Republican lawmakers in three states this week said they will introduce legislation that would require welfare recipients to undergo drug testing in order to receive benefits.
The Ohio State Senate held a second hearing Thursday night on a proposal to establish pilot drug-testing programs in three counties. Under the proposal, applicants would be required to submit a drug test if they disclose that they have used illegal substances. The proposal was first introduced in the spring, but pressure from opponents led Gov. John Kasich to squash the bill in May. read more
Jim DeMint has built a reputation as perhaps the Senate’s foremost small government champion. So, will he save taxpayers money by declining to cash in the roughly $37,000-per-year federal pension he’ll be in line to start receiving next year? He won’t say.
DeMint’s office hasn’t responded to multiple inquiries since Thursday from msnbc.com about whether he’ll accept his pension, now that he’s announced he’s leaving the Senate to run the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank. read more
First Lady Michelle Obama and former President Bill Clinton are going head-to-head in a competition for votes, but not the votes of the American people. These two are hoping to win over the Grammy voters.
Both the First Lady and former President Clinton have been nominated for a Grammy in the “Best Spoken Word Album” category, which features audio books. The First Lady’s nomination came for “American Grown,” while Clinton’s nod is for his book “Back to Work.” read more
Hundreds of union workers protested outside the Capitol in Lansing today. Inside, Republicans were pushing controversial anti-union legislation that would make Michigan the nation's 24th right-to-work state. The legislation would strip power from the state's labor movement, including the historic auto unions of Detroit. read more
Sen. Jim DeMint, perhaps the most prominent voice for the Tea Party in Congress, will step down to lead the Heritage Foundation, his office announced Thursday morning.
"I'm leaving the Senate now, but I'm not leaving the fight," DeMint, a South Carolina Republican, said in a statement. "I've decided to join The Heritage Foundation at a time when the conservative movement needs strong leadership in the battle of ideas." read more
A new poll has found first lady Michelle Obama would beat Republican Mark Kirk by 11 points in a face-off for his Illinois Senate seat if she were to run.
The first lady has said more than once that she is not interested in running for office, but her answer has varied from "absolutely not" to "probably not" within the same response. Still, her charm and popularity has fans speculating. read more