#AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – October 19 – The Supreme Court allowed Texas on Saturday to enforce its photo identification law at the polls in the upcoming elections, reaching the opposite conclusion from a similar Wisconsin case a week earlier, following last weeks refusal.
The order, coming two days before early voting is set to begin, completes a series of voting rights challenges that had come before the court on an emergency basis. The justices also upheld new restrictions on voting in North Carolina and Ohio that did not include photo ID requirements.
The order was not signed, but Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg filed a six-page dissent, joined by Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.
“The greatest threat to public confidence in elections in this case is the prospect of enforcing a purposefully discriminatory law, one that likely imposes an unconstitutional poll tax and risks denying the right to vote to hundreds of thousands of eligible voters,” Ginsburg said.
#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES (Cincinnati) – September 17- Schools across the region are using the opening weeks of classes to fine-tune their security procedures, but only one district — Kings in Warren County — has installed the latest advance to protect students if a shooter is in the building USA today reported.
It turns classrooms into safe – or at least safer — rooms, said Kings officials.
Dubbed the “Bearacade,” it was invented by a northern Ohio company after the 2012 shootings at Chardon High School that left three students dead and three injured.
Made of sturdy metal, the door block is a wedge that slides quickly under a classroom door, with a steel pin that inserts into a drilled hole in the floor, preventing the door from being opened from the outside.
“The Bearacade is another tool, another piece of the arsenal we give to our staff members to make the building safe,” said Steve Waldmann, business director for Kings, who pushed for the new device now installed in every district classroom.
#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES – House Speaker John Boehner reportedly insisted Tuesday there is no “conspiracy” to push an immigration bill through the House – but a top Democrat suggested not only is there a deal in the works, it’s an open secret.
The conflicting messages further blurred the status of immigration talks on Capitol Hill.
Boehner just two months ago appeared to slam the brakes on negotiations altogether, blaming the administration’s failure to enforce existing immigration laws.
But GOP leaders, including Boehner, have signalled lately they’re at least interested in bringing back a bill.
Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer, at an immigration event Monday in New York, went further and seemed to claim a bill is in the works.
(The Hill) – Boehner last week told a home-town Rotary Club in Ohio that many of his colleagues “take the path of least resistance” rather than make hard choices like confronting a broken immigration system.
“Here’s the attitude. ‘Ohhhh. Don’t make me do this. Ohhhh. This is too hard,’” Boehner said in a high-pitched voice, likening his fellow Republicans to a small child.
On Tuesday, meeting with Republicans after they returned from a two-week recess, Boehner told lawmakers it was just a little teasing.
“There was no mocking,” he told reporters at a press conference after the meeting. “You all know me. You tease the ones you love, alright?
But some people misunderstood what I had to say, and I wanted to make sure members understood that the biggest impediment we have to moving immigration reform is that the American people don’t trust the president to enforce or implement the law that we may or may not pass.
“I have said it here; it’s the truth, and the members know it’s the truth,” Boehner added.
The Speaker drew immediate criticism from conservatives in the conference, who suggested they didn’t take his remarks as a joke.
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#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES – Ohio April 23 (USNews) – U.S. Supreme Court justices heard arguments Tuesday about a lawsuit that seeks to kill an Ohio law criminalizing false political speech.
Justices are slated to rule on whether the case – brought by two advocacy groups claiming the law unconstitutionally makes state officials arbiters of political truth – can proceed, not whether the law is itself unconstitutional.
A federal district judge and a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit previously ruled the case, brought by the Susan B. Anthony List and the Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes, cannot proceed.
In 2010, the Susan B. Anthony List attempted to rent billboard space to accuse then-Rep. Steve Driehaus, D-Ohio, of voting for taxpayer-funded abortion as part of the President Barack Obama’s 2010 health care law.
The activists say that’s a factual assertion, but Driehaus accused the group of lying and filed a complaint with the Ohio Elections Commission.
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#AceWorldNews – OHIO – April 12 – (RT) – Ohio geologists have linked minor earthquakes in a rock formation underneath the Appalachians to Hydraulic fracturing, a first in the state. The finding has caused the state to offer new permit rules for some areas targeted for oil and gas development.
The state investigated five small quakes that occurred last month near Youngstown, finding the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, process of injecting water and sand into the Utica Shale put pressure on a small fault line, State Oil & Gas Chief Rick Simmers said. He added that the link was “probable,” according to AP http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ohio-regulators-link-seismic-activity-fracking
#AceWorldNews Ohio authorities have halted a fracking operation in following two quakes. Both the authorities and the operator say there is no evidence linking Hydraulic fracturing with the tremors, but in the past an Ohio well was closed for causing quakes.
The Ohio tremors were felt on Monday in Poland Township and the village of Lowellville near the Pennsylvania. The first 3.0 magnitude quake stroke at about 2:30am and was followed by a second 2.6 magnitude quake at 11:45am, the US Geological Survey reported.
Two smaller aftershocks were reported later in the day.
Following the quakes Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) ordered suspension of drilling operation at Carbon Limestone Landfill in Lowellville, local media reported. Texas-based Hilcorp Energy has about a dozen wells in the area and was performing horizontal drilling as part of fracking production of hydrocarbons.
“Out of an abundance of caution we notified the only oil and gas operator in the area, and ordered them to halt all operations until further assessment can take place,” Mark Bruce, ODNR public information officer, said in a statement. “ODNR is using all available resources to determine the exact circumstances surrounding this event and will take the appropriate actions necessary to protect public health and safety.”
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#AceWorldNews says Convicted Ohio killer Dennis McGuire became on Thursday the first prisoner put to death using a new lethal drug combo. US officials used intravenous doses of two drugs, the sedative midazolam and the painkiller hydromorphone, to put McGuire to death. Human rights activists accuse state authorities of testing poisons on people. Kara Gotsch, Director of National Programs at the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, discussed the controversial issue in an interview with the Voice of Russia today.