Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.
The Obama administration on Tuesday issued guidance that could restrict election spending by tax-exempt groups by clarifying what consitutes as political activity for non-profits, according to the Wall Street Journal.
"This proposed guidance is a first critical step toward creating clear-cut definitions of political activity by tax-exempt social welfare organizations," Treasury Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy Mark Mazur told the Journal. "We are committed to getting this right before issuing final guidance that may affect a broad group of organizations. It will take time to work through the regulatory process and carefully consider all public feedback as we strive to ensure that the standards for tax-exemption are clear and can be applied consistently."
Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner on Monday issued a new directive regarding absentee ballot voting, clarifying that ballots must be returned only to local election supervisor offices.
"Supervisors should not solicit return of absentee ballots at any place other than a supervisor's office, except for the purpose of having the absentee ballot canceled if the voter wants to vote in person," Detzner wrote in the directive.
NARAL Pro-Choice America said Tuesday it was pleased that the Supreme Court will make the final decision on the constitutionality of Obamacare's birth control mandate.
"We're pleased that the Supreme Court will finally lay to rest the question of whether women's bosses get to decide if we deserve contraceptive coverage," NARAL President Ilyse Hogue said in a statement. "That this reflects an underlying obsession with controlling women's lives seems obvious when you observe that the enemies of the new law are not pushing to deny men access to Viagra or any other number of similar medical requests covered by insurance."
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said Monday that he will not sign the state senate's version of a bill that allows students who came to the country illegally to pay in-state tuition rates, according to CBS New York.
"They're overreaching and making it unsignable and making the benefits richer than the federal program, the federal Dream Act," he said on a Townsquare Media monthly call-in program. "That's simply not acceptable for me."
President Barack Obama on Monday cautioned guests at a San Francisco fundraiser against pushing him to sign executive orders addressing issues on which Congress does not act, like immigration, according to a White House pool report.
At a Democratic National Committee event at SFJazz, a guest continuously yelled "executive order" during the President's speech, and Obama took the time to respond.
Mississippi will begin issuing free voter identification cards to state residents without another form of photo identification beginning in early 2014, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann told the Associated Press in an interview published Monday.