Category Archives: The Law

New York joins five other states in same-sex marriage

The New York Senate passed by 33-29 and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill that will grant same-sex couples the right to marry starting on July 24, 2011. Thus New York joins Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont Iowa, and Washington, D.C. in legalizing same-sex marriage. Continue reading

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Bad journalism? You decide (part two)

After I exposed you to a blunder from the Balkan press, here’s another gaffe, this time from the Connecticut press, a state that I have been covering for almost two years at ConnecticutPlus.com. Continue reading

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A government like a corporation and a corporation like a government

“Running government like a corporation/business” is a comparatively frequently encountered expression especially within the American society before elections take place. Some may buy on the idea, others never have and will probably never do so. I sincerely hope that the notion of being able to run government like a business – big or small – never takes roots and here are the reasons why: Continue reading

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How non-partisan is the Congressional Budget Office?

We all read, watch and listen to the news quoting the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) when it comes to the U.S. budget. Oftentimes we detect through our eyes or ears the word “non-partisan” before the name of the institution – a guarantee for transparency and equity both to reporters and other people in what’s going on with the federal government spending. How trustworthy are the team of economic and public policy analysts that comprise the CBO though? Is it a myth that it is non-partisan? Who appoints these experts? Continue reading

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British Petroleum and TransOcean on their own

April 20 will always be an unforgettable date in my mind. On this day, the Bulgarians rose against the Ottoman Empire to liberate themselves from its tyranny; Adolf Hitler was born; a friend of mine from high school was born; and now a massive explosion at the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 people, caused and is still causing panic as the quantity of millions of barrels of oil have been spilled in the ocean so far and keep spilling causing a natural catastrophe and depriving fishermen and shrimpers from conducting their businesses there. Continue reading

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Susan Bysiewicz out of the race for Connecticut Attorney General

As I said before, I am covering Connecticut politics for ConnecticutPlus.com. Yesterday, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled on unanimous decision that Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz does not meet the minimum statutory requirement (Conn. Gen. Stat. § 3-124) of at least ten years of active practice of the law to run for state Attorney General. Here’s a summary of how everything happened: Continue reading

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New York State government dysfunctional?

What’s happening in New York State politics? People of every background in and out of the Empire State who follow U.S. politics have been asking themselves this question for the last two years. It looks as if this is the most corrupt state in the country. Politicians are generally not revered anywhere in the world but how does it happen that most of the name recognized U.S. politicians caught in a big scandal for the last two years have been namely from New York? The list of New York politicians caught in a scandal has become quite long: former state Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno (R), former Governor Elliott Spitzer (D), Governor David Paterson (D), U.S. Representative Charles Rangel (D – 15th District), U.S. Representative Eric Massa (D  – 29th District), and last but not least, every single state Senator (remember the gridlock last summer). Part of the answer is that state regulations were too loose. Continue reading

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