Stateline, ContributorStateline provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy. The increase in gun-control laws marks a break from past responses to mass shootings. 08/02/2018 04:04 pm ET By Matt Vasilogambros This is Part Four of Stateline’s 2018 Legislative Review. Something familiar happened in America in February: A gunman walked into a school, and shot and killed 17 students and staff in a horrific act of violence. But then something unfamiliar happened: State legislators — inspired by a movement led by the student survivors of that mass shooting in Parkland, Florida — started passing legislation to restrict gun access. This was a year of unparalleled success for the gun-control movement in the United States. States across the country, including 14 with Republican governors, enacted 50 new laws restricting access to guns, ranging from banning bump stocks to allowing authorities to temporarily disarm potentially violent people. … [Read more...] about After Parkland, States Pass 50 New Gun-Control Laws
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By John Geddie and Christian Shepherd SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Southeast Asian nations are set to announce agreement with China on a working text for negotiations over a code of conduct to ease tension in the disputed South China sea at a meeting that began on Thursday. A draft communique seen by Reuters shows the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) also aims to soon reach a cybersecurity deal with Russia, which the United States has accused of election meddling, following hacks in the region. The communique, which reiterated ASEAN's commitment to an ambitious trade pact backed by China, is set to be issued by ASEAN foreign ministers on Saturday at the close of the meeting of top diplomats in Singapore. "We noted with satisfaction the ASEAN member states and China had agreed on a single draft COC (Code of Conduct) negotiating text," read the draft communique, adding that it was reached in June during high-level talks in China. ASEAN also urged steps for "the complete, … [Read more...] about Southeast Asia flags progress with China over disputed waterway talks
What do a day-care center, a vegetarian restaurant, a hair salon, an outdoor clothing maker and an investigative news publisher have in common? To Facebook, they looked suspiciously like political activists. Facing a torrent of criticism over its failure to prevent foreign interference during the 2016 election, the giant social network recently adopted new rules to make its advertising service harder to exploit. Under the new rules, advertisers who want to buy political ads in the United States must first prove that they live in the country and mark their ads with a “paid for by” disclaimer. Any ad Facebook deems to contain political content is stored in a searchable public database. The new rules are meant to illuminate the sometimes shadowy world of politics on social media and help prevent fraud and abuse by organizations like Russia’s Internet Research Agency. But many advertisers, including small businesses and news organizations, are complaining that … [Read more...] about Legitimate ads are being flagged by Facebook’s political filter
Michael C. Herron and Daniel A. Smith, The Washington Post Published 8:28 am, Sunday, June 17, 2018 On Monday, the Supreme Court upheld Ohio's controversial voter purge program in the case Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute. Ohio removes occasional voters from the rolls if they: fail to vote in a general election; do not respond to a postcard asking them to confirm their address; then fail to vote in two more general elections. In a 5-to-4 decision, the court ruled that the purge does not violate the 1993 National Voter Registration Act. Given the Supreme Court's ruling, other states may adopt Ohio's Supplemental Process as an aggressive way of removing inactive voters from the rolls. If Ohio's Supplemental Process were adopted nationwide, how many other infrequent voters could be removed from the voter registration rolls? We try to answer that question. - Meet Larry Harmon One of the plaintiffs named in Husted was Larry Harmon, who lives near Akron. Registered to … [Read more...] about If more states start using Ohio’s system, how many voters will be purged?
People celebrating the holidays of Memorial Day, Flag Day and Independence Day often found ways to irk the patriotic spirit in my old columnist friend Jack Mabley. Enlisting in the Navy on the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Jack served as an officer in Guam during World War II and was a patriot in every sense of the word. And, yes, the freedoms and liberties represented by the flag and our national anthem were important to Jack. Often at this time of the year, I'd arrive at my desk in the newsroom on a Monday morning to find the latest affronts that Jack (or more likely his wife, Fran) had found among the Sunday newspaper advertisements -- red-white-and-blue napkins that looked like our flag, toothpicks with tiny stars and stripes affixed to them, and an assortment of garish beach towels, shorts, umbrellas, bikinis and even toilet seats that looked as if they had been fashioned out of Old Glory. A stickler for the flag code, the late legendary Daily Herald columnist Jack … [Read more...] about Constable: Anyone can wave a flag, but true patriotism demands more