Cuomo signs sweeping new gun-control measures in New York

January 15, 2013

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

* New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed sweeping new gun-control measures into law on Tuesday that calls for a tougher assault weapons ban and aims to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill who make threats. The state Senate-passed measure cleared the House by a 104-to-43 margin on Tuesday. Viewed widely as the toughest gun law in the nation, it is the first new gun-control law passed since the Newtown, Conn., shootings.

* President Obama is set to announce new gun-control proposals Wednesday, including an assault weapons ban, universal background checks and limits on the number of bullets that ammunition clips can hold. Obama is also expected to include a slate of up to 19 executive actions his administration can take to attempt to limit gun violence. Meanwhile, Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Tex.) says he’s willing to initiate impeachment proceedings against Obama if the White House implements new gun-control measures through executive action.

* Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Mass.) will not run in a special election to replace Sen. John Kerry (D), if Kerry is confirmed as secretary of state. So far, DSCC-backed Rep. Ed Markey (D) has the Democratic field to himself, with Capuano joining a list of several other potential contenders who've said they won't run. The big question now is whether Rep. Stephen Lynch (D) will make a bid.

* Tuesday afternoon, the House agreed to a $17 billion bill intended to cover immediate Hurricane Sandy relief needs. The measure passed on a 327-to-91 vote. Later, the House will take action on a measure that would provide $33.6 billion in additional money to cover a longer-term rebuilding effort.

* Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway (D) said he is taking "a very, very serious look" at running for governor in 2015. It's also a sign that Conway won't challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in 2014. Conway lost to Sen. Rand Paul (R) in 2010.

* Former Colorado House speaker and 2010 Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff (D) is weighing a challenge to Rep. Mike Coffman (R) in a district that Coffman narrowly won in 2012.

WHAT YOU SHOULDN'T MISS:

* One group of House Democrats is pitching a straightforward solution to the debate over raising the debt ceiling: Get rid of it altogether. Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), Jim Moran (D-Va.), Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.) will introduce a measure Wednesday to  repeal the federal borrowing limit.

* Former governor Mark Sanford (R) will officially announce his campaign in South Carolina's 1st District special election on Wednesday. Sanford represented the 1st District from 1995 until 2001.

* Former Illinois Republican congressman Joe Walsh's next move may be to become a talk radio host.

* Chelsea Clinton will be the honorary chair of the day of service that will kick off Obama’s inauguration weekend.

* Former New Hampshire Republican Party chairman Fergus Cullen is launching a  new 501(c)4 non-profit group called "Americans by Choice." The group bills itself as a "center-right organization that supports immigration reform."

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