Proposal: No Food Stamps If You Don’t Work or Volunteer

Jan 13, 2014, 2:18 pm EST

A Republican congressman is looking to pass a bill that would limit food stamps to able-bodied adults who work or volunteer. Source: mailto:letters@investorplace.com

The congressman called on Congress Sunday for the bill as the welfare program continues to grow, now with over 47 million people.  The proposal would require able-bodied adults to work or volunteer in order to qualify for food stamps. Disabled people, children and seniors would be excluded from the plan.

While many people would be in favor of the bill, some believe that it’s a terrible idea. Republican Chris Van Hollen said that many of the households that receive food stamps are working households and the bill would cut billions from the program over the next decade. Read 

Bill Looks to Ban Food Stamps at Your Local Colorado Pot Shop

Jan 10, 2014, 4:27 pm EST

Colorado lawmakers are making sure that people can’t use food stamps or public assistance payments to buy legal marijuana. Source: Flickr

Republicans proposed a bill this week that prohibits recipients of public assistance payments and food stamps can’t use their electronic benefit cards for cash in certain places. These include liquor stores, gun shops, casinos and now marijuana dispensaries because it wouldn’t be a good use of taxpayer money.

The legalization of cannabis for recreational use began Jan. 1 in Colorado but officials want to make sure that food stamps are not used for legal marijuana with the bill. Senate Bill 37 would follow federal law by banning public EBT use at adult-oriented entertainment establishments. Read 

Insane Clown Posse Sues FBI Over Juggalos Gang Label

Jan 9, 2014, 10:57 am EST

Insane Clown Posse is suing the Department of Justice and the FBI. Source: mailto:letters@investorplace.com

Insane Clown Posse and the ACLU are suing the two organizations because they have labelled the groups fans, called Juggalos, as a gang. According to the the ACLU, this label has caused some of the band’s fans to be denied jobs. One Juggalo claims that he couldn’t join the military because the band’s logo, a hatchet man, was viewed as a gang symbol, reports The Chicago Tribune.

The lawsuit claims that the Department of Justice and the FBI violated the First Amendment rights of Juggalos and that they collected information on Insane Clown Posse’s fans without suspicion of criminal activity, The Tribune notes. Read 

Same-Sex Marriage Will NOT Be Recognized by Utah

Jan 9, 2014, 10:13 am EST

On Wednesday the Utah governor’s office said that same-sex marriage licenses issued after a federal court overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriages last month are essentially stuck in limbo. Source: Flickr

The ruling stunned state officials, who sought to halt same-sex marriages while Utah appeals the decision. The U.S. Supreme Court granted the state a stay, stopping the issuance of any more licenses for same-sex marriage, while the appeals work their way through the courts, the New York Times notes.

About 1,300 couples have received same-sex marriage licenses since the federal court judge struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision, the legal status of those marriages has been in question. Read 

5 Things to Know About Chris Christie Aid Bridget Anne Kelly

Jan 9, 2014, 9:39 am EST

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has long been considered a rising star in the GOP. Now, his path to the 2016 Republican presidential nomination is in jeopardy after one of his aides has been tied to a scheme to snarl traffic on the George Washington Bridge for political reasons.

Electronic communications between Christie aide Bridget Anne Kelly and a Port Authority of New York and New Jersey official, obtained by local newspapers, indicate that two conspired to close all but one traffic lane coming off the iconic bridge in a deliberate effort to cause massive traffic jams in Fort Lee, N.J. The mayor of that town had not endorsed Christie in his bid to win reelection as governor and the move was political payback, the Star-Ledger notes.

In an August email, Bridget Anne Kelly wrote “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.” The lane closures commenced less than a month later. Read 

Unemployment Extension Wins Key Senate Vote

Jan 8, 2014, 2:00 pm EST

The unemployment extension that expired a week ago won a key Senate vote on Tuesday. Source: mailto:letters@investorplace.com

The U.S. Senate passed the unemployment extension, which affects 1.3 million Americans, with a vote of 60 to 37. The Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) has been the subject of debate between Republicans and Democrats. Democrats wanted to extend the EUC, but Republicans argued agasint extending a program that cost $25 billion a year, reports the Detroit Free Press.

“Extending unemployment benefits will provide relief for now, but this is just another short-term fix,” Terri Lynn Land, who may be the Democratic party’s nominee for U.S. Senate, told the Detroit Free Press. Read 

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