Capitol Comments

With recent events, there is much talk about guns and gun control policy. Here are a few bits to help understand the landscape.

The Presidential Commission on Election Administration released its findings this week. While many media outlets zeroed in on the issue of lines and wait times at polling places, the critical topic of voting by overseas military personnel was clearly on the mind of commission members. The disparity in state and local practice related to providing absentee ballots to service men and...

Four states – Idaho, Kentucky, Nebraska and Wyoming – considered constitutional amendments that would protect the rights of residents to hunt and fish on Tuesday, and each state’s voters overwhelmingly supported the amendments joining 13 other states that had previously endorsed the idea: Idaho – 73% / 27%, Kentucky – 84% / 16%, Nebraska – 77% / 23% and Wyoming – 89% / 11%. Louisiana voters easily endorsed a constitutional amendment strengthening the right of that state’s residents to keep and bear arms – 74% / 26%.

While hunting and fishing rights as well as gun control have not been major issues in this year’s Presidential election – though as I understand it Congressman Ryan is an avid hunter when he’s not working out – the issue is at play in several states this election cycle.

Four states – Idaho, Kentucky, Nebraska and Wyoming – are considering constitutional amendments that would protect the rights of residents to hunt and fish, subject to state regulations. Each clearly states that hunting and fishing will be the preferred means...

Maybe – in some states. As local, state and federal officials grapple with the ongoing impacts from Superstorm Sandy, few are publicly entertaining the idea of delaying next Tuesday’s elections. But as the wide ranging impact of the storm becomes more apparent and as the task of restoring power to millions grows more challenging, state officials may very well be faced with the difficult decision of postponing the Nov. 6 election. In all likelihood, power will be adequately restored in all areas to move forward with the election and...

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