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  • Barack Obama unable to register for State Primary as Alabama reviews his eligibility...

    UPDATE: An Alabama Court has announced that it will hear arguments as to whether Barack Hussein Obama II is in fact eligible to appear on the State Presidential Primary Ballot. Several Alabama citizens have filed a lawsuit within the Alabama Circuit Court to "prevent certification of President Barack Obama for 2012 Alabama ballot access pending final hearing based on factual evidentiary hearings."
  • Checkpoint draws protesters opposed to the method, but not the message

    01/08/2012 10:16:55 AM PST · by redreno · 8 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012 | 2 a.m. | By Gregan Wingert
    David Stilwell and a band of motorcyclists parked their bikes Friday afternoon close to the Long John Silver's on Flamingo Road and Maryland Parkway. Nearby, a group of Metro Police — also on motorcycles — waited. Stilwell, joined by about 10 of his friends wearing black leather jackets, some with firearms resting in holsters on their hips, stood along the sidewalk waving signs that read "Police Checkpoint Ahead." But up ahead wasn't a typical DUI checkpoint; the officers on Flamingo Road were pulling over drivers on cellphones. "Police enforcement should be up front," said Stilwell, of Las Vegas.
  • New Year, New Shot to Eliminate Antiquated State Telecom Laws

    01/05/2012 9:36:33 AM PST · by 92nina · 2 replies
    Digital Liberty ^ | 2012-01-05 | [Staff]
    Last year saw a slew of states review telecommunications laws designed for a bygone era. Tennessee phased out special charges for in-state long distance calls that subsidized phone companies. Florida and Kansas now allow companies subject to price regulations to better compete with new, less regulated providers. Increased competition has resulted from convergence in the industry, as providers once broken into segregated markets (e.g., cable TV, local and long distance phone, wireless, etc.) now all offer similar broadband phone and video services, or at least a pipe to get them. However, state laws have been slow to change, regulating some...
  • Sci-Fi Brothel to Open in Nevada

    01/01/2012 11:10:02 AM PST · by redreno · 75 replies · 2+ views
    Time Newsfeed ^ | 01/01/2012 | y Melissa Locker
    Hey gents, have you ever found yourself jealous of Captain James T. Kirk and his, …er intergalactic conquests? Do you longingly watch Jabba the Hutt’s dancing slave (her name is Oola, if you’re interested) and wonder, what if? Do you long to go where no man has gone before? Well, once a new sci-fi brothel opens in Nevada, you can. Nevada is the only state that allows legal prostitution, and there are two dozen licensed brothels in the state,
  • STAND WITH JOE: PLEASE SIGN PETITION for Sheriff Joe Arpaio (FReep to beat ACLU petition)

    12/29/2011 10:40:46 AM PST · by montag813 · 87 replies · 1+ views
    Stand With Joe ^ | 12-29-2011 | Stand With Joe
    URGENT: PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION AT THIS LINK to show you Stand With Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and AGAINST the political witchhunt of Obama's Department of Justice. This Administration and its open-borders allies La Raza, MALDEF and the ACLU, will stop at nothing to try and destroy the most prominent national symbol in the fight against illegal immigration. Sheriff Joe will not back down. Please sign the petition to show we stand behind him. [UPDATE: The ACLU already has a petition calling for Arpaio's resignation with 16,911 signatures, and rising fast as LA RAZA and The People for the American Way...
  • Perry Gets Virginia Ballot Court Date (asking other candidates to join suit)

    12/29/2011 12:21:05 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 29, 2011 | Lexi Stemple
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry's campaign has gotten its court date in Virginia. U.S. District Judge John Gibney Jr. has set a hearing on the validity of Virginia's primary ballot for Jan 13th. Before that hearing, the judge is requiring that the Perry campaign reach out to the other Republican candidates, to see if they would be interested in joining either side of the suit. Perry Communications director Ray Sullivan says the campaign will "respect and abide by that order." In fact, Sullivan says Perry would "welcome other candidate involvement." Virginia has some of the country's toughest ballot requirements. Only two...
  • U.S. District Court in Virginia Expedites Rick Perry’s Ballot Access Lawsuit

    12/29/2011 11:59:17 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 105 replies
    Ballot Access News ^ | 12-29-2011 | Richard Winger
    U.S. District Court in Virginia Expedites Rick Perry’s Ballot Access Lawsuit Richard Winger December 29th, 2011 U.S. District Court Judge John A. Gibney of Virginia has set a hearing in Rick Perry’s presidential primary ballot access lawsuit. He will consider Perry’s request for injunctive relief on January 13. In the meantime, he has established a briefing schedule, and also has instructed attorneys for Perry to communicate with all other Republican presidential primary candidates who had filed a declaration of candidacy, to explain to them how they may intervene in the lawsuit. This shows foresight and thoughtfulness on the part of...
  • Immigration laws pose a test of states' rights in Supreme Court

    12/29/2011 1:52:13 AM PST · by thecodont · 8 replies
    Los Angeles Times / LATimes.com ^ | December 28, 2011, 5:53 p.m. | By David G. Savage and Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
    Reporting from Washington and Los Angeles— Federal judges have blocked strict new immigration laws adopted by conservative legislatures in half a dozen states, including a ruling last week that said South Carolina may not set up a "street-level dragnet" to stop and arrest illegal immigrants. But immigrant rights advocates who have cheered those rulings may soon find their luck has run out as those rulings head for the Supreme Court. Legal experts believe the high court's conservative majority will take a sharply different approach. So far, lower-court judges have mostly sided with the Obama administration, ruling, as U.S. District Judge...
  • Perry files emergency motion to get name on Va. primary ballot

    12/28/2011 1:10:59 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | December 28, 2011 | Andrew Cain
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry today filed an emergency motion in U.S. District Court in Richmond seeking an injunction ordering the State Board of Elections to print presidential primary ballots with his name. Perry filed suit in federal court Tuesday challenging his exclusion from the March 6 primary ballot, naming the three members of the elections board and Pat Mullins, chairman of the state Republican Party. Perry is urging a judge to bar the elections board and Mullins from enforcing the state residency requirement for people who collect petition signatures for ballot access.
  • Perry filed an emergency motion seeking temporary restraining order on VA ballot printing

    12/28/2011 12:36:41 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 87 replies
    December 28, 2011 | Vanity
    Perry's lawyers said a preliminary injunction was necessary since the deadline to print ballots in Virginia will be in two to three weeks. “In the absence of a preliminary injunction, plaintiff will suffer irreparable harm,” per filing. The case is Perry v. Judd, 3:11-cv-856, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia in Richmond.
  • Gingrich would drop federal lawsuit challenging S.C. immigration law

    12/23/2011 1:30:54 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 55 replies
    The State ^ | Dec 23, 2011 | By ADAM BEAM
    One of Newt Gingrich’s first acts as president, if he is elected, will be to drop all of the Justice Department’s lawsuits against states -- including the federal government’s lawsuit challenging South Carolina’s new immigration law. “It’s pretty outrageous when the federal government fails to do its job and then attacks the states for trying to fill the gap created by the federal government,” Gingrich said on the back porch of the Blue Marlin in the Vista after speaking to a crowd of about 300 people for about an hour. Thursday, a federal judge threw out three sections of South...
  • 50 ICE agents to screen jail inmates [To replace Arpaio deputies]

    12/20/2011 11:38:27 AM PST · by SandRat · 64 replies · 2+ views
    PHOENIX - The Homeland Security Department will use 50 immigration agents to screen jail inmates in Arizona's most populous county after it revoked the sheriff's authority to access its systems, the agency said Monday in a letter to U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl. ................
  • Perry hits a populist note as he starts Iowa bus tour

    12/14/2011 1:21:57 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | December 14, 2011 | Jason Embry
    Gov. Rick Perry began his 42-city bus tour on a rather populist note Wednesday, saying a diagram of the country’s problems would be a straight line between Washington, D.C. and Wall Street. Perry has been struggling in the polls for months but hopes a tour of Iowa’s small towns in the three weeks leading up to the Iowa caucuses on Jan. 3 can lift him back to the front of the pack. “I hope some of you are taking a second look,” Perry said. Perry is trying to sell himself as the true Washington outsider in the Republican race, and...
  • Will The Supreme Court Seal Our Nation's Borders?

    12/14/2011 11:34:04 AM PST · by raptor22 · 8 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 14, 2011 | IBD staff
    Border Justice: As the administration proposes unmanned border entry and halving our National Guard force on the border, the Supreme Court agrees to tackle Arizona's tough immigration law in an election year. Arizona wasn't around when the original 13 states formed the federal government knowing there were certain things it could do best, such as the constitutional mandate to provide for the common defense and protect our borders. National and border security involves not only deterring foreign armies armed with tanks, but also protecting our borders from an invasion involving ladders and pickup trucks. That, Arizona argued when it passed...
  • Obama Admin Blocks Texas’ De-Funding of Planned Parenthood

    12/12/2011 8:12:59 PM PST · by hocndoc · 44 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | December 12, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    The Obama administration has turned down a request from Texas to run its Title X family planning program, funded with federal taxpayer dollars, without funding the Planned Parenthood abortion business. The adminsitration sent a letter to inform the Texas Health and Human Services Commission of its intent to deny a request to extend the Medicaid Women’s Health Program if Texas complies with its law banning contractors “that perform or promote elective abortions or affiliate with entities that perform or promote elective abortions.” Earlier this year, Texas yanked about $64 million in funding from Planned Parenthood and directed the funds to...
  • ID: Rep. Dennis Lake, "Errand Boy" for the Tax Hike Lobby

    12/12/2011 2:49:53 PM PST · by 92nina · 2 replies
    ATR ^ | 2011-12-12 | Joshua Culling
    Here he goes again. Idaho Rep. Dennis Lake, Chair of the powerful Revenue and Taxation Committee, is poised to introduce a massive tobacco tax increase in 2012. The proposal is being supported by a coalition of special interests lobbying for higher taxes. Lake has unsuccessfully agitated for higher tobacco taxes consistently in the past. Rather than take on the difficult decisions and prioritization expected of a legislator, Rep. Lake is content to erode Idaho's competitiveness by raising taxes. In fact, he has essentially deemed the pro-tax coalition his puppetmaster: 'Lake told IdahoReporter.com Monday that is he serving as an “errand...
  • SC to settle election scuffle in TX - map signed by Perry accused of diluting minority voting power

    12/10/2011 2:12:04 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 169 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | December 10, 2011 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    Supreme Court to settle election district scuffle in Texas as a map signed by Rick Perry is accused of diluting minority voting power Texas’ March primary will likely be delayed after the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday blocked the use of state legislative and congressional district maps that were drawn by federal judges. The court issued a brief order late Friday that applies to electoral maps drawn by federal judges in San Antonio for the Texas Legislature and Congress that would have ensured minorities made up the majority in three additional Texas congressional districts. The justices said they will hear...
  • Justice Department Warns Alabama Law Enforcers On Immigration

    12/06/2011 8:15:31 PM PST · by Steelfish · 26 replies
    MSNBC ^ | December 06, 2011 | Pete Williams and Kari Huus
    Justice Department Warns Alabama Law Enforcers On Immigration By Pete Williams and Kari Huus The Justice Department has sent a letter to dozens of local law enforcement agencies in Alabama that receive federal money, warning them that they risk losing that funding if they're not careful in how they enforce the state's tough new immigration law. The Obama administration has already sued the state, claiming that the law is unconstitutional. Now it's keeping the pressure on by addressing how the law is carried out. The law, HB56 passed by the Alabama Legislature in June, attempts to combat illegal immigration by...
  • Governors of California and New York Encourage Employers to Kindly Leave

    12/08/2011 8:48:37 AM PST · by 92nina · 4 replies · 1+ views
    ATR ^ | 2011-12-07 | Patrick Gleason
    ...Brown was unable to pass the largest state tax increase in U.S. history earlier this year because legislative Republicans, whose votes were needed due to California's 2/3rds vote requirement to raise taxes, kept their pledge to constituents to oppose any and all efforts to raise taxes. So Brown is now going out to collect signatures, with financial backing of government sector unions and Hollywood, to put an income and sales tax hike on the ballot. (Side note: Brown should hire ATR to consult him, because as we told him back in January, his tax hikes wouldn’t get through the legislature...
  • NAACP to petition UN to stop voter-ID legislation in states

    12/06/2011 9:09:22 AM PST · by IbJensen · 54 replies · 2+ views
    I understand that the NAACP opposes voter-ID laws. Given the long history of fighting against uses of state law to deny blacks and other minorities the franchise until the Civil Rights Movement prevailed, their deep skepticism over proposed stricter enforcement of eligibility laws can’t help but recall echoes of voter suppression in their communities, even if the new laws are innocent of any racial animus. We still have plenty of mistrust that will take generations to undo, especially given that we still have those with living memories of having been denied the right to vote. Still, if the NAACP wants...
  • Rick Perry’s Second Time At Bat

    12/04/2011 7:10:13 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 93 replies
    Red State ^ | December 4, 2011 | Erick Erickson
    Last night on Fox News’ candidate forum, Governor MItt Romney defaulted to quoting David Brooks from the New York Times. There’s why Herman Cain’s supporters will be looking at Gingrich and Perry. In fact, last night a number of Cain’s Iowa staff moved to Rick Perry. Rick Perry will get another look. He will get another look because while the grassroots and Republican voters in general are moving to Gingrich, conservative leaders around the country are rapidly running up their watch towers to light fires against Gingrich. They remember him from the 90′s and they don’t trust him. Rick Perry...
  • LIVE THREAD: Huckabee's Republican Presidential Forum: 8/7 Eastern/Central 5:PM Pacific

    12/03/2011 4:00:01 PM PST · by onyx · 882 replies
    FOX NEWS CHANNEL/MIKE HUCKABEE ^ | SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2011 | onyx
    Watch the preview for the rules and a little insight about the questions and the questioners. Short commercial ad first. Six candidates are participating. Eddie Haskell Hunstman has declined the invitation. Herman Cain suspended his campaign today and will not participate.
  • When preaching small government, stay out of marriage

    12/01/2011 11:18:07 AM PST · by Retro Llama · 40 replies
    Daily Iowan ^ | 11/1/11
    If the Republican presidential contenders wish to remain truthful to their rhetoric of decentralization of power in Washington, they should take a break from wooing social conservatives and stand for states' rights in regard to gay marriage. Because many likely Iowa caucus-goers describe themselves as very conservative on social issues such as gay marriage and abortion, many candidates feel they need to reach out to the far-right if they plan to get the presidential nod. However, a staunch, conservative position on social issues will likely hurt them in the long run, because it undermines their more-appealing small-government policies.... The three...
  • Nevada Think Tank Files Complaint Challenging Ability Of Government Employees To Serve Legislature

    11/30/2011 5:16:54 PM PST · by redreno · 3 replies
    Nevada News Bureau ^ | | 3:02 pm November 30th, 2011 | By Sean Whaley
    CARSON CITY – A conservative Nevada think tank today filed a complaint in district court against Sen. Mo Denis, D-Las Vegas, saying the separation of powers clause in the state constitution prohibits government employees from serving in the Legislature. Denis works for the state Public Utilities Commission as a computer technician. Attorney Joseph Becker with the Nevada Policy Research Institute’s Center for Justice and Constitutional Litigation said his client William Pojunis is qualified to perform, and would like to apply for, Denis’ job.
  • Rick Perry: A Near-perfect Gun Record as Governor of Texas

    11/27/2011 7:18:31 PM PST · by Chasaway · 54 replies · 1+ views
    Gun Owners of America ^ | 11/22/2011 | Gun Owners of America
    Perry is nearly perfect with regards to his gun record.
  • Save A Seat for Uncle Sam at the Thanksgiving Table!

    11/23/2011 10:41:53 AM PST · by 92nina · 1 replies
    ATR ^ | 2011-11-20 | Jacob Feldman & Mattie Duppler Corrao
    Thanksgiving is a time for reuniting with friends and family, but the government wants to be part of your celebration too. Whether you stay home or travel for the holiday, government is a significant contributor to the costs of the celebration. Of an identified $10 billion in spending that occurs during Thanksgiving weekend on the wine and beer, the gas and plane tickets, and the meal itself, government taxation composes 35.86 percent of those expenses—approximately $3.6 billion in revenues. Many of these Thanksgiving items are subject to the increased costs of income taxes, payroll taxes, corporate income taxes, and other...
  • Iowa conservative group Family Leader won’t endorse Cain, Paul or Romney

    11/22/2011 11:40:03 AM PST · by marty60 · 85 replies
    WP ^ | Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 11/22/2011 | By Perry Bacon Jr.
    A key Iowa social conservatives group announced Tuesday it will not endorse former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney or businessman Herman Cain, but is still evaluating if it would back one of the other candidates. The Family Leader, which hosted a forum that six Republican candidates attended last Saturday, said in a statement that its board had narrowed its choices of an endorsement to Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and ex-senator Rick Santorum (Penn). The statement said the group would not consider endorsing Romney, who the group criticized for skipping its event. The...
  • Do States Have a Right to Do Wrong?

    11/22/2011 7:37:49 AM PST · by Paladins Prayer · 24 replies
    The New American ^ | Tuesday, 22 November 2011 | Selwyn Duke
    During the Thanksgiving Family Forum (TFF) this past Saturday, moderator Frank Luntz asked the Republican candidates a very interesting Tenth Amendment question: “Do states have a right to do wrong?” In case you missed it, the TFF was another unusual event in what is proving to be a very unusual campaign season. Held in a church in Des Moines, Iowa, and with all the GOP contenders in attendance except for Mitt Romney and John Huntsman, it was not a debate as much as a discussion – and a rather intellectual one. The candidates were asked about their faith, trials and...
  • Political Scandals Show Why Government Should Be Limited

    11/17/2011 3:25:51 PM PST · by billflax · 5 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/17/2011 | Bill Flax
    “In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” – Thomas Jefferson Scandals captivate our attention as sensational headlines punctuate the mundane din of modern life. Whether the manufactured: Herman Cain’s seemingly spurious charges; the incompetent: Fast and Furious’ deathly fallout; or the typical: Solyndra’s cronyism – each highlights power abused. Such corruption has become so pervasive, that movements from the Tea Party to Occupy Wall Street sprang to protest a perverted system. Jeremiah warned that man’s heart is deceitful, something the Founders...
  • Gun Rights vs. States’ Rights

    11/14/2011 2:46:06 PM PST · by neverdem · 88 replies
    National Review ^ | November 10, 2011 | Robert VerBruggen
    Evidently, the House is likely to pass a bill that would require states to respect concealed-carry permits issued in other states — even if the traveler’s home state has very different criteria for awarding a permit.Concealed carry is a good idea, and so is reciprocity when states enact it voluntarily — but this is a bad idea, as it goes beyond the proper functions of the federal government. The stated constitutional justifications(PDF) for the law are to protect the Second Amendment (as applied to the states through the Fourteenth Amendment), to protect the right of interstate travel, and to protect interstate commerce, but none...
  • Marketplace Fairness Act: Internet Tax, Round Three

    11/10/2011 9:32:02 AM PST · by 92nina · 12 replies
    ATR ^ | 2011-11-10 | [Staff]
    Today, Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) introduced the Marketplace Fairness Act (PDF), a third bill unveiled in Congress this year to allow states to tax Internet and out-of-state sales. The bill aims to level the playing field between online and brick-and-mortar retailers. Currently, under the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Quill v. North Dakota, online retailers not based in a state do not collect and remit the state’s sales tax. While the legislation contains improvements over the previously introduced Main Street Fairness Act, the Marketplace Fairness Act would result in an automatic tax increase...
  • Feds Say They Have 'Express Authority' to Investigate Alabama Public Schools Over Immigration

    11/05/2011 1:15:56 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 27 replies · 1+ views
    FoxNews.com ^ | November 05, 2011 | unattributed
    WASHINGTON – The Justice Department on Friday told Alabama's attorney general that it has the "express authority" to investigate potential federal civil rights violations in Alabama's public schools authorized by the state's controversial new immigration law. Assistant US Attorney General Thomas Perez informed Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange of the federal government's powers two days after Strange requested that the Justice Department cite what legal authority it had to collect enrollment data on Hispanic students in his state's public schools. "The Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department is tasked with investigating potential violations of civil rights laws that protect...
  • Buckeye Collective Bargaining Battle A National Bellwether

    11/03/2011 7:29:13 PM PDT · by billflax · 10 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/03/2011 | Bill Flax
    With few statewide elections and nothing nationally in 2011, several initiatives in Ohio provide bellwethers with broad implications for 2012. Issue 2, if passed, will uphold Senate Bill 5, a Republican attempt to alleviate looming budget problems by decelerating the expansion of employee compensation packages via collective bargaining reform. Thanks to a gargantuan grassroots effort, Issue 3, the Healthcare Freedom Amendment, will test Obamacare’s mettle. It would prevent pretentious governments from forcing citizens to finance their care in fashions fancied by bureaucrats. The attention afforded these contests across the ideological spectrum from Rush Limbaugh to the Huffington Post underscores their...
  • Alabama says NO to DOJ request for school info.

    11/03/2011 4:38:53 AM PDT · by RobertoinAL · 55 replies
    MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The State Department of Education is advising school superintendents to hold off on providing enrollment data to the U.S. Department of Justice. The DOJ had requested Alabama school superintendents provide a list of all students who had withdrawn from schools since the beginning of the school year. Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez sent a letter to Alabama school systems wanting to know how many Hispanic students are enrolled in schools and how many have withdrawn since the beginning of the school year. Educators reported the new law caused many Hispanic students to stay home in the...
  • Lone Star GOP slow to endorse Perry

    10/25/2011 2:33:16 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 63 replies
    Politico ^ | October 25, 2011 | MARIN COGAN & MANU RAJU lwith Jonathan Martin
    He may be able to boast about his successes in Texas political life, but there’s one group of Texans that hasn’t exactly rushed to embrace Rick Perry: the Lone Star State’s congressional delegation. In the 10 weeks since Perry joined the race, endorsements from Texas Republicans on Capitol Hill have been slow coming, a muted expression of support that reveals the lingering tensions between the state’s executive and its representation in Washington. Whether it’s disagreements over earmarks or a clash over the bank bailout, there’s a sense on Capitol Hill that Perry hasn’t worked to build close relationships with the...
  • A Second Attempt to Tax Online Sales

    10/24/2011 11:07:29 AM PDT · by 92nina · 27 replies
    ATR ^ | 2011-10-21 | [Staff]
    Last week, Reps. Jackie Speier (D-CA) and Steve Womack (R-AR) introduced the Marketplace Equity Act of 2011 (H.R. 3179), which permits states to require out-of-state Internet retailers to collect the state’s sales tax with certain conditions. The legislation is the second state Internet-sales tax bill introduced in Congress this year, following the Main Street Fairness Act. The Marketplace Equity Act is unacceptable to taxpayers as currently written. The measure lacks any taxpayer protections or other provisions to ensure state taxes are lowered as they are expanded to online and remote sales. The bill would also mark a blow to the...
  • Warning! Progressives’ NPV Plan for White House Control, 2012 & Permanently

    10/21/2011 11:46:20 AM PDT · by unspun · 23 replies
    Gulag Bound ^ | October 21, 2011 | Jacquerie of Wake Up America
    By Jacquerie Wake Up AmericaWhile 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...
  • Proposed General Welfare clause doctrine [Vanity]

    10/21/2011 10:27:01 AM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 7 replies
    Vanity | 10/21/2011 | Self
    How's this for a doctrine of applying the General Welfare clause in justifying any control or money being spent by the Federal government ? If the effort in question can be done at the local or State level, then it must be done at the local or State level - and must NOT be done at all by the Federal government. Basically, if localities or States are doing it then the Federal government need not - and must not - do it. Quite simply because the fact that localities or States are doing something proves that they can. For roads,...
  • Europe's Debt Crisis Is No Failing Of Federalism

    10/20/2011 5:13:59 PM PDT · by billflax · 2 replies
    Forbes ^ | 10/20/2011 | Bill Flax
    Assorted pundits chronicling Europe’s debt crisis bemoan that insufficient federal authority undermines systemic solutions to the fiscal pressures arising from the continent’s Mediterranean underbelly. Those enamored with state cures for any conceivable ill believe an overriding central authority should force dissimilar nations to act in unison. The proffered salve for festering sovereign debt sores is increasingly concentrated power. This sounds strikingly similar to the incessant prattle emitted across America’s airwaves: partisanship and political paralysis thwart Washington’s ability to act. Washington needs more control. Always more. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner waxes, “You have this terribly damaging political dysfunction here and in...
  • Federal Spending Cuts Don't Justify State Tax Hikes

    10/18/2011 2:15:36 PM PDT · by 92nina · 2 replies
    ATR ^ | 2011-10-18 | Ryan Ellis
    There’s a rumor floating around Washington that one of the ideas the “Supercommittee” might consider is a Medicaid cut and expanded state powers to tax. The idea is that Washington wins by cutting Medicaid spending. States break even because they lose Medicaid funding from Washington, but can raise taxes in areas they now cannot. What is the interest of taxpayers in an idea like this? This is a bad idea. At the end of the day, spending (but not taxes) would be cut in Washington, only for taxpayers to see their tax bills go up locally as their state governments...
  • Obama’s Choice: Dirty Oil (Keystone XL Oil Pipeline) or Clean Water and Land?

    10/17/2011 3:13:50 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 22 replies
    noisyroom.net/blog | 10.17.11 | Syver Alton Larsen and MJ
    One big decision looms ominously on Obama’s horizon and he will not be able to blame anyone but himself for the consequences. Obama must render the momentous verdict by November 1 to give or not to give approval for the historical Keystone XL Pipeline Project. This pipeline will carry one of the world’s dirtiest fuels… tar sand oil… vastly different from regular oil, being ten times heavier than water and very corrosive. Presidential permission is required because the 2,147-mile pipeline crosses the border between Canada and eight states of the United States. The present route is scheduled to cross prime...
  • Natural Gas Project Brings New Life To PA's Rust Belt Economy

    10/14/2011 7:34:43 AM PDT · by 92nina · 3 replies
    ATR ^ | 2011-10-13 | Marshall Bornemann
    Mining has, without question, seen the most growth out of any industry as of late. Pennsylvania is fortunate for being located in the wake of the oil-and-gas rich Marcellus Shale formation. In the next few years (by 2015), that wake will provide more than 12 billion cubic feet of gas per day. This boom in natural gas drilling is giving manufactures reason to hire new workers. Youngstown, Ohio, is a great example of what seemed to, for years, be a depressed town until natural gas drilling became a new means for work and economic prosperity. Employment has more than doubled...
  • Justice Dept. Sets Up "Hotline" For Illegals to Complain About Alabama's Immigration Law (CALL!)

    10/13/2011 3:04:47 PM PDT · by montag813 · 70 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 10-13-2011 | John Hill
    The Obama Admin. shows once again who its REAL constituents are: ILLEGAL ALIENS. The Department of Justice, which is appealing Alabama's outstanding new law, has set up a "hotline" number for illegals to report "civil rights" incidents under the new law. Opponents of Alabama’s new immigration law can now call the Justice Department directly to make complaints about the state’s effort to crack down on illegal immigrants. The Justice Department has set up a hotline and email for the public “to report potential civil rights concerns related to the impact of Alabama’s immigration law.” Clearly the DOJ is trying emotional...
  • Obama Tears Down His Own Wall Street

    10/13/2011 8:57:53 PM PDT · by billflax · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | 10/13/2011 | Bill Flax
    With plummeting popularity and the Jobs Bill perished, President Barack Obama attempts to rekindle the passion from 2008 by increasingly brazen demagoguery. The president demands the “rich” should “pay their fair share” with similar vigor as President Ronald Reagan challenged Mr. Gorbachev to “tear down this wall!” The resultant demise of Berlin’s wall ought to have fully refuted Marxism forever. Unfortunately, class invective endures, as exemplified by the “Occupy Wall Street” contagion. Listening to their socialist tantrums, you’d think Wall Street should be shackled by the same jackboots that occupied East Berlin. Obama “sympathizes” with the protesters, perhaps reminiscing about...
  • It's Time for Another Round of Repatriation

    10/12/2011 1:04:58 PM PDT · by 92nina · 1 replies
    ATR ^ | 2011-10-07 | Ryan Ellis
    What Is Repatriation? Under U.S. tax law, a company that earns a profit overseas must, in general, pay income tax to the overseas government AND to the IRS if they bring the remaining profit back to the U.S. The company gets a credit for the foreign income tax paid, but the difference between the foreign tax and the U.S. 35 percent rate must be paid to the IRS. In practice, deferrals and other tax rules allow companies to keep foreign after-tax earnings locked overseas, but that money generally remains unavailable to be used in the United States. This is known...
  • Fifty Bucks or Your Life

    10/09/2011 5:55:29 AM PDT · by blueyon · 11 replies
    AxXiom for Liberty ^ | 10-08-2011 | Kaye Beach
    “If we can prevent someone from being killed, that’s the intent,” City Councilman Brad Egbert said. If it can possibly save one life…then we should do it, right? Do what? You are probably wondering. Well, pass another law outlawing stupidity. In this particular case caring lawmakers want to prevent idiots from walking out into traffic because they are more absorbed in their phones than they are in living. Never mind the fact that no one has even died from this particular form of idiocy in Rexburg. . it’s .all in the name of safety. If you are caught risking your...
  • Caught In the Middle: schools seek relief from NCLB (Perry blasts Obama education puppet masters)

    10/07/2011 12:01:25 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    The Monitor -- McAllen, Texas ^ | October 7, 2011 | Neal Morton
    Local educators likely will have to continue living with the widely criticized federal No Child Left Behind education law, which flunked nearly one-third of all Hidalgo County schools this year. Last month, President Barack Obama detailed several education reforms that states must fulfill before he grants waivers to the bill’s stringent requirement that 100 percent of students reach math and reading proficiency by 2014. But Texas Education Agency Commissioner Robert Scott recently hinted the White House has not convinced him the state needs to apply for a waiver. “He is leaning toward not applying, but he hasn’t decided,” said TEA...
  • Hot Air exclusive: Perry raises $17.1 million in Q3

    10/05/2011 5:51:08 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 113 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 5, 2011 | Ed Morrissey
    A source on the Rick Perry campaign tells Hot Air that the Texas governor conducted some Texas-size fundraising in the third quarter. Coming in just a little over halfway through, Perry raised $17.1 million. That number would put Perry somewhere between $4-6 million ahead of Mitt Romney’s rumored total for Q3, according to this report last week from the Boston Globe. It’s also likely to far outpace Herman Cain’s fundraising or that of the other Republicans currently in the race. The pace is even more impressive. Perry had 49 days in which to raise funds, rather than the full 92...
  • Obama Denounces New GOP Voting Laws, Says Justice Department Is Investigating

    10/04/2011 1:07:15 PM PDT · by pabianice · 23 replies
    The Nation ^ | 10/4/11 | Berman
    In an interview with Philadelphia radio host Michael Smerconish last week, President Obama for the first time denounced the wave of new laws passed by Republicans designed to restrict the right to vote for millions of Americans. Said the president: I will say that my big priority is making sure that as many people are participating in our democracy as possible. Some of these moves in some of the other states that we’ve seen try to make it tougher to vote, restricting ballot access, making it hard on seniors, making it hard on young people. I think that’s a big...
  • Obama administration widens challenges to state immigration laws

    09/30/2011 2:59:08 AM PDT · by Irenic · 18 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 29, 2011 | Jerry Markon
    The Obama administration is escalating its crackdown on tough immigration laws, with lawyers reviewing four new state statutes to determine whether the federal government will take the extraordinary step of challenging the measures in court.