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Rick Perry and HPV vaccine-maker have deep financial ties

September 14, 2011 by legitgov ShareThis Rick Perry and HPV vaccine-maker have deep financial ties 13 Sep 2011 Rick Perry’s  gubernatorial campaigns have received nearly $30,000 from Merck since 2000, most of that before he issued his vaccine mandate, which was overturned by the Texas legislature. In 2007, Perry became the first governor in the […]

To Catch A Predator host . . . caught

The hidden camera ploy that has propelled television host Chris Hansen into an American pop culture phenomenon has pulled a fast one on the To Catch a Predator star. The Daily Mail is reporting today that Hansen, the Dateline NBC personality that has hosted the popular To Catch a Predator series from 2004 through 2007, […]

Texas town pulls the plug on police department

Attention gun-toting Texas natives: if you were looking to go a’looting, your time is now! City Council members in Alto, Texas, a town of around 1,200, have voted to abolish the city’s police department for at least six months as the community considers if they will be able to afford the force into 2012. As […]

2 House Members Want to End Federal Ban on Pot

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two House members have introduced a bill that would remove marijuana from the list of federal controlled substances and cede to the states enforcement of laws governing pot. The legislation would eliminate marijuana-specific penalties under federal law, but would maintain a ban on transporting marijuana across state lines. It would allow individuals […]

Bipartisan Bill Pushes for Pot Legalization

 The unlikely duo of Democratic Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts and Republican Rep. Ron Paul of Texas are cosponsoring a bill to end the federal criminalization of marijuana, reports Reason.com. A press release from the marijuana Policy Project describes it as “bi-partisan legislation … ending the federal war on marijuana and letting states legalize, regulate, […]

Census Shows Whites Lose US Majority Among Babies

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time, minorities make up a majority of babies in the U.S., part of a sweeping race change and growing age divide between mostly white, older Americans and predominantly minority youths that could reshape government policies. Preliminary census estimates also show the share of African-American households headed by women — […]

Giffords Has Memoir Deal, Kelly Retires from NASA

NEW YORK — Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who is recovering from a gunshot wound to the head, and her astronaut husband Mark Kelly are working on a memoir together. Kelly also announced on Tuesday his retirement from the Navy and NASA. The book, currently untitled, will be an intimate chronicle of everything from their careers and […]

Bank Deal May Give States Loan Writedown Options

States may have options for how to use any money from a nationwide foreclosure settlement with U.S. banks, including applying funds toward principal reductions for borrowers, Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens said. Including those choices may broaden support for any deal among the attorneys general who oppose requiring banks to fund principal writedowns, Olens said […]

21-year-old Californian Wins Miss USA Crown

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 21-year-old auburn-haired California girl has won the Miss USA crown in Las Vegas and will represent the nation in this year’s Miss Universe pageant. Alyssa Campanella of Los Angeles topped a field of 51 beauty queens to take the title Sunday night at the Planet Hollywood Resort Casino. Campanella won […]

Texas Teachers May Get Student Criminal Histories

DALLAS — Texas is close to enacting a law that would provide teachers with more detailed information about the criminal histories of students in their classrooms. Texas already provides some background information about students but the new law would turn over details of crimes and arrests that most states keep confidential. Juvenile experts complain the […]