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  • Ask a Liberal: Where do I got to buy Local Government? ~ Vanity

    04/14/2014 4:28:44 PM PDT · by GraceG · 5 replies
    GraceG
    Some of you may know a Birkenstock and tie dye wearing liberal buffoon in your family that is part of the "Buy Local" environmental movement. I have no problem with this movement itself, but there seems to be a lot of the people in it who are "neo-liberals". The ones that annoy me most are the "Buy Local, Think Global" morons. My question to them is this: I want to buy Local in all things, so how do I buy local concerning government? Instead of sending all our money via taxes to the giant "Monopoly on power Wal-Mart government" that...
  • ObamaCare Dropping Full-Timers at Schools, Local Governments

    07/31/2013 4:45:55 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 57 replies
    Fox Business ^ | July 31, 2013 | By Elizabeth MacDonald
    Health reform is now causing job turmoil across the country in three key groups that the White House has depended on for support—local government, school workers and unions. School districts in states like Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Utah, Nebraska, and Indiana are dropping to part-time status school workers such as teacher aides, administrators, secretaries, bus drivers, gym teachers, coaches and cafeteria workers. Cities or counties in states like California, Indiana, Kansas, Texas, Michigan and Iowa are dropping to part-time status government workers such as librarians, secretaries, administrators, parks and recreation officials and public works officials. This growing trend comes as three...
  • Commissioner: Now is the time for citizens to demand active resistance by their local officials.

    04/03/2013 7:24:11 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    Conservative Action Alerts ^ | April 3, 2013 | Michael Peroutka
    The purpose of our government is to protect us from lawlessness, but history tells us that governments themselves can become lawless. When this happens we need local officials with wisdom and courage to impose on our behalf. That is why I am pleased to know Carroll County Commissioner Richard Rothschild, who is an elected official willing to stand and do his duty. I am asking you to give your attention and your support to Commissioner Rothschild. – Michael PeroutkaAcross Maryland, people are scared. They fear their government has become perverted and our Constitution is being shredded.People ask, “Why do they...
  • Why Conservatives Have Lost the Political Battle for America’s Soul

    04/19/2012 12:14:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies
    The Tea Party Economist ^ | April 18, 2012 | Gary North
    This was posted on one of GaryNorth.com forums. The battle for America’s political soul is always fought on the battlefield of federal politics. That’s why conservatives lose, generation after generation.” Dr. North, would you please elaborate on this, why you believe the battle for America’s political soul is fought in Federal politics and why it is that conservatives continue to lose, generation after generation? From the time of the ratification of the United States Constitution, American politics shifted to the national level. One of the things that I realized late in my career, even though I had been trained as...
  • More unsupported hysteria over fracking

    12/10/2011 7:12:13 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/08/11 | Masthead Editorial
    Hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") is the process used by the energy industry to extract immense deposits of oil and natural gas from deep geologic formations that only a few years ago were unreachable. It involves injecting a solution of water and chemicals far underground, typically thousands of feet below groundwater supplies. Fracking was first used in Oklahoma in the 1940s and in the years since has been employed in more than a million oil and gas wells across the nation. There is not a single independently documented instance of groundwater contamination by fracking anywhere in the country, a fact that was...
  • China: Highway Builders Discover Dead End for Debt

    09/17/2011 5:39:31 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Caing ^ | 09/15/11 | Zhang Yuzhe and Zhao Jingting
    By staff reporters Zhang Yuzhe and Zhao Jingting 09.15.2011 13:24 Highway Builders Discover Dead End for Debt Local governments that raced to start highway projects are now struggling to repay loans or even finish paving Heavy reliance on bank loans by local governments to finance a 3-year-old, nationwide highway construction boom is showing an uglier side as short-term liquidity risks emerge. Money from commercial bank loans with one- to three-year maturities poured into highway and other infrastructure projects between late 2008 and 2010. But in recent months, government financing vehicles that sponsored the projects and planned to borrow more money...
  • City Loses $430,000 on Public Golf Course, Fires 44 Police Officers to Cut Budget

    08/31/2011 1:19:03 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 18 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/31/2011 | Tom Gantert
    At a time when the city of Lansing is laying off police officers and contemplating raising taxes, it is losing about $400,000 a year on city-owned golf facilities. Lansing lost $431,073 in fiscal 2007-08 and another $398,452 in fiscal 2008-09 on its golf facilities, according to Angela Bennett, the city’s deputy finance director. The city also had to cover another $431,073 from golf facility deficits from prior years, Bennett wrote in an email. The city budgets for 18-hole and 9-hole golf courses and a driving range/learning center. The city covered these expenses by taking money from its general fund and...
  • Boehner Casts Doubt on Obama’s 'Veiled Threats' on Social Security

    07/12/2011 4:05:30 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 38 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | July 12, 2011 | FoxNews.com
    House Speaker John Boehner expressed doubt Tuesday about President Obama’s warning that if the nation’s $14.3 trillion debt limit is not raised by Aug. 2, the elderly may not get their Social Security payments. “I don’t know what to believe,” Boehner told Fox News’ Bret Baier in exclusive interview after the latest White House meeting with congressional leaders.
  • Executive Order--Regulation and Independent Regulatory Agencies

    07/12/2011 2:15:15 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 54 replies
    White House ^ | July 11, 2011 | Barack H. Obama
    Executive Order--Regulation and Independent Regulatory Agencies By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to improve regulation and regulatory review, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Policy. (a) Wise regulatory decisions depend on public participation and on careful analysis of the likely consequences of regulation. Such decisions are informed and improved by allowing interested members of the public to have a meaningful opportunity to participate in rulemaking. To the extent permitted by law, such decisions should be made only after consideration of their...
  • The Free World Blog - Denver City Council Raises Salaries 6.6 Percent

    03/15/2011 8:25:14 PM PDT · by Mgm3com · 6 replies
    The Free World Blog ^ | 03/15/2011 | Mike Mazzeo
    Denver City Council Raises Salaries 6.6 Percent $100 million dollar budget deficit and a bad economy and they still have to spend more on themselves. American families are struggling to make ends meets, they have their spending.
  • City Tackles Costs With Aggressive Privatization Strategy

    02/17/2011 12:20:12 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/16/2011 | Tom Gantert
    In West Bloomfield Township, it’s no longer a question of whether there are savings to be had by privatizing city services. Now the question has become: How much can be saved by pushing the private contractors to compete against one another? The township recently saw its annual janitorial bill go from $43,000 to $18,900 through a competitive bid process. That 56 percent reduction came after dropping the private contractor that had been doing the service and hiring another one. By contrast, using a public employee for the job would have cost much more. Joe Munem, West Bloomfield’s deputy clerk, said...
  • California Borrowing $40 Million a Day in Unemployment Benefits

    11/09/2010 3:37:28 AM PST · by kbobdelux · 25 replies
    USC's News Paper ^ | November 8, 2010 | Jennifer Schultz
    California is borrowing an average of $40 million a day from the federal government in order to help pay unemployment benefits, according to the Los Angeles Times. With interest, the amount may become more than the state can afford to pay back. The borrowed money is used to pay off unemployment insurance. It is estimated that California will owe the federal government $16 billion by 2012, an additional strain on the state's already-stressed budget. The problem is not only the amount that the state is borrowing, but also the interest that is compounding. According to the LA Times, the state...
  • Update on Public School/Town Supervisor Veteran's Day Essay

    10/06/2010 8:03:45 AM PDT · by kathie311 · 2 replies
    Self | October 6, 2010 | kathie311
    Yesterday I posted about my 4th graders Veteran's Day Essay. First, I would like to say thank you to (almost) everyone for their feedback. I have spoken with the office of the Babylon Town Supervisor, and I was surprised by the outcome of our conversation. The town officials do not choose the topic of the Veteran's Day Essay Contest. They give the schools the choice to make it a mandatory assignment or one that can be used for extra credit. My daughter's school slightly modified the wording of the project. The original topic was: "Do you believe the USA should...
  • The $800,000 City Manager

    07/28/2010 8:41:48 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 21 replies · 1+ views
    American Solutions ^ | July 28, 2010 2:42 PM | Dan Kotman
    A fascinating story of big government cronyism is unfolding in Bell, California -- a small town of 38,000 people in Los Angeles County. Through an LA Times investigation, residents learned a few weeks ago that Bell's City Manager Robert Rizzo has an annual salary of $784,637 -- twice President Obama's salary. The police chief and assistant city manager make $457,000 and $376,288 respectively. And the city council members make over $100,000 per year for, get this, working part-time. Bell is not a wealthy town: the average salary is $28,00 per year and 17% live below the poverty line. So citizens...
  • Statement from the President on the National Broadband Plan

    03/17/2010 11:15:41 PM PDT · by Cindy · 31 replies · 587+ views
    Whitehouse.gov ^ | March 16, 2010 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/statement-president-national-broadband-plan Home • Briefing Room • Statements & Releases The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release March 16, 2010 Statement from the President on the National Broadband Plan America today is on the verge of a broadband-driven Internet era that will unleash innovation, create new jobs and industries, provide consumers with new powerful sources of information, enhance American safety and security, and connect communities in ways that strengthen our democracy. Just as past generations of Americans met the great infrastructure challenges of the day, such as building the Transcontinental...
  • Experts: Wave of Layoffs to Hit Cash Strapped States, Cities(but tax will still go up)

    03/17/2010 7:05:55 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies · 613+ views
    Money News ^ | 03/16/10 | Dan Weil
    Experts: Wave of Layoffs to Hit Cash Strapped States, Cities Tuesday, March 16, 2010 01:37 PM By: Dan Weil The budget woes of state and local governments will force them to slash workers and hike taxes, experts say. State and local government payrolls react more slowly to recessions than the private sector, because government budgets are set a year in advance. So public sector layoffs are just starting to arise. /snip State and local governments also will need to raise taxes to make up for lost revenue. Another problem for state and local governments is the need to generate money...
  • China's latest worry: a local-debt mess

    03/16/2010 12:16:29 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 424+ views
    Reuters ^ | 03/15/10 | Alan Wheatley
    China's latest worry: a local-debt mess Alan Wheatley, China Economics Editor - Analysis Mon Mar 15, 2010 11:39am EDT SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Shanghai unveils a $2.2 billion airport terminal on Tuesday, connected to the center of China's commercial hub by one of several new metro lines being built for the World Expo that opens in May. China The expansion is needed. The old terminal at Hongqiao airport, which mainly handles domestic flights, is hopelessly congested. A good case can also be made for a lot of the roads, railways and other transport links being forged thanks to the investment package...
  • U.S. cities, states plow or face residents' wrath

    01/07/2010 9:26:44 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 13 replies · 660+ views
    Reuters ^ | January 6, 2010 | Andrew Stern
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - In a bow to political winds that demand the streets be cleared of snow, plows were out on Wednesday across the U.S. midsection despite the strain on tight state and local government budgets. A winter storm was forecast to dump as much as a foot (0.3 meter) of snow across the Great Plains and Midwest by the weekend. The storm was expected to bring enough snow to Des Moines, Iowa, to match the city's normal snowfall total for an entire winter season. The Iowa capital expects to chew through its $3 million annual snow removal budget soon...
  • Moody’s: Pension Strains Put Pressure on Ratings

    11/06/2009 9:20:34 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies · 187+ views
    Financial Planning ^ | 11/06/09 | Yvette Shields
    Moody’s: Pension Strains Put Pressure on Ratings By Yvette Shields, Bond Buyer November 6, 2009 The fiscal strain of deteriorating pension funding levels on local and state governments could contribute to downgrades in the next several years, especially among those governments that entered the recession with poor funding ratios or have little flexibility in their funding requirements, a new report from Moody’s Investors Service warns. In the near term, the impact of dwindling investment returns as a result of the market downturn is broad and adds yet another layer of fiscal stress on governments already faced with faltering tax revenues,...
  • States and Towns Lean on Taxpayers

    09/26/2009 7:02:05 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 6 replies · 743+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 26, 2009 | Conor Dougherty
    State and municipal governments, struggling with sinking revenue, are raising money by levying fees on consumers, slapping local businesses with back taxes and tweaking tax laws in ways that force many businesses to pay more. That is leading to accusations -- and, in some cases, lawsuits -- that governments are trying to rake in more money without officially raising taxes, sometimes illegally. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors, which can't easily raise taxes without a referendum, has approved a controversial cigarette "fee" of 20 cents a pack that takes effect next month. Last week, five retailing groups sued New York...
  • In the red, US school districts cut yellow buses

    08/24/2009 6:14:34 AM PDT · by Cheap_Hessian · 27 replies · 786+ views
    Breitbart (AP) ^ | August 24, 2009 | Monica Rhor
    HOUSTON (AP) - As a mother of two, Feleccia Moore-Davis is accustomed to the usual back-to-school swirl of new supplies, new clothes and new routines. But this year, that final flurry of summer is accompanied by an unusual worry. Moore-Davis does not yet know how her children will get to school. Last month, the financially pressed Houston-area school district her two daughters attend decided to end bus service for students living within two miles of schools. Now Moore-Davis is contemplating the bustling intersections and streets without sidewalks the girls would have to navigate if they walked to school, and wondering...
  • Cash-strapped states raid funds meant for 911 improvements

    07/27/2009 4:27:14 PM PDT · by Cheap_Hessian · 11 replies · 293+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | July 27, 2009 | Peter Svensson
    NEW YORK - More than $200 million collected from cell phone users for upgrades to the 911 system has been diverted in the last two years to plug state budget holes, keep campaign promises and, in at least one case, buy police uniforms, an Associated Press analysis has found. Dispatchers say the diversion of money comes at the expense of improvements that would give crime and accident victims more opportunities to reach responders. Someone who has been kidnapped, for instance, may not be able to talk but might be able to quietly send a text message or a photo. Cell...
  • CA: Props Fail, State Taps Local Government? (Plan B .. Deja Vu all over again)

    05/05/2009 5:54:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 801+ views
    Capitol Notes / KQED ^ | 5/5/09 | John Myers
    The 'Plan B' scenarios if the special election measures are defeated continue to trickle out of the administration of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. This afternoon, a new one: the governor is prepared to propose a $2 billion suspension of the 2004 constitutional initiative protecting city and county revenues. Talk of suspending 2004's Proposition 1A comes on the heels of a meeting yesterday where Schwarzenegger aides told the firefighting community that voters rejecting the measures on the ballot in two weeks time would result in as many as 1,700 firefighting positions. One local government official on this afternoon's call said the plan...
  • Five More States Invoke the 10th (AMENDMENT)

    03/04/2009 5:15:25 AM PST · by kellynla · 145 replies · 5,003+ views
    humanevents.com ^ | 03/04/2009 | A.W.R. Hawkins
    Last week, HUMAN EVENTS reported that eleven states, Washington, New Hampshire, Arizona, Montana, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Georgia, South Carolina, and Texas, had all “all introduced bills and resolutions” declaring their sovereignty over Obama’s actions in light of the 10th Amendment. These actions are in response to the Obama administration’s faux-“stimulus” legislation which directly assaults the rights of states to reject the money coming from the federal government. So far, several Republican governors -- among them South Carolina’s Mark Sanford and Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal -- have said they would refuse all or part of the stimulus money because of the...
  • The Ultimate Bailout: Why Nationalized Health Care Is Coming(ultimate bailout of local govs)

    12/26/2008 4:19:57 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 43 replies · 1,344+ views
    Clusterstock ^ | 12/26/08 | Joe Weisenthal
    The Ultimate Bailout: Why Nationalized Health Care Is Coming Joe Weisenthal | Dec 26, 08 11:46 AM Obama didn't campaign on a vision of completely nationalized healthcare, despite the popularity of this idea in liberal circles. We weren't totally sure what his vision was, actually, though John McCain's goal of de-linking health insurance from employment was one of the better ideas put forth during the whole campaign. Regardless of where Obama stood during the campaign, we think a new, nationalized healthcare system has a real shot of becoming a reality in this environment. The reason is simple: It's the easiest...
  • Where have you gone, Sheriff Taylor?

    12/07/2008 3:45:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies · 1,050+ views
    Townhall ^ | December 07, 2008 | Paul Jacob
    Some time back I posed a question: “Could the most important thing one does for one’s community be to send a pocket copy of the U.S. Constitution to local politicians and police?” The question was rhetorical, since the expected answer was “yes.” Increasingly, our police and prosecutors seem more interested in putting people in prison than in making society safe for peaceful folk. They need to look at the Constitution. Regularly. But the problem is not just ignoring the Constitution. The problem is ignoring common sense. It seems almost daily we read news reports that tell us of some insane...
  • The nature of sub-regional group debated

    11/29/2008 7:11:41 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 541+ views
    The Temple Daily Telegram ^ | November 28, 2008 | Paul A. Romer
    HOLLAND - A group of rural politicians from East Bell County that have banded together to fight the Trans-Texas Corridor look and act like a governmental body, but the state has yet to recognize it as such. In July 2007, the mayors of Holland, Little-River Academy, Bartlett and Rogers, with help from a special-interest group named Stewards of the Range, created an organization called the Eastern Central Texas Sub-regional Planning Commission. The sole purpose of the group is to quash the corridor, to make sure it doesn’t split up local farmland and school districts. The sub-regional commission held public meetings...
  • States, Localities Face Deeper Crisis

    10/09/2008 4:22:56 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 95 replies · 1,191+ views
    Financial Planning ^ | 10/08/08 | Lynne Funk
    States, Localities Face Deeper Crisis The Bond Buyer By Lynne Funk October 8, 2008 State and local governments are facing a fiscal crisis that will be far worse than the 2001 recession because sharp declines in income and sales tax collections will lead to more widespread budget cuts in the months ahead, a new Rockefeller Institute of Government report warns. But governments may have to issue more debt as a result of their financial difficulties, according to Don Boyd, the author of the report, titled The Damage is Just Beginning, and other market participants. Boyd said he expects a major...
  • Japanese Localities on Verge of Bankruptcy

    10/04/2008 9:02:39 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 606+ views
    Donga Ilbo ^ | 10/02/08
    Japanese Localities on Verge of Bankruptcy OCTOBER 02, 2008 08:48 The Japanese city of Miki in Hyogo Prefecture declared a financial crisis Monday. The city slashed its payroll and closed railroad routes in the red to save 2.1 billion yen, but has a long way to go. Should it fail to raise an additional five billion yen over the next five years, it will face bankruptcy. Miki was not listed as a financially unhealthy locality Tuesday by the Japanese Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry. In the eye of the ministry, Miki is not in trouble. According to the Asahi Shimbun...
  • Trans-Texas Corridor

    05/15/2008 5:41:45 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies · 293+ views
    Taylor Daily Press ^ | May 14, 2008 | Philip Janksowski
    Taylor-area residents Dan and Margaret Byfield hope to become the Trans-Texas Corridor’s worst nightmare. The married couple head up two land rights organizations, the American Land Foundation and Stewards of the Range, that aim to keep rural communities from having land encroached upon by state and federal agencies through eminent domain. Both organizations operate across the U.S., in Wyoming, California, Colorado, South Dakota and Nebraska, but their current main goal is to challenge TxDOT in hopes of completely eliminating proposals for the quarter-mile wide superhighway. Currently they offer advice to residents of small towns and rural communities on how to...
  • The Speech Police Tackle a Subdivision

    04/27/2008 9:29:30 AM PDT · by moderatewolverine · 18 replies · 82+ views
    Primetime Politics ^ | April 27, 2008 | George Will
    Ugly locutions often crop up in the promotion of ugly politics. Consider the threat of “scrutinization.” It has been made against some residents of Parker North, Colo., who expressed a political opinion without first getting their state government’s permission for political activity. Herewith another example of what is being done around the nation in the name of political hygiene, as that is understood by “campaign finance reformers,” those irksome improvers whose animating ideology is McCainism. Parker North is a cluster of about 300 houses close to the town of Parker. When two residents proposed a vote on annexation of their...
  • Council Seat

    04/22/2008 4:36:20 AM PDT · by SuzanneWeeks · 10 replies · 37+ views
    04/22/2008 | Suzanne Weeks
    Good Morning! I would like to ask for some direction, if there is anyone here who could help with a "write-in" campaign. There is a council seat available in my town, Franklin, NJ and I would like to run as a write-in. Has anyone ever done this before? Any direction would be welcome! Thank you in advance! Suzanne Weeks Weeks for Council
  • Putting up a roadblock of questions

    03/20/2008 2:11:38 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies · 465+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 20, 2008 | Lisa Falkenberg
    LUFKIN — Mae Smith, the 64-year-old mayor of the teeny Central Texas town of Holland, seized the civic center lectern like a dragon-slayer ascending the throne. In a fiery red pantsuit and a voice that echoed without the help of a malfunctioning microphone, she and her cohorts revealed to a crowd of about 50 souls clad in denim and plaid a little-known weapon against the foe of all in the room: Gov. Rick Perry's Trans-Texas Corridor. The weapon, Smith said, doesn't involve marching on the Texas Capitol, like more than 1,000 did last year, some on tractors and horses. It...
  • Why local government is the solution to preserve American democracy (and society)

    02/22/2008 7:17:45 AM PST · by tang0r · 13 replies · 136+ views
    The Prometheus Institute ^ | 2/22/2008 | M. Harrison
    Under our proposed system of local policy, the most economically "progressive" cities would have a greater ability to set local economic policy. If Berkeley wants to offer a nation-leading welfare program, it should be able to provide a $20,000 stipend for every Californian to take up residence in the city, or perhaps universal, high-quality health care, and it can then alone deal with the mass unemployment and non-existent labor productivity, among other economic consequences. Progressives like George Lakoff, I believe, retain a shred of legitimacy only because their benighted economic policies have no chance of being implemented, and thus they...
  • Japan: Osaka gov. declares 'financial emergency'(too much debt

    02/06/2008 9:03:57 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 228+ views
    Osaka gov. declares 'financial emergency' The Yomiuri Shimbun OSAKA--Toru Hashimoto, who became Osaka governor Wednesday, declared a "financial state of emergency" for the debt-ridden Osaka prefectural government. At his first press conference as governor, Hashimoto said he would not allow prefectural bonds to be issued from fiscal 2008 in principle. He is expected to cut 240 billion yen from the initial fiscal 2008 budget. However, he does not intend to review prefectural projects in a way that will degrade services for citizens in the prefecture. At issue is whether he will cut any of the prefecture's 900 billion yen a...
  • Christian Persecution in the Public Square

    01/17/2008 11:46:03 AM PST · by Dr. Carl S. Parnell · 73+ views
    Dr. Carl S. Parnell
    Christianity and Christians in general are encountering many types of persecution in the public square, even though many critics would disagree. Some of the more prominent examples include the removal of the Ten Commandments from public buildings along with the banishment of prayer and Bible-reading. Christians throughout the United States are having their faith put to the test. Christians are facing many diverse circumstances in the public squares of America. This is caused by the anti-Christian forces that are attempting to ban the mentioning of God’s name in the public square. The major attack against Christians in the public square...
  • Freep a poll! (ok for local cities to deal with illegal immigration?)

    07/30/2007 4:13:58 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 7 replies · 253+ views
    onenewsnow.com ^ | 7-30-07 | One News Now
    How do you feel about communities taking matters of illegal immigration into their own hands? They have no choice because fed gov't is not enforcing current laws They must find a way to control cost of dealing with illegal immigration (education, healthcare, crime, etc.) Some communities just don't like illegal immigrants They should wait for fed gov't to step in
  • The Melting Pot Boils Over

    07/19/2007 5:25:20 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 74 replies · 2,531+ views
    Washington Post ^ | July 19, 2007 | Marc Fisher
    Nine years ago, John Stirrup says, he and his wife, Heidi, decided to move out of South Arlington because "our neighborhood was changing pretty drastically. There was a big gang presence, and it was beginning to get dangerous." "The final straw for me was when we found gang markings spray-painted on the trees," he recalls. But he wasn't about to walk away without taking a stand: At least twice, he caught the kids who were tagging trees, and he chastised them. They cursed him out and went about their business. The Stirrups moved to Prince William County -- to Haymarket,...
  • KC council seeks park board member’s resignation (Minuteman member)

    06/15/2007 9:02:15 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 23 replies · 652+ views
    The Kansas City Star ^ | 6/14/2007 | DEANN SMITH
    In its first rebuke of Mayor Mark Funkhouser, the City Council has condemned his controversial appointment to the parks board. The council voted 9-3-1 this afternoon to call for Frances Semler to immediately resign her days-old appointment to the Board of Parks and Recreation. In a resolution, the council said if she does not do so within a week then Funkhouser should recommend the council remove her. It is a symbolic resolution that says Semeler’s appointment will be “a divisive force in our community rendering the work” of the parks board “suspect.” While not legally binding, it is a public...
  • Council member arrested for DUI and hit and run

    02/09/2007 11:00:24 PM PST · by wideminded · 8 replies · 640+ views
    The Reflector ^ | 12/20/06 | Heidi Wallenborn-Cramer
    Scott L. Hanson, 46, a member of the Ridgefield city council, was arrested for drunk driving and hit and run on Dec. 7 at the Ridgefield junction at I-5. A bulletin from the State Patrol said that Hanson was seen by a state commercial vehicle officer at about 4:47 p.m. going past him at a “high rate of speed” on northbound I-205 in the area of NE 134th St. After that, three other citizen reports of Hanson driving erratically on I-5 northbound were called in to dispatch just before Hanson allegedly collided with two other vehicles... Hanson reportedly veered to...
  • Wanting Better Schools, Parents Seek Secession

    01/28/2006 9:18:58 AM PST · by JohnLongIsland · 16 replies · 600+ views
    The NY Slimes ^ | Published: January 28, 2006 | By RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD
    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 27 —Ladera Heights is a place that some black Angelenos aspire to and others scoff at. Skip to next paragraph Monica Almeida/The New York Times Alisa Ivie looking at the homework of her children, Joshua, 11, and Jessica, 6, at their home in Ladera Heights, near Los Angeles. It is a choice hilltop neighborhood filled with spacious houses, well-trimmed shrubbery and city and ocean views. Home to many African-American doctors, lawyers, teachers and other professionals, the community is sometimes called "the black Beverly Hills." But community leaders say just one thing is missing, decent public schools, and...
  • Local Government Structure Is Not To Blame For State's Slow Economic Growth

    11/08/2005 1:21:45 PM PST · by Tribune7 · 13 replies · 383+ views
    County Press ^ | By Wendell Cox
    Pennsylvania has been growing slowly for decades. The Brookings Institution's report, Back to Prosperity, says urban sprawl and too many local government units are the problem. They could not be more wrong. Slow growth has afflicted the Frost Belt of the Northeast and Midwest since World War II. Warmer weather and lower business costs have attracted most growth to the Sun Belt of the South and West. The problem is not unique to Pennsylvania; it is regional. Metropolitan Philadelphia's job growth has been better than average in the Frost Belt -better than larger New York and Chicago. Of course, things...
  • Keep your hands off our Kilkenny, Waterford City warned

    09/24/2005 6:58:49 PM PDT · by Murtyo · 25 replies · 641+ views
    Irish Examiner, Cork ^ | Sept 24, 2005 | Neans McSweeney
    SEVEN thousand furious Kilkenny people have penned letters to Waterford City Council warning it to keep its hands off their land. The letters, petitions and coupons from the Kilkenny People Newspaper and statements of anger were delivered to City Hall in Waterford yesterday by a delegation led by Kilkenny-based Fine Gael TD Phil Hogan and Fianna Fáil councillor Bobby Aylward. A further 600 submissions, the bulk of which oppose the extension, have been logged by City Hall officials. Under the extension proposal, 5,000 acres, 20 townlands and about 5,000 people would now find themselves living in a suburb of Waterford...
  • Hillsborough County Asserts Role In A Storm (local governments raise questions after Katrina)

    09/14/2005 2:46:41 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies · 580+ views
    Tampa Tribune ^ | September 14, 2005 | MARK HOLAN and ELLEN GEDALIUS
    TAMPA Hillsborough County officials exerted their authority Tuesday, declaring they would be in charge if a hurricane or other disaster strikes. The message appeared to be aimed at Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio. "We are the entity that's in charge. We will exercise that duty," Hillsborough County Administrator Pat Bean said during a news conference at the county's Emergency Management Center on E. Hanna Avenue. Her remarks came a day after she canceled, for the second time in less than a week, a meeting with Iorio to discuss hurricane preparedness. Bean left open the possibility of a one-on-one meeting with Iorio...
  • Rural Maine Towns Give Up on Self-Government

    06/10/2005 3:20:29 PM PDT · by Murtyo · 26 replies · 887+ views
    NPR - National Public Radio ^ | June 10, 2005 | Howard Berkes
    Some towns in rural Maine are ceasing to exist as independent entities, instead putting local decisions in the hands of distant state bureaucrats. In doing so, they are giving up on a tradition of pure democracy more than a century old, in which citizens directly determine policies and budgets in annual town meetings. In the past two decades, nine towns have joined what is called the Unorganized Territory, a vast region of sparsely inhabited forests and unincorporated places, mostly in northern Maine. The area is half the state, bigger than the state of Maryland, with about 8,000 people. Those giving...
  • Sex and the Cities___The rule of law and the gelding of urban America

    09/27/2004 7:00:16 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies · 556+ views
    REason Online ^ | 27 September 2004 | Julian Sanchez
    An old slogan favored by environmentalists enjoins us to remember that "we do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children." In a better world, each mayor of New York City would append to his oath of office a corrolary: "I do not run this city; I merely lease it from Lou Reed." Under Michael Bloomberg, alas, my erstwhile home continues its gradual transmogrification into a theme park parody of itself: ManhattanLand, an island of smokeless, sterile cafes where Times Square is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Disney corporation. While the news focuses on...
  • Toronto stumbling six years after huge mergers

    09/20/2004 10:12:47 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 13 replies · 698+ views
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | Monday, September 20, 2004 | Jeffrey Cohan
    TORONTO -- Recognized worldwide for its commerce and culture, this city on the northern shore of Lake Ontario began 1997 with a population of more than 650,000, nearly twice the size of present-day Pittsburgh. But that wasn't nearly big enough to suit the Conservatives governing the province of Ontario at the time. Toronto, home to gleaming office towers and Broadway-style theaters, entered 1998 with a population of 2.4 million, nearly four times as many people as the year before. In a display of unbridled power, the Conservative Party government that controlled the provincial parliament had adopted legislation merging Toronto and...
  • CA: Policy trumps financials in budget - Spending, taxes give way to labor, local government

    07/25/2004 9:14:55 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 271+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 7/25/04 | Lydia Gledhill - SF Chronicle
    Sacramento -- In a budget that eclipses $78 billion, the few key issues that lawmakers and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger are deadlocked over don't add or take away a dime from the overall spending package. The fact that policy issues -- such as whether workers should be able to sue their employers for workplace violations -- are holding up the budget have some Capitol observers puzzled over why the deal hasn't been closed yet. "There seems to be a lot of confusion in the negotiations," said GOP political consultant Kevin Spillane. The battle over whether to raise taxes or how deeply...
  • CA: Local government issue holding up state budget agreement

    07/08/2004 8:32:04 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 380+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/8/04 | Tom Chorneau - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - Negotiators said they would resume talks Thursday on California's stalled budget as tensions mounted over the last remaining stumbling block - reforming how the state pays for the operations of local governments. The question of local government financing has stymied a budget settlement for nearly a week, pitting city mayors and county supervisors against the Legislature's Democratic majority and increasingly, Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Negotiations ended Wednesday without resolution, and there was a growing sense three weeks past the constitutional deadline for adopting a budget that local officials may not be able to reach agreement with lawmakers...
  • Dissolving city an option, board members say

    03/31/2004 8:30:02 AM PST · by Willie Green · 8 replies · 164+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | Wednesday, March 31, 2004 | Andrew Conte
    <p>The state oversight board is looking at dissolving Pittsburgh's government -- including eliminating the mayor's office and City Council -- as a way to solve the city's financial woes, board members said Tuesday.</p> <p>"We will look at that as one of the options," said oversight board Chairman Jim Smith. "I'm not sure it's a solution yet. It's an option to look at. That's a pretty drastic option."</p>