South Dakota judge strikes down voter-passed marijuana measure

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A South Dakota judge ruled Monday that a voter-approved constitutional amendment that would have legalized marijuana for recreational use was in itself unconstitutional, setting up a legal fight that pits Gov. Kristi NoemKristi Lynn NoemThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Biden, GOP senators begin talks; Dems push ahead On the Trail: GOP divided over growing anti-democratic drift in party Idaho advances constitutional ban on legalizing marijuana in the state MORE (R) against her own constituents.

Circuit Court Judge Christina Klinger, a Noem appointee in Pierre, ruled that Amendment A violated a rule that ballot measures cover

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Trifecta of Roles for Leahy: Witness, Juror and Judge in Trump’s Trial

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WASHINGTON — As senators barreled down a basement tunnel fleeing the pro-Trump mob storming the Capitol on Jan. 6, Patrick J. Leahy, the chamber’s longest-serving senator, glanced at the Vermont flag hanging overhead and offered a promise.

“Don’t worry, Vermont’s going to be represented,” Mr. Leahy vowed. Shortly after, a law enforcement officer offered another reassurance, invoking an old call sign from the senator’s previous turn as president pro tempore: “Don’t worry, Shamrock. We’re going to keep you all safe.”

Mr. Leahy, 80, survived the deadly assault, and has now been thrust into an unprecedented trifecta of roles in the

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Texas lawyer trapped by cat filter on Zoom call, informs judge he is not a cat | Texas

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A Texas lawyer accidentally left a kitten filter on during a video conference call with a judge and was unable to change it, eventually responding to a judge’s query about why he was being addressed by a digital feline by saying: “I’m here live. I am not a cat.”

The coronavirus has prompted many computer mishaps, as many of the world’s workers adapt to working from home in the face of the pandemic. They have ranged from the inadvertently hilarious to the career-ending.

But lawyer Rod Ponton’s accidental morphing into a wide-eyed baby cat appears destined to achieve viral

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Texas judge extends suspension of Biden deportation moratorium plan

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A federal judge in Texas extended the suspension of President Biden’s 100-day moratorium on deportation through Feb. 23.

U.S. District Court Judge Drew Tipton in the Southern District of Texas extended his suspension of the White House’s deportation moratorium for 14 days, which the judge says will give parties more time to “provide for a more fulsome record” to assist the court in “adjudicating Texas’s motion for a Preliminary Injunction.”

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The judge also cites “the irreparable harm that would accrue to Texas if an extension” was not granted.

The order did state,

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South Dakota judge rejects amendment legalizing marijuana | Local

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Thom also praised the ruling, saying it “solidifies the protections” of a 2018 constitutional amendment that required further amendments to stick to one subject.

In her ruling, Klinger said that marijuana legalization would have touched on business licensing, taxation and hemp cultivation. The amendment would have given the state’s Department of Revenue power to administer recreational marijuana, but Klinger ruled that by doing so, it overstepped the authority of the executive and legislative branches of government.

Lawyers defending legalization had cast the lawsuit as an effort to overturn the results of a fair election. About 54% of voters approved recreational

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