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  • Tangled political web could trap California cities on redevelopment

    12/04/2011 5:41:56 PM PST · by SmithL · 4 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 12/4/11 | Dan Walters
    State budgets used to be fairly simple documents, fundamentally allocating whatever financial resources the state might have at the moment among its various, well-delineated responsibilities. No more. Proposition 13, enacted in 1978, had the indirect effect of centralizing major financial decision-making affecting local governments and schools in the Capitol. Those decisions were affected by subsequent ballot measures, and volatile revenue swings put the budget in a more or less permanent deficit condition. Today's budgets are complex packages not only of appropriations but of legislation to legalize, or so it's assumed, the political decisions. And that inevitably means that after budgets...
  • Israeli Chief Rabbi Pushes Kosher 'Pork'

    11/23/2011 10:07:10 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 11/23/2011
    Israel's chief rabbi is bringing home the bacon. Yona Metzger's office says it is primed to allow import of an organic goose grown in Spain that tastes like pork. Metzger says three non-Jewish chefs confirm its swinish flavor. Jewish dietary law strictly forbids eating pork. Metzger's office says there is no Jewish injunction against eating goose, no matter what it tastes like, as long as it is slaughtered according to Jewish ritual.
  • Gingrich-Founded Think Tank Collected $55 Million in Past Decade

    11/21/2011 2:11:10 PM PST · by Fred · 49 replies
    wsj ^ | 112111 | Alicia Mundy
    The Center for Health Transformation, founded by Newt Gingrich, released a statement Monday outlining some of the think tank’s activities, its membership fees and the money it has generated. The disclosure from the center, which Mr. Gingrich left earlier this year, comes amid a flurry of inquiries about the former House speaker’s financial ties. A number of news stories last week listed clients such as the American Hospital Association and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, or PhRMA, the main trade association for pharmaceutical houses. The Washington Post reported that Mr. Gingrich’s center had collected $37 million over the...
  • Gingrich cashed in supporting subsidies for big businessRead more:

    11/17/2011 1:34:10 PM PST · by Fred · 146 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Caller ^ | November 17, 2011 | Will Rahn
    Since leaving office in 1999, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has spent much of his time convincing conservatives to support government subsidies for large corporations, reports the Washington Examiner. In addition to his work as a “strategic consultant” for government-sponsored mortgage lender Freddie Mac, the Examiner reports that tax filings show Gingrich received money from the ethanol lobby. Green Energy, a lobbying group that works to secure and create government subsidies for the much-criticized ethanol industry, paid the Gingrich Group more than $300,000 as recently as 2009. Unlike most conservative experts on the industry, Gingrich is a staunch advocate of...
  • Gingrich camp's 'last word' on Freddie Mac - Will not release records

    11/17/2011 11:58:43 AM PST · by Fred · 65 replies
    (CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will not release more Freddie Mac-related documents, according to campaign spokesman R.C. Hammond. Though the contender for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination said Wednesday that his campaign would "do what they can" to release more information about payments he received as a consultant from the government-backed mortgage group, Hammond backtracked later in the evening. When asked via email whether the campaign would release more Freddie Mac-related documents or if a fact sheet it released in the afternoon was the last word on the issue, Hammond responded to CNN, "last word."
  • Gingrich embraces Washington "insider" label (Video)

    11/17/2011 9:01:18 AM PST · by MNJohnnie · 33 replies
    During an interview with CBS News Radio, Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich on Wednesday fended off questions about the hefty sums he received to give advice to mortgage company Freddie Mac.
  • Iowa Poll: Herman Cain 24; Ron Paul 20

    11/17/2011 9:17:16 AM PST · by Fred · 56 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 111711 | Charlie Spiering
    According to a new Iowa State University Poll, Herman Cain is still in first place in Iowa, with Ron Paul coming in second. Here is how it stacks up: Cain: 24.5 Paul: 20.4
  • Bachmann took campaign money from Freddie Mac while she was ‘fighting’ them

    11/16/2011 6:41:00 PM PST · by Fred · 56 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 111611 | Matt Lewis
    Rep. Michele Bachmann hit former Speaker Newt Gingrich hard on Wednesday for receiving consulting fees from mortgage giant Freddie Mac, but it turns out Bachmann herself received campaign contributions from The Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation’s (Freddie Mac) political action committee during the 2007-2008 cycle. “While [Gingrich] was taking that money, I was fighting against Fannie and Freddie,” Bachmann said on Wednesday. It turns out that while she was “fighting” them, she was also taking their money.
  • Gingrich Said to Be Paid $1.6M by Freddie Mac (RINO Alert)

    11/15/2011 9:06:05 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 132 replies
    Bloomberg | 2011-11-15 | Clea Benson & Dawn Kopecki
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  • Gingrich Freddie Mac connection

    11/11/2011 11:09:48 PM PST · by Fred · 19 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 111111 | Kevin Kervick
    Now that Rick Perry and Herman Cain are seeing their stars fade, at least among the pundit class that shapes the popular news, some political observers are speculating that Newt Gingrich could be the next conservative hope for President. In the CNBC Republican Debate on Wednesday evening in MIchigan, Wall Street Journal Editorial writer John Harwood asked Newt Gingrich about his former consultant relationship with the mortgage facilitator Freddie Mac. Conservatives and Libertarians blame the Federal Government for the housing crisis that hit in 2007 and continues today. They believe the Federal Government created the housing bubble by mandating that...
  • Solyndra Emails Claim Biden Team 'About Had an Orgasm' About Energy Loans to Firm

    11/09/2011 12:18:39 PM PST · by freespirited · 9 replies
    FOX News ^ | 11/09/11 | Chad Pergram
    A series of emails provided to the House Energy and Commerce Committee from individuals tied to Solyndra offer striking characterizations about running strategy with the White House to secure assistance for the now-bankrupt solar energy firm. Emails among George Kaiser, head of the George Kaiser Family Foundation; Ken Levit, the executive director of the Foundation; and Steve Mitchell, who manages Argonaut Private Equity and was a member of Solyndra's board; show that Vice President Joe Biden's office were very gung-ho. "They about had an orgasm in Biden's office when we mentioned Solyndra," reads a Feb. 27, 2010, email from Levit...
  • Politico Commits Random Act of Journalism on Porkulus Fraud

    11/02/2011 2:27:19 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Rush ^ | November 2, 2011 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Holy cow, look at this, folks. A random act of journalism from The Politico. Is it my imagination or are more of these random acts of journalism by mainstream media firms beginning to happen? It seems like I've been pointing out more random acts of journalism lately the top. Get this. "The Energy Department's inspector general has launched more than 100 criminal investigations related to 2009 [Porkulus] spending. In written testimony prepared for delivery to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today, Inspector General Gregory Friedman said the investigations have involved 'various schemes, including the submission...
  • Biden’s absurd claims about rising rape and murder rates

    10/21/2011 10:02:06 AM PDT · by NoLibZone · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Oct 21 2011 | By Glenn Kessler
    In essence, the reporting of this simple data, whether using Biden's data or city data, does not describe changes in the incidents of homicides in Flint or any city. The Facts Flint is certainly a violent city, ranked number one in many categories. The website of the Flint Police Department only gives data through 2008, but both the FBI and the Michigan State Police have more recent figures that are provided to them by the Flint police. The numbers are not precisely the same because of different reporting requirements, but they are roughly the same—and show a different picture than...
  • Muslim lawsuit, response rile Ohio pork industry

    10/05/2011 11:15:19 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 5, 2011 | ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A decision by Ohio officials to remove all pork products from prison menus in response to a lawsuit by Muslim inmates is not sitting well with the state's pork producers and processors. Both promise action of their own, including a possible counter lawsuit, to address what they consider an unfair and illogical decision.
  • House advances Hoover Dam electricity bill

    10/04/2011 8:03:03 AM PDT · by ˘ommon ˘ents · 13 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Monday, Oct. 3, 2011 | 10:10 p.m. | Karoun Demirjian
    The House passed a bill to extend the allocation of electricity created by the Hoover Dam for another 50 years Monday afternoon without any objection, and well in advance of the deadline to divvy up the output from the regional power center.The deal under which Nevada, California and Arizona share power produced at Hoover Dam is set to expire in 2017; Monday’s bill would preserve it until 2067.It would also create a new category of power recipient: under the new contract, the participating states would agree to take 5 percent of their allocations -- for a total pool of about...
  • NASA's "Shuttlyndra" A Massive Waste Of Taxpayer Dollars

    10/03/2011 1:29:23 PM PDT · by NonZeroSum · 12 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | October 3rd, 2011 | Rand Simberg
    This is a tale of a government investment gone far awry. Favored by politicians promising jobs in a high-tech industry of the future, and fueled by political cronyism, it consumed untold amounts of taxpayer dollars, with little to show for it, despite warnings by experts that its business plan was flawed. No, it’s not Solyndra — it’s much worse, at least in terms of the amount of money proposed to be wasted on it, and in other ways as well. Let’s call it “Shuttlyndra,” aka NASA’s Constellation, then called the Space Launch System, aka the Senate Launch System. The Solyndra...
  • The Big Uneasy On PPV (Hurricane Katrina)

    "Why did it take Bea, van Heerden, and Garzino to shed light on this story?The Army Corps of Engineers, as an institution, is not very receptive to criticism, from inside or outside. It dominates the market for engineering certain kinds of projects, mainly to do with water. So the engineering profession is filled with people whose attitude is, "Better not rock the boat." And inside [the corps], it's arguably worse. It exists in a bubble of impunity. Because, as we lay out in the film, Congress likes the corps the way it is, and it doesn't really give it effective...
  • Pigs in China are driving the world economy

    10/01/2011 4:56:17 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Asahi Shimbun ^ | 09/21/11 | KEIKO YOSHIOKA
    Pigs in China are driving the world economy BY KEIKO YOSHIOKA CORRESPONDENT BEIJING--Of the 1 billion pigs being raised in the world, about half are in China, where pork consumption is increasing as the Chinese economy develops. As a result, pork prices are rising, a trend that is impacting the world economy. To ease the public's dissatisfaction with the price increase, which could lead to rioting, the Chinese government is increasing pork production. However, the move is causing a growth in demand for pig feed and raising feed prices in international markets. Around the Jiumu Professional Cooperation Society of Pig...
  • The Biggest Federal Earmark Plods On

    09/20/2011 12:28:44 PM PDT · by NonZeroSum · 7 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | September 20th, 2011 | Rand Simberg
    Last Wednesday, in the Senate office building where it was designed, NASA announced the latest impending programmatic disaster in the name of “space exploration.” For those interested, there is a detailed description of the technical and political issues over at the NASA Spaceflight web site. Many had thought (and many, though unfortunately not as many, had hoped) that the heavy-lift Ares V rocket had died last year with the cancellation of Constellation, the flawed Mike Griffin plan to implement George Bush’s Vision for Space Exploration. But the howls from the space-pork trough were loud, and last year, Congress passed a...
  • The Biggest Federal Earmark Plods On (NASA porkfest continues)

    09/20/2011 7:10:49 AM PDT · by Notary Sojac · 1 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 20 Sept 2011 | Rand Simberg
    Last Wednesday, in the Senate office building where it was designed, NASA announced the latest impending programmatic disaster in the name of “space exploration.” For those interested, there is a detailed description of the technical and political issues over at the NASA Spaceflight web site. Many had thought (and many, though unfortunately not as many, had hoped) that the heavy-lift Ares V rocket had died last year with the cancellation of Constellation, the flawed Mike Griffin plan to implement George Bush’s Vision for Space Exploration. But the howls from the space-pork trough were loud, and last year, Congress passed a...
  • In wake of quake, Californians would benefit most from ‘Affordability Act’

    09/15/2011 6:01:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 14, 2011 | Tim Devaney
    With the East Coast earthquake still a fresh memory, lawmakers on Capitol Hill are pushing a bill designed to cut rates so more homeowners can afford quake insurance coverage, but the scope of the plan remains a big question mark with critics arguing that California would be the big winner at the expense of the rest of the nation. The nonprofit California Earthquake Authority is pushing the “Earthquake Insurance Affordability Act” that it says would cut rates by as much as 20 percent for homeowners. It also could leave the federal government on the hook for up to $5 billion...
  • FAA shutdown averted

    09/15/2011 3:32:19 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 2 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/15/11 | SCOTT WONG & MANU RAJU
    But under Thursday’s agreement, Coburn will be allowed to insert language into a longer-term highways bill that Democrats and Republicans will negotiate before the new round of funding expires in six months. Coburn’s provision would allow states to opt out of a program requiring them to set aside millions of dollars for beautification projects like bike paths, sound walls and decorative highway signs. The conservative Oklahoma senator - known for singlehandedly holding up Senate business — had come under increasing pressure from his GOP colleagues, and eventually relented-. Earlier Thursday, they said he was demanding too much on a bill...
  • The Washington kick-back machine.

    09/10/2011 7:20:36 PM PDT · by cradle of freedom · 17 replies
    I feel like I finally get it--what is Washington? It is nothing but a huge kick-back machine. Insiders make contributions to their candidates expecting to get something from the public trough--the taxpayers money, that is. You make your contribution knowing that whatever you give will come back to you a hundred fold. It always comes back to the taxpayers money. Take Planned Parenthood, for instance. They get grants from the government, they take some of that taxpayers money and give it to the Democrats. It's a classic kick-back, Planned Parenthood gets it share of our money and the Democrat Pary...
  • Reid Announces $7.5 Million for Reno-Tahoe Airport Improvements

    09/01/2011 2:47:28 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 10 replies
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid ^ | September 1, 2011 | Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
    Las Vegas, NV – Nevada Senator Harry Reid today announced two grants totaling $7.5 million to reduce noise and improve safety at Reno-Tahoe International Airport. “I’m pleased that Nevadans will be back on the job increasing the safety of travelers and improving the quality of life for Nevadans as a result of these grants,” Reid said. “These upgrades will ensure the airport can support the many visitors who contribute to our economy by spending money in Northern Nevada."The two Department of Transportation grants consist of a $4.6 million grant that will allow for measures mitigating noise pollution for nearby residents...
  • Reid Announces $4.6m for Electric Buses in Reno

    08/26/2011 1:33:55 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 47 replies
    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid ^ | August 26, 2011 | U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
    Las Vegas, NV – Nevada Senator Harry Reid today announced a $4,650,523 million grant for three electric buses in Reno that will travel from the Riverwalk District to the University of Nevada, Reno.  The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County will receive the funding for three 35-foot composite-body electric buses that will replace three diesel buses. “These clean buses will extend the life of Reno’s downtown bus system for years to come, which is good news for tourists, college students and Nevadans commuting to and from work,” Reid said.  “The electric buses are designed for efficiency in Northern Nevada’s high...
  • Left-Right coalition lists counterproductive programs to cut

    08/24/2011 10:54:00 AM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/24/11 | Carolyn Lochhead, Chronicle Washington Bureau
    A coalition of environmental and taxpayer groups have come up with $380 billion in savings over five years -- that is roughly three quarters of a trillion over 10 -- from programs they conclude both waste money and harm the environment.Friends of the Earth, Taxpayers for Common Sense, Public Citizen and The Heartland Institute all manage to agree that subsidies to corn, crop insurance, nuclear power, oil, timber, mining, flood insurance and the like should go. They are urging the new deficit supercommittee, which has to come up with $1.5 trillion in deficit savings by Thanksgiving, to take a look....
  • On Obama's orders, White House chef to prepare pork chops

    08/24/2011 9:02:21 AM PDT · by Nachum · 55 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 8/24/11 | David Paulin
    President Obama is no doubt enjoying lots of delicious sea food in Martha's Vineyard -- lobster, scallops, that sort of thing. But when he's back in Washington, he'll be chowing down a favorite new meal prepared by the White House chef: gourmet-style Iowa pork chops! Specifically: "cinnamon brined grilled Iowa pork chops." (Snip) He loved the meaty chops so much that his staff requested the recipe from the hotel's chief, so that the chops could be added to the official West Wing menu.
  • Jerry Brown calls for high speed rail to move forward

    08/17/2011 5:25:31 PM PDT · by SmithL · 42 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 8/17/11 | David Siders
    Gov. Jerry Brown said this afternoon that California's embattled high-speed rail project should move forward, despite growing criticism about the project's management and cost. While the nation is in a "period of massive retrenchment," Brown told The Fresno Bee's editorial board, "I would like to be part of the group that gets America to think big again." The Democratic governor has said little publicly about the project since it came under fire this year in Sacramento, with cost estimates rising and lawmakers questioning its oversight. The project, to connect San Francisco and Los Angeles, was once expected to cost about...
  • The Debt Panel’s Profligate Pork Patty Murray Problem

    08/12/2011 3:28:51 PM PDT · by topher · 17 replies ^ | August 12, 2011 | by Michelle Malkin
    The Debt Panel’s Profligate Pork Patty Murray Problem By Michelle Malkin • August 12, 2011 10:34 AM House minority leader Nancy Pelosi rounds out the Super Debt Panel of Stupid today with her three hack picks. My column today focuses on the panel’s Democratic co-chair, my old Senator from Washington state: Profligate Pork Patty Murray. *** The Debt Panel’s Patty Murray Problem by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2011 Everything that’s wrong with the so-called debt “super-committee” can be summed up in the person, partisan hackery and policy ignorance of Washington Democratic Sen. Patty Murray. On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader...
  • FACTBOX-Top campaign donors to U.S. super committee members

    08/11/2011 10:52:27 PM PDT · by Fred · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 081111 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON, Aug 11 (Reuters) - Here is a look at some of the top donors to election campaigns for the 12 members of the U.S. Congress named to a deficit-fighting "super committee." Known as the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, the panel is expected to be the most heavily lobbied body in Washington ahead of its Nov. 23 deadline for making recommendations on $1.5 trillion in additional budget savings. Unless specified, donations below combine members' campaign committees and leadership PACs (political action committees). Data is from SENATE DEMOCRATS Patty Murray of Washington state * Software giant Microsoft Corp...
  • Sen. Harry Reid urges California not to abandon high speed rail

    08/10/2011 12:36:06 PM PDT · by SmithL · 39 replies
    SFGate: Capitol Insider ^ | 8/10/11 | Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday that it would be "short-sighted" to abandon high speed rail ambitions in California, even as Democratic lawmakers here show signs of concern over the multi-billion dollar project. On Tuesday, some of the project's supporters expressed reservations after seeing an environmental report estimating that the first segment of the rail line could cost between $3 billion and $6 billion more than expected.
  • Jerry Brown has a way out of high-speed rail mess

    08/05/2011 9:19:52 AM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 8/5/11 | Dan Walters
    When Jerry Brown began his first stint as governor in 1975, he soon became embroiled in an intense controversy over setting aside lanes in Los Angeles of the extremely congested Santa Monica Freeway . . . This bit of history is offered because Brown is once again occupying the governorship, once again he has a big, high-concept transportation project that may be a debacle in the making, and once again he has a way out.It's the high-speed rail project to link the northern and southern halves of the state. Voters have approved a bond issue for the project, which is...
  • Could $12 Trillion Really Be Right? Absolutely! (The latest liberal lies)

    07/14/2011 3:47:50 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 14 replies
    Complete Proof of the $12 Trillion Republican Debt Just below you can see the calculation and the documentation links for the Reagan-Bushes $12 Trillion ($12,049 Billion) national debt as of September 30, 2010. You can download this as an excel spreadsheet by clicking: Download as XLS. Their debt has 4 parts, but the bulk of it is calculated from 4 inputs (yellow and tan) that you can check with the color coded links to the treasury at the bottom. This will verify the $3.4 Trillion Reagan-Bush debt and the $6.1 Trillion G.W. Bush debt. Together that's $9.5 Trillion. Now some...
  • Deficit tops $1 trillion for third year (and Obama will make that even higher)

    07/13/2011 4:33:34 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/13/2011 | By REID J. EPSTEIN
    As lawmakers dither about how to raise the nation’s $14.3 trillion debt ceiling, the Treasury Department on Wednesday announced the deficit for the first nine months of the budget year totaled $971 billion, marking the third straight year of a deficit of $1 trillion or more. The Associated Press reported the deficit will likely eclipse last year’s $1.29 trillion mark, according to Congressional Budget Office estimates. The record deficit was $1.41 trillion in 2009.
  • GOP leaders say the nation can't afford to default

    07/13/2011 5:21:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 49 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 7/13/11 | Andrew Taylor - ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hope dimming for a broad debt-limit deal, Congress and the White House scrambled Wednesday to salvage deficit-reduction talks while top congressional Republicans said the nation cannot afford to default on its obligations — for economic reasons and their party's own good. Ahead of a fourth negotiating session at the White House in as many days, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell defended his proposal to give President Barack Obama new powers to increase the nation's borrowing limit without GOP support. "I refuse to help Barack Obama get re-elected by marching Republicans into a position where we have co-ownership...
  • Cut the Budget Now and Worry About Entitlement Reform Later

    07/13/2011 2:18:19 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | July 13, 2011 | Donald Lambro
    There he goes again. More than six months after surrendering to Republican demands that this isn't the time to raise taxes in a weak, jobless economy, Barack Obama is peddling the same old snake oil medicine of higher taxes. Last December, after Republicans crushed the Democrats in the midterm elections, largely on economic issues, Obama suddenly changed his tune and agreed to extend all of President George W. Bush's tax-rate cuts for another two years, including the top rates for the richest taxpayers. The argument that raising income taxes when the economy was on life-support turned out to be a...
  • Amazon urges California referendum on online tax - petition was filed last week

    07/11/2011 8:36:48 PM PDT · by Fred · 14 replies
    Amazon, the world’s biggest online retailer, has called for a referendum in California on the state’s controversial move to tax online shopping. The online retailer, which is based in Washington state, said on Monday that it would support a referendum on California’s move to require Amazon and other online retailers to collect sales tax from customers in the state.
  • Privatizing the police will lower crime and prevent brutality

    07/09/2011 1:49:36 PM PDT · by mainestategop · 17 replies
    MAINESTATEGOP ^ | Mainestategop is going to be politically correct and albeit offensive to some but tax payer funded police DOES NOT WORK. Like other positions in government there is no incentive that exists for employees to do good most in fact tag along for free handouts from the taxpayers. Add to this liberal communists in power expect us to be solely dependent on them for assistance. Our founding fathers NEVER expected us to be fully dependent on them. This is one of the reasons we have the 2nd amendment. The other thing is that government control means more of an attachment and...
  • Los Angeles Signs Labor Deal Covering $1.5B in Port Projects

    07/06/2011 6:53:38 PM PDT · by Eva · 28 replies
    Pacific Maritime Online ^ | June 30, 2011 | editors
    Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signed a five-year labor agreement on Tuesday that will cover more than $1.5 billion in planned Port of Los Angeles construction projects. Approved by the port governing board in March and the City Council in May, the agreement sets guidelines on the types of workers that must be hired by contractors for all capital projects at the port. The terms cover about 95 percent of the port's projected capital projects outlays for the next five years. "This project labor agreement gives thousands of our local workers in some of the most economically disadvantaged communities the...
  • Gasoline Taxes by State (get out while you still can)

    06/29/2011 1:38:01 PM PDT · by Fred · 90 replies · 1+ views
    Big Picture ^ | 062911 | Barrty Ritholtz
    Interesting map, showing what each state charges in taxes for gasoline, per gallon....
  • Tea Party In Space Platform

    06/23/2011 11:12:52 AM PDT · by NonZeroSum · 29 replies
    Tea Party in Space ^ | June 23rd, 2011 | Unknown
    The TEA Party in Space Platform is grounded in American exceptionalism and the TEA Party core values of fiscal responsibility, limited government, and free markets. Our goal is nothing less than the expansion of American civilization into the solar system. Fifty years ago, the United States was in a Space Race with the Soviet Union. Our nation applied the strategy we had developed in World War II – a “crash” federal research and development program that spared no expense to accomplish the short-term goal of landing an American on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth. America can...
  • Senate blocks bill that included ethanol repeal

    06/21/2011 3:27:28 PM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 6/21/11
    WASHINGTON, (AP) -- Republicans have blocked a Senate jobs bill that included a repeal of the ethanol tax credit. Yet ending that tax break remains a live option for budget cutters looking for ways to reduce massive federal deficits.
  • Oh my: Senate votes to end ethanol subsidies, 73/27

    06/16/2011 6:46:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 77 replies · 1+ views
    Hotair ^ | 06/16/2011 | Allahpundit
    Yesterday’s vote failed for procedural reasons but they cleaned it up today and nailed down a remarkably bipartisan consensus. Eyeball the roll: 38 Democrats, 33 Republicans, and both independents voted yes, with no votes coming mainly from plains-states senators eager to keep the campaign cash flowing. When you’ve got both senators from California and both senators from Oklahoma on the same side of an issue, you’re working magic, my friends. The vote also could have ramifications on future votes to reduce the deficit. Much of the GOP conference supported Feinstein’s bill even though it does not include another tax break...
  • Turnpike targets $3.75 Million for Traveler Information Systems (1996: Rick Santorun Pork)

    06/16/2011 5:49:27 PM PDT · by JimWayne · 35 replies · 1+ views
    Pennsylvania Turnpike ^ | October 7, 1996 | Kathy Liebler
    "I want to thank several members of Pennsylvania's Congressional delegation for their bi-partisan support in securing the ITS grant," Durbin said. "Senators Arlen Spector and Rick Santorum were outstanding in their support of this effort. Congressmen Tom Foglietta, John Fox, John Murtha and Joe McDade were also instrumental in securing the funding in the House of Representatives. I thank them all and look forward to their continued support as the Turnpike moves toward the implementation of more advanced information and communication systems."
  • Dems pounce on ethanol concession

    06/15/2011 1:02:08 PM PDT · by SmithL · 21 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/15/11 | Carolyn Lochhead, Chronicle Washington Bureau
    Senate Democrats are making hay today with yesterdays' vote by a majority of Senate Republicans to repeal the tax credit for ethanol in defiance of Grover Norquist's "Taxpayer Protection Pledge." Here's the e-mail blast from Chuck Schumer and Bob Menendez, with a conference call coming: "In Watershed Moment, 34 Senate Republicans Broke With Right Wing Ideology Yesterday -- Vote Means Tax Expenditures Now Fair Game To Reduce Deficit...Schumer, Menendez to Call Yesterday’s Vote 'Sea Change' That Will Boost Movement to Finally End Wasteful Oil and Gas Subsidies." They are correct. The vote breaks GOP orthodoxy that for decades has pretended...
  • Street's 'Fat Cats' Won't Be Out in Force at Obama Fundraiser

    06/14/2011 1:23:46 PM PDT · by Fred · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Fox Business Channel ^ | 061411 | Charlie Gasparino
    The chief executives at the big Wall Street banks likely will be noticeably absent from next week's $38,500-a-head dinner/fundraiser for President Obama in New York City, an indication that the heads of the big firms are still hedging their bets before throwing their support to either Republicans or Democrats as the 2012 presidential election approaches, FOX Business has learned. The fundraiser, to be held at Daniel, a swanky upper-East Side eatery that caters mainly to well-to-do New Yorkers, is being hosted mainly by a coterie of private equity and hedge fund executives, many of them long-time Obama supporters. But absent...
  • Gov. Jerry Brown’s hit list needs more diversity

    06/12/2011 9:24:08 PM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | 6/12/11 | K. Lloyd Billingsley
    Gov. Jerry Brown wants to eliminate dozens of state panels and commissions, a good idea and long overdue. But the governor needs to be more inclusive, and stalk bigger game. His list includes the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, a typical soft landing spot for ex-legislators. They meet about once a month but get paid $128,109 a year, more than they were paid as legislators, as the Sacramento Bee recently noted. Such ruling-class parasitism doesn’t help balance the budget. The governor also wants to eliminate the California Commission on the Status of Women, which began on the watch of his father,...
  • The T. Boone Pickens Earmark Bill (Ron Paul Co-Sponsors Taxpayer Boondoggle)

    05/14/2011 5:45:17 PM PDT · by mnehring · 90 replies
    Republicans in the House of Representatives are flocking to support a bill to extend and create a number of taxpayer-funded subsidies for manufacturers and buyers of vehicles powered by natural gas.   Nearly eighty House Republicans (and a hundred Democrats) have signed up as sponsors of H. R. 1380, the New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions Act (or NAT GAS Act).  Just call it the T. Boone Pickens Earmark Bill.Many conservative Republicans in the House, particularly a number of new Members with Tea Party connections, have sworn that the fiscal and economic crisis confronting America requires a radical change...
  • Ron Paul announces presidential run, says Obama can't win youth vote

    04/26/2011 7:09:29 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 88 replies
    CBS News ^ | 4/26/11 | Stephanie Condon
    ....Part of Paul's fervent support in 2008 was grounded in college-aged voters, a constituency that also largely favored Barack Obama. In this campaign, the 75-year-old Paul said today, Mr. Obama won't be able to hang on to the youth vote. "I think that Obama will not be able to hang on to that enthusiasm of the young people because of what's happened in the last couple years," Paul said in Des Moines, Iowa, after his exploratory committee was announced. The financial crisis, the bloated deficit and the ongoing wars make the libertarian views Paul is known for -- such as...
  • CAGW Names Senator Lindsey Graham Porker of the Month (Oink Oink!) (RINO ALERT)

    04/23/2011 7:57:18 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 9 replies
    WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) named Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) its April 2011 Porker of the Month for threatening to bring the Senate to a standstill over a $40,000 earmark for a federal study on deepening the port of Charleston. The study would investigate the effectiveness of deepening the port from 47 feet to 50 feet, an improvement that Sen. Graham claims will allow it to accommodate the types of ships that will “dominate shipping lanes” in the future. The earmark began as a $400,000 request that was rejected by the Senate Appropriations Committee in October, 2010. There...