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  • New mosque seen as welcome addition to Meriden [new FOB]

    01/05/2012 2:07:43 PM PST · by americanophile · 26 replies · 1+ views
    MyRecordJournal ^ | January 4, 2012 | Mary Ellen Godin
    MERIDEN - A new mosque is a welcome addition to the mix of religious institutions on East Main Street and represents the city's history of religious tolerance, said the Rev. James Olson, pastor of Center Congregational Church. "I think it's great there are Muslims in the community," Olson said Wednesday. "Part of Meriden's heritage has always been religious diversity. I think it's just a reflection of what Meriden is." The Islamic Association of Southern Connecticut Inc. received Zoning Board of Appeals approval Tuesday to occupy a former funeral home at 189 E. Main St. as a place of worship.
  • Best and Worst Run States in America — An Analysis Of All 50

    11/29/2011 7:06:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    Wall Street 24X7 ^ | 11/28/2011 | Douglas A. McIntyre, Michael B. Sauter, Charles B. Stockdale, Ashley C. Allen
    How well run are America’s 50 states? The answer depends a lot on where you live. For the second year, 24/7 Wall St. has reviewed data on financial health, standard of living and government services by state to determine how well each state is managed. Based on this data, 24/7 Wall St. ranked the 50 states from the best to worst run. The best-run state is Wyoming. The worst-run state is California. Comparing the 50 states can be a challenge because they are so different. Some states have abundant natural resources while others rely on service or innovation. State populations...
  • Another California company moves away

    09/20/2011 7:46:29 AM PDT · by freedombiz · 22 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 9-20-11 | Jan Norman
    Legacy Electronics, a high-tech contract manufacturer, has opened its new 40,000-square-foot headquarters in Canton, S.D., closing its San Clemente facility. Engle earlier explained the move: “California, unfortunately has become … a more difficult place to do business, a more costly place to do business, especially for manufacturers.
  • Americans Vote Conservative--With Their Moving Vans

    08/31/2011 4:58:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 31, 2011 | Michael Medved
    Conservatives yearn for a big, clarifying electoral victory in November of 2012, but they’re already winning decisively whenever Americans vote with their feet--or their moving vans. New Census numbers show citizens fleeing by the millions from liberal states and flocking in comparable numbers to bastions of rightwing sentiment. Call it the Great Political Migration. Between 2009 and 2010 the five biggest losers in terms of “residents lost to other states” were all prominent redoubts of progressivism: California, New York, Illinois, Michigan and New Jersey. Meanwhile, the five biggest winners in the relocation sweepstakes are all commonly identified as “red states”...
  • An Illegal Alien's Guide to the Top Five Best Places to Live In America

    06/29/2011 8:19:36 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 39 replies
    Fox News - ^ | June 29, 2011 | Bob Dane
    When “relocating” to the United States, it’s best to avoid states that have selfishly put the interests of their legal residents ahead of yours with laws that hinder your access to jobs and benefits. But many attractive destinations remain, endorsed by millions of illegal aliens already living in each. 1. California California’s state motto “Eureka” (I have found it!) aptly applies here. The state's population includes 3.2 million illegal aliens -- almost 24% of all illegal aliens in America -- have chosen preferred domicile. Despite its $26 billion budget deficit, the state spends $21.5 billion dollars annually subsidizing illegal alien...
  • Blue State liberals are not like us; they just aren't

    06/28/2011 8:29:36 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 45 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | JUNE 28TH, 2011 | Kevin “Coach” Collins
    The Left is painting itself into a corner that is accelerating the destruction of its fortresses across the country. The red ink soaked Democrats who control Illinois New York California and Massachusetts are seemingly doing everything they can to drive their states into bankruptcy. While Red States such as Alabama Georgia and Arizona have busied themselves passing firm anti-illegal alien laws, America’s Bluest States are busy committing social and financial suicide and taking their dwindling number of American patriots with them. To make it harder for the police to protect their citizens from criminal illegal aliens all four of these...
  • Companies Leaving California in Record Numbers

    06/20/2011 8:15:07 AM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    CARPE DIEM ^ | June 17, 2011 | Mark J. Perry
    California currently ranks #49 among U.S. states for "business tax climate" (Tax Foundation) and #48 for for "economic freedom" (Mercatus). It shouldn't be any surprise then that companies are leaving the "Golden State" in record numbers this year (see chart above) for "golder pastures" and more business-friendly climates in other states.
  • Senate Passes In-State Tuition Bill For Children Of "Undocumented Immigrants"

    05/25/2011 6:20:06 AM PDT · by Blue Turtle · 21 replies
    The state Senate gave final legislative approval Tuesday night to a bill that will allow undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates at Connecticut's public colleges and universities. After a lengthy filibuster by Republican opponents, the state Senate gave final legislative approval Tuesday night to a bill that will allow undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates at Connecticut's public colleges and universities. The vote was 21-14.
  • Black And Blue 2: Blacks Flee Blue States in Droves

    04/02/2011 12:39:50 PM PDT · by neverdem · 66 replies
    The American Interest ^ | March 27, 2011 | Walter Russell Mead
    Two milestones in the long, painful decline of the blue social model were reached this week and reported, of all places, in the pages of the very éminence grise of the monde bleu: the New York Times. The first was a piece of national and historical news: The Census reported that waves of blue state blacks fled the stagnant job opportunities, high taxes and rotten social conditions of the mostly blue northern states to seek better lives for themselves in the south.. --snip-- Within those states, Chicago and the city of the New York (widely considered among the most successful...
  • Conservatives Now Outnumber Liberals in Deep-Blue States

    03/30/2011 9:12:45 PM PDT · by curth · 23 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Posted on March 30, 2011 | Emily Esfahani Smith
    That conservatives outnumber liberals nationally is not exactly news. But this is: according to a new poll from Gallup, even traditionally liberal states are drifting rightward. Business Insider explains that “Conservatives now outnumber liberals in deep-blue bastions like Vermont, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Oregon.” Some specifics: Mississippi is the first state with more than 50% conservative identification, with Idaho, Alabama, Wyoming, and Utah approaching that level, and Arkansas, South Carolina, North Dakota, Louisiana, and South Dakota (the rest of the top-ten conservative states) 45% or higher. Conservatives outnumber liberals in even the most liberal-leaning states (excluding the District of Columbia):...
  • Why blacks are voting with their feet

    03/29/2011 2:57:11 AM PDT · by Scanian · 52 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 28, 2011 | Thomas Sowell
    The latest data from the 2010 Census show how people are moving from place to place within America. In gen eral, people are voting with their feet against places where the liberal, welfare-state policies favored by the intelligentsia are most deeply entrenched. When you break it down by race and ethnicity, it's painfully clear what's happening. Both whites and blacks are leaving California, the poster state for the liberal, welfare-state and nanny-state philosophy. Whites are also fleeing the big Northeastern liberal, welfare states like Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, as well as the same kinds of states in...
  • 16 States Going to War on Unions

    02/24/2011 5:56:03 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 44 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 02/23/11
    16 States Going to War on Unions The Daily Beast Wed Feb 23, 11:52 pm ET NEW YORK – With Wisconsin locked in a union battle, The Daily Beast looks at the 15 states that could blow up next and crunches the numbers to find whether they're really on shaky financial footing—or playing politics. Revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt have toppled despotic governments, while Libyans are on the verge of doing the same. The stakes are not as high in Wisconsin and the 15 other states that have proposed or are expected to propose various levels of de-engagement from both...
  • Taxes trigger a Texodus in New York

    12/27/2010 9:54:13 AM PST · by Nachum · 124 replies · 13+ views
    New York Post ^ | 12/27/10 | Jennifer Fermino
    The Lone Star State is scooping up more than just our congressional seats -- some $846 million in personal income shifted from New York to Texas in an eight-year period during the last decade, according to an analysis of IRS tax returns. Texas, which has no state or local income taxes and an enviably low cost of living, has been steadily poaching New Yorkers since the '90s, according to data from the Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan tax research organization based in Washington. From 2000 to 2008, more than $846 million in personal income moved from New York to Texas --...
  • Sorry GOP, There's Just One Problem With Your Huge Census Victory

    12/21/2010 10:13:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 82 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/21/2010 | Joe Weisenthal
    Yes, more and more of the American population now lives in red states, and that will benefit the GOP in Congress and Presidential elections. But while the map is getting redder, the red states themselves may are getting bluer, especially Texas, which was the huge winner with a net pickup of 4 seats. This chart is from the state of Texas. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see where the population growth has come from, and where it's going (hint: the growth is not coming from the GOP Anglo base). Note that if we're just talking white population, Texas...
  • Red vs. Blue: Bloods vs. Crips (Regardless of party in power, little changes in overall trend)

    11/08/2010 6:52:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 11/08/2010 | Monty Pelerin
    National politicians have been served notice that the American people have finally awakened. Dissatisfaction with government is palpable. It showed in the election, in polls, and in voting patterns. Ron Fourier summarized recent polling: More than 70 percent of Americans believe the country is on the wrong track.Almost as many believe the nation faces a "leadership crisis."Three quarters of voters disapprove of Congress, a near record low.Nearly 6 out of every 10 voters are more willing to take a chance this year on a candidate with little political experience.More than a quarter of voters are willing to back a candidate...
  • Blue States See Red Over Redistricting [People are moving to Red States.]

    10/01/2010 6:59:45 PM PDT · by SeattleBruce · 85 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 10/1/2010 | Daniel J. Flynn
    ...What reapportionment says about the future is perhaps less interesting than what it says about the present. Red states are gaining population relative to blue states because of the divergence in policy. Jobs, and thus people, flock to red states because they are generally easier places to do business. If the states are, as Justice Brandeis posited, laboratories of democracy, then places such as New York, which will have lost sixteen electoral votes since 1960, and Massachusetts, which will have gone from fourteen to nine seats in those five decades, must be considered failed experiments....
  • Red vs. blue family in black and white

    07/26/2010 5:22:55 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | July 25, 2010 | Cheryl Wetzstein
    Young parents Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston may have gotten engaged again recently, but they are still a quintessential "red" family trying to swim against the tide of family change, say two family law professors who have launched a debate about "red" and "blue" American families. The 2004 and 2008 elections showed a divided America — and that division extends even to families, Naomi Cahn and June Carbone write in their book, "Red Families v. Blue Families: Legal Polarization and the Creation of Culture." In blue states, families tend to be well-educated, have high-paying jobs, be tolerant of diversity and...
  • Democrats Force Captain America to Flee America

    California's Democrats have forced the upcoming Captain America movie to be filmed in England. Why would that be, Buckey? Because it's just too expensive to film the movie in California because of the Democrat's punitive taxes. For Yahoo Movies, Mike Ryan asks a seminal question: Should We Now Call Him 'Captain England'? In his lament, Ryan worries over the U.S. film industry as movies and TV shows flee America, specifically California, for the cheaper production rates of Canada and England. And now Democrats are so concerned with propping up union thugs, forcing themselves on the people at every avenue, and...
  • 12 more firms on ‘Leaving California’ list

    05/11/2010 8:09:54 AM PDT · by edcoil · 140 replies · 3,964+ views
    OC Register ^ | 5-11-2010 | edcoil
    Irvine business relocation specialist Joseph Vranich has added another 12 companies to his growing list of companies that are moving part or all of their operations out of California. I first noted the list when it had 100 companies. It’s now up to 129 names. “It’s no mystery what causes companies to leave California: high taxes, undue regulation, workers’ comp costs, a legal environment stacked against businesses, and lengthy and costly construction permitting requirements,” Vranich says
  • New York state could run out of money in June...

    04/25/2010 8:09:13 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 41 replies · 1,327+ views
    The Post-Standard-Syracuse New York ^ | 4/25/10 | By Delen Goldberg
    New York state is on track to run out of money in June and will almost certainly end the months of May, June, July and August with a negative balance, according to Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and state budget officials. That’s unprecedented in New York history, DiNapoli said. “The state’s finances are very shaky,” DiNapoli said. “Big bills are piling up, and there may not be enough cash to cover them.” The state ended the 2009-10 fiscal year (which closed March 31) with a general fund balance of $2.3 billion. But that’s only because Gov. David Paterson delayed $2.9 billion in...
  • Does U.S. Need To Split Along Political Lines?

    04/05/2010 5:15:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 246 replies · 4,251+ views
    Investors.com ^ | April 5, 2010 | WALTER WILLIAMS
    Ten years ago I asked the following question in a column titled "It's Time To Part Company": "If one group of people prefers government control and management of people's lives and another prefers liberty and a desire to be left alone, should they be required to fight, antagonize one another, risk bloodshed and loss of life in order to impose their preferences or should they be able to peaceably part company and go their separate ways?" The problem that our nation faces is very much like a marriage where one partner has broken, and has no intention of keeping, the...
  • Why Is Obama Avoiding Half The Country?

    03/29/2010 9:45:16 AM PDT · by CaroleL · 13 replies · 602+ views
    TalkingSides.com ^ | 03/29/10 | CaroleL
    The latest proof that President Barack Obama is ignoring the half of the country that dares to disagree with him and his policies is a recent analysis of more than 500 addresses, speeches, and remarks he has given. Evidently Mr. Obama chose to speak publicly in states he carried in the 2008 election almost 10 times more often than in those states carried by John McCain. (source) Here's the breakdown:
  • Bluest States Also Most In Debt, Highly Unionized, and Solidly Democrat (coincidence, right?)

    02/28/2010 7:01:47 AM PST · by gusopol3 · 11 replies · 744+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 28, 2010 | Mark Tapscott
    "'Unions in general have more influence in Democratic-controlled states,' he says. 'This isn't to say that unions are bad, but where they're strong you have bigger demands for social services and coalitions with construction companies, road builders and others that push up debt.'"
  • Bluest States Spilling The Most Red Ink

    02/25/2010 3:43:23 PM PST · by Lorianne · 10 replies · 590+ views
    Forbes ^ | 25 February 2010 | Neil Weinberg
    Want to know which states are in the worst financial condition? One telling indicator that might not immediately come to mind is whether most of its citizens identify themselves as Democrats. The five states in the worst financial condition--Illinois, New York, Connecticut, California and New Jersey--are all among the bluest of blue states. The five most fiscally fit states are more of a mix. Three--Utah, Nebraska and Texas--boast Republican majorities and two--New Hampshire and Virginia--skew Democratic.
  • Valentine Poll: New York Guys Most Thoughtful. Huh?

    02/12/2010 1:29:52 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 13 replies · 272+ views
    Poltics Daily/Woman Up ^ | February 12, 2010 | Annie Groer
    Attention, romantics. Wondering if your guy has already ordered your Valentine flowers, booked theater tickets or a romantic dinner? Depends where you live. Maybe. The folks at Couponcodes4u.com, which aggregates on-line deals and discounts for hundreds of U.S. e-tailers, claim "three-quarters of male New Yorkers" -- that would be approximately 7 million of them, thank you -- have already bought or ordered something for their partners, making the Empire State "home to the most the most thoughtful men in America." Well, maybe, if the survey sample included every gent who just received an AIG or Wall Street bonus, and excluded...
  • 10 ‘least religious’ states

    02/08/2010 7:14:33 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 53 replies · 1,905+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 02/07/2010 | Source: Gallup Poll; (www.humanevents.com/ar
    1. Vermont 2. New Hampshire 3. Maine 4. Massachusetts 5. Alaska 6. Washington 7. Oregon 8. Rhode Island 9. Nevada 10. Connecticut
  • Poll: More states blue than red

    02/01/2010 5:34:42 PM PST · by myknowledge · 39 replies · 1,045+ views
    UPI ^ | February 1, 2010
    PRINCETON, N.J., Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Two New England states were the most Democratic U.S. states in 2009 and two Mountain states were the most Republican, a poll indicates. Rhode Island and Massachusetts, along with the District of Columbia, were the bluest, while results, based on aggregated data from the Gallup Poll Daily tracking in 2009, painted Utah and Wyoming the reddest, the Princeton, N.J., polling agency said Monday.
  • Mass exodus from Michigan as wheels come off US car industry

    01/19/2010 11:22:34 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 47 replies · 1,905+ views
    Earth times ^ | January 20, 2010 | dpa
    Detroit - Chris Jaszczak took a gamble when he bought a theatre in the heart of Detroit in 1987, at a time when the steady decline of the US car industry was prompting many to flee a region that was once the pride of US manufacturing. "My friends all thought I was nuts," said Jasczczak, owner of 1515 Broadway. "In the '80s, people were abandoning buildings, not buying them." Yet Jaszczak, whose father spent 44 years in the car industry as an interior designer for Fisher Body, has managed to keep his business afloat as Detroit and the state of...
  • True-Blue Massachusetts Is Red Alert to Obama: Margaret Carlson

    01/18/2010 6:31:58 PM PST · by icwhatudo · 34 replies · 1,664+ views
    Business Week ^ | January 18, 2010 | Margaret Carlson
    Jan. 19 (Bloomberg) -- If Massachusetts, that bluest of blue states, goes Republican, say goodbye (or good riddance) to health-care reform and any chance that the Democrats will be able to pass much of anything in the Senate. Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold will struggle to overcome a filibuster just to get National Cheese Week proclaimed.
  • United: Residents say bye to Ill. in ’09

    01/11/2010 5:50:25 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 10 replies · 523+ views
    St Louis Biz Talk ^ | 01/08/10 | Kelsey Volkmann
    More people left Illinois last year than any other state except Michigan, a new study shows. In 2009, more than 58 percent of moves in Illinois tracked by a United Van Lines’ migration study involved people packing up to leave the state. Of 10,940 moves, 6,365 were outbound and 4,575 were inbound. Missouri was one of six states to achieve near-perfect balance, gaining approximately the same number of residents as were lost during the year’s 5,960 moves, United Van Lines found.
  • Census shows the states we flee

    12/28/2009 3:48:44 AM PST · by Scanian · 43 replies · 2,282+ views
    NY Post ^ | December 28, 2009 | Michael Barone
    Every year around Christmastime, the Census Bureau releases its population estimates for each state for the 12 months ending on July 1. The numbers look dry on a sheet of paper (or on an Excel spreadsheet on your computer), but they tell some vivid stories. The more so when they reflect, as the numbers for 2008-09 do, the effects of a sharp downward shift in the nation’s economy. Given the recession, it’s not a surprise that percentage growth, at 0.86 percent, was the lowest in this decade, just a tad below the rate in 2002-03, and well below the peak...
  • Residents fleeing liberal states

    12/27/2009 9:13:39 PM PST · by aquapub · 171 replies · 4,033+ views
    The latest numbers from the Census Bureau show that there is a mass exodus of taxpayers happening in all the most liberal states. This means that such states are not only losing urgently needed revenues at the worst possible time, but also representation both in the electoral college and in the House. As I have noted before, studies also unsurprisingly show that these states are the most bankrupt. This is how liberals "help" people. As usual, California topped off the list. Even including the illegal immigrants perpetually pouring into the state, it still managed to lose almost 100,000 more residents...
  • Biggest Losers: Where Americans Aren't Moving

    12/27/2009 9:22:48 AM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 61 replies · 2,351+ views
    CNN via Yahoo ^ | 12/24/2009 | staff
    1. California Net loss: 98,798 residents For years more people have fled the Golden State than have arrived. In the year ended July 1, California was the country's biggest loser, with nearly 100,000 more residents leaving than moving in. Still, that was an improvement over earlier losses: In 2006 the net decline was 313,081. 2. New York Net loss: 98,178 residents Like California, New York is, historically, a major exporter of it citizens. The state depends upon foreign migration for its population growth. But also like California, New York's out-migration eased in the year ended July 1. In 2006, nearly...
  • Michigan Forces Business Owners Into Public Sector Unions

    12/26/2009 4:23:11 AM PST · by radar101 · 66 replies · 2,830+ views
    WSJ online ^ | DEC 26, 2009 | PATRICK J. WRIGHT AND MICHAEL D. JAHR
    Michelle Berry runs a private day-care service from her home on the outskirts of this city, the birthplace of General Motors. "The Berry Patch," as she calls the service, features overstuffed purple gorillas, giant cartoon murals, and a playroom covered in Astroturf. Her clients are mostly low-income parents who need child care to keep their jobs in a city that now has a 26% unemployment rate. Ms. Berry owns her own business—yet the Michigan Department of Human Services claims she is a government employee and union member. The agency thus withholds union dues from the child-care subsidies it sends to...
  • The 10 States On The Verge Of A Fiscal Catastrophe

    11/13/2009 7:09:28 AM PST · by FromLori · 50 replies · 2,841+ views
    It's not just California that's dragging the country down. Did you know Wisconsin was in trouble? A new report by the Pew Center on the States, called Beyond California: States In Trouble, shows us the 10 that are weighing the country down. The ranking looks at budget gaps, foreclosure rates, lost state revenues, unemployment, money-management practices, and where "super-majority" requirements are killing efforts to fix the financial mess. Scores for each category are tallied for an overall ranking. We bring you the top 10, counting down from bad to worst. The higher score, the bigger the crisis. California gets a...
  • Ten most troubled states in the U.S.

    11/12/2009 1:39:30 PM PST · by raybbr · 37 replies · 1,585+ views
    Yahoo.com ^ | 11-11-2009 | Tami Luhby
    The same economic pressures that pushed California to the brink of insolvency are wreaking havoc on other states, a new report has found. And how state officials deal with their fiscal problems could reverberate across the United States, according to the Pew Center on the States' analysis released Wednesday.The 10 most troubled states are: Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island and Wisconsin.Other states -- including Colorado, Georgia, Kentucky, New York and Hawaii -- were not far behind.The list is based on several factors, including the loss of state revenue, size of budget gaps, unemployment and...
  • High Jobless Rates in Michigan Cities Force Exodus

    10/24/2009 6:30:01 PM PDT · by Son House · 98 replies · 3,836+ views
    Michigan Messenger ^ | 10/23/09 | By MINEHAHA FORMAN
    The September unemployment stats for Michigan came out this week and they are high — as expected. Mlive.com highlighted the statistics on a municipal level, showing the five cities with the highest jobless rates are all over 25 percent. The cities of Highland Park and Pontiac, which leaned heavily on auto-related employment, had the highest unemployment with 35.2 percent of residents reportedly jobless. Both cities have declared bankruptcy in the recent past. Highland Park recently emerged from state receivership and Pontiac just slipped under state control last year. While the overall state’s unemployment rate is the highest in the nation...
  • AP IMPACT: Obama's favors blue states for travel

    10/13/2009 6:12:10 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 5 replies · 698+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 13 October 2009 | Phillip Elliott
    Link only to AP. Rush mentioned this today. 80% of 0bama's travel inside US is to democrat states.
  • Who Killed California?

    10/02/2009 12:46:00 AM PDT · by Bird Jenkins · 40 replies · 1,556+ views
    Natonal Affairs ^ | Troy Senik
    Since its entry into the Union, in the aftermath of war and the midst of gold fever, the state has seemed an improbable colossus. But again and again, California has made its way through hours of challenge – not only surviving intact, but emerging as a model for the rest of the nation. In the 19th century, despite immense geographic, ethnic, political, and social differences, Californians managed to form a cohesive identity, resisting numerous efforts to divide the state. They overcame the "curse of natural resources" that so long afflicted other commodity-rich states (and still afflicts some, like Alaska), laying the groundwork...
  • Teddymandering ( ON WIKIPEDIA!!! LOL!!! )

    09/26/2009 3:27:24 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 30 replies · 1,887+ views
    Teddymandering is the practice of changing a law to benefit your political party, then reversing the change when your political party will benefit from the original rules to which you objected. Named for former Massachusetts Senator Edward M. "Teddy" Kennedy. Senator Kennedy influenced the Massachusetts state legislature to change the Senatorial succession law during the 2004 election. His reasons were strictly because Senator John Kerry, if elected President, would be replaced by an appointee of (then) Governor Mitt Romney, a Republican. At the time, Kennedy was against any interim appointment until a special election could be held. In 2009, as...
  • Hawaii businesses to be hit with soaring unemployment tax

    09/18/2009 5:52:49 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 49 replies · 2,019+ views
    Source cannot be posted | September 18, 2009
    Unemployment insurance payment of $90 surging to at least $1,040 per worker
  • We need a plan to keep people from leaving the state (Duh!)

    08/18/2009 8:25:29 AM PDT · by Renkluaf · 68 replies · 1,720+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 8/18/09 | Phil Redo
    IT’S A sad testimony to the political state of affairs when elected leaders shrug their shoulders and advance a remarkable “no can do’’ attitude toward the reality of population loss in Massachusetts. When Representative Michael Capuano states he doesn’t “think there’s anyone around who has figured out how to stop the population flow to the Southwest,’’ one has to wonder what is the value of these long-term incumbents. These are our representatives who are “particularly well positioned with their committee assignments,’’ as Representative Richard Neal stated with a curiously disconnected implication. If they’re so well positioned why are they not...
  • The Blue State Blues

    07/23/2009 3:00:13 AM PDT · by Scanian · 6 replies · 664+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | July 22, 2009 | Rosslyn Smith
    At the very moment of blue state electoral triumph, it is the blue states that suffer most from the economic downturn, with the worst prospects of recovery. In The Blue-State Meltdown and the Collapse of the Chicago Model. Joel Kotkin of the American Enterprise Institute examines what ails the blue states, how the ordinary people in those states have been ill served by their leadership and how they how they saw Obama as their saviour. It isn't working out very well for those who thought a Democrat administration would invest in badly needed infrastructure in Blue states neglected by a...
  • Michigan unemployment tops 15%

    07/17/2009 7:56:23 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 63 replies · 1,831+ views
    CNN Money ^ | July 17, 2009 | By Ben Rooney
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Michigan became the first state in 25 years to suffer an unemployment rate exceeding 15%, according to a report released Friday by the government. The state's unemployment rate rose to 15.2% in June. It was the highest of any state since March 1984, when West Virginia's unemployment rate exceeded 15%. Friday's report from the U.S. Labor Department also showed that unemployment topped 10% in 14 other states and the District of Columbia. Over the month, jobless rates increased in 38 states and the District of Columbia. Unemployment rates decreased in 5 states and 7 states had...
  • Michigan unemployment Rate Soars to 15.1%

    07/15/2009 12:09:23 PM PDT · by Kieri · 122 replies · 2,440+ views
    WLNS ^ | 07/15/09 | Various
    Michigan's unemployment rate for June of 2009 jumped to 15.2%. That's a 1.1% increase over the prior month. Rates usually climb or fall by a few tenths of a percent. It's rare to see such a substantial increase or decrease. But experts say the struggling economy combined with the ailing auto market means Michigan has been hit harder than other states. We'll have much more on the numbers and what it means for Michigan tonight on 6 News at 5 and 6.
  • Top Tax Rate Jumps to 50% or More in 39 States if HealthCare Surtax Passes (60% in New York City)

    07/14/2009 8:48:21 PM PDT · by quesney · 49 replies · 2,291+ views
    Tax Foundation ^ | 7/14/09 | TF Staff
    This is CRAZY!! http://www.taxfoundation.org/publications/show/24863.html Our global competitors are laughing their a**es off. How are we supposed to get small businesses to hire and lead us out of recession when they face a more than 50% tax on every last dollar they earn?
  • Blue-State Stimulus?

    07/09/2009 5:55:48 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies · 1,398+ views
    IBD.com ^ | July 9, 2009
    Fiscal Policy: The $787 billion "stimulus" was supposed to stimulate all of America equally, right? As it turns out, as in George Orwell's "Animal Farm," all areas may be equal, but some are politically more equal than others.A report in USA Today says that "billions of dollars in federal aid delivered directly to the local level to help revive the economy have gone overwhelmingly to places that supported President Obama in last year's presidential election." Got that? Money that's supposed to "stimulate" our economy is in fact lining the pockets of Democratic Party supporters. In 2008, 872 counties supported Obama...
  • A Tale of Two States: Texas Vs. California

    06/18/2009 11:11:13 AM PDT · by floridavoter2 · 146 replies · 4,109+ views
    Reason Foundation ^ | March 25, 2009 | Leonard Gilroy
    Having had the pleasure of living several years in Houston earlier this decade, I was constantly amazed at the many things that Texas gets right that other states routinely bungle (see here, for starters). Friends' eyes have been known to glaze over as I tell them that cities like Houston and Dallas are poised to be the powerhouse cities of the 21st century, and in tandem, that Texas is going to blow away most, if not all, other states in economic performance in the next few decades.
  • Freest States

    05/31/2009 9:00:05 AM PDT · by jessduntno · 28 replies · 1,998+ views
    Mercatus ^ | 2009
      William P. Ruger - assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Texas State University. He is currently on military leave, serving in the U.S. Navy in Afghanistan. Ruger earned his PhD in politics from Brandeis University and an AB from the College of William and Mary. Jason Sorens - assistant professor of Political Science at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. He received his doctorate in political science in 2003 from Yale University, and his research focuses on secessionism, ethnic politics, and comparative federalism. His work has also appeared in Regional and Federal...
  • America's Freest States (and Least Free States)

    05/29/2009 5:01:52 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 43 replies · 1,993+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 05/29/2009 | Yahoo
    snip... "On the other end of the spectrum, it was traditionally Democratic states that earned the title of "least free," according to the study. Rhode Island, New Jersey, and New York-all of whom voted Democratic in the past three presidential elections-came in at 48th, 49th and 50th, respectively. However, it is important to note that the study's findings do not all fall along these predictable party lines. Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and Louisiana, for example, all fall in the bottom eleven among states with the most Personal Freedom. Arkansas, Texas, and Missouri, meanwhile finish fourth, fifth, and sixth, respectively in...