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  • Congress Proposes Law Banning Body Armor In The Land Of The Free

    08/21/2014 8:00:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 50 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 8/21/14 | tyler durden
    Submitted by Simon Black via Sovereign Man blog, By the late 1920s, Joseph Stalin became the unchallenged leader of the Soviet Union after having eliminated his opposition. He topped it off in 1929 by serving a decisive blow to anyone that would dare to oppose him by outlawing private gun ownership in the country. From that year on until 1953 when Stalin died, it’s estimated that more than 20 million Soviet citizens that were seen as a threat to the country’s leadership. People were rounded up and either murdered outright, or sent to infamous gulag labor camps. Stalin is an...
  • San Jose councilman proposes banning sodas

    08/23/2013 11:23:30 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 26 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 08/23/2013 | John Woolfolk
    SAN JOSE -- Want a Coke at the San Jose Library? A root beer for the kids at Happy Hollow Park and Zoo? Maybe some whole milk for the little one? Forget it! That stuff makes you fat. A San Jose councilman wants the city to stop providing sugary drinks and whole milk at city properties and events to promote healthier diets. "We cannot stop the obesity epidemic," City Councilman Ash Kalra said in his proposal. "But as the city of San Jose, we can do our part by being socially responsible and accountable for the products we make available...
  • CSU proposes 9 percent fee increase

    11/14/2011 12:35:43 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies
    MercuryNews.com ^ | 11/14/11 | Lisa M. Krieger
    California State University trustees are proposing a 9 percent hike in undergraduate tuition beginning with the fall 2012 semester, unless the state gives the system more money. It would be the ninth basic fee increase in nine years for the nation's largest university system, which says higher tuition is the only way to keep up with rising enrollment and declining state support. "Our options are severely limited," CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed said in a Monday morning news conference. "The state needs to step up and assume its historic role as the primary funder of the university." The $498 increase...
  • Obama Proposes Protecting Unemployed Against Hiring Bias

    09/26/2011 3:13:51 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | 9/26/11 | Robert Pear
    President Obama has not been particularly successful in fostering the creation of jobs. But he thinks he has found a way to pry open doors in the workplace for many of the unemployed, especially those who have been out of work for a long time. Mr. Obama’s jobs bill would prohibit employers from discriminating against job applicants because they are unemployed.
  • McCain Proposes Indefinite Detention Without Trial for Citizens

    05/15/2011 10:15:18 AM PDT · by Nachum · 80 replies · 1+ views
    new american ^ | 4/18/2010 | Thomas R. Eddlem
    Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) has introduced a bill that would allow the President to imprison an unlimited number of American citizens (as well as foreigners) indefinitely without trial. Known as The Enemy Belligerent Interrogation, Detention, and Prosecution Act of 2010, or S. 3081, the bill authorizes the President to deny a detainee a trial by jury simply by designating that person an “enemy belligerent.” The bill, which has eight cosponsors, explicitly names U.S. citizens as among those who can be detained indefinitely without trial: An individual, including a citizen of the United States, determined to be an unprivileged enemy belligerent...
  • Wisconsin Governor Proposes Union Compromise in E-Mails

    03/08/2011 5:04:07 PM PST · by Nachum · 36 replies
    fox news ^ | 3/8/11 | staff
    Appearing to blink first in a nearly three-week standoff with absent Senate Democrats, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker offered to keep certain collective bargaining rights in place for state workers in a proposed compromise, according to e-mails released Tuesday by his office. But the e-mails weren't enough to end a stalemate that has drawn national attention and ignited a storm of protest from union workers and their supporters. Sen. Bob Jauch, one of the 14 Democrats on the run in Illinois to block a vote on Walker's original proposal, said he hoped the compromise would serve as a blueprint for future...
  • HuffPo blogger proposes 'Department of Information'

    05/14/2010 11:31:16 AM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies · 612+ views
    american thinker ^ | 5/14/10 | rick moran
    The idea of a government "Department of Information" is not new. After all, the Nazis had one. So did the Soviets. All good little dictatorships need one in order to get the "facts" out to the people. HuffPo blogger - brain dead psychologist Jim Taylor - originally came up with the idea as a serious measure to get the "facts" out to the people. And like any enthusiastic authoritarian, he wants the government to determine what the "facts" are: Here is my proposal to return fact-based reality to our national dialogue (note: please don't miss my ironic tone):The federal government...
  • Mark Dayton Proposes 'Millionaire Tax'(Minnesota)

    04/27/2010 6:07:51 PM PDT · by Son House · 35 replies · 634+ views
    WCCO.com ^ | Apr 27, 2010 | Pat Kessler
    Mark Dayton is urging the Minnesota legislature to pass an immediate tax hike, using the money to reduce class sizes and stop 4-day school weeks. Minnesota DFL gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton is proposing a new, higher income tax on the state's highest income earners and said the money should be used to ease the budget crunch at local schools. The "Millionaire Tax" would be imposed on incomes above $1 million. Dayton, a former U.S. Senator, called the direction of Minnesota schools a "descent to the bottom, not a Race to the Top." He is urging the legislature to pass an...
  • Obama Proposes $634 Billion Fund For Health Care

    02/26/2009 12:42:37 PM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies · 747+ views
    Wahington Post ^ | 2/26/09 | Ceci Connolly
    President Obama is proposing to begin a vast expansion of the U.S. health-care system by creating a $634 billion reserve fund over the next decade, launching an overhaul that most experts project will ultimately cost at least $1 trillion. The "reserve fund" in the budget proposal being released today is Obama's attempt to demonstrate how the country could extend health insurance to millions more Americans and at the same time begin to control escalating medical bills that threaten the solvency of families, businesses and the government.
  • Lavrov proposes summit on collective European security ('Helsinki-2' ?)

    09/27/2008 2:57:42 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 349+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 9/27/08 | AFP
    UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Saturday proposed a pan-European summit to review a proposal to create a "reliable collective" security system in Europe. Saying that the existing architecture of European security "did not pass the strength test in recent events," referring to the Georgia conflict, he told the UN General Assembly that a "pan-European summit" should take "a comprehensive look at security problems." Lavrov did not say when or where this summit would be held but said its task would be to weigh a proposal made by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Berlin last June...
  • California proposes a global-warming fee on businesses (firms would be charged based on emissions)

    02/09/2008 10:15:09 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 58 replies · 125+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 2/9/08 | Paul Rogers
    In the first such program in California, and perhaps the United States, Bay Area air pollution regulators are proposing to charge an annual fee to thousands of businesses based on the amount of greenhouse gases they emit. The fee - 4.2 cents per metric ton of carbon dioxide - would affect everything from oil refineries to power plants, and landfills, factories and small businesses like restaurants and bakeries. --snip-- After years of voluntary measures, the fees, proposed this week by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, set a precedent as the first time that businesses and government agencies would...
  • Schwarzenegger proposes to borrow his way to balanced budget

    01/15/2008 11:26:58 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 49 replies · 191+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 1/15/08 | Matthew Yi
    Sacramento -- Despite deep cuts in Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposal to bridge the state's $14.5 billion deficit, nearly half of his budget-balancing plan involves borrowing money, deferring debt payments and counting future tax revenue, according to a report released Monday by the nonpartisan legislative analyst's office. The governor is proposing to issue $3.3 billion in bonds, delay a scheduled early payment on debt worth $1.5 billion and shift $2 billion of tax revenue that would otherwise be counted in the 2009-10 fiscal year to the coming fiscal year, which begins July 1, the report says. Legislative Analyst Elizabeth Hill questioned...
  • Governor proposes 10% cut in spending across the board(No tax hikes, touts 'spread-the-pain' plan)

    01/11/2008 12:09:15 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 47 replies · 82+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 1/11/08 | Ed Mendel
    SACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposal yesterday for a $141 billion state budget with deep cuts was met with fear that 100,000 teachers may lose their jobs and suspicion that it's a ploy to get budget reform. Schwarzenegger insisted tax increases would not be part of the mix, reminding reporters that he pledged not to raise taxes when he took office in 2004. “I'm going to keep my promise,” he said. “I will not raise taxes on the people of California because they are already paying enough taxes.” The Republican governor's proposal for a 10 percent across-the-board cut to help...
  • Chavez' ex-wife proposes reducing term (reduced from six to four years, one re-election chance)

    12/06/2007 4:59:49 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 100+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/6/07 | Ian James - ap
    BARQUISIMETO, Venezuela - Hugo Chavez's ex-wife said Thursday she is proposing a constitutional amendment to shorten presidential terms, saying the president has been in office long enough. Marisabel Rodriguez said she believes terms should be reduced from six to four years, and allow presidents only one opportunity for re-election. "Four years and re-election ... it gives you enough time," said Rodriguez. "This can be done through an amendment." Her comments came four days after voters narrowly rejected the president's 69 proposed changes to Venezuela's Constitution, including reforms that would have let him run for re-election indefinitely. Chavez and Rodriguez divorced...
  • UN proposes new budget (two-year budget of $4.2 billion)

    10/25/2007 8:18:04 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 76+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/25/07 | Edith M. Lederer - ap
    UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Secretary-General proposed a two-year budget of $4.2 billion on Thursday, saying the small increase isn't much in light of the growing demands on the United Nations to address a range of diplomatic and security challenges. While the proposed budget represents a 5 percent increase over the $3.8 billion budget for the 2006-2007, Ban Ki-Moon said it represents only $23 million in real growth, or half a percentage point. "That is not much, considering the demands upon us," he said, naming conflicts and potential crisis areas as well as longer-term challenges of alleviating poverty, providing humanitarian...
  • Thompson proposes immigration crackdown ("Just Say NO!" to Fed Funds for "sanctuary cities"&states)

    10/23/2007 4:54:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 46 replies · 79+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/23/07 | Brendan Farrington and Libby Quaid - ap
    NAPLES, Fla. - Republican Fred Thompson said Tuesday the government should yank federal dollars from cities and states that don't report illegal immigrants. In his first major policy proposal, Thompson challenged presidential rivals Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney by criticizing "sanctuary cities" where city workers are barred from reporting suspected illegal immigrants who enroll their children in school or seek hospital treatment. "Taxpayer money should not be provided to illegal immigrants," Thompson said at a round-table discussion that included Collier County, Fla., sheriff Don Hunter. Thompson has argued his rivals are soft on illegal immigration because Giuliani, as New York...
  • CA: Governor proposes $9 billion bond plan, dams centerpiece (up from ~$6B proposed in July)

    09/18/2007 5:21:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 343+ views
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday proposed a $9 billion water bond measure that would earmark more than half the money for dams opposed by most of the Democrats who dominate the Legislature. The proposal eclipses the governor's previous $5.9 billion bond plan, in large part by adding a third dam project in Contra Costa County. Whether the lawmakers will go along with dams - and how much they are willing to pay for them - will be a key part of the negotiations in the Legislature's upcoming special session on water projects. Senate President Pro Tem. Don Perata, D-Oakland, has...
  • Obama proposes ethics reform plan

    09/04/2007 9:05:29 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 393+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/4/07 | AP
    MANCHESTER, N.H. - Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama on Tuesday proposed centralizing and expanding the regulation of lobbyists to reduce the influence of special interest money in Washington. The first-term Illinois senator has pitched his relative newcomer status as a symbol for change against rival Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's many years in Washington circles. Obama unveiled his plan a voter roundtable at a restaurant here. It would create a central database giving the public access to lobbying reports, ethics records and campaign finance filings. It would also expand lobbying disclosure rules to include lobbyists seeking government contracts and presidential pardons,...
  • Chavez proposes changes to constitution (denies he really wants lifetime power to rule)

    08/15/2007 7:08:12 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 698+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/15/07 | Chrostopher Toothaker - ap
    CARACAS, Venezuela - President Hugo Chavez called for changes to Venezuela's constitution Wednesday night, delivering a key address pitching reforms that are expected to allow him to be re-elected indefinitely. Chavez, speaking to the National Assembly, said the changes affect "less than 10 percent" of the constitution but would bring Venezuela "new horizons for the new era." Chavez, who is seeking to transform Venezuelan society along socialist lines, denied he wants lifelong power as his opponents allege. "They accuse me of making plans to be in power forever or to concentrate power. We know it isn't like that. It's power...
  • Iran's leader proposes talks with Bush

    04/23/2007 4:59:14 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 492+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/23/07 | Nasser Karimi - ap
    TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's hard-line president proposed Monday to hold public talks with President Bush on a wide range of issues, without saying whether that included international suspicions of the Iranian nuclear program or allegations of Iranian meddling in Iraq. "Last year, I announced readiness for a televised debate over global issues with his excellency Mr. Bush. And now we announce that I am ready to negotiate with him about bilateral issues as well as regional and international issues," Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying on the Web site of Al-Alam, Iran's state-run Arabic satellite television channel. The Iranian leader...
  • Hillary Clinton proposes reform in gov't

    04/13/2007 8:01:11 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 59 replies · 976+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/13/07 | Philip Elliott - ap
    MANCHESTER, N.H. - Presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday assailed a "culture of cronyism" in government as she vowed to streamline the federal bureaucracy and improve accountability. In a speech in this early primary state, Clinton called for slashing 500,000 government contractors, potentially saving up to $18 billion a year, and promised to cut back on no-bid government contracts. "It's not exactly the subject matter that gets people marching in the street, but if we don't restore the confidence and the competence of our government, we will see the steady erosion of our government's capacity," the New York senator...
  • Schwarzenegger proposes 'revolutionary' energy plan

    01/14/2007 10:50:29 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 71 replies · 1,204+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 1/14/07 | Ian Hoffman and Janis Mara
    In the state's biggest, immediate step toward cutting global warming pollution, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger this week began shifting California's 26 million cars and trucks off petroleum-based fuels and toward alternatives that emit less greenhouse gas. The governor said his new greenhouse-gas standard for transportation fuels -- the world's first -- "leads us away from fossil fuel" and would help "in moving the entire country beyond debate, denial and inaction" on global warming. State air-pollution regulators expect to work out the details during the next 18 months. The policy would limit the amount of greenhouse gases released for each bit of...
  • Schwarzenegger proposes sweeping plan to cover the uninsured (promises to spread the cost around)

    01/08/2007 9:29:14 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 40 replies · 927+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 1/8/07 | Laura Kurtzman - ap
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday laid out a sweeping proposal to extend health coverage to nearly all of California's 6.5 million uninsured people, promising to share the cost among businesses, individuals, hospitals, doctors, insurers and government. The plan contains elements that are likely to provoke opposition from a wide range of powerful health care interests, including doctors, hospitals and insurers, as well as employers and unions. But it also contains carrots for each of them. All Californians will be required to have insurance, and all but the smallest businesses will have to offer it to their workers. Insurers will no...
  • U.S. proposes sanctions against N. Korea

    10/09/2006 12:03:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies · 979+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/9/06 | Edith M. Lederer - ap
    UNITED NATIONS - The United States proposed stringent U.N. sanctions Monday against North Korea, including a trade ban on military and luxury items, the power to inspect all cargo entering or leaving the country, and freezing assets connected with its weapons programs. Those proposals were among several ideas for a Security Council resolution that the United States shared with council diplomats after North Korea reported it conducted a nuclear test. A copy of the document was obtained by The Associated Press. Security council members earlier condemned North Korea, demanding at an emergency meeting that the communist nation return to six-party...
  • High-Value Detainees Moved to Gitmo; Bush Proposes Detainee Legislation

    09/06/2006 6:47:22 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 375+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 6, 2006 -- President Bush today announced the transfer of 14 high-value terrorist detainees from CIA custody to confinement at the Defense Department’s detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and that he asked Congress to authorize military commissions to try them.     Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Abu Zubaydah, Ramzi bin al-Shibh and 11 other accused terrorists previously held by the CIA will be held in Cuba and await trial, Bush told a White House audience that included some family members of those killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.   Mohammed is believed to...
  • Schwarzenegger proposes changes to bill seeking to cut emissions (wants another state board created)

    07/19/2006 5:14:11 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 234+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 7/19/06 | Samantha Young - ap
    SACRAMENTO Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is seeking changes to a bill that would make California the first state in the nation to cap greenhouse gas emissions from industrial sources, a move that could put him in a difficult political position if Democrats object to his amendments. Schwarzenegger has championed policies to combat global warming and has tried to position the state as the first in the nation to limit emissions that are widely blamed for contributing to global warming. But Democrats fear Schwarzenegger's requested changes could undermine the effectiveness of the Assembly bill, which would limit emissions from businesses such as...
  • NYC: NYC councilman proposes limiting fast food (Holy HotDogStand, BatMan, What next?)

    06/21/2006 5:29:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 479+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/21/06 | AP
    NEW YORK - In a town where you can get a slice of pizza or a hot dog on nearly every block, one city councilman wants to limit the number of fast food restaurants as a way to fight obesity. Councilman Joel Rivera, health committee chairman, said at a hearing Wednesday he was exploring the idea of using zoning laws to prevent fast food joints from taking over city streets. More than half of adult New Yorkers are overweight or obese. "You're not going to totally eliminate fast food restaurants, but you could limit the amount," Rivera said after the...
  • US proposes nuclear fissile material ban

    05/18/2006 8:11:52 AM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 5 replies · 226+ views
    news.yahoo.com ^ | May 18, 2006 | Stephanie Nebehay
    US proposes nuclear fissile material ban By Stephanie Nebehay 11 minutes ago GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States on Thursday presented a draft global treaty aimed at banning future production of nuclear bomb-making fissile material, but leaving existing stockpiles untouched. Stephen Rademaker, acting assistant U.S. secretary in the bureau of international security and non-proliferation, called for immediate negotiations on the U.S. text and for a pact to be agreed by year-end. He outlined the proposal to the Conference on Disarmament, which is backed by the United Nations. The Geneva forum has been deadlocked for years over the issue, but the...
  • CA: Democrat proposes windfall oil profits tax, and governor won't rule it out

    04/24/2006 10:01:43 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies · 736+ views
    ap on Daily Comet ^ | 4/24/06 | Steve Lawrence - ap
    As motorists grumble about gasoline costs hovering around $3 a gallon, a Democratic lawmaker is trying to slap a so-called windfall profits tax on oil companies. Assemblyman Johan Klehs, D-San Leandro, has a bill that would levy a 2 percent surtax on oil company income of more than $10 million a year. It's scheduled to be taken up Monday by the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee, which Klehs chairs. The tax would raise $120 million in the fiscal year that begins July 1 and larger amounts in subsequent years, according to estimates by the state Franchise Tax Board. The surtax...
  • Report: Hamas Proposes Broad Cease-Fire

    04/06/2006 10:50:16 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 462+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/6/06 | AP - Jerusalem
    JERUSALEM - Hamas has offered Israel a proposal for a broad, extended cease-fire in exchange for guarantees that the Israeli army won't attack militants in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, an Israeli newspaper reported Friday. The Haaretz daily said the new Hamas-led government would pledge not to carry out attacks against Israel and would prevent other Palestinian groups from doing so. The proposal has been relayed to Israel through Egyptian mediators and other third parties, the paper said. The paper quoted Israeli political and defense officials as dismissing the offer as a "trick." Israel refuses to deal with the...
  • Australian firm proposes LNG terminal in ocean off Malibu coast (22 miles offshore)

    03/16/2006 9:45:10 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 607+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 3/16/06 | Tim Molloy - ap
    In the latest proposal to import liquefied natural gas to California, an Australian company has unveiled plans to place a terminal about 22 miles off the coast of Malibu. The plan announced Wednesday by Woodside Energy attempts to sidestep fears from environmentalists and some residents that importing natural gas is too dangerous because it is volatile and potentially explosive in its gaseous state. Woodside wants to ship supercooled LNG from Australian fields to the California coast in specially designed tankers. But unlike other proposed terminals off the West Coast, the plan doesn't require any large, permanent structures. Instead of feeding...
  • CA: Speaker proposes about $35 billion in infrastructure bonds

    02/21/2006 4:47:45 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 163+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/21/06 | Steve Lawrence - ap
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - Saying the governor's $68 billion infrastructure bond plan was not "fiscally prudent," Assembly Speaker Fabian on Tuesday proposed borrowing about half as much to pay for schools, transportation, flood control and other public works projects. The Los Angeles Democrat said the plan proposed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last month in his State of the State speech would commit too much of the state's annual revenue to debt payments, endangering funding for education and other programs. "While we do think that it's a good thing for us to think big and be smart about having a vision for...
  • Virginia Senator Emmett Hanger proposes castration for some criminals (Options for sexual predators)

    02/02/2006 3:56:35 PM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies · 870+ views
    News Virginian ^ | 2/02/06 | BOB STUART
    Hanger proposes castration for some criminalsBy BOB STUART The News Virginian Thursday, February 2, 2006 Sen. Emmett Hanger believes voluntary castration can help Virginia manage sexually violent offenders. Hanger, R-Mount Solon, has filed legislation allowing for such a treatment. Virginia, he said, faces a financial crisis in housing sex offenders who have finished serving their criminal sentences, but are subject to inpatient treatment because of their dangerous status. The state senator said a planned 100-bed unit in Nottoway County won’t be enough. “We are expecting the numbers to increase dramatically,’’ he said. “We could end up with 300 individuals over...
  • Peres Proposes Talks With Palestinians (after March 28 election)

    01/18/2006 6:44:42 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 127+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/18/06 | Barry Schweid - ap
    WASHINGTON - Israel would be ready to open negotiations with the Palestinians on a permanent peace accord after the country's elections on March 28, former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres said Wednesday. Peres said after meeting with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that the aim would be ending the conflict between the two sides and establishing permanent borders. Implying that Israel was prepared to yield more territory, Peres told reporters, "We don't think of Gaza last but Gaza first." Israel's withdrawal from Gaza was undertaken by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Critics said Sharon's aim was to solidify Israel's control...
  • CA: Governor proposes $222.6 billion in public works spending (over 10 years)

    01/05/2006 6:32:35 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 321+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 1/5/06 | ap - Sacramento
    Here is a breakdown of how money would be spent under the 10-year, $222.6 billion Strategic Growth Plan outlined Thursday in Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's State of the State address: - Transportation and air quality programs, $107 billion. - School facilities, $48.2 billion. - Higher education facilities, $11.7 billion. - Food control and water supply programs, $35 billion. - Public safety facilities, $17.4 billion. - Courts and other public service facilities, $3.3 billion. Here are examples of what the money would buy or how it would be spent in each category, according to the governor's office: - Transportation: 1,300 miles of...
  • CA: Setting bipartisan tone, Schwarzenegger proposes massive bond

    01/05/2006 5:42:35 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 793+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 1/5/06 | Tom Chorneau - ap
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - Attempting to rekindle his image as a bipartisan populist, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday urged cooperation among lawmakers and proposed a sweeping $222 billion public works program that would require the largest bond package in state history. The governor's annual State of the State speech addressed issues basic to the lives of most Californians, including more funding for public schools, rebuilding freeways and transit systems, improving air quality and raising the minimum wage. He asked Californians to move beyond a year filled with acrimony over the special election he had called and devoid of significant political accomplishment....
  • America Supports You: Soldier Proposes During Bowl Game Halftime

    01/03/2006 3:05:26 PM PST · by SandRat · 40 replies · 881+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Jan 2, 2005 | Kathleen T. Rhem
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 2, 2006 – Faith Jarvis, of Winston-Salem, N.C., traveled to the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, in Tempe, Ariz., to try to do her bit to support the United Service Organizations, a charity that has supported America's servicemembers for generations. She did help the USO, but Jarvis left with her own prize -- a diamond ring and a surprise reunion with her boyfriend-turned-fiancé, Army 1st Lt. Raymond Vera, a California National Guardsman with the 49th Military Police Brigade who has been serving in Iraq. Jarvis attempted to throw a football through a target 15 yards away. If she made it,...
  • CA: Pombo proposes lifting offshore drilling moratorium

    10/07/2005 9:29:55 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 505+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 10/7/05 | Zachary Coile
    Washington -- New legislation moving through Congress would end the quarter-century-old moratorium on drilling off the coast of California and other states, and shift the power to block development in coastal waters from Congress to governors and state legislatures. The proposal by House Resources Committee Chairman Richard Pombo, R-Tracy, also adds a sweetener to boost offshore oil and gas production: States that allow drilling off their coasts would gain a greater share of royalty payments from energy companies, which usually go to the federal government. The measure is stirring debate in coastal states from California to Florida, with environmentalists and...
  • House GOP Proposes $11.4B for MTBE Cleanup

    07/22/2005 5:03:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 331+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/22/05 | H. Josef Hebert - AP
    WASHINGTON - House Republicans on Friday proposed an $11.4 billion fund, with the oil industry providing about one-third of it, to pay for cleaning water systems contaminated by the gasoline additive MTBE. The Republicans hope the proposal can help clear the way for passage of a broad energy bill. The plan would give makers of MTBE, which has been found to contaminate drinking water supplies in at least 36 states, protection against product liability lawsuits brought by communities facing billions of dollars in cleanup costs. But the cleanup fund proposal immediately drew criticism from all sides in the MTBE dispute,...
  • EPA Proposes Stationary Diesel Fumes Cut

    06/29/2005 3:56:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 290+ views
    Yahoo - AP ^ | 6/29/05 | John Heilprin - AP
    WASHINGTON - Pollution from electrical generators, compressors, agricultural pumps and other equipment powered by stationary diesel engines would drop by as much as 90 percent under a government proposal, The Associated Press has learned. Beginning in 2007, companies would have to produce cleaner-burning diesel engines for use in such equipment. Operators would have to start using lower sulfur fuel at that time and switch to even better grades by 2011. The Environmental Protection Agency planned to make the proposal public on Thursday. It stems from a court agreement with Environmental Defense, a New York-based advocacy group that sued in federal...
  • Senate Proposes Broader Energy Tax Package

    06/15/2005 7:14:34 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 346+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/15/05 | H. Josef Hebert - AP
    WASHINGTON - A package of energy tax breaks proposed in the Senate would give up to $2,400 to buyers of hybrid motor vehicles, subsidize the purchase of more efficient appliances and help pay for the development of clean coal technologies. The $16 billion in tax incentives is double what was proposed in the House and would commit about $6 billion over 10 years to energy efficiency, conservation and promotion of alternative fuels. The House agreed to about $8 billion, with less than $500 million for efficiency and conservation, in the energy bill it passed in April. The Senate Finance Committee...
  • AP: (President) Bush proposes cuts to scores of programs

    02/06/2005 1:02:19 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 780+ views
    San Diego Union -Tribune ^ | 2/6/05 | Martin Crutsinger - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush's $2.5 trillion budget is shaping up as his most austere, trying to restrain spending across a wide swath of government from popular farm subsidies to poor people's health programs. Vice President Dick Cheney on Sunday defended the plan against Democratic criticism that Bush had to seek steep cuts in scores of federal programs because he is unwilling to roll back first-term tax cuts that opponents contend primarily benefited the wealthy. The budget's submission to Congress on Monday will set off months of intense debate. Lawmakers from both parties can be expected to vigorously fight to...
  • CA: Arnold proposes record spending

    01/18/2005 8:46:00 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 482+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 1/18/05 | David M. Drucker
    SACRAMENTO -- He says California has a "spending problem, not a revenue problem," but Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed a budget providing more money for health care, billions more for education and still millions more for other new and expanded programs. From $6 million for a new obesity-prevention program to $10.4 million to hire 116 additional tax collectors, the governor's 2005-06 budget proposes record state spending of nearly $112 billion while holding the overall spending increase to 4.2 percent. Administration officials defend the budget and the overall spending increase, saying the plan controls spending growth -- partly by cutting several...

    01/04/2005 8:50:24 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 16 replies · 436+ views
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 04 December 2005
    Mirant Shares (MIRKQ) took off in morning trading on the eve of a hearing on the Shareholder Committee's proposal to have a meeting to determine the longevity of the Board of Directors and CEO. Volume is over 5 million shares traded with a price high of .49 this morning.
  • CA: Governor proposes new worker compensation rules

    12/23/2004 5:55:01 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 514+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 12/23/04 | Tom Chorneau - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Schwarzenegger administration on Thursday released a sweeping set of regulations aimed at revising how doctors evaluate permanent injuries to workers and how much compensation they are paid. The new regulations are a key element of the landmark reform of the state's compensation system approved by the Legislature last spring and aimed at cutting billions from the rates employers pay for insurance. The new proposal calls for the use of guidelines developed by the American Medical Association for measuring permanent disabilities. The administration also wants to employ a new formula for translating the degree of injury into...
  • White House Proposes Cuts in Salmon Areas

    11/30/2004 8:17:41 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 510+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/30/04 | Jeff Barnard - AP
    GRANTS PASS, Ore. - The Bush administration Tuesday proposed large cuts in federally designated areas in the Northwest and California meant to aid the recovery of threatened or endangered salmon. Protection would focus instead on rivers where the fish now thrive. The critical habitat designation originally included rivers accessible to salmon, even if no fish occupied them, and covered most of Washington, Oregon and California and parts of Idaho. Under the federal plan, critical habitats would be cut by more than 80 percent in the Northwest and 50 percent in California — and more cuts might be ordered based on...
  • CA: New report proposes sweeping overhaul of state government (CPR document released)

    07/30/2004 1:13:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 119 replies · 3,413+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/30/04 | Jim Wasserman - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - A plan to reorganize state government that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will release next week will propose eliminating one third of the state work force, hundreds of state boards and commissions while possibly saving $32 billion over the next five years. Details in the 2,500-page report obtained Friday by The Associated Press also include contracting out government work to private contractors and requiring college and university students perform community service. Months in the making, the sweeping report by the California Performance Review Board is already being called a power grab by critics and would mark the biggest reorganization...
  • Kerry Proposes $100M for New Forest Corps

    07/14/2004 8:46:03 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 443+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 7/14/04 | Scott Sonner - AP
    VERDI, Nev. - Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry (news - web sites) proposes cutting $100 million in annual government subsidies to the timber industry to pay for a new Forest Restoration Corps that would invest in the long-term health of national forests, his campaign said Tuesday. Shifting spending from commercial logging operations on federal lands would create jobs while restoring forests, streams and rangelands that have been mismanaged or severely damaged by wildfires, campaign aides said. The program — reminiscent of the Civilian Conservation Corps that President Franklin D. Roosevelt established during the Great Depression — is one of the...
  • S.F.proposes limited non-citizen voting

    06/21/2004 4:51:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 94 replies · 473+ views
    Washington Times ^ | June 21, 2004 | UPI
    <p>San Francisco, CA, Jun. 21 (UPI) -- A plan is being considered that allow non-citizens, including illegal immigrants, to vote in San Francisco school board elections.</p> <p>The San Jose Mercury News said Monday the proposed November ballot measure was aimed at getting more parents involved in their children's education by waiving California's requirement that voters be U.S. citizens.</p>
  • Recooperating(sic) San Jose mayor proposes wage freezes (clone him.)

    02/13/2004 2:37:34 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 130+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 2/13/04 | AP - San Jose
    <p>SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - In his first official business since suffering a stroke last month, San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales is asking 5,200 unionized workers to take wage and benefit freezes starting this spring.</p> <p>The mayor, who proposed the deal Thursday, said freezes could help stem the city's record $85 million budget deficit.</p>