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  • Rubio: Our National Security Depends on Sugar Subsidies

    08/31/2015 6:53:02 AM PDT · by Eric Pode of Croydon · 34 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 31 Aug 2015 | Windsor Mann
    You may not know this, but Brazilian sugar is a threat to U.S. national security. At least, that is the view of Senator Marco Rubio (R., Fla.). Asked this month about his support for sugar subsidies, Rubio said he would eliminate them if “the countries that export sugar into the U.S. get rid of theirs as well, and here’s why: Otherwise, Brazil will wipe out our agriculture and it’s not just sugar.” If we eliminate our sugar subsidies first, Rubio warned, “other countries will capture the market share, our agricultural capacity will be developed into real estate, you know, housing...
  • Report: General Electric won’t move to Texas because Jeb Hensarling doesn’t support Ex-Im

    08/30/2015 3:07:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Hotair.com ^ | August 30, 2015 | TAYLOR MILLARD
    General Electric is apparently not going to move to Texas because Congressman Jeb Hensarling doesn’t support the Export-Import Bank. Bloomberg cited the ever nebulous “people familiar with the matter” in their report on Friday. GE told Dallas business leaders in recent days it would look elsewhere for alternatives to its Connecticut home, said the people, who asked not to be identified because details aren’t public. They said GE cited some Texas lawmakers’ opposition to the U.S. Export-Import Bank, an important source of financing for some overseas sales. You can probably include Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn (allegedly), plus Congressmen...
  • Lehman's Gift To Jeb Bush For Funneling Pension Money: A $1.3 Million Consulting "Job"

    08/19/2015 8:44:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 8/19/15 | Tyler Durden
    Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, At this point, it almost feels like kicking someone while he’s down. Jeb Bush can’t even stand up to Donald Trump, let alone his own growing series of scandals. In the latest revelation from David Sirota and team at International Business Daily, we learn that: For Florida taxpayers, the move by the administration of then-Gov. Jeb Bush to forge a relationship with Lehman Brothers would ultimately prove disastrous. Transactions in 2005 and 2006 put the Wall Street investment bank in charge of some $250 million worth of pension funds for Florida cops,...
  • De Blasio is padding City Hall with jobs for all of his friends

    08/16/2015 11:34:24 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 23 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 16, 2015 | Aaron Short, Melissa Klein and Isabel Vincent
    Mayor de Blasio’s patronage mill is churning out junk jobs funded with taxpayer money for longtime pals, campaign grunts and acolytes. In addition to creating a $150,000 post for Stephanie Yazgi — the longtime girlfriend of his top strategist, Emma Wolfe — de Blasio has created positions to amp up his progressive agenda and national profile and spread propaganda touting his “transcendent” accomplishments. The city’s television station — led by de Blasio buddy Janet Choi — devotes much of its taxpayer-funded $5.7 million budget to broadcasting his ribbon-cuttings, announcements and features about his friends, including his wedding singer. His $105,000...
  • Scott Walker and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Stadium Deal

    08/15/2015 9:07:50 AM PDT · by conservativejoy · 80 replies
    Ricochet ^ | 8/13/2015 | John Gabriel
    Two days ago, I praised Gov. Scott Walker’s quiet conservatism. Today, I’ll criticize his inconsistency. The Milwaukee Bucks decided they needed a new basketball arena and they told the government to pay for it. If politicos didn’t cough up $250 million, the NBA warned that the Bucks might leave Wisconsin. Nice team you have here, Milwaukee. It’d be a shame if something happened to it… Taxpayers would rightly be furious if a private business demanded they fund a supermarket, an office building, or a strip mall — why on earth should they send their hard-earned money to millionaire athletes and...
  • Unions, Planned Parenthood Exchange Donations, Political Cash

    08/10/2015 3:46:28 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 8/10/15 | Bill McMorris
    Unions received hundreds of thousands of dollars from Planned Parenthood over the past five years, while shelling out more than $1 million to the nation’s largest abortionist.Since 2011 politically powerful labor unions and Planned Parenthood have exchanged lucrative gifts for “charitable” endeavors and political advocacy.Planned Parenthood, which is in the midst of a scandal after a pro-life group released videos detailing potentially illegal organ harvesting techniques and sales, has contributed more than $350,000 to three labor unions. The largest donation went to Service Employees International Union (SEIU), one of the nation’s top political spenders, with nearly all of its money...
  • WH Totally Supports What Planned Parenthood Is Doing, Notes Its 'High Ethical Standard'

    08/01/2015 7:00:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 89 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 1, 2015 | Leah Barkoukis
    While the recent videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s barbaric practice of selling and negotiating the price of aborted babies’ body parts—and the organs of those born alive—has convinced some Democrats that enough is enough when it comes to taxpayer funding for the abortion giant, others are remaining steadfast in their support for the group. Unfortunately, the White House is among the loyal, it seems. Speaking to reporters on Thursday, White House Press Secretary maintained that the undercover videos were highly edited and distorted. And when asked by a reporter where he is receiving his information, Earnest’s replied Planned Parenthood. “Based on the...
  • Obama Appointee And Bundler Blocks More Video Releases By Group Behind Planned Parenthood Sting

    07/31/2015 7:09:34 PM PDT · by markomalley · 40 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 7/31/15 | Mollie Hemingway
    A federal judge late Friday granted a temporary restraining order against the release of recordings made at an annual meeting of abortion providers. The injunction is against the Center for Medical Progress, the group that has unveiled Planned Parenthood’s participation in the sale of organs harvested from aborted children.Judge William H. Orrick, III, granted the injunction just hours after the order was requested by the National Abortion Federation.Orrick was nominated to his position by hardline abortion supporter President Barack Obama. He was also a major donor to and bundler for President Obama’s presidential campaign. He raised at least $200,000 for...
  • [PA] The Timing Of Dem Governor’s Big Planned Parenthood Review ‘Raises Questions’

    07/28/2015 4:46:27 PM PDT · by markomalley
    Daily Caller ^ | 7/28/15 | Connor D. Wolf
    With Democratic Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf launching a review of Planned Parenthood, his own past and a recent cabinet appointment has put doubt on the integrity of the investigation.Wolf had begun taking steps to review the clinics as a result of undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing fetal organ harvesting and distribution, The Associated Press reported Friday. Just the day prior to Wolf’s announcement, he appointed a former Planned Parenthood executive as his chief of staff. To Michael Greer, president of the Pennsylvania Family Institute, the timing is troubling.“It raises questions of the integrity of the investigation,” Greer told...
  • Rand Paul defies McConnell to defund Planned Parenthood

    07/25/2015 11:11:47 AM PDT · by markomalley · 43 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 7/25/15 | Barbara Boland
    Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., announced late Friday that he will "use every Senate rule" to force his Senate colleagues on the record after fellow Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., blocked his amendment to defund Planned Parenthood. If Paul gets enough senators to sign his petition, he can go around McConnell and force a vote. "I'm prepared to use every Senate rule at my disposal to force my colleagues on record whether they like it or not," Paul wrote Friday night. "Under Senate rules, if enough Senators are willing to stand with me and sign a petition demanding a vote,...
  • Tesla gets $295M in green subsidy credits for technology not offered to customers

    07/23/2015 2:23:17 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 10 replies
    watchdog.org ^ | July 23, 2015 | Tori Richards
    Tesla Motors has earned more than $295 million in green subsidy emission credits during the past three years for a battery-swapping technology customers weren’t getting, a Watchdog investigation reveals. In fact, the electric car company, owned in part by billionaire Elon Musk, may have earned credits up to nearly half a billion dollars in value from the 11 states that use the Zero Emission Vehicle barter as part of a green auto industry mandate. California created the program and leads the pack, doling out $173 million in credits to the Silicon Valley-based Tesla. Tesla claimed the credits between 2012 and...
  • Export-Import Bank could be revived via highway funding bill

    07/18/2015 5:06:59 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 9 replies
    LA TImes ^ | 7-17-15 | Jim Puzzanghera
    ouse Republican leaders succeeded last month in their quest to shut down a federal agency that helps U.S. companies sell their goods overseas, but a majority in Congress may soon have the last word.. A path to reviving the Export-Import Bank has emerged in Congress, and the agency, which has the strong backing of business groups, could be providing assistance again within weeks. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he would allow bank advocates to include a five-year reauthorization of the agency on a highway funding bill that must pass by the end of the month. And there's enough...
  • The Crony Bank That Won't Die: Cruz Dives Into Ex-Im fight

    07/13/2015 7:44:51 PM PDT · by MN_Mike · 47 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 13, 2015 | Kevin Cirilli
    McConnell is trying to bring back the crony bank, Ex-Im Bank. It sunset at end of June 2015. Now he plans to tie it to a highway bill. At Wednesday’s press conference, Cruz will be joined by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Rep. Bill Flores (R-Texas), chairman of the Republican Study Committee.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger's last act as governor still follows the Terminator

    07/08/2015 7:20:36 AM PDT · by ek_hornbeck · 10 replies
    CNN ^ | 7/8/15 | Kyung Lah and Jason Kravarik
    In Hollywood, there's no better magnet for stargazing than a movie premiere. So on a Sunday afternoon in late June, the summer sun couldn't keep thousands of fans from lining Hollywood Boulevard, hoping to spot a star. This was the "Terminator Genisys" premiere, and only one star mattered: Arnold Schwarzenegger. The former governor of California shook hands, signed autographs and posed for selfies. It's the kind of personal attention Fred and Kathy Santos wish they could get from Schwarzenegger, who they say stole justice from their dead son.
  • Ted Cruz just upped the populist ante for 2016 Republicans

    06/24/2015 7:57:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    Fortune ^ | June 24, 2015 | Tory Newmyer
    In a Wednesday talk at the Heritage Foundation, the Texas senator sharpened anti-corporatist critique. Ted Cruz just raised the bar for Republican presidential hopefuls angling for the fiery populist mantle. In a 40-minute stemwinder delivered to a friendly crowd at the Heritage Foundation on Wednesday, the junior senator from Texas inveighed against a corrupt alignment of corporate and political power that he shorthanded as the “Washington Cartel.” That’s apparently new coinage, and you can expect to hear a lot more of it as Cruz tries to elbow his way out of the GOP presidential primary’s second tier and into serious...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz on "The People vs. The Washington Cartel: Restoring Liberty in the Age of Cronyism"

    06/24/2015 2:58:35 PM PDT · by MN_Mike · 13 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | June 24, 2015 | Ted Cruz
    Despite gaining massive majorities on a conservative anti-Washington wave in 2014, the new Congress has quickly returned to Washington's business-as-usual. The Washington Cartel of powerful politicians, well-connected lobbyists, and media elite continue to benefit from big government at the expense of Main Street and ordinary Americans. Now is the time to break the Cartel.
  • Ted Cruz is right on the trade deal

    06/13/2015 12:40:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 193 replies
    The Examiner ^ | June 13, 2015 | J. Maropoulakis Denney
    TPA, or similar a law, has existed for decades. The recent vote in the U.S. Senate was a renewal of the TPA, and Senator Ted Cruz, perhaps the foremost constitutional conservative in the Senate, supported it because it created a process in which the president could be held accountable. TPP was never voted on in the Senate or the House, and its language has not even been finalized. My objection, at this point, to the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is that it is secret, and only members of congress are permitted to read it. Ted Cruz has read it, and...
  • Bipartisan Agreement: Foreign Governments Pay Former Senate Leaders to Sell TPP (Daschle, Lott)

    06/11/2015 7:30:17 AM PDT · by xzins · 17 replies
    Observer ^ | 06/11/15 7:07am | Ari Rabin-Havt |
    In a scene all too typical in present day Washington, the culmination of Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, along with the push for passage of related legislation such as Trade Promotion Authority (or Fast Track) have set off a lobbying frenzy. While liberal organizations and members of Congress deride the TPP as the biggest boondoggle since NAFTA and President Obama defends it as “the most progressive trade treaty ever,” the influence peddlers who populate K Street see opportunity. Policy makers aren’t simply facing a lobbying barrage from the typical slate of domestic interest groups. Foreign governments are running sophisticated operations to influence...
  • paul ryan cooks up elaborate ruse to save immigration components of obamatrade

    06/10/2015 9:01:26 PM PDT · by xzins · 86 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10 Jun 2015 | MATTHEW BOYLE
    In the wake of revelations that technically a vote for Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) would be a vote to grant the executive branch massively-expanded immigration powers, the Washington establishment cooked up an elaborate ruse to try to save the flailing Obamatrade bill. This comes as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)96% re-emerges as a central figure pushing Obamatrade. His polling numbers in early states remain stagnant and Obamatrade opponents like Mike Huckabee, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)93%, former HP CEO Carly Fiorina, Dr. Ben Carson, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum are gaining traction...
  • Clinton Donated $100K to New York Times Group the Same Year Paper Endorsed Her

    06/08/2015 3:20:16 AM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 6/8/15 | Alana Goodman
    A little-known private foundation controlled by Bill and Hillary Clinton donated $100,000 to the New York Times’ charitable fund in 2008, the same year the newspaper’s editorial page endorsed Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary, according to tax documents reviewed by the Washington Free Beacon.The Clinton Family Foundation, a separate entity from the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, has been the family’s vehicle for personal charitable giving since 2001.It is funded directly by the Clintons and distributes more than $1 million a year to civic and educational causes.The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund is a charity affiliated with...
  • TPA: Republican and Democrat Elite Ravage America’s Working Families

    06/05/2015 7:02:34 AM PDT · by xzins · 19 replies
    ConservativeHQ ^ | 6/5/2015 | George Rasley
    Conservatives have long considered it a given that free trade was a benefit to the American economy and that opening trade and reducing trade barriers would be a net positive for the United States. Obama’s Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) to advance it have turned that calculus on its head and amount to a new looting of American workers by the Republican and Democratic elites who are pushing it through Congress without even reading it. The fact that the document is classified and may only be accessed by Members of Congress after they’ve signed a...
  • NY rejects all applications for new charter schools

    05/21/2015 7:01:18 AM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    NY Post ^ | May 21, 2015 | Yoav Gonen and Aaron Short
    The state Education Department has rejected all 15 applications for new charter schools, including 12 in New York City, claiming they failed to meet academic standards. “We always look for quality and these applications didn’t measure up,” Education Department spokesman Dennis Tompkins said Wednesday. “We invited several of the applicants to reapply in June and we gave them suggestions on how to improve their applications.” But charter-school advocates weren’t buying it, saying the rejection of all the applicants reeked of pro-teacher-union politics. “The timing and nature of these blanket rejections should raise serious concerns for New Yorkers ... Mayor de...
  • Baltimore Prosecutor Deliberately Heightens Racial Tensions

    05/11/2015 8:07:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 11, 2015 | Rachel Alexander
    On May 1, Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby charged six police officers, including two black male officers and one female black officer, with 28 various charges, including murder and manslaughter over the death of Freddie Gray. Officer Caesar Goodsoon, the black driver of the van Gray rode in, was charged by the 35-year-old state’s attorney for Baltimore City with the most serious offense, “second-degree depraved heart murder,” which means indifference to human life. Baltimore is 64 percent black, and almost half of the Baltimore Police department is black. The officers are accused of arresting and roughing up Gray, who is black,...
  • UPDATE: Uber no longer operating in Kansas following veto override

    05/05/2015 1:58:56 PM PDT · by xzins · 45 replies
    KAKE ^ | May 05, 2015 | AP
    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Uber says it's ceasing operations in Kansas following the Kansas Legislature's veto of SB 117. The Republican-controlled Kansas Senate has overridden GOP Gov. Sam Brownback's veto of a bill imposing new regulations on ride-hailing companies like Uber. The measure would require drivers for ride-hailing companies to undergo Kansas Bureau of Investigation background checks. They'd also need additional auto insurance coverage beyond the $1 million Uber offers when drivers are logged into its network or transporting passengers. Uber had said the measure would push it out of the state. Governor Brownback released the following statement following the...
  • FDA to Crack Down on Home-based soap makers

    05/04/2015 7:42:55 AM PDT · by GSWarrior · 93 replies
    People who are trying to do good for their families and the planet by living a simple life based on traditional skills are facing yet another assault. Artisanal soap makers say new regulations, proposed by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) and Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine), will put them out of business. The view of Sen. Feinstein and her corporate backers (listed below) is that the Personal Care Products Safety Act (Senate Bill S.1014) will make the world a safer place by scrutinizing “everything from shampoo and hair dye to deodorant and lotion.” She says the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act...
  • Donna Shalala Honored in Celebration at UM

    05/01/2015 3:51:20 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    A special celebration was held Thursday honoring University of Miami president Donna Shalala. This past fall, Shalala announced that she is stepping down as president at the end of the 2014 - 2015 university year. ....Shalala says she plans to return to the faculty as a professor of political science and health policy.
  • Many Clinton charity donors also got State Department awards under Hillay

    04/24/2015 3:58:48 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 45 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 23, 2015 | Sarah Westwood
    Twenty-two of the 37 corporations nominated for a prestigious State Department award — and six of the eight ultimate winners — while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State were also donors to the Clinton family foundation. The published donor records of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation don't give exact dates or amounts of its contributors, but it is possible to create a general timeline for when many of the corporations donated and when they were either nominated or selected for the award. Silicon Valley giant Cisco was the biggest foundation contributor nominated in 2009, giving the Clinton charity...
  • Homeland Security Releases Emails Showing Political Influence for Sony, Time Warner Projects

    04/11/2015 8:16:12 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 4-10-15 | Eriq Gardner
    The newly released documents buttress a report issued late last month detailing how an immigration director was swayed with respect to hundreds of millions of dollars in film and TV investments under the EB-5 visa program. The U.S. Department of Homeland SecurityÂ’s inspector general has released hundreds of pages of emails plus other documents in support of its investigation of improper influence on the EB-5 immigration program. Many of the documents discuss hundreds of millions of dollars in financing for film and television productions from Sony Pictures and Time Warner with prominent politicians including former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendall and...
  • Top DHS official shows ‘favoritism’ to wealthy, Dem-connected immigrants: report

    03/24/2015 11:58:00 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 24, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    The No. 2 official at the Homeland Security Department meddled in three high-profile immigration cases, giving special treatment to applications from wealthy and well-connected immigrants after calls from major Democrats despite the objections of career employees, the department’s inspector general concluded in a report Tuesday. Alejandro Mayorkas, who was elevated from head of the department’s legal immigration agency to be deputy secretary while the investigation was ongoing, also angered many of his colleagues by getting involved in the cases, and “created an appearance of favoritism and special access” for the wealthy immigrants, the inspector general concluded. Inspector General John Roth...
  • Scandals force Hillary Clinton to delay 2016 bid announcement

    03/25/2015 7:45:37 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 03/25/2015 | S.A. Miller
    Many of the key figures cited in a scathing inspector general’s report this week are allies of Hillary Rodham Clinton, marking the latest in a series of stumbles for the former first lady and secretary of state that likely forced her to delay her planned presidential campaign announcement.A Democratic strategist familiar with her team’s thinking said they are scrambling to limit the damage and readjust the campaign rollout schedule after the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general revealed an apparent cronyism scandal that ensnared Mrs. Clinton’s brother, Anthony Rodham, and two of her political confidants, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and former...
  • On Met Council, we get cronyism, not reform

    04/16/2015 8:01:39 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 4-15-15 | DAVID OSMEK
    In January, the 89th Legislature convened to begin its work. With the elections behind us and the House under Republican leadership, we opened the session with a renewed sense of bipartisanship. Many suburban legislators, myself included, had high hopes for one particular bill that would inject some common-sense into a major concern of local city councils — the Metropolitan Council. The Met Council is an unelected body that has the power to tax and spend over $1 billion every year and inject itself regularly into local government decisions. It has the authority to dictate (among other things) where new trains...
  • The Green-Card Racket for Beltway Cronies

    04/01/2015 5:00:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 1, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    Can we stop putting America up for sale to the most politically connected bidders yet? Where is our self-respect? Since 2001, I've warned about the systemic and bipartisan corruption of America's EB-5 immigrant investor visa program. The latest report from the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general -- which outlines the meddling and pandering of No. 2 DHS official Alejandro Mayorkas, Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, Democratic bagman Terry McAuliffe, Hillary Clinton's brother Tony Rodham, former Pennsylvania. Gov. Ed Rendell and former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, to name a few -- provides yet more sordid evidence that the green cards-for-sale scheme...
  • (Michelle Obama Approved) Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Qualify as ‘Smart Snack’ Under Federal Guidelines

    03/29/2015 3:13:16 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 29 replies
    NPR ^ | March 28, 2015 | Monica Eng
    Guess What Makes The Cut As A 'Smart Snack' In Schools? Hot Cheetos Flamin' Hot Cheetos might conjure a lot of descriptors: spicy, crunchy, unnaturally fiery red. But it's a good bet that "healthy" didn't exactly spring to mind. Yet it turns out that those fiery Cheetos beloved by school children (some kids even made an epic rap paean to Hot Cheetos a few years ago) actually qualify as a "Smart Snack" under revised federal nutrition guidelines for schools. The Obama administration rolled out the new guidelines last year in a bid to limit the amount of junk food kids...
  • Ted Cruz: The Bush Years-What his time at the FTC suggests about how he’d run the White House

    03/27/2015 5:32:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The National Review ^ | March 27, 2015 | Jim Geraghty
    Long before Ted Cruz was a big-name senator and conservative rock star, wowing the crowd at Liberty University in the early days of his presidential bid, he was just another lawyer toiling away in virtual anonymity under George W. Bush. While Cruz’s time in the Senate is best known for fiery speeches and high-profile gestures like his 21-hour filibuster, in his earlier time in Washington he demonstrated a wonkish eye for detail and an eagerness to take on powerful industry groups that he saw as stifling competition. Though his efforts ultimately succeeded on a much smaller scale than he’d initially...
  • GOV. WALKER SPEAKS TO PHOENIX CHAMBER, NO CAMERAS ALLOWED

    03/27/2015 8:44:52 AM PDT · by gwgn02 · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/27/2015 | Rich Tucker
    Politicians frequently claim they’ve been misquoted or misunderstood by reporters. See Scott Walker’s spokeswoman’s response to a Wall Street Journal report about his position on amnesty. But there’s a sure way to avoid that: Keep reporters out of the room. The Phoenix Business Journal reports that’s what Gov. Walker did when he spoke this week to the Arizona Chamber of Commerce. It was part of a series featuring presidential contenders. “I’d love to tell you what he had to say that was important enough for him to travel thousands of miles from home, but I can’t,” Travis Arbon writes. “The...
  • What did Jeb Bush do to fight Obamacare?

    03/24/2015 11:39:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | March 23, 2015 | Byron York
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)For many conservatives, the fight against Obamacare has been the defining battle of President Obama's years in the White House. For them, and probably a majority of the Republican base, fighting first against the passage of the Affordable Care Act and later pressing to repeal it have been so important because: A) they strongly oppose the substance of the law, and B) they see opposition to Obamacare as the best way to resist the president's overall expansion of government. That the struggle has so far been a losing one has not changed the fact that conservatives require their presidential candidates...
  • Is Ted Cruz as President Bad for Business? (Not pro-amnesty and cronyism)

    03/23/2015 4:12:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Inc. Magazine ^ | March 23, 2015 | Jeremy Quittner
    Tea Party Republicans get their wish in a Ted Cruz presidential run, but business owners need to think twice.The Tea Party got at least one wish on Monday, with Ted Cruz throwing his hat in the ring for a presidential run in 2016, the first contender to formally announce. Although it's unlikely the junior Senator from Texas--also the first Hispanic senator from the Lone Star State--is likely to secure the nomination, he'll surely help define the debate and possibly push it further to the right, policy analysts say. Discussion topics on the table for Cruz, which may be of interest...
  • Bush, Cruz Stake Out Free Market Turf in Iowa Summit

    03/07/2015 4:21:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | March 7, 2015 | Zeke J. Miller
    DES MOINES — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz risked the ire of Iowa farmers by staking out free-market positions on two federal policies favored by agribusiness at a summit Saturday. The two likely Republican presidential candidates opposed an ethanol requirement favored by corn farmers as well as a wind tax credit in a state where more than a quarter of electricity is generated by wind. They were speaking at the Iowa Ag Summit, which was organized by the state’s largest Republican donor, Bruce Rastetter, at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. Most of the...
  • The DFL Party and the culture of corruption

    03/07/2015 1:37:45 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    Start Tribune ^ | 3-6-15 | David Hann
    If you picked up a Star Tribune last weekend, you might have read two seemingly unrelated stories. On Saturday, news of a $1.9 billion surplus, with the state budget growing to $42.5 billion for the next two years (“Surging surplus raises the stakes, Feb. 28). On Sunday, a solid piece of investigative journalism about political cronyism on the Iron Range (“Range agency deep into DFL politics, pockets,” March 1). What if these two stories were related? Researchers at Indiana University published a study last year that explored the impact of public officials’ corruption on the size and allocation of state...
  • What to do when a city manager is caught in ethics violations

    02/10/2015 2:25:04 PM PST · by hondact200 · 11 replies
    February 10, 2015 | hondact200
    recently, came to my attention after filing a police report, whereby the city manager granted special provisions to his insurance carrier whom was in violation of a zoning ordinance. the zoning ordinance is specific and the city manager allowed the zoning ordinance infraction to be overlooked, a multi-vehicle accident whereby serious injuries ensued. The city manager is claiming doing nothing wrong, but the emails claim otherwise
  • Obama Touts “Inclusive Capitalism”

    02/09/2015 1:28:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | February 9, 2015 | Keith Koffler
    In an interview with Ezra Klein of Vox, President Obama said traditional market forces that used to redistribute income are failing and the time for government to do it instead has arrived. The interview, which ran today, was conducted January 23. Touting what he referred to as inclusive capitalism, Obama made the case for what actually sounds a lot like socialism. So part of our job is, what can government do directly through tax policy? What we’ve proposed, for example, in terms of capital gains — that would make a big difference in our capacity to give a tax break...
  • Here are all the raises Gov. Mark Dayton just gave his cabinet

    02/09/2015 6:50:23 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 2-6-15 | David H. Montgomery, Rachel E. Stassen-Berger
    Until very recently, Minnesota law capped the salary for commissioners of state departments at 85 or 95 percent of the governor’s salary. A law passed in 2013 changed that cap to 133 percent, and now Gov. Mark Dayton has used that change to raise the salaries of most of his cabinet. Overall, the higher salaries will cost taxpayers an additional $802,990 per year for the 27 affected positions. Dayton’s 2015 salary is $123,912, meaning the new maximum is $164,803. None of Dayton’s commissioners are earning that maximum, even after this year’s raises. The previous highest salary earned by a commissioner...
  • Vegas Billionaire Seeks to Outlaw Competition

    01/28/2015 10:20:53 AM PST · by 54fighting · 17 replies
    TownHall.Com ^ | 1/28/15 | Neil McCabe
    After spending millions of dollars to help elect a Republican House and Senate, Capitol Hill sources report Las Vegas gambling mogul Sheldon Adelson received a private briefing with Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee in the second week of January. The meeting sends a strong signal that the billionaire, who is one of the most generous contributors to Republican candidates and campaigns—ever, will not retreat away from his desire to outlaw legal and regulated Internet gaming by the states. Sources familiar with Adelson's lobbying describe the meeting as both a strategy session and an update for the gambling mogul....
  • THAT’S RICH: Palm Beach Billionaire Jeff Greene Lectures Americans About Living Modestly!

    01/23/2015 3:23:11 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 32 replies
    Gossip Extra ^ | 1/23/15
    Palm Beach billionaire Jeff Greene, who made his fortune by betting against homeowners in the mortgage and credit crisis, has been mouthing off about the lifestyle that the rest of us enjoy. He thinks it’s too much — even though he owns America’s most expensive single-family house! The former U.S. Senate wannabe took advantage of his presence at the Davos World Economic Forum in Switzerland to tell a worldwide audience via Bloomberg News that we, the common people, need to have fewer things. ... Greene is also known in these parts for making contractors who work on his $36 million-,...
  • Ted Cruz sounded a whole lot like Elizabeth Warren on Fox News last night

    01/21/2015 5:23:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    Vox ^ | January 21, 2015 | Andrew Prokop
    On Tuesday night, Senator Ted Cruz appeared on Fox News to respond to the State of the Union address — and talked about how the US economy was only working for the "top 1 percent," who he said have gotten "fat and happy" under Obama's administration.(VIDEO-AT-LINK)Cruz's rhetorical move is unusual for a prominent Republican, particularly a presidential contender. This emphasis on the "the 1 percent" has long been condemned by many in the party as class warfare. For instance, Sen. Marco Rubio said in 2012 that "convincing one group that their life isn't doing better because another is doing too...
  • Senator's (Feinstein) husband stands to profit big from government deal

    01/16/2015 7:27:39 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 31 replies
    The US Postal Service plans to sell 56 buildings — so it can lease space more expensively — and the real estate company of the California senator’s husband, Richard Blum, is set to pocket about $1 billion in commissions. Blum’s company, CBRE, was selected in March 2011 as the sole real estate agent on sales expected to fetch $19 billion.
  • Gas tax narrative builds as lobbyists lick their chops

    01/12/2015 4:18:37 PM PST · by ash-housewares · 43 replies
    NBC ^ | 1/12/2015 | Javier E. David
    Gas prices are plunging across the country, a product of surging U.S. energy production that has put the country in the same company as Saudi Arabia and Russia. However, in a strange twist of fate, that same dynamic is bringing to the fore a topic once thought to be anathema, especially in a Republican-dominated Congress: higher gas taxes. The drop in fuel prices has occurred for a record 102 consecutive days, according to the AAA, putting more than $14 billion of disposable income in consumers' pockets. However, the federal gas tax has been lodged at 18.4 cents for more than...
  • Fabiola Santiago: As tolls rise, Florida shorts Miami

    12/16/2014 7:44:24 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    Florida News ^ | December 14, 2014 | Fabiola Santiago
    While Miami-Dade residents were strike recently with new, rare fee hikes on vital east-west arteries, Gov. Rick Scott was rewarding his farming regressive supporters with $9 million to build and urge their toll-free roads. So while down south we compensate a way, a folks adult north who minister reduction to state revenues get a giveaway ride. Poor timing? Irony? A giggle to go with a slap to a pockets of Miami-Dade’s toll-payers? The governor’s proclamation from Tallahassee was all those things — and came by approach of press releases finished with difference of regard from a prolonged register of who’s...
  • Three Things We Learned From The CRomnibus

    12/16/2014 7:21:49 AM PST · by xzins · 26 replies
    Townhall ^ | Dec 15, 2014 | Conn Carroll
    After a week of passionate debate and late night votes, the Senate passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill this Saturday that will keep the entire federal government, except the Department of Homeland Security, funded through September 2015. Here are three lessons conservatives should take away from the ordeal: 1.Corporatism is King - Money talks and activists walk. That is the sad lesson from a $1.1 trillion spending bill that included huge payoffs to Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Citibank, and corporations that use taxpayer subsidized loans to invest overseas. Meanwhile, House leaders did nothing to stop President Obama's executive amnesty other than...
  • Mark Levin to the GOP: I AM ONE INCH AWAY FROM LEAVING YOU!

    12/15/2014 3:47:57 PM PST · by gwgn02 · 118 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 12/15/2014 | the Right Scoop
    Mark Levin ripped Republicans a new one tonight as he opened his show tonight, saying that he is one inch away from leaving the Republican Party. He starts in hard, asking Republicans if they think this is a joke, if they think they can just lie to Republicans and conservatives with impunity about defunding Obamacare and fighting Obama’s illegal amnesty. He points out that Republicans go on and on about an imperial president and his illegal amnesty and they can’t even vote on a point of order challenging Obama. Levin says the Constitution is in tatters and that the Republican...