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Norma Paulus was a key figure in Oregon politics in the 70s and 80s, and ran for governor in 1986. 

She missed there, but she was Oregon's first female secretary of state and later served as state school superintendent. 

Her years in the limelight are told in her book The Only Woman in the Room: The Norma Paulus Story

Loopy Laws And Legal Lovers

Oct 1, 2015
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The New Mexico state legislature once considered an amendment to a bill that would have required some expert witnesses in court cases to dress like wizards. 

It didn't become law, but many oddball approaches to the legal system DO get into the books. 

And a new book called The Emergency Sasquatch Ordinance runs down some of the highlights... including the "dress like a wizard bill." 

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Earlier this month, Washington lawmakers met in special session with one purpose in mind: to extend billions in tax breaks for aerospace giant Boeing so the company wouldn't build its next model of airliner in another state.