Nevada assemblyman Steven Brooks (D) is in jail, arrested for threatening Democratic Speaker-elect Marilyn Kirkpatrick, the Las Vegas Sun reports.
“A source said he was arrested with a loaded gun after threatening to shoot Kirkpatrick… Another Democratic source with knowledge of the situation said Brooks publicly threatened to harm Kirkpatrick because he was unhappy with the committee assignments given to him by Kirkpatrick.”
n his last State of the Union speech before the 2012 election, President Barack Obama will pitch a series of proposals and will address the topics of economic inequality and a government that should ensure “a fair shake for all.”
A Democratic source briefed on the latest draft of the speech said Obama’s proposals will include:
— Tax reform so that wealthy Americans pay more and the Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 expire
— More refinancing for homeowners in trouble
— Additional tax breaks for companies that bring back jobs to the United States
— More clean energy incentives
— Enhanced education and job-training initiatives, especially for high school graduates seeking technical degrees
— Establishment of the so-called “Buffett Rule” that would set a minimum tax rate for people earning more than $1 million.