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The Arizona State Senate is considering a bill to introduce specialty license plates with the Gadsden Flag phrase turned Tea Party slogan, "Don't Tread On Me," with funds generated by those plates going to promote the Tea Party in ways well beyond car bumpers.

As the Arizona Daily Star noted Thursday, the state Senate is considering a bill that would create a license plate depicting the Gadsden Flag's iconic image, a coiled snake on a yellow background, complete with the "Don't Tread On Me" tag line. Similar specialty plates have been proposed in Virginia, Nevada, and South Carolina, while Texas has already approved creating such a license plate.

Yet what's interesting about this particular plate is that the money generated from its sale would be used specifically to fund tea party causes.

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Jared Lee Loughner, the man accused in the January shooting spree in Tucson, was indicted on additional federal murder charges by a grand jury yesterday for allegedly murdering "participants at a federally provided activity," the Justice Department announced Friday.

The news out of the 49-count superseding indictment is that Loughner is now charged with the murder of non-federal employees who were participating in the event held by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) back in January.

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One of the people running to replace now-Governor Scott Walker as Milwaukee County Executive is a Republican state assemblyman who voted for Walker's plan to eliminate collective bargaining for public workers.

He's already regretting that.

"I understand it's a major issue to the unions," Jeff Stone said, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. "It's not necessarily the way I would have drafted this budget-repair bill. I would have approached it in different ways."

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After hearing that State Senate Republicans had issued a resolution calling for his arrest, along with 13 AWOL Wisconsin Dems, Chris Larson (D) said the state GOP is creating a 'police state.'

On MSNBC's The Last Word Thursday night, Larson had an intense debate with GOP State Sen. Glenn Grothman, who had appeared on the show earlier in the week calling some protestors in the capitol building "slobs."

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It's been a busy few weeks for Sharia-fearing Americans. Tennessee recently introduced a bill that would ban the practice of Sharia - and perhaps by extension, the practice of Islam itself. Elsewhere, anti-Sharia groups battled for supremacy outside the White House, and Missouri filed legislation to outlaw the use of Sharia law in its courts. Now, it appears Alabama is getting into the game.

State Sen. Gerald Allen (R ) has introduced a constitutional amendment, SB 62, that would forbid the use of Islamic law in the state's courts.

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In an amusing footnote to the Wisconsin protests, a Walker administration official is now backing away from another official's dire warning that millions and millions of dollars in damage had been done to the Capitol over weeks of protests. Furthermore, it appears that no professional estimate has actually been done.

On Thursday, as part of the litigation over the state's attempts to restrict public access to the Capitol, the Department of Administration's legal counsel claimed that repairing the damage done to the building -- mainly from adhesive tape used to affix posters to the marble walls -- would add up to $7.5 million. However, it was not clear how these estimates were made.



On Thursday night, Dane County Judge John Albert ruled that the daytime restrictions on Capitol access must be lifted, while also ordering protesters to leave when the building closes at night. And now, the state's facilities administrator -- a former moderate Dem state senator who joined the Walker administration -- is backing away from those high cost estimates.

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It's often been said that Mitt Romney has a talent for remaking himself in the image of whatever electorate he's hoping to impress. When the goal was the governor's office in Massachusetts in 2002, Romney was pro-choice. When the goal became the Republican presidential nomination, Romney was pro-life.

Romney's ability to change his political stripes to suit the situation has been a key to his success. There's little doubt that he got as close to the nomination in 2008 as he did because he was able to convince a broad swath of conservative voters he was one of them. But according to one of the men who helped him make his case back then -- asked by National Journal to muse on Romney's next presidential bid -- Romney lost something important when he shifted to meet the conservative base head on: his credibility.

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Wisconsin state Representative Nick Milroy (D), the lawmaker who was tackled last night while trying to enter the Capitol building in Madison, said in a statement Friday that both he and the law enforcement officers involved in the incident had acted aggressively, but that "no harm was done." He did, however, have some harsh words for what he calls the "armed-palace environment created by Gov. Walker."

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's efforts to strip public employee unions of most of their collective bargaining rights appears to be so unpopular, that a Rasmussen poll now finds that almost 60% of likely Wisconsin voters disapprove of his job performance.

That finding shows just how quickly Walker -- who was elected to his first term last November with 52% of the vote -- has sunk just in his first two months in office. And it comes one day after Rasmussen released results from the same poll, all of which showed public opinion firmly on the side of the unions in the labor rights battle that has deadlocked the state capitol for the past few weeks.

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Continuing in the great tradition begun by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor several weeks ago, House Speaker John Boehner claimed credit today for Friday's positive employment news...with a twist!

"The improvement seen in this report is a credit to the hard work of the American people and their success in stopping the tax hikes that were due to hit our economy on January 1," Boehner says in a statement. "Removing the uncertainty caused by those looming tax hikes provided much-needed relief for private-sector job creators in America."

This is a safer play for a couple reasons. Last time around Republicans took some heat for claiming all the credit for the positive numbers. And then things got a little bit uncomfortable a couple weeks later, when last months jobs numbers weren't very strong.

Giving voters all the credit for good news, and Democrats all the blame for bad news means there's no Republican fingerprints if the numbers turn around again.

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