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  • Is the political war on rural Md. dead?

    11/10/2017 11:09:21 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    The Hagerstown Herald-Mail ^ | June 4, 2017 | J.F. MEILS Capital News Service
    ANNAPOLIS — In 2009, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley closed the visitor center at the Sideling Hill cut, the symbolic gateway to Western Maryland, as a cost-saving effort. Some saw the move as personal, or at least confirmation of how the former governor felt about the state’s rural counties. “We had only two visitor centers that were closed in the entire state under O’Malley,” said William Valentine, an Allegany County commissioner. “It wasn’t too hard to figure out what happened.” Current Gov. Larry Hogan reopened the Sideling Hill Visitor Center in 2015. Earlier this year when Hogan took the stage...
  • Judge in Chicago refuses to alter ruling on sanctuary cities

    10/13/2017 3:29:48 PM PDT · by iowamark · 34 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10/13/2017 | Jason Meisner
    A federal judge in Chicago on Friday refused to alter his previous ruling barring Attorney General Jeff Sessions from requiring sanctuary cities nationwide to cooperate with immigration agents in exchange for receiving public safety grant money. In granting the preliminary injunction last month, U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber said Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration could suffer “irreparable harm” in its relationship with the immigrant community if it were to comply with the U.S. Department of Justice’s new rules. The judge also said the attorney general overstepped his authority by imposing the special conditions, agreeing with the city’s argument that it was...
  • Texas' Toll Roads: A Big Step Towards Open Markets For Transportation

    10/10/2017 8:10:17 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 96 replies
    Forbes ^ | June 30, 2017 | Scott Beyer
    No city in America runs on anything resembling a free-market model. But Texas' major cities are probably the closest thing, with vast improvements to their economies and living standards to show for it. Their looser land-use laws mean that housing supply grows quickly, stabilizing prices. Their lighter tax and regulatory structure helps businesses locate there and grow. And—shenanigans from the governor's office notwithstanding—their openness to immigrants means they have cheap and robust labor forces.But one market-oriented aspect little discussed is Texas' approach to transportation. The state has 25 toll roads, more than any other state. They are particularly common in Houston and Dallas,...
  • Unlocking billions of dollars of infrastructure funding capacity

    09/28/2017 5:32:33 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 13, 2017 | Charles "Skip" Stitt
    The nation’s approach to managing public infrastructure is often inefficient. Best practices, such as life-cycle asset management and preventive maintenance, are rarely a priority. We can, however, unlock billions of dollars of infrastructure funding capacity now trapped in existing assets by improving how we build, operate and finance infrastructure. While experts discuss the size and urgency of our infrastructure needs, the debates focus on how to pay for new infrastructure. The Trump administration has identified public-private partnerships (P3) as a primary strategy. A majority of states and D.C. have statutes allowing P3s. Other countries have also adopted P3s as a...
  • Amazon Set To Build A Second HQ And Cities Say ‘Pick Me!’ (50,000 six-figure jobs)

    09/23/2017 3:08:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Gears of Biz ^ | September 23, 2017 | Daniela Blot
    Amazon said Thursday that it will spend $5 billion to build another headquarters in North America to house 50,000 new employees. In April, workers constructed three glass-covered domes in an expansion of the company’s downtown Seattle campus. Amazon made the sort of announcement Thursday morning that mayors dream about. The tech juggernaut said it was looking for the right city in which to build its “HQ2”: a second headquarters in North America, equal to its campus in Seattle. And it’s going to make that selection process a public one, akin to how cities bid to host an Olympic Games. “We...
  • Transportation Funding: Why It’s Still Toll Roads Versus Public Transit

    09/21/2017 11:08:05 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    EfficientGov ^ | September 20, 2017 | Andrea Fox
    Is fighting sprawl still a goal for those who decide the fate of transportation funding at the federal, state and local levels?Transportation planning is deeply connected to economic development, but there in any agreement about transportation funding among government leaders often ends.Parag Khanna, a senior public policy analyst in Singapore and author of “Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization,” summarized the political divide over transportation planning like this: “America is increasingly divided not between red states and blue states, but between connected hubs and disconnected backwaters.”But division that stymies transportation planning goes further. Government leaders have always been divided...
  • America's Most Dangerous Cities (chart)

    08/28/2017 2:26:54 PM PDT · by freedumb2003 · 71 replies
    Statista ^ | 7/22/2017 | statista
    Given that 2016 was the worst year for homicides in nearly two decades in Chicago, it comes as little surprise that the city has a reputation as one of the most violent places in the United States. Last year, there were 762 murders, 3,550 shooting incidents and 4,331 shooting victims with an average of 12 people shot every single day. In fact, the Windy City experienced more murders than New York and Los Angeles combined last year with the number of homicides there since 2001 eclipsing U.S. war dead in Iraq and Afghanistan by late November. Even though it had...
  • North Korea missile tests didn't fail, US military says in revised report

    08/26/2017 2:31:15 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    fox news ^ | Published August 25, 2017
    According to earlier reports, U.S. Pacific Command spokesman and Cmdr. David Benham suggested two North Korean missiles "failed in flight" while the third one had "blown up almost immediately." The U.S. Pacific Command has since revised its evaluation of the missile launch, now reporting no missile failures -- in line with the South Korean military assessment.
  • Free Private Cities: The Future of Governance is Private

    08/07/2017 4:35:46 PM PDT · by qaz123 · 29 replies
    StartUp Societies Foundation ^ | Unknown | Titus Gebel
    Imagine a private company offers you the basic services of a state, i.e. protection of life, liberty and property in a defined territory. You pay a certain amount for those services per year. Your respective rights and duties are laid down in a written agreement between you and the provider. For everything else, you do what you want. Thus, you are a contracting party on an equal footing with a secured legal position, instead of subject to the government’s or majority’s ever changing will. And you only become a part of it if you like the offer.
  • The Most Post-Christian Cities in America: 2017

    07/15/2017 12:32:17 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 26 replies
    Barna ^ | 07/11/2017 | na
    It may come as no surprise that the influence of Christianity in the United States is waning. Rates of church attendance, religious affiliation, belief in God, prayer and Bible-reading have all been dropping for decades. By consequence, the role of religion in public life has been slowly diminishing, and the church no longer functions with the cultural authority it held in times past. These are unique days for the church in America as it learns what it means to flourish in a new “Post-Christian” era. Barna has developed a metric to measure the changing religious landscape of American culture. We...
  • Top 10 Bible-Minded Cities in US for 2017 Revealed

    06/27/2017 8:46:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/27/2017 | Anugrah Kumar
    How do Americans from each region interact with the Bible? A study by Barna Group explores the faith profile of 131 cities to identify the top 10 most Bible-minded cities as well as the least Bible-minded cities in 2017.Barna's annual Bible-Minded Cities report, in partnership with American Bible Society, is based on interviews with 76,505 adults over a 10-year period. And it found that Chattanooga in Tennessee is the most Bible-minded city in America, for the second year in a row.The evangelical polling organization determined "Bible-mindedness" by asking the respondents how regular they are in reading the Bible and what...
  • Bearing Witness As Cities Die

    03/30/2017 6:23:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 74 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 30, 2017 | Derek Hunter
    Having lived in three of the nation’s most dangerous cities – Detroit, Baltimore and a short stint in Chicago – I’ve seen the remains of some once-great American metropolises. Outside of pockets (the north side of Chicago, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, the small, surging sections of downtown Detroit among them), their better days were behind them by the time I came along. But I could see the shells of what once was. Still, seeing the aftermath and living through the decline are two entirely different experiences. Until a time machine is invented, I never will fully know more than the second-hand...
  • Cities, counties and schools feel sharply increasing pension costs

    02/25/2017 6:21:44 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 24 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | February 25, 2017 | Dan Walters
    The impact of ever-higher pension costs on California’s local governments, particularly cities, has been evident for years. Pension burdens contributed to the recent bankruptcies of three cities and more are feeling the pinch.
  • Daily Beast editor: Non-Cosmopolitan Rural Voters For Trump are the ‘Real Problem’

    01/29/2017 10:34:31 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 83 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Message from MSNBC to you hicks out in the sticks: the people who gave us Le Pen, Brexit and now, Trump represent the “real problem.” Unlike we city dwellers, you don’t “mix” and “get along together” with people from “cosmopolitan cultures.” . . . Then came the pičce de résistance—Dickey’s swipe at the great rural unwashed: “the voters who cast their ballots for Marine Le Pen, for Brexit, for Donald Trump, they’re not the people who are part of those cities, those cosmopolitan cultures where people mix and get along together. That is the real problem. That’s the divide we...
  • Tancredo:Over 300 Sanctuary Cities Are Costing State and Local Taxpayers over $7B Annually

    01/29/2017 5:55:36 AM PST · by davikkm · 43 replies
    President Trump this week signed an executive order declaring war on so-called sanctuary cities. Agencies within the United States Government will begin withholding federal grant funds from those cities, and additional actions to enforce federal immigration law will be taken soon. Unlike Obama, President Trump is not trying to making new laws by executive decree. In his Executive Order, the president is only reminding mayors and governors of existing federal law dating to 1996: U.S. Code › Title 8 › Chapter 12 › Subchapter II › Part IX › § 1373 8 U.S. Code § 1373 – Communication between government...
  • Trump To Sign Executive Orders Enabling Construction Of Proposed Border Wall

    01/25/2017 7:11:50 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 9 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 01/25/17 | Jerry Markon, Robert Costa and Abigail Hauslohner
    President Trump plans to sign executive orders Wednesday enabling construction of his proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and targeting cities where local leaders refuse to hand over illegal immigrants for deportation, according to White House officials familiar with the decisions. The actions, part of a multi-day focus on immigration, are among an array of sweeping and immediate changes to the nation’s immigration system under consideration by the new president. The moves represent Trump’s first effort to deliver on perhaps the signature issue that drove his presidential campaign: his belief that illegal immigration is out of control and threatening the...
  • Trump should target Los Angeles first for “Sanctuary City” fight

    01/12/2017 6:24:55 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 33 replies
    © Copyright 2008-2017, Legal Insurrection, All Rights Reserved. ^ | Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 1:15pm | Leslie Eastman
    Trump will have broad presidential powers in dealing with “sanctuary cities”. I would like to propose he start with Los Angeles. To begin with, the area is filled with smug, anti-Trump elites like Meryl Streep. However, beyond that...the city is short millions ... and will have to borrow $70 million to meet expenses. Trump should unleash the full force of federal fury on this city, which is clearly in no fiscal condition for the upcoming battle.
  • Obama, Gates Work to Dissolve Suburban School Districts

    12/08/2016 9:27:44 PM PST · by Ray76 · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | Sep 19, 2016 | Stanley Kurtz
    AFFH (Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing), President Obama’s most radical regulation, continues to go virtually unmentioned in the campaign. You might think a policy that allows big cities to swallow up and control surrounding suburbs would be widely debated and discussed, especially in an election where the suburbs hold the balance of power. Instead, both presidential candidates make a point of avoiding the issue. Meanwhile, it’s become increasingly clear that AFFH is about a great deal more than housing. In truth, this sweepingly transformative regulation creates levers by which the feds can reach into almost every aspect of local government. In...
  • Shaun King Announces Progressive Boycott of New York, San Francisco and Standing Rock

    12/05/2016 12:22:05 PM PST · by Behind the Blue Wall · 30 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 5, 2016 | Chuck Ross
    In an official announcement on The Tom Joyner Morning Show, King said that the project, which he has dubbed Injustice Boycott, will aim to force the progressive cities to meet local activists’ demands regarding police brutality. And if those demands are not met within 43 days — by Martin Luther King Jr. Day — King says that he will activate Injustice Boycott supporters — more than 200,000 people, according to his estimate — to level a four-prong attack on commerce and government. King, who took a job as a justice columnist at The Daily News last year, said that the...
  • Donald Trump Is Wrong—Immigrants Don’t Commit More Crimes

    09/29/2016 8:15:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 88 replies
    The Cato Institute ^ | September 27, 2016 | David Bier
    Immigration only made a brief cameo in Monday night’s debate, but Donald Trump managed to once again falsely connect immigrants to crime.In response to a question on race relations in America, Trump said:“We have gangs roaming the street. And in many cases, they’re illegally here, illegal immigrants. And they have guns. And they shoot people. And we have to be very strong. And we have to be very vigilant.”No matter how researchers slice the data, though, the numbers show that immigrants commit fewer crimes than native-born Americans. But that’s not good enough for Trump’s followers. They firmly believe immigrants make...