*Rep. Jason Chaffetz introduced a bill that would limit the NLRB’s authority to file lawsuits against states on its own, and instead put the NLRB in the same category as other federal agencies and require the DOJ to litigate matters for the agency only after the U.S. attorney general makes the ultimate decision to move forward. (SL Trib) The bill is meant to intimidate the NLRB in response to the NLRB intimidating Utah with a threat to sue last January after Utah amended its Constitution to guarantee workers the right to a secret ballot in union elections. The NLRB is a big bunch of bullies.
*A Texas federal judge on Thursday banned public prayer and certain religious words, specifically “join in prayer,” “bow their heads,” “amen,” and “prayer”, from a high school graduation ceremony. (Fox News) The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals overruled the wayward judge a day later. (Fox News) Why are we STILL litigating these issues?
*In a new twist on Sarah Palin news, legitimate scholars are backing up Palin’s widely mocked version of Paul Revere warning the British during his 1775 ride. (Boston Herald) They don’t, however, agree that Revere made it all the way to Alaska that night. Or that Russians were involved.
*And the best story I’ve seen in awhile: a homeowner in Florida foreclosed on a Bank of America branch when it failed to pay court-ordered attorney’s fees after the bank wrongfully foreclosed on the homeowner who had purchased the house with cash. (Distriad.com After an hour of padlocked doors and movers instructed to take away all the desks, computers and cash in the drawers, the branch manager handed over a check. Pure justice.
*Leah Carson pled guilty today to making a false statement by an unemployment compensation agent, a misdemeanor, for her role in releasing a list of 1,300 purported illegal immigrants last year. (Wash Post) She will serve one year probation and pay a $440 fine. Paltry consequence for a crime of such malignant ill-will.
*Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon is asking the county council to put a new bond measure on the ballot this fall, which will inevitably result in a property tax increase. (KCPW) Really? More debt and higher taxes for parks? It’s like he has his head in the sand or something.
*Utah Data Points finds that Democrats will likely lose 2 seats in the Utah House and 1 seat in the Senate as a result of stagnant population growth in Democrat-majority districts. (Utah Data Points) Utah Dems are NOT going to like that.
*Huntsman received some harsh criticism from the bellweather state for his decision to skip Iowa. (ABC News)
*Rep. Jason Chaffetz is sponsoring legislation that attempts to reduce the size of the federal workforce by 10 percent over the next four years. (Daily Caller) The bill requires that only 1 new federal employee be hired for every three that retire. Really, we have to legislate this common sense management?
*Rory Reid, failed Democrat gubernatorial candidate in Nevada, agreed to personally pay a $25,000 fine for violating campaign finance laws by creating more than 90 shell organizations to funnel money through to his campaign. (Political WIre) I wonder where he got that idea.
*The Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of a California law that allows in-state “resident” tuition rates for illegal aliens, similar to the federal DREAM Act. (Fox News) It also sent a case back to the 3rd Circuit for review, after the court had struck down a Pennsylvania town’s law that revoked the business license of a company hiring illegal aliens. (Citizens Voice)
*And finally, a story that belongs on the bottom. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) has finally admitted to taking a lewd picture of himself and sending it a college coed over Twitter, a fact that Twitterverse has known for a week now. (The Hill) Unsurprisingly, Rep. Weiner doesn’t consider his conduct, which, by the way, was not his first instance of lewd picture sharing, to require his resignation. I’m just glad this whole fiasco will finally shrink and fizzle out.