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  • What States are the Biggest Job Winners and Losers in the Recovery?

    08/18/2014 6:36:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 18, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    The Deloitte University Press has a very interesting, and comprehensive study on job gains and losses, by type of job, and state by state. The biggest winners are states involved in energy production, finance, or healthcare. The biggest losers are states that did not recover from the real estate bust, or lost population due to emigration. With that overview, let's dive deeper into the Geography of Jobs. Only now, as we reach the fifth anniversary of the end of the recession, has employment in the United States finally regained its pre-recession peak. The national story of slow recovery obscures the...
  • States Where Itís Hardest to Find Full-Time Work

    08/07/2014 10:29:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Wall Street 24X7 ^ | 08/07/2014 | By Alexander Kent, Robert Serenbetz and Thomas C. Frohlich
    While the labor market has improved significantly since the depths of the recession in 2009, high underemployment may be an indication that the economy is still struggling. As of the first quarter of 2014, 13.4% of the nation’s labor force was considered underemployed, meaning they were unemployed, were working only part-time despite wanting full-time jobs or would like a job but had given up on actively looking. The underemployment rate has dropped from its peak of 16.7% in 2010, which indicates that the labor market has improved. However, underemployment is still well above its pre-recession levels. Based on underemployment data...
  • A Dozen States File Suit Against New Coal Rules

    08/02/2014 7:55:44 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 1, 2014 | By CORAL DAVENPORT
    Twelve states filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration on Friday seeking to block an Environmental Protection Agency proposal to regulate coal-fired power plants in an effort to stem climate change. The plaintiffs are led by West Virginia and include states that are home to some of the largest producers of coal and consumers of coal-fired electricity. The suit was filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The other plaintiffs are Alabama, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota and Wyoming. The E.P.A. rule, announced by President Obama on June...
  • Lesbian asks Broward judge to toss Floridaís gay-marriage ban, then dissolve her Vermont civil union

    08/01/2014 2:17:21 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 7/30/14 | Steve Rothaus
    A Broward judge must decide whether to recognize ó and then dissolve ó a lesbianís Vermont civil union.
  • Debt servants: how sustainable are statesí legacy costs?

    07/29/2014 6:58:16 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    public sector inc ^ | 7-27-14 | Iliya Atanasov
    A recent report by JP Morganís Michael Cembalest provides a fresh look at the problem of state indebtedness. Cembalest, global head of investment strategy, is best known for his writings on housing and for flagging Bernard Madoffís fund and refusing to invest in it, even while other divisions at JPMorgan gleefully did so. Cembalest looks at state governmentsí annual payments towards bonded debt interest and retirement liabilities (defined-benefit and defined-contribution pensions as well as retiree healthcare benefits) expressed as percentage of total annual revenue. In addition to assessing statesí default risk, this approach quantifies exactly how much debt expenditures are...
  • Break up the states! The case for the United Statelets of America

    07/29/2014 5:43:20 AM PDT · by C19fan · 37 replies
    Salon ^ | July 28, 2014 | Michael Lind
    A ballot initiative that would support breaking California into six smaller and more coherent states is being backed by Timothy Draper, a tech investor. Itís a great idea. But why stop with California? Breaking up all of the too-large states would increase both the accountability and efficiency of the U.S. government. Americaís state governments are too big to be democratic and too small to be efficient. Given an adequate tax base, public services like public schools and hospitals, utilities and first responders are best carried out by cities and counties. Most infrastructure is either local or regional or national. Civil...
  • Trey Gowdy: The States Should Bypass Obama and Enforce Immigration LawÖ Hereís How

    07/17/2014 12:19:08 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 40 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | July 17 2014 | Conservative Tribune
    The border crisis is in full swing, leaving communities in Texas, California, Arizona, and around the country scrambling to find ways stop the federal government from dropping of illegals in their area.Thousands of minors are continuing to pour into the country, packing shelters like sardines and draining local economies, forcing many angry citizens to step up and protest the governmentís†plan to dump the immigrants without any form of support. A big part of the presidentís job description is the enforcement of laws created by Congress. Unfortunately, Obama sees a political advantage in granting amnesty to illegals, so he refuses to...
  • Exclusive: Prosecutors' case against GM focuses on misleading statements

    07/14/2014 9:36:25 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 14, 2014 | Emily Flitter & Karen Freifeld
    (Reuters) - Federal prosecutors are developing a criminal fraud case hinged on whether General Motors made misleading statements about a deadly ignition switch flaw, and are examining activity dating back a decade, before GM's 2009 bankruptcy, according to multiple sources familiar with the investigation. At the same time, at least a dozen states are investigating the automaker. Two state officials said that effort is likely to focus on whether GM broke consumer protection laws. Both federal and state investigations into the switch, which is linked to at least 13 deaths and 54 crashes, are at early stages, and it is...
  • Why State Tax Cuts Arenít Driving Job Growth

    07/11/2014 7:37:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 07/11/2014 | BY ROB GARVER
    When Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker delivered his State of the State address in January 2013, he promised that an agenda of budget cutting, reduced taxes and less business regulation would result in a better economic climate and more jobs for his state. ďUnlike the message coming out of Washington, I believe that putting more money in the hands of the people ó instead of the government ó is good for the economy,Ē said the Republican governor, who is known as a reformer. Walker is just one of several Republican governors who, with the help of friendly Republican-dominated state legislatures, have...
  • EXography: Employment keeps sagging in the Obama recovery

    07/08/2014 4:13:43 AM PDT · by gusopol3 · 8 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 8, 2014 | David Freddoso
    When President Obama took office in 2009, the U.S. economy was in the midst of the Great Recession of 2008. Five and a half years later, that historic swoon remains his excuse for continued economic stagnation. Whoever or whatever is to blame, neither his efforts nor luck nor a natural rebound have managed to restore America's job market to what it was in better times. The July 3 jobs report was a reminder that the economy is at least creating jobs again, albeit at a rate that barely keeps up with population growth. And national and state unemployment rates have...
  • The 10 most corrupt states in the U.S.

    07/05/2014 7:59:38 PM PDT · by deport · 102 replies
    Fortune.com ^ | June 10, 2014 | Chris Matthews
    New research takes a look at decades of corruption convictions to find the crookedest states in the union. When we think of government corruption (as one tends to do), our biased minds often gravitate to thoughts of military juntas and third world governments. But, of course, corruption is everywhere, in one form or another. And itís costing U.S. citizens big time. A new study from researchers at the University of Hong Kong and Indiana University estimates that corruption on the state level is costing Americans in the 10 most corrupt states an average of $1,308 per year, or 5.2% of...
  • Five Reasons Not to Raise the Gas Tax

    07/05/2014 8:12:09 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | July 3, 2014 | Randal O'Toole
    The federal Highway Trust Fund is running out of money, and some senators have proposed to fix the problem by raising gas taxes. This, however, is the wrong solution because it treats the symptom, and not the underlying reason for the shortfall. Here are five reasons for not increasing gas taxes. 1. The problem is not a shortage of funds but an excess of spending. For more than 50 years after Congress created the Highway Trust Fund in 1956 it was able to avoid a shortage of funds by a simple measure: it didn't spend more than was collected in...
  • Perspective (vanity humor)

    06/28/2014 6:30:32 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 28 replies
    from an email
    You may have heard on the news about a Southern California man who was put under 72-hour psychiatric observation when it was found he owned 100 guns and allegedly had 100,000 rounds of ammunition stored in his home. The house also featured a secret escape tunnel.
  • The 10 Best States For Small Business

    06/11/2014 10:31:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/11/2014 | Richard Feloni
    The happiest small-business owners are all in the Midwest and South, according to a new survey. Online job marketplace Thumbtack and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation surveyed more than 12,000 small-business owners across 38 states in the U.S. on topics concerning how easy it is to start and grow a small business in their state."Thousands of small-business owners across the country told us that the keys to a pro-growth environment are ease of compliance with tax and regulatory systems and helpful training programs," says Jon Lieber, Thumbtack's chief economist.Participants determined that the most important regulatory issue in determining their state's...
  • President Obama Transfers Tens of Thousands Of Illegal Aliens Further InlandÖ

    06/07/2014 5:56:23 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 33 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | 6/7/2014 | sundance
    Youíve probably seen the recent reports of President Obama ordering the transport and dumping of thousands of Mexican Illegal Aliens into various states, particularly Arizona. According to DHS and ICE officials itís because the border with Texas is overwhelmed with an influx of Mexican Nationals seeking U.S. status with pending Amnesty Immigration Legislation widely anticipated. Before looking at what DHS/ICE are actually doing, I would like to divert your immediate attention to this video. This video was taken in 2011, in the exact area where the U.S. Border Patrol are currently being overwhelmed. The Border Patrol has been overwhelmed by...
  • The Second-Largest Religion in Each State

    06/06/2014 11:14:32 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 45 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 4 | Reid Wilson
    Christianity is by far the largest religion in the United States; more than three-quarters of Americans identify as Christians. A little more than half of us identify as Protestants, about 23 percent as Catholic and about 2 percent as Mormon. But what about the rest of us? In the Western U.S., Buddhists represent the largest non-Christian religious bloc in most states. In 20 states, mostly in the Midwest and South, Islam is the largest non-Christian faith tradition. And in 15 states, mostly in the Northeast, Judaism has the most followers after Christianity. Hindus come in second place in Arizona and...
  • GOP House backs state medical marijuana laws

    05/29/2014 11:57:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 30, 2014 2:04 AM EDT | Andrew Taylor
    The GOP-controlled House voted early Friday in favor of blocking the federal government from interfering with states that permit the use of medical marijuana. The somewhat surprising 219-189 vote came as the House debated a bill funding the Justice Departmentís budget. The amendment by conservative GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of Californiaóthe first state to legalize medical marijuanaócame as almost half the states have legalized marijuana for medical uses, such as improving the appetites of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Ö
  • This One Map Shows The Largest Employer In Every State

    05/27/2014 10:27:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/27/2014 | CHRISTINA STERBENZ
    Broadview Networks The above map, sent to us by Mike Simmons of Broadview Networks, shows the largest employer in every state.¬†Broadview Networks used information from CareerOneStop, a database sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.¬†Interestingly, only two companies in the top 10 largest employers in America¬†‚ÄĒ IBM and Wal-Mart ‚ÄĒ appear as a state front-runner. And the map doesn't feature other large companies, like UPS and McDonald's, at all.Instead, major state universities, like those in Alabama and Colorado, and innovative hospitals, like the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, employ the most residents in numerous states.In some states, like Alabama, when...
  • Rethinking Federal Highway and Transit Funding

    05/20/2014 10:06:25 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Cato Institute ^ | May 6, 2014 | Chris Edwards
    Mr. Chairman and members of the committee, thank you for inviting me to testify today regarding the federal role in highway and transit funding.Federal policymakers are considering ways to close the large funding gap in the Highway Trust Fund. One option would be to reduce spending and downsize the federal role in transportation. That approach would encourage state governments to pursue their own innovative solutions for highways and transit, such as new types of user charges, public-private partnerships, and privatization.Federal aid programs for highways and transit have many shortcomings. Aid redistributes transportation funds between the states in ways that are...
  • States with the Best & Worst Taxpayer ROI(Return on Investment)

    05/15/2014 5:56:01 PM PDT · by Reagan‹berAlles · 4 replies
    Wallet Hub ^ | May 2014 | John S Kiernan
    There is an obvious disconnect in the minds of taxpayers between the amount we fork over each April and what we ultimately receive from the government in return. Tax Day is a tangible, painful reminder of our investments in federal, state and local governments, but itís difficult to discern the governmentís precise role in our day-to-day quality of life and overall pursuit of happiness. Perhaps thatís why 52% of people feel they pay too much in taxes and most people think roughly half of their tax dollars are being wasted.
  • What Are The Most (And Least) Charitable U.S. States?

    05/10/2014 10:31:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    NPR ^ | 05/10/2014 | Bill Chappell
    A map of the U.S. shows the states where residents were the most and least likely to say they had recently donated to charity.Gallup There are only two U.S. states where at least 50 percent of residents say they've recently given either money or time to charity: Utah and Minnesota, according to a new Gallup poll. Nevada and Kentucky tied for the lowest rate of charitable giving.The poll was conducted in the last six months of 2013, when at least 600 residents of each state were asked whether they had donated money to a charity or volunteered at an...
  • Why States Prosper (or Decline): Low taxes, opportunity, and warm weather attract migrants.

    05/10/2014 9:58:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/09/2014 | Stephen Moore & Arthur B. Laffer
    Finally, after being headquartered in Torrance, Calif., for half a century, Toyota has had enough of California’s anti-business, anti-growth policies and is packing its bags and moving to Plano, Texas, where the contrast couldn’t be greater. And Toyota is not alone in fleeing California. You can tell a lot about the hot spots in America by tracking where Americans are moving to and where they are running from. Every year, about 3 million Americans move from one state to another; the combined adjusted gross incomes (AGI) of these movers and shakers is over $140 billion. Last week, the IRS...
  • Zoeller favors major changes to U.S. Senate elections

    05/05/2014 7:04:59 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 67 replies
    nwi.com ^ | April 27, 2014 | Dan Carden
    INDIANAPOLIS | Hoosiers never again would vote in a primary election for U.S. Senate candidates if the decision were up to Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller. Zoeller is among a growing number of state's rights conservatives who favor a so-called "soft repeal" of the 17th Amendment that would empower members of the General Assembly, instead of voters, to nominate each party's U.S. Senate candidates. Voters still would have the final say on who represents Indiana in the Senate. But Zoeller, a Republican, believes giving the General Assembly's control of selecting candidates could revive the idea that U.S. senators are ambassadors...
  • Rich States, Poor States, 2014 Edition

    04/28/2014 6:01:19 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 21 replies
    ALEC ^ | 2014 | Arthur B. Laffer, Stephen Moore and Jonathan Williams
    Throughout the country, states are looking for ways to energize their economies and become more competitive. Each state confronts this task with a set of policy decisions unique to their own situation, but not all state policies lead to economic prosperity. Using years of economic data and empirical evidence from each state, the authors identify which policies can lead a state to economic prosperity. Rich States, Poor States not only identifies these policies but also makes sound research-based conclusions about which states are poised to achieve greater economic prosperity and those that are stuck on the path to a lackluster...
  • Immigration bill could help put Texas in play... Drudge has GOP on life support

    04/26/2014 6:24:28 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 26 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Peyton Craighill
    We reported on Tuesday about the major demographic problem facing Republicans. So, how can the GOP start winning larger shares of non-white voters? Reforming the immigration system might not be the answer. Why not? Because reforming the nation's immigration laws could very well create a whole bunch of new Democrats, including in some key swing states. Let's break it down. The rise in the Hispanic population in the United States is problematic for the GOP, but so far it's been quite slow. In 2004, Hispanics made up 6 percent of all voters. That ticked up to 7 percent in 2008...
  • Montanans, Alaskans Say States Among Top Places to Live

    04/24/2014 9:56:11 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 18 replies
    Gallup Poll ^ | April 24, 2014 | Justin McCarthy
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- When asked to rate their state as a place to live, three in four Montanans (77%) and Alaskans (77%) say their state is the best or one of the best places to live. Residents of Rhode Island (18%) and Illinois (19%) are the least likely to praise their states.
  • Unemployment rates fall in 21 US states last month

    04/18/2014 9:21:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 04/18/2014
    More than two-thirds of the states reported job gains in March, as hiring has improved for much of the country during what has been a sluggish but sustained 4 1/2-year recovery. The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates dropped in 21 states, rose in 17 and were unchanged in the remaining 12. Meanwhile, hiring increased in 34 states and fell in 16. The unemployment rate varies from as low as 2.6 percent in North Dakota to as much as 8.7 percent in Rhode Island. South Carolina has experienced the sharpest rate decline over 12 months to 5.5 percent from...
  • The Most Important Exported Good From Every State

    04/03/2014 7:59:39 PM PDT · by blam · 23 replies
    BI ^ | 4-3-2014 | Andy Kiersz
    The Most Important Exported Good From Every Statea Andy KierszApr. 3, 2014, 5:03 PMIn addition to national numbers, the Census Bureau also keeps track of imports and exports for each of the states. This map shows the international export commodity or product from each state with the greatest dollar value in 2013:{?
  • The Most Popular Job In Every State

    04/03/2014 12:08:21 PM PDT · by blam · 32 replies
    BI ^ | 4-3-2014 | Andy Kiersz
    The Most Popular Job In Every State Andy KierszApr. 2, 2014, 4:59 PM ÔÄÉ Ôāô Some jobs are disproportionately concentrated in certain states. Fashion designers flock to New York, Texas has an outsize share of petroleum engineers, and Floridians are much more likely to be motorboat operators than are other Americans. We made a map that shows the most over-represented job in each state, using the Bureau of Labor Statistics' recently released May 2013 "Occupational Employment Statistics." Each state has far more of these jobs per capita than the nation as a whole. We'll discuss the methodology later. First check...
  • Georgia Votes for Convention of States to Amend Constitution

    03/26/2014 10:33:58 AM PDT · by PapaNew · 30 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 3/7/14 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    The Georgia state legislature has passed a measure calling for a Convention of States to amend the U.S. Constitution, a move long championed by many in the tea party movement. The action restricts the convention to topics of limiting the power of the federal government and establishing term limits for federal officials. Georgia's House voted 107-58 on Thursday to pass the measure, which previously had passed the state Senate. "An Article V Convention of States would provide an opportunity for the citizens of this great nation to restore the balance of power between the states and the federal government," Republican...
  • 50 States of Obamacare Victims

    03/20/2014 12:17:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    YouTube ^ | 3/20/14 | Washington Free Beacon
    Video of Obamacare failure accross the country
  • The states people are fleeing in 2014

    03/17/2014 11:30:33 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 97 replies
    Forbes via MSN ^ | February 13, 2014 | Susan Adams
    More people are moving out of New Jersey than are moving in. The same is true for Illinois and New York. Those three states top the "outbound" list compiled by United Van Lines, the big St. Louis-based moving company that has put together an annual survey of where Americans are moving for the last 37 years. The company analyzed a total of 125,000 moves across the 48 continental states and the District of Columbia in 2013 and came up with a picture of migration patterns across the U.S. According to Professor Michael Stoll, chair of the Department of Public Policy...
  • New Report Reveals Level of Federal Aid to the States and Importance of Fiscal Federalism

    02/28/2014 1:22:07 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 1 replies
    ALEC ^ | 2-28-14 | Will Freeland
    In the face of a stagnating economy and national debt topping $17 trillion, many policymakers in Washington, D.C. are seeking ways to reduce spending. Given that many states increasingly rely on federal spending to craft their state budgets, the necessary federal spending reductions could pose a serious fiscal threat to states that fail to prepare. Whatís more, those federal funds come with serious strings attached, which often hamper state autonomy and effectiveness in policymaking. A recent report from State Budget Solutions based on Census data reveals that on the whole, states received 31.6 percent of their total revenue from the...
  • Holder gives nod to state AGs to drop defense of gay marriage bans amid court challenges

    02/25/2014 8:08:13 AM PST · by ColdOne · 43 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 2/25/14 | foxnews
    Attorney General Eric Holder has given the nod to his state counterparts that they do not have to defend laws they consider discriminatory -- effectively giving the green light for states to stop defending bans on gay marriage. Holder addressed the issue during a gathering of state attorneys general on Tuesday, after detailing his position in a New York Times interview. Speaking to the National Association of Attorneys General, Holder said that any decision not to defend individual laws must be "exceedingly rare" and reserved for "exceptional circumstances." He indicated that legal challenges to gay marriage bans would qualify as...
  • Gallup State of the States: North Dakota No. 1 in Well-Being, West Virginia Still Last

    02/21/2014 7:54:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Gallup ^ | 02/21/2014 | Dan Witters
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- North Dakota residents had the highest well-being in the nation in 2013, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. South Dakota trailed its northern neighbor in second place, with its highest score in six years of measurement. Hawaii held the top spot for the previous four years, but fell slightly last year. West Virginia and Kentucky had the two lowest well-being scores, for the fifth year in a row. North Dakota rejoined the top 10 well-being states in 2013 after being among that group from 2009 to 2011. South Dakota was among the top 10 in well-being for...
  • Plan To Split California Into Six States Gets OK To Gather Signatures

    02/20/2014 10:57:21 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 86 replies
    CBS Local (San Francisco) ^ | February 19, 2014 10:23 AM | Secretary of State Debra Bowen
    SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) Ė Supporters of a plan to divide California into six sates can begin collecting signatures to get the proposal on the ballot. Secretary of State Debra Bowen announced that the proposed ballot initiative Ė known as Six Californias Ė could move forward Tuesday. Under the plan, from venture capitalist Tim Draper, most of the Bay Area would be considered ďSilicon Valley.Ē Napa, Sonoma and Marin Counties would become part of ďNorth California.Ē
  • Obamacare Court Ruling in Halbig a Major Blow to Opt-Out States

    02/13/2014 3:17:29 PM PST · by Ben Mugged · 29 replies
    Open Market ^ | January 15, 2014 | Sam Kazman
    The courtís ruling today in Halbig v. Sebelius delivers a major blow to the states that chose not to participate in the Obamacare insurance exchange program. It is also a blow to the small businesses, employees and individuals who live in those states as well. In upholding this IRS regulation that is contrary to the law enacted by Congress, this decision guts the choice made by a majority of the states to stay out of the exchange program. It imposes Obamacare penalties on employers and on many individuals in those states, penalties that Congress never authorized, putting their livelihoods and...
  • Are State Exchanges Going Bankrupt?

    02/12/2014 7:33:55 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 18 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 02/11/2014 | IBD Staff
    Cost Curve: A little-noticed problem is fast emerging in states that decided to set up their own ObamaCare exchanges. Many of them face financial crises once the federal grant money runs out. After taking nearly $4 billion in federal grants to set up and run their exchanges this year, 14 states and the District of Columbia are supposed to be self-sufficient by next year. At least that's what the ObamaCare statute says (which these days doesn't mean much). But from the looks of it, many are heading into a fiscal brick wall.
  • Rep. James Lankford Introduces Bill for States to Opt Out of Obamacare with 'Health Care Compact'

    02/11/2014 4:38:28 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 4 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/11/2014 | Breitbart News
    Washington, DCóRepresentative James Lankford (R-OK), Chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee, today introduced the House Joint Resolution legislative proposal for the Health Care Compact, a breakthrough governance reform that allows states to clean up the health care mess created by the federal government. ďThe Health Care Compact is a way for states to protect their residents from the top-down, one-size-fits-all health care Ďsolutionsí that have been imposed from Washington DC, including Obamacare,Ē said Lankford. ďThe compact transfers health care decision-making authority and responsibility from the federal level to member states. Those member states are then free to implement their...
  • Poll: D.C. Only U.S. "State" With Positive Economic Confidence

    02/10/2014 8:53:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 10, 2014 | Daniel Doherty
    Gallupís latest economic findings are seemingly straight out of the dystopian novel ďThe Hunger Games.Ē That is to say, every state in the nation boasted a negative economic index score; only the District of Columbia -- the capital city -- is seemingly prospering. Surprise: The pollsters posit some interesting takeaways for us to consider: (1) the disparity between the most economically confident state (Massachusetts) and the least economically confident state (West Virginia) is 43 percentage points. (This excludes the District of Columbia, of course, which is not a state).Thatís an enormous gap, and one that doesnít appear to be shrinking,...
  • This Map Shows How The GDP Of US States Compare To Countries Around The World

    02/04/2014 5:41:51 AM PST · by blam · 17 replies
    BI ^ | 2-4-2014 | Michael Kelley
    This Map Shows How The GDP Of US States Compare To Countries Around The World Michael Kelley Feb. 4, 2014, 7:27 AM ÔÄÉ ÔÉĀ Ôāě Ôāô ÔÉē Feb. 4, 2014, 7:27 AM BI contributor Randy Olson passed along this map, created by reddit user Phaenthi, that presents U.S. states and corresponding countries with similar GDP. Olson, who moderates the subreddit DataisBeautiful, noted that the map is not adjusted for population size "e.g., Minnesota has a population of ~5.5 million and Nigeria has a population of ~175 million." California is the obvious powerhouse, with a GDP of about $2 trillion in...
  • Gallup: Wyoming Residents Most Conservative, D.C. Most Liberal

    01/31/2014 3:50:31 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Gallup ^ | 01/31/2014 | Art Swift
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Wyoming was the most conservative U.S. state in 2013, replacing Alabama, which fell to 10th place. The District of Columbia was once again the most liberal area in the United States, with Vermont and Massachusetts having the highest percentage of liberals among the 50 states. Explore complete state data > Overall, Americans were much more likely to self-identify as conservatives than as liberals last year, though that gap shrank from previous years. The most conservative states are located primarily in the South and West, while the most liberal states are found on the East and West...
  • Alcohol vs. Marijuana (Part 1)

    01/28/2014 4:11:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 65 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 28, 2014 | Chuck Norris
    I understand the arguments for the legalization of marijuana: It can generate tax revenue. It can reduce illegal supply and demand. It can strip power from cartels and lessen crime across and at our borders. And it isn't so dangerous as other illegal drugs or alcohol. President Barack Obama even claimed one of those arguments when he recently told New Yorker Editor David Remnick, "As has been well-documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through...
  • Obama to travel to four states after SOTU (show)

    01/26/2014 4:04:26 AM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/25/14 | Justin Sink
    President Obama will travel to four states in the week following the State of the Union to drum up support for proposals he will outline in his annual address, according to the White House. ďWith some action on all our parts, we can help more jobseekers find work, and more working Americans find the economic security they deserve,Ē White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer said in an email to supporters Saturday. ďThat's why, in the week following the speech, President Obama will travel to communities across the country ó including Prince Georgeís County Maryland, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, and Nashville, before returning...
  • Obama: Marijuana a 'bad habit and a vice,' no more dangerous than alcohol

    01/20/2014 7:39:50 AM PST · by Biggirl · 89 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 20, 2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama said in an interview published Sunday he does not believe marijuana is more dangerous than alcohol and that it was ďimportantĒ that the legalization of the drug in some states to ďgo forwardĒ because it would prevent unfair penalties for some users.
  • Number of Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents on Food Stamps Doubles

    01/17/2014 11:38:30 PM PST · by Innovative · 62 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Jan 17, 2014 | William Bigelow
    The number of Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs) receiving food stamps zoomed from 1.7 million to 3.9 million between Fiscal Year 2007 and Fiscal Year 2010. In that same period, food stamp recipients in total grew from 26 million to nearly 40 million. Spending on food stamps now totals somewhere around $80 billion, twice what the number was in Fiscal Year 2008. Presently, the work waivers foisted on the states by Obama allow ABAWDs to receive food stamps indefinitely--without working or preparing for work.
  • State Fiscal Condition: Ranking the 50 States

    01/17/2014 7:08:04 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 35 replies
    Mercatus Center - George Mason University ^ | January 14, 2014 | Sarah Arnett
    New research from Sarah Arnett examines statesí abilities to meet their financial obligations in the face of state budget challenges that have far outlasted the Great Recession. Fiscal simulations by the Government Accountability Office suggest that despite recent gains in tax revenues and pension assets, the long-term outlook for statesí fiscal condition is negative (GAO 2013). These simulations predict that states will have yearly difficulties balancing revenues and expenditures due, in part, to rising health care costs and the cost of funding state and local pensions. Arnett uses four different indices to analyze state solvency using each stateís fiscal year...
  • Legislation Introduced to Protect State Sovereignty Over Definition of Marriage

    01/10/2014 9:15:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/10/2014 | Napp Nazworth
    Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas) introduced a bill Thursday that would keep a state's definition of marriage for the legal residents of that state for the purposes of federal law. If passed, the bill would require federal agencies to look at how a person's marital status is defined in their home state when determining their marital status for federal law. If, for instance, a same-sex couple lives in a state that defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman and that couple got married in a state that has redefined marriage to include same-sex couples, federal law would...
  • Great News for Michigan on Migration Front!

    01/10/2014 5:34:18 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/8/2014 | Michael LaFaive
    United Van Lines gave the Associated Press an early look at its annual inbound vs. outbound household move statistics for 2013 and the news for Michigan looks fantastic. For the first time in 16 years Michigan is no longer in the "high-outbound" moves category, defined by United Van Lines (UVL) as 55 percent or more of customer traffic leaving a particular state. The Great Lake State has entered what UVL calls its "Balanced" category, where in-bound and out-bound traffic are similar. That's in sharp contrast to this state's lost decade: for four years between 2006 and 2009 Michigan actually had...
  • 70 new anti-abortion laws OK'd in 22 states, second most ever

    01/04/2014 6:50:05 PM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/02/14 | PAUL BEDARD
    Some 22 states enacted 70 new provisions to target abortion last year, the second most ever, prompting an outcry from Planned Parenthood, which accused ďout-of-touch Tea Party politiciansĒ with using ďevery underhanded trick in the book to get these laws passed.Ē A new report from the Guttmacher Institute said that the 70 provisions were second in number to the nearly 90 approved in 2011. The group said that 205 abortion restrictions were approved over the past three years, more than the 189 enacted during the previous decade. The report also noted that many states increased access to abortion, such as...