Jester’s Court — January 9, 2013

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New York is moving to ban welfare cash used for booze, lap dances and gambling.

A Georgia lawmaker proposes arming school principals.

A Virginia state senator doesn’t worry about environmental laws because he won’t be around when things go bad.

With the first elections from a new decade’s redistricting, staggered legislative terms leaves some people without elected officials while others have double representation.

Iowa state Rep. Dan Muhlbauer said governments should start confiscating semi-automatic rifles and other firearms.

Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards, 85, and his wife are expecting a baby.

A former Montana legislator, in court on misdemeanor charges, wants proof that the court is constitutional.

It took humankind 13 years to add its 7 billionth individual. That’s longer than the 12 years it took to add the 6 billionth — the first time in human history that interval has grown.

India says one of two soldiers killed in an alleged cross-border attack by Pakistan troops in the disputed territory of Kashmir was beheaded.

A constitutional crisis in Venezuela as Hugo Chavez is too ill to be sworn in for another term.

Cuba clamps down on racy lyrics.

China’s jobs are being outsourced to cheaper places like Cambodia, Vietnam, Bangladesh and Indonesia.

A new Public Policy Polling survey shows Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is more popular with Democrats nationally than he is with Republicans.

No one wants to co-sponsor Rep. Michele Bachmann’s bill to overturn Obamacare.

Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy: “Let me be clear, freedom is not a handgun on the hip of every teacher.”

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