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  • Puerto Rico bankruptcy decision a Death Star for Wall Street

    01/18/2019 7:34:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/18/2019 | Chriss Street
    A U.S. Bankruptcy Court decision wiping out half of Puerto Rico's general obligation bonds represents a potential Death Star precedent against Wall Street buying municipal bonds from states without a balanced budget. The reason that high-tax rate and potentially insolvent states like California, Illinois, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Maryland have continued to have access to massive new borrowing is Wall Street's ability to sell general obligation municipal bonds to high-income individuals who can benefit from receiving federally tax exempt interest. Most muni investors also believe that the federal government will bail out any state financial crisis. Few Americans understand that...
  • To Catch a Predator host Chris Hansen is charged with bouncing checks

    01/16/2019 8:23:16 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 39 replies
    “To Catch a Predator” host Chris Hansen has been charged with issuing bad checks and failing to pay thousands of dollars to a vendor for marketing materials. Hansen, 59, of Shippan, Connecticut, turned himself into police over the bounced checks on Monday and was charged with "issuing a bad check," Stamford Police told Fox News. He was released without bond and signed a PTA or a promise to appear in court, police said. A Message from Sponsored video Watch to learn more Hansen reportedly asked Peter Psichopaidas, the owner of Promotional Sales LTD, for mugs, decals and T-shirts for...
  • Malloy Says Farewell To CT: Here's What He Says To Residents (barf alert)

    01/08/2019 11:01:34 AM PST · by LurkedLongEnough · 14 replies
    Patch ^ | Jan 8, 2019 | Brian McCready
    Governor Dannel P. Malloy today issued the following open letter to the state's residents on the eve of his final day as Governor of Connecticut: January 8, 2019 Dear Connecticut residents, This week, I'll leave office after eight years serving as your Governor. It's been the best, hardest, most rewarding job I will ever have, and I am deeply thankful to you for allowing me to serve. I'd like to leave you with a few brief, parting thoughts about our state and my hopes for its future. While we will often disagree among ourselves about how our government should operate,...
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,M-F,9AM-12NOONPM,EST,WTIC AM,January 7-11,2019

    01/08/2019 6:09:21 AM PST · by Biggirl
    Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich ^ | January 8, 2019 | Jim Vicevich
    Good Morning And WELCOME In 2019!
  • U.S. Supreme Court staying out of Kennedy cousin murder case

    01/08/2019 4:02:26 AM PST · by Zakeet · 13 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | January 7, 2019 | Laurel J. Sweet
    The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday it will not get involved in the state of Connecticut’s fight to reinstate Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel’s conviction for the 1975 murder of 15-year-old Martha Moxley in Greenwich. The Connecticut Supreme Court vacated Skakel’s 2002 conviction and 20-to-life sentence last May and ordered he be entitled to a new trial on charges he beat Moxley to death with a golf club. The court found Skakel was deprived of his right to effective assistance of counsel because his attorneys did not investigate a potential alibi witness who could have helped his defense. Skakel, 58, is...
  • Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel's murder conviction reversed

    Sixteen months ago, the Connecticut Supreme Court reinstated the conviction, but then reversed itself on Friday and granted Skakel a new trial. In an interview with "Today" on Monday, attorney Michael Fitzpatrick said defense
  • Family members of New Britain 2017 deadly shooting speak out

    01/06/2019 12:40:53 PM PST · by matt04 · 6 replies
    Earlier this week, the State’s Attorney released a report which indicated that excessive force was not used in the 2017 shooting that killed a 20-year-old from New Britain. Today, family members of two teenagers who were shot at by Police, gathered for a news conference to address the report and dash cam video. “It was horrific,” said Gwen Cordero, the Mother of 18-year-old Noah Young. The deadly shooting that killed Zoe Dowdell occurred on Dec. 14, 2017 in the area of Chapman Street. Young and 15-year-old Caleb Tisdol were passengers in a car that matched the description of a car...
  • By the numbers: Illinois receives ‘F’ grade on national ranking of states’ fiscal health

    01/01/2019 3:38:08 PM PST · by george76 · 53 replies
    Watchdog News ^ | Dec 31, 2018
    Illinois ranked No. 48 in an analysis of the state’s ability to pay all of its bills, including public employers’ pension benefits, according to a new ranking of the states’ fiscal health by Truth in Accounting (TIA). Illinois was found to be short $216.1 billion to pay its bills ... The amount of the state’s shortfall in funding to pay off its bills amounts to $50,800 per taxpayer
  • Colorado Man Accused of Killing Missing Fiancee Is Charged With Multiple Counts of Murder

    01/01/2019 12:21:46 PM PST · by Blue House Sue · 36 replies
    KTLA ^ | 12/31/18
    Colorado prosecutors filed five charges against Patrick Frazee in the death of Kelsey Berreth, his missing fiancee and mother of his 1-year-old daughter. Frazee showed no emotion in Teller County Court on Monday morning. He was charged with two counts of murder in the first degree and three counts of solicitation to commit murder in the first degree, District Attorney Dan May said. Frazee is accused of killing Berreth, who disappeared last month. Prosecutors filed two murder charges because they have different theories. One says he acted alone to kill Berreth, and another says he alone or with other people...
  • Illinois declines in population for fifth year in a row with more than 45,000 fewer residents

    12/20/2018 7:13:53 AM PST · by george76 · 34 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Dec.. 19, 2018 | Angie Leventis
    Mary Miller lived in Illinois for all of her 44 years until July, when she and her family left their north suburban Wauconda home to resettle in Florida. “It’s taxes. It’s corruption. It’s politics,” she said. “And I don’t mean Republicans or Democrats, it’s all of them.” Miller wasn’t alone in her departure from the state. Illinois has declined in population for the fifth year in a row, losing an estimated 45,116 residents from 2017 to 2018, according to the latest Census Bureau data released Wednesday. That was a greater drop than the previous year, when Illinois lost about 40,000...
  • Toll study projects $1b in revenue for state

    12/14/2018 10:58:22 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    The Meriden Record-Journal ^ | November 19, 2018 | Mike Savino
    Connecticut could stand to gain $1 billion annually with electronic tolling, the state Department of Transportation said in a new report. The report, released last week, said Connecticut could achieve $1 billion annually even with per-mile rates lower than many other states. The 81-page report is based on a study by CDM Smith, an engineering and construction firm. The company looked at electronic tolling on interstates 84, 91, 95, and 691, and routes 2, 8, 9, and 15, with up to 82 toll gantries possibly being installed. The authors of the report urged the state to continue with a proposed...
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,M-F,PAM-12NOONPM,EST,December 10-14,2018,WTIC AM

    12/10/2018 7:59:25 AM PST · by Biggirl · 8 replies
    Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich ^ | December 10, 2018 | Jim Vicevich
    Good Morning And WELCOME!
  • Unions Defy Supreme Court on Mandatory Dues, Suit Says

    12/07/2018 7:40:06 AM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | December 04, 2018 | Kevin Mooney
    Labor unions are collecting dues from public employees without their “affirmative consent” in defiance of a Supreme Court ruling that state laws requiring nonunion government workers to make such payments are unconstitutional, a new lawsuit alleges. The Freedom Foundation, a free market think tank based in Washington state, joined with the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation to sue on behalf of 10 government employees in Oregon who argue that union dues or fees should not be deducted from their paychecks after they officially resigned from their union. “This is one of the biggest scandals I’ve ever witnessed from...
  • Why Did 101 Lawmakers Send Letters of Support to Israel-Bashing CAIR?

    11/05/2018 5:44:15 AM PST · by SJackson · 34 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 11-5-18 | Steven Emerson
    If the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) stuck to its stated mission statement and only did civil rights work protecting Muslim Americans from discrimination and bigotry, you likely would never see it mentioned on this site.But CAIR has a second, perhaps more paramount objective that it never directly acknowledges: To oppose Israel and promote Palestinian nationalism.CAIR’s mission statement makes no mention of Palestine. Instead, it says it aims to “enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.” It describes its lobbying arm as focusing “on issues related to Islam and Muslims. The department monitors legislation and government activities and responds...
  • Whoa: New York Immigration Attorney Caught Running an Asylum Fraud Scheme

    11/26/2018 4:59:02 PM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies ^ | November 26, 2018 | Beth Bauman
    A 43-year-old immigration attorney from Queens, New York was found guilty of asylum fraud, making false statements to immigration authorities and aggravated identity theft in a federal court on Nov. 19.An investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in New York and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Andreea Dumitru Parcalaboiu operated a scheme to submit fraudulent asylum forms. She knowingly submitted more than 180 applications in which she lied about the applicants’ personal narratives of alleged persecution, criminal and travel histories. Parcalaboiu deliberately fabricated detailed personal stories of purported mistreatment of her clients,...
  • Thousands moved out for a new GM factory; now it's closing

    11/30/2018 5:59:21 AM PST · by george76 · 80 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 26, 2018. | David Shepardson;
    General Motors Co on Monday pulled the plug on the Chevrolet Volt hybrid and the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant that builds it, both examples of a costly gamble that is not paying off. GM’s widely touted factory of the future, forced on a town desperate for jobs and hailed decades later by former resident Barack Obama, is set to wind down over the next few years, leaving beleaguered Hamtramck wondering what happened. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said at a news conference Monday that he told GM chief executive Mary Barra Monday that “we moved thousands of people out of that neighborhood...
  • After loss to Lamont, Stefanowski voters say it may be time to leave Connecticut

    11/23/2018 7:23:10 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 55 replies
    Hartford Courant ^ | November 9, 2018 | Rebecca Lurye
    Hours after Republican Bob Stefanowski conceded the governor's’ race to Ned Lamont on Wednesday, talk at Bill and Sam’s Diner in Wolcott turned to sunny Florida. Again and again during the campaign, Stefanowski warned that without a Republican governor people would continue to flee to states like Florida, with low taxes and balanced budgets. Now, over plates of pancakes and bacon at this landmark diner, retirees and workers alike rued Stefanowski’s loss and mulled plans to get out.
  • Northeastern Workers Battle Forced Dues ( Unions )

    11/23/2018 5:45:17 AM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | November 20, 2018 | Bill McMorris
    Govt. healthcare employees in Penn. & Conn. allege coercive payments. A pair of healthcare workers in the Northeast have filed lawsuits alleging that labor leaders have blocked them from resigning even after the Supreme Court ruled that mandatory public sector membership is unconstitutional. William Neely, a Pennsylvania-based psychiatric aide, has accused American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Local 13 of refusing to honor his resignation. Neely was a dues paying member of the organization for 15 years before requesting to cut ties in July, shortly after the Supreme Court ruled that government agencies could no longer require paying...
  • Despite Janus Ruling, Some Unions Still Forcing Public Workers to Pay Annual Dues

    11/16/2018 6:13:33 AM PST · by george76 · 12 replies
    Reason Foundation ^ | November 16, 2018 | Steven Greenhut
    In California, new lawsuits aim to make unions respect the Supreme Court's authority. The U.S. Supreme Court's decision from June in Janus v. the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees was clear: Public employees no longer are required to pay union dues, even for collective-bargaining purposes. This was no technical or ambiguous point. The court declared it an infringement of the First Amendment when the government forces workers to financially support organizations that they don't want to support. Case settled, right? Not entirely. Public-sector unions, especially in California, aren't used to finding themselves on the losing end of...
  • Dershowitz Feuds With Blumenthal Over Whitaker: 'I Was in School of Harvard, Not Schoolhouse Rock'

    11/20/2018 11:42:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 71 replies ^ | November 20, 2018 | Cortney O'Brien
    Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) wants the DOJ inspector general to investigate President Trump's relationship and correspondence with Matthew Whitaker in the wake of his appointment to acting attorney general. Trump gave Whitaker the role after ousting former AG Jeff Sessions. Democrats are outraged for at least two reasons. One, that Whitaker has publicly criticized Robert Mueller's Russia probe and two, that Whitaker did not get Senate approval for the new position. They argue that under the succession statute, the role of acting AG rightfully belongs to Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein. Schumer adds that if Whitaker remains in the role, he...