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  • Ballot Initiative Would Raise Taxes on Wealthy, Corporations

    09/06/2019 1:40:48 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 17 replies
    Coeur d'Alene Press ^ | September 05, 2019 | Associated Press
    A group that got Medicaid expansion on the Idaho ballot last year says it has started another initiative to raise money for public schools by increasing taxes on corporations and the wealthy. Reclaim Idaho on Wednesday announced the initiative proposal to raise taxes by 3% on individuals making more than $250,000 or married couples making more than $500,000. The plan would also raise corporate tax rates from 7.4% to 8%, the same as from 1987 to 2000. Reclaim Idaho says that will raise $170 million for K-12 public schools while reducing the need for school levies through property tax overrides....
  • Google’s plan to improve local news will start in Youngstown, Ohio

    07/20/2019 9:15:24 AM PDT · by lionstar · 25 replies ^ | 07.18.19 | Christine Fisher
    Today, Google announced that Youngstown, Ohio, will be the first city in its Compass Experiment, a joint venture with newspaper publishing company McClatchy to revive local news. The announcement couldn't be more timely, as Youngstown's long standing publication The Vindicator will close its doors on August 31st. The Compass Experiment, part of the Google News Initiative, aims to develop sustainable business models for local news organizations. It plans to launch digital platforms in three mid-sized communities, with the Youngstown site going live this fall. In addition to covering local news, Compass will test a variety of revenue models. The goal...
  • Dear Fellow Peasant

    03/17/2019 3:50:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | tMarch 17, 2019 | Paul Jacob
    “A public debate on the merits of a measure can reveal its flaws,” the Bismarck Tribune calmly and reasonably editorialized recently, adding, “and then we have to trust voters to do the right thing.”“Why are some legislators so afraid to allow North Dakota voters to decide what is in their constitution?” asked an earlier editorial in the Fargo Forum. Legislation to make citizen petitions far more difficult abounds in North Dakota, this being the winter of legislators’ discontent, because the mighty solons did not like an ethics measure that voters nevertheless passed in a close contest last fall. Personally, I would have...
  • Smug Seattle keeps throwing money after streetcar, bike lane fiasco that’s totally off the rails

    07/31/2018 11:00:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 43 replies
    FOX News ^ | July 31, 2018 | Printus LeBlanc
    Once again, the oh-so progressive, oh-so enlightened Seattle City Council is showing the rest of the country what not to do. The idealistic leftists who control the Council are wasting millions of hard-earned taxpayer dollars in failed attempts to solve problems the Council members created. All this is turning Seattle into the poster city for the failure of Big Government. The city best known for fish markets, coffee stores, rain and flannel-wearing musicians is now becoming legendary for its incompetent leadership and its financial boondoggles. The latest example of Seattle senselessness is the Council’s costly and deeply flawed efforts to...
  • The gun control debate has shifted. Can a new initiative bring change?

    05/15/2018 2:19:03 PM PDT · by BBell · 19 replies
    After the passion of March for Our Lives, some groups see the best hope for legislative success in states such as Washington and OregonThough America has seen a string of mass shootings over the past year, no gun control legislation has been passed at the federal level.Three months after 17 people were killed and 17 injured at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, Florida, leading to a national push for reform led by student survivors, the debate has shifted, from Capitol Hill to states across the country.As November’s midterm elections approach, advocates of stricter gun laws hope to place...
  • Boy, 12, stole mum’s credit card, booked flight to Bali and spent four days living life of..

    04/21/2018 12:26:18 PM PDT · by Eddie01 · 58 replies
    mirror uk ^ | 21 APR 2018 | Tom Davidson
    Full title: Boy, 12, stole mum’s credit card, booked flight to Bali and spent four days living life of luxury after fight with parents. A cheeky schoolboy stole his mum's credit card and flew to Bali, spending four days living a life of luxury, after getting into a fight with his parents. The boy, who has not been named, booked the cheap flight after researching online which airline would allow him to travel by himself without parental permission. He managed to find a ‘cheap deal’ to the Indonesian island and booked the flight on a school day, 9news reports ....
  • Clinton Global Initiative – Ties To Sex Slavery/Mind -Control Cult – Tentacles Spread To Libya.

    04/01/2018 6:41:41 AM PDT · by davikkm · 27 replies
    IWB ^ | Ruby Henley
    This is a very long and detailed article. The tentacles reach all the way to Libya, as the Clinton Global Initiative is involved. Parts are difficult to believe, but they are all true. You will see many familiar names and some that are not so familiar; nevertheless, they are rising players in this world. A recent arrest was made of someone I had never heard of, and as I watched an interview he had given to a young woman, I failed to sense the evil that has been unveiled to me. That protective quality is one of a charismatic and...
  • Oregon initiative would outlaw assault weapons, unless guns are registered with police

    03/21/2018 7:12:01 PM PDT · by PROCON · 68 replies ^ | March 21, 2018 | KATU News
    SALEM, Ore. – A recently filed Oregon initiative would make manufacturing, importing, possessing, purchasing or selling an assault weapon or large capacity magazine a crime – with only a few exceptions. If passed, Oregon Initiative 42 would only allow owners to keep their assault weapons and large capacity magazines if they register them with Oregon State Police. If the initiative goes into effect, anyone who owns an assault weapon or large capacity magazine will be required to remove them from the state, sell the items, surrender the items to a law enforcement agency for destruction, render the assault weapon permanently...
  • Go-Getters, Gone?

    03/20/2016 11:32:51 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 53 replies
    The National Review ^ | March 17, 2016 | Ian Tuttle
    On April 14, 1852, Lloyd and Lodisa Frizzell and their four sons, with “five yoke of cattle one pony & sidesaddle” in tow, departed their home, on the Little Wabash River in southeastern Illinois, for California. Seventy-two days into their voyage, Lodisa would write in her journal (later titled Across the Plains to California in 1852): That this journey is tiresome, no one will doubt, that it is perilous, the deaths of many testify, and the heart has a thousand missgivings, & the mind is tortured with anxiety, & often as I passed the fresh made graves, I have glanced...
  • LDS Church launches Easter initiative [Church around since 1830 launches second annual initiative]

    04/03/2015 8:53:34 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 20 replies
    Provo Daily Herald (Utah) ^ | March 31, 2015 | Genelle Pugmire
    PROVO — The Christian world is preparing for its biggest celebratory week of the year: Holy Week. To honor and testify of Jesus Christ and His life, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Saturday will launch an Easter initiative, “Because He Lives,” through social media and other tools. The initiative is expected to reach millions through social media, month-long displays in select LDS Church visitors’ centers, member and missionary tools, and online paid promotion on hundreds of Internet sites. The LDS Church has often been criticized for its less-than-visual participation in Holy Week activities. Throughout Christianity the...
  • Right to Work Initiative in Washington State

    03/11/2015 9:27:07 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 11, 2015 | James Simpson
    On Tuesday, March 10, Washington State’s Employee Rights Political Action Committee (, announced a grassroots initiative to replace restrictive employee laws with personal choice that both allows employees to keep their hard earned money in their pockets, and assists business in growing jobs. Called the “Employee Rights Act,” (I-1395) this new ballot initiative, if passed, will end compulsory union membership, ensuring an employee’s ability to find and keep gainful employment regardless of membership status and allow employers to hire without regard to a prospective employee's union participation. It will also allow employees to opt out of automatic union dues deduction....
  • NV: Secretary of State Certifies Initiative to Ban Private Gun Sales in Nevada

    12/11/2014 12:26:22 PM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Nevada Secretary of State Democrat Ross Miller, has certified a Nevada gun control initiative put forward by organizations funded by Michael Bloomberg.  The timely turn in of signatures and some signatures themselves have been challenged by a group of Nevada second amendment supporters.   Democrat Ross Miller lost the 2014 election for Attorney General.  Because of term limits, he was ineligible for a third term as Secretary of State, and is in lame duck status.  He also certified the Marijuana initiative.  From the AP article: Nevada's top election official is giving the go-ahead to two initiatives for the 2016 ballot:...
  • Congress Plans to Partially Defund DC Pot Initiative

    12/10/2014 12:43:59 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies ^ | December 9, 2014 | Sean Piccoli
    A congressional deal to avert another government shutdown contains a provision to stop the District of Columbia from allowing the sale of marijuana, angering supporters of a pro-pot initiative that D.C. voters approved overwhelmingly in November, The Washington Post reports. The anti-pot measure — a budget "rider" slipped into a $1.1 trillion catchall spending bill that would keep the government running past Thursday — could prevent the nation's capital from joining Colorado and Washington as legal weed havens. The measure does not overturn the results of Initiative 71, the legalization referendum that passed on Nov. 4 with more than 60...
  • Breaking The Law Under WA-I594

    11/06/2014 11:43:32 AM PST · by rktman · 7 replies ^ | 11/6/2014 | Aaron Spuler
    Breaking The Law Under WA-I594
  • Obama's BRAIN initiative awards $46 million in grants

    10/01/2014 3:08:32 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 10/1/14 | Julie Steenhuysen - Reuters
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - Wearable brain scanners and lasers that can turn hundreds of cells on and off were among 58 projects awarded $46 million in federal grants as part of President Obama's $100 million initiative to unlock the secrets of the human brain. Launched in 2013, the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative is designed to give scientists greater insight into how the healthy brain works and a better understanding of what systems go awry in diseases ranging from Alzheimer's to schizophrenia. "The human brain is the most complicated biological structure in the known universe. We’ve only just...
  • WA:Bodies v. big bucks in background check battle with national implications

    06/29/2013 5:35:54 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 24 June, 2013 | Dave Workman
    They came from across the state, from Bellingham to Vancouver, converging over the weekend on the Puyallup fairgrounds, to sign copies of Initiative 591 and get blanks to take back home, where they will have neighbors, friends and local gun shops fill up the sheets; a grassroots army stirred to action by the fear of Seattle-based big money buying away their gun rights. There is little doubt among WAC members and gun show visitors that Washington may be a “test case.” That is, they are convinced that well-financed sponsors of a competing initiative expect to use their experience here to...
  • The stories white guys tell themselves

    08/14/2012 8:03:40 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 65 replies
    St. Petersburg - Tampa Bay Times ^ | August 12, 2012 | Robyn E. Blumner,
    Joan Didion wrote, "We tell ourselves stories in order to live." I'd modify that slightly for this presidential election year and say, we tell ourselves stories in order to vote. Which is why Mitt Romney maintains a huge lead in the polls among blue-collar white men. The differential is staggering. Non-college-educated white men give Romney a 37-point advantage over President Barack Obama according to a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll. Why would struggling wage earners support a candidate who would give tax cuts to the top 1 percent, a group that controls 43 percent of the wealth in the country,...
  • New space-arms control initiative draws concern

    01/16/2012 7:02:19 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 1/16/12 | Bill Gertz
    The Obama administration is launching a new space arms-control initiative that critics say will lead to restrictions on U.S. military activities in space, a key U.S. strategic war-fighting advantage. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is expected to announce the initiative as early as Tuesday. The plan will be built on work contained in a European Union draft code of conduct for space that the Pentagon and State Department have criticized as too restrictive. “The United States has decided to enter into formal consultations and negotiations with the European Union
  • AP Item on 'Summer Jobs Initiative' Omits That Most of 180,000 'Opportunities' Are Unpaid

    01/05/2012 2:51:47 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 1/5/12 | Tom Blumer
    An unbylined item appearing at the Associated Press shortly after midnight (captured in full as a graphic here due to its brevity; for fair use and discussion purposes) crowed about how President Barack Obama "is looking to boost summer job prospects for kids," has "gotten commitments for nearly 180,000 youth employment opportunities for next summer," and only says that "Many of the positions would be unpaid training opportunities." How many? Well, most, according to the Hill's Eric Wasson: Obama to launch summer-jobs initiative President Obama on Thursday will unveil a summer-jobs initiative that the White House says is already on...
  • A Shameful State Department Initiative

    12/12/2011 10:02:44 AM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/12/11 | Pamela Geller
    Today the Islamized State Department will be meeting with the Islamic supremacist Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to discuss strategies and develop action plans in which to impose the restriction of free speech (or blasphemy, as truthful speech about Islam is considered in Islamic law) under the Sharia here in America. Photos accompanying news reports about the upcoming meeting shows Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu at a meeting last summer in Istanbul. Such prominence is given to this totalitarian organization. That photo reminds me of Neville and Adolf.