Category Archives: Laws and Legal

New Jail Proposition on April 2018 Ballot

Benton County voters will soon have opportunity to approve a proposal for construction of a long-awaited and desperately-needed new jail, or to reject it for a second time, keeping the status quo which for health, safety and security reasons is unacceptable. The 162-year old building has been the subject of … Continue reading

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Small Business Victory

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) is celebrating an important victory for small business: the August 31, 2017 permanent injunction ordered by U.S. District Court Judge Amos Mazzant against the Overtime Final Rule published by the Obama Administration’s Department … Continue reading

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January 20, 2017 and the Next 100 Days

NPR  on November 9 published promises the then future President-Elect Donald Trump made to America during his speech in Gettysburg, Pa. in late October this year. Trump said he will: FIRST, propose a Constitutional Amendment to impose term limits on all members … Continue reading

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October 2016 – House Report on ISIS Threat in the U.S.

FBI Director Comey, speaking to the National Association of Attorneys General in February 2015 said that “… I have homegrown violent extremist investigations in every single state…we have investigations of people in various stages of radicalizing in all 50 states.” On … Continue reading

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The Internet – Transferred or Transformed?

The late Dr. Jonathan B. Postel was an American credited with creating the internet, and for administering the original numbering system under the Internet Assignment of Numbers Authority (IANA). In a tribute to his work on the tenth anniversary of his death, … Continue reading

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Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, but Life is not Guaranteed

The Hyde Amendment, in effect with bipartisan support since 1976, prohibits payments for abortions from federal funds, specifically, from Medicaid. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wants it repealed, if she is elected. The 2016 Democratic Platform states in part, on … Continue reading

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Recreational Marijuana – No; Medical – Maybe

The Missouri Recreational Marijuana Legalization Initiative  will not be on the November 8, 2016 general election ballot. Petitioners failed to gather the required minimum number of signatures – 157,788, by the May 8, 2016 deadline. Voter initiatives require a number of signatures … Continue reading

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Caution – Turtle Crossing

Google search returned 580,000 responses to the question “Why did the turtle cross the road?” but it is not at all about jokes looking for punchlines. In fact, female turtles in early summer are often on a mission to return to their … Continue reading

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Identity Theft, the IRS and You

Online filers of federal or state income tax increasingly are at risk of losing their refunds because of rampant and sophisticated identity thieves. Several case scenarios find an individual filing a return but rather than finding the expected refund in … Continue reading

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A new jail for Benton County, Mo. (?)

This writer first highlighted the sorry state of the Benton County, Mo. jail in November 2014 in another [currently inactive] blogsite (that may someday be revived). The article, including photos taken at the time: History is Rich, Conditions are Poor at Benton County, Mo. … Continue reading

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