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Minn. Senate debate on child-care unions lasts through the night

Minn. Senate debate on child-care unions lasts through the night | GovernmentandLaw | Scoop.it
The fight over unionizing in-home child-care providers has kept the Minnesota Senate up through the night, as supporters and opponents continue to debate whether the small, private businesses should have a right to vote on unionization...

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so this article talks about how the MN Senate debated on this child-care union bill all night long and finally passed it 35-32, which obviously is very close, meaning that their were no doubt two very strong and opposite sides to the case. I'm not sure how child-care givers being able to form unions would be definetly good or bad, both sides of the arguments that some of the senators brought up made sense to me... interesting topic though because I know people that this would effect.

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Joel Denney's comment, May 18, 2013 12:47 PM
I wonder how many child-care providers will choose to join the union. I would suspect many wouldn't want to pay the dues. What would the union provide that would make it desirable to join?
Jordan's comment, May 19, 2013 10:43 PM
A union for child care providers??
Riley Hanson's comment, May 20, 2013 3:26 PM
I agree with Kole and even without raising prices for daycare is expensive.
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Bill helps Mich. schools with too many snow days - Washington ...

Bill helps Mich. schools with too many snow days - Washington ... | GovernmentandLaw | Scoop.it
The House passed an earlier version of the legislation, meaning it could reach Gov. Rick Snyder as early as next week.
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this bill that was passed is about schools in Michigan having more days of school planned after summer has started. the reason was that so many schools had any where from 2-3 five day weeks of total snow days this winter, and after 6 days of un-planned no school, the school looses state funding. the problem is that inorder for the "summer school" to work, they need at least 75% of students to come to school and since many parents may have made summer plans, they can still choose to keep their kid from going to school.

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Jacob Carlson's comment, May 18, 2013 9:14 PM
Its definitely no question that there was a ton of school missed this year. This bill is very complicated because with many families having summer plans already, the schools can't expect all students to be able to attend school during summer.
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The Gay Old Party - In These Times

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The Gay Old Party
In These Times
... Ros-Lehtinen actually votes pro-gay: She's a sponsor for repealing DOMA (though she voted for it in 1996), sponsored the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, supports anti-hate crime and anti-discrimination laws and...
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This article talks about the progress that gay marriage has had in the last year in America. It talks about how Ros-Lehtinen who originally voted against gay marriage is now voting pro-gay. to put it shortly, gay marriage has come a long way, but for people who strongly support it see this debate as long from over for they feel they have a long ways to go.

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Michigan Data Reignites Helmet Law Debate - Motorcycle USA

Michigan Data Reignites Helmet Law Debate - Motorcycle USA | GovernmentandLaw | Scoop.it
Michigan repealed a mandatory helmet law in April of 2012 and crash data has now been analyzed for the year, reinvigorating the debate on whether states should keep mandatory laws in place. ...
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It isn't funny, but I can't help to find this humerous. Michigan repeals their law that says that it is no longer mandatory for motorcyclists to wear helmets, and after looking at the stats from last year to see how many motorcycling accidents that have happened and seeing how many have died but wouldn't have if they would have had on helmets, they are thinking of changing back to having the law that requires helments... really? I'm sorry, but how many have to die before its mandatory?

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Hicks: Journey guitarist Neal Schon sues former mother-in-law - San Jose Mercury News

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Hicks: Journey guitarist Neal Schon sues former mother-in-law San Jose Mercury News Just because she's Lindsay Lohan, she showed up 48 minutes late for court on Monday because, of course, she didn't get on a plane until late Sunday in New York and,...
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I found this article to be rather amusing. It talks about how this guy sues his former mother-in-law for saying bad things about him on the internet. First of all, how old are we? and second, I would think it would take too much time money and effort to go to court and make a big fuss about it. 

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Sam Bass's comment, April 21, 2013 6:40 PM
I think this is just dumb how someone would sue their former mother-in-law for saying stuff about him over the internet. And I agree with Chris, why would you waste the time money and effort to do this and involve court? I don't get it.
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Explosion hits fertilizer plant north of Waco, Texas

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An explosion ripped through a fertilizer plant Wednesday night in the area of West, Texas, sending a massive fireball into the sky and causing dozens of injuries, officials said.

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Explosion in a fertilizer plant?? That makes big boom. This article talks about the huge explosion that happened right outside Waco Texas, sending at least 100 people to the hospital and an evacuation of 2600 people.

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Sam Bass's curator insight, April 17, 2013 11:51 PM

This article is about an explosion that happened in a fertilizer plant near Waco, Texas.  The explosion caused a massive fireball to be shot into the sky causing a lot of injurys.  Hospitals recieved about 100 patients due to the blast.  The nearby areas were evacuated due to fear of another explosion.

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Drone Wars - Yahoo! News (blog)

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Drone Wars
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ABC's Sunlen Miller and Z.
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whoa... so I understand that our government is secretive and they have stuff going on I don't even want to know about. however, I believe that they also protect us from stuff we don't even know about. This article talks about whether bombing terrorist with drones is constitutional, which apperently it is. thats fine. however someone pointed out: who's to say they wont bomb American's on American soil? Ummmm.... awesome? hopefully it would be a domestic terrorist.

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Jacob Carlson's comment, March 23, 2013 2:30 PM
It's good to hear that the government is doing not all bad things in secret behind the publics back. I agree that sometimes its good that the government doesn't release everything to the public because more than not the media blows it out of proportion.
Joel Denney's comment, March 23, 2013 2:58 PM
How is the ability to kill your citizens without a trial Constitutional? I would think the only loophole in that would be imminent grave danger (i.e. a person shooting at a police officer). Remember Eagle Eye? The CIA is far from perfect. To me, a government bombing its own citizens has overreached its authority.
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Congress Is Quietly Abandoning The 5th Amendment

Congress Is Quietly Abandoning The 5th Amendment | GovernmentandLaw | Scoop.it

Congress has turned its back on safeguarding a core Constitutional protection and a centuries old requirement of Western justice.
 


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You could say that this bothers me. I feel that it is the job of our government to follow the constitution since it is their guidelines. I realize that it is important that if someone is incriminized for something that they should not be allowed to stay out on the streets, but I also believe that they should not have to sit in prison for lord knows how long waiting for a trial. human rights and constitution... lets throw them both out the window?!?! why?

 

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Jacob Carlson's comment, March 16, 2013 4:20 PM
I think its sad that the government is simply starting to disregard the 5th amendment. We have a constitution for a reason and I think should be followed at all times unless we decide there needs to be changes. I agree with Chris that its wrong to have prisoners sit in prison waiting for a trial.
MsHaeussinger's comment, March 17, 2013 4:52 PM
I think the loophole that Congress might argue is that the Bill of Rights applies only to American citizens? It is a bit of a stretch but it could be viable.
Emily Scheer's comment, March 17, 2013 10:13 PM
The constitution should probably be followed thoroughly, I mean they went through so much trouble writing it. Also, I think the fifth amendment is kind of too important to just throw away.
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Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio named new pope

Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio named new pope | GovernmentandLaw | Scoop.it
A plume of black smoke billowed from the Vatican on Tuesday, indicating cardinals have not yet chosen a successor for Pope Benedict XVI on the first day of conclave.

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I think that the new pope being named is really exciting. I think that no matter what religon you are you can find it interesting because the pope (whoever it is) provides a leadership to so many people and provides a very large influence to the world. we can now say that this situation is no long popeless for we now have a pope!

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Sam Bass's curator insight, March 13, 2013 11:24 PM

This article is about the new Catholic Pope.  He is a 76 year old man from Argentina, and is the first pope from the Americas.  He chose the name Francis.

Blake Gatzke's comment, March 16, 2013 2:11 PM
I agree with Sam and Chris. I am glad that they came to a quick decision about who the new pope. I find it cool that he is the first non European Pope in 1000 years. The pope is a symbol of peace to the world, no matter what your religion is.
Jacob Carlson's comment, March 16, 2013 4:13 PM
I definitely find the choice of the pope interesting since for decades the pope has always been from Europe. I agree with Blake that the choice of an Argentine Cardinal is pretty cool and is a neat change. I'm interested to see how he will do as the new pope.
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Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts

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By Lisa Desjardins, CNN

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Editor's Note: Listen to the full story in our player above, and join the conversation in our comments section below.
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I think that this is ludicrous. this talks about how people in congress are getting bonous' in their paychecks while the rest of the country is getting price cuts. And this is ok how? Somehow I feel like these bonous' aren't just a couple thousand dollars. 

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Death Penalty Proponents Question Fate of Inmates on Death Row - Patch.com

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Death Penalty Proponents Question Fate of Inmates on Death Row
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Gov. Martin O'Malley's bill would not take effect until October and is not retroactive.
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I say that if the death penalty is repealed, that the three inmates should just be sentenced to like in prison. If they are not going to be executed but originally were going to be, then I don't think they should get to go out on parole. Rather stay in prison until they pass away naturally.

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Joel Denney's comment, March 23, 2013 3:03 PM
With today's modern prison system there is no need for the death penalty. It used to be that you executed criminals who were too dangerous to risk escaping. We can throw someone into a hole for life without parole, and they will have ZERO chance of escaping. We have that ability. If they pose a threat to other inmates, or stand a chance of making other inmates worse, then put them in solitary for life. That's what we did to Robert Hanssen, and it worked. The death penalty is obsolete; there's no need for it anymore.
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Deficit Tops Public's Priorities - ABC News (blog)

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Deficit Tops Public's Priorities
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That, of course, is the only one of the four issues being championed by Republican leaders. Read the full poll: http://usat.ly/11WwuPl. ABC's Z. BYRON WOLF: The news that former Sen.
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Although there were alot of things mentioned in this, one thing that stood out to me is the change in minimum wage that Obama is pushing for. They are trying to change minimum wage from the current $7.25 to $9. This of course is something that I definetly approve of and so do 3 in 4 americans. Other recent topics in Capitol Hill such as whether or not getting rid of our deficit should consist of just spending cuts or tax increases as well, and whether the spending cuts that are probably going to go into effect in the next two days actually should or if congress should just extend the deadline. Of all these, the general populous of America tends to have the same views, so why has nothing happened yet? Plenty of reasons that I'd rather not get into. 

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Blake Gatzke's comment, March 3, 2013 3:09 AM
I also agree that they should change the minimum wage. It would help people earn a little bit more money in low wage jobs and it will motivate people to get out and work.
Jacob Carlson's comment, March 3, 2013 7:30 PM
The minimum wage topic also caught my attention, as I would imagine it does with many people. Almost everyone receiving minimum wage would like it to be raised to $9 and I think that raising the minimum wage would be very beneficial for the overall economy.
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Minnesota Senate Clears Way for Same-Sex Marriage

Minnesota Senate Clears Way for Same-Sex Marriage | GovernmentandLaw | Scoop.it
Gov. Mark Dayton says he will sign a bill making Minnesota the 12th state to permit same-sex marriage and the first in the Midwest to do it without a court forcing it to.

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same sex marriage is now leagally recognized in the 12th state of the U.S., MN. after a close vote of 37-30, gay couples are now allowed to get certificates of marriage in the state of MN. 

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Katie Gilbertson's comment, March 7, 2014 11:31 AM
Every era comes across a debate, an issue, something they NEED to overcome. I mean we have been through it all with slavery and our fight to equality! For women and their right to vote! Here again, we stand with yet another issue that is harming not HUMAN BEINGS, but people's pride. I think that it is good that we gave everyone the right to marry and commit themselves to someone they love. Who am I to stand in the way of someone else's beliefs?
Buster Meyer's curator insight, April 8, 2014 3:47 PM

The article relates to the government because peopler are trying to pass a law that you can have the same sex marriage in that state. The government finally passed a law saying that people that wanted to get married to another guy or a girl that you could and not get in trouble for it.

Michael Hanson's comment, April 12, 2014 12:24 PM
I believe people should get to choose, and it wouldn't be surprising to me if all states soon enough allow same-sex marriage. It's just good to see that the governor is taking the steps himself to have the law passed, instead of having the court system force him.
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Supreme Court Ruling on Marijuana and Deportation

Supreme Court Ruling on Marijuana and Deportation | GovernmentandLaw | Scoop.it
“The social sharing of a small amount of marijuana” for no payment does not require automatic deportation, a seven-justice majority found.
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this is a case that the supreme court has been working on in 2013. someone was arrested for possetion of marijuana, who is now facing an agrovated felony. the kicker? he is an immagrant and is facing deportation. so the questions is, do they send him to jail for his sentence of over a year or do they deport him? they are trying to work around deportation laws but its aperently difficult... yea... good plan guys.

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Jacob Carlson's comment, May 11, 2013 4:20 PM
Yeah I agree, I don't think the possession of marijuana should result in deportation. I think they should just sentence him for a year of jail time and forget the deportation.
Buster Meyer's curator insight, April 8, 2014 3:54 PM

This article relates to government because it's illegal to have pot in America besides Colorado and Washington. If an illegal immigrant has it they usually get deported. I think it's good that they do it but if they stopped trying to stop it and legalize it the government would actually make money.  

Michael Hanson's comment, April 12, 2014 12:21 PM
The small amount of drugs found definitely doesn't seem to warrant deportation, but I like that the deportation punishment exists, because I'm sure there are a lot of people that end up deserving it who sell drugs.
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Wayne LaPierre: Not Enforcing Existing Gun Laws—That's A Crime ...

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If anybody in Chicago is culpable for the armed carnage on that city's mean streets, it's Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who never misses an opportunity to blame peaceable, law-abiding gun owners for the daily bloodletting by violent ...
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I find this as being a valid point. to make a long story short LaPierre says that theres no point in trying all these new gun laws and regulations if we cant enforce the ones that we have now. He goes on to give examples, but its a valid point. we should work on the ones that we have now and then worry about other ones if we need them.

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Dr. Seuss' The Lorax Inspires Kids to Hug a Tree | Government Book ...

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax Inspires Kids to Hug a Tree | Government Book ... | GovernmentandLaw | Scoop.it
Teachers can download for FREE the complete classroom guide of Dr. Seuss' The Lorax Curriculum Guide as a PDF, or can download the individual activities to use in class (as long as it is for educational, and not commercial ...
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this is a program that is encouraging younger chidren to understand nature and to have a greater respect for trees, plants, and the wilderness. this is something that I think would be really good for younger generations because so many kids don't really get out of their houses because they're to engrossed in modern day technology.

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Rachel Sigrist's curator insight, March 7, 2014 1:51 PM

people should make more movies like this to inspire people to do things like this.

Alyssa Serrano's comment, March 8, 2014 1:20 PM
I think this is a great way to promote kids spending more time outside. I agree with Katie in saying this is also good for adults as well as young children. Spending time together outside will create much better memories and bonds between a family than if they were gathered around a television
Rachel Sigrist's curator insight, March 14, 2014 10:51 AM

it gives a good message for people to care more about the environment.

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Obama Scolds Senate for Failed Gun Bill

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President Obama accused members of Congress of having 'a pretty shameful day in Washington,' a reaction to the Senate's failure to pass a key gun control measure that would have expanded background checks.
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This is an article on how Obama basically yelled at the senate for not passing the gun bill. personally I don't think that Obama really needed to freak out on this like he did, but hey. I'm not the President.

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Joel Denney's comment, April 20, 2013 2:54 PM
Did you read Gabby Giffords' op-ed? She basically said that this Senate resigned themselves to the backwaters of history, that people would never remember their names. Can't say I disagree; they completely chickened out. I guess we can tell where the money is flowing.
MsHaeussinger's comment, April 28, 2013 12:23 PM
You both make very valid points. We clearly need to change something, not that this bill was the panacea, but something needs to give.
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Wolf numbers in, but hunting impact remains unclear - Helena Independent Record

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Wolf numbers in, but hunting impact remains unclear
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Hagener added that he expects wolf harvest numbers to increase with a new law recently signed by Gov.
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This article talks about the management of the wolf population in the state of Montana, and apperently their goal is to keep the population to a target minimum of about 400 or so. too many and they get into livestock and cause other problems and too few and they can become endangered. more wolves were killed this year than last year by nearly 40%. they are wonderding if this will have too large an impact on them but it may not. interesting to see what happens

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Jacob Carlson's comment, March 23, 2013 2:13 PM
I too am interested to see what happens with the wolf population. I find the control of animal population to be quite interesting as well as solutions to saving endangered species. The fact that wolves are caught in the middle of overpopulating Montana and becoming endangered is a tricky conflict.
Sam Bass's comment, March 24, 2013 1:27 AM
Hopefully the wolf population will not be in trouble due to this. It would be nice to see a solution which would help them from being endangered. It will be interesting to see what happens.
Joel Denney's comment, April 7, 2013 10:34 AM
This sounds an awful lot like our deer management system (that's a fancy way of saying hunting). Not that we have to worry about a shrinking deer population; we have way too many. Hopefully Montana is able to keep its wolf population at a maintainable level.
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Early March sees both good and bad in fight for gun freedom

Early March sees both good and bad in fight for gun freedom | GovernmentandLaw | Scoop.it
State Governor Dennis Daugaard signed into law this week a bill that gives school teachers the legal authority to carry weapons into class for protection. Although some other states allow teachers to be armed, South Dakota ...
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This is interesting. earlier last week or the week before I scooped about how South Dakota was going to start letting school teachers have guns at school. Something that i strongly support. this article talks about that in Byron, Maine they are more than likely going to make it a requirement that in order to be a city resident you MUST own a gun, which would very likely lead to many people having conceal and carry licences. So basicly as your walking down the street everyone will have a gun on their hip. I think that this a smart idea. if everybody in town is even basicly trained with a gun and everyone is taught how to properly handle and respect guns, who's going to shoot someone when the ENTIRE town is about to shoot back? Should be interesting to find out how it works for them.

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Sam Bass's comment, March 24, 2013 1:34 AM
I think that this could maybe work for them. I think that all people should go through training so that they can learn to handle and respect firearms. I could see how there could maybe be some flaws to this solution, but hopefully it works out. It will be interesting to see what happens.
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Firearms Equality Movement - THE WAKING GIANT

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TWG: Here's a nice list of firearms companies that are standing up for our Bill of Rights by refusing to sell to and support government entities and States that are anti-Second Amendment. Each and every firearms, tactical and ...
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FINALLY! this talks about how firearm companies will no longer sell guns and amunition to government entities that have there states under gun restiction laws. the government was using OUR tax money to buy HUGE amounts of hunting amunition that the military doesn't use. why? who knows. what could they do with it? who knows. point is many of the firearm companies are puting their feet down and i thank them for it!

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Sam Bass's comment, March 16, 2013 9:45 PM
I agree with Chris, I'm glad to see that gun companies are finding a solution by not selling to states that have laws against the weapons. It's good to see that the companies are taking charge of this problem.
Blake Gatzke's comment, March 17, 2013 2:49 AM
I also agree. By limiting magazine sizes and certain types of firearms, it makes it harder for gun companies to sell to states with these policies in place. They are telling us what we can and can't buy to be able to hunt or protect the our loved ones. We need firearm equality.
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Congress moving swiftly to avoid government shutdown

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congress is moving rapidly to pass legislation funding the federal government through September 30, as Senate leaders on Tuesday expressed eagerness to avoid any threat of agency...

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I think that it would be really nice if our government doesn't shut down (obviously) however if congress doesn't get their act together that's exactly what's gonna happen and where we could go from there could really send us into a down hill spiral... yipee

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MsHaeussinger's curator insight, March 10, 2013 4:58 PM

Can we hopefully avoid a total government shutdown? 

Mason Mettler's curator insight, March 10, 2013 6:25 PM

The people in D.C. need to put political views aside and try to work with everyone regardless of political affiliation.

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New law lets South Dakota schools arm teachers, volunteers

School boards in South Dakota can let school employees, hired security personnel or volunteers carry guns in schools under a law signed Friday by Gov. Daugaard.
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I thought that this was very interesting. It talks about how they are going to start letting teachers and volunteers have guns at school for extra saftey. I think I mentioned in another scoop that this is something that i think could really help. what kid is going to shoot up the school when the teachers are going to shoot back? 

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Sam Bass's comment, March 16, 2013 9:50 PM
I find this very interesting as well. I think that this could maybe help the problem too. Hopefully this will help eliminate the school shooting problems drastically.
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A Brilliant Argument for Gun Control

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ok, I only watched the first three minutes of this video and decided that I had enough. I'm sure this guy may have something else interesting to say but I can't stand what he said already so... I'm not gonna listen to him. I wanted to point out that his pie graph he makes doesn't show how much of gun useage makes up hunting, because people who hunt or want to pass on family heirlooms are also going to be greatly affected by these "gun control" laws. I feel hunting would take up a very large portion of his little pie graph.

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Joel Denney's comment, February 28, 2013 5:35 PM
You're also right about the humanity of hunting. It's clean, safe, and effective, and farmers would be hurting without it.
Joel Denney's comment, February 28, 2013 5:40 PM
This guy clearly doesn't get the difference between positive and negative rights--a right is not necessarily something the government provides.
Joel Denney's comment, February 28, 2013 5:43 PM
Governments do not always protect their citizens, he's flat out wrong when he says citizens have never been harmed by their governments. Germany 1940's. France same time--see the movie Sarah's Key, it's pretty shameful. Mexico during their civil war. USSR during Stalin's Reign of Terror. Rwanda. Somalia. Maoist China. English Civil War. Need I go on? Not that I think that our government is out to physically attack us, but historically speaking, governments are not perfect.