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  • Education Dept. Releases 'Shame List' of Faith-Based Colleges Seeking Title IX Exemption

    05/01/2016 1:39:16 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 18 replies ^ | April 30, 2016 | Anugrah Kumar
    The U.S. Department of Education published Friday a list of faith-based colleges and universities that requested and were granted a religious exemption from Title IX. LGBT activist groups have been calling on the government to publish the list as part of a shaming campaign called the "Shame List" to pressure Christian colleges to consent to their agenda. The document reveals that an increasing number of colleges are seeking exemptions, and that evangelical Wheaton College is not on the list. As of April 1, as many as 232 colleges have obtained exemption from Title IX while 31 requests are pending, according...
  • Obama IRS Scandal Continues (Weekly Update)

    03/05/2016 10:44:49 AM PST · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | March 4, 2016 | Tom Fitton
    Judicial Watch Presses Ahead with Fight over IRS Criminal Investigation Facts Department of Homeland Security Releases Documents Showing 1,000 Individuals Removed from Terrorist Watch List Judicial Watch in Court over CongressÂ’s Obamacare Exemption Judicial Watch Presses Ahead with Fight over IRS Criminal Investigation Facts The Clinton email matter is important, and your JW is, of course, at the center of the story. Check out this New York Times article, which shows that the FBI and Judicial Watch are the only two entities in DC likely to get answers and accountability on the Clinton email issue: Last week Judge Emmet...
  • Exempt from Contempt?

    06/29/2015 8:12:52 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 15 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 29, 2015 | Tony Perkins
    There aren’t many instances when the New York Times agrees with Christian conservatives — but the fallout over same-sex “marriage” is one. In yesterday’s edition, the paper gives legs to the growing fear that the church and faith-based groups are in for a rocky ride if the Supreme Court redefines marriage in America. Like us, they take the threat of Solicitor General Donald Verrilli very seriously that the tax exemptions of religious schools, charities, colleges, and other nonprofits are almost certainly on the line with the Court’s ruling. “If I were a conservative Christian,” said law professor Eugene Volokh, “(which...
  • Exposing the Senate's Obamacare Exemption

    05/15/2015 5:57:33 AM PDT · by SharpRightTurn · 9 replies
    Senate Conservatives Fund ^ | May 14, 2015 | Ken Cuccinelli II
    Everyone knows that Congress has exempted itself from Obamacare so lawmakers and their staff can continue to receive employer-based subsides that Americans in a similar position would not be allowed to receive. But there's a new twist here that you need to know about. To secure its Obamacare exemption, the U.S. Senate had to submit documents stating that it was a small business with less than 50 employees. This is, of course, completely false. The Senate is a massive arm of the Federal government that is completely funded with tax dollars and that employs thousands of people across the country....
  • GOP women object to rape clause in 20-week abortion bill

    01/16/2015 3:27:58 PM PST · by Morgana · 8 replies
    POLITICO.COM ^ | 1/16/15 | Lauren French and Jake Sherman
    HERSHEY, Pa. — A group of female GOP lawmakers is trying to pressure the Republican leadership team to make changes to a 20-week abortion ban the House is set to vote on next week. Led by Rep. Renee Ellmers of North Carolina, the lawmakers are protesting language that requires a rape victim to formally report her assault to police to qualify for an exemption from the legislation’s abortion restrictions. Ellmers raised the concerns during a closed-door meeting at the GOP retreat here, according to sources in the room. Her office did not have a comment on Friday on the discussions...
  • King Barack Rewrites Obamacare ... Again

    07/21/2014 5:12:01 AM PDT · by rootin tootin · 11 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 7/21/2014 | David Catron
    Obamacare’s supporters have long insisted that it is the “law of the land,” implicitly suggesting that it is immutable and permanent. Evidently, it hasn’t occurred to these people to mention that to their dear leader. His Majesty, Barack I, obviously thinks of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as a collection of royal decrees, any one of which may be altered at his pleasure. Thus, in a proclamation issued last week through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, His Highness declared that all U.S. territories are now exempt from most of PPACA’s morass of rules and regulations. Neither...
  • RNC Petition Backs Ron Johnson’s Member/Staffer Health Care Lawsuit

    04/29/2014 6:46:57 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 4-28-14 | Niels Lesniewski
    Sen. Ron Johnson’s lawsuit challenging the legality of federal contributions to the health care plans of members of Congress and congressional staffers has a new ally: the Republican National Committee. “Senator Ron Johnson is suing the Obama Administration for exempting Democrat Members of Congress from the ObamaCare law,” the RNC petition said. “It’s unfair to make American citizens live under a law that politicians are exempt from.” The RNC solicited support for the petition Sunday on Twitter, along with a graphic:
  • Obamacare’s ‘Hardship Exemption’ May Put Law on Life Support

    03/23/2014 3:53:53 AM PDT · by Libloather · 31 replies
    Decoded Science ^ | 3/23/14 | Walter McLaughlin
    **SNIP** What Is the Hardship Exemption? The hardship exemption was originally written to cover exigent circumstances, such as homelessness, eviction, shutoff notices from utility companies, death of a close family member, bankruptcies, and other similar emergencies. However, according to The Wall Street Journal, the hardship exemption was broadened considerably after the policy cancellations fiasco (which was, ironically, re-defined as a hardship) to include the following: ◾ The cancellation of an existing policy that did not meet ACA’s minimum standards, with the belief “that the plan options available in the Marketplace in your area are more expensive than your cancelled health...
  • ObamaCare's Secret Mandate Exemption (IMPORTANT TAX EXEMPTION FOR ALL FREEPERS)

    03/12/2014 7:58:51 PM PDT · by catnipman · 24 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 3/12/2014 | Staff
    .... But amid the post-rollout political backlash, last week the agency created a new category: Now all you need to do is fill out a form attesting that your plan was cancelled and that you "believe that the plan options available in the [ObamaCare] Marketplace in your area are more expensive than your cancelled health insurance policy" or "you consider other available policies unaffordable." This lax standard—no formula or hard test beyond a person's belief—at least ostensibly requires proof such as an insurer termination notice. But people can also qualify for hardships for the unspecified nonreason that "you experienced another...
  • Ron Johnson: I'm Suing Over ObamaCare Exemptions for Congress

    01/06/2014 8:25:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 01/06/2014 | Ron Johnson
    On Monday, Jan. 6, I am filing suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin to make Congress live by the letter of the health-care law it imposed on the rest of America. By arranging for me and other members of Congress and their staffs to receive benefits intentionally ruled out by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the administration has exceeded its legal authority.
  • Sebelius: I’m Not Signing Up for Obamacare

    10/23/2013 11:17:56 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 23, 2013 - 7:25 AM | Susan Jones
    In an interview with CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta Tuesday night, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said she won’t be enrolling in the problem-plagued health insurance system that she was charged to implement. “I have created an account on the site. I have not tried signing up, because I have insurance,” she told Gupta. …
  • Natives Americans Urged to Sign Up For Insurance Under New Law

    10/20/2013 8:41:31 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    ABC-TV 9 News ^ | October 20, 2013
    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. Insurance enrollment helpers are encouraging Native Americans to sign up for coverage under the nation's new health care law. Native Americans are exempt from the Affordable Care Act's requirement that people carry insurance. But ``navigators'' tasked with helping people get insurance say the new law will give Native Americans better access to X-rays, mammograms, prescription drugs and trips to specialists not covered under Indian Health Service.
  • Most Popular Question at How to Get Exemption From Lack-of-Coverage Penalty Fee?

    09/30/2013 10:43:53 AM PDT · by grundle · 9 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | September 30, 2013 | JERYL BIER
    One day away from the launch of the Obamacare marketplaces, the question most on the minds people visiting the website is not about coverage, but rather about avoiding the penalty, or tax, for not having health insurance. As of Monday morning, here is how the website listed its "Most Popular" items:
  • The Obamacare Non-Exemption: Congressional employees are not receiving a “special handout.”

    09/29/2013 7:17:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/28/2013 | Patrick Brennan
    The Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, has many problematic provisions. Right now one that affects a remarkably small number of Americans — members of Congress and their staff — is attracting a great deal of controversy. It is also causing a great deal of confusion. The dispute has its origin in the debate over the law in 2010. Republican senator Chuck Grassley suggested an amendment intended to make Democrats balk: Members of Congress and their staff would have to buy their insurance from the health-care exchanges. The amendment explicitly said that the federal government should continue making the same employer...
  • Senator Cruz Obamacare Fact of the Day (IRS workers union seeks Husseincare exemption)

    09/25/2013 3:06:33 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Political News ^ | 9/09/13 | Patricia Williams
    WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) released the twenty-fifth in a series of facts about Obamacare: The union representing IRS workers — tasked with enforcing Obamacare — vocally opposes participation in the law’s exchanges. IRS union leaders provided their members with a form letter expressing concern with legislation to “push federal employees out of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and into the insurance exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act.”
  • The Great CR Debate of 2013

    09/16/2013 3:19:23 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 28 replies
    The National Review ^ | 9-16-13 | Jonathon Strong
    Last Tuesday morning, at 9 a.m. in a room deep within the bowels of the Capitol, Representative John Campbell was trying to determine whether the GOP leadership’s plan to fund the government would sink or swim. “Some meetings like that, they present an idea, and it just gets blasted,” he says. “And you can just tell, walking out of the meeting, ‘Okay, this is not gonna fly.’” Campbell, an affable and wealthy Californian who is leaving Congress at the end of this session and is eager to get ownership of his calendar back, has always had a knack for anticipating...
  • Major change coming to Obamacare: Anyone who voted for or supported BO will receive an exemption.

    09/03/2013 10:19:03 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 17 replies ^ | September 3, 2013 | Nelson Abdullah
    Obamacare, officially known as the Affordable Care Act, was written with explicit language that it was to include everyone. No exceptions. Even members of Congress and their staff were mandated to follow the same rules as every other American citizen. This was apparently done to appease the Republicans and get their support for the bill. Then just before the 2012 elections several unions who had endorsed and campaigned for Barack Hussein Obama began to receive exemptions from the mandatory requirements. Then it was disclosed that members of Congress were concerned that their highly paid staff members would be persuaded to...
  • Congress Exempts Itself From the Law

    08/06/2013 10:49:20 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 7, 2013 | Betsy McCaughey
    Members of Congress are brazenly insisting the laws they pass apply to everyone but themselves. Republicans and Democrats, who can agree on almost nothing else, are planning to exempt themselves and their staff from Sect. 1312 (d) of the Affordable Care Act that requires them to get their health insurance on the newly created insurance exchanges and pay the same premiums the public will have to pay... Currently, members of Congress and their staff are covered by plans they chose through the Federal Employees Health Benefit Program, with taxpayers picking up 75 percent of the tab. The thinking behind the...
  • Congress plots exit from Obamacare coverage

    06/28/2013 6:43:06 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 6-28-13 | Glenn Garvin
    Congress is not as stupid as you think. I realize that is not a high bar; but still, credit must be given when credit is due. Quite often when our duly-elected political representatives get together in Washington to pass some ill-designed, over-intrusive and brutally expensive law, they recognize the difficulties it will create -- and so they exempt themselves. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration? The National Labor Relations Act? Minimum wage laws? None of them govern Congress. The much-lauded Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which sends corporate executives to prison for falsifying financial data, would decimate Congress if it were applied to...
  • DC Lawmakers afraid they might be subject to their own legislation

    06/14/2013 8:57:26 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 12 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/14/13 | Doug Book
    Few fair minded Americans would argue that the tenants of Capitol Hill should suffer the slings and arrows which complicate the lives of mere commoners. After all, seeing to the 24/7 needs of the underclasses is burden enough for anyone. But thanks to an amendment to the Affordable Care Act, members of the political ruling class and their congressional staff will soon join the little people in suffering the financial distress promised in a 2,700 page law read and understood by very few within the beltway. And the DC elite do not like it one bit. Before ObamaCare was rammed...
  • Congress Can't Weasel Out of Obamacare

    06/14/2013 6:59:34 AM PDT · by libstripper · 38 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | June 13, 2013 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    During the course of the long, contentious and often under-handed battle to pass ObamaCare, Congress did do one honorable thing: it included the Grassley Amendment in the legislation that ensured that the government could not offer members of the House and Senate and their staffs any insurance plans but those created by the bill or those that were part of the exchanges set up in association with it. The principle was clear. If Congress, acting at the behest of President Obama, was going to shove this unpopular idea down the throats of an unwilling nation, those involved in making the...
  • Lawmakers, aides may get Obamacare exemption

    04/24/2013 7:36:10 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 32 replies
    Politico ^ | 4-24-2013 | BRESNAHAN and JAKE SHERMAN
    Lawmakers, aides may get Obamacare exemption By JOHN BRESNAHAN and JAKE SHERMAN | 4/24/13 9:49 PM EDT Congressional leaders in both parties are engaged in high-level, confidential talks about exempting lawmakers and Capitol Hill aides from the insurance exchanges they are mandated to join as part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, sources in both parties said. The talks — which involve Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), the Obama administration and other top lawmakers — are extraordinarily sensitive, with both sides acutely aware of the potential for political fallout from giving carve-outs from...
  • Catholic business owners score win against ObamaCare mandate

    07/27/2012 2:31:25 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 2 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 27, 2012 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    The Catholic family that owns a Colorado-based company won a court victory in their battle to stop the Obama administration from requiring them to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization and contraception, a mandate they say violates their religious beliefs and First Amendment rights. Hercules Industries, a Denver-based heating ventilation and air conditioning manufacturer that employs nearly 300 full-time workers, got an injunction in federal court which stops enforcement of the controversial ObamaCare mandate. The company's lawyers said they needed the injunction immediately because if the mandate is enforced, it must begin immediately making changes to its health plan,...
  • Obama Supporters Worried He May Grant Contraception Exemptions to Catholic Hospitals

    11/29/2011 1:31:48 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 47 replies
    ABC - Political Punch ^ | Nov 29, 2011 | Jake Tapper
    In August, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that health insurance plans, as of January 1, 2013, will be required to cover contraception, including FDA-approved emergency contraception. “These historic guidelines are based on science and existing literature and will help ensure women get the preventive health benefits they need,” she said. The Catholic Church has been pushing the White House to allow Catholic hospitals to opt out of providing contraception that it considers the termination of a life, and many in the abortion rights community are worried that the president will grant that exemption. Additionally, many Democrats invested...
  • Facebook seeks exemption from ad disclosures (just like bumper stickers, text messages, buttons)

    05/12/2011 9:01:46 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies ^ | 5/12/11 | Chase Davis
    Palo Alto-based social networking giant Facebook is seeking an exemption to rules that would require political advertisements on the site to disclose the source of their funds, according to a letter submitted to federal regulators by company attorneys. The letter, first obtained by Talking Points Memo, argues that limits on the size of Facebook ads makes including required disclosure language impractical. Federal campaign regulations require political advertising to disclose who paid for and authorized it, but the Federal Election Commission has allowed exceptions in certain cases. Facebook is seeking an exemption similar to those that apply to bumper stickers, text...
  • Union Dues Exemption Sample Letter (defund unions by giving dues money to charity)

    02/25/2011 8:48:11 AM PST · by doug from upland · 16 replies · 2+ views
    RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION LETTER regarding union dues Union Dues Exemption Sample Letter Sample Letter Date Name, President Name of Union Address City, State, Zip Dear (PRESIDENT’S NAME): I have been informed that under the collective bargaining agreement between (UNION AND LOCAL #) and (COMPANY), I am being asked to join the union. I am herewith requesting exemption from the above. It is my sincere religious conviction that I cannot join or financially support an employee’s union. This request is not based on any hard feelings toward any individual or to the labor organization. Rather, it is based on principles I...
  • More get waivers of health insurance (Romneycare in Massachusetts)

    02/07/2011 9:50:47 AM PST · by Libloather · 4 replies ^ | 2/07/11 | Kay Lazar
    More get waivers of health insuranceState panel cites economy as factor Flexibility called model for US plan By Kay Lazar - Globe Staff / February 7, 2011 Massachusetts regulators granted more exemptions last year to residents who said they could not afford the health insurance required by the state, waiving the tax penalty for more than half of those who appealed, according to state data. Of the 2,637 people who applied, 63 percent received an exemption with 107 cases pending, up from 44 percent the previous year. State officials said they excused the majority of waiver applicants in large part...
  • Obama issues global warming rules in January, gives GE an exemption in February

    02/03/2011 11:15:55 AM PST · by Islander7 · 27 replies
    The Examiner ^ | Feb 2, 2011 | By: Timothy P. Carney
    Last month, the Obama EPA began enforcing new rules regulating the greenhouse gas emissions from any new or expanded power plants. This week, the EPA issued its first exemption, Environment & Energy News reports: The Obama administration will spare a stalled power plant project in California from the newest federal limits on greenhouse gases and conventional air pollution, U.S. EPA says in a new court filing that marks a policy shift in the face of industry groups and Republicans accusing the agency of holding up construction of large industrial facilities.
  • Z STREET's legal battle continues against IRS

    11/23/2010 5:41:28 PM PST · by JOHN ADAMS · 10 replies · 1+ views
    The Weekly Standard blog ^ | Nov. 22, 2010 | Daniel Halper
    As THE WEEKLY STANDARD reported in August, pro-Israel group Z Street believes it was discriminated against after "Z Street was told by an IRS agent that it might not be granted 501(c)(3) status, which would allow the group to be tax exempt, because its position toward Israel differs from the Obama administration's official policies." Today, Z Street continues its legal battle to obtain tax-exempt status from the IRS.
  • The no-grope list: Look who gets a junk-touching exemption

    11/23/2010 3:14:13 PM PST · by Nachum · 43 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 11/23/10 | Michelle Malkin
    You’ve heard of the “no-fly” list. Now get a load of the no-grope list — a roster of the privileged federal officials and politicians who don’t have to be subjected to TSA’s grabby hands. Lucky them, huh? Cabinet secretaries, top congressional leaders and an exclusive group of senior U.S. officials are exempt from toughened new airport screening procedures when they fly commercially with government-approved federal security details. Aviation security officials would not name those who can skip the controversial screening, but other officials said those VIPs range from top officials like Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and FBI Director Robert Mueller...
  • House Democrat: Investigate Catholic exemption

    11/10/2009 10:58:44 AM PST · by Nachum · 60 replies · 2,166+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 11/10/09 | Matthew Hay Brown
    Rep. Lynn Woolsey, a California Democrat dismayed by the House vote over the weekend to prohibit taxpayer subsidies for insurance policies that cover abortion in the healthcare overhaul, is saying maybe the IRS should investigate the tax-exempt status of the Catholic Church following its lobbying effort for the restriction. “I expect political hardball on any legislation as important as the health care bill,” Woolsey writes in Politico. “I just didn’t expect it from the United States Council of Catholic Bishops … Who elected them to Congress?
  • Henry Waxman Zero Dollar out - download, print, distribute - Fight Obamacare!

    08/27/2009 5:26:21 PM PDT · by Secret Agent Man · 10 replies · 861+ views
    self | 8/27/09 | Secret Agent Man
    Henry Waxman Zero Dollar is out. Gotta love this guy. He's screwing all of us because he's philosophically on board with the concept of the government healthcare plan. He winds up exempting Congress from having to be in the government plan. If it's so great why do that, Henry? Now he's screwing big pharma, who sold their collective souls to jump on the Obamacare bandwagon for certain promises by Obama, and Waxman ain't gonna honor them because he doesn't have to. It is priceless and ironic big pharma gets screwed by the very deal they thought would protect them. Also...
  • Indian tribes ask Congress for exemption from federal labor laws

    07/20/2006 6:50:06 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 314+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/20/06 | Erica Werner - AP
    Indian tribes want Congress to exempt them and their casinos from federal labor laws. At a House hearing Thursday, tribes spoke out for legislation to overturn an order by the National Labor Relations Board that said - for the first time - that sovereign Indian tribes are under the board's jurisdiction. "A tribe is a government," said Joe Garcia, president of the National Congress of American Indians. "Tribal policies must come from within the tribe's government, rather than being imposed from the outside." The labor board's order, which came in response to an organizing dispute at the San Manuel Indian...
  • Brothels Ask Exemption From Smoking Ban

    05/29/2006 10:34:44 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 38 replies · 830+ views ^ | Associated Press
    <p>SYDNEY, Australia - Brothel owners in the southern state of Victoria have called for an exemption to a new ban on smoking in the workplace, saying customers like to light up after sex.</p> <p>The Australian Adult Entertainment Industry has written to Victoria's health minister arguing that new laws banning smoking in bars and brothels could push prostitution back into the streets, according to a report in the Sunday Herald Sun newspaper.</p>
  • Sino-N. Korean 6 Month Visa Exemption Scrapped after 57 Years(NK to stop Chinese encroachment?)

    05/25/2006 7:39:04 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies · 359+ views
    JoongAng Ilbo ^ | 05/26/06 | Ryu Kwang-jong
    /begin my translation Sino-N. Korean 6 Month Visa Exemption Scrapped after 57 Years N. Korea demanded it first ... China responded in kind N. Korean suitcase merchants at Beijing Airport. The scene in front of N. Korean Koryo Air at Beijing Airport on May 11. N. Koreans, who purchased goods in China and were going back to N. Korea, are waiting for boarding process. Beijing = Kim Choon-sik It is confirmed that N. Korea and China stopped 'short-term visa exemption' measure, which they have applied to people from the other part since they established diplomatic relation in 1949. Up to...
  • Cheney Seeks CIA Exemption to Torture Ban

    11/05/2005 3:29:00 AM PST · by prairiebreeze · 37 replies · 780+ views
    Wash Post ^ | November 5, 2005 | DAVID ESPO and LIZ SIDOTI
    WASHINGTON -- Vice President Dick Cheney made an unusual personal appeal to Republican senators this week to allow CIA exemptions to a proposed ban on the torture of terror suspects in U.S. custody, according to participants in a closed-door session. Cheney told his audience the United States doesn't engage in torture, these participants added, even though he said the administration needed an exemption from any legislation banning "cruel, inhuman or degrading" treatment in case the president decided one was necessary to prevent a terrorist attack. The vice president made his comments at a regular weekly private meeting of Senate Republican...
  • CA: Bill seeks some cut in property taxes / 14-fold increase in..exemption..first-time homebuyers

    01/12/2005 10:08:47 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 674+ views
    OC Register ^ | 1/12/05 | Jeff Collins
    A UC Irvine grad hopes to put the dream of owning a home more within reach by cutting property taxes. Freshman Assemblywoman Audra Strickland proposes to give first-time homebuyers a 14-fold increase in the homeowners exemption. Other government officials say the idea may be too complicated and too costly to pass into law. Strickland, 30, who graduated from UC Irvine in 1996 with a political science degree, acknowledges that her bill still needs tinkering. But she believes the problems can be ironed out. "With the prices of houses skyrocketing, this was a way ... more people can own a home,"...
  • CA: Effort to limit remap is launched (Congre$$critters -D's, want exemption from redistricting)

    01/09/2005 8:46:07 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 445+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 1/9/05 | Margaret Talev
    A lobbying firm representing traditionally Democratic causes and a political consultant with ties to a Democratic congressman are seeking to qualify a handful of ballot initiatives that exempt members of Congress if Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proceeds with a special election to force the redrawing of political districts years ahead of schedule. Jim Gonzalez and Associates, the Sacramento lobbying firm that submitted the four proposed initiatives to the state attorney general's office for consideration, and John Thiella, a consultant to the firm on the initiative proposals, say they are not working on behalf of specific clients but rather floating proposals that...
  • Anti-Kerry Group Seeks Press Exemption

    08/05/2004 6:58:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 761+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/5/04 | Sharon Theimer - AP
    WASHINGTON - A conservative group that complained about television ads for Michael Moore's anti-Bush documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11" now wants an exemption from campaign finance laws so it can advertise a book on John Kerry (news - web sites). Citizens United contends the Federal Election Commission (news - web sites) should consider it part of the news media, and allow it to run election-time ads for a book called "The Many Faces of John Kerry: Why This Massachusetts Liberal is Wrong for America." In a request released this week, the group argued it should be able to run ads for the...
  • Bigger Homestead Exemption Tricky Ploy To Shift Tax Load

    07/09/2004 4:52:33 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 1 replies · 406+ views
    Tampa Tribune ^ | Jul 8, 2004 | Editorial
    Florida voters might unwittingly amend the state constitution to increase taxes on poor renters and force local governments to raise property tax rates. Most voters would be surprised at that result, but if a proposed amendment to double the homestead exemption gets on the ballot and wins majority support, that and worse will happen. The problem begins with deceptive wording. A summary of the amendment change promises it ``provides property tax relief to Florida home owners by increasing the homestead exemption on property assessments by an additional $25,000.'' Your tax bill would be lower only if tax rates stayed the...
  • [Vanity] Need Help re: Kerry Combat Exemption

    04/26/2004 10:51:57 AM PDT · by MikeJ · 6 replies · 168+ views
    self | today | self
    I need help running down an important detail of Kerry's military record. My understanding is that Kerry applied for, and received, a seldom-granted exemption from combat because of his three purple hearts. I also understand that this exemption was not automatic, and that it had to be approved on an individual basis, presumably by a superior officer. There are two documents that I would very much like to see - Kerry's request for this exemption, and the superior officer's approval of his exemption, which presumably would document the reasons why it was granted. Does anyone know what these documents would...
  • Pakistan seeks exemption from new US immigration law

    01/16/2003 1:44:13 PM PST · by knighthawk · 10 replies · 322+ views
    BBC Monitoring ^ | January 16 2003 | Associated Press of Pakistan
    Islamabad, 16 January: Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri, scheduled to leave for the United States on Saturday [18 January], said seeking Pakistan's exemption from the new American immigration law would top his agenda for talks with the State Department officials in Washington. "The issue of Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS) and the subsequent problems it caused to the Pakistanis living there would naturally be a high priority in my discussion with US officials," he said in an interview to PTV. Kasuri was due to leave for an official visit to the United States on 18 January. The foreign minister, who...
  • Hawai'i cargo to flow again in dock waiver

    10/05/2002 10:30:41 PM PDT · by Vidalia · 4 replies · 245+ views
    Honolulu Advertiser ^ | Saturday, October 5, 2002 | Karen Blakeman
    <p>Hawai'i has received an exemption to the port shutdown that has paralyzed the West Coast, and dockworkers will begin loading ships with cargo bound for the Islands today.</p> <p>Yesterday's developments: • A federal mediator shuttled between representatives of dockworkers and management at a San Francisco hotel, with talks expected to go through the weekend.</p>
  • Hamlet comes off the fence [France's hypocritical secret ICC exemption]

    09/08/2002 9:52:47 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 2 replies · 136+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 9/4/02 | Helle Dale
    <p>Just as the International Criminal Court (ICC) had become yet another flash point in U.S.-European relations, good news come in from the weekend gathering of EU foreign ministers in Elsinore, Denmark. Ever since its founding document was negotiated in 1998, the ICC has been a subject of bitter contention between European governments, supporters of the ICC and the American government, its ardent critic. But things might not look so bleak after all.</p>
  • Rights Groups Assail U.S. Efforts to Win Exemption from International Criminal Court

    06/30/2002 4:15:51 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 219+ views
    YaHoo News ^ | 6/30/02 | Jim Lobe - OneWorld US
    Rights Groups Assail U.S. Efforts to Win Exemption from International Criminal CourtFri Jun 28,11:00 AM ETJim Lobe,OneWorld US United States and international human rights groups are calling on members of the United Nations ( news - web sites) Security ( news - external web site) Council to reject U.S. efforts this week to exempt U.S. citizens and others serving in UN peacekeeping operations (PKOs) from the scope of the new International Criminal Court (ICC), the world's first permanent tribunal to prosecute war crimes, genocide, and other crimes against humanity. • Coalition for the International Criminal Court • Amnesty International •...