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- The Michigan Supreme Court may strike down a law taxing pensions on the grounds that it is an unconstitutional progressive tax. A problem which raises the important question: who thought it was a good idea to put a ban on progressive income taxes in the state’s constitution?
- After Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) comes under fire for his government reform commission’s secret meetings, McDonnell backs down and agrees to comply with the state’s public meeting law.
- Spain’s legislature votes to write a deficit cap into its constitution.
- A federal judge in Ohio enjoined a new state law that makes it more difficult for third parties to qualify for the ballot.
- Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) openly admits that he is blocking Consumer Financial Protection Bureau nominee Richard Cordray purely to extract policy concessions from President Obama.
- And, finally, a friendly note to reporters: when you report on a judicial argument, please focus on what the judges said — not what the lawyers said. The judges’ opinions are the ones that actually matter.