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  • Why a bill about catfish will show whether Ryan's serious about regulatory reform

    07/24/2016 3:44:32 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 22, 2016 | Neil Siefring
    House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) convened a needed Task Force on Reducing Regulatory Burdens as part of his legislative agenda, "A Better Way." The Speaker and his colleagues who worked on the task force have rightly identified the massive regulatory burden imposed by federal bureaucrats as an obstacle to economic growth and a distortion of our constitutional form of government. That is why it is baffling that Ryan has failed to bring regulatory reform legislation that recently passed the Senate to the floor of the House for a vote. The tale is one of catfish and courage. The catfish you...
  • Catfish, the Other Cronyism Meat?

    06/30/2016 8:44:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 30, 2016 | Veronique de Rugy
    Cronyism is the ugly marriage between special interest groups and politicians, which results in an abuse of the government's power to grant special privileges to a few winners -- for example, unfairly preventing competition or doling out subsidies and bailouts at the expense of taxpayers. Though cronyism is always outrageous, the way cronies go about achieving their goals is sometimes oddly funny. Case in point: the government's changing the definition of catfish to classify the fish as -- wait for it -- meat, not seafood. As Patrick Mustain reports in Scientific American, Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., included an amendment in...
  • Diablo Canyon Closure Has a Crony Problem

    06/28/2016 11:53:53 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/28/16 | Katy Grimes & Tom Tanton
    Cronyism in Energy Production “Diablo Canyon produces twice as much power as all of California’s solar panels, 24 percent more than all of its wind, and 40 times more than its largest solar farm. Also, Diablo Canyon provides power to 3 million Californians on a patch of land the size of three football fields. Achieving the equivalent from a solar farm would require 145 times more land; from wind, 500 times more.”—Michael Shellenberger, Breakthrough Institute co-founder, and Peter Raven, former Missouri Botanical Gardens head The announcement last week from PG&E that it was closing Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, rudely...
  • Atlas’ Thugs: Profit-Seeking Has Become Rent-Seeking

    06/07/2016 11:49:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 6, 2016 | Mytheos Holt
    Last month, news came down the pike from the Harvard Business Review that should bring despair to the hearts of any honest defender of capitalism. As reported by American Enterprise Institute (AEI) blogger James Pethokoukis, the Harvard story, authored by Boston University economist James Bessen, found that growing corporate profitability is increasingly coming from investments not in benevolent, market-friendly costs such as research and development, but rather in augmented lobbying to shut out competition. In short, it is now more profitable to use Washington to stop people from building something new than to actually build it yourself.If a more devastating...
  • Obama Admin Deletes Conflict Of Interest Disclosures For Top Bureaucrats

    05/26/2016 10:22:20 AM PDT · by detective · 15 replies
    Conflict of interest disclosure reports filed by top federal officials were removed from public view by the Obama administration in recent months, a move that government transparency and accountability advocates condemn as a major setback. The Office of Government Ethics (OGE) reports are the primary tool that watchdog journalists, political activists and interested voters can use to guard against presidential appointees using their positions to enrich themselves or others.
  • Corporate Cronies Raid Discount Drug Program Intended for Poor

    05/26/2016 8:05:39 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/26/16 | Megan Barth
    One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results.—Milton Friedman The story of the 340B discount drug program is a classic example of a government program that has been hijacked. Established by the Veterans Healthcare Act of 1992, 340B was intended to give veterans and the indigent discounted drugs. Pharmaceutical companies could sell through to government veterans programs but had to offer a small amount of drugs at costs to help poor and indigent vets. According to the program’s requirements, covered entities must not resell or otherwise transfer 340B drugs to...
  • Oh Look, Three More Examples of Obama Administration Cronyism

    05/09/2016 9:34:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 9, 2016 | Seton Motley
    resident Obama is a cronyism machine. No administration in our history has done more to punish its enemies and reward its friends. In fact, while engaging in rank identity politics - another Divider-Not-Uniter moment in seven-plus years full of them - the president himself said exactly this: “We’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us.”Cronyism candor from the commander in chief. And this promise he has kept. On steroids.But three more of the latest examples are some unequal-protection-before-the-law fiats from the president’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Except...
  • Why Democrats Are Becoming the Party of the 1 Percent [Mainstream Media Article]

    04/20/2016 4:20:35 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    Vanity Fair Link Only! | 4/20/16 | TA Frank
    http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/04/why-democrats-are-becoming-the-party-of-the-1-percent
  • Hillary, the Panama Papers, and the death of American kleptocracy

    04/19/2016 9:29:45 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 9 replies
    Philly.com ^ | 18 Apr, 2016 | Will Bunch
    Did you see that Sen. Bernie Sanders released his income taxes?....well, his 2014 income taxes, anyway. He did it around 7 p.m. on a Friday night, on the same day that the Democratic presidential hopeful was making international headlines by speaking at the Vatican and meeting Pope Francis, for at least a handshake. In journalism, releasing information at that off hour is what we call "a Friday news dump" -- usually an attempt to bury bad news. That's weird, because if I were handling PR for the Bernie Sanders campaign, I'd be shouting the news from the Green Mountain-tops. They...
  • If I were a shill for industry ...

    04/19/2016 5:05:05 AM PDT · by Eric Pode of Croydon · 1 replies
    TribLive ^ | 13 March 2008 | Donald Boudreaux
    A blogger recently complained that I (along with my fellow bloggers from George Mason University's Department of Economics) "seem to be shills for industry." This lazy accusation is as familiar as it is mistaken, for if I were truly a shill for industry ... • I'd be wealthy, raking in many more dollars than I now take in from my job as a professor at a state university. • I would not have come by my strong preference for freedom and free markets when I was still an undergraduate at Nicholls State University in south Louisiana. Corporations are not known...
  • If You Have No Good Intellectual Arguments, Accuse Your Opponents of Being Shills

    04/19/2016 5:01:06 AM PDT · by Eric Pode of Croydon · 7 replies
    Cafe Hayek ^ | 18 April 2016 | Don Boudreaux
    The stupidest, lamest, and couldn’t-be-more-mistaken charge often leveled at those who find great merits in free markets (such as me and my colleagues at GMU Economics and the Mercatus Center, and my dear friends at institutions such as the Cato Institute and the Hoover Institution) is that we’re “bought off by” or are “paid shills for” rich business people. Such a charge or belief reflects an utter misunderstanding of economics and of how economies operate. Currently successful business people have a material interest in stifling at least some market competition and in themselves receiving handouts and special privileges from the...
  • A Clear-Eyed View of the Contact Lens Debate

    04/14/2016 7:22:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 14, 2016 | Veronique de Rugy
    The intensity with which some American companies try to use the government to trick or deceive consumers is astonishing. Yet the extent to which lawmakers seem content to cater to these crony pursuits never disappoints, either. Case in point: the current attempt to protect contact lens sellers from competition at the expense of consumers. An estimated 40 million Americans wear contact lenses. That's a $4 billion industry. Thanks to the heavy-handed government regulation of all things health care, contacts already cost more than they should. However, if an ongoing effort to reduce competition through government cronyism were to succeed, costs...
  • Colorado Crooks & Cronies for Cruz/Party RULES & their CO Delegates list

    04/12/2016 4:12:06 PM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 25 replies
    Everyone has already voiced their astonishment regarding the complete disenfranchisement of approximately 1,000,000 registered Republican voters in the State of Colorado. It is clear that the Colorado Republican Party has no interest in the voice of their constituents. The CO Republican Party rules for the delegation selection process and delegates are outlined at the source below. http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P16/CO-R As you have seen, the GOP is extremely proud of their achievement to privatize the selection of a presidential candidate for Colorado. They have published the list of Colorado delegates in The Denver Post and other sources. Many of you may have friends...
  • Titan Falling – Pershing Square and Bill Ackman Face Dark Days

    04/05/2016 11:33:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 5, 2016 | Steve Sherman
    Last fall, I wrote a piece about Hedge Fund Billionaire Bill Ackman and his unmitigated assault on the health products company Herbalife; Battle of The Hedge Fund Titans. It was an interesting piece about one man’s personal vendetta and attempt to take down a famously successful American company. The short of it (no pun intended), is that Bill Ackman used his hedge fund company, Pershing Square, to take a $1 Billion short position in Herbalife. Thus, banking on the failure of the company to profit immensely, while actually attempting to trigger that failure. Herbalife fought back and the demise of...
  • Donald Trump's Unusual Plan to Lower the National Debt: Sell Off 19 Trillion In Government Assets

    04/03/2016 2:28:33 PM PDT · by drewh · 524 replies
    NBC News ^ | 4 hours ago | by ANNE THOMPSON and CHRISTINA COLEBURN
    As president, Donald Trump would sell off $16 trillion worth of U.S. government assets in order to fulfill his pledge to eliminate the national debt in eight years, senior adviser with the campaign Barry Bennett said. "The United States government owns more real estate than anybody else, more land than anybody else, more energy than anybody else," Bennett told Chris Jansing Sunday on MSNBC. "We can get rid of government buildings we're not using, we can extract the energy from government lands, we can do all kinds of things to extract value from the assets that we hold." In a...
  • Trump Says His 'Rich' Muslim Friends Could Enter Country Under A Ban

    When pressed by Matthews, Trump added, "I have, actually, believe it or not, I have a lot of friends that are Muslim and they call me. In most cases, they're very rich Muslims." "But do they get into the country?" Matthews then asked. "Oh, they'll come in," Trump responded, later adding that the ban will have exceptions.
  • Donald Trump Says Proposed Muslim Ban Would Not Apply to His Rich Friends

    03/31/2016 5:28:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 137 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | March 31, 2016 | Zak Cheney-Rice, Mic
    Breathe easy, America. Before you judge Donald Trump's proposed Muslim ban too harshly, consider this: It will not apply to Muslims who are, A. Donald Trump's friends, and B. rich. Feel better? The Republican presidential candidate, with a totally straight face, told MSNBC's Chris Matthews on Wednesday that he has "a lot of friends that are Muslim," many of whom are "rich" and would get special treatment to let them in the country....
  • Lessons From 20 Years of NAFTA

    03/25/2016 7:00:22 AM PDT · by central_va · 14 replies
    HuffPo ^ | 3/8/16 | Stan Sorcsher
    We did trade wrong. We could have had a good trade policy that increased trade and raised living standards. We could export more soybeans, airplanes and software, and protect the environment around the world. We could have low-cost goods and encourage democracy, respect for human rights and improved working conditions.
  • Kevin D. Williamson and National Review Are Elitist Scum

    03/21/2016 7:38:46 AM PDT · by xzins · 46 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | 18 Mar 16 | George Rasley
    While movement conservatives would like to blame the Republican establishment for the rise of Donald Trump and the attendant political problems he has created for the national Republican Party, as our friend Rick Manning, President of Americans for Limited Government, pointed out in a recent article for Breitbart, those whom we call “establishment conservatives” bear just as much responsibility for Trump’s rise.  And there is no better example of how DC’s snide elitist “conservatives” have helped create Trump than a recent cover article in National Review by one Kevin D. Williamson.   Mr. Williamson, who has apparently never done anything in conservative politics except pontificate for various elite journals, took to...
  • Berlin's refugee 'masterplan' hit with suspicion of cronyism

    03/20/2016 1:05:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 18.03.2016 | Ben Knight
    Berlin’s mayor has been forced to answer questions in parliament over the decision to grant a lucrative contract to the consultancy McKinsey. The US firm has hired one of the mayor’s old party colleagues. The list of companies turning a profit from Germany’s influx of refugees grew a little longer in early March, when US consultancy McKinsey signed a €238,000 ($268,000) contract to come up with a plan to integrate the city’s influx of 80,000 refugees. Now that deal, much criticized a month ago because it had been handed to the company without a tender process, has gained an extra...
  • Mayor Bowser's plan to relocate DC's homeless persons is not what it seems [DC cronyism]

    Mayor Muriel Bowser has proposed closing the family homeless shelter at DC General due to its inadequate conditions, and replacing them with smaller shelters in 7 of the City's 8 wards. While many agree with closing DC General in its current form, the Mayor's plan to relocate the 260 affected families is irresponsible. The Mayor's proposal is unacceptably expensive, lacks oversight and transparency, and most importantly does little to serve the very people it is meant to help. We deserve answers now. Not after the plan is in place and tax dollars are being spent. Ignoring Financial Consequences The cost...
  • Chris Matthews’s “Hardball” Guests Have Given $79,050 to His Wife Kathleen’s Congressional Campaign

    03/12/2016 8:17:39 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 8 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 11, 2016 | Jamie Schram March 11, 2016 | 11:20pm
    Chris Matthews at Center of NBC’s Latest News Scandal MSNBC “Hardball” host Chris Matthews isn’t much for keeping his promises of transparency when it involves political contributions to his wife’s congressional campaign. Last June, the blabbermouth commentator insisted on his show that he would be “transparent and fair in our coverage” after his wife, Kathleen, announced that she was running as a Democrat for the open seat in Maryland’s 8th District. Since then, Kathleen Matthews, a former news anchor and Marriott exec, has received a total of $79,050 in campaign contributions from prominent former and current politicians featured on her...
  • Why is Meghan McCain on "The Five" on Fox News? What qualifications/merit does she bring?

    02/15/2016 2:04:08 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 81 replies
    Just tuned in to the Fox network....why is John McCain's daughter on? She brings WHAT to the show?
  • Trump calls for higher ethanol mandate

    01/19/2016 12:47:48 PM PST · by Nervous Tick · 359 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/19/2016 | Timothy Kama
    Donald Trump said Tuesday that federal regulators should increase the amount of ethanol blended into the nation’s gasoline supply. Speaking at an event hosted by the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Trump, a real estate mogul and the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, said the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ought to follow the ethanol volumes Congress set in 2007. “The EPA should ensure that biofuel ... blend levels match the statutory level set by Congress under the [renewable fuel standard],” Trump said. The mandate is popular in Iowa, which hosts the nation's first caucuses.
  • More Candidates Should Come Out against Cronyism on the Campaign Trail

    01/11/2016 12:07:32 PM PST · by Isara · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | January 11, 2016 | Veronique de Rugy
    Here is a recurring frustration during election season: Candidates who seem attractive before the race begins suddenly sound squishier or change their positions once they hit the campaign trail.On the issue of cronyism, there is one noticeable exception during this year's campaign. In spite of what could be perceived as a political risk, one candidate has remained true to his opposition to (and his commitment to end) the terrible renewable-fuel standard, which requires blending ethanol and other biofuels into the gasoline supply, thereby driving food prices up and creating all sorts of distortions in the energy market: That's Senator Ted...
  • Controlled by shadow government

    01/06/2016 6:31:03 PM PST · by American Faith Today · 4 replies
    Salon ^ | January 6,2016 | Elias Isquith
    One of the predominant themes of the 2016 presidential campaign thus far — and one that is unlikely to lose significance once the primaries give way to the general election — is the American people’s exasperation with a political system they see as corrupt, self-serving, disingenuous and out of touch. Advertisement Advertisement It is not an especially partisan or ideological sentiment; you can just as easily find it among supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders as among fans of Donald Trump. You can even find those who support paragons of the status quo, like Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush, making similar...
  • Renewable Cronyism

    12/29/2015 5:50:19 PM PST · by Isara · 11 replies
    PowerLine ^ | December 29, 2015 | Steven Hayward
    I take a more benign view than most conservatives of some of the dreadful budget compromises of the recent omnibus, because spending packages are always going to contain a lot of give and take. Better to look at the long game, to judge if any small victories or compromises may make possible better outcomes down the road. Such small details are as unsatisfying as cold peas, and often don't pan out, or get lost in the shuffle. But I think expecting Paul Ryan to turn around Congress in three months was more than a but unrealistic.Much worse in my mind...
  • Trump Threatens 35% Tax on Ford if Mexico Operations Expand

    12/26/2015 9:13:54 AM PST · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 396 replies
    Mustang 360 ^ | 12/23/2015 | John Gilbert
    It was the Detroit News headline "Trump goes after Ford Motor Co." not how long Hillary went overtime in the restroom that got our attention. Donald Trump made a whistle stop outside Grand Rapids, Michigan to take aim at Ford’s plans to expand production in Mexico. Trump promised if elected he would threaten manufacturers with big tariffs on imports to discourage building manufacturing plants south of the border. Trump to Ford, "If you build that plant in Mexico, I’m going to charge you 35 percent on every car, truck part that you send into our country," he said. "Every single...
  • Sen. Cruz: This Highway Bill Is Irresponsible (with Ex-Im Bank)

    12/05/2015 11:57:25 AM PST · by Isara · 5 replies
    Cruz.Senate.gov ^ | December 4, 2015
    Ex-Im Bank board still lacks a quorum to approve multimillion dollar, taxpayer-backed loan guarantees for big business WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) yesterday voted against the $281 billion, five-year highway bill that reauthorizes the Export-Import Bank, a quintessential example of cronyism and corporate welfare. Using various budget gimmicks and one-time revenue raisers, this bill guarantees an even larger shortfall in 2020 when the next highway bill comes up. Sen. Cruz issued the following statement upon the bill’s passage in the Senate:“Last night, sadly, the Washington Cartel reversed one of the few fiscal conservative victories achieved with this...
  • A Tax Lesson for Marco Rubio

    12/02/2015 11:57:25 AM PST · by 11th Commandment · 3 replies
    WSJ Olnine ^ | Nov. 30, 2015 7:26 p.m. ET | WSJ Editorial
    Britain's Tories fail to reform costly tax credits for the middle class.David Cameron's government last week abandoned its plan to reform Britain's expensive working-family tax credits. U.S. politicians who think this kind of "pro-family" tax policy is a good idea-hello, Marco Rubio might take note. The centerpiece of Mr. Rubio's tax plan is an increase in the child tax credit to $2,500 from $1,000, despite its cost and lack of growth incentive. Such ideas may have a short-term political appeal, but eventually they become entitlements that benefit the left.
  • A radical proposal for Jeb Bush to save the GOP from Donald Trump (Right To Rise dump Jeb?)

    12/02/2015 10:47:57 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/2/15 | Chris Cillizza
    Three things about Donald Trump have now become clear to the Republican establishment: 1) He might not implode before people start voting for president next year. 2) He could actually wind up as the Republican nominee for president. -snip- Right to Rise raised more than $103 million in the first six months of this year. It spent - as I mentioned above - $28 million on ads. Let's say the organization has spent another $15 million on fundraising, consulting fees and other miscellaneous costs. And let's assume, just for the sake of this argument, that Right to Rise hasn't raised...
  • Obama Lines Up Crony Capitalist Support for Climate Pact

    11/14/2015 8:10:56 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 18 replies
    The New American ^ | 11/13/2015 | William F. Jasper
    With many analysts predicting that the upcoming United Nations Climate Summit in Paris will fail to produce an ambitious, binding global agreement, President Obama is hoping to come to the rescue. He does not want a repeat of the 2009 UN confab in Copenhagen, where he was roundly dissed by his green supporters for "failing to seal the deal." The president has loads of friends on Wall Street. As the grand sugar daddy handing out corporate welfare, Obama has taken the White House pay-to-play game to new stratospheric levels, as even many of his media allies and erstwhile supporters...
  • A Mysterious Electric Carmaker has its Sights on Tesla (Faraday Future)

    11/12/2015 4:36:28 AM PST · by dila813 · 7 replies
    Fortune ^ | NOVEMBER 5, 2015, 3:56 PM EST | Don Reisinger
    There’s a mysterious car company lurking in the shadows that has its sights set on Tesla. The trouble, however, is determining what it is and whether it’s really a threat. Faraday Future announced on Thursday that it plans to spend $1 billion on a U.S. manufacturing facility to build electric vehicles. Faraday has yet to announce the location of its facility, but the company’s senior vice president, Nick Sampson, said that the effort—if it comes to fruition—is “just phase one,” indicating that more, similarly major investments may be coming.
  • Why Millionaires Like Hillary Clinton: Here's why the Democrats are the Real Party of the Rich

    11/10/2015 8:40:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11/10/2015 | Tyler O'Neil
    Photo courtesy AP Images Hillary Clinton has one key part of the electorate already in the tank for her candidacy — millionaires and CEOs. In Congress, Democrats represent the richest and most unequal districts in America. While liberal pundits attack the GOP as the party of the rich, the real plutocrats are on the other side of the aisle.How can this be? The Democrats rail against the abuses of the "one percent" and run on a platform of reducing income inequality, but the rich continue to support them. Liberals attack unregulated markets, call for unrealistic "green energy" proposals, and...
  • Houstonians Reject Corporate (TransgenderLGBT) Push to Undermine Values & Relig Liberty(Apple,GE,HP)

    11/05/2015 5:29:21 AM PST · by xzins · 38 replies
    2d Vote ^ | 4 Nov 15 | 2d Vote
    Yesterday, voters in the City of Houston overwhelming rejected Proposition 1, also known as the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO). As conservatives and values minded individuals organized to defeat the measure, liberal groups supporting HERO were bouyed by big business.   Utilizing 2nd Vote's research, The Daily Signal’s Kelsey Harkness identified 7 major coporations supporting the ballot initiative: 1. Apple 2. BASF 3. Dell 4. Dow Co. 5. General Electric 6. Hewlett Packard 7. United Airlines  HERO had been controversial since it was first implemented in 2014 and Houston area pastors leading the effort to recall the measure had their sermons subpoenaed by city attorneys. 2nd Vote stood...
  • Coulter: Save Us From Paul Ryan and the Kemp Boys

    10/23/2015 7:12:09 AM PDT · by xzins · 19 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 10/22/15 | Ann Coulter
    After Paul Ryan helped Mitt Romney lose the 2012 election by doing the impossible -- losing a debate to Joe Biden -- he went on an intimate tour of poverty. It was a journey so personal, Ryan brought reporters, writers and documentary producers with him. So far, he's gotten one book and one documentary out of The Paul Ryan Intimate Poverty Tour and is currently promoting a major poverty-fighting initiative that he brainstormed during private moments of reflection, somehow captured by the press: "The Kemp Forum on Expanding Opportunity." Appropriately for an event named after Ryan's mentor, Jack Kemp, the...
  • More CEOs donate to Clinton than to any GOP candidate [Democrats: Big Business party]

    10/21/2015 7:14:09 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    cnbc ^ | 10/21/15 | Mark Fahey
    The GOP is often considered the party of business — but it looks like the nation's CEOs may not agree. Hillary Clinton has received more donations from CEOs than any Republican candidate so far this year, according to a Big Crunch analysis of the last complete batch of individual Federal Election Commission records. More than 760 people have given to Clinton's campaign and identified their occupations as "CEO" or a
  • Gov. Brown to Sign Landmark Renewable Energy Law Wednesday

    10/07/2015 9:02:41 AM PDT · by EagleUSA · 19 replies
    Times of San Diego ^ | 10/7/2915 | City News Service
    Gov. Jerry Brown will visit Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles Wednesday to sign legislation mandating that half of the state’s electricity come from renewable sources by 2030. The ambitious mandates of SB 350, championed by Senate President pro tem Kevin de Leon of Los Angeles, were outlined by Brown in his inaugural address in January. But de Leon’s legislation was significantly watered down last month in the state Assembly, which stripped away a requirement that the state slash its gasoline use by 50 percent in the next 15 years. That provision sparked heated debate in Sacramento, thanks to opposition from...
  • Jeb Bush’s Son Hiring Friends And Family As Head Of Texas Land Commission

    09/23/2015 6:20:58 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 24 replies
    Mintpress News ^ | 9/22/15 | Star-Telegram
    Less than a year after being elected to lead the oldest state agency in Texas, Land Commissioner George P. Bush has dramatically remade the General Land Office by ousting most of its longtime leaders and replacing many with people with ties to his campaign and family. Eleven of the top 18 officials on the agency’s organizational chart a year ago have been fired or forced out or have quit, and more could leave soon in an overhaul that Bush has described as a “reboot.” In their place, Bush, a former Fort Worth resident, has given top jobs to two of...
  • Connecticut Homeowners Fight to Prevent City From Taking Their Homes for Redevelopment

    09/16/2015 2:53:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 30 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 9/16/15 | Melissa Quinn
    Every day, Janet Rodriguez sits at her home in West Haven, Conn., and she waits. She waits for a knock at her front door, a knock she fears will bring news that Rodriguez and her family will be forced to leave the home they’ve lived in for nearly a decade. A knock that means the city has exhausted its efforts to negotiate with Rodriguez and her family and is moving to condemn their house to make way for a $200-million high-end mall.Rodriguez, along with her neighbors on First Avenue, is fighting the city of West Haven to keep her home....
  • Trump's Appeal: A New Beginning, or the Last Gasp of America?

    09/07/2015 6:35:32 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 22 replies
    american thinker ^ | August 21, 2015 | Craig Schwartz
    Our economy is failing, and politics is in complete gridlock. Democrats can't articulate the difference between Democrats and Socialists. Republicans have no idea how to defend capitalism or even if they should. We have reached what Ayn Rand predicted 50 years ago in "The Obliteration of Capitalism": "It is true we are not a capitalist system any longer: we are a mixed economy, i.e., a mixture of capitalism and statism, of freedom and controls. A mixed economy is a country in the process of disintegration, a civil war of pressure-groups looting and devouring one another." We are reaching the end...
  • Rubio: Our National Security Depends on Sugar Subsidies

    08/31/2015 6:53:02 AM PDT · by Eric Pode of Croydon · 34 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 31 Aug 2015 | Windsor Mann
    You may not know this, but Brazilian sugar is a threat to U.S. national security. At least, that is the view of Senator Marco Rubio (R., Fla.). Asked this month about his support for sugar subsidies, Rubio said he would eliminate them if “the countries that export sugar into the U.S. get rid of theirs as well, and here’s why: Otherwise, Brazil will wipe out our agriculture and it’s not just sugar.” If we eliminate our sugar subsidies first, Rubio warned, “other countries will capture the market share, our agricultural capacity will be developed into real estate, you know, housing...
  • Report: General Electric won’t move to Texas because Jeb Hensarling doesn’t support Ex-Im

    08/30/2015 3:07:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Hotair.com ^ | August 30, 2015 | TAYLOR MILLARD
    General Electric is apparently not going to move to Texas because Congressman Jeb Hensarling doesn’t support the Export-Import Bank. Bloomberg cited the ever nebulous “people familiar with the matter” in their report on Friday. GE told Dallas business leaders in recent days it would look elsewhere for alternatives to its Connecticut home, said the people, who asked not to be identified because details aren’t public. They said GE cited some Texas lawmakers’ opposition to the U.S. Export-Import Bank, an important source of financing for some overseas sales. You can probably include Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn (allegedly), plus Congressmen...
  • Lehman's Gift To Jeb Bush For Funneling Pension Money: A $1.3 Million Consulting "Job"

    08/19/2015 8:44:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 8/19/15 | Tyler Durden
    Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, At this point, it almost feels like kicking someone while he’s down. Jeb Bush can’t even stand up to Donald Trump, let alone his own growing series of scandals. In the latest revelation from David Sirota and team at International Business Daily, we learn that: For Florida taxpayers, the move by the administration of then-Gov. Jeb Bush to forge a relationship with Lehman Brothers would ultimately prove disastrous. Transactions in 2005 and 2006 put the Wall Street investment bank in charge of some $250 million worth of pension funds for Florida cops,...
  • De Blasio is padding City Hall with jobs for all of his friends

    08/16/2015 11:34:24 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 23 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 16, 2015 | Aaron Short, Melissa Klein and Isabel Vincent
    Mayor de Blasio’s patronage mill is churning out junk jobs funded with taxpayer money for longtime pals, campaign grunts and acolytes. In addition to creating a $150,000 post for Stephanie Yazgi — the longtime girlfriend of his top strategist, Emma Wolfe — de Blasio has created positions to amp up his progressive agenda and national profile and spread propaganda touting his “transcendent” accomplishments. The city’s television station — led by de Blasio buddy Janet Choi — devotes much of its taxpayer-funded $5.7 million budget to broadcasting his ribbon-cuttings, announcements and features about his friends, including his wedding singer. His $105,000...
  • Scott Walker and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Stadium Deal

    08/15/2015 9:07:50 AM PDT · by conservativejoy · 80 replies
    Ricochet ^ | 8/13/2015 | John Gabriel
    Two days ago, I praised Gov. Scott Walker’s quiet conservatism. Today, I’ll criticize his inconsistency. The Milwaukee Bucks decided they needed a new basketball arena and they told the government to pay for it. If politicos didn’t cough up $250 million, the NBA warned that the Bucks might leave Wisconsin. Nice team you have here, Milwaukee. It’d be a shame if something happened to it… Taxpayers would rightly be furious if a private business demanded they fund a supermarket, an office building, or a strip mall — why on earth should they send their hard-earned money to millionaire athletes and...
  • Unions, Planned Parenthood Exchange Donations, Political Cash

    08/10/2015 3:46:28 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 8/10/15 | Bill McMorris
    Unions received hundreds of thousands of dollars from Planned Parenthood over the past five years, while shelling out more than $1 million to the nation’s largest abortionist.Since 2011 politically powerful labor unions and Planned Parenthood have exchanged lucrative gifts for “charitable” endeavors and political advocacy.Planned Parenthood, which is in the midst of a scandal after a pro-life group released videos detailing potentially illegal organ harvesting techniques and sales, has contributed more than $350,000 to three labor unions. The largest donation went to Service Employees International Union (SEIU), one of the nation’s top political spenders, with nearly all of its money...
  • WH Totally Supports What Planned Parenthood Is Doing, Notes Its 'High Ethical Standard'

    08/01/2015 7:00:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 89 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 1, 2015 | Leah Barkoukis
    While the recent videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s barbaric practice of selling and negotiating the price of aborted babies’ body parts—and the organs of those born alive—has convinced some Democrats that enough is enough when it comes to taxpayer funding for the abortion giant, others are remaining steadfast in their support for the group. Unfortunately, the White House is among the loyal, it seems. Speaking to reporters on Thursday, White House Press Secretary maintained that the undercover videos were highly edited and distorted. And when asked by a reporter where he is receiving his information, Earnest’s replied Planned Parenthood. “Based on the...
  • Obama Appointee And Bundler Blocks More Video Releases By Group Behind Planned Parenthood Sting

    07/31/2015 7:09:34 PM PDT · by markomalley · 40 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 7/31/15 | Mollie Hemingway
    A federal judge late Friday granted a temporary restraining order against the release of recordings made at an annual meeting of abortion providers. The injunction is against the Center for Medical Progress, the group that has unveiled Planned Parenthood’s participation in the sale of organs harvested from aborted children.Judge William H. Orrick, III, granted the injunction just hours after the order was requested by the National Abortion Federation.Orrick was nominated to his position by hardline abortion supporter President Barack Obama. He was also a major donor to and bundler for President Obama’s presidential campaign. He raised at least $200,000 for...
  • [PA] The Timing Of Dem Governor’s Big Planned Parenthood Review ‘Raises Questions’

    07/28/2015 4:46:27 PM PDT · by markomalley
    Daily Caller ^ | 7/28/15 | Connor D. Wolf
    With Democratic Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf launching a review of Planned Parenthood, his own past and a recent cabinet appointment has put doubt on the integrity of the investigation.Wolf had begun taking steps to review the clinics as a result of undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing fetal organ harvesting and distribution, The Associated Press reported Friday. Just the day prior to Wolf’s announcement, he appointed a former Planned Parenthood executive as his chief of staff. To Michael Greer, president of the Pennsylvania Family Institute, the timing is troubling.“It raises questions of the integrity of the investigation,” Greer told...