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  • Cord cutters getting the axe?

    04/24/2016 5:00:48 PM PDT · by Macoozie · 28 replies ^ | April 23, 2016 | Shawn Kinight
    ISPs, who once fed us lines about excessive bandwidth usage and network congestion in order to upsell people on higher-tier “business class” Internet packages, are now essentially using the same tactics to punish cord-cutters, many of which were likely former cable subscribers.
  • Nine in ten Germans want limit on refugees

    02/29/2016 7:34:15 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies ^ | 29 Feb 2016 11:15 GMT+01:00
    An overwhelming majority of Germans believe that the country cannot continue to take in every asylum seeker who arrives at the borders, a new poll shows. The survey shows that only 11 percent of Germans disagree with the idea of an upper limit placed on the number of asylum seekers the country takes in, the poll by Infratest showed. [...] The largest number of respondents (38 percent) agreed that the upper limit should be set at a conservative 200,000 asylum seekers per year. Twenty one percent of people meanwhile said that Germany should take in no asylum seekers at all,...
  • Rand Paul reignites the term limits debate

    04/11/2015 5:15:51 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 23 replies
    HotAir ^ | April 8, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    When Rand Paul announced his “official” candidacy for the presidency this week he sparked a number of debates, not only in the media and among his opponents, but inside the GOP. One of the less noticed ones revolved around a comment he made during the speech regarding the institution of term limits for congressional offices, similar to what we have for the Oval Office. This drew a quick response from our friend Matt Lewis, who feels that Rand is missing the mark. "During his presidential announcement on Tuesday, Sen. Rand Paul took a stand for term limits. “We limit the...
  • The Power and Limits of Indoctrination

    05/25/2014 6:55:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Power Line ^ | 5/25/14 | Steven Hayward
    Cass Sunstein, Obama’s former regulatory “czar” and one of the smartest and most devious thinkers on the left, has a highly revealing Bloomberg column out this week reporting on the results of a study of the way China has attempted indoctrination in its school system. This column and the underlying study (it’s an NBER paper, behind a paywall unless you have academic access) are useful as background reading for everyone who is rightly concerned about how Common Core standards will likely become the means of nationalizing a liberal school curriculum. (What? You mean you aren’t reassured by the promises from...
  • BBC Reporter Reminds Obama About Constitution: ‘The Audacity of Hope Became the Reality of Limits’

    01/29/2014 9:52:27 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    gopthedailydose ^ | 1/29/14 | Bubba Atkinson
    “So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do.” – Obama, State of the Union 2014 That’s a polite way to say he doesn’t have the leadership skills to unite Congress to get anything done, so he’s going to use a loose interpretation of the Constitution to attempt to get his way and he’ll mask that statement with a rational sounding emotional appeal to American families.
  • New York congressman introduces bill to abolish presidential term limits

    03/28/2013 4:09:48 PM PDT · by Nachum · 63 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 6, 2013 | Patrick Howley
    New York Democratic Rep. Jose Serrano reintroduced a bill in Congress on Friday to repeal the 22nd Amendment, which places term limits on the U.S. presidency. The bill, which has been referred to committee, would allow Barack President Obama to become the first president since Franklin Roosevelt to seek a third term in office. H.J. Res. 15 proposes “an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second article of amendment, thereby removing the limitation on the number of terms an individual may serve as President.”
  • Charm has its limits

    03/12/2013 11:05:17 AM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    wapo ^ | 3/11/13 | Dana Milbank
    It’s week two of the president’s charm offensive, and already there is dissension in the ranks. Jay Carney, the occasionally charming spokesman for the newly charming president, began his daily media briefing Monday with a smile, a sunny disposition and a bit of percussion on the lectern. Bum-ba-da-bum-bum, he drummed with his hands. “Happy Monday!” began Carney, wearing a festive yellow tie and striking a casual pose. “Good afternoon. Thanks for being here for your White House briefing. Spring is here early.” But it was not long before the White House press secretary was back in his winter of discontent....
  • Could a Constitutional Amendment for Term Limits get passed, and would you support it?

    02/12/2013 8:51:43 AM PST · by goodnesswins · 94 replies
    The People | 2/12/2013 | Me it time, finally, for Term Limits? It seems the only way we can BEGIN to get some control over our "public servants." Here is a Gallup poll (FWIW) that says 75% of Americans would approve Term Limits. Could we make it happen? Would you support it?
  • Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) calls for 'limits on First Amendment rights' (video)

    07/18/2012 6:20:27 AM PDT · by massmike · 19 replies ^ | 07/18/2012 | n/a
    During a debate on the Senate floor July 16, 2012, about the DISCLOSE Act, legislation that would circumvent and restrict the First Amendment,Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) calls for 'limits on First Amendment rights'
  • Repeal and Retire?

    06/28/2012 6:59:14 PM PDT · by dagogo redux · 46 replies
    6/28/12 (Will live in Infamy) | dagogo redux
    I was listening just now to a$$wipe Hannity blithering on the radio about the proposed Romney idea to "Repeal and Replace" regrading ObamaCare, as all the while an astute listener tried to get a word in edgewise about his idea to "Repeal, and Return to the People". Hannity kept going on and on about his Federal, statist solutions, because, "We've GOT to insure that everyone has access to affordable healthcare," and "We've got to make it FAIR for people with pre-existing conditions" and such. What struck me was Hannity's strident insistence on Federal solutions that are found nowhere in the...
  • The House Should Curb Obama's Extravagant Lifestyle

    11/12/2010 1:18:19 AM PST · by Scanian · 14 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | November 12, 2010 | Lauri B. Regan
    Pundits, political analysts, and politicians on both sides of the aisle have offered their recommendation for items which should be placed at the top of the 112th Congress's legislative agenda. Surprisingly, in light of the negative press the Obamas have received relating to their recent junket to India, so far as I have seen, not one person has suggested including legislation limiting the amount of taxpayer funds that may be expended on presidential trips -- official or otherwise -- and the White House party budget. Like all government agencies, the White House operates on the basis of appropriations that originate...
  • Congressional Reform Act of 2010

    03/16/2010 8:31:11 AM PDT · by MsLady · 20 replies · 405+ views
    Email from my Aunt | March 16, 2010 | ?
    Congressional Reform Act of 2010 1. Term Limits: 12 years only, one of the possible options below. A. Two Six year Senate terms B. Six Two year House terms C. One Six year Senate term and three Two Year House terms Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work. 2. No Tenure / No Pension: A congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The...
  • U.S. Fishermen Demand Changes to Federal Fishing Limits

    03/10/2010 4:01:06 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 33 replies · 912+ views
    Fox News ^ | February 25, 2010 | Fox News
    Fishermen and charter boat captains from Maine to Louisiana rallied outside the Capitol Wednesday to demand changes to federal fishing limits they say are putting them out of business
  • EPA proposes nation's strictest smog limits ever

    01/07/2010 4:24:15 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 460+ views
    LA Times ^ | 1/7/10 | Jim Tankersley
    Reporting from Washington - The Environmental Protection Agency proposed the nation's strictest-ever smog limits this morning, a move that could put large parts of the country in violation of federal air quality regulations. The EPA proposed allowing a ground-level ozone concentration of between 60 and 70 parts per billion, down from the 75-ppb standard adopted under President George W. Bush in 2008. That means cracking down even further on the emissions from power plants, factories, landfills and motor vehicles which bake in sunlight and form smog. Obama administration officials and environmental groups say the new standards align with the levels...
  • Elderly question flu shot controls- 65 and older face H1N1 vaccine limits

    11/29/2009 11:51:00 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies · 514+ views
    George Anter knows he has a lot to be thankful for during the holidays. The heart he received during a transplant procedure 12 years ago, for which he gives thanks every day, continues to do its job. Most Popular Stories # Elderly question flu shot controls # NORM: Wynns finalize divorce papers # U.S. HIGHWAY 95 CRASH: Longtime LV officer mourned # Slaying details emerge # NORM: At last, Ripa gets her wedding cake # NORM: Crash compounds Woods' problems # Surgeon agrees to plea deal in medical malpractice fraud case # Two more teens arrested in slaying of officer...
  • EPA tightens limits on power plant water pollution

    09/15/2009 10:47:59 AM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies · 457+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 9/15/09 | DINA CAPPIELLO
    WASHINGTON (AP) - For the first time in nearly 30 years, the Environmental Protection Agency plans to strengthen standards for water pollution from coal-fired power plants. The agency said Tuesday that equipment required to reduce air pollution has increased the harmful contaminants in water discharged by power plants. It also said that existing regulations are not enough to protect water quality and wildlife.
  • New lead limits take effect for small businesses

    08/13/2009 1:07:51 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies · 304+ views
    breitbart ^ | 8/13/09 | JENNIFER C. KERR
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Tighter limits on the amount of lead the government allows in children's products and a requirement for new tracking labels are stirring fear among small business owners, already hurting in a tough economy. Starting Friday, the new limits and labels are required as part of a consumer product safety law passed by Congress last summer in the wake of dozens of recalls of lead-tainted toys. Consumer advocates hailed the measures. But some small businesses, like American Educational Products in Fort Collins, Colo.—it sells classroom teaching aids like flash cards, animal models, globes and relief maps—say the testing...
  • Poll to FREEP: Do you agree with putting limits on how much money someone can donate to candidate?

    05/30/2009 7:40:13 PM PDT · by Steelers6 · 19 replies · 1,638+ views
    The State Journal Register ^ | May 30, 2009 | Steelers6
    Do you agree with putting limits on how much money someone can donate to a state political candidate? Yes 90.3% No 9.7% Total votes: 289
  • Civilian Marksmanship Program Running Low On Rifle Ammunition- Sets Purchase Limits

    04/14/2009 7:03:53 PM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies · 1,337+ views
    second amendment freedom ^ | 13 April, 2009 | jgh
    The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) has set a purchase limit of 10 cans of .30-06 surplus ammunition per year this month. But, the ammunition supply may not last that long. Buy it while its still available or before Barack Obama, Carolyn McCarthy, or Diane Feinstein step in. You must also show that you belong to a recognized shooting organization and proof of birth, such as a birth certificate. While we support selling Government surplus ammo to US citizens only, you have to show more proof of citizenship to buy ammo than a recent presidential candidate had to show. This is...
  • Axelrod hints pay limits not binding

    02/15/2009 11:30:31 AM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies · 483+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 2/15/09 | staff
    David Axelrod, senior adviser to President Obama, hinted in an interview on Fox News Sunday that the administration does not view the executive pay restrictions in the economic stimulus bill as binding. Obama will sign the restrictions, which are stricter those he announced less than two weeks ago, into law on Tuesday. But Axelrod said the administration will work with Congress to come up with "an appropriate approach" to curbing excessive pay packages on Wall Street.
  • GOP seeking to end ban on some donation limits (unlimited "soft money" contributions)

    02/08/2009 10:48:03 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 369+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/8/09 | Nedra Pickler - ap
    WASHINGTON – Republicans are making another run at overturning a ban on unlimited "soft money" contributions. Their Democratic rivals say it is an attempt to bring big money back to politics because the GOP can't keep up with President Barack Obama's fundraising machine. The Republican National Committee is suing to overturn part of a ban on unlimited contributions passed by Congress in 2002 and upheld by the Supreme Court a year later.
  • CA: Spending limits would put government on a conservative course

    01/27/2009 11:55:59 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 691+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 1/27/09 | Steve Harmon
    SACRAMENTO — Liberal activists are worried that Democratic legislators are considering a deal to institute permanent curbs on government spending in order to win Republican support for tax increases as the Legislature seeks solutions to a $42 billion deficit facing the state over the next 18 months. They are imploring Democrats to rethink any deal that they say will effectively cripple government, leaving future generations unable to respond to the more complex needs of a growing state with Draconian cuts required at every level of government. "I'm very concerned from the conversations I've had that Democrats may agree to something...
  • Contribution limits raised for '10 cycle (Just what The Incumbent Party needs, mo' money!)

    01/25/2009 11:04:48 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 311+ views
    The Hill ^ | 1/25/09 | Reid Wilson
    Candidates for federal office will be able to squeeze just a little more money out of their major contributors in the 2010 campaign cycle as the Federal Election Commission announced new individual gift limits Friday morning. Individual donors will now be able to give up to $2,400 per election, or $4,800 for both a primary and a general, according to the new guidelines. That's up from the $2,300 per-election limit during the 2008 cycle. Donors are also able to fork over $30,400 to national parties, higher than the $28,500 they were allowed to give last cycle. A single donor is...
  • House Bill Introduced to Repeal Constitutional Limit on Terms Obama can Serve..

    01/17/2009 12:59:32 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 23 replies · 1,515+ views
    WeaselZippers ^ | 1/16/09
    To be followed by Civil War II.... H. J. Res. 5: Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second. Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second article of amendment, thereby removing the limitation on the number of terms an individual may serve as President.
  • Missouri Supreme Court reinstates campaign contribution limits

    07/19/2007 7:58:03 PM PDT · by Optimist · 5 replies · 666+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | 7/19/2007 | Kelly Wiese, The Associated Press
    JEFFERSON CITY | The Missouri Supreme Court reinstated campaign contribution limits Thursday, but it’s unclear whether politicians will be forced to return millions of dollars collected since the limits were lifted in January.The court, in a unanimous decision, overturned a lower judge who had thrown out a fundraising ban for elected officials and challengers during the legislative session but kept intact the overall repeal of Missouri’s individual contribution limits.The Supreme Court said the legislative history of the bill indicated lawmakers would not have repealed contribution limits if the donation blackout period was not in effect.The court noted that when the...
  • Term Limits - Success or Failure

    06/12/2007 12:17:06 PM PDT · by backtothestreets · 33 replies · 792+ views
    Chuck Plante | June 12, 2007 | backtothestreets
    Many FReepers still consider term limits a remedy to problems that plague our nation. I am located in California where term limits is now the law for all non-federal elective offices. The effort was primarily aimed at removing one person from state politics, Willie Brown, then Speaker of the Assembly. My personal assessment is that term limits has ushered in an era of progressive-liberalism from both the Democratic and Republican parties never imagined. It has also tossed many very capable conservatives from office. I wonder how others assess term limits now. Using California as the example, how many FReepers would...
  • [Oregon] Bills add limits to payday lending [ban triple-digit interest rates ]

    05/04/2007 11:00:38 AM PDT · by bedolido · 18 replies · 607+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | 05-04-2007 | BILL GRAVES
    Oregon moved closer to a total cap on interest rates Thursday, when the state House passed a 36 percent limit on consumer loans under $50,000. The cap completes House approval of a package of bills aimed at banning the triple-digit interest rates charged by payday and car title lenders. "This doesn't end consumer lending," said House Speaker Jeff Merkley, D-Portland. "But it will end predatory interest rates." The House voted 36-21 in support of House Bill 2871, which will join four other bills pending in the Senate. Oregon's payday lenders, who operate about 360 stores, say the legislation will kill...
  • Bill Gates: Remove limits on H1-B visas

    03/08/2007 9:47:42 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 124 replies · 2,582+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/8/07 | Nancy Zuckerbrod - ap
    WASHINGTON - Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates told Congress on Wednesday that overhauls of the nation's schools and immigration laws are urgently needed to keep jobs from going overseas. "The U.S. cannot maintain its economic leadership unless our work force consists of people who have the knowledge and skills needed to drive innovation," Gates told the Senate committee that oversees labor and education issues. Gates, whose charitable foundation has given away more than $3 billion since 1999 for educational programs and scholarships, noted that about 30 percent of U.S. ninth-graders fail to graduate on time. "As a nation, we should start...
  • CEOs plead for mandatory emissions caps (10 corporations and 4 environmental groups seek limits)

    01/22/2007 7:43:09 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 466+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/22/07 | H. Josef Hebert - ap
    WASHINGTON - Chief executives of 10 major corporations urged Congress on Monday to require limits on greenhouse gases this year, contending voluntary efforts to combat climate change are inadequate. The call for immediate action came on the eve of President Bush's State of the Union address in which he is expected to reiterate that the industry on its own is making progress in curtailing the growth of heat-trapping emissions without the need of government intervention. But the executives and leaders of four major environmental organizations said in a letter to Bush that mandatory emissions caps are needed to reduce the...
  • FEC won't ease limits on interest groups

    08/29/2006 10:32:04 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 195+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/29/06 | Jim Kuhnhenn - ap
    WASHINGTON - Federal election regulators refused to ease limits on political advertising Tuesday, blocking an effort to let interest groups run radio and television ads mentioning elected officials within weeks of an election. The Federal Election Commission voted 3-3 on a proposal that would have allowed such ads as long as they addressed public policy issues and did not promote, support, oppose or attack a sitting member of Congress. Supporters of the change said they wanted to strike a balance between campaign ad restrictions and constitutional free speech guarantees. The measure failed on a tie vote with the commission's three...
  • CA: Record campaign spending predicted in 2006, despite new limits

    03/07/2006 10:02:46 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 218+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 3/7/06 | Michael R. Blood - ap
    With new restrictions on political giving, this was supposed to be a challenging year for candidates to round up cash in the race for governor. But with the contest barely under way, some experts already predict that the 2006 campaign will set a record for statewide political spending. Even with first-time caps on donations, the combined $130 million spent by then-Gov. Gray Davis and other candidates for governor in 2002 is almost certain to be eclipsed. Davis' campaign spent a state record $78 million that year, and some say that figure might be toppled, too. "All the factors, all the...
  • CA: PUC Eyes Emissions Limits for Utilities

    02/17/2006 7:11:00 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 284+ views
    LA Times ^ | 2/17/06 | Bloomberg News
    Edison International, PG&E Corp. and other suppliers of electricity in California will be required by state regulators to cut greenhouse-gas emissions. Power companies in the most populous state will face a cap intended to bring emissions down, possibly to 1990 levels, according to a measure approved Thursday by the California Public Utilities Commission. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said last year that he wanted the state to cut greenhouse-gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. The state would be the first to regulate emissions by electricity providers. "It's a very positive first step in the right direction," said Dan Kalb, the California...
  • CA: Senate leader rejects borrowing limit in governor's public works plan

    02/04/2006 5:45:23 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 250+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/4/06 | ap - Sacramento
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Senate's top leader said Democrats in his house won't accept a key provision of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's massive public works plan - a limit on bond borrowing - because it could freeze out projects not sought by the governor. Schwarzenegger wants the Legislature to approve a constitutional amendment that would limit annual payments on bond debt to 6 percent of revenue coming into the state's largest budget account, the general fund. But Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, called the proposed debt limit "unworkable and unnecessary." "Circumstances change and governors and legislators need more...
  • Supreme Court to Hear First Amendment Case (ad limits in McCain-Feingold campaign finance law)

    01/14/2006 6:32:43 AM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies · 834+ views
    Palm Beach Post ^ | 1/14/06 | FREDERIC J. FROMMER
    Supreme Court to Hear First Amendment Case By FREDERIC J. FROMMER Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday in an anti-abortion group's First Amendment challenge to advertising limits in the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law. Wisconsin Right to Life was barred in 2004 from broadcasting ads that mentioned Sen. Russ Feingold, a Wisconsin Democrat facing re-election who co-authored the law with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. A provision of the law banned the use of corporate or union money for ads identifying federal candidates two months before a general election. In 2003, the Supreme Court upheld the...
  • CA: Assembly OKs limits for initiatives controlled by officeholders (AB709)

    05/26/2005 7:03:25 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 279+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 5/26/05 | Brian Melley - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Assembly passed legislation Thursday that would curb Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's fundraising by putting a $5,600 limit on donations to ballot measure committees controlled by candidates or officeholders. The bill was designed to close a loophole in a voter-approved campaign finance law that Schwarzenegger has used to raise tens of millions of dollars to support his agenda at the ballot box. "This loophole is bad public policy. It undermines public trust," said Assemblywoman Lois Wolk, D-Davis, sponsor of the bill. Wolk's bill deals with contributions made to committees such as Schwarzenegger's California Recovery Team, which don't face...
  • From the Back Porch - Term limits for legislators (the way to get things done in Washington)

    04/21/2005 6:35:25 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 9 replies · 1,035+ views
    A government of the people, by the people, for the people ... of power The judicial branch of our government has come in for increasing criticism in recent years and it seemed to peak in the Terri Schiavo incident. Unfortunately, the concern of the people over the actions of the judicial have somewhat masked the concern of the people over the actions of the legislative branch, the Congress. Abe Lincoln's famous saying that Americans like to quote does not totally stand up as to how Congress actually performs. When it comes to Congress, or even to state legislatures, you have...
  • So, brain surgery is easier than legislating? - (Fl. lawmakers want 12 year terms)

    04/18/2005 5:52:57 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 18 replies · 479+ views
    Consider a young man or woman who has just graduated from medical school and wishes to become a brain surgeon. Our young doctor will have to spend one year in a general surgical residency program, followed by six more years as a resident in neurosurgery. To recap: brain surgeon, seven years. And yet, the Florida Legislature this past week announced that its members cannot master the demands of their job within the measly eight years allowed by Florida's term limits. Nope. A Florida legislator really needs at least 12 years to learn the ropes in Tallahassee, the Legislature declared. And...
  • CA: Assembly panel OKs limits for candidate-controlled committees (AB709)

    04/05/2005 4:42:47 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 241+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 4/5/05 | Steve Lawrence - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - An Assembly committee Tuesday joined the effort to clamp limits on how much candidates and officeholders such as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger can raise for ballot measure committees they control. The Elections and Redistricting Committee approved a bill by Assemblywoman Lois Wolk, D-Davis, that would allow donors to give no more than $5,600 to those committees, although the limit would be adjusted for inflation every two years. A Sacramento judge last month struck down a broader range of donation limits adopted by the state Fair Political Practices Commission, but Wolk predicted her bill could survive a court challenge...
  • GOP Governors Fight Tax Limits: Foes of Big Government Blame Crunch on Cuts in Federal Aid

    03/29/2005 7:27:30 AM PST · by cogitator · 7 replies · 336+ views
    WashPost ^ | 03/27/2005 | T.R. Reid
    Excerpts: "Midway through his second term, [Colorado Gov. Bill] Owens is working to persuade Coloradans to suspend the limits he championed and let the state government spend $3 billion more in tax money than TABOR would allow. ... " During the boom years of the 1990s, with population and personal income soaring, the limits worked well. But the economic downturn and the reduction in federal support during the first Bush term proved disastrous for Colorado's finances. The state put off building roads and maintaining infrastructure. It reduced services and raised fees. Spending on higher education fell so sharply that the...
  • Calif. judge ends cash limit for campaigns

    03/25/2005 9:46:03 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 277+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 3/25/05 | Tom Chorneau - AP
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A judge cleared the way for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to raise unlimited cash to promote his agenda to voters, ruling Friday that the state's political watchdog improperly limited donations for ballot measures. The ruling overturned a regulation that would have restricted Schwarzenegger's efforts to raise $50 million for a package of constitutional amendments he wants to put before voters in the fall. Schwarzenegger and political allies sued the Fair Political Practices Commission earlier this month to overturn the limits on contributions to ballot measure committees controlled by a candidate. Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Shelleyanne Chang...
  • Free speech is threatened - (Bruce Kesler on McCain-Feingold, implications for internet sites)

    03/13/2005 8:32:07 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 19 replies · 755+ views
    Settled jurisprudence was fairly settled against prior restraints on free speech, except for "shouting fire in a crowded theater" immediate causes of grave harm. Then, along came the McCain-Feingold electoral reforms. McCain-Feingold's supposedly greater interest of restricting the role of big money in campaigns allowed legal and donor restrictions on campaigning. The media is exempt from restrictions. Critics of McCain-Feingold called it an incumbent protection act to reduce the resources of challengers. Realists said McCain-Feingold would result in contributions flowing some way anyway. Opponents of McCain-Feingold warned it restricted free speech, and this could increase. If free speech is surrendered...
  • Take Your PC and Shove It! - (Lt. Col Bob Lanzotti!)

    02/21/2005 11:51:30 AM PST · by CHARLITE · 16 replies · 1,034+ views
    No….I’m not referring to your personal computer here….my exclamatory title refers to Political Correctness! As we all know (and how could we not), political correctness (PC), has become the scourge of our society, every bit as vexing as the virus that attacks your personal computer, perhaps even as vile as a venereal disease that somehow, someway might find its way to invading your pristine body. PC appears to be fully entrenched in our society and its invasiveness may be just as destructive as those aforementioned viruses. Essentially, PC is attacking our freedoms and our culture. Just ask yourself the question…Do...
  • Iran's Youth Push Islamic Limits

    01/26/2005 2:17:53 AM PST · by F14 Pilot · 34 replies · 41,200+ views
    CBSNews ^ | TEHRAN, Jan. 25, 2005
    (CBS) The Iranian students storming the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979 became icons of worldwide Islamic revolution. Twenty-five years later, Iran's youth is rebelling again. But as CBS News Correspondent Elizabeth Palmer reports, this time against the Islamic government itself. Fully 60 percent of Iranians are under the age of 30, and they have had enough of strict Islamic rule. Everywhere there are signs that the religious authorities are losing control. Especially for the young, personal behavior in public can be very political. You can easily see some of these small acts of rebellion in a place that would...
  • Making A Federal Case Out of Almost Everything

    12/20/2004 10:44:15 AM PST · by neverdem · 14 replies · 630+ views
    Reason ^ | December 17, 2004 | Gene Healy
    This Reason article is printed from: on the back button on your browser to return to previous page December 17, 2004 Making A Federal Case Out of Almost Everything It's time to rediscover constitutional limits Gene Healy "Don't make a federal case out of it," we used to tell people who blew things out of proportion. But that phrase is quickly losing its bite as the federal government expands its jurisdiction to every area of American life. Responding to the Barry Bonds-Jason Giambi steroid scandal, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) recently threatened to bring the federal hammer down on Major...
  • Snowe makes it official: She will seek a third Senate term

    12/14/2004 6:03:56 AM PST · by SheLion · 34 replies · 815+ views ^ | 12-14-04
    PORTLAND, Maine -- Erasing any potential doubts, U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe told a Maine Public Radio call-in program that she intends to seek a third term in 2006. "I am running for re-election," Snowe said Monday. "It's sort of early to announce all that, but people have asked me so I obviously want to make sure that people know that I do intend to run for re-election."
  • UFO Expert: Aliens May Be Preparing Us For Ultimate Encounter

    11/18/2004 8:42:47 AM PST · by demlosers · 187 replies · 5,870+ views
    KBCI TV News ^ | November 15, 2004 | Scott Logan
    BOISE - UFOs are showing a keen interest in our nuclear weapons facilities, says investigator Robert Hastings, who has spent countless hours analyzing documents dealing with UFO sightings at nuclear missile launch sites and research labs in the United States over the past several decades. "You have reference to these objects hovering, racing away at blinding speed," he told Idaho 2 News. "There is no evidence we have an aircraft that can do that or anyone else on earth." Hastings, who has devoted countless hours researching UFOs and the U.S. government's reaction to them, was in Boise for a lecture...
  • Delegates Seek Ways to Confront Warming (European governments want limits beyond 2012)

    11/28/2004 3:37:59 PM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies · 444+ views ^ | 11/28/04 | CHARLES J. HANLEY
    Delegates Seek Ways to Confront Warming By CHARLES J. HANLEY AP Special Correspondent November 28, 2004, 4:20 PM EST The ice is melting and the heat is on for international delegates assembling in Buenos Aires next week to find new ways to confront global warming under the 194-nation treaty on climate change. The treaty's Kyoto Protocol, requiring initial cuts in "greenhouse gas" emissions by 2012, finally comes into force in February, seven years after it was negotiated. Next, European governments want the annual treaty conference -- Dec. 6-17 in the Argentine capital -- to get down to talks on steps...
  • Census Bureau to put limits on Arab data-sharing

    08/30/2004 11:02:38 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 409+ views
    DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) - The U.S. Census Bureau says it is ending a practice of routinely turning over detailed information about Arabs or other minorities to anti-terrorism officials without high-level approval. The Census Bureau revealed Aug. 13 that it had been reporting demographic data about Arab Americans to a Homeland Security agency. The bureau said it only was providing population numbers and not names, addresses or other private details. Responding to requests over the past two years from the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, the Census Bureau said it had provided files that included a count of U.S. residents...
  • CA: Campaign cop (FPPC) limits donations to candidates' ballot issue funds

    06/25/2004 6:38:57 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 145+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/25/04 | Steve Lawrence - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's campaign watchdog voted Friday to limit the size of donations to candidate-controlled ballot measure committees, closing a loophole that's enabled Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to raise millions of dollars in six-figure contributions. The Fair Political Practices Commission voted 4-1 to adopt a regulation that will put the same limits on donations to ballot measure committees run by candidates and officeholders as voter-approved Proposition 34 imposes on contributions made directly to candidates. But the change won't take effect until the day after the Nov. 2 election, which will allow Schwarzenegger and others to continue to raise vast sums...
  • FEC Rejects Limits on 'Soft Money' Groups

    05/13/2004 12:16:14 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 53 replies · 366+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 5/13/04 | Sharon Theimer - AP
    WASHINGTON - Federal officials Thursday rejected new limits for political groups pouring millions into ads and voter drives in the presidential election, and Republicans predicted the decision would prompt a surge in big donations for their side. Several Democratic groups have already begun spending large donations on efforts critical of President Bush (news - web sites) or supportive of Democratic candidate John Kerry (news - web sites). Republicans had asked the Federal Election Commission (news - web sites) to stop the activities under the campaign law that broadly banned from federal elections the big checks known as "soft money." But...