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Lawmaker Seeks to Stop Politically-Themed License Plates

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- Arizona wants to honor the Tea Party with a commemorative license plate, but a U.S. congressman says that's a bad idea.

New York Democrat Gary Ackerman maintains states shouldn't be in the business of promoting political parties on the right or left and so he's introduced the "License Plate Political Slush Fund Prevention Act of 2011."

Ackerman's bill would slash 15 percent of a state's federal highway funds if they make license plates that fill the coffers of groups that work toward the election or defeat of political candidates.

The lawmaker is taking particular aim at Arizona's bill, which he says is the Republicans' attempt to "create a slush fund for its Tea Party friends.  It’s a scheme that smacks of cronyism, and should not be allowed to become law."

Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican, hasn't said whether she'll sign the measure, which allows some of the proceeds from the plates to go into a fund that promotes "Tea Party principles."

Republicans from other states, including Nevada, Texas and Virginia, are also considering vanity license plates that pay tribute to the Tea Party.?

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Former Hill Aide, Wife of White House Staffer Found in Burned Car

Photo Courtesy - Bill Clark/Roll Call/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Ashley Turton, a former aide to Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., and wife of White House staff member Dan Turton, was found dead Monday morning in her burned-out car in the garage of her home in Southeast Washington, D.C.

Turton, a mother of three-year-old twins and a one-year-old, worked as a lobbyist for Progress Energy.

Metro police said they initially received a call at 4:50 a.m. about a car accident. The D.C. Fire Department initially responded to calls for a garage fire at the Turton's rowhouse.

They could not put out the fire, but then discovered an adult, later identified as Turton, was in the car.

Authorities believe the car crashed into the garage, but the investigation is still ongoing.

Turton was scheduled to be at work, and was most likely involved with the merger between Progress Energy and Duke Energy, which was announced last week. She had been an employee of Progress Energy since September 2007.

Her husband, Dan, is White House liaison to the House of Representatives.

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