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Posted by David Laska on August 26, 2013
photo illustration by: Todd Wiseman

Kansas and Arizona are suing the federal government over the feds’ refusal to allow those two states to institute voter ID laws that conflict with federal law. The lawsuit asks the federal government to modify its voter registration form in those states to allow for proof of citizenship. Currently, the federal voter registration form only requires prospective voters to verbally declare that they are citizens.

Posted by Dominic Carter on August 16, 2013
PATH Idaho

Proud, Happy, Humbled, Energized, and Thankful. All because of a Foster Care Agency Conference.

To say that I was honored to be the Keynote Speaker at the first Annual Foster Care Conference for a prominent organization titled PATH-Idaho would be the understatement of the year.

In Boise, on a picture-perfect weather day with the scenic mountains as a backdrop, and on a Saturday morning none-the-less when most people are home relaxing, (August 10th) Foster Care was the subject of this well attended conference, titled: "Great Challenges Make Great Kids."

Posted by Dominic Carter on August 12, 2013

Flabbergasted after yet another former sexting partner for Anthony Weiner has gone public recently, "his campaign is on life support" was perhaps the most sympathetic and honest assessment I could initially offer on television.

Posted by Tania Fuentez on August 7, 2013
CAST OF 'ILUMINATE' SHINES AT NEW WORLD STAGES

If there's any theatrical performance offering more bang for your buck this summer, 'iLuminate: Artist of Light' easily wins that coveted award. Returning to New York City, the original production is not to be missed with a spectacular mix of music, moves and artistic majesty. Adjust your vision as darkness fills the room and direct full attention to the stage. Then, prepare to be amazed for 55 fully charged minutes.

Posted by David Laska on July 24, 2013
Spike Lee

Spike Lee is making a new movie. That wouldn’t raise eyebrows if it weren’t for the method of funding Spike has chosen for the project: he’s “crowdsourcing:” asking the general public to give him $1.25 million.

So why is a man whose last film made $186 million, who himself is worth an estimated $40 million, asking average folks to fund his project? It’s a good question, and it raises a few others.

Posted by Kevin Stump on July 16, 2013
Photo credit: iStock

(New York City, NY) – Rates on subsidized Stafford student loans doubled on July 1st because Congress could not come up with an agreed upon solution. The House of Representatives passed a bad deal for students and the Senate passed no deal at all.

Sound familiar? That’s because it is. We had this fight just last year because the law that Congress passed in 2007 to incrementally lower interest rates on subsidized Stafford student loans — from 6.8% in 2008 down to 3.4% in 2011— was set to expire (and therefore double rates!) on July 1st of 2012.

Posted by Dominic Carter on July 9, 2013
Christine Quinn

I sat down recently to interview the speaker of the New York City Council, Christine Quinn, for our candidate profiles on RNN-TV.

I couldn't help but think about when one looks at group shots of all the candidates running for mayor of New York City, Quinn stands out. All you see are a lot of men. Quinn is the only woman.

Posted by David Laska on June 28, 2013
Photo credit: Business Law News

New York City just became the largest city in America to pass mandatory paid sick leave for employees. That means that every employer in the City has to compensate their employees when they’re home sick – whether they can afford to or not.

It sounds like a nice idea. It’s not. And as states and municipalities around the country consider similar legislation, it’s worth taking a critical look at the policy.

Posted by David Laska on June 26, 2013
Photo Credit: Crains New York

For Andrew Cuomo, the 2013 legislative session can best be summed up in four words: all politics, no substance.

The pressing issues of jobs, economic growth and Albany's Culture of Corruption went totally unaddressed.

Posted by RFL Staff on June 26, 2013
X FActor

On June 24, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States decided the case of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, 11-345. The case involved Abigail Noel Fisher, who sued the University of Texas after her college application was rejected. She claimed her application was rejected because she is white and that she was being treated differently than some less-qualified minority students who were accepted.

On the website for the University of Texas at Austin, the Office of Admissions lists its mission:

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