Category Archives: Laws and Legal
7 Days to Have a Say!
If you’ve been keeping up with what bureaucrats in your federal government departments are up to, you know from daily readings of the Federal Register what’s happening now! Well, more accurately, you know some of what’s happening. In the last … Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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
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 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wants it repealed, if she is elected.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
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
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
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