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Minnesota lakes contaminated with all kinds of chemicals

Minnesota lakes contaminated with all kinds of chemicals | Shelby's Gov&Law | Scoop.it
Man-made chemicals, from cocaine to DEET to pharmaceuticals, are finding their way into Minnesota lakes in ways that no one understands
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Fifty of the ten thousand lakes in Minnesota were put in a study to test the waters for chemicals. Only three of the fifty were found to be chemical-free. Some of the chemicals found in these lakes include cocaine, DEET, and pharmaceuticals. That is absolutely gross and makes me wonder what is in the rest of the lakes. Ish.

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Ashley Sanneman's comment, May 19, 2013 12:00 AM
This is really repulsive thinking that all the kids and families that go to these lakes don't even know that they are being subjected to chemicals. We really need to come up with a way to clean up our lakes fast; this is what our state prides itself on. This is unacceptable.
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Minnesota Senate Clears Way for Same-Sex Marriage

Minnesota Senate Clears Way for Same-Sex Marriage | Shelby's Gov&Law | 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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I think that this is great. I love that Minnesota will be the 12th state to pass this. Hopefully, it will spark more states to do the same as us. Love for all.

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Sotomayor feels ‘frenzy of exile’ as Bronx native and first Hispanic US Supreme Court justice

Sotomayor feels ‘frenzy of exile’ as Bronx native and first Hispanic US Supreme Court justice | Shelby's Gov&Law | Scoop.it
NEW YORK — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has said she wants to be called just “Sonia from the Bronx.”
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Sonia Sotomayor, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, is now wanting to be referred to as "Sonia from the Bronx". She wants to be called this because her childhood was awful and she wants people to know that she came from the bottom and made it to the top.

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Answers sought over Tsarnaev questioning, court appearance

Answers sought over Tsarnaev questioning, court appearance | Shelby's Gov&Law | Scoop.it
The Justice Department faces questions over whether it prematurely ended interrogation of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzohkhar Tsarnaev.

Via Kaysee Beckstrom
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This is rather confusing. If they would take away his miranda rights, is that against the law? And couldn't he plead the 5th?

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Kaysee Beckstrom's curator insight, May 1, 2013 2:13 PM

This articles describes the interrogation of the Boston bomber while he was still in his hospital bed.  At first, they read him his Miranda Rights, but he was not giving them enough information about the bombing, so they were able to take away his Miranda Rights due to the "public safety exception" and began questioning him without those rights.  I did not know that the could do that.

 

Brittany Turany's comment, May 12, 2013 6:26 PM
I don't get how just taking away his miranda rights wouldg get him to talk. If he already broke the law, what would make him talk just because his miranda rights were taken away?
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Apple vs. Samsung court case set to resume in November

Apple vs. Samsung court case set to resume in November | Shelby's Gov&Law | Scoop.it
Judge Lucy Koh is a name many will be familiar with by now, as she has been the presiding judge in the ongoing major legal patent battle between the two tech giants, Apple and Samsung.
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As you may know, Apple and Samsung have been having a battle because Samsung stole Apple's product ideas even though Samsung came up with most of them and actually helped build it. They are now resuming the court case on November 12th, over a year later. They have now fixed the amount that Samsung would owe Apple from $1 billion to $450 million. The jury must come back and dicuss it now, but I doubt anything will change.

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Drew Fuchs's curator insight, May 1, 2013 8:44 PM

I stole this story from somebody but i think it is very interesting. Two major companies in our nation are arguing all over a simple thing as a product and to have a second hearing is outrageous. I'm guessing they are both pretty wealthy companies and all they want is "bragging" rights over the other and that's all this is going to come down to.

MsHaeussinger's comment, May 2, 2013 11:08 AM
Both companies have a lot at stake!
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Mississippi man released after arrest in ricin-letter probe

Mississippi man released after arrest in ricin-letter probe | Shelby's Gov&Law | Scoop.it
The Mississippi man originally charged with sending ricin-laced letters to President Obama has been released, as the FBI looks into whether he might have been framed as part of a grudge against him from someone in his neighborhood. ...

Via Kaysee Beckstrom
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I feel like this man may have been framed, but I think that mental illness is being over used in many court cases. They probably should have done more investigation before taking a man to court.

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Brittany Turany's comment, April 27, 2013 4:17 PM
I also feel mental illness is being overused in court. I do hope, however, if this man was truely framed that it won't impact the rest of his life, which could very well happen.
Ashley Sanneman's comment, April 27, 2013 8:04 PM
I agree with Brittany I also believe that mental illness or pleading insanity is being overused. I understand that many people do have these illnesses, but they always seem so convenient when the person goes to court.
MsHaeussinger's comment, April 28, 2013 12:03 PM
He was framed! Thankfully the right man has now been apprehended!
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What President Obama can learn from female Senators

What President Obama can learn from female Senators | Shelby's Gov&Law | Scoop.it
It's the civility thing.
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Tonight, President Obama is meeting with all twenty female U.S. congressmen over dinner Sixteen of the women are Democrats and four of them are Republicans. This dinner is not meant to set them outside of the rest of the congressmen, but apparently this a regular thing that all those women have been doing for some time. I think that this is a great idea. Since women make up such a small percentage of Congress, they should stick together and try to promote issues that are important to all of them and work as one. I'm glad that even through all this dispute between the two parties, a bipartisan group can come out of it.

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Adam Alexander Schoessler's comment, April 28, 2013 6:02 PM
yeah hooray!! people getting along! cool beans.
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Senate candidate finished marathon moments before blast

Senate candidate finished marathon moments before blast | Shelby's Gov&Law | Scoop.it
(CNN) -- Gabriel Gomez crossed the finish line at the Boston Marathon just minutes before two explosions turned what was a celebratory moment into a scene of horror.
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Gabriel Gomez is one of the Boston Marathoners to finish the race before the explosions at the end of the race. He is one of the five candidates competing for John Kerry's spot in the Senate. He also planned to hold a press conference after the race, but things changed. I am sick over the fact that these people have had to qualify for this marathon and then someone thinks that it is okay to bomb them. What has this world come to?

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At fundraisers Obama talks climate, regaining U.S. House

* Activists protest pipeline outside fundraiser* Obama says deciding between economy, environment a falsechoice* Predicts Pelosi will be back in charge in House ofRepresentatives (updates with quotes,...
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During the latest fundrasier, Obama has been trying to get a hold of Congress. His main focus has been winning back the House of Representatives and working with Republicans within there. He also is advocating for Nancy Pelosi to become in charge of the House of Representatives.

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MsHaeussinger's comment, April 14, 2013 3:32 PM
It would be quite an election in 2014 for the Democrats to regain the house. They'd have to hold all their seats and gain over 30, not impossible, but a challenge!
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Cuban-American U.S. Representatives Angered By Jay-Z, Beyoncé Cuba Visit

Cuban-American U.S. Representatives Angered By Jay-Z, Beyoncé Cuba Visit | Shelby's Gov&Law | Scoop.it
MIAMI -- Beyonce and Jay-Z's trip to Cuba has angered two Cuban-American politicians who are demanding information on whether the couple's visit to the communist island was licensed. U.S. Reps.
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Beyonce and Jay-Z took a trip to Cuba, if you did not know, Cuba is currently under a "no travel" zone for Americans. But, Beyonce and Jay-Z go to go anyway. Now, Cuban US Representatives are speaking out on their trip. They are furious are are concerned that Americans are not to support Castro decisions and travel there at all. I think that it is a bit ridiculous that Beyonce and Jay-Z were given this opportunity just because of who they are.

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Student candidates fund own campaigns

Student candidates fund own campaigns | Shelby's Gov&Law | Scoop.it
Students running in the Associated Student Government (ASG) presidential election must provide their own funds for the campaign with a $2000 spending limit.
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Students from a school in Miami who are interested in running in the Associated Student Government presidential election have to provide money for their campaign. They are limited to spending no more than $2,000 on their campaign. As a high school student, I do not have a extra $2,000 laying around to spend on a campaign. In the article they do state that the money does not go towards the school, but still. This does not allow equal opportunity for everyone to run for office.

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High Court Weighs Voter ID Law

High Court Weighs Voter ID Law | Shelby's Gov&Law | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court weighed Monday whether states can impose additional requirements on the federal motor voter law that make it harder to register to vote—a closely watched case amid nationwide disputes over voter-ID laws in many states.
Shelby Strain's insight:

The Supreme Court has been discussing whether or not to require Voter ID. With the problems we have with illegal people, I think that it should be required to show a proof of citizenship like a birth certificate or license, even though voting percentages could possibly go down.

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Adam Alexander Schoessler's comment, March 22, 2013 5:30 PM
I agree that there should be some sort of verification that you are in fact a US citizen but I don't think that the voter ID law is the answer.
Ashley Sanneman's comment, March 23, 2013 1:11 AM
I think proper identification when voting needs to happen everywhere. This would solve many of our problems when counting votes and knowing who has all voted.
Crystal Nickles's comment, March 24, 2013 10:43 PM
I also agree with voter ID. People should not be able to voted if they are not citizens and people should not be able to vote more than once.
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Have political parties lost their purpose?

Have political parties lost their purpose? | Shelby's Gov&Law | Scoop.it
Buffeted by outside forces, America’s two main political parties ponder their diminished role.
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I believe that political parties have not stood for what they think they still stand for. Our country is literally split into two divisions, Democrats and Republicans. Now people are getting so fed up with each other, they are resorting to being known as "independent". I know that we need political parties that have different opinions, but not so different where it constantly causes conflict and we never get anything done because BOTH sides won't compromise. George Washington even said that the United States should not form political parties. We should have listened.

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Minnesota budget deal: Tax hikes on high earners, tobacco

Minnesota budget deal: Tax hikes on high earners, tobacco | Shelby's Gov&Law | Scoop.it
DFL Gov
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Gov. Dayton wants to put in place higher taxes for the wealthy and on tobacco. I think that it is great that a higher tax is being put on tobacco because it is still a problem not only in the state of Minnesota, but in the United States. However, I do not agree with having more tax on the wealthy. I believe that we should have a proportional tax of around 10-20%, that way it is equal for everyone and people can't complain.

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Ashley Sanneman's curator insight, May 15, 2013 9:42 PM

I agree with Governor Dayton on raising taxes on tobacco products, but I don't agree with increasing the taxes on the wealthy even more than they already are. Instead of increasing the taxes on the wealthy we should increase the taxes on alcohol products. There will always be a high demand for these products regardless of the price that the consumer has to pay for it. 

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U.S. Supreme Court to review Denver civil rights violation case

U.S. Supreme Court to review Denver civil rights violation case | Shelby's Gov&Law | Scoop.it
DENVER -- In June of 2008, Dr. Renee Gammons was pulled over by a Denver police officer who she says cut her off in traffic, while she was driving south on Peoria near 48th Avenue.“In order to avoi...
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An African American was pulled over by a police officer, who cut her off while driving (said by her). The police officer asked her for her papers, but drove off when she asked him why she was stopped. The report said that she drove over his foot, but never went to the hospital. It was given to the Supreme Court when they found out it had to deal with Civil Rights and they will hear the case within the next 30 days.

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Adam Alexander Schoessler's comment, May 11, 2013 9:09 PM
sounds like a sticky situation. I don't understand why the cop didn't give her the ticket at the stop and why he falsely stated in the police report that she ran over his foot.
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Locking the genome: U.S. Supreme Court weighs whether a private company can patent human DNA material

Locking the genome: U.S. Supreme Court weighs whether a private company can patent human DNA material | Shelby's Gov&Law | Scoop.it
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The U.S. Supreme Court heard the case of whether a Salt Lake City genetic company can patent human DNA. The platiffs said that the DNA cannot be patent because nature cannot be panent, making what they are doing unconstitutional. The company is using the genes to try to figure out how to treat diseases and find a cure. So, they are in a rough position.

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Crystal Nickles's comment, May 11, 2013 6:32 PM
I don't think that they should be able to patent human DNA. I realize they are trying to figure out cures but it just seems wrong. I supposed if the person agrees to it and the company doesn't misuse the information it wouldn't be so bad, but the world might end up like GATTACA and that would not be okay.
Crystal Nickles's comment, May 11, 2013 6:32 PM
I don't think that they should be able to patent human DNA. I realize they are trying to figure out cures but it just seems wrong. I supposed if the person agrees to it and the company doesn't misuse the information it wouldn't be so bad, but the world might end up like GATTACA and that would not be okay.
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Mississippi man makes court appearance in ricin letters case

Mississippi man makes court appearance in ricin letters case | Shelby's Gov&Law | Scoop.it
TUPELO, Mississippi (Reuters) - A Mississippi martial arts instructor suspected of mailing letters containing the deadly poison ricin to President Barack Obama and other U.S.
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After arresting a different Mississippi man, James Everett Dutschke will be appearing in court over the letters which were sent to President Obama and other US officials that contained ricin. He could face up to a life sentence if found guilty.

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Court Rules in Favor of NYSE, Nasdaq in NetCoalition Case

Court Rules in Favor of NYSE, Nasdaq in NetCoalition Case | Shelby's Gov&Law | Scoop.it
A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday dismissed complaints filed by Google , Yahoo!
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Google, Yahoo! and other internet companies wanted to reduce fees for the NASDAQ and NYSE for market data because the Dodd-Frank bill "stripped it of jurisdiction in the case". The US Appeals Court in D.C. dismissed the petitions.

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Drew Fuchs's curator insight, May 1, 2013 8:42 PM

Major internet sources a pleaded for a decrease in the cost of keeping their stock and other parts of their business in the NYSE and NASDAQ. They believe it is overally priced and needs to be changed. Not really sure on exactly they want, but it could be a huge change into the stock exchanges.

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In Gun Bill Defeat, a President’s Distaste for Twisting Arms

In Gun Bill Defeat, a President’s Distaste for Twisting Arms | Shelby's Gov&Law | Scoop.it
The White House defended President Obama’s efforts on gun violence, but he has long struggled to master his relationship with Congress.
Shelby Strain's insight:

President Obama is very disappointed that the Gun Bill did not pass through Congress. Many of the Democrats who did vote against it are now feeling heat from other party members who supported it. A lot of them are more disappointe in President Obama's efforts on it. They are saying he let VP Joe Biden take charge when Obama should have. They are also saying that there is such a gap between the parties because President Obama has not been good with disiciplining Congress when they rebel, which is pretty obvious. I think that President Obama is doing a farely good job considering what has gone on in the past weeks, but he needs to start focusing Congress now hard core.

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Ashley Sanneman's curator insight, April 24, 2013 10:23 PM

I feel like Obama could have done more if he wanted the bill to pass. He should be disappointed in himself and Congress. I feel like President Obama is taking too light of an approach when disciplingin congress, he is the President and people should understand that he is our leader. This is President Obama's second term and he still hasn't mastered his relationship with Congress, come on it's part of your job for goodness sakes.

 

Drew Fuchs's curator insight, May 1, 2013 8:39 PM

I think Obama and the rest of the nation are very upset this Bill wasn't passed. This is now threatening our nation's safety and putting a huge disappointment on our nation as a whole. This could of easily been passed if there was some kind of effort put into it.

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DREAM Act: Senate immigration reform bill offers 'best' version yet

DREAM Act: Senate immigration reform bill offers 'best' version yet | Shelby's Gov&Law | Scoop.it
Senate's immigration reform bill includes a version of the DREAM Act that would make some young people eligible for green cards and US citizenship after five years. Immigration advocates hail the proposal.
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A group in the Senate has created a bill that will make it easier for younger people to be available to green cards and then a US citizenship after five years. I think that this is a good idea because we are forced with so many illegal immigrants in our country and most of them want to become citizens, but can't because of bad rules. This is not saying that everyone will become a citizen, but it is doing more to give people a fair life.

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Ashley Sanneman's curator insight, April 16, 2013 10:29 PM

I'm glad that something is being done to acknowledge the fact that these people are here illegally and we need to do something in order to make it okay that they are here. We can't spend money sending them back to whereever they came from so we might as well make them citizens. Making them citizens will not only benefit them but it will benefit us by reducing medical costs for them and allowing us to tax their incomes.

Kaysee Beckstrom's comment, April 19, 2013 3:19 PM
I am pleased to hear that the immigration issue is being addressed. This is a big issue in our country... it makes me wonder if it is as big of an issue in other countries as well? If not, why is it such a big problem in our country and not others? If yes, then maybe we should pool ideas with other countries to come up with a solution.
Crystal Nickles's comment, April 21, 2013 7:04 AM
I'm happy something is happening to help immigrants. They come to this country seeking a better life and most of them deserve the opportunity to create a better life for themselves and their families.
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Gun bill supporters struggling to round up Senate votes

Gun bill supporters struggling to round up Senate votes | Shelby's Gov&Law | Scoop.it
The prologue to the Senate vote on expanded background checks for firearms buyers is again a delicate, yet all-out effort on both sides to win over the remaining, undecided senators –whose votes will decide the future on gun-control legislation in...
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As we all know, a bill to get restrictions on gun control is trying to pass through congress. It needs to go through the Senate to become law, but supporters for the bill are trying to get the rest on board and are failing. There is a bunch of undecided senators who will essentially decided the if we increase gun contril or not.

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'Monsanto Protection Act' slips silently through US Congress — RT USA

'Monsanto Protection Act' slips silently through US Congress — RT USA | Shelby's Gov&Law | Scoop.it
The US House of Representatives quietly passed a last-minute addition to the Agricultural Appropriations Bill for 2013 last week - including a provision protecting genetically modified seeds from litigation in the face of health risks.
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The US House of Reps have recently passed an addition to the Agricultural Appropriations Bill without very much conversation. This addition to the bill will include protection geneticlaly modified seeds from litigation to prevent health risks. I don't really understand why the House of Represenatives would keep so quite about this.

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MsHaeussinger's comment, April 14, 2013 3:32 PM
Glad you caught this!
Adam Alexander Schoessler's comment, April 14, 2013 10:43 PM
awww does this mean i have less of a chance of becoming a super hero from eating genetically modified crops??!
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NRA School Safety Report Suggests, Yup, More Guns

NRA School Safety Report Suggests, Yup, More Guns | Shelby's Gov&Law | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- Former Rep. Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark.) on Tuesday released a 225-page report on school safety funded by the National Rifle Association.
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The NRA has come out with a new proposal to end school shootings by arming teachers with guns and properly training them how to use them. I'm not sure if I quite agree with allowing all of my teachers to have guns.

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Crystal Nickles's curator insight, April 3, 2013 9:20 PM

I don't think that schools should have armed guards. Even though there have been shootings at schools I don't think I would feel comfortable with armed guards at our school. Also, arming teachers is not a good idea either. Having a gun in a classroom is even more dangerous than having a shooter in a school in my opinion.

Adam Alexander Schoessler's comment, April 3, 2013 11:50 PM
I don't think telling a teacher that they need to take a gun training class and allowing the teacher to have the gun in class is the best choice. Im not sure if this is the best idea but it is an idea.
Ashley Sanneman's comment, April 6, 2013 10:43 PM
I understand that we want to reduce the number of school shootings,but I don't think this is the best way to go about it. What if one of the students got a hold of the teacher's gun and then did the shooting? I feel like there would be way too many guns on campus and too many things could go wrong.
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Cantor: $100 million from presidential campaigns should go to curing childhood diseases

Cantor: $100 million from presidential campaigns should go to curing childhood diseases | Shelby's Gov&Law | Scoop.it
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has proposed that the nearly $100 million taxpayers spend on presidential campaigns would be better spent on fighting autism and other childhood diseases.
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Many Americans believe that instead of spending so much on the presidential campaigns, we should do something with part of the money, like treating autism and helping children. This brings up a controversial topic. Are we spending too much on campaigns as a nation? And, if only rich people can afford to campaign, do we really have an "equal" country?

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Ashley Sanneman's curator insight, April 2, 2013 9:44 PM

I agree whole hartedly with Eric Cantor. I think it is ridiculous how much we spend on campaigns. Before we had all this technology there was never even a thought of the campaigns costing that much money. By cutting the amount used on campaigns we could use it for better things such as healthcare and eduction. I don't deny that campaigning needs some money but not nearly as much as we currently are spending on it. I know many households could really use the tax cut that would come from reducing the amount of money that campaigns can use. 

 

Adam Alexander Schoessler's comment, April 5, 2013 8:05 PM
I think we have an overall equal country its just not fair that if a congress men or whatever has a lot of money they have a better chance to win a primary, election, or something.
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Will the real Republican Party please stand up?

Will the real Republican Party please stand up? | Shelby's Gov&Law | Scoop.it
On one side, there’s the “compromise equals surrender” crowd; on the other, there’s the party establishment.
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During the Conservative Political Action Conference (Republican), it seemed that the party had been on two different sides. One side thought they were doing good, while the other side thought that most people in the nation think that they are anti everything. The tension can be felt all the way from Minnesota. Will this split up the Republican party? Weird enough, this same thing had happened to the Democrats in the early 1990's until Bill Clinton was elected and united the party. In my opinion, the Republican party should put up a well qualified canidate for president, as usual, but agree with all the Republicans and the United States. They need someone to bring them together and fast. It won't be easy.

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Adam Alexander Schoessler's comment, March 22, 2013 5:38 PM
wait they are talking about trying to get a good candidate? sounds like a long shot!!
MsHaeussinger's comment, March 24, 2013 1:38 PM
Good story! The Republican Party seems to be struggling with an identity crisis in the last few elections - not that they don't know what they stand for. Rather, it appears they are struggling to find appropriate candidates to push their platforms.