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  • Public-Private Partnerships Will Not Save U.S. Infrastructure

    05/23/2017 1:09:11 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    StreetsBlog USA ^ | May 17, 2017 | Stephen Miller
    This week, while Donald Trump ensnares himself in the most serious threat to his presidency to date, Congress is, to some extent, continuing with the typical business of government. A series of hearings during “Infrastructure Week” are focusing on the administration’s rumored infrastructure plan.Although the White House has been talking up private infrastructure investment as a replacement for public funding, a panel of experts told Congress that, even with perfectly executed public-private partnerships, the federal government still needs to provide its own support — especially for projects, like transit lines, that aren’t guaranteed to generate toll revenue for profit-seeking investors.This...
  • 1000th blog post & election issues

    10/11/2016 8:54:44 AM PDT · by mainestategop
    Maiinestategop ^ | Brian Balll
    As of 2008 we are now at 1000 posts for Mainestategop, the blog of those of us who are refugees of New England Socialism and the voice of the New Hampshire based New England Alliance for Liberty and Free Markets. We've come a long way I think and I am just ecstatic. Eight years of fighting liberalism and saving America from liberal failure. I love it. Thank you to all for your continued support. Now, with that said I want to discuss political issues concerning elections in New England. There's not much to be said, we are voting straight GOP...
  • Obama imposes new sanctions on Russian officials, signs order authorizing broader measures

    03/20/2014 8:36:11 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 74 replies ^ | 3/20/14 | AP
    President Obama announced Thursday that he is imposing sanctions on additional senior Russian officials and others over the country's annexation of Crimea, warning that broader economic sanctions could be in store if Russia does not stand down. The president, speaking on the South Lawn of the White House, voiced concern that Russian military positioning could point to "further incursions" into southern and eastern Ukraine. He also issued an executive order giving the U.S. authority to impose sanctions on "key sectors of the Russian economy."
  • Proposed law would require Michigan pints of beer to hold 16 ounces

    10/08/2013 8:15:17 AM PDT · by posterchild · 50 replies
    UPI ^ | Oct 7, 2013
    LANSING, Mich., Oct. 7 (UPI) -- A proposed law in Michigan is aimed at ensuring beer drinkers who pay for a pint get at least 16 ounces. The measure was introduced in the House last week, reported. It would ban what barflies refer to as "cheater glasses" with thick bottoms so they look like they hold a pint but actually take a few ounces less. State Rep. Jim Irwin, a Democrat from the college town of Ann Arbor, said the state regulates meat and other foodstuffs to make sure buyers get what they pay for. Irwin introduced a similar...
  • Biden unveils gun measures, says Congress must act

    08/29/2013 8:47:28 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 28 replies
    AP ^ | 8/29/2013 | JOSH LEDERMAN
    WASHINGTON (AP) Vice President Joe Biden says if Congress won't act on gun control, he'll fight for a new Congress. Biden is unveiling two new steps President Barack Obama is taking on gun violence. The executive actions don't require approval from Congress, where gun legislation collapsed earlier this year. One new step will curb the import of military surplus weapons. The Obama administration is also proposing to close a loophole that lets certain weapons be registered to corporations without background checks.
  • Obama: Some Gun Control Measures 'I Can Accomplish Through Executive Action'

    01/14/2013 9:45:07 AM PST · by Nachum · 81 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 1/14/13 | Daniel Halper
    "My understanding is the vice president's going to provide a range of steps that we can take to reduce gun violence," said Obama. "Some of them will require legislation, some of them I can accomplish through executive action. And so I will be reviewing those today, and as I said, I will speak in more detail to what we're going to go ahead and propose later in the week.
  • More soda tax measures may be coming

    11/29/2012 11:13:17 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 8 replies ^ | Thursday, November 29, 2012 | Carolyn Jones
    Richmond's soda tax may have faltered badly on election day, but the idea is now bubbling up in other Bay Area cities and counties. Officials in San Francisco, Berkeley, Alameda County, Vallejo, El Cerrito and other jurisdictions have discussed, or plan to discuss, placing soda taxes on ballots. "We lost the election, but the movement will eventually win," said Dr. Jeff Ritterman, the Richmond city councilman who sponsored Measure N. "Momentum is on our side."
  • Tom on the California 2012 Propositions (McClintock recommendations)

    09/24/2012 12:28:54 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 49 replies ^ | 20 September 2012 | Tom McClintock
    Prop 30: Your Wallet or Your Kids. NO Either approve $36 billion in higher sales and income taxes or else Gov. Brown threatens to shoot the schools. Don't worry, the income taxes are only on the "very wealthy," but it turns out the "very wealthy" include many small businesses filing under sub-chapter S, meaning lower wages, higher prices and fewer jobs. California already has one of the highest overall tax burdens in the country and yet has just approved a budget to spend $8 billion dollars more than it's taking in. Moral of the story: it's the spending stupid. Prop...
  • NCAA: 'Punitive measures' await [Penn State] VIDEO

    07/22/2012 2:14:08 PM PDT · by Third Person · 13 replies
    ESPN ^ | July 22, 2012 | ESPN News Sources
    NCAA president Mark Emmert has decided to punish Penn State with severe penalties likely to include a significant loss of scholarships and loss of multiple bowls, a source close to the decision told ESPN's Joe Schad on Sunday morning. But Penn State will not receive the so-called "death penalty" that would have suspended the program for at least one year, the source said. The penalties, however, are considered to be so harsh that the death penalty may have been preferable, the source said. The NCAA will announce "corrective and punitive measures" for Penn State on Monday morning, it said in...
  • California: November 2012 Statewide Ballot Measures

    07/09/2012 7:07:43 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 22 replies
    November 2012 Statewide Ballot Measures Proposition 30 Initiative Constitutional Amendment 1578. (12-0009) - Final Random Sample Update - 06/20/12 Temporary Taxes to Fund Education. Guaranteed Local Public Safety Funding. Initiative Constitutional Amendment. Qualified: 06/20/12 Proponent: Thomas A. Willis c/o Karen Getman (510) 346-6200 Increases personal income tax on annual earnings over $250,000 for seven years. Increases sales and use tax by cent for four years. Allocates temporary tax revenues 89 percent to K-12 schools and 11 percent to community colleges. Bars use of funds for administrative costs, but provides local school governing boards discretion to decide, in open meetings...
  • PM Approves New Security Measures in Judea and Samaria

    12/14/2011 1:34:05 PM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/12/11 | Gavriel Queenann
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday accepted the recommendations of Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch and Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman for dealing with disturbances in Judea and Samaria. The ministers formulated the recommendations after meeting with ISA, IDF, Israel Police and State Attorney's Office teams, which were: The immediate issuing of administrative detention orders against rioters; Immediately increasing the number of those barred from various areas; Trying rioters in military courts; Giving IDF soldiers the authority to detain people; and Increasing both the number of special ISA, Israel Police, IDF and State Attorney's Office investigation teams and the resources for...
  • Obama council makes urgent plea for jobs measures (BURF Alert!! Think 'infrastructure'.)

    10/10/2011 7:02:53 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10/10/11 | Jim Kuhnhenn - ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) Decrying the human toll of the nation's economic and financial crisis, a group of corporate and labor leaders advising President Barack Obama is calling for sweeping and urgent changes in government policies, from liberalized immigration and less restrictive regulations to a more business friendly tax system and greater spending on infrastructure. In tackling the nation's economic crisis and its stubborn 9.1 percent unemployment rate, the president's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness is putting the names of some of the country's top corporate CEOs as well as the head of the AFL-CIO behind proposed initiatives and policy overhauls...
  • The Floating Dollar as a Threat to Property Rights

    03/12/2011 7:12:36 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    Imprimis (Hillsdale College) ^ | February 16, 2011 | Seth Lipsky
    The following is adapted from a speech delivered on February 16, 2011, at a Hillsdale College National Leadership Seminar in Phoenix, Arizona. TO BEGIN, consider one of the most important measures of property, the kilogram. Its a measure of mass or, for non-scientific purposes, weight. According to the papers last week, a global scramble is under way to define this most basic unit after it was discovered that the standard kilograma cylinder of platinum and iridium that is maintained by the International Bureau of Weights and Measureshas been losing mass. You may think that this is impossible. Of all the...
  • NPT conference mulls draft of possible measures

    05/25/2010 7:50:32 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 179+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 5/25/10 | Michael Adler
    UNITED NATIONS (AFP) Israel and Iran would be expected to attend talks on making the Middle East free of nuclear weapons, according to a draft final document of a UN non-proliferation conference released Tuesday. A nuclear weapons-free zone in the Middle East is among the most contentious issues at the conference reviewing the 189-nation Non-Proliferation Treaty, a global mandate for fighting the spread of atomic weapons. The draft calls for an initial conference in 2012 "to be attended by all states of the Middle East, leading to the establishment of a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons and...
  • Time for drastic measures

    12/24/2009 9:28:41 PM PST · by aquapub · 40 replies · 1,686+ views
    Now that we have been painted into a corner with the passage of this Constitution-trampling explosion of government, we have only 4 options left before things get ugly: 1) Vote them out in 2010. This option requires much patience and will not actually mean anything unless those elected actually reverse all the spending, bailouts and takeovers. Most likely, Democrats will be punished for a few years while Republicans ride the tidal wave of public outrage into office, at which point they will throw us some symbolic scraps from the table, rather than making a serious commitment to uprooting federal tyranny....
  • Cuba plans to fight swine flu with authoritarian measures

    10/03/2009 7:54:10 PM PDT · by Saije · 9 replies · 702+ views
    Ft. Worth Star-Telegram ^ | 10/3/2009 | James Anderson
    Cuba is ready to use just about everything at its disposal, from its well-oiled civil defense system to the soldiers of a totalitarian government, to keep swine flu cases to a minimum. Everything but a vaccine. As the U.S. prepares an extensive health survey for side affects from its extensive inoculation plans, Cuba’s No. 2 health official says relying on a shot to contain a world pandemic is risky as best — and demoralizing at worst. "Nobody knows if it would work," said Dr. Luis Estruch. "How safe would it be?" Cuba’s sophisticated public-monitoring system and geographic isolation as an...
  • Bush weighs new measures to help stimulate economy

    06/06/2008 12:05:49 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 90+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/6/08 | AP
    WASHINGTON - President Bush is considering new measures to help stimulate the battered economy, the White House said Friday. White House counselor Ed Gillespie said aides to Bush are constantly looking at options for new economic proposals. "There's a short window for the president here when it comes to new policy. We understand that," Gillespie said. "So I guess what I'm saying is, don't rule it out." Gillespie spoke before a Bush speech on the economy, timed around the ceremonial swearing-in of the president's new housing secretary, Steven Preston. In his remarks, Bush stuck to promoting his existing economic policies....
  • Border measures pushing migrants to sea

    03/13/2008 4:14:45 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 426+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/13/08 | Elliot Spagat - ap
    SAN DIEGO - The migrants board rickety boats in the dark, taking orders from inexperienced seamen. From sandy Mexican shores popular with weekend tourists, they can see downtown San Diego's lights when the sky is clear. Smugglers who charge them about $4,000 each for the illegal crossing often use two boats with different crews for the short trip, forcing them to change at sea, authorities say. That way, the hired hands will have less to tell if they are captured. U.S. officials and academics suspect heightened enforcement on land is pushing migrants to gamble their lives on the kind of...
  • CA: 4 measures have wider implications (Props 94-97, Gub wants even 'more more more' tribal gaming)

    02/04/2008 10:04:21 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 170+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 2/4/08 | James P. Sweeney - CNS
    SACRAMENTO When Californians vote on Indian gambling agreements tomorrow, much more than the fate of those four deals may be hanging in the balance. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who negotiated the compacts, disclosed in recent days that he wants to approve a lot more tribal gaming before he leaves office in three years. I'm interested in one thing, and one thing only, that . . . the Indian gaming tribes pay their fair share, and . . . that we in California get the money, because we need the money, Schwarzenegger said last week. Schwarzenegger said he expects future agreements...
  • Measures Improve Afghanistan's Police Force

    11/09/2007 4:38:43 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 61+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 9, 2007 Ongoing training efforts, pay reforms and weeding out corrupt individuals have improved the image and performance of Afghanistans police, a senior U.S. military officer said today. Today the Afghan police are being successful against the Taliban, Army Brig. Gen. Robert E. Livingston Jr., commander of Joint Task Force Phoenix VI, told Pentagon reporters from Afghanistan during a satellite-carried news conference. Reports filed last year of police stations being overrun by Taliban terrorists is old news, said Livingston, a National Guard officer from South Carolina who has held his current command since May. His task force...