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- Once consequence of the California ballot initiative that would eliminate the death penalty in that state is that it would also eliminate much of the state funding for lawyers who represent death row inmates, since these inmates will no longer exist.
- The Fifth Circuit upheld an open meeting law which, among other things, prevents local lawmakers from discussing legislative business over email.
- Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman’s attorney will speak at a gun rights convention this weekend.
- The National Republican Senatorial Committee drops another $700,000 to try to elect Indiana U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, who believes Social Security and Medicare are unconstitutional.
- And, finally, Washington state supreme court Justice Tom Chambers wants to know if anti-tax advocates can force new tax increases to be approved by Santa Claus — and it’s actually a pretty good question.