The Skanner Newspaper - Politics http://theskanner.com/news/politics Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:48:01 -0700 MYOB en-gb jim@marketingportland.com (The Skanner Newspaper) Washington Lawmakers Aim to Reduce Liquor Tax http://theskanner.com/news/politics/20898-washington-lawmakers-aim-to-reduce-liquor-tax http://theskanner.com/news/politics/20898-washington-lawmakers-aim-to-reduce-liquor-tax Olympia moves to reduce liquor taxes to bring consumers back to Washington stores. 

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helen@theskanner.com (Manuel Valdes, Associated Press) Politics Thu, 27 Feb 2014 12:21:27 -0800
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer Vetoes Controversial Law http://theskanner.com/news/politics/20887-arizona-gov-jan-brewer-in-discussions-over-controversial-law http://theskanner.com/news/politics/20887-arizona-gov-jan-brewer-in-discussions-over-controversial-law UPDATED:Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed law on grounds it would have "unintended negative consequences." 

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helen@theskanner.com (The Associated Press) Politics Wed, 26 Feb 2014 09:32:04 -0800
Despite Safety Emphasis, School Shootings Continue http://theskanner.com/news/politics/20818-despite-safety-emphasis-school-shootings-continue http://theskanner.com/news/politics/20818-despite-safety-emphasis-school-shootings-continue School shootings continue despite safety measures. Education Secretary says easy gun availability is the problem Americans don't want to deal with. 

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helen@theskanner.com (Kimberly Hefling, AP Education Writer) Politics Tue, 04 Feb 2014 10:24:54 -0800
President Obama's State of the Union Address http://theskanner.com/news/politics/20778-president-obama-s-state-of-the-union-address http://theskanner.com/news/politics/20778-president-obama-s-state-of-the-union-address Remarks by the President in the State of the Union Address....

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helen@theskanner.com (President Barack Obama) Politics Wed, 29 Jan 2014 09:09:10 -0800
Senate Changes Filibuster Rules http://theskanner.com/news/politics/20533-senate-changes-filibuster-rules http://theskanner.com/news/politics/20533-senate-changes-filibuster-rules Senate Democrats eased the way for swift approval of President Barack Obama's current and future nominees on Thursday, voting unilaterally to overturn decades of Senate precedent and undermine Republicans' ability to block final votes.

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helen@theskanner.com (Alan Fram Associated Press) Politics Thu, 21 Nov 2013 11:36:00 -0800
Video: The Green Shadow Cabinet offers an alternative government http://theskanner.com/news/politics/20531-video-the-green-shadow-cabinet-offers-an-alternative-government http://theskanner.com/news/politics/20531-video-the-green-shadow-cabinet-offers-an-alternative-government On November 20, 2013 Bill Moyers talked with the Green Shadow Cabinet nominees: Jill Stein, president, and Margaret Flowers, secretary of health, about their personal journeys fighting for policy change. Both saw that holding political office largely depended on how much money you have, which in turn enabled injustices to be fashioned into law and public policy. Outraged and angry, they decided to stand up and take action.

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david@theskanner.com (David Kidd) Politics Thu, 21 Nov 2013 10:58:34 -0800
Engineers Say Healthcare.Gov is Better But Not Fixed http://theskanner.com/news/politics/20497-engineers-say-healthcare-gov-is-better-but-not-yet-fixed http://theskanner.com/news/politics/20497-engineers-say-healthcare-gov-is-better-but-not-yet-fixed CNN asked web engineers from the private web-hosting company Media Temple to analyze progress of fixes to the Healthcare.gov website.

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helen@theskanner.com (By Adam Aigner-Treworgy CNN) Politics Fri, 15 Nov 2013 14:06:47 -0800
Smoke Clears for Attitudes on Pot, Voters Respond http://theskanner.com/news/politics/20448-smoke-clears-for-attitudes-on-pot-voters-respond-2013-11-07 http://theskanner.com/news/politics/20448-smoke-clears-for-attitudes-on-pot-voters-respond-2013-11-07
Public support of pot legalization is the highest in history

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Pot has come a long way. How close are we to legalization?

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Politics Thu, 07 Nov 2013 01:56:29 -0800
What Did New Jersey and Virginia Voters Tell America? http://theskanner.com/news/politics/20442-what-did-new-jersey-and-virginia-voters-tell-america-2013-11-06 http://theskanner.com/news/politics/20442-what-did-new-jersey-and-virginia-voters-tell-america-2013-11-06
Polls show Hillary would trounce Christie if election held now

Exit polls show NJ Gov. Chris Christie and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe found two very different paths to victory.

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Politics Wed, 06 Nov 2013 02:27:47 -0800
Elections: Colorado Passes Marijuana Tax and Portland Maine Legalizes Marijuana http://theskanner.com/news/politics/20441-elections-colorado-passes-cannabis-tax-but-secession-unlikely-2013-11-06 http://theskanner.com/news/politics/20441-elections-colorado-passes-cannabis-tax-but-secession-unlikely-2013-11-06
New Jersey mulled raising the minimum wage

Last year Colorado legalized recreational marijuana, now voters resoundingly support taxing it. Also Portland, Maine votes to legalize marijuana. 

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Politics Wed, 06 Nov 2013 02:11:09 -0800
Video New York Poised to Elect First Democrat Mayor in Two Decades http://theskanner.com/news/politics/20425-new-york-poised-to-elect-first-democrat-mayor-in-two-decades-2013-11-05 http://theskanner.com/news/politics/20425-new-york-poised-to-elect-first-democrat-mayor-in-two-decades-2013-11-05
Nasty governors race in Virginia between two candidates who aren't well liked

(CNN) -- Welcome to Election Day 2013, where two gubernatorial contests and the race for mayor of the nation's biggest city will be settled and a GOP primary battle for a U.S. House seat in Alabama is getting outsized attention.

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Politics Tue, 05 Nov 2013 01:35:48 -0800
Republican Notes Detail Problems with Obamacare Website http://theskanner.com/news/politics/20411-republican-notes-detail-problems-with-obamacare-website-2013-11-04 http://theskanner.com/news/politics/20411-republican-notes-detail-problems-with-obamacare-website-2013-11-04
Performance has improved as contractors work on site every night

President Barack Obama and supporters of Obamacare have encouraged Americans frustrated by the glitchy HealthCare.gov website to apply for coverage over the phone. But according to meeting notes released Monday by Republican investigators on Capitol Hill, it turns out the phone operators rely on the website to push through transactions.

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Politics Mon, 04 Nov 2013 01:55:56 -0800
House Committee to Question Spy Chiefs About Phone Tapping Allegations http://theskanner.com/news/politics/20363-house-committee-to-question-spy-chiefs-about-phone-tapping-allegations-2013-10-29 http://theskanner.com/news/politics/20363-house-committee-to-question-spy-chiefs-about-phone-tapping-allegations-2013-10-29
Among those on the hot seat: Director of National Intelligence James Clapper

(CNN) -- The House Intelligence Committee is set to question U.S. spy chiefs about accusations that the National Security Agency has tapped not only the phone calls of millions of Americans, but those of top U.S. allies.

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Politics Tue, 29 Oct 2013 02:59:18 -0700
Video Report: White House Stopped Phone Tapping of Foreign Leaders This Summer http://theskanner.com/news/politics/20346-report-white-house-stopped-phone-tapping-of-foreign-leaders-this-summer-2013-10-28 http://theskanner.com/news/politics/20346-report-white-house-stopped-phone-tapping-of-foreign-leaders-this-summer-2013-10-28
Rules for informing president of surveillance are under review, newspaper reports

(CNN) -- The release of further allegations of National Security Agency surveillance efforts caused the Spanish government to summon the U.S. ambassador Monday, and The Wall Street Journal reported that the White House ordered a halt to some eavesdropping on foreign leaders after learning of it this summer.

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Politics Mon, 28 Oct 2013 01:35:03 -0700
What Did GOP Win on Obamacare? Not Much http://theskanner.com/news/politics/20270-what-did-gop-win-on-obamacare-not-much-2013-10-17 http://theskanner.com/news/politics/20270-what-did-gop-win-on-obamacare-not-much-2013-10-17
Republicans won virtually no concessions on the law they hate most

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- After taking the country to the edge of default, Republicans won virtually no concessions on the law they hate most: Obamacare.

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Politics Thu, 17 Oct 2013 03:07:44 -0700