Crist ponders pardon for rocker
By Pauline Vu, Staff Writer
It's not exactly something to brag about, but the Ohio General Assembly received one of 14 Jefferson Muzzle Awards, handed out by the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression. The legislature can thank a bill it passed last year requiring all state employees and vendors to fill out a form swearing they aren't terrorists, haven't hired terrorists and haven't raised money for terrorists. According to The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) , the state's Department of Homeland Security has not said whether anyone has answered "yes" yet.
Governors: they're just like us! A 17-year-old high school student who received permission to shadow Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland (D) for a class assignment was surprised to see Strickland pull out a homemade cold turkey sandwich for lunch. "Everyone asks, 'What did you have, steak or something?' That's just the normal kind of guy he is," Trent Smith told The Lima (Ohio) News .
It could just be a coincidence. An Alabama lawmaker facing criminal misdemeanor complaints has proposed a bill that would allow people to ask lower-court judges to expunge certain misdemeanor charges and convictions from their records. Rep. James Gordon (D) told the Mobile (Ala.) Press-Register that he began working on the bill "about a month" before the charges were filed Nov. 11. Gordon, who faces two complaints that he never completed paperwork on cars he sold to a couple, said he hasn't thought about whether he'd use such a law in his own case. "I'd cross that bridge when I come to it," he said.
A Florida lawmaker who wants to be buried with the ashes of his dog Valentine is proposing to allow people to take man's best friend with them to the grave. Sen. Jim King's (R) "Felix and Fido" amendment to a funeral bill passed without objection. Another amendment would ban hospices from running funeral homes, which sponsor Sen. Victor Crist (R) told The Miami Herald was "a gross conflict of interest."