News Roundup, April 3

National News:

NRA Task Force Recommends Training School Personnel Who Want To Be Armed

What are the states doing about gun control?

Quietly and behind the scenes, gun research and regulation has been stymied

Background Checks Are Still Stumbling Block in Gun Law Overhaul

NRA’s School Security Plan Cites Phony Shooting

The gun lobby’s report on safeguarding America’s school kids cites a terrible massacre—that didn’t actually happen.

Marian Wright Edelman: What the NRA Doesn’t Want You to Know

Crazy Gun-Toting Insurrectionists

A Gun In Every Home? Nelson, Georgia Residents Debate New Law Mandating Forced Ownership of Firearms

Educators begin surrendering in alleged Atlanta cheating scandal

Outsiders Should Evaluate Teachers as Well as Students

❖ GOPers in ND, AR and TX are “pushing bills that would defund comprehensive sex education programs for at-risk teenagers.” Don’t want to jeopardize our claim to having the  “highest teen pregnancy rate in the developed world.”

NC GOPers now want to further relax requirements for charter schools (which are already “very relaxed” when compared to those for public schools).

Investments in Education May Be Misdirected

 Abortion clinic to open in Wichita, the first in four years

Trans-Pacific Partnership Targets Internet And Labor Rights

 Can Worker-Owners Make a Big Factory Run?

Whistle-Blowers Tell Stories of Fear and Vindication

Who Polices Prosecutors Who Abuse Their Authority? Usually Nobody

 New York needs the NYPD to stop stop-and-frisk – and stop it now …. This discriminatory police tactic is costing us dear, both in tax dollars and community relations. New Yorkers want rid of it

Suddenly, NYPD doesn’t love surveillance anymore — Law enforcement agencies monitor our most basic acts. But try assigning them a watchdog and they resist with fury

Suddenly, NYPD doesn't love surveillance anymore

National Politics:

Wonkbook: Gay marriage hasn’t won, but its opponents have lost.

The Koch Bros., ALEC and the Power of the State

GOPers’ anti-labor temper tantrum continues in MI: they want to repeal a 1965 law guaranteeing “workers on state and public school projects are not paid below the prevailing hourly rate or benefits for construction projects” in local communities.

GAO report:  Observations on Lobbyists’ Compliance with Disclosure Requirements

The curious case of the vanishing lobbyists
More on “vanishing” lobbyists, those who have deregistered but are still working at the same firm and doing similar work. New GAO report on LDA compliance.


Lobbyist de-registration: Be careful what you wish for

As Obama begins fundraising swing, campaign finance watchdogs growl
 CNN on the tripReuters.

Democrats fear Obama group will siphon money from them

Rand Paul-backed group attacks Republicans

Sen. Rand Paul, the tea party favorite and possible 2016 presidential candidate, is raising money for a conservative gun rights group that’s targeting fellow Republicans, including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

 Hawaii advances public financing bill to fix outdated system

Efforts in Hawaii to pass a public financing upgrade, featuring quotes from Voter-Owned Hawaii’s Kory Payne and stare Reps. Della Au Belatti and Karl Rhoads. Belatti: “It’s a good way to amplify the smaller donors’ voice and it requires candidates to really, kind of, get into the community and connect with the voters.”

Felony Charges Dropped Against Colin Small, Republican Accused Of Destroying Voter Registration Forms

Can Obama’s new panel defuse the voting wars?

WaPo editorial: Open Justice Department’s legal interpretations to the public

Drone Legislation: What’s Being Proposed in the States?

An Urgent Proposal to Protect People From Domestic Drones

There are four vacancies on the D.C. Circuit Court, out of 11 seats, and why that matters.

A rare Republican, Sen. Collins remains optimistic

“They don’t tolerate dissent within the party,” Snowe, who retired out of frustration last year, said in an interview with the AP. “That’s why they find themselves in trouble.”

Good governance requires political leaders who are prepared to threaten the interests of their own class”:  The African Century The unlucky continent finally seems to be on a real path to growth, but is democracy essential to sustain Africa’s rise?

 Liz Cheney Is Even More Bonkers Than We Suspected

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