One dessert, two spoons, waiter: A legislative ethics panel has defined “infrequent occasion” for legislators and will limit lawmakers to accepting 12 free meals a year from lobbyists. An earlier investigation found that the state’s 50 most active lobbyists spent $65,000 buying meals for lawmakers in the first four months of 2013.
As part of the new rule, lawmakers will hand each lobbyist a punchcard and for every 12th meal purchased the lobbyist gets to push the legislator’s “yea” or “nay” button on the floor of the House or Senate on a vote of their choosing.
Going viral: A man who trades in website domain names is looking for a buyer for Ebola.com. He paid $13,500 in 2008 for it, but is now seeking $150,000 for the rights to the url address.
CNN and Fox News denied they’re in a bidding war for the domain; they both want EbolaNewsNetwork.com, instead.
De do do do, de da da da: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its nominees for the hall’s 2015 Class. Among the nominees are Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, The Marvelettes, Bill Withers and Sting.
Sting? The Hall of Fame? We still haven’t forgiven him for lifting the title of his 1985 hit, “If You Love Somebody Set Them Free,” from the base of a Precious Moments figurine.
—Jon Bauer, Herald staff