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lock box

lock box  n.—Gloss: a government account or fund which is protected from reappropriation to other government programs. «The current casinos bill under consideration puts about $300 million in an account, which legislators refer to as a...

pimp slap

pimp slap  n.— «“While Clark County is more than willing to participate in a dialogue with you and your legislative leaders about the future of these programs, we believe strongly that they should be one of the last programs to be cut...

hard dog to keep on the porch

hard dog to keep on the porch  n.— «The second…has to do with Clinton’s sexual appetite.…The Governor was, in the words of a local saying, a hard dog to keep on the porch.» —“Bill Clinton’s Presidency” by...

wraparound service

wraparound service  adj.— «We have tried to persuade our legislators and governor to provide the comprehensive treatment so desperately needed by those who suffer from severe mental illness.…But to no avail. Two assembly bills, both...

green bag nomination

green bag nomination  n.— «The 145 appointments are called “green bag” nominations after the satchel in which the governor’s office delivers them to the state Senate.» —“7 from county are on O’Malley’s nominee...

hog housing

hog housing  attrib.— «That wasn’t what Sen. Joel Heitkamp, D-Hankinson, prime sponsor of the bill, originally wrote when it was introduced. He proposed converting the WSI board to an advisory body and returning authority to the governor...

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