Law and Order/Legislation
Mark Sanford, current governor of South Carolina.

South Carolina House overturns veto of payday loan bill

On June 7, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford issued a veto of H.3790, a payday loan bill that would have extended the payment term of the standard loans to an untenable 120 days or more while still requiring the same fees. Furthermore, H.3790 would have eliminated unsecured loans in South Carolina and outlawed the common
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Legislation Set to Police Payday Loans and High-Cost Trades

The new legislation in motion Everything from simple payday loans to the most complex high-finance trades are set to fall under strict new rules by the government. Recently, the House passed new legislation set to police the financial industry. The goal of the move is to avoid repeating the same mistakes Wall Street made a
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Burlington Coat Factory Riot Breaks Out

Woman didn’t keep promise to buy clothes A word to the wise, people: If you’re ever out shopping and someone marches into the store and says she’ll pay for $500 worth of merchandise for everyone, remember that sometimes people lie. Furthermore, if this happens to you, please exercise further common sense by realizing that if
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Swastika-branding incident first to test new hate crimes law

The state of race relations between Navajo and Anglos in Farmington, N.M., may have hit low tide once more, thanks to the swastika-branding actions of three young men. According to Associated Press, the three white men attacked (after allegedly kidnapping) a mentally disabled 22-year-old Navajo man. They shaped a coat hanger into a swastika, heated
Photo of golfer Lana Lawless with her women's long drive championship trophy.

Transgender golfer Lana Lawless suing LPGA over gender rule

The Associated Press reports that Lana Lawless, a 57-year-old who elected to undergo gender reassignment surgery in 2005, has filed a lawsuit against the Ladies’ Professional Golf Association (LPGA). The case before the U.S. District Court in San Francisco addresses the legality of the LPGA’s rule that all golfers must be “female at birth.” Lawless
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano

Arizona immigration law slammed by Napolitano, others

Ever since the Arizona immigration law was signed by Governor Jan Brewer, condemnations have been pouring in.  The law has been pilloried by the President, and recently, Meghan McCain, Janet Napolitano and the Government of Mexico.  While the debate for now is over the methods, something has to be done about the issue.  Arizona as

Glock is weapon of choice for military, police and mass murderers

The Glock-19 is an Austrian-made semi-automatic pistol preferred by the military and most police departments. The Glock-19, the weapon of choice for Arizona shooter Jared Lee Loughner, accommodates an extended magazine that can carry up to 33 rounds. A Clinton-era law banning Glocks with extended magazines was allowed to expire by Congress in 2004. The

EA Madden Monopoly Bleeds Gamers For Nearly $1 Trillion

So claims a lawsuit by gamers I enjoy playing video games. I’ve gone through stages in my life where I’ve alternated between being an avid player who couldn’t wait to get his hands on the latest and the greatest of any genre of game and the specialist who will only touch certain game types. I’ve
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Is Halliburton to blame for Gulf disaster?

As the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico continues to spread, allegations are coming to light that this may be the Halliburton oil spill. BP has claimed responsibility for paying for the oil spill cleanup, and Transocean was operating the oil drilling platform – but both may now be looking to Halliburton for oil
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Soft drink tax: Colorado lawmakers may repeal after one year

In March of 2010, Colorado consumers began paying a tax on sugary products, commonly referred to as the soft drink tax. This soft drink tax, in Colorado, equaled an additional 2.9 percent cost. Now, some lawmakers are trying to repeal the Colorado soft drink tax. The soft drink tax in Colorado In March of 2010,
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Three congressional bills trying to weaken the CFPB

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is set to launch in the next few months. Despite strong consumer support, three new House bills are attempting to weaken the CFPB. The House Financial Services Committee has approved these bills, but they have not yet become law. Current status of the CFPB The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was
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Kingston Jamaica declares monthlong state of emergency

In Kingston, Jamaica, an outbreak of violence connected to a drug cartel has led to officials declaring a monthlong state of emergency. The unrest started when the U.S. State Department requested the extradition of Christopher “Dudus” Coke. Some are pointing to the unrest as proof of government corruption. Others are saying this situation is a

Groups after anchor babies attacking jus soli doctrine

Currently, there is a group of state level legislators trying to keep “anchor babies” from becoming citizens. Some parties would like to see the doctrine of “jus soli,” or “right of the soil,” thrown out altogether. Jus soli is a fundamental of citizenship law in the United States and many other nations. Right of the
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Lawmakers seek to curb spate of debt collection arrest warrants

The use of debt collection arrest warrants has mushroomed since the financial crisis. People often assume that the debtors prison is ancient history and they can’t be arrested for not paying a debt. But more than a third of U.S. states have laws that allow the debt collection industry to obtain arrest warrants to recoup
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Wisconsin passes payday lending regulations

After deliberations of some time, Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle signed the bill that put further regulations on payday lending in Wisconsin.  There are a bevy of new rules regarding Wisconsin payday lenders, but most significant is the outlawing of title loans in the state.  The bill also contained regulatory statutes for other industries, including dairy

Open carry states | Have gun, will buy frappuccino

“I don’t carry a gun to kill people. I carry a gun to keep from being killed.” From “Why I Carry a Gun,” author unknown Gun control is a controversial issue in America, and the current legal case over whether Chicagoans should have the right to carry handguns in public has fanned the flames for
A dog looking up at its owner with happiness and expectation. How is it that the U.S. Supreme Court can hold that animal cruelty is illegal, yet rule that the First Amendment and freedom of speech may protect animal cruelty videos?

Supreme Court rules free speech allows animal cruelty videos

In an 8-to-1 vote, the United States Supreme Court has struck down a 1999 animal cruelty law, paving the way for animal cruelty videos to fall under the blanket of First Amendment freedom of speech protection, which includes everything from criticizing the government to extolling the utility of payday loans. Reuters reports that the previous