today's small victory

In 18-1 vote, Wis. Senate approves bill to strip public employees of collective bargaining rights…

In case you’re already on “civility” watch, here’s a livestream from the Capitol of protesters screaming to be let into the building. According to a local reporter, windows and doors on the grounds have already been broken. Tomorrow’s “new tone” should be epic.

(apparently a teacher or a firefighter or like something)

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The federal government Tuesday granted Maine a waiver of a key provision in President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, citing the likelihood that enforcement could destabilize the state’s market for individual health insurance.

The U.S. Health and Human Services department said in a letter it would waive the requirement that insurers spend 80 cents to 85 cents of every premium dollar on medical care and quality improvement. Instead, the letter said, the state could maintain its 65 percent standard for three years, with the caveat that HHS intends to review the figures after two years.

The decision makes Maine the first state to receive a waiver of the requirement. Similar requests are pending from Kentucky, Nevada and New Hampshire….


unstump The Emir

The Emir and I have been working on this page overlap issue for a couple daze now and are getting nowhere. I know there are certain things that the reader has to set on their own specific browsers but I also know that various readers using various browsers visit various other blogs all the time without encountering this problem. If anyone has a clue how we may rectify this I and countless others will be truly grateful…

todaze Lympians

or 300,000 fun facts

A Republican-led motion to bring a vote on a bill that would have restricted access to driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants and attempted to stop identification fraud was defeated Monday in the state Senate, dealing a major defeat to proponents of the measure…

…Washington state is one of two in the country that let illegal immigrants obtain driver’s licenses. New Mexico is the other state that still allows such practice, but lawmakers there are also considering bills to close the access…

…The bill would have required applicants for driver’s license to provide proof of residency and a Social Security number. Supporters had said the bill aimed to stop identification fraud.

Haugen said that there are 300,000 more driver’s licenses in this state than there are drivers