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  • Democrats Could Face Midterm ‘Catastrophe’ in California

    05/18/2018 8:07:33 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 30 replies
    brietbart ^ | 05/18/2018 | Joel B Pollak
    Democrats had been counting on victories in at least half a dozen California congressional districts to bring them closer to the 24 needed to take control of the U.S. House of Representatives. Republicans only hold 14 seats in the Golden State, and Hillary Clinton won many of those districts in the 2016 election. But a combination of factors — including an excess of Democratic contenders, and a surge in Republican enthusiasm — could thwart those plans. California has a unique primary system called the “top two” or “jungle” primary, under which every voter can vote for any candidates, and the...
  • A reckoning is coming for blue states

    05/17/2018 4:17:01 PM PDT · by re_tail20 · 108 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 17, 2018 | Megan McArdle
    Before the ink was dry on our new tax bill, outraged blue states were screaming about the cap on the deductibility of state and local taxes. Their governments were also frantically seeking ways around it, and small wonder. For decades, high-tax states with a lot of wealthy residents enjoyed a hefty subsidy from the rest of America. Legislators were understandably panicked over what voters might do when handed the rest of the bill. That panic generated some desperate ideas. The most popular, currently, is allowing people to convert tax payments above the $10,000 cap into a "charitable donation." New York,...
  • NJ Gov. Murphy Allows Illegal Immigrants to Get College Financial Aid, Challenges Trump

    05/10/2018 6:16:54 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05/09/2018 | staff
    New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) signed a bill Wednesday that allows New Jersey college students who are in the country illegally to obtain financial aid for their education, several news outlets reported. Murphy called the United States the "world's melting pot" where people come "in the hope of a new life," when he signed the legislation at Rutgers-Newark, according to NJ.com. The bill's sponsor, State Senator Teresa Ruiz (D-Newark), praised Murphy's move, saying that the Garden State prides itself in investing in "all of our students throughout their K-12 academic careers." She said it is not right to limit...
  • Who Will Replace Eric Schneiderman? Hillary Clinton’s Name Has Been Floated Around

    05/08/2018 8:59:32 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 101 replies
    Bustle ^ | May 7, 2018 | Lani Seelinger
    New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is out after the New Yorker published bombshell allegations that he had assaulted multiple women, so of course the speculation as already begun as to who will step into the job next. In answering the question of who will replace Eric Schneiderman, some people are saying Hillary Clinton should. Due to multiple issues with Clinton as a potential pick, though, it's almost certain that those people's dream will never come true. So far, Newsday has reported that the state legislature, which has the power to appoint a new attorney general, has not given any...
  • California to become first U.S. state mandating solar on new homes

    05/08/2018 8:29:19 AM PDT · by socal_parrot · 14 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 5/4/18 | Jeff Collins
    For seven years, a handful of homebuilders offered solar as an optional item to buyers willing to pay extra to go green. Now, California is on the verge of making solar standard on virtually every new home built in the Golden State.
  • Connecticut To Give Its Electoral College Votes To National Popular Vote Victor

    05/07/2018 8:29:42 AM PDT · by where's_the_Outrage? · 171 replies
    MSN News ^ | May 7, 2018 | Dominique Mosbergen
    Connecticut’s legislature has passed a bill that would give the state’s Electoral College votes to the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote nationally. The state Senate voted 21-14 on Saturday to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which includes 10 states and the District of Columbia. The state House passed the measure last week, 77 to 73.
  • thanks to jerry brown and the leftists: the great california train wreck

    05/04/2018 3:23:08 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 50 replies
    barbwire ^ | 20 March, 2018 | Robert Knight
    Let me just say from the outset that I still miss California. When I see news about my former state, it’s like reading the details of a train wreck after having safely disembarked a comfortable time ago. I and my family got to live in Orange County for seven glorious years and another year in the Bay Area when the state was not convulsed with insanity on stilts. It was sunny nearly every day, with low humidity. There were no bugs. Our local amusement parks were Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm. We did, as Californians are fond of boasting, go...
  • My clients are fleeing NJ like it is on fire

    05/04/2018 11:01:48 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 66 replies
    WSJ ^ | 5/2/18 | James Freeman
    That headline arrives via email from a money manager in northern New Jersey. The Garden State already has the third largest overall tax burden and the country’s highest property tax collections per capita. Now that federal reform has limited the deduction for state and local taxes, the price of government is surging again among high-income earners in New Jersey and other blue states. Taxpayers are searching for the exits. In the financial industry of course it’s not just the clients who are looking for greener pastures. One hedge fund manager moving his office to a southern state reports that his...
  • Trump tax cut leaves blue states bluer, but they do have a way out (SALT sends NY, CA scrambling)

    05/04/2018 7:18:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 05/04/2018 | HUNT LAWRENCE AND DANIEL J. FLYNN
    High-tax states face a choice: reduce taxes or lose taxpayers. Stephen Moore and Art Laffer forecast in the Wall Street Journal the loss of 800,000 California and New York residents over the next three years. The exodus, the economics experts say, comes because of the tax bill, which limits the state and local tax (SALT) deduction to $10,000, passed in December. Previously, the feds forced no monetary limit on filers. California taxes individuals earning $1 million or more at a rate of 13.3 percent. New York levies an 8.8 percent rate upon individuals making a similar amount of money annually....
  • Blue City Exodus Could Accelerate Because Of The GOP Tax Cut

    04/25/2018 12:33:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/25/2018 | John Sexton
    A columnist for the Hill published a piece today outlining what she calls the “great exodus” out of America’s bluest cities. This is a well-established trend, one which our own Jazz Shaw has written about as recently as January. The author of the Hill piece argues that the GOP tax cut is about to put this trend into overdrive: The recently passed tax bill, which repeals the state and local tax (SALT) deduction, will only speed up the exodus. Thanks to the bill’s passage, many New York taxpayers will save little or nothing despite a cut in the federal...
  • ‘Not Being Viewed as an Enemy’ Propels California Company’s Move to Texas, says CEO

    04/18/2018 6:27:02 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 80 replies
    breitbart ^ | 14 Apr 2018 | MERRILL HOPE
    The top executive of a Southern California private charter airline says the Golden State’s hostile business environment propelled his company’s decision to relocate to Texas. “Not being viewed as an enemy, but being viewed as an asset is so refreshing,” said Alex Wilcox, Chief Executive Officer of JetSuite Inc. He described the air carrier’s decision to move to North Texas this summer as a “welcome change.” He shared a glaring example of one difference between California and business-friendly Texas. “I tried to start flying out of Santa Monica, California. And they sued me because I was trying to bring a...
  • The grieving father leading the fight to repeal California’s sanctuary state law

    04/07/2018 5:53:40 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | April 7, 2018 | JAZZ SHAW
    At this point, California is fighting a war on two fronts in an effort to save their besieged sanctuary state law known as SB54. The federal government is suing the state to repeal three recent laws enacted covering various aspects of immigration enforcement. Simultaneously, several cities and at least one county are suing them from the inside, declaring that they are exempt from the laws. But now the internal revolt will be taken to the next level.In 2010, Don Rosenberg lost his son to a car accident caused by an unlicensed immigrant driver. Since that time he’s been on a...
  • (Idiot) Governor Of Connecticut Says 'NRA Has Become A Terrorist Organization'

    03/08/2018 5:29:19 AM PST · by Zakeet · 56 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | March 7, 2018 | Henry Rodgers
    Connecticut’s governor called the National Rifle Association (NRA) a terrorist organization in an interview Tuesday. Gov. Dannel Malloy, a Democrat, also said his state would "boycott" the NRA and said the organization has been acting like a "terrorist organization," in an interview with Fox61. He also believes the NRA has changed throughout the past 20 years. "They act, quite frankly, in some cases as a terrorist organization," Malloy said. "You want to make safer guns? We will boycott your company. That's who they are. That's what they do."
  • Dear California: Call Me When the Commies Leave (Why I threw in the towel after 22 Years)

    03/05/2018 8:12:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 108 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 03/05/2018 | Stephen Kruiser
    It finally happened. After 22 years in Los Angeles -- 13 on its West Side -- I threw half my life into boxes, the other half into dumpsters, and returned to my native Arizona. It wasn't a decision I had been pondering for very long. After the first of the year I began to kick the idea around rather casually, then a few things fell into place quite unexpectedly and, by the middle of January, getting out seemed like the only logical thing to do.Emotionally, it was a different story. I love California. More specifically, I love Los Angeles. There...
  • Sorry, Liberals Fleeing Blue State Sewers is NOT a Laughing Matter

    02/09/2018 7:41:29 AM PST · by impetrio1 · 88 replies
    Black & Blonde Media ^ | 2/9/18 | Bob Parks
    You've seen the news reports. Sadly, so many on the right share them with glee. Yes, there are many people leaving blue states because of the high taxes, failing schools, tolerance (if not enabling) of illegal aliens, high crime, etc. The problem is too many believe liberals are not only fleeing for the same reasons, but have finally seen the errors of their ways and are now going to participate in Republican politics and vote accordingly. Big WRONG.
  • Maryland will sue Trump administration over state tax-deduction cap

    02/09/2018 5:09:35 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 3, 2018 | Andrew Blake
    Maryland will sue the Trump administration for capping state and local tax (SALT) deductions in its new federal tax law, the state’s attorney general said Thursday. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed by President Trump last year contains a provision capping SALT deductions at $10,000, and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh said residents across the heavily-taxed state stand to take a hit as a result. “By eliminating the SALT deductions, Trump’s tax bill will jack up taxes for more than half a million Marylanders,” Mr. Frosh, a Democrat, said in a statement announcing his intent to sue the Trump...
  • New York Times frets over the fortunes of California's wealthiest

    02/08/2018 11:25:57 AM PST · by rktman · 12 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 2/8/2018 | Thom Lifson
    In a daily feature it calls “California Today,” the New York Times expresses concern over the impact of stock market declines on California’s wealthy. It is not out of concern that risk-takers will be disincentivized from making future investments, however. Matt Stevens and Julie Turkewitz write: California has one of the highest top tax brackets in the country, and the state relies heavily on those top earners to fill its coffers. (In 2014, the top 1 percent of earners paid 48 percent of all state income taxes in California, according to a 2016 article in the Economist.) “Since the top...
  • Scott signs pot legalization bill (Vermont)

    01/23/2018 10:56:56 AM PST · by bgill · 87 replies
    wcax ^ | Jan. 22, 2018 | Neal Goswami
    Gov. Phil Scott has signed Vermont's marijuana legalization bill into law. A Scott administration official tells WCAX the governor signed the bill shortly before 2 p.m. Monday. Scott is now the first governor in the country to sign marijuana legalization into law. Eight other states legalized marijuana through public referendums. In a letter to lawmakers, Scott said he signed the bill, H.511, with "mixed emotions." The bill allows Vermonters over the age of 21 to have an ounce of weed and to grow a few plants. Once signed, the new law goes into effect July 1.
  • California Dems propose surcharge on businesses to fund social programs

    01/20/2018 3:44:46 AM PST · by lowbridge · 62 replies
    Fox news ^ | January 20, 2018 | Bradford Betz
    Lawmakers from California have proposed a bill that would compel companies making more than $1 million to turn over half their tax-cut savings to the state in order to fund programs that support low-income and middle-class families. Assembly members Kevin McCarthy, D-Sacramento, and Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, have proposed an Assembly Constitutional Amendment that would enact a tax surcharge on California companies, in order to help people who have been negatively affected by the GOP’s tax overhaul, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. -snip “Trump’s tax reform plan was nothing more than a middle-class tax increase,” Ting said in a statement. “It...
  • Wealthy exodus to escape new tax rules worries California Democrats

    01/18/2018 6:35:38 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 55 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 1/18/2018 | ADAM ASHTON
    The Republican-backed federal tax bill flipped the tables on a never-ending question for California politicians: Will high taxes lead the state’s wealthiest residents to flee the Golden State for the comparable tax havens of Florida, Nevada and Texas? Republicans reliably raise that alarm when Democrats advocate for tax increases, like the 2012 and 2016 ballot initiatives that levied a new income tax on very high-earning residents. But now, with the federal tax bill cutting off deductions that benefited well-off Californians, the state’s Democrats suddenly are singing the GOP song about a potential millionaire exodus. “People with higher incomes pay a...