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Not-So-Green Seattle Voters Reject Grocery Bag Tax

(Newser) - The $1.4 million the plastics industry spent to defeat a grocery bag tax initiative paid off yesterday when Seattle voters defied their green reputation to reject the tax, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports. The measure would have charged shoppers 20 cents per plastic or paper bag as an incentive to... More »

Calif. Gay Rights Group Delays Push for Marriage

(Newser) - One of California's biggest and most influential gay rights groups says it will delay a ballot push to overcome the state's ban on same-sex marriage until 2012, the Los Angeles Times reports. Equality California, which led the failed effort to defeat Prop 8 in November, says there is too little... More »

RI Should Honor Its 'Plantations'

(Newser) - You probably didn't know that the nation's smallest state bears the unlikely official moniker of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, much less that that onerous title is causing a bit of hooplah. But while the word "plantation" stirs uneasy images of slavery, Rhode Island would be mistaken to drop... More »

NYC Extends Term Limits: Bloomberg Can Run Again

(Newser) - New York’s City Council voted today to allow a third term for elected officials, paving the way for another Michael Bloomberg administration, the New York Daily News reports. Last-minute wrangling in the chamber, including a failed vote to establish a referendum on the issue, led to the 29-22 victory.... More »

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