A change in the philosophy among Republicans, as well as a lack of pragmatism, has pushed former legislator Shirley Johnson to cease her association with the party, she told Gongwer News Service in an interview.
"I regret the fact that I don't have a party to belong to anymore because for as long as I can remember, and it came from my mother I suppose, I have been a Republican," she said. "I married into a Democrat, union family. So I've had a lot of fun with it and I've taken a few bouts, but the party was essential and it isn't anymore. It's just being destroyed."
A federal judge has dismissed a class-action lawsuit filed by corrections officers that accused the Department of Corrections of violating the federal Fair Labor Standards Act with the elimination of pre-shift meetings that - until 2009 - were compensated.
The chair of the House Energy and Technology Committee, Rep. Aric Nesbitt, said Friday he backs the concepts behind a bill that would streamline the process for a phone company to end landline service in an area, but is reviewing the legislation to ensure "it accomplishes what needs to be accomplished."
With nearly a quarter of the state's population saying they had been diagnosed with either depression or anxiety, a study finds that most primary care physicians report having trouble finding mental health care for their patients, a problem that could grow worse as the federal Affordable Care Act allows for mental health care parity.
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