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family law question re: NJ

What happens when a baby is born in jail in New Jersey? What departments/agencies are automatically involved? We are looking to get legal guardianship of a sister's soon-to-be-born child while she is in jail and need to know what agencies we should be dealing with beforehand.
posted by infostud on Sep 29, 2009 - 8 answers

Where to find good state-by-state savings statistics?

Where can I find solid nationwide savings statistics/data? [more inside]
posted by ejfox on Sep 24, 2009 - 2 answers

Selective Service

how do I verify that I, indeed, registered for the Selective Service? [more inside]
posted by glenngulia on Sep 3, 2009 - 4 answers

What countries have laws or legislative rules requiring legislation to stay on-topic?

What countries have laws or legislative rules requiring legislation to stay on-topic? [more inside]
posted by LightStruk on Aug 31, 2009 - 9 answers

Local politics that isn't really local

Which municipal district has the largest constituency? [more inside]
posted by Weebot on Aug 16, 2009 - 10 answers

Can't find it on Snopes!

A group of men from the US Government, a van and some dirty/emaciated kids? Where did I read about this supposedly true story? [more inside]
posted by ellighi on Aug 5, 2009 - 2 answers

How to write to the government.

I'm a complete N00b when it comes to writing to my government/MLA. Recent events have made me want to voice my concern w/ the government's actions and encourage my MLA to stand up and voice his disapproval. How do I learn what is proper to include in a letter and what isn't? How do I not come off as a crazy ranter and appear as a concerned constituent? Tips? Examples?
posted by beautifulcheese on Aug 2, 2009 - 6 answers

Help with Health Care!

How can I show support for the new health care reform bill? [more inside]
posted by odayoday on Jul 15, 2009 - 9 answers

Why Czars?

Could folks smarter than me elucidate for me the whole current U.S. administration's "Czar" fetish? I'm looking for precedent or other historic rationale on the use of the term "czar" in U.S. politics. Could anybody more in the know help out? [more inside]
posted by cavalier on Jul 15, 2009 - 14 answers

How do I form the First Church of [Insert Celebrity Name Here]

How do I start my own church in California? If L. Ron Hubbard can have a church, why can't I? I have tried searching for "how to start a church" on google and askmefi, but no luck. I think there's something about filing a 501c non-profit form, but there are a lot of forms for similar things (non-profit raffle? commercial coventurer?? what the crap?). [more inside]
posted by runcibleshaw on Jul 6, 2009 - 22 answers

Where's my rebate, mon ami?

Revenue Quebec Filter: I mailed my taxes to Revenue Quebec somewhere around the 3rd or 4th of May. That's slightly late, but it's OK because they owe me money. I even sent it express post so it wouldn't get lost. Two months later, I've received no cheque, no direct deposit, no notice of assessment--nothing. [more inside]
posted by Decimask on Jul 5, 2009 - 12 answers

California elder care question... Is this legit??

California: anyone know what government entity reimburses the elderly for home care? Is it local, state, or federal program? Or perhaps a charity?? [more inside]
posted by jbenben on Jul 2, 2009 - 8 answers

About US politics and former Presidents

Can a former US President serve in a powerful capacity in a subsequent administration? They clearly wouldn't be able to serve as VP, but could they hold some other high office such as Secretary of State? If not, do those of you living in the US regard this as a desirable or undesirable attribute of your political system?
posted by Lolie on Jun 27, 2009 - 18 answers

Health insurance for all? Is that a good thing? What can I do to help?

So, I saw Howard Dean on the Colbert Report last night. Please help me with some specific action steps regarding health care and the future of the USA. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Jun 25, 2009 - 10 answers

Shareef Might Like It

[Iran_Minutiae_Filter] I heard a few days ago that Former President Rafsanjani was going up to Qum to see if the Assembly of Experts had the votes to remove Ayatollah Khamanei from the position of Supreme Leader. How long would something like that take to happen? Would it have happened already if they had the votes? [more inside]
posted by AlbatrossJones on Jun 18, 2009 - 2 answers

Who were these "celebrated authors" James Madison was referring to in The Federalist Paper No. 14?

Who were these "celebrated authors" James Madison was referring to in The Federalist Paper No. 14? [more inside]
posted by Myles on Jun 15, 2009 - 8 answers

Flat-out asking for a government contract during a cold call: feasible or terrible?

Flat-out asking for a government contract during a cold call: feasible or terrible? [more inside]
posted by cranberrymonger on Jun 11, 2009 - 3 answers

Government longevity, who wins?

What country or countries have the longest continuously functioning government? Please specify the type/form of government, such as US/ democratic republic.
posted by woman on May 31, 2009 - 14 answers

Permission needed to film in NYC government housing?

Filming sports doc in/around Harlem government housing - permission/payoffs needed? [more inside]
posted by curiositykilledthelemur on May 30, 2009 - 1 answer

Katrina upheaval

At a conference, I heard a knowledgeable person say that "Katrina forever changed the way that the Federal government and the states interact with each other". I had not heard such a thought before. What did he mean, and is it true?
posted by megatherium on May 24, 2009 - 9 answers

Need sample of old census

Can someone help me find older version of the United States census? I'd like to compare and review the questions they are asking this time around versus the questions of years past. I know I can download a sample census for 2010. I'd like to download a pdf of the older ones as well. Thank you.
posted by Jackie_Treehorn on May 19, 2009 - 6 answers

What do they believe?

I'm looking for recommendations on readings about what is the purpose of government - preferably from all areas of the spectrum: reactionary, conservative, libertarian, socialist, communist, liberal, radical. Ideally I'm looking for the fundamental/foundational documents for each doctrine as opposed to filtered, watered down versions. Thanks!
posted by Leezie on May 10, 2009 - 13 answers

J'en ai besoin d'améliorer mon français. Any suggestions?

« J'en ai besoin d'améliorer mon français, » or: "I need to improve my French." I'm looking for advice from anyone who has worked on improving or regaining their nth language. [more inside]
posted by Decimask on May 10, 2009 - 16 answers

How can I help my coworkers create XML documents to store metadata?

Generating XML documents help? I work with the county health department, and have been asked to come up with a way to create, store and manipulate metadata for various datasets we store internally on a network drive. Basically I think the simplest thing to do is to create an xml file stored in the same directory with any dataset. Preferably I can do this with infopath 2003 or free software, and using the Dublin Core standard for metadata. I've seen the 5 year old answers on Dublin Core Metadata from this Ask, but I need to let my coworkers create the data first, and that mostly covers storage/database solutions. Looking through various DC list archives hasn't been helpful. [more inside]
posted by gryftir on Apr 28, 2009 - 15 answers

Online collaboration tools.

Please help me identify online collaboration tools that might be appropriate for a national (USA) organization of (mostly) state agency staff. [more inside]
posted by mmahaffie on Apr 19, 2009 - 2 answers

Tips for a newbie convention delegate to not seem like a newbie?

Tips for a newbie delegate to a political convention? I agreed to act not only as a Democrat delegate but as a vice-chair for my precinct. Our county organizing convention is coming up this weekend. I've read a tiny bit about what to expect on the agenda (but not a lot), but am more worried about just seeming out of place. I'm young, don't have a lot of political experience, and also had to change my affiliation from unaffiliated to do this. Part of me says that in a state where Democrats are a minority no one will be judging me for wanting to serve, but what can you tell me (or links can you give me...) to better prepare me? I'm looking for both what I should know about how it'll run and the more nuanced aspects of interaction/networking/flow.
posted by anonymous on Apr 15, 2009 - 5 answers

Philosophical takes on taxes/income/wealth?

I'm looking for philosophical treatises that touch on the subjects of taxes, wealth, income and the like for a blog post I'm thinking about writing. Specifically, I'm looking for philosophical musings on the government's right (or lack thereof) to collect taxes and the right (or lack thereof) of an individual to do whatever he wants with his earnings. It would be more helpful if you could point to a specific chapter/section/passage, rather than saying "try reading Marx."
posted by ekroh on Apr 13, 2009 - 11 answers

They're coming to take you away

In the last 50 years of either British or American history, has there ever been a case in which the government has forcibly relocated a large percentage of the town's children for health, safety, or quality of life purposes? [more inside]
posted by np312 on Apr 6, 2009 - 22 answers

In depth article on the "I am a natural person" defense?

"Natural person" / "This court has no jurisdiction over me" in depth article? [more inside]
posted by yesno on Apr 3, 2009 - 5 answers

There better not be an obvious google query for this.

I'm too ignorant to properly evaluate a historical claim that I just read. [more inside]
posted by prefpara on Mar 28, 2009 - 34 answers

who protects the government's critical information infrastructure?

What are some examples of government jobs in the field of security and information assurance? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel on Mar 26, 2009 - 3 answers

Are the occupational projections data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics flawed?

Are BLS occupational projections data flawed? I've often heard that their projections data is flawed, but I can't find any recent (like 2002 and forward), publicly accessible explanations of how it is flawed or even if it has become less flawed (updated their formula, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by anniecat on Mar 24, 2009 - 3 answers

Time for a Third Bank of the U.S.?

Why do we not have a government owned national bank that competes with private banks? [more inside]
posted by medarby on Mar 20, 2009 - 24 answers

Fieldings Folly

Why, now that the Australian government's "Alcopops" tax has failed to pass, does the government owe liquor manufacturers money? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob on Mar 18, 2009 - 12 answers

Examples of whistleblowing by government employees?

Examples of whistleblowing by government employees? [more inside]
posted by heatherfl on Mar 18, 2009 - 14 answers

Direct Democracy or Bureaucratic Nightmare?

Why Can't We Allocate Where Our Taxes Go on Our Tax Form? [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice on Mar 18, 2009 - 16 answers

What happens to trillions in AIG debt?

AIG-in-the-loop-filter: Just how is AIG going to deal with the trillions of toxic debt in their troubled divisions? Give me the possible scenarios. [more inside]
posted by Muirwylde on Mar 17, 2009 - 7 answers

As an expat, should I register with the Canadian govt?

I'm a Canadian (Ontario) citizen, currently living in Eastern Europe. I usually "register" with the Canadian govt. each time I live abroad, just because, well, you never know what might happen. But this time, I have a couple questions: [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 12, 2009 - 3 answers

Economic Information about Australia (GDP and its components)

I'm taking a introductory level macroeconomics course in college. In it, you need to collect a whole bunch of data about a single country (I chose Australia). I got almost all the information I need, but I'm stumped on one small part of it. [more inside]
posted by AZNsupermarket on Mar 3, 2009 - 13 answers

Where to find a comprehensive list of US Governement Agencies

I'm building a component to a website that lists Federal, State, and Local government agencies for people to contact. I know that there are sites out there that have this sort of feature already for their own campaigns. Where can I find one or multiple lists to combine that contain Governmental Agency names, descriptions, and contact information?
posted by davathar on Feb 5, 2009 - 1 answer

I say he's crazy; therefore, he must go through an evaluation.

Australian (and U.S.) Mental Health/Legal Filter. Can you just go and talk your GP into having someone put through a psychiatric evaluation? [more inside]
posted by metalheart on Feb 1, 2009 - 14 answers

Don't Worry About the Government

Government security clearance help: how long does it take? What will (and won't) they find? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 28, 2009 - 16 answers

Venn? Is that you?

Trying to find a diagram of the branches of US government. But a specific one. [more inside]
posted by cooker girl on Jan 19, 2009 - 2 answers

What is this visualization?

Asking for a friend, what is this visualization on the White House website? You can see the part of interest between 01:34 and 01:39. [more inside]
posted by R343L on Jan 15, 2009 - 2 answers

Learning Unfamiliar Cultures

Please help me learn more about cultures different from my own? [more inside]
posted by netbros on Jan 15, 2009 - 12 answers

Who catches the things that slip through the cracks?

How does the U.S. Government follow up on concerns, both chronic and acute? [more inside]
posted by Fuka on Jan 13, 2009 - 13 answers

Dems block banking regulations?

In a discussion that I had with my brother over the holidays, he explained to me how the banking /investment failure was all the democrats fault. After picking myself up off the floor, he continued to explain to me how the dems blocked a bill that the republicans were trying to get through the senate to increase regulations on banks and their investment practices. After much googling, I am still unable to find what he could be referring to. Does this bill sound familiar to anyone? [more inside]
posted by newpotato on Jan 11, 2009 - 31 answers

"North American Union? Awesome Idea!"

Are there any organizations directly supporting something analogous to a North American Union that people can join at a grassroots level? If not, what's the most integrationist? [more inside]
posted by StrikeTheViol on Jan 9, 2009 - 6 answers

Journalist/Political Blogging from, and about, Turkey. Censorship issues?

I'm re-locating to Turkey in the upcoming months (due to unrelated circumstances), and whilst there, I intend on starting, and keeping, a regular blog about current events, human rights issues, the EU bid, and such. Photojournalism, where appropriate - and available - will also be included. So, I suppose I have a few questions. (long post, my apologies!) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 1, 2009 - 9 answers

Pretty please don't profit off torture?

If you knew someone considering doing business with the Chinese Government, how would you convince them of it's moral reprehensiveness as neatly and concisely as possible?
posted by radgardener on Dec 29, 2008 - 13 answers

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