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  • From Oklahoma to Louisiana: Why states are dropping Common Core

    06/22/2014 1:17:08 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 17 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | June 21, 2014 | Kyle Olson
    When Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill repealing Common Core national standards from her state’s schools, it was perhaps the most ironic moment in the fight over the initiative. Fallin is chairwoman of the National Governors Association, one of the private groups that hold the copyright of Common Core. (Yes, this marks the first time in history a private group has owned school standards.) While Fallin wasn’t governor at the time the standards were created and adopted, she nonetheless rejected her own organization’s initiative. In the same week, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill to repeal Common...
  • Rick Perry: “I was troubled today by the tone of the president…”

    02/25/2014 11:32:06 AM PST · by Red Steel · 171 replies
    Right Scoop ^ | Feb 24, 2014 at 9:47 PM
    Rick Perry admitted at the RGA today that he was very troubled by Obama’s tone today addressing the National Governors Association: I don’t mind telling you I was a bit troubled today by the tone of the president. …For the president of the United States to look Democrat and Republican governors in the eye and to say ‘I do not trust you to make decisions in your state about issues of education, about transportation infrastructure…’ – that is really troubling. Perry went on to say that Obama was going to hollow out the National Guard and warned the state governors...
  • Bryant on Jason Collins: Act of courage will have huge domino effect (Jackie Robinson of the NBA)

    02/24/2014 6:39:23 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 22 replies
    http://sports.yahoo.com ^ | February 23, 201e | Marc J. Spears
    LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant told Yahoo Sports that the Brooklyn Nets' signing of openly gay center Jason Collins will have a "domino effect" that will impact much more than the gay and sports communities. Collins became the first openly gay athlete to play in one of America's four major sports when he debuted for the Nets against the Lakers on Sunday night. The Nets signed Collins, who announced he was gay on April 29, to a 10-day contract on Sunday. Bryant has been a strong supporter of Collins since his announcement. "His impact [Sunday night]...
  • Governors: Legalized pot buzz just smoke

    02/22/2014 5:18:29 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 22, 2014 6:03 PM EST | Steve Peoples and Ken Thomas
    All the buzz at the National Governors Association meeting over legalizing pot, some say, is just smoke. Nearly three months after Colorado began selling recreational marijuana, the nation’s governors are taking a cautious approach to loosening their drug laws despite growing support for legalization. Republican and Democratic state chief executives meeting in Washington this weekend expressed broad concern for children and public safety should recreational marijuana use spread. At the same time, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is warning other governors against rushing to follow his lead. …
  • Republicans Get Played Again

    06/17/2013 6:11:03 PM PDT · by Wisconsinlady · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 17, 2013 | Ann Kane
    Eventually, the College Board will hand over its student data to research organizations like SDP, with restrictions on sharing information; but Coleman was not clear on how this would happen. However, Coleman made it abundantly clear he will concentrate on data mining our schoolchildren's proclivities. So, how does intrusion into children's privacy through more accumulation of data support Coleman's stated goals of making students career and college ready? Now that many states have awakened to the deficiencies in Common Core and are even moving to defund them, Republican governors who bought Coleman's spiel three years ago need to redeem themselves...
  • Obama's Game Playing Is Wearing Thin

    02/26/2013 1:30:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 26, 2013 | David Limbaugh
    President Obama told a meeting of the National Governors Association: "At some point, we've got to do some governing. And certainly, what we can't do is keep careening from manufactured crisis to manufactured crisis." Really? Yes, really. He added, referring to the sequestration: "These cuts do not have to happen. Congress can turn them off anytime with just a little bit of compromise." Obama has repeatedly demonstrated that he does not consider himself bound by a duty of good faith to square with the American people. He has shown that he is unafraid to utter the most egregious distortions and...
  • The Educational Tech Scam/ ( K-12 schools/ Common Core)

    The Common Core Standards are an educational reform movement initiated by the National Governors Assocation and intended to standardize the educational curricula of the states around a "coomon core" of knowledge required to function in modern society. Put that way, the initiative sounds fine, but as if often the case with educaitonal reforms, Common Core proponents have relied on bafflement and obfuscation to shut down inquiry by the paying public into the very political process of putting the initiative into action -- a process monetarily supported by private education corporations. Common Core tests (those used in Oklahoma were developed by...
  • (Operation Neptune Spear) Osama Bin Laden Compound Model on Display at Pentagon

    05/16/2012 3:02:02 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 12 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 16, 2012 | Luis Martinez
    Osama Bin Laden Compound Model on Display at Pentagon Turning a lot of heads today in a Pentagon hallway is the once-classified scale model of Osama bin Laden’s compound used to plan last year’s Special Operations raid. It marks the first public display of what was once America’s most secret scale model. Hundreds of civilian and military employees at the Pentagon have spent time today gawking at a temporary display that includes the tabletop model of the compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan that bin Laden used as his hideout for five years. The compound itself no longer exists as the Pakistani...
  • Gregoire named chairwoman of National Governors Association

    11/20/2010 4:28:55 PM PST · by anniegetyourgun · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 11/20/10 | Andrew Garber
    The National Governors Association (NGA) announced Wednesday that Gov. Chris Gregoire was picked to chair the group. Gregoire was named chairwoman of the bipartisan organization of governors by the NGA executive committee. She becomes the second woman to lead the association.
  • Many teachers and educators across US at risk of losing their jobs in the next few months

    02/21/2010 4:41:26 PM PST · by KansasCanadian · 43 replies · 1,388+ views
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Many teachers and educators across the United States are at risk of losing their jobs in the next few months, the country's education secretary told a meeting of the National Governors Association on Sunday.
  • Barbour Lobbies Fellow Governors to Oppose EPA Regulations

    02/21/2010 2:32:22 AM PST · by Onerom99 · 28 replies · 813+ views
    NY Times ^ | 2/19/2010 | ROBIN BRAVENDER
    Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) is trying to rally state opposition to U.S. EPA's forthcoming regulation of greenhouse gases. A former utility lobbyist and former chairman of the Republican National Committee, Barbour is asking members of the National Governors Association's natural resource committee to urge Congress to block the rules. This week, Barbour circulated among the governors a draft letter (pdf) to Congress encouraging lawmakers to pass a resolution to stop EPA from enacting "costly greenhouse gas regulations" under the Clean Air Act. "This is something that Governor Barbour feels like is important," Barbour spokesman Dan Turner said. "He wanted...
  • Governors Visit, Thank Deployed Troops

    07/20/2009 5:18:33 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 283+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Spc. Alun Thomas, USA
    While standing in front of an AH-64D Apache attack helicopter, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, right, discusses weapons systems with Col. Douglas Gabram, commander of the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Multi-National Division - Baghdad, during a visit to Camp Taji, July 18. Photo by Spc. Alun Thomas, 1st Cavalry Division. TAJI — Far away in the hot, arid climate of Iraq, it might be easy for Soldiers to become distant from the places they like to call home, as life goes on without them. However, for some members of the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade on Camp Taji, a...
  • Governors begin to realize who will pay the ObamaCare bills

    07/20/2009 3:40:34 PM PDT · by pissant · 14 replies · 639+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 7/20/09 | Cap'n Ed
    Another bipartisan consensus has coalesced on ObamaCare, and it’s not cheery. The New York Times reports that both Republican and Democratic governors across the country have realized what Barack Obama’s health-care reform means to them — and they’re not going to sit quietly while Barack Obama passes the buck to the states: The nation’s governors, Democrats as well as Republicans, voiced deep concern Sunday about the shape of the health care plan emerging from Congress, fearing that Washington was about to hand them expensive new Medicaid obligations without money to pay for them. The role of the states in a...
  • Democratic Governors Accuse NGA Staff of Misleading Them on Costs of Health Care Reform

    07/20/2009 3:46:07 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies · 816+ views
    Fox News ^ | 7/20/09 | Serafin Gomez
    Democratic Governors Accuse NGA Staff of Misleading Them on Costs of Health Care ReformBy Serafin Gomez FOXNews.com Monday, July 20, 2009 BILOXI, MISS. -- Democratic governors on Monday softened their opposition to health care legislation being championed by Democrats in Washington after accusing staff at the National Governors Association meeting of misleading them on the costs of the reforms. **SNIP** "Yesterday the NGA staff gave us some information that was not exactly correct so we're working through to find out what the real numbers are," Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer told FOX News on Monday. "Currently the House version does not...
  • (Mississippi) Coast prepares for governors’ meeting (FReeper call to action)

    07/12/2009 6:58:49 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 4 replies · 536+ views
    SUN HERALD ^ | July 12, 2009 | By MICHAEL NEWSOM
    BILOXI — President Barack Obama and two big name governors — one involved in a recent sex scandal and another who announced her resignation — may not attend the National Governors Association meetings here this week. But as several states are still without a 2010 budget, many will come seeking strategies for infrastructure, education, energy and information about the federal stimulus funds, emergency management and other issues, all of which will be highlighted at the conference. The convention begins Friday, but at the end of last week, NGA officials said they weren’t expecting Obama to attend. The commander-in-chief is always...
  • The President discovers Intelligence agency at Five Guys

    05/29/2009 4:43:35 PM PDT · by Typical_Whitey · 48 replies · 2,505+ views
    politico ^ | 5/29/09 | Ben Smith
    On his trip to get a burger with Brian Williams at Five Guys this afternoon, the President appears to have learned of the existence of a Defense Department intelligence arm, the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, from an agency employee also at the burger restaurant. "So explain to me exactly what this National Geospatial..." Obama said, after the worker mentioned his employer, according to a video of the event. "We work with, uh, satellite imagery," the worker, Walter replied. A POLITICO reader caught the exchange, which starts around 5:45 on this C-SPAN video. The transcript: Obama: What do you do Walter?...
  • OBAMA LEARNS ABOUT ONE OF HIS INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES -- AT BURGER JOINT...

    05/29/2009 9:11:44 PM PDT · by manapua · 32 replies · 1,730+ views
    Politico ^ | 5/29/2009 | Ben Smith
    Obama: What do you do Walter? Walter: I work at, uh, NGA, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Obama: Outstanding, how long you been doing [sic] that? Walter: About six years Obama: Yea? Walter: Yes. Obama: You like it? Walter: I do, keeps me... Obama: So explain to me exactly what this National Geospatial...uh... Walter: Uh, we work with, uh, satellite imagery.. Obama: Right Walter: [unintelligible] ...support systems, so... Obama: Sounds like good work. Walter: Enjoy the weekend. Obama: Appreciate it.
  • Bammy discovers an American intelligence agency while grabbin' (another) burger

    05/29/2009 8:16:23 PM PDT · by SeattleBruce · 47 replies · 1,635+ views
    Politico ^ | 5/29/2009 | Ben Smith
    On his trip to get a burger with Brian Williams at Five Guys this afternoon, the President appears to have learned of the existence of a Defense Department intelligence arm, the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, from an agency employee also at the burger restaurant. "So explain to me exactly what this National Geospatial..." Obama said, after the worker mentioned his employer, according to a video of the event. "We work with, uh, satellite imagery," the worker, Walter replied. A POLITICO reader caught the exchange, which starts around 5:45 on this C-SPAN video. The transcript: Obama: What do you do Walter?...
  • Cash has too many strings, Riley says [Bob Riley] [Ala.] [rejects porkulus unfunded mandates]

    02/24/2009 7:06:19 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 34 replies · 1,805+ views
    GOP governors turn down $66M in aid for jobless. MONTGOMERY - Despite Alabama's rising jobless rate, Gov. Bob Riley on Monday rejected $66 million in the federal economic stimulus funds earmarked to help states fund unemployment benefits. Riley made the announcement after returning from a National Governors Association meeting in Washington, where he and other governors met with President Barack Obama Sunday night. An influential legislator accused Riley of playing politics, along with other Republican governors in the South. But Riley said the stimulus law requires states to change their laws to expand jobless benefits to those who don't normally...
  • Caption Michelle & Barack at the Governors dinner

    02/23/2009 12:51:52 PM PST · by Lucky9teen · 155 replies · 3,650+ views
    US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, seen here on February 22, 2009, make their way to the East Room for after dinner entertainment with US governors at the White House in Washington, DC. Barack Obama late Sunday hosted his first White House state dinner in honor of US governors, offering them reassurance and support in tough economic times First lady Michelle Obama, center, talks with White House guests before the start of entertainment in the East Room following a dinner with the nation's governors in the State Dining Room, Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, in Washington. U.S. first...
  • Palin Ribbed by Montana Guv for Being No Show

    02/21/2009 9:59:43 PM PST · by curth · 34 replies · 1,038+ views
    ABC News ^ | February 20, 2009 | Teddy Davis
    Montana Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer ribbed Alaska Republican Gov. Sarah Palin Friday for announcing at the last minute that she will not be attending a Sunday discussion of energy policy that the two governors were scheduled to lead at this weekend's meeting of the National Governors Association (NGA) in Washington. "I don't know where she's going to be. You'll be stuck with me," Schweitzer told ABC News. "There will be no glamour, certainly no snappy dressing. I brought my best two pairs of jeans. There's a little bit of a horse shit stain by the knee. But I've been washing...
  • Sanford fires back [responds to attacks from Gov. O'Malley, D-Md.]

    02/22/2009 2:32:07 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 30 replies · 1,129+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 2009-02-02 | Domenico Montanaro
    South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford struck a feisty tone Saturday night, responding directly to Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley’s call earlier in the day for “fringe” Republican governors opposed to stimulus funds to "step aside." "I don't see folks [here], who are really wired to step aside," Sanford said to applause from the GOP crowd in "The Crystal Room," an ornate dining room, complete with cascading chandeliers and 15-foot high green marble columns, at the upscale Willard Intercontinental Hotel in downtown Washington, two blocks from the White House. At the Republican Governors Association dinner -- in part, a thank you to...
  • Republicans Get a Little 'Hope' of Their Own

    02/22/2009 2:08:18 PM PST · by AJKauf · 8 replies · 708+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | February 22 | Jennifer Rubin
    The Republican governors gathered Saturday night for a dinner in Washington, D.C., in advance of their Monday fundraising gala and in the midst of the winter meeting (with their Democratic colleagues) of the National Governors’ Association. Saturday’s event with many of the nation’s prominent GOP governors in attendance (Sarah Palin and Arnold Schwarzenegger were not present, however) was time for some celebration and for an economics tutorial from featured speaker Steve Forbes. There were two causes for celebration: first, an announcement from Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour that $10.25 million had been raised by the Republican Governorss Association (RGA), and second,...
  • GOP Governor Bucks Party to Back Obama's Stimulus

    02/02/2009 6:57:18 PM PST · by Sarah Barracuda · 27 replies · 604+ views
    ABC News ^ | 2-2-09 | ABC News
    There is a Governor who fully supports Obama's stimulus package, and no it's not Sarah Palin..It's Governor Jim Douglas from Vermont, read this and prepare to vomit..Enclosed is a link to a blog he wrote where he not only praises Obama but practically kisses his ass http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog_post/what_governors_know/ President Obama welcomed the rare Republican supporter of his economic stimulus bill today when Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas arrived in the capital to lobby GOP senators to vote for it. Douglas, who is vice chairman of the National Governors Association, is bucking his party over Obama's massive economic bailout plan. In a brief...
  • Schwarzenegger to attend Obama inauguration

    01/16/2009 12:35:42 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 15 replies · 603+ views
    AP via Google ^ | 2009-01-16
    SACRAMENTO (AP) — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger endorsed fellow Republican John McCain for president, but he's not passing up a chance to attend the historic inauguration of Barack Obama. The National Governors Association invited its members, including Schwarzenegger, to attend the swearing-in Tuesday. Schwarzenegger will be joined by his wife, Democrat Maria Shriver, a Kennedy family member who was an early Obama supporter.
  • Spy Agency Watching Americans From Space

    05/13/2006 4:57:05 AM PDT · by Mr. Brightside · 45 replies · 1,188+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 5/13/06
    Spy Agency Watching Americans From Space By KATHERINE SHRADER, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON - A little-known spy agency that analyzes imagery taken from the skies has been spending significantly more time watching U.S. soil. In an era when other intelligence agencies try to hide those operations, the director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, retired Air Force Lt. Gen. James Clapper, is proud of that domestic mission. He said the work the agency did after hurricanes Rita and Katrina was the best he'd seen an intelligence agency do in his 42 years in the spy business. "This was kind of a...
  • GOP governors worried about Bush stumbles

    02/27/2006 6:58:45 PM PST · by digger48 · 12 replies · 477+ views
    AP ^ | Feb 27, 2006 | some idiot lib
    GOP governors worried about Bush stumbles Republicans fear port security, other missteps will hurt in an election year Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP President Bush, center, speaks with members of the National Governors Association in the White House on Monday. Republican governors worry that administration fumbles will hurt the party in an election year. Feb. 27, 2006 WASHINGTON - Republican governors are openly worrying that the Bush administration’s latest stumbles — from the natural disaster of Hurricane Katrina to those of its own making on prescription drugs and ports security — are taking an election-year toll on the party back...
  • Governors to enjoy Sheldrake ice wine

    02/27/2006 7:02:59 PM PST · by NautiNurse · 66 replies · 901+ views
    Star-Gazette ^ | February 27, 2006 | Neil Chaffie
    Award-winning Riesling ice wine from the Sheldrake Point Vineyard and Cafe in Ovid, Seneca County, was on the menu last Saturday night when the nation's governors sat down to dinner with President and Mrs. Bush at the White House. Bob Madill, winemaker and one of the owners of the Sheldrake Point winery, and Kit Kalfs, tasting room manager, said they are honored that officials chose their ice wine, the winner of a gold medal during the recent Florida State Fair International Wine Competition. And just ahead of that medal came top place in the Hyatt National Riesling Challenge Trophy for...
  • A day in the life of President Bush (2/27/06): photos & news

    02/27/2006 5:24:23 PM PST · by snugs · 164 replies · 5,050+ views
    www.yahoo.com www.whitehouse.gov ^ | 27th February 2006 | Snugs
    The President and the first lady spent the weekend in Washington attending St John's Church on Sunday. Later in the day there was a State Dinner for the nation's governors at the White House Today the President addressed the National Governors Association annual meeting in the State Dining Room of the White House. He then met Belarusian human rights activist Irina Krasovskaya and Svyatlana Zavadskaya in the Oval Office. The First Lady and the President attended a reception for the nation's governors at the National Building Museum in Washington. The Vice President is visiting Norfolk to speak at a fundraiser...
  • Bush Calms Some Governors on Nat'l Guard

    02/27/2006 4:53:04 PM PST · by Daralundy · 6 replies · 288+ views
    Associated Press via Yahoo ^ | February 27, 2006 | Robert Tanner
    President Bush and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld offered private assurances to the nation's governors over plans to make cuts to the National Guard, but some governors said Monday they were still worried. Republican and Democratic governors said discussions are just beginning on Guard units, the backbone of state emergency and homeland security response. "No, there's no sense of hugs, handshakes and cut the cake," said Republican Mike Huckabee of Arkansas. "At least now, we're talking." Governors went into closed-door meetings with Bush, and later with Rumsfeld and top military leaders, unified in their opposition to administration budget plans that...
  • Schwarzenegger, in Washington with governors, defends bond plan

    02/26/2006 5:56:52 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 391+ views
    ap on San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 2/26/06 | Erica Werner - ap
    WASHINGTON – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger used a national television interview Sunday to promote his plan to spend $222 billion on a massive public works building program in California. In Washington for an annual meeting with fellow governors, Schwarzenegger interrupted as Tim Russert, host of NBC's “Meet the Press,” characterized the proposal as “spend, spend, spend.” “No, it's invest, invest, invest, Tim. You're wrong,” Schwarzenegger said. “Those people that are criticizing my infrastructure deal and my strategic growth plan are people that are a little bit confused about the difference between spending and investing,” he said. Some of the people most...
  • A day in the life of President Bush (2/26/06): photos & news

    02/26/2006 2:30:49 PM PST · by Wolfstar · 277 replies · 3,704+ views
    PRESIDENTIAL NEWS OF THE DAY: I'm sure we have all be waiting with bated breath for his latest pronouncements (yeah, right). Well, our wait has been "rewarded." Richard Gere has spoken out in praise of President Bush's stance on HIV/AIDS ahead of the President's trip to India. For those who have a strong stomach, click here to read the full story. The Indian news website, newKerala.com, reports that security at the hotel where the presidential party will be staying is at an all-time high. Click here to read the story. Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Arkansas) opened the National Governors Association winter...
  • Bush to Meet with US Governors

    02/26/2006 2:29:49 AM PST · by FairOpinion · 3 replies · 458+ views
    VOA ^ | Feb. 25, 2006 | Margaret Besheer
    President Bush says national security, energy independence, and the health of Americans will top his agenda when he meets with America's governors Sunday and Monday in Washington. President Bush, himself a former governor, says he will discuss many of the challenges facing the nation when he meets with U.S. governors at their annual meeting. One subject that concerns many Americans is rising energy costs. In his weekly radio address Saturday, President Bush said he will talk with the governors about the nation's energy strategy and his Advanced Energy Initiative, which would invest in alternative fuels, such as ethanol, as well...
  • Bush, Governors to Discuss Progress in War on Terror

    02/25/2006 12:23:45 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 221+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Feb 25, 2006 | Petty Officer 3rd Class John R. Guardiano, USN
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2006 – President Bush, in his weekly radio address today, said he will meet with America's governors tomorrow and Monday to discuss, among other things, "our progress in the war on terror." "The states are playing a vital role in the war effort through the contributions of their National Guard units," Bush said. They've "seen firsthand the courage of our troops and their dedication to the mission." The president said that as a former governor (of Texas), he appreciates the important work done by the states and their chief executive officers. He noted that many governors have...
  • Governors Guide to Emergency Management

    09/02/2005 4:38:32 PM PDT · by xrhopsiomega · 10 replies · 762+ views
    www.nga.org ^ | 2001 | NGA
    If you really want to know the "Powers, Roles, and Responsibilities" of the state governor during a natural disaster, here is some good reading: ------------------------------------------ "Volume One: Natural Disasters A Governors Guide to Emergency Management" View As HTTL: REPORTEMERGUIDE2001 http://www.nga.org/cda/files/REPORTEMERGUIDE2001.pdf --------------------- Related, but more to do with terrorism: Volume Two: Homeland Security A Governors Guide to Emergency Management http://www.nga.org/cda/files/GOVSGUIDEHS2.pdf --------------------- Contents CHAPTER 1: What a New Governor Should Know CHAPTER 2: Assessing Your State's Performance CHAPTER 3: Developing and Implementing State and Local Disaster Mitigation Plans CHAPTER 4: Powers, Roles, and Responsibilities of a Governor and State Agencies CHAPTER 5:...
  • U.S. Spy Satellites Aid Hurricane Katrina Recovery

    08/31/2005 10:29:42 PM PDT · by anymouse · 3 replies · 499+ views
    Reuters ^ | Wed Aug 31, 2005
    U.S. Spy satellites have been called into service to help federal emergency officials cope with the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, officials said on Wednesday. The little-known National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, which analyzes satellite images for the espionage community and combat troops, has provided scores of images of hard-hit areas, including New Orleans, before and after the storm struck. The agency said one of its main aims is to survey damage to regional transportation for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which can then use the data to organize relief efforts. FEMA officials could not be reached for comment. "NGA can determine...
  • The Skinny on Politics [Huckabee: I may move to NY and run against Hillary in Senate race]

    08/06/2005 6:19:17 PM PDT · by summer · 58 replies · 3,174+ views
    NYT Sunday Magazine ^ | Aug 7, 2005 | DEBORAH SOLOMON
    AR GOP Gov Mike Huckabee Q: Congratulations on your new appointment as the chairman of the National Governors Association. Thank you. I know it sounds impressive, but it may be one of those things for which I will need condolences in about six months.... Q. You recently formed a health political action committee and are rumored to be making a bid for the White House in 2008. What if you wind up running against Hillary Clinton?Well, that would be an interesting twist, wouldn't it? But I may follow another path and move to New York and run against her for...
  • Napolitano Vice Chairwoman of National Governors Association

    07/19/2005 4:56:59 PM PDT · by hsmomx3 · 9 replies · 274+ views
    ABCNews15 & AP ^ | 7/19/2005
    <p>DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Governor Napolitano has been named vice chairwoman of the National Governors Association.</p>
  • AP: Governors Aim to Ease Voters About Change

    07/17/2005 11:07:36 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 313+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/17/05 | Ron Fournier - AP
    DES MOINES, Iowa - Republican or Democrat, most governors have two things in common. First, they want to be president. And they know that to be president they must find new policies and language — presumably both — that help voters feel less anxious about their place in a rapidly changing society. "People sense that there are enormous changes going on in the world and they don't see Washington providing any answers," said Democratic Gov. Mark Warner of Virginia. Warner is the outgoing chairman of the National Governors Association, which held a weekend meeting in this hotbed of presidential politics....
  • Watch C-SPAN NOW!

    07/16/2005 1:28:14 PM PDT · by Steely eyed killer of the deep · 6 replies · 420+ views
    C-SPAN | 16 July | Self
    If you didn't just catch it Yan Jin, Chinese Deputy Education Minister, speaking at National Governor's Convention applauding US education and pumping No Child Left Behind Philosophy
  • States Close in on Internet Tax Collection

    07/08/2005 11:49:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies · 1,001+ views
    Internet News ^ | July 8, 2005 | Roy Mark
    The Internet sales tax issue may have reached the tipping point when 18 state tax collectors agreed upon an interstate set of sales tax rules. The tipping point, however, is still a long way from reality. Meeting in Chicago last week, the Streamlined Sales Tax Project (SSTP) took its most significant step to date to implement the collection of sales taxes on online purchases, a potential $20 billion-a-year bonanza for cash-strapped states. To bring those funds closer to state and local coffers, the SSTP officially admitted 18 states as members of the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement's (SSUTA) governing...
  • Grading the Governors

    03/01/2005 5:34:04 AM PST · by Paladin2b · 6 replies · 659+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 1 March 2005 | WSJ Editorial Page
    The 50 governors are meeting in Washington this week, which makes it an apt moment for the Cato Institute to release its biennial ranking of their fiscal performance. We provide the rankings below (governors who recently took office aren't included) and, in addition, let us mention a few notable findings from the survey, which will be released today.
  • Remarks By The President To The National Governors Association

    03/01/2005 3:47:45 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 202+ views
    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Please be seated. Didn't take you long to get back. (Laughter.) Hope you enjoyed that as much as I did last night. It was -- Marvin was great. (Applause.) I'd like to have a few -- I'll make a few opening comments and then I'll be glad to field some questions. First, I want to thank Governor Warner and Governor Huckabee for leading the NGA; I appreciate the job you've done. I thought the messaging in our local newspapers here was very positive: Governors coming together to try to figure out how to solve common problems....
  • 2008 Presidential Candidates Testing Waters

    02/28/2005 6:35:27 AM PST · by areafiftyone · 23 replies · 690+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 2/28/05
    The 2004 presidential election just ended, and with President Bush re-inaugurated scarcely a month ago, is it possible that contenders are already vying for the 2008 race? Unfortunately, yes. The Washington Post reports in Sunday editions that the first official-unofficial "cattle call" campaign event took place this weekend in Washington, D.C., at a meeting of the National Governors Association. No fewer than 15 of 50 state governors from the two major parties are considering a run at the Oval Office, the paper reported. Both parties, it seems, "have learned the benefits of nominating a governor" instead of Washington lawmakers, adds...
  • High Schools Are 1.0 in a 5.0 World(Obsolete), (Bill)Gates Says

    02/27/2005 11:34:56 PM PST · by The Loan Arranger · 85 replies · 2,256+ views
    LA Times via Yahoo News ^ | February 27, 2005 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    WASHINGTON — Addressing the nation's governors, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates (news - web sites) delivered a scathing critique of U.S. high schools Saturday, calling them obsolete and saying that elected officials should be ashamed of a system that leaves millions of students unprepared for college and for technical jobs. Gates was speaking as the invited guest of some of the nation's most powerful elected officials, at a National Governors Assn. meeting devoted to improving high school education across the country. "Training the workforce of tomorrow with today's high schools is like trying to teach kids about today's computers on a...
  • Amid policy talks, governors keep 2008 presidential race in mind

    02/27/2005 2:03:34 PM PST · by Dan from Michigan · 10 replies · 410+ views
    AP ^ | 2-27-05 | Robert Tanner
    Amid policy talks, governors keep 2008 presidential race in mind 2/27/2005, 1:14 p.m. ET By ROBERT TANNER The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — For governors thinking about running for the White House in 2008, a formal dinner with President Bush at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. provides a glimpse of what the future could hold. Even for those who dismiss — at least publicly — such talk. "Presidential talk is way too speculative and way too early," said Republican Mitt Romney of Massachusetts. "Now is the time for policy and progress. Not presidential ambitions." Presidential pageantry was to be on display Sunday...
  • Governors Eye 2008 Race Amid Policy Talks

    02/27/2005 2:37:24 PM PST · by WKB · 10 replies · 350+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 2.27.05 | By ROBERT TANNER, AP
    WASHINGTON - For governors thinking about running for the White House in 2008, a formal dinner with President Bush (news - web sites) at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. provides a glimpse of what the future could hold — even for those who dismiss, at least publicly, such talk. "Presidential talk is way too speculative and way too early," said Republican Mitt Romney of Massachusetts. "Now is the time for policy and progress, not presidential ambitions." Presidential pageantry was to be on display Sunday night in the State Dining room as Bush and first lady Laura Bush welcome the governors, who are...
  • Governors Work to Improve H.S. Education

    02/26/2005 5:54:53 PM PST · by anniegetyourgun · 38 replies · 571+ views
    AP ^ | 2/26/05
    The nation's governors offered an alarming account of the American high school Saturday, saying only drastic change will keep millions of students from falling short. "We can't keep explaining to our nation's parents or business leaders or college faculties why these kids can't do the work," said Virginia Democratic Gov. Mark Warner, as the state leaders convened for the first National Education Summit aimed at rallying governors around high school reform. The governors say they want to emerge Sunday with specific plans for enacting policy, weary of statistics showing that too many students are coasting, dropping out or failing in...
  • Governors call for higher school standards

    02/23/2005 7:49:23 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 5 replies · 207+ views
    UPI ^ | 2-23-05
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- The National Governors Association has called for tougher standards and exams for the nation's high school students, the New York Times reported Wednesday. The association issued a report suggesting high school diplomas under current standards do not guarantee the bearers have the skills necessary to flourish in college or the workplace. The report said 4 in 10 public high school graduates are unprepared for college courses or anything beyond an entry-level job. The governors said graduates require billions of dollars in remedial training to endow them with needed skills "they should have attained in high...
  • Governors Unite in Medicaid Fight

    12/25/2004 10:51:07 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies · 909+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 26, 2004 | PAM BELLUCK
    BOSTON, Dec. 25 - Fearful that President Bush plans to shift more Medicaid costs to the states, the nation's governors are mounting a bipartisan lobbying effort to stave off new federal limits on the program. Medicaid, the nation's largest health insurance program, is costing the states and the federal government more than $300 billion a year. The growth of the program, which covers the poor and disabled, has outpaced state revenues, and Medicaid is now a larger component of total state spending than elementary and secondary education combined, according to the National Governors Association. Showing rare bipartisan unity, governors of...