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  • Pensions deliver big paydays for top officials

    03/17/2011 4:16:05 AM PDT · by Sawdring · 21 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | March 16, 201 | MIKE KASZUBA,
    Don Omodt made a good living as Hennepin County sheriff in the 1990s. He's making a better one as a retiree, with an annual government pension just under $150,000 a year, or $12,419 a month. So is Dale Ackmann, who left as Hennepin County administrator in 1992 and now collects $14,039 a month. Likewise, former state Transportation Commissioner Richard Braun gets $11,365 a month from the state and the University of Minnesota, where he taught. --------------------------Snip--------------- After 20 years as a state Supreme Court justice, Lawrence Yetka stepped down in 1993. He gets $10,001 a month, a pension he considers...
  • Colo. public employee pension fund plunges $10B

    10/31/2008 4:07:47 PM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies · 470+ views
    AP ^ | October 30, 2008
    A pension fund covering 413,000 Colorado public employees and retirees has lost $10 billion in market value through mid-October. The drop in the assets of the Public Employee's Retirement Association raises the prospect of higher contribution rates or lower benefits if the market doesn't improve quickly. Colorado PERA had been hoping ...
  • Labor Candidates Lose PERA Bids (NM-Public employees retirement fund)

    10/13/2007 11:31:09 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 3 replies · 99+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | October 13, 2007 | Andrew Webb
    All three candidates supported by a powerful public employee union have lost their bids for positions on the board that governs the Public Employee Retirement Association pension fund. And a key union leader is none too happy about it. Carter Bundy, AFSCME political and legislative director for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees in New Mexico, on Friday blasted a PERA board lobbyist who was publicly critical of the union's high-dollar involvement before the election. "I think what Fabian Chavez did was unethical and inappropriate," Bundy said. Since 2004, when AFSCME spent a total of $52,000 on...
  • ACLU Sued for Invasion of Privacy

    09/08/2001 9:25:21 AM PDT · by Alas · 10 replies · 105+ views
    News Max ^ | Saturday, Sept. 8, 2001 | John L. Perry, NewsMax.com
    ACLU Sued for Invasion of Privacy John L. Perry, NewsMax.com Saturday, Sept. 8, 2001 Man bites dog is news. Now someone's suing the American Civil Liberties Union, possibly the nation's most-litigious liberal group, for – gasp! – invasion of privacy. The number of times the ACLU has dragged others into court for every conceivable abrogation of political correctness would be hard to assess. This time it's the ACLU that's on the other end of the litigation stick. It has to do with a suit filed in a county court in Nashville, Tenn., by a university sophomore who says the ACLU ...
  • Boy Scouts Statement on House passage of the Public Expression of Religion Act

    10/01/2006 8:28:55 AM PDT · by RB2 · 30 replies · 814+ views
    BSALegal.org ^ | 10-2-2006 | rb2
    House passes Public Expression of Religion Act The House of Representatives yesterday passed the Public Expression of Religion Act of 2006 (PERA, HR 2679) by a vote of 244 to 173. Here is the text of the Act as passed. Here is the statement issued today by the Boy Scouts of America: Boy Scouts of America appreciates Congress’ interest in the litigation facing Boy Scouts and the solution Congress is pursuing in the “Veterans’ Memorials, Boy Scouts, Public Seals, and Other Public Expressions of Religion Protection Act of 2006.” For the past decade, Boy Scouts as well as federal, state,...
  • House Judiciary Committee Passes Public Expression of Religion Act (HR 2679)

    09/11/2006 11:23:53 AM PDT · by Coleus · 13 replies · 1,402+ views
    September 11, 2006 House Judiciary Committee Passes Public Expression of Religion ActWashington D.C. - On Friday the United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee passed the Public Expression of Religion Act (PERA), also known as HR 2679. This bill will go to the full House for a vote. The bill's intent is to eliminate the chilling effect on the constitutionally protected expression of religion by state and local officials that results from the threat that a plaintiff may seek damages and attorney's fees. If the bill passes, advocacy groups like the ACLU would no longer be able to use...
  • Sen. Brownback: ACLU -- Not Taxpayers -- Should Foot the Bill for Church-State Lawsuits

    08/04/2006 7:09:56 AM PDT · by ZGuy · 36 replies · 807+ views
    AgapePress ^ | 8/3/6 | Jody Brown
    Proposed Legislation Would Halt Lucrative Legal Attacks on Religious Freedom Some U.S. senators this week have heard testimony from both sides on a piece of legislation that would strip legal fees from church-state lawsuits. Such legal victories, often described as "Establishment Clause" cases, have provided the American Civil Liberties Union with millions of dollars in profits as it pursues numerous cases challenging public displays of religious belief in America. Senator Sam Brownback (Rep.-KS) says public officials who fear costly litigation often cave in to the mere threat of lawsuits alleging violation of the separation of church and state. That is...
  • Public Expression of Religion Act moves forward

    08/02/2006 8:55:49 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 14 replies · 501+ views
    Public Expression of Religion Act moves forwardhttp://www.recordgazette.net/articles/2006/07/28/news/05news.txt http://tinyurl.com/hp9ga Rees Lloyd, Banning-based attorney and Commander of American Legion District 21 (Riverside County), has been selected to testify on behalf of The American Legion before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution in support of passage of Senate Bill 3696, Veterans Memorials, Boy Scouts, Public Seals and Other Public Expressions of Religion Act of 2006 (“PERA). S 3696 (PERA), sponsored by Sen. Brownback (R-Kan), a companion bill to H.R. 2979 (PERA), sponsored by Rep. Hostetter (R-Ind.), would amend all relevant federal laws to eliminate the authority of judges to award taxpayer-paid attorney...
  • American Legion Continues Push For Anti-ACLU Bill

    03/31/2006 10:15:53 PM PST · by freedom44 · 13 replies · 520+ views
    BPNews ^ | 3/31/06 | BPNews
    WASHINGTON (BP)--Indiana’s John Hostettler is trying for the fifth consecutive Congress to prevent the American Civil Liberties Union from receiving government funds when it succeeds at legal challenges to public expressions of religion. This year, the Republican representative has more hope than before thanks to the American Legion. The country’s largest veterans organization, with about three million members, has aggressively thrown its influence behind Hostettler’s bill, and the persistent congressman is encouraged at his proposal’s prospects. Hostettler’s measure, the Public Expression of Religion Act (PERA), H.R. 2679, is designed to close what he considers a loophole in federal law that...
  • House sponsor hopeful about bill that would bar ACLU’s rewards in religion lawsuits

    03/27/2006 7:59:51 AM PST · by Jay777 · 40 replies · 1,072+ views
    Baptist Press ^ | Mar 24, 2006 | Tom Strode
    WASHINGTON (BP)--Indiana’s John Hostettler is trying for the fifth consecutive Congress to prevent the American Civil Liberties Union from receiving government funds when it succeeds at legal challenges to public expressions of religion. This year, the Republican representative has more hope than before thanks to the American Legion. The country’s largest veterans organization, with about three million members, has aggressively thrown its influence behind Hostettler’s bill, and the persistent congressman is encouraged at his proposal’s prospects. Hostettler’s measure, the Public Expression of Religion Act (PERA), H.R. 2679, is designed to close what he considers a loophole in federal law that...
  • Public Expression of Religion Act of 2005 (FREEPERS stop taxpayer funding of ACLU)

    05/31/2005 11:46:40 AM PDT · by ViLaLuz · 115 replies · 3,495+ views
    Thomas - Legislative Information for the Public ^ | May 26, 2005 | Rep. Hostettler, John N.
      GPO's PDF Display Congressional Record References Bill Summary & Status Printer Friendly Display - 2,455 bytes.[Help] XML Display[Help]     Public Expression of Religion Act of 2005 (Introduced in House)  HR 2679 IH   109th CONGRESS   1st Session H. R. 2679 To amend the Revised Statutes of the United States to eliminate the chilling effect on the constitutionally protected expression of religion by State and local officials that results from the threat that potential litigants may seek damages and attorney's fees. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES    May 26, 2005   Mr. HOSTETTLER (for himself, Mr. WAMP,...
  • TRIBUTE OF LIES AT U.N.

    01/26/2005 10:29:53 AM PST · by fabrizio · 3 replies · 420+ views
    New York Post ^ | fabrizio
    Sixty years after the world learned that bored Germans flung Jewish babies into the air for target practice at the Auschwitz death camp, our oily pals at the United Nations have officially acknowledged the Holocaust. Enjoy it quickly, because if yesterday was any indication, the anti-American, anti-Semitic rats infesting the banks of the East River — a species alternately known as the "French," "Germans" and "Libyans," among others — will forget the lessons of Auschwitz, or just insist the camp didn't exist. Only one man spoke the truth about anti-Semitism. But that man was not Israeli or American, but Italian....