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Bill to require more transparency in ballot measure advertising moves forward
Northwest Progressive Institute Official Blog (blog)February 1, 2012

HB 2499 would require advertising for or against ballot measures in Washington to include the name and address of the entity paying for the advertising; entities that are political committees would also have to disclose the names of their top five ...more »

PBA of NYS approves contract
Albany Times Union (blog)February 1, 2012

the Police Benevolent Association of New York State, the union that inherited the mantle of the law enforcement unit of Council 82, has ratified a proposed contract, 965 to 36. The union was created in part due to deep dissatisfaction with the initial ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Delegation comprising French senators complaining to Constitutional Court of ...
APAFebruary 3, 2012

Turkey said that Azerbaijan played a significant role in French senators' appeal to the French Constitutional Council in abolition of the abovementioned draft law. The Republic of Azerbaijan completely continues its efforts for the abolition of this ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Peoria sergeant's post of Obama photo leads to debate
Tucson CitizenFebruary 5, 2012

05, 2012, under Arizona Republic News Constitutional-law attorneys and free-speech advocates are divided over whether a northwest Valley police sergeant was within his First Amendment right to post a Facebook photo showing a T-shirt with President ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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Assistant Director (Associate Director of Web & New Media Strategies)
Animation World NetworkFebruary 3, 2012

... actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, gender, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, national origin, ...more »

Native Americans
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Harvard Targeted in U.S. Asian-American Discrimination Probe
BloombergFebruary 2, 2012

The US Education Department is probing complaints that Harvard University and Princeton University discriminate against Asian-Americans in undergraduate admissions. The department's Office for Civil Rights is investigating a complaint it received in ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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UT State Senate Committee Tables Anti-Discrimination Bill Because It Included ...
QueertyFebruary 7, 2012

Ben McAdams, a statewide workplace anti-discrimination law that included language protecting the LGBT community. The committee voted to table the measure 4-2, because some members worried the law would impinge upon employers' rights.more »

Eminent Domain
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Broome seeks to regain former library building
Ithaca JournalFebruary 22, 2012

What: Broome County Industrial Development Agency will hold a public hearing to discuss and solicit comments on a proposal to acquire the Broome Public Library building (78 Exchange St., Binghamton) and three adjacent properties through eminent domain.more »

Sexual Harassment
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Sexual harassment lawsuit field against Vicksburg mayor
WLBT-TVFebruary 1, 2012

By Dennis Smith - bio | email The former Chief of Staff of the Mayor of Vicksburg has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit today against mayor Paul Winfield. Kenya Banks alleges that she and Winfield were engaged in a sexual relationship which she wanted ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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EU regulators want Google to halt new privacy policy
ReutersFebruary 3, 2012

On Thursday, EPIC also filed a Freedom of Information Act request demanding that Google release its annual privacy audit. "Google promises access to the world's information, but it has not made available to the public the report it submitted to the ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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No decision on cell phones in Supreme Court GPS tracking case
Daily SundialFebruary 5, 2012

According to the majority opinion written by Justice Antonin Scalia, police violated Antoine Jones' Fourth Amendment right against illegal search and seizure by placing the GPS device on his car without a warrant. “The Government physically occupied ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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Michigan county handling of HIV criminal case suggests state law was ...
The American IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

It should be noted that state confidentiality laws play a role in our ability to access certain data. But based on what the local and state health departments have told us, charges against the man appear to be based entirely on his confession to ...more »


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