Month: December 2018

New state laws for the new year: California limits gun rights, minimum wages increase

Several new state laws are set to take effect on New Year’s Day, including unprecedented minimum wage hikes, equal pay requirements and new abortion statutes — and in California, the legislation will curb gun rights, reduce criminal sentences and force publicly held corporations to elevate women to senior positions.

New Oregon laws take effect Jan. 1

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Oregon lawmakers passed more than 120 bills during the short legislative session this year. Some of the most noteworthy laws, on issues such as taxes and drug price transparency, have already taken effect. However, many other meas…

Elizabeth Warren drinks beer, gives 2020 thoughts in Instagram livestream

In a seemingly spontaneous livestream posted on Instagram that channeled similar social-media efforts by former Texas Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke and incoming New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren cracked open a beer on-camera and took some questions from her followers.

Donald Trump fumes over government shutdown standoff from Oval Office

President Trump rang in the new year Monday night in an unfamiliar holiday spot — the White House, where he has been holed up waiting in vain for congressional Democrats to make a deal to end the partial government shutdown. “I’m in the Oval Offi…

People are slashing tires on self-driving vehicles in Arizona

More than twenty driverless vehicles in Arizona have reportedly been vandalized in the last two years.As the prominence of self-driving cars grows in Waymo’s test market of Chandler, Ariz., a…

US military apologizes for New Year’s tweet about dropping bombs

The U.S. Strategic Command on Monday apologized for a New Year’s Eve tweet joking about dropping bombs.”#TimesSquare tradition rings in the #NewYear by dropping the big ball…if ever needed, we are #ready to drop…

Trump tax cut foiled by Virginia itemized deduction rule

Virginia lawmakers have a choice to make during the 2019 legislative session that starts next week: Take steps to change the state tax code or risk a $500 million-plus increase in their constituents’ state tax bills. Though most state taxpayers saw a t…