Court will proceed despite shutdown
The Supreme Court says its business will go on despite the ongoing government shutdown.
The high court announced Thursday it will hear its first arguments of the year Monday and continue hearing arguments through at least the end of next week. This comes despite the budget impasse in Congress that has caused the furloughing of hundreds of thousands of government employees.
The court announced on its website that its building will be open to the public during its usual hours.
Justices are scheduled to hear arguments next week over political campaign donation limits. Lawyers are challenging government limits on what individuals can give to candidates, political parties and political action committees in a two-year federal election cycle.
Democratic group aims ads at GOP over shutdown
An outside political group supporting House Democrats is casting blame for the government shutdown on nine House Republicans in a series of television and online ads.
House Majority PAC is launching a six-figure broadcast television ad-buy this week against Republican Reps. Steve Southerland of Florida, Joe Heck of Nevada and Dave Joyce of Ohio. The ads accuse the Republicans of causing the federal government shutdown. The GOP seats are top priorities for Democrats in the 2014 midterm elections.
The group also is planning online ads against House Republicans representing districts in California, Colorado, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York and Minnesota.
The TV ads will air in Tallahassee, Fla., Las Vegas, and Cleveland, part of a larger effort by both parties to gain leverage in the government shutdown..
Governor rejected in offer to reopen Grand Canyon
Arizona’s Republican leaders, known for picking fights with the federal government, are seething again now that the Grand Canyon is closed because of the budget crisis in Washington.
Gov. Jan Brewer wants the state’s signature national park reopened and has offered to pay for it with state money, but her proposal was rejected Thursday by a park official who said that as long as the federal government remains shut down, such a plan isn’t an option.
The shutdown that began Tuesday has led to furloughs for about 2,200 people who work at the Grand Canyon National Park and its hotels.
Many of those businesses also have offered to chip in to pay to reopen the park.