Michigan State University
July 03, 2005 - 6:51:05 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: State News

Despite pleas from a number of small Michigan wine makers, wine drinkers in the state may soon lose their chance to get merlot or chardonnay shipped to them from their favorite wineries.

The State House Regulatory Reform Committee voted 5-1 on June 28th to endorse a ban on wine shipments from both Michigan and out-of-state wineries to bring Michigan in compliance with a recent Supreme Court opinion (Granholm v. Heald).

Local newspapers have pointed out the impact of lobbyists on this issue.

July 03, 2005 - 5:08:31 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: U.S. News

Published to mark the 10th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration at the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women, this full-color publication combines overview essays and success stories that detail U.S. achievements in helping women abroad and in the United States. Text and photos focus on the areas of education and training, health, economic empowerment, political empowerment, helping women in conflict situations, and in combating violence against women.

July 03, 2005 - 5:07:43 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: U.S. News

After a voyage of 173 days and 431 million kilometers, a probe launched by NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft will collide with comet Tempel 1 on July 4 – a first-of-its-kind, hyper-speed impact between a space-borne iceberg and a copper-fortified probe.

NASA’s Deep Impact spacecraft and ground- and space-based observatories will record the potentially spectacular collision. Astronomers hope the collision will unleash primordial material trapped inside the comet, which formed billions of years ago.

June 28, 2005 - 9:03:45 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History, Freedom of Information

The official repository of retired U.S. government records is a boxy white building tucked into the woods of suburban College Park, MD. The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is a subdued place, with researchers quietly thumbing through boxes of old census, diplomatic, or military records, and occasionally requesting a copy of one of the computer tapes that fill racks on the climate-controlled upper floors. Researchers generally dont come here to look for contemporary records, though.

June 28, 2005 - 11:06:01 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: Odds and Ends, U.S. News, U.S. Congress

The Center for Democracy and Freedom has launched a new web site — OpenCRS: Congressional Research Service Reports for the People — providing links to more than a half-dozen existing collections of nearly 8,000 reports from the Congressional Research Service and centrally indexing them so visitors can find reports containing specific terms or phrases. The project is a response to years of rumbling and wrangling by open-government advocates over a lack of direct accessibility to reports from the policy research arm of Congress.

June 24, 2005 - 2:50:00 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History

When Judge John Sirica gaveled the trial of the Watergate seven to order on January 8, 1973, federal investigators had already discovered a covert slush fund used to underwrite nefarious activities against Democrats. The money and the men on trial could be linked to the Committee to Re-elect the President (CRP) at whose head sat the former Attorney General of the United States, and President Nixon’s former law partner, John Mitchell. This was the legal beginning to an Affair that began before the 1972 Presidential election.

June 24, 2005 - 2:06:17 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: U.S. News

As a result of a recommendation made in the final report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (9/11 Commission), the U.S. government set up a Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board within the Executive Branch to oversee adherence to, and the commitment to defend, civil liberties by the federal government. The question is, how effective and independent will this Board be?

June 24, 2005 - 1:02:22 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: State News

In the past Michign law allowed Michigan residents to buy wine directly from Michigan wineries, but not from wineries outside the state borders. The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down this law, claiming discrimination. Since the courts decision, the Michigan Liquor Control Commission is no longer enforcing the rule that barred non-Michigan wineries from selling to residents; however out-of-state wineries are still fearful of testing the waters.

June 24, 2005 - 12:06:15 pm (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: State News, Corrections

Funding to test and treat Michigan prisoners for hepatitis C has been eliminated in House and Senate spending plans for 2005-6, effectively killing a plan to attack the potentially fatal and communicable disease festering inside the state's 42 prisons. A 2003 Lansing State Journal investigtive report found that up to 18,000 of Michigan's 48,000 prisoners are believed to harbor the virus.

June 24, 2005 - 2:36:04 am (America/Detroit)
Blog: Red Tape   Categories: History, U.S. Congress

Opponents of the war in Iraq held an unofficial hearing on Capitol Hill on Thursday (June 16) to draw attention to a leaked British government document that they say proves their case that President Bush misled the public about his war plans in 2002 and distorted intelligence to support his policy.


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