July 17, 2015 |
Former President Bill Clinton told the NAACP convention here Wednesday that he was wrong to sign a law that resulted in mass incarcerations of nonviolent drug offenders, a day after President Obama called for changes to laws that have filled prisons with minorities over the last two decades. Appearing on the final day of the civil rights group's annual meeting, Clinton spoke with contrition. "I signed a bill that made the problem worse, and I want to admit it," he said. The law so severely toughened federal sentences, and set a tone for state courts to follow, that prisons swelled - with disproportionate numbers of African American and Latino inmates, Clinton said.
November 10, 2011 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Hoping to avert a costly legal battle over whether New Jerseyans should be able to bet on sports, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. said he would introduce a bill Monday giving the state an exemption from a federal ban on sports betting. Pallone, a Democrat in the GOP-led House, said his bill would take effect immediately upon passage. How likely it is to get through Congress remains to be seen. It would represent the most direct path to approving sports betting in New Jersey.
March 31, 1995 |
A federal court judge yesterday ordered the state to make it easier for citizens to register to vote. The federal government sued the state for not implementing the federal "motor voter" law, which requires states to let citizens register to vote when they apply for driver's licenses, welfare and many other public services. The state opposed the law, arguing that it was unconstitutional for the federal government to order a state to implement the law. Bob Gentzel, a spokesman for Attorney General Ernie Preate, said the state also was concerned about a segment of the law that would stop the state from purging voters who hadn't voted in 2 1/2 years.
February 2, 1995 |
Pennsylvania yesterday drew another line in the sand in its fight with Washington over the motor-voter act when a Senate panel approved legislation that would circumvent a major provision of the federal law. By a 6-4 party-line vote, the Republican-led State Government Committee sent to the full Senate a bill that would not change state law on purging voters from registration rolls if they fail to vote in five straight elections. The federal law disallows voters to be dropped from the rolls, except when they die or move.
January 13, 2012 |
They met at a birthday party in 1990, were instantly smitten, and, after years of transatlantic romancing, got married in California in 2008. Today, they have four adopted children, ages 6 to 11, and a comfortable home in Harrisburg. But a sword of Damocles hangs over the couple, only one of whom is an American citizen. The other is French, and vulnerable to deportation. Under federal immigration law, married binational couples usually can fix this precarious situation with a family reunification petition, seeking a green card for the foreign-born spouse.
June 25, 2016 |
Chaka Fattah resigned his U.S. House seat effective immediately Thursday, a day after Republican leaders balked at his plan to remain in Congress for three months following his conviction on federal corruption charges. In a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan, the Philadelphia Democrat wrote that he had hoped to resign Oct. 3 - a day before his sentencing - to ensure an orderly transition. "However, out of respect for the entire House leadership, and so as not to cause a distraction from the House's work for the people, I have changed my effective date," the letter said.
July 23, 2012 |
When her daughter Kelly joined the field hockey team at New Hope-Solebury High School in 2006, Chris Flynn noticed the field. The surface was dirt and dead grass. No restrooms, no scoreboard, no place to sit. A few hundred yards away stood the boys' gleaming stadium field, with lighting, bleachers, restrooms, even a concession stand. Flynn did not understand why girls' teams couldn't use that field, especially when there were no scheduling conflicts and it sat empty. That started her on a six-year struggle to level the playing field for girl athletes.
September 19, 2013 |
New Jersey lost another round to legalize sports betting in the state Tuesday when a federal appeals court decided the state law allowing it is trumped by federal law. Gov. Christie and lawmakers have been pushing for legalized sports gambling to revive the struggling casino industry. Legalized sports betting would allow betting on professional and college sporting events. In 2011, voters approved the New Jersey Sports Wagering Law, which was signed into law last year, but not implemented.
April 20, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - How it affects children will be one factor the Justice Department weighs as it determines how to respond to the legalization of marijuana in Washington state and Colorado, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. told Congress on Thursday. "I think among the kinds of things we will have to consider is the impact on children," along with factors such as violence connected to trafficking and organized crime, Holder told a House Appropriations subcommittee. He commented in response to questions about ballot initiatives legalizing the drug.
February 19, 2016 |
Lawyers for professional sports leagues and the State of New Jersey clashed in oral arguments Wednesday before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in a case that could decide the fate of a years-long effort by New Jersey to institute sports betting. The case features two of the nation's top legal guns, Paul Clement, who represented the sports leagues, and Theodore Olson, who argued on behalf of New Jersey. Both served at different times as U.S. solicitor general under President George W. Bush.