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January 17

municipal websites: what's the landscape?

My small town has the world's worst website - it was basically abandoned by its vendor sometime last year, and the city manager is in no hurry to remedy that. The former contractor was CivicPlus, and the new contractor/vendor is a group called Civica, which has recently been bought by another group called Granicus. [more inside]
posted by mmiddle at 2:08 PM - 2 answers

Could Brexit be prevented altogether?

British Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed that leaving the EU would mean leaving the single market, and that both Houses of Parliament would get to vote on the deal. If the House of Lords believes it would be bad for Britain to leave the single market, could they prevent Brexit? How likely is this to occur? Could the Commons overrule them in this instance?
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 5:09 AM - 9 answers

January 16

Urgent: Need lawyer for Seattle area for arrest at airport

Asking for a friend: "my friend's aunt has been arrested at the Seattle airport FOR NO REASON while on vacation in the US and we are trying to help her. Does anyone know any immigration lawyers in the Seattle area/hotlines to call for advice/other relevant resources..." Any help I could relay would be great. Thanks!
posted by wallawallasweet at 11:34 PM - 2 answers

January 15

Who'll Stop the Mail?

My mortgage company is sending me offers (via snail mail) to refinance my loan once a week. I have repeatedly called, emailed, and written asking them to stop yet they do not. What recourse do I have? [more inside]
posted by majorsteel at 2:34 PM - 10 answers

January 14

Starbucks...sans coffee?

So now that cannabis is legal in several states in the US, is there a place anywhere in the continental US where one can find an Amsterdam-style coffeeshop - i.e. coffeeshops where one can buy and smoke cannabis? [more inside]
posted by Toddles at 1:43 PM - 14 answers

January 13

Results of Colorado 2013 Gun Control Laws

I'm looking for information about any results, good or bad, that can be attributed to the gun control laws passed by Colorado in 2013 in the wake of the Aurora movie theater shootings. [more inside]
posted by Reverend John at 6:10 PM - 4 answers

CH 7 Bankruptcy: How detailed does my list of property have to be?

Filing CH 7 bankruptcy - I have a lot of stuff, mostly worthless IMO - how detailed do I have to be? [more inside]
posted by DandyRandy at 1:28 PM - 2 answers

UK citizen changing name abroad

I am a UK citizen living in Switzerland and I want to legally change my name. If I were resident in the UK, I could just make my own deed poll and have it signed by two witnesses. As I live abroad, it has to be notarised.* I have a few questions. [more inside]
posted by daisyk at 8:53 AM - 1 answers

January 12

Failure of the Juvenile Justice System

What are some good resources to see facts about the harms of the juvenile justice system? [more inside]
posted by xarnop at 7:42 PM - 9 answers

What do I tell the (flunkies of) representatives that I call?

I've been calling my state and national representatives to let my stance be known on various bills coming up for votes and such. But what do i say that will be most effective? [more inside]
posted by cmoj at 11:02 AM - 9 answers

January 11

I want my shoes back! (NYC petty theft?)

The other day, I had a pair of sneakers stolen from the hallway right outside my apartment (my roommate and I usually have several pairs outside, and have never had any stolen in all the time we've been living there). The landlord was able to provide surveillance footage, and found out it was a GrubHub delivery person (who brought food to an apartment on a higher floor) at 4:20 in the morning. [more inside]
posted by matticulate at 12:08 PM - 14 answers

January 10

Am I legally allowed to be at home with an order against a roommate?

This question is partly law, partly human relations. Law part: My landlord (occupant of same house) is saying my partner and I are not allowed home because we have a protective order against a roommate. Human Relations: How should we proceed with LL to smooth things over to stay there until another housing situation gets settled? Lots of details ahead! [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate at 2:18 PM - 17 answers

When and how to call elected officials who are not MY elected officials?

I call my own elected officials about issues, but all of them (federal and state) are Democrats, and Republicans have the majority in the federal Senate and House, so I want to reach them too. When, if ever, is it useful to call an official who doesn't serve my district or state, and what can I say to be effective? [more inside]
posted by kristi at 9:34 AM - 16 answers

Who are the moderate Republicans?

Who are the moderate Republicans in the House and Senate? The ones who might be more susceptible to pressure, phone calls from constituents, etc, during the confirmation hearings and beyond? [more inside]
posted by latkes at 8:12 AM - 13 answers

January 6

Obtaining a restraining order in Massachusetts

Asking for a friend. Relationship of a few months has devolved from serious emotional manipulation to actual physical abuse. This guy is unhinged - violent outbursts followed by desperate apologies, text messages, showing up at her house unannounced. How does the process for obtaining a restraining order work? How long does it take? The most severe incident happened today (I'll spare the details). If she filed a police report today, could she get the order immediately? Within a few days? Is a restraining order the same as an order of protection? Or..... will a restraining order just make things worse and jeopardize her safety?
posted by onecircleaday at 3:14 PM - 9 answers

January 5

Immigration attorney recommendations in Seattle (or elsewhere)

Any recommendations for an immigration attorney in Seattle, or maybe elsewhere nearby if very good? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 5:04 PM - 2 answers

Got hit with a C&D for a shirt design, then someone stole it, what now?

Can someone use my work without my permission after they issued a cease and desist to keep me from using it myself? [more inside]
posted by Jezztek at 3:13 PM - 9 answers

January 4

And I thought 2016 was bad?

Will you answer another self-care question on avoiding political apathy? [more inside]
posted by BlueHorse at 11:57 AM - 8 answers

January 2

Amend/update divorce decree.

You are not my divorce attorney, but perhaps you can 1. recommend one in the Houston, TX area and/or 2. tell me if my plan to request that the court change our existing divorce decree has a reasonable chance of success. [more inside]
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas at 7:47 AM - 8 answers

January 1

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! Oops, got a DUI

18 year old son blew a .15 in California on the night before new years eve at around 2:30 am. He was caught kind of randomly, there was no accident or swerving or anything, BUT, we all know that it doesn't matter because being intoxicated behind the wheel put people's lives at risk. [more inside]
posted by at 4:14 PM - 25 answers

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