NEW YORK — Whatever success Republicans have amassed in taking control of all three branches of U.S. government, and whatever fate awaits them as midterm elections near, some on the right are working to cement change by amending the Constitution. And to the mounting alarm of others on all parts of the spectrum, they want to bypass the usual process.They're pushing for an unprecedented Constitutional convention of the states. While opponents are afraid of what such a convention would do, supporters say it is the only way to deal with the federal government's overreach and ineptitude."They literally see this as the survival of the nation," said Karla Jones, director of the federalism task force at the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council, which represents state lawmakers and offers guidance and model legislation for states to call a convention under the Constitution's Article V.Among the most frequently cited changes being sought: amendments enforcing a balanced … [Read more...] about Group pushing for Constitutional convention for balanced budget, term limits
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.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........LOS ALAMOS – Both candidates running for the House District 43 seat in the state Legislature say they came to live in New Mexico because they saw it as an adventure.“I grew up in the East and wanted to do something different. I viewed it as an adventure to come to New Mexico,” said Christine Chandler, who won the Democratic nomination by beating fellow Los Alamos County councilor Peter Sheehey in the June primary election.A native of Northampton, Mass., Chandler started clerking for the Montgomery & Andrews law firm in Santa Fe in 1984, spent a few years lawyering there, then embarked on a long career as an in-house attorney at Los Alamos National Laboratory.ADVERTISEMENTSkipIt’s been quite a ride.“To be able to live in a small town, a small state environment … [Read more...] about Hunt for adventure leads to duel for a seat
Share Tweet Plus One Pin It Email Print By: Jana Kalyan Das October 19, 2018 4:42 pm Change Font Size Be it a spontaneous overflow of suppressed psychological and emotional trauma or a practical manifestation of ‘the theory of contagion’, the ‘#MeToo movement’ has come to stay in India. Bedeviled by a puritan conscience, while legislators, progressive members of the executive as well as members of the legal fraternity of the country have made common cause with the victims of sexual assaults and harassment at the hands of their predators, there is a growing perception and fear that the Indian legal system, as it exists today, is extremely inadequate to meet the new challenge and unless immediate legal and social engineering is undertaken the movement may peter out like a sunset fabric seen for an hour in the evening and then fading into the night. Indian democracy, … [Read more...] about #MeToo Movement In India: Need For A Comprehensive Legal And Social Engineering
By Gabriel Stargardter PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (Reuters) - For decades, this southern metropolis stood apart from the rest of Brazil. Compared with Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, nevermind troubled cities in Brazil's poor northeast, Porto Alegre enjoyed lower crime and homicide rates, and a reputation for wealth and tranquillity. Its residents, most of European descent, prided themselves on a clean, prosperous and progressive hometown. In recent years, though, Porto Alegre has become more like the rest of Brazil – wracked by recession, political instability and social ills including rising poverty and soaring crime. Porto Alegre's murder rate, fuelled in part by the rapid spread of drug gangs, has reached nearly double the national average. So, just days before a presidential election in Latin America's biggest democracy, people in the city of almost 1.5 million people want drastic change. And in the candidacy of Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right Congressman long considered … [Read more...] about Violence spurs support for a radical in once-calm southern Brazil
close Video Tucker: Brett Kavanaugh and the midterm elections Watching the fight over President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, you may be wondering why you should bother to vote in November. It's worth considering what we've learned from the debate over Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court. This feels like a turning point, something entirely new in the life of this country. We certainly had bitter and partisan debates over judicial nominations before, a lot of them. Robert Bork in '87, Clarence Thomas, four years later, there are many others. Shortly after being re-elected President in 1936, Franklin Roosevelt tried to take over the entire judicial branch of government -- packing the court with extra Democrats so he could impose his program on Congress by force. Thankfully, FDR failed in that. But the point is a lot of this is not new. Politics has always intruded on our justice system. Congress confirms the nominees, so it's inherently political, always … [Read more...] about Tucker Carlson: Kavanaugh chaos — If you’re a Republican, you may be wondering why should I bother to vote?