December 30, 2013 |
SALT LAKE CITY - Wade Hunt could see change looming on the horizon, a stubborn movement to legalize gay marriage that crept toward Utah's Mormon faithful state by state, one same-sex wedding at a time. But he never dreamed it would reach here. What works in California, Massachusetts, Minnesota and 15 other states would never fly in the traditional Beehive State, he believed. This is conservative country, where the locally-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has made clear that a marriage is a bond between a man and a women.
December 26, 2013 |
Californians could be faced in November with a proposal to dramatically alter the pension and benefit system for public employees. San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed has submitted a statewide ballot initiative that would allow government agencies to negotiate changes to current employees' future retirement benefits, reversing the long-standing principle that once a public employee is hired, his or her retirement benefits cannot be reduced. Public employee unions are already gearing up for a major fight over Reed's initiative, which he could put on the ballot as soon as 2014 (or as late as 2016)
December 20, 2013 |
Instead of basking in holiday cheer, Target Corp. is spending the crucial shopping days before Christmas dealing with probes from several state attorneys general, infuriated social media comments and customer lawsuits over a massive data breach. In a rough year for retail, when consumers are already hesitant to splurge, the fiasco is fast becoming a nightmare. "There's never a good time for this to happen," said Charles O'Shea, an analyst with Moody's Investors Service. "But if there's a worse time than during the holidays, I'd like to know what it is. " Target - one of the country's largest retailers - is facing accusations that it waited too long in disclosing that its system had been hacked, exposing some 40 million of its customers' credit and debit card accounts.
November 5, 2013 |
If American Airlines and US Airways divest themselves from "key" airports, the U.S. Department of Justice may be willing to drop its challenge to a merger plan for the airlines. That is the word from U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr., who said the Justice Department was discussing a potential settlement of a suit the agency filed in August to halt the merger that would create the nation's largest airline. "What we have tried to focus on is to make sure that any resolution in this case necessarily includes divestitures of facilities at key constrained airports throughout the United States," Holder said during a press conference on an unrelated matter.
October 24, 2013 |
In the annals of politicians behaving badly, Douglas F. Gansler, the Democratic attorney general of Maryland who is running for governor, is fast becoming a category of his own. Here's a tip: When seeking the top elected position in a state, it's probably not a good idea to show up at a wild, alcohol-fueled teenage party and simply take pictures. Just as it's probably not a great idea to order your protection detail to break traffic laws as they transport you around the state. The latest brouhaha to envelop Gansler arrived in the form of a Baltimore Sun story Thursday. It detailed Gansler's attendance at the party held in June in nearby South Bethany, Del. The house was jammed with teenagers, some of them dancing on table tops.
October 24, 2013 |
It's hard to believe it could have gotten worse Thursday for Maryland Atty. Gen. Douglas F. Gansler, but somehow it did. The Democratic candidate for governor started the day accused of looking the other way as teenagers drank at a Delaware beach party in June - no small thing given his public stance against teenage drinking. Not to mention the fact that he's the state's chief law enforcement officer. But any day in which the candidate ends up discussing “twerking” - sexually suggestive dancing, for those who missed the whole Miley Cyrus saga - is surely destined to go downhill.