• Regulating Rideshare: Uber & Lyft in Austin, TX
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    Regulating Rideshare: Uber & Lyft in Austin, TX

    I moved my family to Austin in 2000. The population since we got here has doubled. Austin has, for the size of the city, one of the most mediocre transit systems in America. Traditionally, regulation has been put in place for all the best of intentions. I’ve been a Council Member since January of 2015. My concern was getting in and saying, look, let’s get some technical solutions to fixing the traffic congestion. It’s meant to lower prices or offer us more choices or provide higher quality goods or solve information problems. But instead the new City Council chose to focus on Uber and Lyft. When Uber and Lyft first…

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    Brexit: UK lawmakers back Brady amendment

    BACK TO YOU.>>WOW, ASHLEY, THANK YOU. CONNELL: LET’S TALK A LITTLE MORE ABOUT THIS, ANTHONY GARDNER FORMER U.S. AMBASSADOR TO THE EUROPEAN UNION. WE’LL FOCUS, AMBASSADOR ON THAT BRADY AMENDMENT. THERESA MAY WILL GO TO BRUSSELS, ESSENTIALLY MAKE THE ARGUMENT I SUPPOSE WE HAD A DEAL ON THE BORDER BETWEEN THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND, NORTHERN IRELAND, WE HAVE A SOFT BORDER IN PLACE, ESSENTIALLY CROSS WITHOUT ISSUE, NOW WE WANT TO RENEGOTIATE THAT. WHAT HAPPENS?>>IT IS PRETTY INCOHERENT MESSAGE. I DON’T THINK PARLIAMENT HAS SPOKEN THAT YES, WE WANT A DEAL BUT STRIP OUT ALL THE BACKSTOPS NEGOTIATED PAINSTAKINGLY FOR A HONK TIME. IT DOESN’T MAKE CLEAR WITH ALTERNATIVE ARRANGEMENTS…

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    Can Cities Sue Oil Companies for Climate Change? [POLICYbrief]

    A large number of municipalities, counties, and even one state have recently sued the oil companies, some coal companies, some gas companies, all essentially parts of the fossil fuel industry saying two things. One, that you knew when you were marketing these products back in the 1960s and 1970s, and into the 1980s, that the effects of climate change would follow upon their use. And second, you didn’t tell anybody. The public nuisance lawsuits in climate change started around 2017 when you started seeing municipalities bring lawsuits against oil companies to hold companies liable under novel theories of public nuisance claims. Private nuisance is brought by a private plaintiff as…

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    Kellyanne Conway Claims It Is Unconstitutional To Embarrass Trump

    Kellyanne Conway is many things but a legal scholar. She certainly is not. This past weekend during an appearance on Fox News, Sunway, ah, Sunday, Kellyanne Conway made the following statement about what is apparently, at least according to her in the constitution, here it is, [tear on impeachment. What does he think about those in the house pursuing it? Complete nonsense. Even Jerry now said, oh impeachment is just a term. This is a process. They can’t even, they need to get a messaging meeting and they need to read the constitution. The Democratic Party are we seeing American? The congress work for you. They work for you and…

  • Mayor Patrick McGrady Statement on Charter Amendment Petition Drive
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    Mayor Patrick McGrady Statement on Charter Amendment Petition Drive

    Hi there– I’m Patrick McGrady, the Mayor of Aberdeen, and I’m coming to you today with an update on the Petition Drive to bring to referendum the Charter Amendments passed by the Aberdeen City Council on May 8th, 2017. To get up to date on the changes made and how we got to here, you can go to www.aberdeenpetition.com. First, let me say how proud I am of the response from our community to push to bring this charter amendment to referendum. Community involvement is the only way that we can achieve the kinds of changes we want to see in Aberdeen– we want a stronger community that’s attractive to…

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    Sen. Jeanne Shaheen on Sexual Assault Survivors Rights Act, Afghan Special Immigrant Visa program

    [MUSIC PLAYING] KATIE COURIC: Hi, everyone. I’m Katie Couric and this is Yahoo News Now. More details are emerging about Ahmad Khan Rahani, the 28-year-old man suspected in the bombings in Manhattan and the Jersey Shore. He is currently in custody and law enforcement sources say he is not cooperating. We’ve learned he traveled to Afghanistan and Pakistan several times in recent years and that he had written about a Muslim cleric who inspired the Boston bombers. His case is also reigniting an already heated debate on the campaign trail about immigration and protecting the homeland from these kinds of threats. Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire is with us…

  • Why Joe Biden and  x27 . s flip flop on the Hyde Amendment matters   Politics
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    Why Joe Biden and x27 . s flip flop on the Hyde Amendment matters Politics

    Why Joe Biden and x27 . s flip flop on the Hyde Amendment matters Politics “If I believe health care is a right, as I do, I can no longer support an amendment that makes that right dependent on someones ZIP code,” Biden told a cheering crowd at a Democratic National Committee event in Atlanta. , in essence, bans federal dollars from being used on abortion services. Which, on its face, is fine! And smart, politically speaking! Politicians are or sthhould be allowed to evolve over the years changing or altering positions based on new information. And given the current attempts in Republican controlled state governments from Missouri to Alabama…

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    Can Fake News Be Regulated? [POLICYbrief]

    In 1898, that’s a long time ago, Spanish-American War was started by newspapers crying, “Remember the Maine!” The Maine was an American ship that exploded in Havana Harbor and the newspapers quickly, particularly the New York World, started pushing article saying, “We need to have a war with Spain over this. Remember the Maine, they blew it up.” That was utterly fake news. It wasn’t true and it led to a war. So, fake news is not a new thing. The First Amendment does not allow the government to regulate what companies or people, social media sites, or newspapers, or television stations, doesn’t give them the authority to tell them…

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    Legislative District 12 – 2018 Primary Election Debate

    – Good evening and thank you for attending. My name is Leslie Kane and I’ll be the moderator for this evening’s debate. Before we begin please silence all phones and electronic devices. And additionally, please refrain from any interruptions to the debate, as it is being recorded for on-demand viewing and post captioning services. The Clean Elections, the Citizen Clean Elections Commission is the sponsor for this evening’s event. The Clean Elections Act is a campaign finance reform and public education measure initiated by Arizona citizens and passed by voters in 1998. The system provides clean funding for qualified participating candidates who agree to abide by the Clean Elections Act…