The National Assembly of Venezuela, in its final session before a neoliberal dominated opposition takes the helm of legislative power on January 5, passed one of the most progressive seed laws in the world on December 23, 2015; it was promptly signed into law by President Nicolas Maduro. On December 29, during his television show, “In Contact with Maduro, number 52,” Maduro said that the new seed law provides the conditions to produce food “under an agro-ecological model that respects the pacha mama (mother earth) and the right of our children to grow up healthy, eating healthy.” The law is a victory for the international movements for agroecology and food sovereignty because it bans transgenic (GMO) seed while protecting local seed from privatization. The law is also a product of direct participatory democracy –the people as legislator– in Venezuela, because it was hammered out through a deliberative partnership between members of the … [Read more...] about Venezuela Passes Law Banning GMOs, by Popular Demand
SRINAGAR — Despite rains and intense cold, hundreds of students from law school of Kashmir University on Thursday staged fresh protest outside the secretariat of the varsity’s vice chancellor, demanding final examinations be held in March.Reports said students from 6th semester LLB including from supplementary shift assembled outside the VC’s secretariat and staged the protest in support of their “genuine” demand. “A notification should be issued announcing examination in March,” the students said, reiterating that the authorities were unnecessarily rushing through the examination. “The authorities seem to be rushing through the examination but we request them to follow the proper schedule and hold the examinations in March so that we get proper time to prepare,” the students said.Students demand proper time to prepare to face examination with “relaxed mind rather than under duress.”The weather in Kashmir … [Read more...] about KU Law Students Continue Protests For March Exams
Opinion OCT. 3, 2018 Opinion The Senate Should Not Confirm Kavanaugh. Signed, 650+ Law Professors. The following letter will be presented to the United States Senate on Oct. 4. It will be updated as more signatures are received. Judicial temperament is one of the most important qualities of a judge. As the Congressional Research Service explains, a judge requires “a personality that is even-handed, unbiased, impartial, courteous yet firm, and dedicated to a process, not a result.” The concern for judicial temperament dates back to our founding; in Federalist 78, titled “Judges as Guardians of the Constitution,” Alexander Hamilton expressed the need for “the integrity and moderation of the judiciary.” We are law professors who teach, research and write about the judicial institutions of this country. Many of us appear in state and federal court, and our work means that we will continue to do so, including before the United … [Read more...] about The Senate Should Not Confirm Kavanaugh. Signed, 650+ Law Professors.
Curious Texas is an ongoing project from The Dallas Morning News that invites you to join in our reporting process. The idea is simple: You have questions, and our journalists are trained to track down answers.Thinking about blue laws took Sutton back to her days as a University of Texas student, when she went to stay with a friend in Rockwall for the Cotton Bowl. She remembers stopping at a liquor store that straddled the county lines, that was “kind of famous” then, she said. A line was drawn down the middle, and customers could only pay for liquor on one side — the “wet” side.“I wondered if these are still the blue laws being held over,” she said “It annoys me that I can't buy liquor on Sundays if I run out of champagne for mimosas. It feels like we legislate morality.”What is a 'blue law'?The Texas blue law, enacted in 1961 and repealed in 1985, prohibited the sale of 42 specific items on consecutive weekend days. Among the … [Read more...] about Do ‘blue laws’ still exist in the Lone Star State? Curious Texas investigates
Will Schmitt Springfield News-Leader Published 3:57 p.m. UTC Aug 8, 2018 Brian Budd was thinking about Kansas while waiting for election results at the Springfield Teamsters Local 445 on East Division Street on Tuesday night. Budd, who works at Timken Belts and is a local steelworkers union official, has seen data from his shop and a sister company in the Sunflower State. Wages are lower there because organized labor's power is diminished in Kansas, a "right-to-work" state, Budd said. "They start off at lower wages, and they don't get anywhere near us," Budd said. He had less to worry about later on primary day, when Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft's office showed about 63 percent of Missourians rejecting a law banning mandatory union dues, overturning a measure backed by more than 60 percent of the Missouri General Assembly in 2017. The vote totals were 385,767 no and 228,685 yes by 9:45 p.m. Tuesday, according to the website. Ballots in hundreds of precincts had yet … [Read more...] about Missouri ‘right-to-work’ law rejected by popular vote