After playing a key role in the 1994 midterm revolt, winning 19
of the 24 races it targeted, the National Rifle Association had
few victories this past election, fostering the impression that
it had fallen on hard times. But don't try telling that to people
at the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC),
a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
in Atlanta, who are all too aware of the NRA's power on Capitol
Idaho Representative Helen Chenoweth has never been a fan of gun control. Nevertheless, her latest foray into the public debate over the issue seems a little bit odd. Chenoweth is the lead sponsor of a bill to repeal the Lautenberg amendment, a 1996 provision that effectively prohibits gun ownership by anyone convicted of a misdemeanor domestic violence offense. The amendment, she claims, violates the Second and Tenth Amendments, and is an ex post facto law (because it's retroactive) as well as an unfunded government mandate.
Although the congressional opponents of an increased minimum wage eventually
gave in, they did manage to deliver a few goodies to their friends in the
small-business lobby. Chief among these provisions was a measure that allows
employers to pay a lower training wage to young workers during their first
90 days of employment.