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  • Already Swamping Budgets: Which State Will Be First to Abandon the Obamacare Medicaid Expansion?

    04/22/2016 8:41:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/22/2016 | By Teresa Oelke & Akash Chougule
    President Reagan once opined that “government programs, once launched, never disappear,” calling them “the nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth.” Today, Arkansas is proving why Reagan’s pithy sound bite has matured into a truism. In recent days, officials came as close as any state ever has to throwing in the towel on the Obamacare Medicaid expansion, but parliamentary maneuvers by Governor Asa Hutchison — a Republican — mean he’ll likely muscle through more funding for the program. The Arkansas fight, however, is a leading indicator of what’s to come, as lawmakers around the country...
  • Confederate emblem removed at U.S. Capitol (State flags!)

    04/21/2016 2:55:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    USA Today | April 21, 2016 | Deborah Barfield Berry
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/04/21/confederate-flag-removed-us-capitol-tunnel/83337106/
  • Super Tuesday Scorecard: Big night possible for Donald Trump (State by State Forecast)

    02/28/2016 7:33:34 AM PST · by xzins · 160 replies
    The Hill ^ | 28 Feb 16 | Jonathan Easley
    Donald Trump is poised to grow his delegate lead over the Republican field with a strong showing on Super Tuesday. The long-time GOP front-runner leads in the latest polls in eight of the 11 states that will vote on March 1, and heÂ’s the only candidate who is competitive across-the-board. Even worse for TrumpÂ’s rivals is that you must win at least 20 percent of the vote to get any delegates in the four states with the largest prizes. The latest polls show Marco Rubio, John Kasich and Ben Carson are below the threshold in all four of those states,...
  • Is the establishment going to run a third party candidate to spoil Trump in battleground states?

    02/26/2016 5:13:55 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 60 replies
    This is the theory that makes the most sense. I read Mickey Kaus tweet about it. Bloomberg can't win Indiana, North Carolina or any of the states McCain lost. It has to be more liberal than that. Bloomberg spoil in Florida or Nevada or Colorado . They can't win with a third party but they need to hurt trump in battleground states somewhere.
  • Here's how much tech workers are paid in all 50 states — see where yours ranks

    01/27/2016 3:30:30 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/27/2016 | Brandt Ranj
    If you've ever wondered whether the grass would be greener — or if you literally make more green — by moving to another state or working in tech, we have your answer. We've ranked the average salary of tech workers in all 50 states, using the latest data from a new survey conducted by Dice.com. While you'll need the necessary skills to get your foot in the door of a tech job, this roundup gives you the chance to at least see how your state, and those across the country, stack up. Here's how every state ranks, from those with...
  • Convention of States Rhetoric Is Overly Simplistic

    01/23/2016 2:18:33 PM PST · by Alexander Reagan · 16 replies
    The Convention of States rhetoric is overly simplistic since they know that most supporters of a constitutional convention rely on the words of admired conservative leaders topped off with little time for doing their own independent research. This is unfortunate since they are being deceived. Here is some information to show the deception.
  • Here are the states where Trump is strongest and weakest

    01/01/2016 10:51:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    America Thinker ^ | 01/01/2015 | Ed Straker
    The New York Times published the results of a study of 11,000 interviews with voters who call themselves Republican-leaning (but may not all be Republicans – more on that below).  They broke it down by congressional district to gauge the level of support for Donald Trump.  The purpose of their study seems to be to show that places where people do racist web searches correlated nearly perfectly with places where Trump has his strongest support (really!).  But let's ignore this wacko angle (unless we also want to see if Obama is most popular in places where blacks kill blacks)...
  • Feds to states: No, you cannot ban Syrian refugees

    12/02/2015 12:12:07 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    Was ^ | 12/02/2015 | By Niraj Chokshi
    More than half of the nation's governors say they will not accept Syrian refugees in their states, but they may have little choice. States cannot pick and choose which refugees to take in, federal officials with the Health and Human Services Department's Office of Refugee Resettlement warned in a letter sent out last week. If they deny services to any group of refugees, states may risk losing resettlement funding altogether. "States that continue to use ORR funding must ensure that assistance and services are delivered without regard to race, religion, nationality, sex, or political opinion," ORR Director Robert Carey wrote....
  • Syrian Refugees Have Been Resettled In 36 States, Most In CA,TX, MI

    12/01/2015 1:05:08 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/01/15 | Caroline May
    Since the start of the Syria's civil war in the spring of 2011, the U.S. has admitted 2,311 Syrian refugees and resettled them in 36 different states. According to data from the State Department's Refugee Processing Center the top three destinations for Syrian refugees since the beginning of the conflict are California, Texas, and Michigan. From March 15, 2011 through December 1, 2015, California received the most (261) Syrian refugees, Texas received the second most with 242, and Michigan has received the third most with 217. Other states that have received Syrian refugees since March 2011 include: Arizona (182), Illinois...
  • How Bernie's 90% Income Tax will kill Blue Governments! (AMT hurts!) [Vanity]

    11/27/2015 4:33:47 AM PST · by SES1066 · 6 replies
    11/27/15 | Self
    As I sit here doing my 2016 tax training (I am an Enrolled Agent), I am wondering how many Blue State / Blue City politicians have really realized how much of a disaster SOCIALIST Sen. Bernie Sanders would be if he were to be elected and pass his proposal for increasing the Federal Income Tax rates? This post is an effort to answer his campaign point of "Why can't we return to the Eisenhower tax rates?"
  • Obama: It's illegal for states to refuse Syrian refugees

    11/25/2015 9:47:11 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 75 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/11/15 | Ben Ariel
    The Obama administration on Wednesday reminded state officials across the country that states do not have legal authority to refuse to accept Syrian refugees, reports The Associated Press (AP). The reminder from the White House came amid a growing controversy over the plan to accept Syrian refugees, in the wake of the discovery of a Syrian passport near the body of one assailant in the Paris attacks. No less than 24 states announced earlier this week they would block the program to resettle Syrian migrants within their borders, though White House officials defended the current refugee program. Later, the House...
  • HOW TO FIND OUT ABOUT DONALD TRUMP EVENTS IN YOUR STATE

    11/20/2015 10:31:11 AM PST · by seekthetruth · 48 replies
    EventBrite ^ | November 20, 2015 | SeekTheTruth
    To search for Donald Trump upcoming events, go to the EventBrite web site. To the right of the box entitled "Search for events or categories", type in your particular state. To the right of the "State" box, there is a "Date" box. Select "This Week" or "Next Week". If Donald Trump has an event listed, you will be able to find the details about the event. If you post the information about the particular event on a particular thread, please ping me. I will then ping my Freeper ping list for your particular state to help spread the word about...
  • Keeping Out Jihadists: What the Constitution Tells Us About States’ Powers

    11/18/2015 7:37:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/18/2015 | by JOHN C. EASTMAN
    The jihadist attacks in Paris this past weekend have raised anew grave concerns about the president's aggressive policy of settling tens of thousands of Syrian refugees in cities and towns across the United States. More than two dozen governors have announced their opposition to the refugee-resettlement program, but commentators have raised serious questions about whether the states have any power whatsoever to prevent the president's actions. The federal government's power over immigration is "plenary," we are told, and the states have nothing to say about the matter. Or so the received wisdom goes. Truth be told, Congress does not...
  • 28 states refuse Syrian refugees - AL, MI, TX, LA, AR, IN, IL, MA, MS, OH, FL, WI, NC, AZ, ME, NH...

    11/16/2015 9:47:39 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 443 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 16, 2015 | Jesse Byrnes
    "Slamming the door in their faces would be a betrayal of our values," [Obama] said.Six Republican governors have announced that Syrian refugees won't be allowed to resettle in their states in the wake of last week's terrorist attacks in Paris. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley issued statements Sunday saying that they wanted to prioritize the safety of the residents in their states. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott; Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a GOP presidential candidate; Arkansas Gov. Gov. Asa Hutchinson; and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence joined them on Monday. "Michigan is a welcoming state and we are...
  • Obama plan for Syrian refugees scrambled by state opposition (15 states now refuse)

    11/16/2015 12:43:14 PM PST · by jazusamo · 55 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 16, 2015
    The Paris terror attacks may have put a clamp on President Obama's plans to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees over the next year, as the number of governors saying they won't take them swells. At the same time, top congressional lawmakers are urging the administration to halt the plan. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul called on Obama to "temporarily suspend the admission of all additional Syrian refugees" pending a "full review," according to a letter obtained by Fox News. The resistance at the state level is coalescing at a rapid clip. So far, governors in at least 15 states...
  • Let States Build Their Own Highways

    11/13/2015 8:09:51 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    Reason ^ | October 6, 2015 | Veronique de Rugy
    When Congress left town for the August recess, it did so without coming to an agreement on a long-term transportation bill. Instead, the president signed a three-month extension that set the stage for another showdown this fall. More than 30 such temporary extensions have passed since the last multi-year transportation bill expired in 2011. The inability of Congress to come together to pass a transportation package has frustrated the myriad special interests whose lobbyists want assurances that the dollars will keep flowing for years, and not just months, to come. And the media, which seldom miss an opportunity to push...
  • REPORT: Obama Just Got SHOCKING News From These States…This Could Be His Worst Nightmare

    11/11/2015 7:12:40 PM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 46 replies
    Obama insists that DEMOCRATS are the future of America saying that the Republican party is 'outdated.' In reality, Obama is dead wrong. More Republicans are making massive gains at the state and local levels. Take the victory of the governor elect Matt Bevin in Kentucky recently! Bevin, a Tea Party favorite became only the second Republican in four decades to win Kentucky’s governorship! The Washington Post reports: With Matt Bevin’s win in Kentucky on Tuesday night, Republicans now hold 32 of the nation’s governorships — 64 percent of all the governors mansions in the country. (One race, in Louisiana, won’t...
  • America's States fail integrity test: Only 3 receive grade higher than D+ in Public Integrity

    11/10/2015 7:29:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/10/2015 | Rick Moran
    The Center for Public Integrity has issued a report that shows tht only three states recieved a grade of better than "D+."  The investigation "found that in state after state, open records laws are laced with exemptions and part-time legislators and agency officials engage in glaring conflicts of interests and cozy relationships with lobbyists. Meanwhile, feckless, understaffed watchdogs struggle to enforce laws as porous as honeycombs." That's pulling no punches. After describing disturbing practices in several states, the report says: These are among the practices illuminated by the State Integrity Investigation, which measured hundreds of variables to compile transparency and...
  • Democrats have been decimated at the state level, but a presidential loss could turn things around

    11/07/2015 11:40:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/07/2015 | Matt Vespa
    For the most part, Republicans trounced Democrats in state and local races across the country. It was a great night for the GOP, especially Matt Bevin's surprise win in Kentucky. Most had written him off in the weeks prior to Election Day, citing the inability for both him and his Democratic opponent, Attorney General Jack Conway, from getting any sort of traction with the electorate. In the end, Bevin beat Conway by almost ten points. The Republican State Leadership Committee, who serves at the frontlines of state and local races, noted their massive victory during their conference call yesterday....
  • The 2015 Election Tightened The Republican Stranglehold...

    11/04/2015 1:40:50 PM PST · by goldstategop · 43 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/04/2015 | Chris Cillizza
    It's hard to overstate how important those GOP gains — and the consolidation of them we've seen in the last few years — are to the relative fates of the two parties. While the story at the national level suggests a Republican Party that is growing increasingly white, old and out of step with the country on social issues, the narrative at the local level is very different. Republicans are prospering at the state level in ways that suggest that the party's messaging is far from broken. There are other, more pragmatic effects of the GOP dominance in governor's races...
  • State By State Map That Says It All (GOP Dominance Of States)

    11/04/2015 1:29:53 PM PST · by goldstategop · 38 replies
  • It’s About We the People, Not They the Government

    10/31/2015 11:20:24 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/31/15 | Arthur Christopher Schaper
    The fight is not over, and we are winning battles here and there. The problem was that more of us needed to start fighting in the first place I am not happy about what I am seeing in Washington. Frankly, I believe everyone feels this way. It’s about time that more people felt angry with Washington DC backroom deals, big business bailouts, and big labor cronyism. Then again, I am not happy about being unhappy. Too many people in this country were NOT angry. They were not even paying attention to what was going on, or they turned a blind...
  • Illinois To Delay Pension Payments Amid Budget Woes: [Trunc]

    10/14/2015 12:31:43 PM PDT · by amorphous · 17 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 14 Oct 2015 | Tyler Durden
    By now, Illinois' budget problems are no secret. Back in May, after the State Supreme Court struck down a pension reform bid, Moody's move to downgrade the city of Chicago thrust the state's financial woes into the national spotlight. Since then, the situation hasn't gotten any better and despite hiring an "all star" budget guru (for $30,000 a month no less), Bruce Rauner was unable to pass a budget in a timely fashion leading directly to all types of absurdities including everything from the possibility of shortened school years to lottery winners being paid in IOUs. Now, as Bloomberg reports,...
  • Supreme Court's Gay Marriage Ruling Must Be Rejected by States, 64 Legal Experts Say

    10/10/2015 6:02:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/10/2015 | Michael Gryboski
    A group of 64 legal experts and scholars have signed a statement calling on Americans to oppose the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision legalizing gay marriage nationwide.The Washington, DC-based American Principles Project posted the legal experts' statement Thursday on their website in which they denounced the 5-4 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges. "The Court's majority opinion eschewed reliance on the text, logic, structure, or original understanding of the Constitution, as well as the Court's own interpretative doctrines and precedents, and supplied no compelling reasoning to show why it is unjustified for the laws of the states to sustain marriage as...
  • (MI) Schuette Calls on All States to Impose Sanctions on Iran

    09/06/2015 5:55:25 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 27 replies
    Michigan Attorney General's office ^ | September 1, 2015 | Office of Bill Schuette
    LANSING- In response to President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt today issued a letter to the Governors of all 50 states urging them to impose state-based sanctions against Iran. “Iran engages in some of the world’s most severe human rights abuses, oppressing women, and persecuting people of nearly all faiths, including Jews, Christians and Baha’is,” said Schuette. "In my past service as a Congressman from Michigan, I supported a strong national defensive capability and opposed relations with Iran, a country hostile to both the United States and our key...
  • Taxpayers Fleeing Democrat-Run States for Republican Ones

    09/04/2015 5:40:17 AM PDT · by Arcy · 50 replies
    American's for Tax Reform ^ | Sept. 4, 2015 | Paul Blair
    In 2013, more than 200,000 people on net fled states with Democrat governors for ones run by Republicans, according to an analysis of newly released IRS data by Americans for Tax Reform. "People move away from high tax states to low tax states. Every tax refugee is sending a powerful message to politicians," said ATR President Grover Norquist. "They are voting with their feet. Leaders in Texas and Florida are listening. New York and California are not." That year, Democrat-run states lost a net 226,763 taxpayers, bringing with them nearly $15.7 billion in adjusted gross income (AGI). That same year,...
  • This chart shows how much each state contributes to the US economy

    09/03/2015 8:14:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/03/2015 | Matthew Speiser
    The US is the richest nation in the world, with an annual GDP of $17.3 trillion in 2014. However, some states are greater contributors to the economy than others. To illustrate differences among state economies, the folks at HowMuch.net created a chart that shows the relative economic value of each US state. The states are also color-coded based on which region of the country they're in.HowMuch.net The three regions that contribute the most to the economy are the Far West (18.6%), Southeast (21.3%), and Mideast (18.2%). California (13.3%), Texas (9.5%), and New York (8.1%) have the largest economies in the...
  • Serial Snipers in 6 states... AZ, CO, IL, MI, NC, and OH (coincidence?)

    09/02/2015 8:08:15 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 24 replies
    09/02/15
    Please see the the following links below. Just a coincidence or what? http://www.coloradoan.com/story/news/2015/08/24/windshield-shatters-on-i-25-in-fort-collins/32283265/ http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/shootings-arizonas-i-10-put-drivers-alert-n419291 http://www.youngcons.com/sniper-suspected-of-shooting-at-cars-on-two-interstates-in-michigan/ http://www.cleveland.com/akron/index.ssf/2015/09/akron_highway_shooting_mirrors.html#incart_m-rpt-1 http://kwqc.com/2015/09/01/henry-county-ill-vehicles-targeted-sheriff-investigates/ http://www.wsoctv.com/photo/news/local/shots-fired-car-waiting-east-charlotte-intersectio/pCpx5Q/
  • Digging into Northeast neglect

    08/22/2015 8:05:46 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | August 21, 2015 | The Baltimore Sun
    It may have escaped the attention of Baltimoreans but things have gotten a little testy in the New York-New Jersey area in recent weeks over the state of century-old rail tunnels running under the Hudson River. The deteriorating condition of the tunnels is threatening Amtrak and other rail service, but how to pay for a $14 billion-plus replacement has proven a challenge. Unfortunately, that's not just a problem for New York City but for Baltimore and other stops along Amtrak's Northeast Corridor, the nation's most heavily traveled railway handling more than 750,000 passengers a day. The stations in Baltimore and...
  • Scott Walker: How I would cut Washington down to size

    07/27/2015 9:04:44 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 45 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 7-27-15 | Sarah Westwood
    Scott Walker is running for president hardened by four years of fighting for fiscal pragmatism and public sector reform as governor of Wisconsin. Those bruising battles, and his victories in them, underscore nearly every position he has staked out on the road he hopes will take him to the White House. He touts legislative accomplishments in a blue state, his defeat of militantly hostile unions, and his reversal of the state's budget deficit. Walker slashed wasteful spending by forming a special commission tasked with rooting out abuse, and forced the state government to publish its expenditures online. Candidates often talk...
  • Ranking the states according to their ‘fiscal health’ [Liberal states fare the worst]

    07/08/2015 7:34:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Personal Liberty ^ | 07/08/2015
    Rural states with a history of conservative leadership generally fare better than urban ones with a history of progressive leadership — but there are exceptions in this latest study by George Mason University, ranking the 50 states in terms of their governments’ financial health.The Mercatus Center, a pro-market think tank at George Mason, released this year’s version of “Ranking the States by Fiscal Condition,” a remarkably well-named look at how each of the 50 states is faring when it comes to stewardship of public funds.Alaska tops the rankings, with the Dakotas, Nebraska and Florida rounding out the top five.Illinois is...
  • Can States Ignore the Supreme Court on Gay Marriage?

    07/01/2015 2:31:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 07/01/2015 | David A. Graham
    Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz are suggesting there might be ways for states and cities to nullify the justices’ ruling. They’re wrong. The Supreme Court’s decision last week did make gay marriage legal nationwide. Unfortunately for social conservatives, it did not, however, make nullification legal around the nation. Nullification is the historical idea that states can ignore federal laws, or pass laws that supercede them. This concept has a long but not especially honorable pedigree in U.S. history. Its origins date back to antebellum America, where Southern states tried to nullify tariffs and Northern states tried to nullify fugitive-slave laws....
  • Ted Cruz: States should ignore gay-marriage ruling

    06/29/2015 6:13:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 128 replies
    Politico ^ | 06/29/2015 | By ADAM B. LERNER
    Ted Cruz has some unsolicited advice for the states not specifically named in last week’s Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage: Ignore it. “Those who are not parties to the suit are not bound by it,” the Texas Republican told NPR News’ Steve Inskeep in an interview published on Monday. Since only suits against the states of Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan and Kentucky were specifically considered in the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision, which was handed down last Friday, Cruz — a former Supreme Court clerk — believes that other states with gay marriage bans need not comply, absent a...
  • Obamacare Ruling May Have Just Killed State-Based Exchanges

    06/25/2015 8:28:26 AM PDT · by Theoria · 49 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 25 June 2015 | Margot Sanger-Katz
    Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that health insurance consumers can receive federal subsidies regardless of their state’s role in running their insurance market, fewer states may stay in the game.When the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, most people expected that each state would want to run its own health insurance marketplace. That never really happened, as many states opted to let the federal system, HealthCare.gov, do the work for them. Many of those states that did try running their own marketplaces are starting to think twice.Now, with the Supreme Court ensuring that every state’s consumers will have...
  • Land Control: Feds Announce Sweeping Plan to Conserve Sage Grouse Habitat

    06/11/2015 12:07:02 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | June 10, 2015 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), part of the Interior Department, will decide by September 30 whether to list the greater sage-grouse as an endangered or threatened species under the 1973 Endangered Species Act (ESA).The stakes are huge: Greater sage-grouse (or prairie chicken) habitat covers 165 million acres across 11 western states, but that is only half of what it used to be, the federal government says. At one time, the greater sage-grouse population likely numbered in the millions, but it is now estimated to be in the 200,000 to 500,000 range.The enormous sage grouse habitat also is home to...
  • Liberal Columnist Disses 'Michissippians' Like It's 2009; Michigan Outperforms States He Elevates

    06/05/2015 9:11:24 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/2/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Detroit Free Press columnist Brian Dickerson stated in a column that improving Michigan roads was key to improving the state’s economic future and that’s why it was so important to pass Proposal 1. But he lamented what he saw as the attitudes of voters toward the proposal: “It's the collective shrug of Michissippians who've begun to doubt their state will ever again compete with mega-states like New York and Ohio, or even up-and-comers like North Carolina and Tennessee.” ForTheRecord says: It’s not 2009 anymore. Michigan’s job growth percentage (10.6 percent) from June 2009 to March 2015 has exceeded New York...
  • It’s time for major licensing reform

    05/31/2015 8:53:28 AM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 25 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | 05/31/2015 | Jon E. Dougherty
    Should government – primarily state and local government – be able to prevent someone from actually working in a field or profession after they have spent tens of thousands of dollars and perhaps many years on an education from an accredited college or university? Unfortunately, too many states and localities believe the answer to that question is “yes.” Their attitude is that unless government gives its seal of approval – and always for a fee, of course – then somehow trained, qualified and educated men and women are not fit to practice their craft. It’s time to dispel this myth.
  • Federal Reserve: These states are stealing from the poor

    05/29/2015 5:30:02 AM PDT · by ro_dreaming · 45 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 26 May 2015 | John-Henry Perera
    A team of researchers at the Federal Reserve are pointing fingers at more than a handful of states they say are actively undermining the government's attempts to curb income inequality. According to a new paper, the federal tax code works to compress income inequality across the U.S., a problem that has been growing since 1980. The general idea is that high earners should be taxed at higher rates, allowing a good portion of that revenue to go into programs that help lower-income people. In contrast, some states have instituted "regressive" tax policies that offset federal taxes and widen the growing...
  • State Nullification: What Is It?

    05/23/2015 3:15:50 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 18 replies
    State nullification is the idea that the states can and must refuse to enforce unconstitutional federal laws. Says Who? Says Thomas Jefferson, among other distinguished Americans. His draft of the Kentucky Resolutions of 1798 first introduced the word “nullification” into American political life, and follow-up resolutions in 1799 employed Jefferson’s formulation that “nullification…is the rightful remedy” when the federal government reaches beyond its constitutional powers. In the Virginia Resolutions of 1798, James Madison said the states were “duty bound to resist” when the federal government violated the Constitution. But Jefferson didn’t invent the idea. Federalist supporters of the Constitution...
  • Gohmert on Jade Helm: Gov’t Must Not ‘Practice War Against Its Own States’

    05/19/2015 6:03:21 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 35 replies
    Mediate ^ | 05/18/15 | Evan McMurry
    Once I observed the map depicting “hostile,” “permissive” and “uncertain” states and locations, I was rather appalled that the hostile areas amazingly have a Republican majority and believe in the sanctity of the United States Constitution. When the federal government begins, even in practice, games or exercises, to consider any U.S. city or state in “hostile” control and trying to retake it, the message becomes extremely calloused and suspicious. Such labeling tends to make people who have grown leery of federal government overreach become suspicious of whether their big brother government anticipates certain states may start another civil war or...
  • Scalia Defends The Constitution, Questions The 17th Amendment

    05/14/2015 7:39:12 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | May 13, 2015 | Randy DeSoto
    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia reaffirmed his commitment to defending the Constitution while speaking to the Federalist Society in his home state of New Jersey on Friday. Scalia, the preeminent conservative firebrand of the court, told the audience it is the structure of the government under the Constitution and not the liberties guaranteed under the Bill of Rights that makes us free. As reported by The Daily Signal: “Every tin horn dictator in the world today, every president for life, has a Bill of Rights,” said Scalia, author of the 2012 book Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts. “That’s...
  • States could force Catholic priests to perform same-sex ‘marriages’ or lose legal status...

    04/30/2015 8:47:37 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 62 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/29/15 | Fr. Mark Hodges
    "States could force Catholic priests to perform same-sex ‘marriages’ or lose legal status: Justice Scalia" If the Supreme Court rules that same-sex “marriage” is a constitutional right, one justice has said that the government could force clergy of all denominations to perform gay “weddings” or lose the ability to officiate any state-sanctioned marriage. On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges, the case that will decide whether the Constitution forbids states from upholding marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Among the exchanges, Justice Antonin Scalia repeatedly noted that if the High...
  • What Does Each State Have More Of Than Any Other?

    04/26/2015 2:45:59 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 27 replies
    Estately ^ | Ryan Nickum | March 2, 2015
    Deciding which American state to live in isn’t easy. It’s like entering an all-you-can-eat casino buffet with the limitation of only being able to choose one food item. Before deciding where to live and buy a home it’s important to be informed, which is why Estately has compiled this map and list of what each state has more of per capita than any other. Some are good, some are bad, but all are unique to that specific state.
  • Obama Highway Plan Paves Way For New Tolls Nationwide

    04/11/2015 10:06:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 69 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 1, 2015 | Peter Fricke
    A little-noted provision of President Obama’s highway funding proposal would lift the federal prohibition against states imposing new tolls on existing interstate highways. The GROW AMERICA Act would eliminate restrictions held in place since the creation of the Federal Interstate System, according to a summary of the plan’s provisions, allowing states that receive permission from the Secretary of Transportation to toll existing Interstate highways “in order to make improvements or to manage congestion.” Since its creation in 1956, interstates have been funded primarily through fuel taxes, with tolls banned on all sections of highway built after that date, according to...
  • Which States Have the Most Underfunded Pensions?

    04/04/2015 10:53:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/04/2015 | Larry Alton
    Pension funding is a hot topic in the political world. Retirees who have worked their entire lives end up retiring with very little to their name or have a very difficult time accessing their funds. These problems vary from state to state, with underfunded pensions accounting for the worst. Many states promise a certain amount for public employee retirement benefits, but don’t deliver in the end. According to this post from State Budget Solutions, last year’s unfunded pensions reached an all-time high of $4.7 trillion. This funding gap is affecting every state, but for some it hits harder than...
  • GOP hopefuls criticize Obama marijuana policy but hedge on their own

    04/02/2015 10:26:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 1, 2015 | Seth McLaughlin
    Republican presidential hopefuls are united in blasting President Obama for his chaotic enforcement of marijuana laws, but the unity quickly breaks down when they are asked how they would handle things if they were in the White House. Some have sent mixed signals, saying state decisions should be respected while questioning how Mr. Obama has respected those decisions. Others have refused to say how they would wield the federal bureaucracy against marijuana. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is one of the few potential candidates to take a firm stance, saying he would insist on following federal statutes that outlaw the drug....
  • Time to Boycott Apple, Angie's List, New York, Connecticut, DC, Washington, San Fran

    03/31/2015 10:46:38 PM PDT · by Steelers6 · 54 replies
    vanity | March 31, 2015 | Steelers6
    Sell Stocks, facebook and twitter your friends. Cancel vacations in these states and reschedule to Indiana, Arkansas or any of the other 30 States that aren't boycotting Indiana that have RFRA laws.
  • Ten States consider dropping daylight saving time

    03/23/2015 7:18:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/22/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    It’s been taking place for nearly as long as I’ve been alive and I’m having a hard time recalling a single conversation with anyone who was an enthusiastic fan. The subject is daylight saving time, which crops up twice every year in nearly the entire nation, and is then promptly forgotten again once everyone gets their internal clocks mostly readjusted. But perhaps this is finally coming to an end as ten states debate dropping the practice, picking a time and sticking to it. States across the country are taking a dim view toward daylight saving time. And some say...
  • There are 3 US cities — and an entire state — that will pay you to live there

    03/18/2015 7:19:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/18/2015 | TIERNA UNRUH-ENOS, SMARTASSET
    A city will pay me to live there? How is that possible, you may ask. Well, it's true. There are cities in the US that will actually pay you to live there. Might they always be your first choice for where you would live? Maybe, and maybe not. But getting paid to move and live in a community, if even for a short while can be quite an adventure, save you a ton of money and might even surprise you with how much you enjoy living in that city. Find out now: How much house can I afford? Here are...
  • Colorado GOP ousts establishment Chairman. Replaced by liberty backed candidate.

    03/15/2015 8:23:31 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 11 replies
    dailypaul.com ^ | 3/14/15
    Just minutes ago. The Colorado State GOP has denied establishment Chairman Ryan Call his reelection. The liberty backed candidate Steve House has been elected as chairman. Ryan Call has been a monkey for Karl Rove and the RNC in the passed two elections. Ryan played backhanded tactics to deny the liberty vote at almost every stop he could. Earlier this month, he disqualified the election results of a specific county and decided to redo the county election himself. All so he could get a few more votes for his reelection. Steve House was backed by the liberty crowd. He is...