Author Andy Medici

Every so often there are petitions on the “We the People” section of Whitehouse.gov that deserve some attention, for good or for bad. Since 2011, people have been submitting their petitions, hoping to get the 100,000 required to get an official response from the administration. Here are a few petitions you all might be interested in: More than 37,000 people have signed a petition asking President Obama to award former (and legendary) baseball player Yogi Berra the Presidential Medal of freedom. The creator, C.S. from Colts Neck, N.J., cited Berra’s military service and continued support for the armed services. https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/award-yogi-berra-presidential-medal-freedom-his-military-service-and-civil-rights-and-educational-activism…

The NFL announced April 28 that it would waive its tax exempt status for fiscal 2015 – and the members of Congress overseeing the league couldn’t be happier. Reps. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the chairman and ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said in a statement they were “extremely pleased” with the decision. “Congress has tried to tackle this issue before, but we made it one of our Committee’s priorities this year. It is rewarding to see such an important and positive step toward restoring basic fairness,” they said in a joint statement.…

Last week Indiana passed a law that supporters say would prevent state and local governments from interfering in someone’s religion, while opponents say it would give private businesses a blank check to discriminate against LGBT people. Well, either way, you probably heard about it. Now, the American Federation of Government Employees has formed an opinion on the new law, denouncing it as an open door to state-sponsored discrimination.  “Allowing businesses to discriminate against members of the LGBT community or anyone else is wrong, regardless of the reason. Our nation repudiated legal discrimination more than 50 years ago, and we’re not…

As the debate over funding DHS continues to drag on, former secretaries are starting to get in on the fight. Former DHS chiefs Tom Ridge, Michael Chertoff and Janet Napolitano are all pushing Congress to fund the agency through the end of the fiscal year. Here is Napolitano’s full statement below: During my more than five years as Secretary of Homeland Security, I saw firsthand the dedication and commitment of those who serve on the frontlines across the country, from the Border Patrol Agent in the Rio Grande Valley to the Transportation Security Officer at LaGuardia. In that time, we…

Every so often the satirical website The Onion trains its eyes on a federal agency. This time, the target of hits humor is the Postal Service, and its tradition of creating and selling themed, specialty stamps honoring certain people, events or places. WASHINGTON—In an effort to highlight their longstanding contributions and loyalty to the agency, the U.S. Postal Service unveiled a new line of commemorative stamps Wednesday honoring those Americans who still use the U.S. Postal Service. “Our latest series of Forever stamps recognizes the remaining citizens who continue to support the USPS by physically sending their bills, rent checks,…

Federal agencies will no longer be able to forfeit items seized by state and local law enforcement agencies except under narrow exceptions, Attorney General Eric Holder said in an order Jan. 16. Under a number of programs and authorities, state, local and federal authorities can seize assets from people if the items are connected with a crime – and those items can then be sold or forfeited. The order – which takes effect immediately – applies to all local and state seizures of vehicles, valuables and cash and makes exceptions only for items such as ammunition, firearms, explosives and other public…

When Congress decides to create a compromise bill for  sweeping legislation such as the National Defense Authorization Act, it stands to reason that some items will be left on the cutting room floor. But apparently a proclamation calling for a moment of silence for veterans on Veterans Day did not make it in to the final version of the bill, which passed the House Dec.4. The original version of the bill that the House passed May required the president to issue a proclamation each year calling for two minutes of silence on Veterans Day. The Senate version of the NDAA did not…

I know there is a lot going on and you just want to close your eyes and open them when its all over. But you probably can’t, so you should just pick the good stuff and ignore the rest. So I have helpfully included for you some of the good stuff you should definitely read. Take it from me, a person who posts stories on the Internet! 1. Cuts to your pay and benefits might happen in 2015 If there is one thing lawmakers from both parties can agree on for next year, its that there will be many attempts…

To the men and women of the Department of Defense: I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know that this morning, President Obama accepted my letter of resignation. I have agreed to continue to serve as Secretary of Defense until my successor is confirmed by the United States Senate. You should know I did not make this decision lightly. But after much discussion, the President and I agreed that now was the right time for new leadership here at the Pentagon. I want you to know that I am immensely proud of what we have accomplished together. We…

Well if you wanted to spend Dec. 26 relaxing at home or with family without having to use a vacation day then you are probably bitterly disappointed this chilly day in November. A petition asking President Obama to use his executive power to give feds the day after Christmas off failed to gain enough signatures to get a response from the administration. A petition needs to reach 100,000 signatures before the time limit in order to get a response. So how many did this petition get? Well, this reporter wasn’t up at midnight checking the website, but last time he…

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