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  • In the economy Obama says has recovered, actually just 7% of counties have

    01/13/2016 2:56:11 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/13/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    During his State of the Union address, the President said that the United States has “the strongest, most durable economy in the world.” It was a clear shot across the bow at those who might not be feeling the love at the moment and critics who don’t see things through rose colored glasses. So how is the recovery going? The unemployment rate as defined by the Department of Labor is certainly back down to a manageable number, but that doesn’t really speak to the factors which affect people in their day to day lives.The Wall Street Journal took at...
  • Ted Cruz names campaign chairs in all 99 Iowa counties

    10/07/2015 2:26:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Des Moines Register | October 7, 2015 | Matthew Patane
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  • The Most Republican County in Each State

    04/10/2015 7:58:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Wall Street 24X7 | 04/10/2015 | By Alexander Kent, Thomas C. Frohlich and Mark Lieberman
    Since, the site does not allow posting on FR, the curious among you might want to see which country in your state is most Republican by Clicking this link: The Most Republican County in Each State
  • The 10 Best Counties In America {Including a list of the top 50]

    08/07/2014 8:28:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/07/2014 | LAURA ALLAN, MOVOTO REAL ESTATE
    We’ve done a lot of rankings of places here at the Movoto Real Estate Blog for different criteria, like education or safety. But what if you’re just looking for a general area that has a lot to offer? We can help out there, too .We have to give a nod to the East Coast on this one, because they sure wrapped up the top 10. Don’t worry, other states, there are plenty of you represented in the top 50. See the full ranking and methodology, below.1. Loudoun County, Virginia This is one of those instances where the winner was a pretty obvious one,...
  • Trend: Restoring Public Employee's ability to defend themselves

    01/30/2014 4:09:31 PM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 31 January, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    A trend is growing across the nation to restore the ability of public employees to protect themselves. During the last hundred years, the legal ability of public employees to carry defensive weapons has been eroded along with the rights of ordinary citizens. Originally intended to prevent minorities and immigrants from being armed, the philosophy of a disarmed population was put in place in employee codes at all levels of government, local, state, and federal. Much of this was resisted by people with a long cultural affinity for arms, and, as with the general prohibition on concealed weapons, was selectively...
  • Half Of The United States Lives In These Counties

    09/05/2013 3:23:41 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 57 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 9-5-13 | Walter Hickey & Joe Weisenthal
    Using Census data, we've figured out that half of the United States population is clustered in just the 146 biggest counties out of over 3000. Here's the map, with said counties shaded in. Below the map is the list of all the counties, so you can see if you live in one of them. See link for list of names.
  • Five Colorado counties vote to secede, form new state

    11/11/2013 11:22:35 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 38 replies
    The Examiner ^ | November 6, 2013 | Joe Newby
    On Tuesday, five Colorado counties voted to approve the 51st State Initiative, directing county officials to explore secession from the state, the Denver Post reported. Voters in Kit Carson, Washington, Phillips, Cheyenne, and Yuma counties approved the measure, while voters in Weld, Moffat, Elbert, Lincoln, Sedgwick and Logan counties said no. "Weld County voters said this is an option we shouldn't pursue and we won't pursue it," said Weld county Commissioner Sean Conway. "But we will continue to look at the problems of the urban and rural divide in this state." Fort Lupton Mayor Tommy Holton acknowledged Tuesday that secession...
  • Six of 11 counties in Colorado vote to secede

    11/06/2013 4:39:57 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 6, 2013 | Rebecca Shabad
    Eleven of the states 64 counties placed a measure on their Election Day ballots for voters to decide whether to pursue secession. In six counties, the measure passed by mostly wide margins, the The Denver Post reported. The push is unlikely to succeed. In order for the new state to be created, the Colorado electorate or legislature would have to approve and so would the U.S. Congress. Read more: Follow us: @thehill on Twitter | TheHill on Facebook
  • Half Of The United States Lives In These Counties

    09/05/2013 7:00:02 AM PDT · by Kip Russell · 34 replies
    Walter Hickey and Joe Weisenthal ^ | Sept 4, 2013 | Walter Hickey and Joe Weisenthal
    Using Census data, we've figured out that half of the United States population is clustered in just the 146 biggest counties out of over 3000. Here's the map, with said counties shaded in. Below the map is the list of all the counties, so you can see if you live in one of them. And here's the whole list of counties that are shaded in. Los Angeles County, CA Cook County, IL Harris County, TX Maricopa County, AZ San Diego County, CA Orange County, CA Miami-Dade County, FL Kings County, NY Dallas County, TX Queens County, NY (rest of list...
  • Rebellious Colorado counties move forward with plans to secede

    06/25/2013 12:53:14 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 41 replies ^ | 6-25-2103 | Greg Campbell
    Representatives of 10 rural Colorado counties met Monday in the sleepy plains town of Akron, about a half an hour from the Kansas border, to advance a plan that has been both hailed and ridiculed in recent weeks: A bid to split from Colorado and form the countrys 51st state. Eye-rolling critics have dubbed the state-to-be Weldistan, after the county leading the charge and alluding to the heavily conservative values of the northeast region considering secession. Proponents have called it an inevitable result of what they say is a loss of representation in Denver, where Democrats have controlled state government...
  • Census Shows Record 1 In 3 US Counties Are Dying Off

    03/14/2013 6:42:25 AM PDT · by Son House · 23 replies
    FoxNews ^ | March 14, 2013 | Associated Press
    A record number of U.S. counties -- more than 1 in 3 -- are now dying off, hit by an aging population and weakened local economies that are spurring young adults to seek jobs and build families elsewhere. New 2012 census estimates released Thursday highlight the population shifts as the U.S. encounters its most sluggish growth levels since the Great Depression. The areas of natural decrease stretch from industrial areas near Pittsburgh and Cleveland to the vineyards outside San Francisco to the rural areas of east Texas and the Great Plains. A common theme is a waning local economy, such...
  • Kentucky Sheriff Says He Won't Enforce Gun Laws He Feels are Unconstitutional

    01/13/2013 12:00:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet
    Officer Magazine ^ | January 13, 2013 | Jack Brammer
    "My office will not comply with any federal actions which violate the United States Constitution or the Kentucky Constitution which I swore to uphold," Jackson County Sheriff Denny Peyman said. FRANKFORT -- An Eastern Kentucky sheriff said Saturday that he will not enforce any new gun control laws that he considers unconstitutional. Asked whether such a stance makes him more a judge than a law-enforcement official, Jackson County Sheriff Denny Peyman said he has "a team of attorneys to step up with me if necessary to be sure the Second Amendment is upheld." "I consider this a moral obligation," he...
  • Census Bureau: 5 of 10 Wealthiest U.S. Counties Surround Washington, D.C.

    12/13/2012 8:12:42 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 7 replies
    CNS News ^ | December 13, 2012 | Pete Winn
    Five of the Top 10 wealthiest counties in the United States are in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area--within commuting distance for the thousands of federal government workers, lobbyists, lawyers, defense contractors, think-tank experts and political operatives who work in and around the nations capital. The five counties have median household incomes that are roughly double the national median of $50,502. Loudoun County, Va., which lies to the north and west of the District of Columbia, topped the list in 2011, with a median family income of $119,525, according to the U.S. Census Bureaus Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE),...
  • Solar power plants burden the counties that host them

    11/25/2012 8:38:44 AM PST · by thecodont · 21 replies
    Los Angeles Times / ^ | November 25, 2012 | By Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times
    When it comes to attracting business to California's eastern deserts, Inyo County is none too choosy. Since the 19th century the sparsely populated county has worked to attract industries shunned by others, including gold, tungsten and salt mining. The message: Your business may be messy, but if you plan to hire our residents, the welcome mat is out. So the county grew giddy last year as it began to consider hosting a huge, clean industry. BrightSource Energy, developer of the proposed $2.7-billion Hidden Hills solar power plant 230 miles northeast of Los Angeles, promised a bounty of jobs and a...
  • Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne (!) Counties in Michigan in Romeny's Camp?

    10/11/2012 5:27:46 AM PDT · by taildragger · 38 replies
    10/11/2012 | taildragger
    Folks, You can find the story at the various banned from FR Detroit Media Outlets. It was on TV this a.m. and I was shocked at what they were reporting and it dosen't fit IMHO with the overall number or Romney being down.... What was said was Romney is ahead in Oakland, Macomb ( home of the "Reagan Democrats" and 2 points ahead in Wayne County. That one Wayne is striking, Detroit is in Wayne, that to me means the burbs around "Detwaa" that are part of Wayne have thrown "O" overboard.From what I know it is these 3 counties...
  • Seven of nations 10 most affluent counties are in Washington DC region

    09/20/2012 5:27:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 09/20/2012 | Carol Morello and Ted Mellnik
    The Washington region has emerged from the recession looking even more affluent compared with the rest of the country, boasting seven of the 10 counties with the highest household incomes in the nation, new census numbers show. With a median household income surpassing $119,000, Loudoun County heads the list. Fairfax County, at nearly $106,000, is second. Both have held the same positions for several years running. More surprising, Arlington County leapfrogged from the fifth spot to third, with a median household income of almost $101,000, a $6,000 gain in one year. Four in 10 households in the county are single...
  • What did pass the Maryland General Assembly

    04/11/2012 5:15:04 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 10, 2012 | Greg Masters
    Although negotiations over a package of tax increases and a proposed casino collapsed Monday night, the Maryland General Assembly passed a lot of bills this session 791, to be exact. Of those, 96 percent were passed in the last week, including hundreds in the hours and minutes before midnight on Monday. Here are some highlights from the 90-day sessions last day: STORMWATER FEE The Senate spent much of the sessions waning hours fiercely debating a stormwater fee bill that was on few peoples radar earlier in the session. The bill requires localities to fund projects to reduce polluted runoff...
  • Emanuel announces $20 million loan pool to target foreclosures (no end to Chicago Way)

    08/17/2011 5:30:40 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 6 replies
    Sun Times ^ | 8-17-11 | Fran Spielman
    Nine Chicago neighborhoods riddled with foreclosures will get a blitzkrieg of cash and attention to turn those properties around, thanks to a $20 million loan pool unveiled Wednesday. With foreclosures rising by 20 percent in 2010, and resources steadily declining, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is trying a new approach to combat the epidemic that threatens to tear down entire inner-city neighborhoods. Instead of approaching the problem on a house-by-house basis, the mayor is targeting small sub-sections of nine neighborhoods hardest-hit by the foreclosure epidemic: Humboldt Park; Chatham; Chicago Lawn; West Woodlawn; Auburn-Gresham; West Pullman; Belmont-Cragin, Englewood and Grand Boulevard. All nine...
  • Illegal immigrants decline in some California counties

    08/02/2011 3:47:16 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies
    LA Times ^ | 8/2/11 | Alana Semuels
    Despite concerns about illegal immigrants in the California labor market, a new report shows that their number has declined in the most heavily populated areas in California during the last decade. The population of illegal immigrants in Los Angeles County fell by 8,000 between 2001 and 2008, according to a new report from the Public Policy Institute of California, which uses the term "unauthorized immigrants." In Orange County, the population of illegal immigrants fell by 60,000. And in Santa Clara County, it fell by 61,000. "After many years of increases, the number of California's unauthorized immigrants has remained stable or...
  • Lawmakers Renew Push to Reach Deal on Cutting Deficit (Boehner: Deal in Place To Cut $3-4 Trillion)

    07/23/2011 1:56:30 PM PDT · by lbryce · 41 replies
    New york Times ^ | July 23, 2011 | CARL HULSE and JACKIE CALMES
    Hoping to reassure markets in the wake of an angry breakdown in the federal budget negotiations, Congressional leaders raced Saturday to reach a new deficit-reduction agreement that Speaker John A. Boehner told colleagues could cut $3 trillion to $4 trillion in spending over 10 years. We are working, and Im confident there will be resolution, Mr. Boehner told fellow House Republicans on an afternoon conference call, according to participants. There has to be. Mr. Boehners comments came a little more than a week before the federal government risks defaulting on its debts, a fate that could be avoided if Congress...
  • Meet America's Richest Counties

    06/05/2011 8:34:54 PM PDT · by hout8475 · 16 replies ^ | May 13, 2011 | Nathan Vardi
    If you want to get a sense of what an economic powerhouse Washington has become in recent years, look no further than the Virginia suburb of Falls Church City. Boasting a strong school system and positioned about six miles from the nation's capital, Falls Church has for years enticed rich families, making it the nation's richest county with median annual household income of $113,313. "It indicates that the City of Falls Church is located in a healthy economic area in the national capital region," says Wyatt Shields, city manager for Falls Church. "We are proud of the fact that we...
  • On Gov. Jerry Brown's 'Realignment' Plan - A shift from the state to local control

    01/16/2011 6:04:08 PM PST · by SmithL · 50 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/16/11 | Editor
    Gov. Jerry Brown has barely taken office, but he's already presented an audacious plan for the state budget. It's audacious to presume that the voters will agree to an extension of the state's current tax rates for another five years, for one thing, but the assumption is based on an even bolder idea. Brown wants to transfer enormous responsibility for major services to local governments. His gamble - and it's a big one - is that the voters will agree to pay the taxes as long as they can connect them with the services in their own communities. The fact...
  • Don't hold your breath for a bounce in home prices (Wealthiest Counties in America Now Outside DC)

    07/28/2010 3:24:12 AM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Google ^ | ALAN ZIBEL
    Don't hold your breath for a bounce in home pricesBy ALAN ZIBEL (AP) 1 day ago WASHINGTON Thought the housing crisis was over? Not quite. Despite four years of falling prices and recent signs that they were finally bottoming out, homes are expected to lose still more value in many metro areas over the next year. Parts of the country already pummeled by the housing crisis, like Las Vegas, Phoenix and Miami, will be hit hardest. But even some places that have rebounded or held up relatively well including New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. ...
  • Map of Unemplyment Rates per County & States

    04/11/2010 9:28:02 AM PDT · by dvan · 44 replies · 2,147+ views
    This map is not up to date but gives a pretty good 9or bad) picture of the state of the United States and the current recession and unemployment. Click Source URL and CLICK the map to play and to view the rates along the right side of your computer screen.
  • Americas 100 most conservative-friendly counties

    03/19/2010 2:59:16 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 41 replies · 2,085+ views
    The Daily Caller | March 15-19, 2010 | Chris Palko
    The Daily Caller is ranking the 100 conservative friendliest counties in America. The rankings were determined using the following criteria: How counties have voted in the past two presidential electionsMedian household income, factoring in cost of livingHome ownership percentageMarried family percentageCivilian veteran percentageState unionization laws, whether a right-to-work state or mandatory union stateState tax burdenstate income taxes, factoring in available deductionsState concealed weapons laws, ease of carrying weapon legallyState weekly religious attendance, as measured by PewState abortion laws, as measured by Americans United for LifeIntangibles, such things as a long conservative history, an ingrained military culture, prominent right-wing politicians There...
  • Americas 100 most conservative-friendly counties

    03/15/2010 12:20:21 PM PDT · by rae4palin · 37 replies · 1,820+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/15/10 | rae4palin
    If youve dreamed of fleeing your NPR-besotted, blue-state neighborhood for more sympathetic environs, but youre not ready to take to the woods, we may have a solution. The Daily Caller is ranking the 100 conservative friendliest counties in America.
  • Swing counties to watch in the Coakley/Brown returns Tuesday night

    01/16/2010 5:21:48 PM PST · by GOP_Resurrected · 6 replies · 554+ views
    CNN Election 2002 ^ | 1/16/2010 | Myself
    To get a sense of how Scott is performing, it's useful to know the margins in the last successful Republican race in Massachusetts. In this case, Romney in 2002, with his 50%-45% statewide win over Shannon O'Brien. A little spreadsheet manipulation gives us a good clue to the swing counties. These are counties very close to the statewide average in terms of Romney's performance, between 46% and 54%. It makes sense that if these counties start coming in for Scott at these levels or better, we might be in for some wonderful news Tuesday night. Blandford 54% Gosnold 54% Needham...
  • Swing Counties to watch in the Coakley/Brown Returns Tuesday Night

    01/16/2010 5:13:16 PM PST · by GOP_Resurrected · 5 replies · 557+ views Election 2002 ^ | 01/16/2010 | Me
    To get a sense of how Scott is performing, it's useful to know the margins in the last successful Republican race in Massachusetts. In this case, Romney in 2002, with his 50%-45% statewide win over Shannon O'Brien. A little spreadsheet manipulation gives us a good clue to the swing counties. These are counties very close to the statewide average in terms of Romney's performance, between 45% and 55%. It makes sense that if these counties start coming in at these levels or better, we might be in for some wonderful news Tuesday night. Ashburnham 55% Bedford 55% Beverly 55% Braintree...
  • A Tale of Six Counties (Suburban voters who were hot for Obama but are now moving away from him)

    11/24/2009 7:28:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies · 742+ views
    National Review ^ | 11/24/2009 | Jim Geraghty
    Consider these six numbers: 62, 53, 54, 60, 60, 53. Those numbers are the percentage of voters who supported Barack Obama last year in Westchester and Nassau Counties in New York, Bergen and Middlesex Counties in New Jersey, Fairfax County in Virginia, and Bucks County in Pennsylvania, respectively. Now, here are the percentages of the vote that the top-of-the-ticket Democratic candidates got in each of those counties this year: 43, 48, 48, 44, 49, 45. After Election Day 2009, Democrats attempted to minimize the ramifications of their losses by contending they were not a reflection on Obama or on the...
  • Half of children in 17 U.S. counties live in poverty

    11/18/2009 7:10:13 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 725+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 11/18/09 | Lisa Lambert
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) At least one in two children in 17 small counties in the United States is living in poverty, according to a U.S. Census survey measuring income and poverty in small areas and school districts. Ziebach County, South Dakota, an area with a population of 2,542, leads with a poverty rate for those under the age of 18 of 67.1 percent, the survey released on Wednesday showed. For all ages, the poverty rate is 54.4 percent. In at least 30 counties with populations ranging from just over 2,000 people to nearly 62,250 people, the poverty rate for all...
  • The Highest-Paying Counties (counties with the highest and lowest average weekly wages)

    07/22/2009 7:43:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies · 804+ views
    New York Times ^ | 7/22/2009 | Catherine Rampell
    he Bureau of Labor Statistics released new numbers today on employment and wages by county. The data are from the last quarter of 2008. Of the 335 larger counties surveyed, New York had the highest weekly wages, with an average of $1,856. Thats twice the national average of $918 a week. (Of course, the cost of living in New York is much higher than the rest of the country.) New York wages, like those in many counties, were trending downward. Compared to the same period the year before, wages fell 0.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2008. The average...
  • Rural Michigan counties turn failing roads to gravel

    06/13/2009 12:18:43 PM PDT · by magellan · 88 replies · 2,061+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 12, 2009 | Tim Martin
    As goes Michigan's crumbling economy, so go some once-paved rural roads now being turned back into gravel. About a quarter of the state's county road agencies largely left out of the federal stimulus package, which focuses on highways and other major thoroughfares, say they can't afford some costly repaving projects and have crushed up deteriorating roads. Montcalm County alone estimates it saved nearly $900,000 by converting almost 10 miles of pothole-plagued pavement into gravel this spring. Reverting to gravel on low-traffic roads has been done to some degree for years and long-term savings and maintenance costs vary widely. But it...
  • House bypasses governors veto to claim Oklahomas sovereignty

    05/06/2009 7:39:50 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 55 replies · 2,675+ views ^ | May 5, 2009 | MICHAEL MCNUTT
    Although Gov. Brad Henry vetoed similar legislation 10 days earlier, House members Monday again approved a resolution claiming Oklahomas sovereignty. Unlike House Joint Resolution 1003, House Concurrent Resolution 1028 does not need the governors approval. The House passed the measure 73-22. It now goes to the Senate. "Were going to get it done one way or the other, said the resolutions author, Rep. Charles Key, R-Oklahoma City. "I think our governor is out of step. House Democrats objected, saying the issue already had been taken up and had been vetoed, but House Speaker Pro Tempore Kris Steele, R-Shawnee, ruled the...
  • The States Can Do It. They can restore the Constitution

    05/06/2009 2:28:07 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 70 replies · 2,486+ views
    Sterling H. Saunders | May 5, 2009 | Sterling H. Saunders
    The States still have the power and the means to bring the Federal Government into compliance with the intent of the Founders, but to do so they must be willing to kill the Sacred Cow of American politics - democracy. Mostly unheralded and unknown, the Founding Fathers feared and rejected it. Examination of Farrand's Records, (The minutes and journal of the 1787 convention) clearly reveals the Founders' intent. For instance: Gerry, "The evils we experience (in the confederation) flow from an excess of democracy." Madison describing Randolph: "the General Object (of the Convention) was to find a cure for the...
  • Some lawmakers declaring state sovereignty to protest stimulus

    03/02/2009 2:14:26 PM PST · by SierraWasp · 45 replies · 1,587+ views
    AP ^ | today | Travis Andersen
    For small-government die-hards, the $787 billion economic stimulus bill recently passed by Congress isn't a life saver. It's the last straw. Lawmakers across the country are sponsoring resolutions most of them only symbolic asserting state sovereignty, in effect the right to ignore any federal law or policies they deem unconstitutional, including the stimulus bill, the No Child Left Behind Act and any new assault rifle ban. (snip) "This has been a progression from (the New Deal) days to today, with the only break being Ronald Reagan," South Carolina state Rep. Michael Pitts said by e-mail. Pitts, a Republican,...
  • Welfare benefits in danger?

    02/09/2009 12:40:22 PM PST · by marsh2 · 51 replies · 1,337+ views
    San Bernardino Sun ^ | 2/8/09 | Joe Nelson
    More than 98,000 welfare recipients in San Bernardino County stand to lose their monthly cash benefits as early as March unless the state can cough up the money needed to fund the program. The state's historic $42 billion budget crunch has forced the State Controller's Office to delay an estimated $3.3 billion in payments to California counties, taxpayers and various state agencies... County spokesman David Wert said the county has enough state money to fund the program through February, but after that, it is uncertain what will happen. "And that's a horrific prospect. People who need help now more than...
  • Red County - Blue County

    12/24/2008 6:29:50 PM PST · by cradle of freedom · 23 replies · 1,484+ views
    The famous election maps which depict the elections by county provide a very revealing look at the Democrat/Republican divide. The divide is not so much by state as by city versus country. The large cities and close suburbs vote Democrat while the rural areas and small towns vote Republican. The Republican party should look into this. Are the smaller communities getting the most for their tax dollar or is their money going to the 900 pound gorillas such as New York City or Chicago? My guess is that the nonurban areas are being milked for all the Democrats can get...
  • Dorman endeavors to discontinue gas tax diversions

    07/15/2008 1:37:22 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies · 130+ views
    The McKinney Courier-Gazette ^ | July 14, 2008 | Danny Gallagher
    Melissa mayor mailing resolutions to fellow mayors to stop state from using gas tax funds for non-road projects BY DANNY GALLAGHER, McKinney Courier-Gazette Melissa Mayor David Dorman said he sits in his office everyday and watches as cars zoom down State Highway 121, a road that will soon start collecting tolls from drivers who use it to get to Dallas, McKinney, Frisco or the Dallas North Tollway and back again. Dorman said before that happens, he wants to know the roads his citizens and drivers are paying the state to use will be maintained and built with those funds. I...
  • TxDOT official: Plans for massive TTC will likely change

    02/22/2008 6:17:00 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies · 300+ views
    The Daily Sentinel ^ | February 21, 2008 | Matthew Stoff
    n what may have been the first hint of victory for opponents of the Trans Texas Corridor, a high-ranking Texas Department of Transportation official said Thursday he regretted his agency's communication failures and said one proposed version of the corridor, a 10-lane super highway with rail and utility pathways, will "probably not" be built in East Texas, based on the overwhelming resistance to the idea expressed at public hearings on the project this month. Phillip Russell, assistant executive director for innovative project development at TxDOT, was the keynote speaker at the Lone Star Legislative Summit at SFA Thursday, where he...
  • Perry should back up eminent domain talk

    06/22/2007 12:51:46 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies · 833+ views ^ | June 22, 2007 | Chris Greene
    Gov. Rick Perry’s veto this week of an eminent domain bill designed to protect landowners left a lot of Texans scratching their heads, and you can lump us in with those feeling dumbfounded. Perry — who was among those making political hay when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2005 that cities can seize homes under eminent domain for use by private developers and made the issue an emergency item in a special session that same year — had a chance to back his tough talk and posturing on property rights with action. But when push came to powerful shove...
  • CA: Early presidential primary would cost counties plenty

    03/07/2007 12:41:41 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 232+ views
    Riverside Press-Enterprise ^ | 3/7/07 | Jim Miller
    SACRAMENTO - Riverside and San Bernardino counties are likely to hold four major elections within 12 months if a bill that moves up next year's presidential primary from June to February is signed by Gov. Schwarzenegger. The Assembly on Tuesday passed the bill on a party-line vote, 46 to 29, and sent it to the governor for his signature. Schwarzenegger has not taken a formal position on the bill, spokesman Aaron McLear said. But the governor has recently promoted the idea of holding an earlier primary. Proponents, including the Legislature's majority Democrats, said the measure would give the state's nearly...
  • Cook tops in population loss among counties in the U.S.

    03/17/2006 1:30:10 PM PST · by george76 · 37 replies · 1,213+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | March 16, 2006 | John McCormick
    Cook County lost more people between 2000 and 2005 than any county in the nation, according to Census Bureau estimates released Thursday that also show continued gains in suburban and exurban counties across the region and portions of the nation. The new figures--based on administrative records and estimates for births, deaths and net migration--show the county lost more than 73,000 people, or 1.4 percent, since the last official count in April 2000. The largest-loser designation can partly be attributed to Cook County's massive size, because raw numbers were used for the rankings. Still, among the nation's 10 largest counties, Cook,...
  • Judge declares Calif salamander endangered in two counties (Santa Barbara and Sonoma)

    08/19/2005 5:31:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 570+ views
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge here on Friday declared the California tiger salamander an endangered species in Santa Barbara and Sonoma counties. The decision by U.S. District Judge William Alsup, if it survives, might postpone, preclude or make it costlier to develop thousands of acres in the two counties. The species is already listed as threatened across the state, meaning some development restrictions exist in its habitat surrounding certain wetlands and other areas. Under Friday's decision, however, restrictions could be bolstered. The ruling does not become law for more than a month to allow for appeals. "We do...
  • 100 fastest growing counties (in the U.S.)

    04/16/2005 8:13:22 AM PDT · by LdSentinal · 110 replies · 9,520+ views
    Census Bureau ^ | 4/16/05
    100 fastest growing counties Population Estimates for the 100 Fastest Growing U.S. Counties with 10,000 or more Population in 2004: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2004 Geographic Area Population estimates Change, 2000 to 2004 July 1, 2004 April 1, 2000estimates base Number Percent Loudoun County, VA 239,156 169,599 69,557 41.0 Flagler County, FL 69,005 49,832 19,173 38.5 Douglas County, CO 237,963 175,766 62,197 35.4 Rockwall County, TX 58,260 43,083 15,177 35.2 Forsyth County, GA 131,865 98,407 33,458 34.0 Henry County, GA 159,506 119,404 40,102 33.6 Kendall County, IL 72,548 54,544 18,004 33.0 Newton County, GA 81,524 62,001 19,523...
  • Michigan Election Results and analysis by County, city, and Township. (2004 compared with 02, 00)

    02/26/2005 1:21:02 PM PST · by Dan from Michigan · 31 replies · 15,417+ views
    Secretary of State | 2-25-05 | Dan from MI
    Election Report Pt 3 - Michigan 2004 In Depth (Township by Township) This is a follow-up to the 2000 and 2002 reports I did. Unfortunately, we are having a problem with close losses here in Michigan. Detroits turnout has been killing us lately, and we are going to have to make up the ground in other places. Statewide Bush 2313476 47.81% Kerry 2479183 - 51.23% Kerry won by 165707 Bush cut Gores lead by about 60,000, but it was not enough thanks to Detroit and Washtenaw County. THE UP: Bush 78278 votes 51.52% Kerry...
  • CA: Appeals court tosses cities, counties lawsuit againt gun makers (1st District Court of Appeal)

    02/10/2005 8:40:03 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 425+ views
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A state appeals court late Thursday upheld a lower court's decision dismissing a lawsuit brought by several California cities and counties against dozens of gun manufacturers. San Francisco, Berkeley, Sacramento, Los Angeles and the counties of San Mateo, Alameda and others alleged the makers marketed, distributed, promoted and designed handguns in a manner "that facilitates the weapon to be used in violent crimes." A San Diego judge tossed the case in 2003, saying the government agencies could not establish a connection between the makers' business practices and the acquisition of firearms by criminals. The judge kept...
  • Recount by the numbers: partial results from WASHINGTON STATE hand-recount (Dino Rossi).

    12/11/2004 7:53:21 AM PST · by alessandrofiaschi · 15 replies · 1,883+ views
    Sound Politica (blog) ^ | December 09, 2004 | Stefan Sharkansky
    Recount by the numbers Here are some interesting numbers to mull over: Counties reported: 10, representing ~4% of the statewide vote Rossi's lead over Gregoire in the counties that have reported: +683, or a margin of +0.6686% Net new two-party votes since the machine recount: +57, an increase of 0.06% In the remaining 29 counties, Gregoire led the machine recount by 640 votes, or a margin of 0.0242%. In order for Gregoire to win (or tie), she would need to increase that lead of 640 votes to 683 votes, a 6.7% increase. Simply put, either she has to get the...
  • NJ Freepers -- Support Counties v. Democrat State Takeover Attempt (Online Petition)

    11/29/2004 7:16:06 PM PST · by lawyamike · 3 replies · 401+ views
    New Jersey State Policeman's Benevolent Association ^ | November 28, 2004 | Det. Charles Smentkowski
    Acting Governor Richard J. Codey Office of the Acting Governor PO Box 001 Trenton, New Jersey 08625 Dear Acting Governor Codey, As you are aware, Assembly Bill 2806 establishes "The Essex County Prosecutorial Unification Pilot Program Act of 2004." I would like to take a moment of your time to express my opposition to this Bill and Senate Bills S2054, S282 and S1007. Some of the issues of concern which have arisen in response to this proposed legislation are as follows: * Higher taxes for the citizens of New Jersey. * Loss of specialized services/task forces which suit individual county...
  • Gregoire's illegitimate recount (a comment concerning WA recount mess)

    11/29/2004 1:40:17 PM PST · by alessandrofiaschi · 14 replies · 1,444+ views
    Sound Politics (blog) ^ | November 29, 2004 | Alessandro Fiaschi
    November 29, 2004 Gregoire's illegitimate recount As Seth notes below, John Fund asks in today's WSJ Opinion Journal "Will Democrats steal the Washington governorship?" Well they're certainly going to try. I heard on KUOW this morning (can't find any report on line) that Gregoire will definitely ask for a hand recount this week. How should the Republicans respond? First, it's important to reiterate that Dino Rossi won two statewide counts; even after the Gregoire people won all of their legal and procedural fights to obtain certain unfair advantages; even after they were permitted to hand in questionable (and in...
  • Recount in WA, updated (Dino rossi still ahead).

    11/22/2004 9:10:26 PM PST · by alessandrofiaschi · 4 replies · 381+ views ^ | Alessandro Fiaschi
    November 22, 2004 Recount Reports Coming in UPDATE Monday, 7:35pm: Rossi +25 in recount => Rossi total lead is 286 (based on recounts from 24 counties, representing 25% of total votes) The recount results are rolling in. We combine the results of the first count and the incoming recount results and update the table below as new reports come in. Hold on to your chairs. County Christine Gregoire Dino Rossi Ruth Bennett When Expected TOTAL 60 85 7 Adams 12 27 2 11/22/2004 Asotin 11/23/2004 Benton 1 2 -1 11/22/2004 Chelan 3 1 0 11/20/2004 Clallam 1...