BY RICHARD LAYCOCK
ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY
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Darts not doing it for you? Not any good at snooker? Well -- Florida lawmaker Ritch Workman -- may have the solution -- Dwarf tossing. For those of you not familiar with the pseudo-sport a blogger for the Miami New Times explains.
“[Dwarf] tossing, originally made popular in Australia, involves little people suiting up in Velcro-clad suits, usually at bars. Then patrons compete to see who can through the person farthest up a Velcro surface.”
The practice was banned in 1989 in Florida amid claims of it being dangerous and dehumanizing. So why bring it back? Florida Today quotes Workman as saying...
“I find the act of tossing little people for entertainment ridiculous and ludicrous. My problem with the law I want to repeal is that it shouldn’t be a law. This was their employment. We found it distasteful and made it against the law. That’s not what the state is supposed to do.”
And the proposal become the butt of late-night jokes- with Jimmy Kimmel poking fun at the notion that dwarfs would be excited at the new job opportunities.
“All the ban does is prevent dwarfs from getting jobs they are happy to get. That’s a job they’d be happy to get? Even ‘Happy’ from the Seven Dwarfs would not be happy to get that job.”
While this may seem like a strange stance for someone to take, Workman is not the first. A blogger for Broward Palm Beach says...
“In 2001, a 3-foot-2 radio host known as ‘Dave the Dwarf’ filed a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn Florida's ban on the ‘activity’, saying he wanted the same opportunity for employment as everyone else. Dave likened dwarf tossing to basketball, in which height is an asset in the profession.”
But the organization Little People of America has continued its stance of disdain for the activity. Gawker has some comments from the former Little People of America president.
“The people who were thrown [before the ban] were alcoholics with low self-esteem … Many of them were injured. One committed suicide. … [Dwarf tossing is] something that brings out the worst element in some people, and it's focused on people who are the most vulnerable.”
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BY BLAKE HANSON
It had all the makings of a romantic evening. Red wine, mood music, and oh yeah — TV coverage of Virginia’s transvaginal ultrasound bill. For Virginia state delegate David Albo a romantic evening with his wife was going smoothly — until she flipped on the news. Take a look at the video of Albo on the House floor recounting what he saw on TV...
“going ‘trans-v-burrr, trans-v this, trans-v that’.”
“And I’m like this with my wife, and the show’s over and she looks and me and goes ‘I gotta go to bed.’”
Virginia lawmakers passed a bill that would have required women seeking an abortion to have an invasive ultrasound procedure. Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell supports the bill, but this week asked lawmakers to drum up a different version that calls for a non-invasive procedure. Albo wrote compromise language that removed the transvaginal ultrasound for early-term pregnancies. ABC News offers analysis on the incident...
“It’s a joking moment probably meant to lighten the atmosphere after a politically charged week. But video of the speech … is sure to offend some who disagree with the controversial law he helped pass.”
So you might be wondering, what does Mrs. Albo think of her husband’s story? Mediaite writes...
“Yes, this went into the official record. I imagine dinner tonight must have been pleasantly awkward in the Albo household.”
Finally, a writer for Newser is crossing their fingers chatter about the bill is over...
“We'll hope this is the last word on Virginia's transvaginal ultrasound controversy for a long time.”
Lawmakers want contract details on Oroville Dam fix The Sacramento Bee
Bill Croyle, acting director of Department of Water Resources, explains the current plans to fix the Oroville spillway and the emergency spillway.
New video shows water coming down Oroville Dam's main spillway on March 21, 2017. The dam’s main spillway fractured Feb. 7, 2017, prompting a temporary shutdown of the structure as a big storm rolled in. On Wednesday, more than a month after a near-catastrophe at Oroville Dam sparked mass evacuations, Butte County’s sheriff Wednesday lifted an evacuation warning that had been in place for thousands of downstream residents. Department of Water Resources
Late in the afternoon of Feb. 12, Sheriff Kory Honea was at the emergency operations center for the tallest dam in America when he overheard someone say something that stopped him in his tracks: "This is not good." Over six straight days, the operators of the Oroville Dam had said there was no immediate danger after water surging down the main spillway gouged a hole the size of a football field in the concrete chute.
Peruvian Congresswoman Martha Moyano sits down with Andean Air Mail & Peruvian Times to discuss Afro-Peruvian identity and recent advances in its society. She explains the struggle to push through legislation designating June 4 as Afro-Peruvian Day.
Christmas came early at the Capitol as taxpayers are paying $140,000 for the renovation of a 900-square-foot private lounge. Will we get a thank-you note before they send us the bill?
State Rep. Richard Morrissette recalls working with Kennedy as a young staffer at the U.S. Capitol.
State Senator Steve Russell responds to the Oklahoma Impact Team's report on the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
Legislative leaders insist there will be a budget agreement in place by the end of the legislative session, preventing the need for a special session. <br><br>
BY PAUL ROLFE
ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY
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PRESIDENT OBAMA: “Now clean energy breakthrough’s will only translate into clean energy jobs if businesses know there will be a market for what they’re selling. So tonight I challenge you to join me in setting a new goal. By 2035, 80% of America’s electricity will come from clean energy sources.” (Wall Street Journal)
Obama put forward his clean energy goal in January’s State of the Union address. Now -- New Mexico Democratic Senator Jeff Bingaman has to figure out how to make it happen -- because he chairs the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
The Hill’s Energy and Environment blog reports he’s seeking public input by issuing a “white paper”.
“The paper asks a series of questions, such as whether all utilities should be subject to the standard, how to define what constitutes ‘clean’ energy that meets the standard, what role efficiency might play, what the economic effects of the standard might be, and many others.”
Business Green says this method of public comment is unusual for such an important piece of legislation -- and asks -- does that mean it’s in trouble?
“Bingaman's office insisted the decision to seek public feedback was not an indication the bill was facing difficulties, arguing instead that the approach would help build broad support for the legislation.”
Bingaman isn’t sure about the specific goals of the clean energy plan -- curbing pollutants, lowering electricity rates, or spurring certain technologies? That uncertainty prompts David Roberts from Grist to call the president’s plan “hopey-changey”.
“It's a pretty good rule of thumb that if you can't lay out the goals of your policy clearly, you're unlikely to design it well… Given my current state of high cynicism, I would be gobsmacked if anything substantive on clean energy passed this Congress.”
Bingaman admits to Bloomberg -- he’s facing an uphill battle.
SEN. BINGAMAN: “It’s tough, it’s tough. And anything’s tough in Washington these days. But this of course will be tough too. But we’re working on it, and we hope we can make some progress.”
In 2009 Bingaman pushed a Renewable Energy Standard through the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources but it ultimately failed in Congress.
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After a long, late night session in the House - it’s official: For two years, tax rates aren’t going up for anyone.
By a vote of 277-148, both Democratic and Republican lawmakers got behind the bill -- which extends Bush-era tax cuts for two years and jobless benefits for 13 months. (Video from C-SPAN)
And it’s a decisive victory for Republicans. No wait - it’s a victory for President Obama. No... for the American people?
That all depends on who you ask.
Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer writes “...historians will mark [President Obama’s] comeback as beginning on Dec. 6 … to resurface suddenly not just as a player but as orchestrator, dealmaker and central actor in a high $1 trillion drama."
But the real winner is the American people- according to Wyoming Republican Rep. Cynthia Lummis on Fox Business.
“This bill will prevent an evil in the economy, which is the potential of double dip unemployment rather than have a stimulative effect. It preserves the status quo for two years. It allows people to continue to weather this tough economy.”
But CNN’s Josh Levs drops a bombshell -- saying the exclusion of some tax creditsmeans taxes are actually going up for some 51 million households.
“Under this tax cut deal, the making work pay tax credit has been dropped. That's a matter of hundreds of dollars. ... Instead, what you're getting, is social security taxes that are going down a little bit. They've been at 6.2%. They are going down to 4.2%. So basically what you've got to do is, based on how much money you make, you might be coming out a little behind under this new deal.”
Still - President Obama has been dubbed the comeback kid for brokering a deal with Republicans and overcoming Democratic opposition. But MSNBC’s Chris Jansing says- isn’t there more to this story?
JANSING: “Did any of those in the end for the broad American public really matter or is the only thing that is going to make him the comeback kid when that unemployment rate comes down?”
Panelists on CNBC are optimistic about that jobless rate - since the deal means more sweeteners for the business community - who will in turn do the hiring.
“The likelihood is we will be seeing corporate tax cuts in next year's budget after Obama's meeting with the CEOs. This is a real change towards the business economy, the private economy and away from the force-feeding of government spending economy.”
But here’s the thing - a penny saved in taxes, isn’t a penny earned for the economy unless people go out and spend it. A 24/7 Wall Street article calls that ironic.
“Individuals and corporations may save the money that the tax cuts ‘give’ them to lower debt and prepare for another possible economic downturn. The irony of that is if the money is not spent, the chance of a downturn increase, probably sharply.”
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