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  • Publicly funded Iron Range board is deep into DFL politics, policy (MN)

    03/01/2015 6:57:30 AM PST · by Colonel_Flagg · 13 replies
    Minneapolis Star-Tribune ^ | March 1, 2015 | Jennifer Bjorhus
    EVELETH, Minn. – Workers in a call center on Minnesota’s Iron Range don headsets each day knowing their employer’s core business: Get Democrats elected. For years, prominent Democratic candidates and political groups have used the obscure center tucked among hills and pines to canvass and raise money from small donors. DFL organizations, state and national, have paid the phone bank’s current and former owners about $80 million over the last decade, campaign records show. The call center relocated to Eveleth in 2006 thanks in part to a $625,000 loan from a unique state agency called the Iron Range Resources and...
  • The Overton Window is Wide Open

    03/29/2011 10:15:04 PM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen · 5 replies
    The Constitution Club ^ | 03-29-11 | Regalo Di Spine
    And it’s getting drafty in here. The Overton Window theory postulates that for a particular area of public policy, at any given time only a narrow range of policy options are acceptable. The acceptable policy positions aren’t just those currently in effect but also those that might be considered tolerable. Outside of the range of the “window” are those policies which are considered unacceptable; policies that even though a politician may wish to promote, would likely lead to his downfall because they are considered unthinkable or radical. But, with a shift in societal attitudes towards those policies, choices which were...
  • The President's $50 Billion Planes, Trains and Automobiles Plan: Is It Good Public Policy

    09/14/2010 10:18:36 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/12/2010 | Tom Gantert
    President Barack Obama recently announced plans to spend $50 billion for transportation infrastructure. The plan would rebuild 150,000 miles or roads, construct and maintain 4,000 miles of rail and rehabilitate or reconstruct 150 miles of runway. Is this good policy?
  • Department of Justice and USDA Workshops to Explore Competition and Regulatory Issues...

    02/23/2010 7:05:43 PM PST · by Cindy · 5 replies · 335+ views NOTE: The following text SNIPPET is a quote: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, February 23, 2010 Department of Justice and USDA Workshops to Explore Competition and Regulatory Issues in the Agriculture Industry to Begin March 12 in Iowa Initial Workshop to Be Held in Ankeny, Iowa, at Des Moines Area Community College, FFA Enrichment Center WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today the agenda and panelists for the first joint public workshop, which will be held on March 12, 2010, in Ankeny, Iowa, to explore competition and regulatory issues in the agriculture...
  • Illinois Forum To Meet 11/08/09: Great Opportunity To Have Impact On Issues Facing IL Voters

    10/21/2009 12:58:48 PM PDT · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 1 replies · 121+ views ^ | Oct. 21, 2009 | Illinois Forum
    Note from Daniel Zanoza,'s Executive Director and a member of the Illinois Forum's Board of Governors: I strongly urge Illinois citizens who care about good government to attend the Illinois Forum's next meeting. The Illinois Forum is a public policy group and is highly respected for its support of conservative principles regarding local and state government. Americans must become both informed and involved in the fight against big government, higher taxation and the assault on pro-family values. Attending the meeting and/or joining the Illinois Forum as an official member will provide you access to information about how you can...
  • 'Bathroom bill' foes rally in Mass.

    06/15/2009 10:18:46 AM PDT · by virtuous · 7 replies · 810+ views
    One News Now ^ | 6/15/2009 | Charlie Butts
    Massachusetts lawmakers are considering what is commonly referred to now as a "bathroom bill." Activists want to add transgender to the Bay State's existing "hate crimes" bill. Evelyn Reilly, director of public policy for the Massachusetts Family Institute, tells OneNewsNow that lawmakers who support the measure are bowing to a fraction of the population -- and in that process, are endangering women and children. "[For example] if...a man believes or pretends to believe that he is actually a woman, then you could not question, challenge, or stop him from entering a woman's bathroom, shower, locker room, fitness facility, or whatever,"...
  • Parastatals

    09/20/2008 11:06:07 PM PDT · by B-Chan · 6 replies · 115+ views ^ | 2008.09.20 | John J. Reilly
    On September 11 this year I attended a late-afternoon training session for my employer’s 401K program. The session was conducted by a representative of the company that manages the 401K accounts, a major financial institution that did not become a federal asset in the following week. The representative was a tall, blonde, perky woman in her late twenties. She talked very fast as she scampered about the splendid picture-window conference room just around the block from Wall Street. Sometimes she paused to hand out pamphlets or change the images on the PowerPoint screen that illustrated her presentation. The burden of...
  • American Dream Revisited

    06/18/2008 11:52:03 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 2 replies · 38+ views
    Campus Report ^ | June 18, 2008 | Bethany Stotts
    American Dream Revisited by: Bethany Stotts, June 18, 2008 The pursuit of happiness is an American “birthright” and should be at the center of American policy, argues Professor Arthur C. Brooks in his new book, Gross National Happiness. Drawn from international data, studies, and the General Social Survey (GSS), Brooks attempts to show that mainstream family values and morality cause Americans happiness. “I am confident in the findings in this book because multiple data sources told more or less the same story,” writes the Syracuse University professor. “The lesson in every chapter of this book is that our gross national...
  • California exodus turns to stampede

    02/21/2008 4:07:43 AM PST · by Man50D · 414 replies · 657+ views ^ | February 20, 2008
    WASHINGTON – California, which once lured Americans from near and far, is now driving out millions of the most productive residents – including high percentages of the most affluent. "When California faced a Mount Everest-sized $14 billion deficit in 2003, one of the major causes for the red ink was the stampede of millionaire households from the state," says a report called "Rich States, Poor States" by economists Arthur Laffer and Stephen Moore. "Out of the 25,000 or so seven-figure-income families, more than 5,000 left in the early 2000s, and the loss of their tax payments accounted for about half...
  • OUTBREAK: Leprosy in Arkansas – Brought Here by Whom?

    02/18/2008 7:37:11 AM PST · by captjanaway · 46 replies · 846+ views
    Family Security Matters ^ | 2/18,2008 | Renee Taylor
    In an emergency room in Arkansas, the patient exhibits dark red boils, her skin numb. Another case of leprosy in America. Not far away, a tuberculosis-infected illegal immigrant coughs while on break at the local chicken processing plant – spreading his infectious germs across the break room table. His children, also carrying the disease, which had been all but eradicated from the United States years ago, join hundreds of children at the local public school. Crossing the Mexican border, in a pickup truck filled with “migrant workers” coming to “do the jobs Americans don’t do” in our fields and food...
  • Roe V. Wade Goes Global

    02/01/2008 10:44:41 AM PST · by bs9021 · 2 replies · 266+ views
    Campus Report ^ | February 1, 2008 | Jeremy Hempel
    Roe v. Wade Goes Global by: Jeremy Hempel, February 01, 2008 There is a trend visible in the international community as the right to abortion slowly becomes international law, a report issued last fall by the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute (CFHRI) shows. This all started in 1996 when a conference of agencies, treaty bodies, and organizations was held in Glen Cove, New York, according to Rights By Stealth: The Role of UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies in the Campaign for an International Right to Abortion. The official name for this meeting was the “Roundtable of Human Rights Treaty...
  • Lawyer who beat IRS sues agents (Abolish The IRS With The Fair Tax!)

    01/04/2008 5:06:16 AM PST · by Man50D · 269 replies · 359+ views ^ | January 4, 2008
    A lawyer who was acquitted by a federal court trial jury of Internal Revenue Service accusations he failed to filed income tax returns for two years now is suing several IRS agents over their alleged improper disclosure of his personal information in the case. A spokeswoman in the office of lawyer Tom Cryer told WND the case was assembled and filed by Cryer between Christmas Day and the end of 2007 and is expected to be placed on the docket in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. Last summer in federal court a jury voted 12-0...
  • The escape of the enablers (Fed bails out Wall Street yet again)

    NEW YORK (Fortune) -- Wall Street loves to talk about letting financial markets weed out the weak. But when the Street itself gets in trouble, it sticks out its little tin cup, asking for help. And gets it. The subprime-mortgage-market meltdown is a classic example of the way small fry get devoured, but the whales of Wall Street get rescued. Here's the deal: People with crummy credit who took out mortgages are being allowed to fail in record numbers. The mortgage companies that made those loans are being allowed to fail. More from FORTUNE Crisis counsel The escape of the...
  • It Bleeds, It Leads, It Deceives

    08/03/2007 5:47:17 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 24 replies · 934+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 3 August 2007 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    There is a saying in the broadcast media, “If it bleeds, it leads.” That supposedly explains the ghoulish nature of TV news especially. But the wall-to-wall, anchors on the scene, coverage of the Minneapolis bridge collapse, belies that theory. Five people are known dead, eight are missing. If all the missing are dead, that means 13 people have died in Minnesota. Let’s make some quick comparisons. The Iraq War in five years is 310 times that total. But the number of Americans killed by illegal aliens here in the US, is even more than that. That is a relatively small...
  • The Politician's Guide to Intelligent Policy: Better than a lobbyist's advice

    03/29/2007 6:57:03 AM PDT · by tang0r · 68+ views
    The Prometheus Institute ^ | 4/29/2007 | Editorial
    Dear prospective congressman or incumbent representative having poll troubles, If you are reading this, it is because your campaign sorely lacks good policy ideas, and the public and/or your constituency is starting to take notice. Even your political opponent is likely noticing, but the fact that he has no good ideas himself is no solace for you. (Perhaps your television ads tarring him as a terrorist sympathizer aren't quite working out as planned.) So you are coming to PI for the advice to actually win over the public with a brilliant and fresh campaign platform. Good news, squire, you came...
  • We Need to Address Mental Illness in the Aging

    09/01/2006 2:38:26 AM PDT · by John Carey · 17 replies · 424+ views
    Peace and Freedom ^ | September 1, 2006 | John E. Carey
    What are the costs of a progressive brain disease on an aging society? Experts believe one hundred billion dollars per year goes to treating about 4.5 million American patients with Alzheimer’s now. But this overlooks the fact that many suffer the ill effects of the disease but receive no care and that our aging population is growing at a breathtaking rate. According to the Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging, the older population–persons 65 years or older–numbered 36.3 million in 2004 (the latest year for which data is available). They represented 12.4% of the U.S. population, about...
  • Delaware House Speaker Proposes Gas Tax Moratorium

    05/05/2006 5:35:46 AM PDT · by Hurricane Andrew · 3 replies · 226+ views
    WDOV Radio ^ | 5/5/06 | Natalie Sannuti
    Bill to Help Summer Drivers Some Dover lawmakers want to give-up $50 million to make it cheaper for you to fill-up this summer. By Natalie Sannuti Friday, May 5, 2006 Legislation introduced in the Delaware General Assembly would temporarily suspend the state gasoline tax. The bill would mean about a $.23 per gallon reduction. Bill Sponsor, House Speaker Terry Spence says, rolling back the tax during the hot summer months will not only give people much-needed relief, it'll also help protect the tourism industry. "The fact that our gas price may be $.23 lower, they may say 'hey, you know...
  • Biased Panel Instructs Teachers on Global Issues

    04/24/2006 1:47:18 PM PDT · by JSedreporter · 2 replies · 281+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 24, 2006 | Rosemarie Capozzi
    The Global Education Conference, held in April at Georgetown University, brought together educators, policy analysts, and students to discuss how to incorporate global issues into the K-12 classroom. Although the organization that organized the event, Americans for Informed Democracy, claims to be politically neutral, it was clear that the panelists invited to participate in the forum represented one side of the political spectrum. The first panel on “Current Issues in the U.S. Role in the World” had three panelists: Steve Clemons of New American Foundation (and former advisor to Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-New Mexico)), Gayle Smith of the Center for...
  • De-prioritizing people

    03/28/2006 6:43:10 AM PST · by serendipity_kate · 1 replies · 471+ views ^ | 28 March 2006 | Jennifer Biddison
    Part of the problem is that the people who decide national policy are headquartered in Washington, D.C., where large plots of private property are rare. Those of us who live in urban or suburban areas imagine endangered species protection to be as simple as being kind to blue whales, grizzly bears and bald eagles. We don’t stop to consider the dilemmas facing people thousands of miles away from us. Bill Snape, Chairman of the Endangered Species Coalition, is an example of one who lives in either ignorance or denial. “There just aren’t private landowners that I can identify where the...
  • In Vitro Fertilization vs. Abortofacients

    01/27/2006 3:08:14 PM PST · by gooper · 25 replies · 527+ views
    There is at least 1 thread today on a target employee who was fired for refusing to prescribe the morning after pill. But today's "Pregancy Baby" had a piece titled "Navigating the Infertility Maze". It got me thinking: How many people who oppose abortion, or abortofacients also oppose in-vitro fertilization? As I understand it, with IVF, multiple eggs are fertilized, and the most viable egg is then selected for implantation. The remaining eggs are frozen, and typically wind up being destroyed. I'm a Catholic, and I've read quotes from the church opposing the use of embryos that would otherwise have...
  • "How's Your Wife? - Compared to What?"

    10/19/2005 7:54:15 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 16 replies · 1,905+ views
    The title is, of course, an ancient joke from the vaudeville circuit. It’s an appropriate way to praise, rather than attack, one particular article – and in the process to attack ten thousand others. Here is the lede from “Show Me the Risk!” by Deroy Murdock in NRO (National Review Online) on 19 October 2005: “According to The Archives of Internal Medicine, pharmaceutical companies market a drug that kills some 7,000 Americans annually. These people don’t die instantly, but instead expire after slowly suffering gastrointestinal bleeding. Oddly enough, TV-news producers are ho-hum about this deadly medicine. The Food and Drug...
  • Media Stumbling Over Jefferson's "Wall of Separation" - (Isaiah: "Woe to those who call good evil")

    06/11/2005 9:28:57 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 4 replies · 715+ views
    On April 22 I was presented with the 2005 Media Award by the New Jersey Family Policy Council at their annual banquet. While honored to receive such recognition, upon deeper reflection, I can’t help but ask myself the question: Was there no one else more qualified? Is there really such a dearth of professional, family-friendly journalists in newsrooms across our state that the Family Policy Council felt compelled to award a businessman moonlighting as a columnist? Apparently the answer is yes. A University of Connecticut Department of Public Policy study found that journalists who were surveyed picked Democrat John Kerry...
  • Man Sues Woman For Secretly Keeping His Sperm

    02/25/2005 7:56:06 PM PST · by CarrotAndStick · 101 replies · 2,831+ views
    AP ^ | 25 Feb., 2005 | AP
    CHICAGO An appeals court said a man can press a claim for emotional distress after learning a former lover had used his sperm to have a baby. But he can't claim theft, the ruling said, because the sperm were hers to keep. Dr. Richard O. Phillips' accuses Dr. Sharon Irons of a “calculated, profound personal betrayal'' after their affair six years ago, saying she secretly kept semen after they had oral sex, then used it to get pregnant. He said he didn't find out about the child for nearly two years, when Irons filed a paternity lawsuit. DNA tests confirmed...
  • Let science debate begin

    01/30/2005 2:03:30 AM PST · by mista science · 58 replies · 941+ views
    The National Post ^ | Jan 27, 2005 | Terence Corcoran
    Let science debate begin Terence Corcoran Financial Post Thursday, January 27, 2005 For some time now this page has been publishing comment on The Hockey Stick, the central piece of scientific evidence for the United Nation's claim that the world is warmer now than at any time in the last 1,000 years. Today we begin a major two-part investigation that delves deeper into the foundations for what may well be the most important economic, scientific and business graphic in world history. [snip] It is a story filled with intrigue, conflict and amazing facts about how science is made, especially climate...
  • Reducing Unwanted Pregnancies and Abortion Through Prevention in Early Childhood ©

    01/22/2005 7:26:01 PM PST · by adonlan · 3 replies · 262+ views
    Reducing Unwanted Pregnancies and Abortion Through Prevention in Early Childhood © A Proposal By Andrew Kenny Donlan, Ph.D. Few national policy issues are as contentious as abortion, and few so polarize citizens concerned with values and government. Many citizens argue passionately for policies to reduce abortion rates, such as prohibiting late stage abortions or requiring parental and/or father notification. These policies remain divisive, as many individuals advocate fervently that abortion should remain legal and accessible. The lack of consensus among citizens leaves policy makers with insecure ground on which to form politically sustainable public policy. Cultivation of new public policy...
  • Study: SAT Scores and Republican Party Affiliation are CLOSELY LINKED, and With Home Prices As Well!

    11/14/2004 12:29:15 PM PST · by CaptIsaacDavis · 31 replies · 2,030+ views
    New Republican Archive ^ | November 2004 | New Republican Archive
    Statistical analyses of relationships between SAT scores, Republican Party affiliation, spending on education, ethnic compositions of towns, and tax rates reveal that among those factors (that is, excluding financial components) the ones that matter most in driving comparative and competitive home sales prices (by town medians over time, and over the long-run) are those related to CULTURE -- SAT scores and Republican Party affiliation (and all the value choices that such affiliation incorporates). You may have had a gut feeling that it pays to own a home in a town with high SAT scores and strong republican values. Now here's...

    11/06/2004 6:20:09 AM PST · by OESY · 10 replies · 688+ views
    New York Post ^ | November 6, 2004 | MICHAEL TANNER
    ...The third rail has been losing its juice for years. Bush came out in favor of individual accounts during his race in 2000. And, in the 2002 congressional elections, in every race where Social Security was a major issue, candidates favoring reform won. In fact, those results are simply a reflection of the strong and continued public support for reforming Social Security. A recent poll for the Annenberg Public Policy Center found that 56 percent favor letting workers invest some of their Social Security contributions in the stock market, compared to only 36 percent opposed. Another survey by Rasmussen Reports...
  • Bureaucracy In America

    08/25/2004 12:08:51 PM PDT · by flightleader · 2 replies · 349+ views ^ | August 19, 2004 | Tomas B. Phillips
    “The notion of a farseeing and despotic statesman, who can lay down plans for ages yet unborn, is a fancy generated by the pride of the human intellect to which facts give no support.” - Walter Bagehot “What is politically defined as economic 'planning' is the forcible superseding of other people's plans by government officials.” - Thomas Sowell “It is tempting to believe that social evils arise from the activities of evil men and that if only good men (like ourselves, naturally) wielded power, all would be well... To understand why it is that "good" men in positions of power...
  • Benedict Arnold Had A Point.

    03/23/2004 1:08:02 PM PST · by .cnI redruM · 19 replies · 814+ views
    Vanity ^ | 23 March 2004 | .cnI redruM
    The job loss associated with outsourcing will be a major issue in the coming Presidential Election. Like all major issues discussed in Presidential Elections, it will also be badly demogouged to the petential detriment of the commonweal. Political candidates across The Fruited Plain will miscast outsourcing as a cause of illness rather than the symptom of a greater chronic malady. The enemies of the current Presidential Adminsitration will claim that corporate greed and a lack of concern for the average worker are the source of all of our economic problems. The champions of stronger corporate regulation by the iron hand...
  • Who Controls Public Policy in Arizona?

    03/17/2004 4:32:48 PM PST · by hsmomx3 · 3 replies · 102+ views
    To: CAP board members and friends of CAP From: Len Munsil, President (1) If there were any questions about who controls public policy in Arizona, they have now been answered. The most powerful institution in our state is the Arizona Supreme Court, and the judicial branch dominates public policy. Close behind in power, and working in concert with the judiciary to advance a left-wing ideology is our state’s executive branch, led by Gov. Janet Napolitano. What about the people’s elected representatives, the legislature? They are nearly irrelevant. This became obvious with Tuesday’s defeat of judicial reform efforts. HCR 2010 (affecting...
  • Increased Religiosity in Countries Affects Attitudes Toward Sexual Morality, Study Shows

    10/06/2003 1:03:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies · 281+ views
    EurekAlert ^ | 2-Oct-2003
    When a nation's overall levels of religious belief and attendance are high, its citizens voice greater disapproval of divorce, homosexuality, abortion and prostitution –- issues involving sexual morality. But religiosity is less likely to spur such disapproval for cheating on taxes or accepting bribes in public office, says two Penn State researchers. Dr. Roger Finke, professor of sociology, says that religiosity, both on the societal and individual level, is far less likely to discourage thoughts about giving the government false information, accepting bribes while in public office, buying stolen goods or avoiding a public transportation fare. In these cases, people...
  • Issues, smissues, just vote for me

    09/23/2003 6:45:50 AM PDT · by mikeb704 · 17 replies · 241+ views
    Oak Lawn (IL) Reporter ^ | 9/25/03 | Michael M. Bates
    This year we’re observing the emergence of a new type of candidate: the apolitical politician. Apolitical may be a slight overstatement. These candidates, after all, are absorbed with one particular aspect of politics, getting themselves elected. Yet when it comes to knowing the issues and taking positions on them, advancing a political philosophy, or other standard features of most politicians, they just don’t seem very concerned. The suddenly ubiquitous Arnold Schwarzenegger is a case in point. Announcing his candidacy in early August for governor in the California recall election, he for the most part stayed out of public view for...
  • BUBBA UNIVERSITY (U. of Arkansas May Give Public Policy Degrees for Classes at Clinton Library)

    05/04/2003 9:57:31 AM PDT · by ewing · 19 replies · 622+ views
    US News and World Report Magazine ^ | May 12, 2003 | Paul Bedard
    BUBBA UNIVERSITYFormer President Bill Clinton and the University of Arkansas are considerating the creation of a new 'Clinton School of Public Service.'Already being called 'UACS,' it would provide and undergraduate degree for students who attend the classes at Clinton's new library and museum facility in Little Rock.Friend Bruce Lindsay is high on the idea and is mulling a weekend retreat where friends, advisors and educators would develop a curriculum.
  • New journal examines family issues in depth

    04/03/2003 3:01:38 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 114+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Thursday, April 3, 2003 | By Cheryl Wetzstein
    <p>A new journal from the conservative Family Research Council will examine the effects of public policies on the health and well-being of families.</p> <p>"Our philosophy is to uphold the family as central and basic to social order," said Alan R. Crippen II, editor of the new twice-a-year Family Policy Review.</p>
  • Left Wing College Entry #7

    02/06/2003 7:38:42 AM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 26 replies · 272+ views
    This is number 7 in my entries. This one will focus on one particular question. Three of the classes I take are government classes, and the other is a writing class. The hard left socialist class is one. Also known as Business Law. The next one is American Government. The professor is admits to being a Democrat. But he's a southern democrat, and frequently makes fun of the Democratic party. Very open to discussion. The third one is the one in which I would like to talk about today. I am going to write a ten-page paper for my public...
  • Abortion as insurance

    01/26/2003 11:07:24 PM PST · by hocndoc · 6 replies · 296+ views
    National Bureau of Economic Research ^ | February 2002 | Phillip B. Levine , Douglas Steiger
    Abortion As Isurance (pdf file) ABSTRACT This paper views abortion access as an insurance policy that protects women from unwanted pregnancies. Within this framework, we present a theoretical model where greater access provides value in the form of insurance against unwanted births and also reduces the incentive to avoid pregnancy. This model predicts that legalized abortion should lead to a reduction in the likelihood of giving birth. It also predicts that if abortion access becomes relatively inexpensive (including both monetary and psychic costs), then pregnancies would rise and births would remain unchanged or may even rise as well. We review...
  • [Amnesty International] Call for Contributions - Business and Human Rights: Dilemmas and Solutions

    07/24/2002 6:45:41 AM PDT · by LurkedLongEnough · 1 replies · 258+ views
    Greenleaf Publishing invites contributions for a book on the topic of "Business and Human Rights: Dilemmas and Solutions" to be edited by Rory Sullivan (Amnesty International (UK) Business Group and Queen Mary College, University of London). Rationale The globalisation of the world economy offers both unprecedented opportunities for companies as well as unprecedented threats, as companies increasingly find themselves, their partners or their contractors mired in zones of conflict or in countries where human rights violations are occurring. Companies are subject to ever-increasing scrutiny of their supply chains, their investments, their employee relations, their impacts on communities, and their influence...