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News Roundup: November 22, 2013


Local and Regional News
A ballot measure that would require legislative approval for the proposed Pebble Mine (and any future large-scale mining projects in Bristol Bay) appears to have secured enough signatures to be placed on the August primary ballot.
Maxim wrote a True Crime feature about the hunt for Israel Keyes, dubbed “the most notorious serial killer in a generation.”
A self-identified Socialist candidate with significant ties to the Occupy movement was elected to the Seattle City Council earlier this month.
Outside Public Policy
The U.S. Senate made a long-awaited change to the filibuster yesterday, which will prevent the minority party from forcing a 60-vote threshold for executive branch and judicial nominees (excluding the Supreme Court). This is expected to result in the immediate confirmation of new heads for the Federal Reserve and the Federal Housing Finance Agency.
A municipal ballot measure in Albuquerque, New Mexico seeking to ban abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy failed by ten points on Tuesday, stymying its out-of-state backers who sought to use it as a proving ground for a new national strategy.
New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg signed a bill on Tuesday to outlaw the sale of tobacco and electronic cigarettes to anyone under 21.
News that Sounds Like a Joke
A team of innovative twenty-somethings created an alternative portal for information about health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act, and it works better than Healthcare.gov.
A Democratic state representative in Hawaii has made a habit of walking around with a sledgehammer and smashing shopping carts used by homeless people in Honolulu. In related news, Hawaii has the highest rate of homelessness in the country, so the legislature has appropriated $100,000 to buy one-way tickets to send homeless people to the mainland.
Vishavjit Singh walked around New York City dressed as Captain America in a turban, and wrote about his experience for Salon.
Congressman Trey Radel, a freshman Republican from Florida, pled guilty in D.C. Superior Court after being caught buying cocaine from an undercover cop.