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  • Thousands of U.S. Military Veterans are facing deportation. Please help us stop this injustice!

    01/17/2012 6:05:04 PM PST · by OL Hickory · 33 replies
    Banished veterans ^ | July 17-2011 | banished veterans
    "When your tour ends," Obama said to those now serving, "when you touch our soil, you will be home in America that is forever here for you, just as you've been there for us. That is my promise." We hope that when the President is made aware of this situation, he will bring these troops that is forever here for them as he states.....
  • MN government request for public comments on Obamacare

    01/11/2012 8:16:34 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Find below a state government request for you to provide public comments on the Obamacare "essential health benefits" requirement for individual and small group insurance policies. Note that this list of benefits (health care services), whether you agree or find them objectionable, will be imposed by the State....as allowed by the federal government.  The Feds are being gentle now, allowing "flexibility" for States to do as they wish, but that is likely temporary. Once the State has acquiesced to the presumption of federal control, expect the Feds to mandate the health care services they want included, and exclude the services they...
  • Ten States That Cannot Pay Their Bills

    01/11/2012 8:04:38 AM PST · by blam · 62 replies
    24/7 Wallst.com ^ | 1-11-2012 | Michael B. Sauter, Charles B. Stockdale, Ashley C. Allen
    Ten States That Cannot Pay Their Bills Posted: January 11, 2012 at 6:59 amMichael B. Sauter, Charles B. Stockdale, Ashley C. Allen 10. New Hampshire > 2011 budget shortfall as a % of general fund: 27.2% > 2011 budget shortfall: $365 million > 2012 projected budget shortfall: 18.4% (8th largest) > GDP change (2006 – 2010): +7.5% (11th smallest increase) > Median home value change (2006 – 2010): -4% (12th largest decline) New Hampshire is often considered to have weathered the recession better than most states. It has one of the strongest economies in the country in many respects. Its...
  • Energy Conference Focuses On Shale Gas Hot-Button Issues

    01/10/2012 9:19:37 PM PST · by greenwill · 1 replies · 2+ views
    New Mexico Tech ^ | 01/10/2012 | Thomas Guengerich/
    SOCORRO, N.M. January 10, 2012 – As oil companies deploy hundreds of wells in northeast Pennsylvania to tap into the lucrative “shale gas” deposits, many are weighing the environmental impacts, the economic outlook and the regulatory climate related to the latest bonanza in domestic natural gas production.
  • (Minimum) Wage Floor Is Increasing in 8 States in New Year (helps working families)

    12/26/2011 2:01:07 PM PST · by Libloather · 28 replies
    NY Times ^ | 12/23/11 | CATHERINE RAMPELL
    Wage Floor Is Increasing in 8 States in New YearBy CATHERINE RAMPELL Published: December 23, 2011 Eight states will ring in the New Year with a higher minimum wage, under state laws that require wage floors to keep apace with inflation. San Francisco, one of the few cities that sets its own minimum wage above the federal level, is also raising wages for the lowest-paid workers in the new year. It will become the first big city in the country to require companies to pay their workers more than $10 an hour. The minimum wage increases in Arizona, Colorado, Florida,...
  • Dozen states will prove pivotal in race to White House

    12/25/2011 9:38:06 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/25/11 | Dave Boyer
    The 2012 presidential race will be decided in a dozen swing states, and President Obama faces a hard road to victory in many of them. “It appears this election will be much more like Bush-Gore” in 2000, said Democratic strategist Steve McMahon, co-founder of Alexandria-based Purple Strategies. “The president ain’t gonna win by 95 electoral votes.” Political strategists in both parties say the number of reliably Democratic states should give Mr. Obama at least 196 electoral votes, and the solidly Republican states should give the GOP nominee 191.
  • Northeast states cut heating aid to poor

    12/11/2011 9:30:24 AM PST · by Nachum · 60 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/11/11 | ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Mary Power is 92 and worried about surviving another frigid New England winter because deep cuts in federal home heating assistance benefits mean she probably can't afford enough heating oil to stay warm. She lives in a drafty trailer in Boston's West Roxbury neighborhood and gets by on $11,148 a year in pension and Social Security benefits. Her heating aid help this year will drop from $1,035 to $685. With rising heating oil prices, it probably will cost her more than $3,000 for enough oil to keep warm unless she turns her thermostat down to 60 degrees,...
  • Poll: Gingrich holds double-digit leads in 3 of first 4 voting states

    12/08/2011 3:56:37 AM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/07/11 | Jonathan Easley
    Poll: Gingrich holds double-digit leads in 3 of first 4 voting statesBy Jonathan Easley - 12/07/11 04:34 PM ET Newt Gingrich holds double-digit leads over the rest of the Republican presidential field in Iowa, South Carolina and Florida – three of the first four states that will vote in primaries or caucuses this January, according to a CNN-Time-ORC poll released on Wednesday. In Iowa, Gingrich leads Mitt Romney 33 percent to 20 percent, in South Carolina he leads Romney 43 percent to 20 percent, and Gingrich performs best in Florida, where he leads Romney 48 percent to 25 percent. Romney...
  • INFOGRAPHIC: A State-By-State Look At America's Wealth Distribution

    12/06/2011 12:39:11 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/06/2011 | Madeline Scinto
    With the ongoing conversation everyone has been having on income disparity, here's a Mint Blog infographic analyzing the phenomenon state by state. Unsurprisingly, smaller states with fancy New York City-like commuter neighborhoods are among the richest, while Southern regions are among the poorest. What's truly interesting are a few unexpected states in the second-to-poorest bracket, including Florida, Idaho, and Montana:
  • Best and Worst Run States in America — An Analysis Of All 50

    11/29/2011 7:06:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    Wall Street 24X7 ^ | 11/28/2011 | Douglas A. McIntyre, Michael B. Sauter, Charles B. Stockdale, Ashley C. Allen
    How well run are America’s 50 states? The answer depends a lot on where you live. For the second year, 24/7 Wall St. has reviewed data on financial health, standard of living and government services by state to determine how well each state is managed. Based on this data, 24/7 Wall St. ranked the 50 states from the best to worst run. The best-run state is Wyoming. The worst-run state is California. Comparing the 50 states can be a challenge because they are so different. Some states have abundant natural resources while others rely on service or innovation. State populations...
  • Forecasted Job Growth Better in Right-to-Work States

    11/17/2011 10:48:38 AM PST · by BUSHdude2000 · 4 replies
    US Daily Review ^ | 11-17-11 | Kimberly Morin
    USA Today came out with a one year forecasted jobs growth graph that has some interesting results. According to the survey, the only states that are forecasted to grow jobs by 2% or more are Right-to-Work states – Wyoming, Utah and Oklahoma (Note: USA Today does not identify states in this way). The majority of states slated to see negative job growth are 7 to 1 Forced Union states, Georgia being the only exception as the sole Right-to-Work state.
  • Another Obamacare Glitch (Huge! Hussein Trying To Re-Write Law With IRS--not Congress!)

    11/16/2011 10:53:53 AM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 67 replies
    Even if ObamaCare survives Supreme Court scrutiny next spring, its trials will be far from over. That's because the law has a major glitch that threatens its basic functioning. It's so problematic, in fact, that the Obama administration is now brazenly trying to rewrite the law without involving Congress. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act offers "premium assistance"—tax credits and subsidies—to households purchasing coverage through new health-insurance exchanges. This assistance was designed to hide a portion of the law's cost to individuals by reducing the premium hikes that individuals will face after ObamaCare goes into effect in 2014. (If...
  • Warning! Progressives NPV Plan For White House Control, 2012 & Permanently

    10/31/2011 6:19:20 AM PDT · by csd · 12 replies
    Beforeitsnews.com ^ | Oct 30, 2011 | Ventura County Tea Party
    While the lamestream media holds public attention on GOP candidate rivalries, a “progressive” strategy is underway to eliminate the role of the states in electing a U.S. President. By transferring electoral votes to a “national popular vote” this “Compact” would usurp the role of the states as safeguarded by our Constitution. In doing so, it could also neutralize Obama’s critics — totally. This may be the most vital – and time sensitive - expose WAM has ever uncovered and shared! And it’s happening now, under the radar, with the general public in the dark. This “ultimate vote fraud” is intentionally...
  • US States Are Facing Total Debt of Over $4 Trillion (Give or take a few Trillion.)

    10/25/2011 12:35:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies
    CNBC ^ | 10/24/11 | Reuters
    The total of U.S. state debt, including pension liabilities, could surpass $4 trillion, with California owing the most and Vermont owing the least, a new analysis says. The nonprofit State Budget Solutions combined states' major debt and future liabilities, primarily for pensions and employee healthcare, unemployment insurance loans, outstanding bonds and projected fiscal 2011 budget gaps. It found that in total, states are in debt for $4.2 trillion. The group, which follows state fiscal conditions and advocates for limited spending and taxes, said the deficit calculations that states make "do not offer a full picture of the states' liabilities and...
  • Here Are The 10 Most Debt-Ridden States In America

    10/24/2011 1:41:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/24/2011 | Jon Terbush
    While the federal government grapples with its own enormous deficit, individual states are also facing huge deficits that total an astounding combined $4 trillion. That figure comes from the newly-released annual report on state debt from State Budget Solutions, a nonprofit think tank that cuts through state government accounting tricks to find the true extent of their deficit burdens. For their figures, SBS combined states' outstanding debt and their current year budget shortfalls, and then factored in the projected costs of other liabilities, including pension and retirement costs, that have yet to be paid for. On the high end, SBS...
  • Minimum Wage To Rise In 8 States

    10/03/2011 3:20:22 PM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies
    The Denver Channel ^ | 10/03/11 | Tami Luhby
    Minimum Wage To Rise In 8 StatesBumps Range From 28 Cents To 37 Cents Per Hour Tami Luhby UPDATED: 2:54 pm MDT October 3, 2011 NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Minimum-wage workers in eight states could see their paychecks grow by hundreds of dollars next year, thanks to automatic annual increases in the rates. Colorado, Montana, Ohio, Washington and Oregon recently announced their 2012 minimum wages, which contain bumps ranging from 28 cents to 37 cents per hour. This translates into annual raises of between $582 and $770 for full-time workers at that end of the pay scale depending on where...
  • Frankly, Scott has a better idea on highway funding

    09/29/2011 1:01:24 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    nj.com (Star-Ledger) ^ | September 29, 2011 | Paul Mulshine
    The other day our sister newspaper, the Gloucester County Times, reported on a raid at a fraternity house at Rowan University where — get ready for a shock — some college kids were drinking. About 100 of the kids were underage and will face charges. Believe it or not, that incident has its roots in the same problem that led to the controversy over the so-called "Bridge to Nowhere" in Alaska. That problem lies in the way the federal government distributes highway funding: poorly. It’s obvious in the case of the bridge that would have connected the city of Ketchikan,...
  • White House Mixes Up Colorado and Wyoming

    09/28/2011 7:35:40 PM PDT · by ImNotLying · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 28, 2011 | Ed Henry
    The whole point of President Obama's three-day swing through the West was to make sure the region knows it's important in 2012, though the White House may have ended up offending a few folks in Colorado.
  • Not what you think (WI budget)

    09/26/2011 9:58:45 AM PDT · by Sopater · 6 replies
    Wisconsin Magazin ^ | September, 2011 | George Lightbourn
    Let’s peel away the hyperbole to see what Gov. Walker really did in his first budget. Great people and great institutions can give us great moments worthy of Churchill. Given the size of last winter’s demonstrations in Madison and the international attention they received, it is tempting to define Gov. Scott Walker’s first budget as one of those Churchillian moments. That would be a mistake. As the volume of protests rose along with Wisconsin’s blood pressure, it was easy to be caught up in the passion of the moment. To be sure, Walker’s budget was startling in so many ways....
  • New Jobs Bill OVERRIDES STATE’s RIGHTS

    09/20/2011 5:33:02 PM PDT · by Yosemitest · 14 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Sept 20, 2011 | Becket Adams
    What You’re Not Hearing About the New Jobs Bill: It Overrides State’s Rights September 20, 2011 at 12:01pm by Becket Adams With the introduction of The American Jobs Act, Americans may soon witness a rerun of the Obama healthcare struggle. Much like its predecessor, president Obama’s newest bill contains certain provisions that would appear to benefit those who wrote the bill more than those for whom the bill was supposedly written. For instance, buried deep, deep on page 133 of the bill, it states: SEC. 376. FEDERAL AND STATE IMMUNITY. (a) Abrogation of State Immunity- A State shall not...