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  • Cops Retiring in Their 40s While Pension Systems Break Cities’ Backs

    10/14/2015 7:07:35 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 43 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/12/2015 | Tom Gantert
    A husband and wife who were both Ann Arbor police officers retired within a year of each other. The husband, a sergeant, retired in 2009 at age 46. His wife, whose job title was telecommunicator, started collecting pension checks in 2010 at age 51. Since 2009, the city of Ann Arbor has seen 43 individuals age 51 or younger retire and begin collecting police pensions. Early retirements — many of which occur with employees still in their 40s — are not uncommon in municipal public safety departments. The practice is justified on the grounds that the high stress and sometimes...
  • COMMENTARY: The Day The Earth Shook in Cochise County

    06/16/2015 11:52:52 AM PDT · by SandRat · 22 replies
    A major earthquake tremor stopped all the clocks in Tombstone at 3:06 p.m. May 3, 1887. It sounded liked the explosion of dynamite echoing through the town, with the earth shaking violently. People ran screaming into the streets, merchandise and glassware crashed to the floor from their shelves, gaping holes appeared in buildings on Allen Street. A reporter from the Tombstone Prospector newspaper pulled out his watch and counted the 35 seconds the earthquake lasted. Eight minutes later, a second shock of about two seconds; a third shock was hardly felt, about 4:15 p.m. Water spurted up out of the...
  • Militarization of Law Enforcement

    05/25/2015 9:44:36 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 20 replies
    American Cowboy Chronicles ^ | May 23, 2015 | Tom Correa
    Militarization of Law Enforcement These are not American Soldiers. They are Police Officers at the Ferguson Missouri protests. On May 18th, 2015, President Barack Obama announced that he was limiting the types of military equipment which can be transferred to police departments. He also announced the implementation of training programs to assure the appropriate use of other items. Because of his announcement, Homeland Security and the military can no longer transfer some weapons, such as grenade launchers, and IED resistant armored personnel carriers, other weaponized vehicles, and bayonets to police departments. Obama stated, "We’ve seen how militarized gear can...
  • Teen dies after alleged attack at Carrick group home (black on white beat-down)

    01/14/2015 7:17:51 AM PST · by surroundedbyblue · 18 replies
    PITTSBURGH - A 16-year-old boy died Tuesday night after two teenage boys allegedly beat him Saturday at the Circle C Group Home in Carrick, officials said. VIDEO: Watch the report by Marcie Cipriani Nicholas Grant died at UPMC Mercy at 10:17 p.m., according to the medical examiner’s office. An autopsy is scheduled and may be conducted as early as Wednesday. Pittsburgh police said Grant was not breathing when they arrived Saturday night at the facility on Carrick Avenue. Officers started CPR and paramedics were able to get a pulse before he was taken to UPMC Mercy. The attack has prompted...
  • Mike Bloomberg takes his money local

    11/12/2014 3:04:35 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 7 replies
    Politico ^ | 11.11.14 | Mike Allen
    Michael Bloomberg’s $40 million spending splurge on politics for this year’s election taught him a lesson for 2016: You get a much better bang for your buck by trying to tip state and local elections than high-profile federal ones. So as the former New York mayor turned activist for gun control, healthier food choices, education reform, and other issues makes his spending plans for the next two years, he plans to weight his contributions more toward ballot measures, governor and school-board candidates, and away from House and Senate races, which have become glutted with outside money. “You can keep hitting...
  • Local Governments Not Starved For Cash

    04/17/2014 5:37:22 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/15/2014 | Tom Gantert
    Local municipalities saw an increase of $1.4 billion in property taxes from 2000 to 2013 with that revenue increasing to $5.3 billion in 2013 from $3.9 billion in 2000, according to the state tax commission. The municipalities received about $1 billion more in property tax in 2008 compared to 2000 with inflation factored in. By 2009, the property taxes collected had reduced to the point they were relatively the same as 2000 with inflation. Communities across Michigan have complained about revenue problems with some elected officials saying they don't have enough money to provide basic services. But a look at...
  • 14 indicted for role in major central California drug trafficking ring

    02/14/2014 10:30:41 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 4 replies
    ICE ^ | FEBRUARY 13, 2014 | ICE
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Fourteen defendants have been indicted on a variety of federal drug trafficking offenses for their role in a far-reaching scheme based in California’s Central Valley to produce and distribute cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana. A federal grand jury returned a 32-count indictment Thursday against Francisco Felix, 40, of Mountain House; Alejandro Martinez, 25, of Patterson; Miguel Felix, 34, of Ceres; Martin Lopez, 48, of Rosemead; Gerardo Barraza, 19, of Stockton; Rafael Alcauter, 49, of Newman; Ramon Diaz, 33, of Ceres; Raul Rangel, 41, of San Jose; Sergio Modesto, 34, of Turlock; Martin Rubio, 49, of Stockton; Leonaires Alcauter,...
  • Political administration takes steps against Foreigner in North Waziristan

    01/11/2014 10:56:49 PM PST · by musarratullah · 9 replies
    own | 12 january 2014 | Musarrat Ullah Jan
    Mir Ali , 12 January 2014 , Political agents of north Waziristan has distribute Pamphlet against foreigner , whose live in North Waziristan and informed the local to vacate their houses from foreigner otherwise locals will face the punishment. The letter distribute in different areas of Mir Ali through Helicopter written in Urdu Language. According to the local sources Political agent of North Waziristan Siraj Ahmed Khan has started operation against foreigner in the area, through Pamphlet the political administration warn the locals, whose give house on rent to Uzbek, Arab, Afghan and other national in area to vacate their...
  • Why Conservatives Should Focus on Precinct Organization

    12/18/2013 9:06:05 AM PST · by Drew McKissick · 10 replies ^ | 12/18/13 | Drew McKissick
    It’s a truism in politics to say that “all politics is local”, but truisms are truisms because they’re usually true. In this case it’s right on the money. The precinct is the most “local” unit in American politics. If you're not familiar with it, put simply, a "precinct" is essentially your neighborhood. It’s a geographic area with specific boundaries, (usually defined by your state), that surrounds the place where you go to vote. The name of your precinct is listed on your voter registration card. There are more than 203,000 precincts in the United States, each with an average of...
  • Local governments cutting hours over Obamacare costs

    08/22/2013 8:51:46 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    WaPo ^ | 8/22/13 | Reid Wilson
    Many cash-strapped cities and counties facing the prospect of shelling out hundreds of thousands of dollars in new health-care costs under the Affordable Care Act are opting instead to reduce the number of hours their part-time employees work. The decisions to cut employee hours come 16 months before employers — including state and local governments — will be required to offer health care coverage to employees who work at least 30 hours a week. Some local officials said the cuts are happening now either because of labor contracts that must be negotiated in advance, or because the local governments worry
  • Three charts on the fiscal condition of state and local governments

    07/12/2013 7:01:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Public Sector Inc ^ | 07/11/2013 | Steve Eide
    This past Friday's jobs report showed continued strength in jobs numbers for state and local governments, led by the latter. This year, local governments have added 45,000 jobs, which may not sound like much, but municipalities had lost jobs in nearly every preceding month going back to the summer of 2008. (Total US nonfarm employment, by contrast, has been growing since February 2010).   But just as stability has returned to the state and local employment picture, borrowing costs have started to climb.  Ben Bernanke's June speech that the Fed is considering taking its thumb off the scales of...
  • Net-Zero Busybodies

    07/09/2013 7:41:46 AM PDT · by rktman · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 7/9/2013 | Peter Wilson
    International agreements to lower greenhouse gases like the Kyoto Protocol have proven to be unenforceable, but zoning laws have real teeth. Thus global warming activists have begun to work on the municipal and state level to pass zoning laws that mandate "net-zero" greenhouse gas emissions in new construction, referred to as Net-Zero or "Zero Energy Building" (ZEB) or "Zero Net Energy" (ZNE).
  • RTDNA Study Shows ‘Near-Record’ Year for Local News [Hold Local TV/Radio Accountable!]

    06/18/2013 11:34:26 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper
    Media Bistro ^ | 6/17/13 | Merrill Knox
    It was a “near-record” year for local news, according to the latest RTDNA/Hofstra University study. Despite a six minute drop in the average amount of news produced on weekdays in 2012, Saturday and Sunday news time rose by an average of 12 and 6 minutes, respectively, leading to a small overall increase in the amount of news produced.
  • New Science of Cosmography Reveals 3-D Map of the Local Universe (Get your bearings!)

    06/05/2013 2:51:39 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 23 replies
    New Science of Cosmography Reveals 3-D Map of the Local Universe The three-dimensional structure of the local universe may one day become as familiar as our local geography thanks to a new generation of maps that reveal our neighbourhood’s rich complexity and our place within it  The geography of our world is one of the great cultural invariants. There can hardly be the person on the planet who isn’t familiar with the shape of the continents and how they dovetail together or of the Earth is a pale blue sphere orbiting the Sun with seven other planets.Given a three-dimensional model...
  • Earth's Milky Way Neighborhood Gets More Respect

    06/04/2013 8:28:19 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 10 replies
    NRAO ^ | 6/3/13
    Earth's Milky Way Neighborhood Gets More Respect Old picture: Local Arm a small "spur" of Milky Way. New picture: Local Arm probable major branch of Perseus Arm. CREDIT: Robert Hurt, IPAC; Bill Saxton, NRAO/AUI/NSF. Our Solar System's Milky Way neighborhood just went upscale. We reside between two major spiral arms of our home galaxy, in a structure called the Local Arm. New research using the ultra-sharp radio vision of the National Science Foundation's Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) indicates that the Local Arm, previously thought to be only a small spur, instead is much more like the adjacent major arms,...
  • Tough Choices Ahead For Allen Park Emergency Manager

    02/06/2013 5:17:15 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/1/2013 | Anne Schieber
    ALLEN PARK — As Emergency Manager Joyce Parker draws up plans to stop the financial troubles here, a new audit shows the effort will be herculean. The audit, conducted independently by a newly hired accounting firm, states that Allen Park's financial conditions "raise substantial doubt about the City's ability to continue as a going concern." In addition, City Treasurer Carl Johnson sent a memo to city staffers Jan. 24 that the general fund will run out of cash by the beginning of March and that payments to vendors are to be delayed by as many as 60 days. Most city...
  • Debating the Local Food Movement

    07/03/2012 6:58:13 AM PDT · by C19fan · 41 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | July 3, 2012 | Emily Badger
    Pierre Desrochers gleefully introduces himself as the bête noir of Canadian local-food activists. An economic geographer at the University of Toronto Mississauga, he has written a book (co-authored with his wife, Hiroko Shimizu), that attempts to eviscerate the movement’s main arguments, from its economic rationale to its environmental one. Even the book's title is an upper cut aimed at local food’s leading "agri-intellectual," the prolific Michael Pollan. The Locavore’s Dilemma, Desrochers has styled his counterargument, with this baiting subtitle: In Praise of the 10,000-mile diet. A libertarian-leaning academic with a thick French-Canadian accent, Desrochers was in Washington, D.C., last week...
  • Suspicious Packages Delivered To Rep. McMorris Rodgers' Colville Office (WA Stte)

    06/15/2012 1:40:10 PM PDT · by illiac · 3 replies
    KHQ News Spokane ^ | 6/15/12 | KHQ
    COLVILLE, Wash. Right now Stevens Co. Fire Crews are responding to a report of suspicious packages at Rep. Cathy McMorris's Office in Colville. McMorris Rodgers was not in her office. She is en route to Washington, D.C. There were 3 suspicious packages. One of them was opened and contained some type of chemical substance, McMorris Rodgers press secretary told KHQ.
  • MILITARY: Navy naming ships after trio of local military heroes

    02/15/2012 12:14:22 PM PST · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    NC Times ^ | February 15, 2012 | Mark Walker
    The U.S. Navy announced Wednesday morning that it has named one of its new ships after Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta, a San Diego native who died a hero in Iraq in 2004. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced the move, saying a new guided-missile destroyer will be named the USS Rafael Peralta. A Pentagon statement said Mabus named that ship and two other new destroyers after Navy and Marine Corps heroes whose actions occurred during different conflicts but "were united in their uncommon valor." Peralta was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross after using his body to shield fellow Marines from an...
  • Video: “Are you a community leader? Do you want to help local schools?"

    02/11/2012 5:57:51 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 45 replies
    YouTube ^ | Feb. 2, 2012 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    One of the sad things about our country, for my money, is that our big shots, our movers and shakers, have become too passive. We especially see this in education. Our community leaders (in business, politics, the military, or whatever) should stand up to the Education Establishment and shout: “You are doing a lousy job! Millions of kids can’t even read.” But these “leaders” don’t seem to have a word to say. I can’t figure out whether our big shots have been intimidated by professors of education. That’s pathetic. Or our whole society has gotten old and lazy? That’s scary....
  • Lululemon killer sentenced to life in prison without parole

    01/28/2012 11:16:57 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 27, 2012 | Andrea Noble
    A woman convicted of brutally beating and stabbing a coworker to death at the Lululemon Athletica store in Bethesda last year was sentenced on Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Robert A. Greenberg handed down the sentence to Brittany Norwood shortly before 5 p.m., after hours of emotional testimony during a sentencing hearing in a packed courthouse in Rockville. “My sympathy for your plight does not begin to approach what I feel for the Murray family,” he said to Norwood. “No matter how long I confine you for, one thing we...
  • (Former School) Superintendent (Indianapolis) With $1,000,000 Payout Wants More Money

    01/25/2012 4:27:44 PM PST · by InvisibleChurch · 4 replies
    indychannel ^ | 1.25.12
    INDIANAPOLIS -- A former school superintendent under fire for his $1 million retirement payout is claiming Wayne Township Schools owe him even more money. In a counterclaim filed by his attorneys Wednesday, Terry Thompson said the district breached his 2007 employment contract by prematurely ending his superintendent emeritus consulting job on Jan. 31, 2011, once Call 6 Investigator Kara Kenney broke the news of the payout. Thompson claims the district still owes him for unpaid salary, post-retirement contributions, deferred compensation and severance pay, but the claim does not give an exact dollar figure.
  • Bricks-and-mortar stores aim to nail down sales tax

    11/25/2011 4:36:46 PM PST · by Comparative Advantage · 61 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 24, 2011 | Valerie Richardson
    It’s a scenario all too familiar to retailers: A customer walks in, asks to see a product, discusses it at length with the sales staff, and then pulls out his cellphone. Jason Brewer, vice president of communications and advocacy for the Retail Industry Leaders Association, explains what happens next: “He uses his smartphone to take a picture of the bar code on the back of the item, and then, right in front of the sales person, he checks prices and orders the item online.” Why? Because most online outlets don’t charge sales tax, unlike traditional bricks-and-mortar stores. Buying online, especially...
  • Local Abortion Clinic Forced To Close Doors After Lawsuit

    11/08/2011 11:36:08 AM PST · by Darren McCarty · 5 replies
    WLNS ^ | 11-7-2011 | Stacia Mullaney
    Attorney General Bill Schuette filed a lawsuit Monday against the Health Care Clinic in Delta Township and the affiliated Women's Choice Clinic in Saginaw, forcing the local abortion clinic to close its doors. The court order to shut down operations came after the attorney general said an investigation showed a number of violations. Schuette hopes to keep the clinic's doors from ever opening again. "Doesn't matter whether you're an abortion clinic or a podiatrist, there are state regulations that you have to follow that must be enforced. That's what this case is all about," said Joy Yearout, spokeswoman. Yearout, a...
  • Obama administration to offer home re-fi plan "independent of how deeply underwater they are"

    10/24/2011 2:37:57 PM PDT · by martosko · 31 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/24/2011 | Neil Munro
    President Barack Obama is expanding his use of federal regulations by prodding the financial sector to sell low-interest mortgages to millions of cash-strapped homeowners “independent of how deeply underwater they are,” said Shaun Donovan, Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Monday morning. White House officials worked with real-estate and financial-sector groups to shift the financial risks that have kept high-risk borrowers from getting mortgages. Under Obama’s plan, mortgages will even be offered to homeowners who need to borrow 125 percent of a house’s value, Donovan added.
  • The Clean Water Act Hits Home

    10/21/2011 11:58:51 AM PDT · by 92nina · 7 replies
    Property Rights Alliance ^ | 2011-10-20 | J. Michael Wahlen
    ...The orders do tremendous harm to the economy as well as to people’s lives by preventing them from using their property the way they had intended. This is one reason that the Physical Property Rights ranking by the International Property Rights Index (IPRI) has shown a decline in recent years for the United States. The great harm that each and everyone one of these “administrative compliance orders” causes has recently been brought home by a couple from Idaho. Mike and Chantell Sackett purchased .63 acres of land for $23,000 in 2005 to build their dream home. Despite being 500 feet...
  • How Members Of Congress And Federal Employees Are Living The High Life At Our Expense

    10/19/2011 4:38:04 PM PDT · by blam · 23 replies · 1+ views
    10 Mind Blowing Facts Which Show How Members Of Congress And Federal Employees Are Living The High Life At Our ExpenseOctober 19,2011 If you were asked to guess, what area of the United States would you say has the highest average income? New York City? Los Angeles? Silicon Valley? Well, would you believe that it is actually the Washington D.C. area? Median household income in the region is $84,523, which is the highest in the nation. One of the biggest reasons for this are the huge salaries being pulled down by federal employees in the Washington D.C. area. According to...
  • Local Governments Scramble to Repeal Gun Restrictions

    09/21/2011 7:48:37 AM PDT · by epow · 26 replies
    Sarasota Herald-Tribune ^ | 9/20/11 | Zac Anderson
    Any of Florida's parks, city halls and libraries — once gun-free zones — will soon be forced to allow firearms under a state-led effort to curtail gun restrictions imposed by local governments. Facts: GUN ORDINANCES UP FOR REPEAL City of Sarasota Law allowing city manager to suspend firearm sales during emergencies Sarasota County Laws prohibiting hunting from roads and bridges, allowing the suspension of firearm sales during a riot, requiring pawn shops to keep records of firearms Manatee County Laws requiring gun ranges to ensure stray bullets stay within their property, prohibiting discharge of firearms on unpaved public roads and...
  • Could Obama’s jobs bill help end jobless benefits as we know them?

    09/13/2011 12:35:04 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 8 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 9/13/2011 | Zachary Roth
    A popular idea in President Obama's new jobs bill could represent a step toward fundamentally transforming the existing system of federal jobless benefits. Some critics say such a move is long overdue--but others worry that a major overhaul could threaten a program that since the Depression has been a core component of the social safety net. Obama's jobs measure, sent to Congress Monday, contains a provision that would encourage states to replicate a voluntary Georgia program that allows jobless workers to continue collecting unemployment benefits while training with potential employers. (Last month, we looked at how effective the Georgia program...
  • 9/11/2001: The day America was attacked by evil....the day America united as one!

    09/10/2011 6:44:37 AM PDT · by iloveamerica1980 · 12 replies
    YouTube ^ | 9-10-11 | James
    This video is a brief tribute to and reminder of those Americans who were murdered by evil on that fateful day on September 11, 2001. Average Americans, politicians and even the mainstream media united as one during the weeks that followed honoring those who were killed so horribly. Though it did not last long, it was a phenomena which was the first of it's kind in American history. America demonstrated that despite our individual differences and beliefs, we remain united and will stand as one when attacked by evil. May we never forget and continue to be ever vigilant of...
  • Fed's Bullard: QE3 Possible, Depending on Data

    08/31/2011 9:09:25 AM PDT · by illiac · 6 replies
    MoneyNews ^ | 8/31/11 | MoneyNews
    The Federal Reserve could embark on a third round of quantitative easing depending on upcoming economic data but should first confirm that inflation has eased, a senior Fed official said in the Asahi newspaper on Wednesday. The Fed will need to confirm whether its economic outlook is still on track at a policy meeting next month and weigh the best options if additional easing is needed, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard said in an interview with the Japanese daily. Expectations are growing that the central bank could ease policy at its two-day meeting starting Sept. 20 after minutes from...
  • Manufacturing a Recovery. America Needs to Start Making Things again.

    08/30/2011 2:24:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08/30/2011 | Susan Hockfield
    THE United States became the world’s largest economy because we invented products and then made them with new processes. With design and fabrication side by side, insights from the factory floor flowed back to the drawing board. Today, our most important task is to restart this virtuous cycle of invention and manufacturing. Rebuilding our manufacturing capacity requires the demolition of the idea that the United States can thrive on its service sector alone. We need to create at least 20 million jobs in the next decade to offset the effects of the recession and to address our $500 billion trade...
  • More Tea Party Violence and Racism: Milwaukee

    08/27/2011 2:47:17 PM PDT · by EricTheRed_VocalMinority · 23 replies
    Vocal Minority ^ | 8/27/11 | EricTheRed_VM
    Oh wait, that's not the Tea Party. It's Obama-supporting Democrat-voting* public union teacher protesters -- again.Yes, the Democrat-media complex still smear the Tea Party and anti-Obama conservative Americans as vitriolic and racist, and most recently "the real enemy" who can "go straight to hell." Meanwhile in the real world, actual vitriol and (by the left's own standards) racism occurred at the hands of union protesters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin both Thursday and Friday.As reported by Milwaukee's local Fox-TV affiliate: Vandals super glued the locks of several doors and a parking gate at Messmer Preparatory School in Milwaukee. School officials believe the people responsible...
  • Regulatory Budgets and Jobs Explode Under Obama

    08/20/2011 11:31:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | August 20, 2011 | Bob Beauprez
    One of Barack Obama's job creation programs appears to be working – the number of federal government regulators along with their budgets has exploded since 2008. Total employment at the conglomeration of federal agencies responsible for enforcing compliance with the myriad of laws now exceeds 281,000 people.  That's an increase of 13 percent during a time when 27 million Americans find themselves unemployed, under-employed, or have completely given up even trying to find work.  The budgets at these same agencies have increased 16 percent during the same period to over $54 billion.With the expanded staffs, the agencies have ramped up...
  • sunset with TEETH

    08/06/2011 8:01:51 PM PDT · by PizzaDriver · 10 replies
    Rather than a Constitutional Amendment, a Simple 1or 2 page Law could inspire much of our Government's needed change in fiscal outlook. The “Sunset Clause, with TEETH” is what makes it! EXAMPLE: A Bill to link the Pensions of elected Federal Office holders to this Nation's “Debt Ceiling” NO elected Federal Office Holder may draw a pension for that Service UNLESS our Nation's “Debt Limit” and actual “National Debt” went DOWN during that term of Service {was lower at the End of said Service, than on the Day of his/her swearing in.} ANY future Bill, or other attempt,to alter, amend...
  • White House Set to Release National Strategy to Counter Violent Extremism

    08/03/2011 10:38:49 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 51 replies
    security debrief ^ | 8-2-11 | Matthew Levitt
    The new report’s title offers a glimpse into the strategy’s likely focus on countering violent extremism on the domestic front by working with state and local governments, nongovernmental and community organizations, and a wide spectrum of private American citizens. Such efforts should hone in on three key areas of concern: countering extremist ideologies, enhancing social cohesion, and building resiliency within American communities...
  • State lawmakers: Cities can’t ban guns in parks, town halls(FL)

    08/03/2011 4:40:03 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies ^ | 1 August, 2011 | Diana Moskovitz
    Do handguns belong in South Florida’s parks and recreation centers and city halls? They do according to the Florida Legislature. Under a new law that takes effect Oct. 1, all of the state’s cities and counties must repeal local rules limiting gun ownership. Although the state has claimed sole right to regulate firearms since 1987, this year’s new law adds fines for local officials who fail to comply, and gives gun owners a right to sue for damages if they believe their rights have been violated. Though the initial bill suggested a fine of $5 million, the final legislation lowered...
  • Bachmann links Pawlenty to Obama

    07/24/2011 1:49:57 PM PDT · by Rational Thought · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | 07/24/2011 | Gabriella Schwarz
    (CNN) – After repeated attacks on her record from Republican presidential rival and fellow Minnesotan Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann hit back Sunday, vehemently contrasting her record in Congress with his as governor. Bachmann said that while she was working against excessive spending, cap and trade, TARP and the individual health care mandate, Pawlenty was praising the same plans and leaving his state with a budget crisis. "Executive experience is not an asset if it simply means bigger government and more intrusive government," Bachmann wrote in a statement. "Actions speak louder than words." Ahead of the high stakes Ames straw poll...
  • Roads to Ruin: Towns Rip Up the Pavement

    07/20/2011 2:20:02 PM PDT · by bkopto · 40 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 17, 2011 | LAUREN ETTER
    Asphalt Is Replaced By Cheaper Gravel; 'Back to Stone Age' ....Paved roads, historical emblems of American achievement, are being torn up across rural America and replaced with gravel or other rough surfaces as counties struggle with tight budgets and dwindling state and federal revenue. State money for local roads was cut in many places amid budget shortfalls. [SNIP] But higher taxes for road maintenance are equally unpopular. In June, Stutsman County residents rejected a measure that would have generated more money for roads by increasing property and sales taxes. "I'd rather my kids drive on a gravel road than stick...
  • Boehner says McConnell plan "might look pretty good in a few weeks"

    07/14/2011 5:17:57 PM PDT · by Qbert · 63 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 07/14/11 | Philip Klein
    House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, just told reporters that he thought Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's so-called "last resort" option for resolving the debt ceiling stalemate should be left on the table. "Mitch described it as a 'last ditch,'" Boehner said, adding that whatever people think of it at the moment, if no deal is reached, "it might look pretty good a few weeks from now." The McConnell proposal, which would give Obama the ability to raise the debt limit by as much as $2.5 trillion without Republicans directly voting on it, has been deemed by many as "dead on...
  • Could $12 Trillion Really Be Right? Absolutely! (The latest liberal lies)

    07/14/2011 3:47:50 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 14 replies
    Complete Proof of the $12 Trillion Republican Debt Just below you can see the calculation and the documentation links for the Reagan-Bushes $12 Trillion ($12,049 Billion) national debt as of September 30, 2010. You can download this as an excel spreadsheet by clicking: Download as XLS. Their debt has 4 parts, but the bulk of it is calculated from 4 inputs (yellow and tan) that you can check with the color coded links to the treasury at the bottom. This will verify the $3.4 Trillion Reagan-Bush debt and the $6.1 Trillion G.W. Bush debt. Together that's $9.5 Trillion. Now some...
  • Tweak To Employee Benefits Turns Jersey Into Auschwitz

    SEA ISLE CITY, N.J. — Public-sector employees here now are regularly referring to Gov. Chris Christie as "Adolf Christie." Things got especially ugly when Christie signed legislation that requires each of the state's 500,000 teachers, police and other public workers to pay more for their pensions and health benefits and eliminates the issue for four years from collective bargaining. In this traditionally Democrat state, Republican Christie was victorious in a legislature with solid Democrat majorities, successfully arguing that the current and projected pension and health benefits for public-sector employees are unaffordable and unsustainable. Advocating spending cuts rather than tax hikes,...
  • Obama: No, I can’t promise that Social Security checks will go out in August

    07/12/2011 4:10:26 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 52 replies
    Hotair ^ | July12 ,2011 | Allahpundit
    If you’re looking for the case for and against the McConnell gambit, here’s Grover Norquist giving a thumbs up and Philip Klein giving a thumbs down. Norquist’s argument is straightforward: This debt-ceiling showdown has always been about politics for Obama, so let him choke on the politics of it. Force him to finally finally finally put his spending plan in writing after he and his party have ducked the issue for months. In fact, according to Roll Call, McConnell’s only question at yesterday’s debt-ceiling meeting was to ask how much the Biden plan would save in discretionary spending next year....
  • McConnell announces fallback plan: Let’s give Obama the power to raise the debt ceiling himself

    07/12/2011 2:04:58 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 37 replies · 1+ views
    Hot Air ^ | July12 ,2011 | Allahpundit
    Now that the table is set, here’s how the proposed plan would work: Republicans in Congress would agree to vote to authorize the president to propose three separate incremental debt ceiling increases, spaced over the remainder of his term. He would be required to couple each request with a corresponding set of spending cuts that exceed the dollar amount of his sought-after debt limit hike. These cuts would be of his choosing alone. The first pair of requests would come prior to the August 2 deadline. It would be for roughly $700 Billion. The next requests, for $900 Billion, would...
  • Malloy: Layoffs will be 'large scale' and quick

    06/23/2011 1:27:36 PM PDT · by matt04 · 17 replies
    The CT Mirror ^ | JUne 23, 2011 | Mark Pazniokas
    Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said today he will outline spending reductions and mass layoffs next week in response to the apparent collapse of his $1.6 billion concessions deal with state employees. "We're talking about large-scale position reductions pretty quickly," Malloy said after speaking at an economic development event at the University of Hartford. With notice requirements, most of the affected employees will lose their jobs by Sept. 1, he said. Speaking publicly for the first time since it became clear Wednesday that the concession deal was faltering, Malloy was restrained and even rueful in his response. Voting on the deal...
  • Agenda 21 - What Is It? Apparently is is a plan to reduce the population

    06/22/2011 12:44:33 PM PDT · by TEXOKIE · 658 replies
    Vanity | Various
    Several people have become interested in a quite controversial topic called "AGENDA 21." They have requested being on a ping list for this topic. While I do not have time to do a thorough treatment of this subject, nor am I in any way an expert, I am willing at least for a time,to ping people as I run across articles which might pertain to this concern. It might be good to start with an examination of just what it is or might be. To kick this discussion and exploration off,I did a Google search (just for fun) on "Agenda...
  • Regulation As Ruinous As Taxation

    06/14/2011 5:21:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 14, 2011 | PETE SEPP
    In the wake of the latest jobs report, some analysts are forecasting that President Obama by the 2012 election could face the highest unemployment rate of any postwar incumbent. Beyond its undeniable real-world significance to the millions of struggling Americans, this projection also bears political importance. High unemployment may translate to high turnout against the party in the White House next November. Rather than reform the fiscal and regulatory policies contributing to the problem, the administration's solution seems to be simply revamping the "spin" surrounding them. Case in point: a recent Environmental Protection Agency report on the costs and benefits...
  • A whiff of secession and nullification

    06/12/2011 8:15:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 913 replies
    Enter Stage Right ^ | June 13, 2011 | Alan Caruba
    In May Rasmussen Reports took a survey of a thousand adults asking if they believed that States have the right to secede. "One-in-five Americans believe individual States have the right to break away from the country, although a majority doesn't believe it will actually happen." That a Tea Party movement sprang to life in the midst of the protests against Obamacare and then was instrumental in transferring political power in the House of Representatives in the 2010 election cannot be dismissed. People—lots of them—are increasingly wary of the central government, particularly one that has burdened them with more debt in...
  • IRS removes tax-exempt status of 275,000 groups

    06/09/2011 1:28:03 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 6/8/11 | Jim Abrams
    The Internal Revenue Service said Wednesday that 275,000 organizations have lost their tax-exempt status because they failed to file required annual reports for three straight years. The tax agency said it believed that the vast majority of those groups are no longer in existence, but it said it was setting up procedures to help those companies that sought reinstatement. The IRS posted a list of the organizations on its website:,,id=240099,00.html
  • Summer job bummer: Teen unemployment 24 percent

    06/05/2011 7:49:19 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 18 replies
    CBS News ^ | June 4, 2011 | Bill Whitaker
    The latest numbers show the unemployment rate stands at 9.1 percent, with the pace of job growth slowing. When it comes to new jobs, 70 percent of those are coming from small businesses, but many of them are struggling just to hang on. Small businesses are often responsible for filling the summer job needs of America's teenagers. CBS News correspondent Bill Whitaker reports that many 16- to 19-year-olds are finding the going rough when it comes to finding work once school is out. Nearly 14 million Americans are looking for work The Labor Department says the unemployment rate for those...