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Senate & Assembly Had a Busy Week

With the end of the session looming, both houses had packed floor calendars this week that included several pieces of K-12 legislation.  This post examines bills that were passed on Tuesday, Feb. 615 more words

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Kuching, Malaysia: Rainy Day Wandering

So, it rained today. This is not shocking. It has rained at least once a day almost every day that I’ve been in Malaysia. It is rainy season after all…But this shouldn’t be a deterrent to visitors. 884 more words

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De Blasio Asks for at Least 7 Years of Mayoral Control of City Schools

ALBANY—As he testified on the state budget today, Mayor Bill de Blasio revisited one of last year’s biggest defeats: asking the State Legislature once again to grant him control of the city’s school system for at least seven years, if not permanently. 448 more words

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After Guilty Verdict, Sheldon Silver Vows to 'Continue the Legal Fight'

Despite a guilty verdict in his federal corruption trial, former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver today stuck with his long-standing mantra: he will be vindicated. Eventually. 401 more words


How Viagra Crushed a Little Pink House (Part II)

It has been more than a decade since the decision that approved a city’s taking of Susette Kelo’s home.  As stated in Part I, memories in Sacramento are short.   673 more words

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Doctor Says He Sent Patients to Sheldon Silver in Hopes of Getting Research Funds

A prominent doctor who cared for mesothelioma victims sent Sheldon Silver lucrative patient referrals for lawsuits with the hope of getting state grants for his research into a cure for the deadly disease, he testified today in during the corruption trial of the former Assembly speaker. 1,200 more words

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Sheldon Silver's Lawyer Spars With Assemblywoman on the Witness Stand

The first person to take the witness stand in the case against former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was one his colleagues: Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, who defended the now-disbanded, anti-corruption Moreland Commission and deemed a defense attorney’s questions about her husband’s finances “sexist.” 755 more words

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