Like a collector of rocks or a hobbyist or researcher, I take notes about what happens in nature and when it happens. I collect scraps of information from my walks and drives, and I try to organize them. The people who keep track of basketball statistics and other sports records remind me of myself. I have a nephew and a brother-in-law like that. For all of us, there are never enough scraps.
Ohio is reportedly one of 15 states where undocumented immigrants are being sent back to their home country after seeking medical care. Controversy and concerns regarding immigrants are sparking discussion about immigration reform all across the political spectrum.
A proposal in the Ohio Senate prompting concern from some public officials would make more meetings among government officials public and provide more details on government talks behind closed doors.
The proposal would expand the types of discussions subject to the law and require more information stated publicly in motions to hold closed-door sessions under Ohio's Open Meetings Act. It also would expand fees and expenses that may be recovered for violations of the act.
Tea party activists want to show their unhappiness over extra IRS scrutiny with protest rallies.
Members of the Cincinnati tea party will gather at noon today in the city, then march to the nearby federal building. The building houses Internal Revenue Service offices that handled group applications for tax-exempt status. IRS officials have acknowledged that some conservative groups received inappropriate attention and questioning.
Other tea party groups also want activists in other cities to protest Tuesday at their local IRS offices.