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  • Life is still better in Red States

    01/05/2015 7:32:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/05/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    In a sure sign that the media is running out of things to talk about after the holiday lull, the New York Times opens the doors of their op-ed pages to Richard Florida for a meandering analysis of why life in America’s Red States can’t possibly be all it’s cracked up to be. This is one of the more remarkably tone deaf pieces I’ve seen in a while, even on the pages of the Gray Lady. Here’s just one example of why it’s supposedly not that great to live in Red State America. Red state economies based on energy...
  • Breaking the Blue Barrier: The Democrats still have a big advantage in the electoral college.

    11/15/2014 10:37:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/15/2014 | Myra Adams
    After the GOPs 2014 midterm election triumph, Republicans are still celebrating that the good guys (and girls) won and our nation has been saved. Finally, the American people wised up and threw the bums out. Six years after the election of Barack Obama, the midterm tsunami over the bluest of blue states filled Republicans with hope and change, mixed with heaps of vindication. And after winning control of Capitol Hill, Republicans hope that bold actions and good governance will follow over the next two years and will motivate a majority of 2016 voters to send a Republican candidate to the...
  • 7 Most Expensive States to Live in the U.S.

    11/02/2014 4:49:28 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 34 replies
    Business Cheatsheet ^ | October 28, 2014 | Erika Rawes
    As most of us already know, an equal salary can stretch much further in one place than in another. If you earn at least $75,000 per year, you earn a comfortable salary. At this income level, you are said to have reached the point where you really dont need any more money to thrive. In each state, however, this $75,000 has to be adjusted to account for costs of living differences. A few states, however, like Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Nevada, Florida, and Wisconsin are right around the benchmark. That is, even when adjusting for cost of living, these states will...
  • How A Surge In Puerto Rican Voters Is Changing Florida Politics [Red Turing Blue!]

    10/20/2014 4:33:43 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 16 replies
    YahooNews ^ | October 20, 2014 | Luisita Lopez Torregrosa
    How A Surge In Puerto Rican Voters Is Changing Florida Politics They may lean Democratic, but many especially the newcomers are 'up for grabs' By Luisita Lopez Torregrosa A Puerto Rican flag is held by Miami residents at the Calle Ocho Festival in Miami. The road to political victory in Florida is not just a metaphor, it's a place: Interstate 4, the busy highway that cuts across the vote-heavy heart of the state from Tampa to Daytona Beach. And the I-4 corridor, as it's called, now runs through a swing-vote region undergoing significant demographic change. Puerto Ricans have been migrating...
  • Northeast loses 40% of House seats as people flee high-tax states

    09/30/2014 9:29:10 AM PDT · by tje · 64 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 30, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    The Northeast, once the nations political engine that produced presidents, House speakers and Senate giants including the late Edward M. Kennedy, is losing clout in Washington as citizens flee the high-tax region, according to experts worried about the trend. The Census Bureau reports that population growth has shifted to the South and the result is that the 11 states that make up the Northeast are being bled dry of representation in Washington. Critics blame rising taxes in states such as Massachusetts and Connecticut for limiting population growth in the Northeast to just 15 percent from 1983 to 2013, while the...
  • The Growing Blue-State Diaspora

    08/24/2014 7:07:04 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 64 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 23, 2014 | Robert Gebeloff and David Leonhardt
    Californians have moved to Colorado and Nevada. Massachusetts natives have moved to New Hampshire. New Yorkers have moved to North Carolina and Virginia and, of course, have continued moving to Florida. Over the last few decades, residents of many traditionally liberal states have moved to states that were once more conservative. And this pattern has played an important role in helping the Democratic Party win the last two presidential elections and four of the last six. The growth of the Latino population and the social liberalism of the millennial generation may receive more attention, but the growing diaspora of...
  • Health care divide between red, blue states deepens

    08/07/2014 5:49:30 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 17 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 8-5-14 | David Lauter
    WASHINGTON -- States that have aggressively put the Affordable Care Act into practice have cut the number of uninsured residents sharply -- in some cases in half or better -- while those that balked have improved little if at all, according to new data released Tuesday. The state-by-state numbers, from Gallup's Healthways Well-Being Index, reinforce one of the major effects of Obamacare so far: Political debate has widened the health care gap between red and blue states. All 10 states with the largest percentages of uninsured adults now have Republican governors and legislatures. The lowest percentages all are governed by...
  • Get Ready for the New England Power Shortage

    07/19/2014 6:18:35 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 34 replies
    am spectator ^ | 7/18/14 | w tucker
    n 1980, under the first administration of Governor Jerry Brown, California decided it wasnt going to build any more power plants but would follow Amory Lovins soft path, opting instead for conservation and renewable energy. By 2000, with the new digital economy sucking up electricity, a drought in the Pacific Northwest cut hydropower output and the state found itself facing the Great California Electrical Shortage. You know what happened next. For weeks the Golden State struggled to find enough electricity to power its traffic lights. Brownouts and blackouts cascaded across the state while businesses fired up smoke-belching diesel generators to...
  • State Denies Request To House Migrant Kids At Southbury (CT)

    07/16/2014 7:22:22 AM PDT · by Blue Turtle · 9 replies
    Hartford Courant ^ | July 15, 2014 | KEITH PHANEUF
    "The vacant property that the state of Connecticut has is too small to accommodate your needs (which clearly must be at least several hundred thousand square feet of building space alone) and is typically in a state of disrepair to the point where a certificate of occupancy would be difficult to obtain," Patrick M. O'Brien, assistant director of OPM's Bureau of Assets Management, wrote to an official at the U.S. General Services Administration's New England regional offices. "Indeed, many existing structures are beyond salvage and require environmental remediation and demolition."
  • BREAKING: Sources say Toyota fleeing CA, taking 5,000 jobs to more business-friendly Texas

    04/27/2014 4:52:00 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 95 replies
    Californias inhospitable tax policies may have struck again, this time costing Los Angeles one of its largest employers. According to multiple sources close to the situation, Toyota will be relocating its US headquarters from the LA suburb of Torrance to Plano, Texas. The company has yet to notify its employees of the news, but is expected to do so Monday, followed by a public announcement. While its unlikely that Toyota, which is ranked 8th on Fortunes Global 500, will directly cite taxes as the reason for its relocation, it should come as little surprise that the financial burden of operating...
  • Toyota to move jobs and marketing headquarters from Torrance to Texas (LAT tries to spin loss)

    04/28/2014 6:29:02 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 35 replies
    LA Times ^ | 4/27/14 | Jerry Hirsch and David Undercoffler
    Toyota Motor Corp. plans to move large numbers of jobs from its sales and marketing headquarters in Torrance to suburban Dallas, according to a person familiar with the automaker's plans. The move, creating a new North American headquarters, would put management of Toyota's U.S. business close to where it builds most cars for this market. North American Chief Executive Jim Lentz is expected to brief employees Monday, said the person, who was not authorized to speak publicly. Toyota declined to detail its plans. About 5,300 people work at Toyota's Torrance complex. It is unclear how many workers will be asked...
  • Over 40,000 voters are registered in both Virginia and Maryland, group finds

    04/23/2014 1:27:37 PM PDT · by topher · 90 replies ^ | April 23, 2014 | Kenric Ward -
    A crosscheck of voter rolls in Virginia and Maryland turned up 44,000 people registered in both states, a vote-integrity group reported Wednesday. And thats just the beginning. The Virginia Voters Alliance is investigating how to identify voters who are registered and vote in Virginia but live in the states that surround us, Alliance President Reagan George told the State Board of Elections.
  • The states with the most segregated public schools are epicenters of liberalism

    03/27/2014 10:16:29 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 16 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 27 | Eric Owens
    The state with the most segregated public schools is New York. Other states with exceptionally segregated schools include California, Illinois and Michigan. These findings come from a longitudinal study of enrollment figures conducted by the Civil Rights Project at the University of California at Los Angeles, The Associated Press reports. The period studied was 1998 through 2010. New York, California, Illinois and Michigan are traditionally among the most reliably Democratic states in the union, as an interactive 2012 map created by Slate shows. A 2013 State of the States feature by Gallup indicates that New York, California and Illinois are...
  • Study: Income Inequality Greater, Growing Faster in Blue States

    03/13/2014 1:12:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 12, 2014 - 12:15 PM | Barbara Hollingsworth
    President Obama has said that reducing the growing gap between high and low income earners is one of his top domestic priorities. But a new study finds that residents of states that voted for Obama in 2012 are experiencing more income inequality than people in other states. Income inequality is worse in blue states, and has also grown more quickly in those areas over the past 10 years, according to the study, entitled Blue states have the income-inequality blues, by Richard Barrington, senior financial analyst at previously reported that a Brookings Institute study found that the highest levels...
  • Rick Perry At CPAC - Red States vs. Blue States

    03/08/2014 4:47:47 AM PST · by LD Jackson · 48 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 03/08/14 | LD Jackson
    The major news in the conservative world this week has been the goings on at the annual Conservative Political Action Committee meeting in Washington, D. C. It seems to have become a sounding board for possible future presidential candidates to stretch their legs, testing the wind beneath their wings, so to speak. Many of the speakers may be in the running for the 2016 Republican nomination for President. Since I am nowhere close to deciding who my favorite will be, I have not listened to any of the speeches, before now. I suppose I have just not been in the...
  • Any signs of people in blue states starting to turn away from Democrats?

    02/24/2014 7:36:48 PM PST · by cradle of freedom · 64 replies
    Has anyone seen any signs that people in blue states may be turning away from the big government ideology that has controlled these states for so many decades? Any discussions with relatives, neighbors or friends who are Democrats?
  • Red states see higher divorce rate, research shows

    01/24/2014 2:52:16 PM PST · by Oliviaforever · 43 replies
    Fox 25 OKC ^ | 1-21-14 | By: Rebecca Schleicher
    Divorce hits red states harder than blue states, according to new research out of the University of Texas and University of Iowa. The research, published in the American Journal of Sociology, looks at religion and divorce and found the more conservative an area, the higher the divorce rate.
  • Fast food CEO: How govt regulation is driving us abroad

    01/01/2014 5:22:02 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 11 replies
    CNBC ^ | Jan 1,201; | Katie Little
    Easier to open in Siberia than California "Under the current U.S. business climate, regulatory and tax restrictions tend to curb otherwise dynamic entrepreneurial energy," Puzder said. "We'd love to see more growth in domestic markets. Unfortunately, it's easier for our franchisees to open a restaurant in Siberia than in California." In the U.S., the company's Hardee's division is expanding in New York, New Jersey, Chicago and South Florida. Meanwhile, the Carl's Jr. division is growing in Texas and the Seattle area. Challenges to U.S. expansion Puzder named ethanol regulation, which has resulted in higher beef costs, a rising minimum wage...
  • Red versus Blue States: A Divide Worth Having

    12/31/2013 8:14:54 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 52 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/31/2013 | J. Robert Smith
    The left has long sought to nationalize government, which means a subordination of the states. In the meantime, liberals aren't blind to the advantages red states enjoy over blue states, in terms of siphoning off blue states' productive citizens and enterprises. Liberals see where many businesses choose to relocate. They appreciate that red states are often more affordable to Americans. Critical to the nation's ongoing experiments in democracy is the imperative to roll back intrusive -- and often coercive -- national government. Washington is an informal ally of blue states, like Maryland, at the expense of red states, via legislation,...
  • Hudson River town wonders what's next as GE plant heads south in latest NY manufacturing loss

    12/29/2013 7:28:10 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 49 replies
    FORT EDWARD, New York When General Electric moves jobs from its capacitor plant in this Hudson River town next year, worker Mark Rock figures he might have to leave, too. About 200 jobs will head south as soon as September when GE sends local operations to Florida to cut costs. While New York has had successes in the constant geographical tug of war for jobs, manufacturing jobs like these have been dwindling for decades. People in this area south of the Adirondack Mountains are the latest to wonder what comes next.

    12/27/2013 8:56:16 AM PST · by papertyger · 309 replies
    The Blaze ^ | December 26, 2013
    Connecticut residents waited in long lines on Thursday to register their firearms and high-capacity magazines before the states new gun laws go into effect on Jan. 1, 2014. WFSB-TV reports that a long-line of people stood outside the Public Safety Building in Middletown, Conn., all day to register semi-automatic rifles and high-capacity magazines. Several residents were upset with the unconstitutional requirement, while at least one person didnt appear to mind. I understand why theyre doing it, but I dont think its constitutional, resident Scott Boccio told WFSB-TV as he was registering his guns. Charles Gillette, who was registering magazines, told...
  • Obama booed at college basketball game

    11/18/2013 7:01:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 77 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/18/2013 | Thomas Lifson
    While families across the Midwest were reeling from tornadoes and storm damage, President Obama spent four hours playing golf Sunday (his 151st round of golf as president) and then took in a college basketball game at the University of Maryland. The Maryland Terrapins were taking on the Oregon State Beavers, coached by Michelle's older brother Craig Robinson. What a great day for the president! His two favorite sports in one day. What, me worry? But it was not all sweetness and light. You see, the fans actually booed him. And people were Tweeting about it. (via Fire Andrea Mitchell):
  • Rain Tax Fines Drench Marylands Carroll County

    11/12/2013 1:02:00 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 7 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 11-12-13 | Fara Klein
    Marylands Carroll County recently received a letter from Assistant Attorney General Paul DeSantis, threatening to fine the county $10,000 for each day that it does not enact a storm water remediation fee, also known as a Rain Tax. The infamous Rain Tax bill came as a response to the Environmental Protection Agencys (EPA) pollution diet known as the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load. The pollution diet requires reductions in pollutants that are primarily found in drainage run-off and fertilizers. The bill was signed by Governor OMalley this past April and requires 10 of Marylands 24 counties to charge an...
  • Virginia Is Now One Step Closer to Being an Official Blue State

    11/07/2013 12:06:02 PM PST · by C19fan · 36 replies
    The New Republic ^ | November 7, 2013 | Ruy Teixeira
    With Terry McAuliffes gubernatorial victory over Ken Cuccinelli, Democrats have now won seven of Virginias eight high-profile, statewide races since 2005 (three Senate races, two Presidential contests, and two of three gubernatorial elections). The lone exception, Bob McDonnells gubernatorial victory in 2009, provides an instructive contrast with the current contest. In 2009, Virginia voters were 78 percent white and 22 percent minority. In 2013, they were just 72 percent white and 28 percent minoritynot far off the 70/30 split in the 2012 presidential election. There you have the key to McAuliffes victory: Despite performing much better among white voters than...
  • A blue state's road to red (West Virginia)

    10/28/2013 12:40:21 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 26, 2913 | Karen Tumulty
    ".........Why? Honestly, because everybody in this county hates Barack Obama. That is the biggest reason, Mitchell said. Animosity toward President Obama runs high here. He lost Wyoming County by nearly 56 percentage points last year, despite the fact that registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by 3 to 1. But as Mitchell and her friends talked more about it, their conversation turned to fears and anxieties that had little to do with party or politics. They discussed the well-paying jobs that had vanished with the coal industry; the crime and drugs that followed; the changing culture that mocks what they hold sacred....
  • California - Where Illegal Immigrants are Legal

    10/06/2013 7:15:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | October 6, 2013 | Bruce Bialosky
    It seems like a lifetime ago when the U.S. Senate passed a bill to revise our immigration laws. The bill -- which was touted by some as the cure to our immigration problems -- went to the House of Representatives and died. The House stated they wanted to deal with the issue in pieces and not have another monster bill like Obamacare or Dodd-Frank, each of which have massive unintended consequences. Without federal action, California is stepping into the breach to resolve the issue for all Americans. This column previously wrote that to make any progress on immigration, two truths...
  • Md. Law Repealing Death Penalty Goes Into Effect [Crime Rate Will SOAR]

    10/02/2013 2:46:41 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 42 replies
    WHAG-TV ^ | 10/1/13 | Dawn White
    Maryland's law repealing the death penalty went into effect Tuesday. Maryland is now the 18th state to end capital punishment. Those found guilty of first-degree murder will now face a life sentence or life without the possibility of parole.
  • Maryland hospitals post 71% profit decline, operating at record low margins

    09/24/2013 5:18:14 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 32 replies
    Baltimore Business Journal ^ | Sept. 19, 2013 | Sarah Gantz
    Hospitals in Maryland are operating with record low margins, according to a new report by the state Health Services Cost Review Commission. Operating profits at Maryland hospitals dropped 71 percent in fiscal 2013, which ended June 30. The 46 hospitals reported a total operating profit of $99.8 million, down from $344.2 million a year before. The total profit margin among the hospitals was 3.39 percent. I dont think weve ever seen margins this low, ever, said Steve Ports, deputy director of policy and operations for the HSCRC, which sets hospital rates. SNIP Alright, so hospitals arent making money like they...
  • 9 charged in $3M dollar food stamp fraud case

    09/09/2013 10:04:18 AM PDT · by kevcol · 34 replies
    WPRI ^ | Sept 5, 2013 | Dan McGowan & Time White
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) Food stamp fraud is a significant problem in Rhode Island. That was the message U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha sent Thursday when he announced that nine people are facing criminal charges for allegedly defrauding the federally funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program out of more than $3 million. During a two-year undercover investigation, Neronha said eight Rhode Island residents and one New York man were found to be illegally allowing food stamp recipients to use their EBT cards to obtain cash in exchange for a large surcharge at five Providence convenience stores. ... Six people were charged by...
  • Colorado: Model for the Rest of the Nation?: From Swing State to Solidly Blue

    09/05/2013 6:35:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/05/2013 | Derrick Wilburn
    At this very moment here in my home state of Colorado we are in the throes of a bitterly fought recall election campaign against two of our elected state representatives, senators John Morse (D-Colorado Springs) and Angela Giron (D-Pueblo). Those who have sought the state's constitutional remedy for out-of-touch and/or control legislators cite as their motivation these two senators' votes in the 2013 legislative session. The people spearheading the surprisingly bipartisan recall effort claim these senators stopped paying attention to the people they represent and voted in spite of rather than in accordance with the will of their constituents. At...
  • Only in California: State Taxes the Tax Break They Gave Years Ago

    08/22/2013 12:02:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | August 22, 2013 | Michael Schaus
    California handed out over $120 million in tax credits and incentives for specific small business startups over the past five years. And now, like a child on a playground, the states Franchise Tax Board is asking for all that money back. Over 2,000 small businesses are now being levied with hefty tax bills some as high as $250,000 for having taken advantage of a duly passed tax incentive program. State Senator Ted Lieu, D-Redondo Beach, said [Businesses] relied on California law as it was written, that they would get a tax break if they invested in certain kinds...
  • Insurers flee States which will not permit them to make a profit. ObamaCare supporters stunned

    08/11/2013 8:53:50 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 20 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/11/13 | Doug Book
    Looks like Obamacare is more on track than train wreck, gloated the experts on Barack Obamas Think Progress website as they reported the Masters healthcare scheme was literally forcing Americas insurers to lower their premiums. (1) The glad tidings arose back in May after Oregon providers Providence Health Plan and Family Care Health requested premium rate reductions from the state-run ObamaCare exchange. (Actually, the state just gets to PAY for the exchange. Its RUN by Kathleen Sebelius at HHS.) Naturally this was big news for Affordable Care Act fans. After all, what could be better than private insurers wanting permission...
  • New England Becoming More Pro-Abortion; South, Midwest Becoming More Pro-Life

    07/30/2013 11:24:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/30/2013 | Napp Nazworth
    Views on abortion are becoming more entrenched in certain regions of the country, with New England residents more convinced of the pro-choice position and the Midwest and parts of the South becoming more pro-life, according to a new Pew Forum study. While abortion views have remained relatively steady when looking at the nation as a whole, the Pew study shows greater variation in a few regions of the country. The study compares views on abortion in 1995 and 1996 to views on abortion in 2012 and 2013 for eight regional areas New England, Pacific Coast, Mid-Atlantic, Mountain West, Great...
  • Farewell to freshman - Washington State to remove 40,000 pieces of legislation of 'gender biased lan

    07/11/2013 8:09:42 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 23 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | July 2, 2013 | James Nye
    Farewell to freshman - Washington State to remove 40,000 pieces of legislation of 'gender biased language'...but manhole survives This week new laws will come into effect in Washington State to form the final piece of a six-year effort to rewrite all state laws using gender-neutral vocabulary. The politically correct crusade will see terms such as 'fisherman', 'freshman' and even 'journeyman plumber' replaced with 'fisher', 'first-year-student' and 'journey-level plumber'. Signalling an end to hundreds of years of accepted language, the move will now see the state's copious laws, including thousands of words and phrases re-written at tax-payers expense.
  • 7-Year-Old Boy Who Made Gun-Shaped Pastry Has Appeal Denied

    06/11/2013 7:21:46 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 82 replies
    The family of the 7-year-old boy from Ann Arundel County elementary school who was suspended for making a gun shape out of a pastry has tried to clear the boys record. This story made headlines across the country as the gun control debate has taken center stage among many elementary schools as some school administrators flex their muscles with a zero tolerance policy that excuses itself from common sense. But according to the Baltimore Sun school officials denied the boys familys appeal on Monday, not allowing the boys record to be expunged of the incident. Robin Ficker, attorney for Park...
  • Report: Red States Have Better Economic Performance Than Blue States

    05/27/2013 9:04:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/27/2013 | Napp Nazworth
    A new report, called "Rich States, Poor States," issued by the American Legislative Exchange Council on state economies, shows states mostly governed by Republicans outperform states mostly governed by Democrats. Those ranked in the top ten in economic performance from 2001 to 2011 were, in order from first place to tenth place: Texas, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, North Dakota, Idaho, Arizona, Alaska and Montana. Those in the bottom ten, in order from 40th to 50th place are: Mississippi, Wisconsin, Missouri, California, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, Ohio and Michigan. The only states in the top 10 that mostly vote...
  • Yet another gun manufacturer looking at leaving Connecticut

    05/26/2013 7:32:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/26/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    Connecticut is the seventh-largest producer of firearms in the country, with gun manufacturers currently accounting for just under 3,000 direct jobs as well as the thousands of jobs supported through related industries — but thanks to the state’s recent outlawing of ‘high-capacity magazines’ and an ‘assault weapons’-ban expansion, that might be set to change. Last month, we already learned of PTR Industries’ announcement of their pending relocation from Connecticut after the state banned many of their products, and the NYT reported this week that they’re not the only ones: In a state desperate to maintain and revive its industrial base,...
  • Marlin Firearms Closes In North Haven, Ending 141 Years Of Manufacturing In Connecticut

    04/02/2013 8:55:28 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 32 replies
    The Hartford Courant ^ | 4-1-2013 | MATTHEW STURDEVANT
    <p>NORTH HAVEN A half-dozen workers were in otherwise empty offices Friday at The Marlin Firearms Co. as the company wound down 141 years of manufacturing in Connecticut.</p> <p>A security phone at the visitor's gate was unattended next to a large barren parking lot off Bailey Road near I-91. A reception room that resembles a ski lodge, complete with a fireplace, was dark. The few people left working Friday declined to comment, but one employee said there were six people inside and that Friday was their last day of work.</p>
  • Delaware Senate approves repeal of death penalty

    03/28/2013 12:38:59 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 18 replies
    Politico ^ | March 26, 2013
    DOVER, Del. The state Senate on Tuesday narrowly approved a bill repealing Delaware's death penalty after removing a provision that would have spared the lives of 17 inmates currently awaiting execution. The measure passed by a vote of 11-10, with five Democrats and five Republicans voting against it. Three Republicans sided with majority Democrats in voting for the bill after a lengthy and sometimes emotional debate. The measure, opposed by Attorney General Beau Biden and several leaders of the law enforcement community, now goes to the state House for consideration. Democratic Gov. Jack Markell has refused to say whether...
  • Maryland Senate passes driver's licensing bill for illegal immigrants

    03/27/2013 11:09:27 AM PDT · by central_va · 26 replies
    WJLA ^ | March 25, 2013 | ABC7
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (ABC7) - The Maryland Senate has passed a measure that would allow illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses. The measure was approved in a 29-18 vote. The bill now moves to the House of Delegates for consideration. According to law enforcement sources, tthe driver who caused a fatal two-car crash in Glenn Dale Monday morning is an illegal immigrant who is also unlicensed and uninsured.
  • Patton: Red State Governors Should Be Careful What They Wish For

    03/22/2013 9:01:23 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | March 22, 2013 | Doug Patton
    Recently, Republican Governors Rick Perry of Texas and Terry Branstad of Iowa appealed to those wanting to flee liberal California. Move your business to our state, they implore. Well welcome you with open arms here. They should be careful what they wish for. When my wife and I used to vacation in Colorado in the 1970s, I started noticing bumper stickers that read Dont Californicate Colorado. The initial movement that spawned that sentiment was a way for Colorado residents to express their disapproval of how Southern California had exploded with seemingly unlimited development. However, since that time, Californicate has taken...
  • Colt to bolt? Gun maker's boss says company feels unwelcome in Connecticut

    03/22/2013 10:36:45 AM PDT · by ModernDayCato · 28 replies via Yahoo ^ | March 21, 2013 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    Colt's Manufacturing, the company that has made the iconic gun dubbed "The Peacemaker" for more than a century, could pull up its Connecticut stakes after coming under fire in the national debate over the Second Amendment. President and CEO Dennis Veilleux said the pro-gun control climate that has taken hold in the wake of the Sandy Hook school massacre and other firearm attacks has left him feeling unwelcome in the state his company has called home for 175 years. Proposed laws being debated by the Legislature and pushed by Gov. Dannel Malloy include a new gun offender registry, an expanded...
  • Colt to bolt? Gun maker's boss says company feels unwelcome in Connecticut

    03/22/2013 7:43:47 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 66 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 21, 2013 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    <p>Colt's Manufacturing, the company that has made the iconic gun dubbed "The Peacemaker" for more than a century, could pull up its Connecticut stakes after coming under fire in the national debate over the Second Amendment.</p> <p>President and CEO Dennis Veilleux said the pro-gun control climate that has taken hold in the wake of the Sandy Hook school massacre and other firearm attacks has left him feeling unwelcome in the state his company has called home for 175 years. Proposed laws being debated by the Legislature and pushed by Gov. Dannel Malloy include a new gun offender registry, an expanded assault weapons ban, ammunition restrictions and a ban on bulk purchases of handguns. Veilleux said those measures have put Colt and its nearly 700 employees in the crosshairs.</p>
  • Approval Rating: Obama drops 10% in one month. In New York?

    03/12/2013 7:15:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/12/2013 | Jazz Shaw
    What with the recent changes to various regulatory aspects regarding the lives of American citizens I was expecting a bit of backlash against President Obama, but I certainly didn’t see this coming. President Barack Obama’s approval rating in New York fell precipitously in the past month, according to a poll released Monday, and three-fifths of the state’s registered voters now believe the country is heading in the wrong direction.Obama’s approval rating remains high in New York, at 56 percent, with 41 percent disapproving, according to the Siena College poll.But the president’s approval rating was at 66 percent last month, with...
  • (EDITORIAL) After Restrictive Legislation in Maryland, Whats Next for Beretta?

    03/12/2013 9:34:04 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 36 replies
    Guns.Com ^ | Mar. 12, 2013 | David Higginbotham
    In the 1980s, Maryland looked like a logical place for Beretta USA to do business. When the 500 year old Italian company began establishing their American made brand image, they found the Old Line State most hospitable. D.C. is a short drive north. Virginia, with its federal agencies and long sporting traditions, is close on the western and southern borders. Beretta chose Accokeek, a area ripe for expansion with a readily available work force and a history of firearms production. Beretta USAs presence in the southern part of the state has been an economic boon for the local residents. Beretta...
  • WaPo: Beretta starting to look at moving out of Maryland after gun-control push

    02/25/2013 1:28:39 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 78 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/25/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Earlier today, I linked to a Christian Science Monitor report that the firearms industry had begun to organize in opposition to the recent push for increased gun control, but that the major manufacturers had not yet committed themselves. That situation has changed, reports the Washington Post, at least in Maryland, where Beretta makes it home --- at least for now. The company has begun considering a relocation of its headquarters to a state where its product hasn't been made illegal, and may take hundreds of jobs with them: Beretta, the nearly 500-year-old family-owned company that made one of James Bond’s...
  • Can Hillary turn Texas blue?

    02/22/2013 2:10:04 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/22/2013 | AllahPundit
    Look on the bright side: She might not run. In which case we won’t have to worry about Texas imposing a Democratic stranglehold on the White House for the foreseeable future until, oh, 2024 or so.Or maybe 2020? Much depends on the time frame for that path to citizenship that Schumer, McCain, Rubio, et al. are cooking up. While the knee-jerk reaction among many Republicans would be to dismiss the idea that the state could be competitive in 2016 — just four years after Mitt Romney carried it by 16 points over President Obama — Texas GOP Chairman Steve Munisteri...
  • "Like a Good Neighbor, State Farm is there," but "THERE" will soon be Texas, not Illinois

    02/22/2013 10:17:00 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 36 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 2/22/13 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    State Farm, the nationally knowninsurance chain headquartered in Bloomington Illinois, has apparently had its fill of The Land of Lincolns confiscatory taxes. The 800 million dollar company is reported to have purchased substantial workspace in the Dallas, Texas area. The giant insurance firms workers are being kept in the dark reportedly to avoid alarming them but is it their workers or the State of Illinois they would like to keep in the dark about this move? If this doesnt signal State Farms coming dash out of Illinoiss clutches what could it mean? A knowledgeable Dallas real estate insider has called...
  • Global Warming Snow Hits Northeast

    02/09/2013 6:49:34 PM PST · by RetiredTexasVet · 32 replies
    2-9-13 | Retired Texas Vet
    Friday evening the largest Global Warming snow ever hit the Northeast. The storm had been predicted by Al Gore and other patients for years. Scientists had first thought the snow was the ordinary H2O type of snow that has fallen for years. However, closer investigation indicated that the snow was not regular snow but solidified carbon dioxide, (aka dry ice). Drs. Mann, Jones and Hansen speculated that the carbon dioxide had built up quickly because the coal fired electric generator plants had been working at full capacity because of the recent Artic cold spell. What triggered the consolidation and solidification...
  • The States People Are Fleeing In 2013

    02/08/2013 11:17:12 PM PST · by Cowboy Bob · 34 replies
    Forbes/Yahoo ^ | 02/08/2013 | Jenna Goudreau
    Long-term shifts in the U.S. economy coupled with the recent recession means Americans are more likely to pack up and move for employment-related reasons. Although the total number of residential moves is down, new data shows a clear pattern of the states that people are fleeing the fastest.