Brian H. Kehrl

Special Sessions Rarely Live Up to the Name

By: - December 6, 2005

With the region still reeling three weeks after Hurricane Katrina, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) in September began calling lawmakers back to the capital in Jackson for a special session to aid the anxious riverboat casino industry and sort out the financial mess the storm left behind.   Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco (D) waited until November, […]

States Abstain From Federal Sex Ed Money

By: - November 29, 2005

Maine has stepped out of the collection line of states getting federal money to help subsidize sex education, joining California and Pennsylvania in saying, “No, thanks.” Citing a potential conflict with a 2002 state law that mandates teaching teenagers everything from self-restraint to contraception, Maine declined about $160,000 in federal money for fiscal 2006. Maine […]

California Next to Decide Unions’ Role in Politics

By: - November 7, 2005

The ability of public worker’s unions to influence politics, already curtailed in several states, now faces a judgment day in California.    Proposition 75, one of eight ballot measures that Golden State voters will decide Nov. 8, would require public-sector employee unions to get written permission from members each year before spending their dues to support […]