Category Archives: Politics

Some sex offenders could opt for chemical castration under Oklahoma bill

Oklahoma state Rep. Rick West, R-Heavener, has introduced a bill allowing some sex offenders to undergo so-called “chemical castration” as a condition of release.  (Associated Press) A Republican lawmaker is pushing to add Oklahoma to the list of states in which so-called chemical castration is an option for some convicted sex offenders, albeit an option […]

Haitian orphanage should be shuttered after sex abuse allegations, US senators say

Ten Republican and Democratic members of the U.S. Senate have asked the State Department to pressure the Haitian government to close an orphanage where “multiple” children being adopted by American families have allegedly been victims of sexual abuse. The letter — signed by senators from Florida, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Minnesota and Virginia, and addressed to Deputy […]

Florida’s ban on voting by ex-felons is unconstitutionally enforced, federal judge rules

A federal judge ruled that Florida Gov. Rick Scott oversaw the unconstitutional enforcement of a policy barring ex-felons from voting.  (Reuters) Florida is unconstitutionally enforcing its ban on voting by ex-felons, an Obama-appointed federal judge ruled Thursday in a decision that could potentially upend this year’s elections. In a scathing ruling that included a sharp […]

2 GOP Senate hopefuls in Missouri draw ire for remarks about sex trafficking, women

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, left, and Missouri U.S. Senate candidate Courtland Sykes.  (Facebook) Two Republican U.S. Senate candidates from Missouri, looking to unseat Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill, have come under fire for remarks about sex trafficking and women, respectively. Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley drew ire Wednesday after remarks he made to a […]

Maryland state Dem’s ‘Jared Kushner Act’ would stop some arrests for failing to pay rent

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner is seen at a President Trump news conference in Bedminster, N.J., Aug. 11, 2017.  (Associated Press) A Maryland state lawmaker in Baltimore has introduced what he calls the “Jared Kushner Act” — a bill that would ban the state’s judges from issuing arrest warrants for tenants being sued for […]

Steve Wynn loses $463M since report on allegations of sexual misconduct, report says

Steve Wynn, the casino billionaire, has reportedly lost $463 million after a report by The Wall Street Journal documented a history of alleged sexual misconduct by the mogul. Axios, citing a Dec. 22, 2017 disclosure, reported that Wynn holds 12,230,334 shares of Wynn Resorts stock. The stock has taken a hit since the allegations emerged. […]

U.S. memo urges big push on 5G wireless technology, eyes China threat

FILE: A visitors walks past a 5G sign during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last year. The technology is seen as a “key area of competition” internationally.  (Reuters) Some White House officials view next-generation 5G wireless service as a “key area of competition,” and they say that the threat from China, in particular, justifies a […]

Justice Ginsburg to skip State of the Union, signals she has no plans to retire

Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court poses for an official group portrait at the Supreme Court Building in Washington, June 1, 2017.  (Associated Press) Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will not be attending President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday. Instead, she will be at Roger Williams […]

Ex-chairman of Missouri Democratic Party pleads guilty in corruption case

A former Democratic Party chairman and prosecutor in Missouri was convicted of wire fraud Friday after admitting he exploited campaign funds for personal use, such as trips to California’s wine country and Las Vegas. The Kansas City Star reported that Mike Sanders pleaded guilty to the federal corruption charge, along with his aide and chief […]