American citizens.
more...
Samuel Haefner's comment, February 7, 2014 11:44 AM
I feel like torture isn't the answer. While what this man did was horrifying, I don't think torturing him is going to benefit us in anyway.
Kirsten Cunningham's comment, February 22, 2014 9:33 PM
We shouldn't torture anyone but he did do a unbelievable thing.