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June 23

Help my friend deal with the NYC beaurocracy

Asking for a friend, who's girlfriend was just hit by a New York City-owned vehicle. It sounds like a nightmare. Does anyone have experience or ideas about navagating this?: [more inside]
posted by overhauser at 12:23 PM - 0 answers

What is my recourse when the Dept. of Revenue makes a mistake?

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue recently put a tax lien on my credit report for unpaid state income taxes. The problem is, I didn't live in the State of PA during the year they're claiming I didn't pay income taxes. They're not being very helpful...what should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:50 AM - 4 answers

June 22

Left Yields to Right, Right?

At a four-way stop, if multiple vehicles approach the intersection at the same time, the driver on the left yields to the driver on the right. This is indisputably correct in the State of Florida where I reside. My question is, is "left yields to right" a universal rule throughout the United States? What about the rest of the world? More details: [more inside]
posted by Lokheed at 10:40 AM - 28 answers

June 21

Oregon Measure 37 & 49 -- How to use them, for property owners

I'm trying to help a family member who would like to build on their land in Oregon, and possibly subdivide off some parcels as well. [more inside]
posted by yohko at 4:28 PM - 1 answers

June 20

Where is the Democratic "big money"?

I want to better understand the [sources of] funding of US political candidates, particularly Democratic candidates. Please disabuse me of my preconceived notions. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings at 8:36 PM - 4 answers

Trying to find out details about my state's education budget

Where can I find a summary of how the education dollars are SPENT in my state? (California) [more inside]
posted by generic230 at 1:14 PM - 4 answers

I was in my first car accident. What happens now?

I was in my first real-deal car accident yesterday after 16 years of accident-free driving. I was making a left on a yellow light across two lanes, dude in the left lane was pulled out kind of far, dude in the right lane was speeding to try and beat the light, car + car = accident. Nobody was hurt and the official word from police was that as long as we could move the vehicles there was no reason for them to come out. It really was a true definition of an accident- Neither one of us could see each other. Bad luck etc. We exchanged info and I made a claim with my insurance co. What happens now? [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 10:25 AM - 8 answers

What privacy rights to volunteers have to their "company" emails?

If an unpaid, volunteer, representative is an issued an email under their name, do they have any expectation to privacy related to email communications? (can the company that gave them the email monitor or read the email communications at any time?)
posted by Unsomnambulist at 9:27 AM - 5 answers

June 17

Ideas to sustain the self "These Times Of Trump"

Are you finding yourself exhausted by the recent politics? If so, what are you doing to sustain yourself emotionally, physically, energy-wise, health-wise, and in any other "-wise" way during these times? [more inside]
posted by bananaskin at 2:30 PM - 34 answers

I want to help politics and policy, not politicians.

When should I talk to telephone survey callers? [more inside]
posted by Leontine at 1:44 PM - 4 answers

Georgia on my mind...

Is it worth traveling ~three hours to canvass for the Georgia 6th election? [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi at 11:55 AM - 6 answers

Need help with a letter to a trust administrator

How to document a request for a distribution when the need for funds is less than specific?? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:40 AM - 5 answers

June 15

Best Legal Coverage of Trump & Investigations

I would like your best coverage of both the various legislative/judicial/executive actions of the Trump administration, as well as the best coverage of the Russia/Mueller investigations. I am looking for [content creators] that explicitly focus on the legal aspects. I.e., I know NPR sometimes has legal reporting, but I am looking for sites/reporters/podcasts that are explicitly legal in nature. Please share?
posted by OmieWise at 2:06 PM - 7 answers

June 14

Help me find a quote from an aggressive prosecutor in news story

So a couple of years ago I saw a news story with a quote from an aggressive prosecutor that I wish I could remember, largely because the quote encapsulated a frame of mind I vigorously disagree with. [more inside]
posted by Mr. Justice at 8:13 PM - 2 answers

Can a contract ban someone from having a personal relationship?

This is kind of a vague question, for which I apologise: Friend of a friend of a friend is an up and coming rapper who has signed some sort of contract with another, quite famous and successful rapper who is promoting/mentoring him. Apparently the contract stipulates that the junior rapper cannot have a girlfriend, for reasons I haven't had explained to me. I haven't seen the contract (and won't), but am wondering if any such clause would really be enforceable. Not looking for hard legal info, just curious about the general concept.
posted by senor biggles at 1:40 PM - 13 answers

June 12

How do I renew my driver's license with this proviso?

My license renewal form has, on the bit to send in, "I certify that I have no mental or physical condition and I am not taking any medication that could impair my ability to operate a motor vehicle." Help me figure out whether or not this is true for me and if not, how else to renew my Washington State driver's license. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:10 PM - 10 answers

June 10

Looking for data about Libertarian voting patterns. (US politics)

Is there any data about who self-described Libertarians vote for when there is not a openly-proclaimed Libertarian in a political race? [more inside]
posted by Reverend John at 11:08 AM - 1 answers

Obtaining Permission

I recently received permission from Warner Brothers to use a line from a classic cartoon in a book I am writing. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 9:30 AM - 4 answers

June 9

Where do states bank?

I know the United States federal Treasury has an account with the Federal Reserve system. This account is where tax payments go, and where federal payments come from. But where do states do their banking? [more inside]
posted by Huffy Puffy at 11:16 AM - 8 answers

June 7

Full list of states that use prison labor in government buildings?

This was brought up recently in regards to the Arkansas governor's mansion, that they use a lot of prison labor. This also appears to be true regarding Louisiana (both the Governor's mansion and the Capitol building) and Missouri. I was wondering if there's somewhere I can find a full list of this sort of thing.
posted by RobotHero at 11:03 AM - 6 answers

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