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Georgia Reps: Time to Revoke 17th Amendment

Scrap the direct election of senators, they say

(Newser) - GOP state representatives in Georgia say it's time to end direct elections of national senators, the Douglas County Sentinel reports. Instead, state assemblies should pick senators, as it was before the 17th amendment, says Kevin Cooke, a sponsor of a bill calling on Congress to take action. "This... More »

NY State Assembly OKs Gay-Marriage Bill

Some change vote from 2007; bill heads to Senate

(Newser) - The New York State Assembly passed a measure last night legalizing gay marriage, setting up a heated battle to the state senate. The 89-52 vote saw several lawmakers who voted against gay marriage in 2007 change sides, the New York Times reports. “That vote just never felt right to... More »

Paterson to Push for Gay Marriage

But bill's passage through the NY legislature is not certain

(Newser) - Gov. David Paterson plans to introduce a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, the New York Times reports, doing so without the customary cultivation of legislative support in the wake of laws legalizing gay unions in Iowa and Vermont. Sources close to the governor say he feels New York should plow... More »

NJ Assemblyman Under Investigation for Child Porn

Neil Cohen allegedly stored images on office computer

(Newser) - New Jersey Assemblyman Neil Cohen faces allegations of storing child pornography on his office computer, the Star-Ledger reports. Two of his fellow Democratic lawmakers turned him into authorites after being alerted by a staffer. Cohen, 57, has served 17 years in the Assembly, currently as deputy speaker, and has sponsored... More »

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