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  • Will Governors use their Powers to Stop Obama?

    11/21/2014 6:57:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/21/2014 | Rabbi Aryeh Spero
    Barack Obama may pay lip service to working with Republicans, but we know he’ll ultimately attempt to ramrod policies he hopes will transform America, but which actually damage her. Mr. Obama came to America with a chip on his shoulder and that splinter remains despite Americans twice electing him. A man with a gracious and forgiving nature would have been moved by this outpouring; yet, despite all this, he seems unable to shed himself of his anti-Americanism, revealing a lack of charitable character. So, how will Americans protect themselves from his arbitrary executive orders that undoubtedly fall beyond his Constitutional...
  • 2014 Best & Worst States for Business State Rankings [Top 10: Republican Governors]

    11/14/2014 9:50:32 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 26 replies
    1 Texas 2 Florida 3 Tennessee 4 North Carolina 5 South Carolina 6 Indiana 7 Arizona 8 Nevada 9 Louisiana 10 Georgia
  • Poll: Americans Want Republicans to Set The Agenda, Not Obama

    11/12/2014 3:42:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 11, 2014 | Matt Vespa
    As Katie noted last week, President Obama gave little indication that he’s going to alter course regarding his agenda that sunk his party in the 2014 midterms. "To everyone who voted I want you to know I hear you, to the two thirds of Americans chose not to participate, I hear you too,” said Obama in a less than subtle dig at Republicans by telling the they have no mandate. As Dan wrote earlier this week, there was low voter turnout during this cycle–and it’s being used by liberals to diminish the impact of this Republican wave; a wave that led to Democrats...
  • Scott Walker: 'Big Loser' Hillary is 'Everything That's Wrong with Washington'

    11/10/2014 4:17:51 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 39 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11-9-14 | Tony Lee
    After winning re-election last Tuesday, Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Hillary Clinton was a "big loser" in the midterms and embodies "everything that's wrong with Washington." Walker, whose re-election has made him a top presidential contender, is not the first potential GOP 2016 candidate to attack potential opponent Clinton. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), another top presidential contender, immediately started a "Hillary's Losers" campaign on social media on Tuesday, highlighting all of the Democrats who lost after Clinton campaigned for them. Walker also said on Meet The Press that voters are fed up with the Washington that Clinton embodies. He...
  • How did it all go so wrong with Wendy Davis?

    11/08/2014 2:48:45 PM PST · by Kaslin · 65 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | November 8, 2014 | JAZZ SHAW
    I think I can speak for nearly all the pundits in the right side blogosphere when I say that we’re going to miss Wendy Davis. Few candidates have offered more fun coverage and easy peasy headlines than the pink sneaker wonder delivered during the 2014 races. When the end came, it came down like a hammer, and even with all of the rosy pictures being drawn by Texas Democrats about shifting demographics and a new majority, Davis took home a brutal, 20 point drubbing for her efforts. (Prompting Salon to proclaim that White Women had let down the entire state.)...
  • Election brings GOP power to State Capitols (More than anytime since 1920s)

    11/06/2014 11:38:34 AM PST · by Din Maker · 6 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | November 6, 2014 | David A. Lieb
    State capitols across the country will be more Republican than at any point since the Roaring '20s. A day after a big election, newly emboldened Republican state leaders already were making plans Wednesday to pursue deeper tax cuts, relax business regulations, expand private school vouchers and impose new limits on public welfare programs. In some states, such as Kansas, Republicans will be able to do as they want, because they control both chambers of the legislature and the governor's office. In others, such as neighboring Missouri, the Republicans' legislative super majorities will be so large that they can essentially disregard...
  • So It Was About Obama After All

    11/06/2014 7:37:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 6, 2014 | John Ransom
    Dear President Obama, It’s not us; it’s you. It’s all you. In the election in which you sought and gained ballot access while repeatedly disregarding pleas of the actual Democrat candidates- candidates who wanted nothing to do with you-- and just wanted you to sit down and shut up, you got beat. And now Democrats know how Chicago feels. Just like you did with your “hometown,” you used the Democrats to build a legacy for yourself. And then left them to burn and rot. How’s this for a legacy? In addition to losing Libya, Egypt (only for a time), Iraq,...
  • 2016 hopefuls catch Ebola flak

    10/28/2014 5:13:12 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 27, 2014 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Potential 2016 presidential hopefuls are facing political peril as they grapple with the spread of Ebola in their backyards.New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) encountered those exposed risks this weekend as he faced fierce criticism from a nurse quarantined in his state after treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone.  ADVERTISEMENT New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), considered a possible Democratic contender or vice presidential pick, appeared with Christie on Friday to emphasize the risks of the virus. After facing criticism, on Sunday night he walked back a stringent Ebola quarantine protocol and said medical workers with no contact with Ebola...
  • Darrell Issa on Quarantines: Governors React To Ebola Leadership Void

    10/27/2014 7:45:59 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | October 26, 2014 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    State governors are enacting quarantines on healthcare professionals returning from Ebola-stricken West Africa because the American public does not trust the Obama administration to handle the growing crisis, California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa said Sunday. "Governors of both parties are reacting to an absence of leadership," Issa, who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, told CNN "State of the Union" host Candy Crowley. Over the weekend, the states of New York, New Jersey, and Illinois have all imposed mandatory quarantines on people returning from West Africa, particularly healthcare workers, after Doctors Without Borders physician Dr. Craig Spencer was...
  • Governors Make Fiscal Progress: Here are the Governors who made the 'A' Grade on Fiscal Policy

    10/02/2014 7:43:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/02/2014 | By Chris Edwards & Nicole Kaeding
    America’s high business taxes are discouraging investment and prompting companies to move their headquarters abroad. Most policymakers say they favor cutting the corporate-tax rate to help fix the problem, but reforms are stuck in Washington gridlock. Thank goodness for the states. Many governors are championing fiscal reforms, and business tax cuts are one area of progress. We document these reforms in Cato’s new “fiscal report card,” which assigns grades of “A” to “F” to the governors based on their efforts to restrain government since 2012. This year we awarded “A” grades to four governors: Pat McCrory of North Carolina signed...
  • Democrats Think Medical Marijuana Will Get "Liberal Thinking Voters" To the Polls

    09/28/2014 9:33:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 28, 2014 | Kevin Glass
    A ballot issue in Florida this November will be "Amendment 2", a measure that would legalize medical marijuana in the state. Crist and his liberal ally, attorney John Morgan, are proponents of the ballot measure, while current GOP governor Rick Scott is against it. WFTV9 reports: Crist has changed parties and changed stances on gay marriage, abortion and medical marijuana. He said he will vote yes on Amendment 2. “I do support it,” Crist said. “Rick Scott opposes it; I don't know what else to tell you.” Critics think medical marijuana was pushed onto the ballot by Attorney John Morgan...
  • GOP governors' cave-in on Medicaid is shortsighted

    09/10/2014 9:46:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 09/10/2014 | Philip Klein
    <p>As heavy lobbying by the hospital industry intersects with immediate political considerations, a growing number of Republican governors are caving in to Medicaid expansion through President Obama’s healthcare law.</p> <p>In the process, they are imposing massive and unnecessary financial burdens on taxpayers.</p>
  • Blue-State Disgrace

    07/23/2014 2:21:46 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 3 replies
    Slate ^ | Emily Bazelon
    Immigration is a complex problem. So is the long-term question of how the United States should handle the influx of tens of thousands of children from Central America. Beyond the legal mandates, we owe them basic human decency. On the other hand, to say that they should all simply stay here for good begs big questions about encouraging more children to make this journey, and the rights of all the people abroad who are waiting their turn in line. Unless you believe in open borders, it’s all thorny. What seems right for an individual child can seem wrong systemwide. But...
  • Governors livid over border crisis

    07/12/2014 11:49:32 AM PDT · by Innovative · 62 replies
    Politico ^ | July 11, 2014 | Kyle Cheney
    The surge of Latin American children trying to cross the U.S. border threatens to strain states’ resources and is testing their already fragile relationship with Washington, governors from both parties warned Friday. As they gathered here for a meeting of the National Governors Association, the state leaders seethed at what they said was a lack of support and information from the federal government. The border crisis was on the tip of nearly every governor’s tongue in the early part of their meeting here, yet the group passed on the chance to grill Vice President Joe Biden on the subject when...
  • President Obama Threatens Governors, Says They Will Hear From Him

    03/01/2014 3:13:31 AM PST · by LD Jackson · 47 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 03/01/14 | LD Jackson
    Last weekend's meeting in Washington, D.C. of the National Governors Association was covered as a genial meeting of the governors with President Obama. I believe I have heard it described as positive and constructive. As it turns out, and is now being revealed, those adjectives do not seem to apply. Not at all. What really happened is something that many of us have grown to expect from President Obama. He has his say about any given issue and tries to bully the rest of the room into submission. Some of the governors in the meeting have been polite about the...
  • GOP Governors Accuse Obama of Politically Motivated National Guard Cuts

    02/25/2014 1:00:37 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 35 replies
    TIME ^ | February 24, 2014 | By Zeke J. Miller
    Republican governors are accusing President Barack Obama of making politically motivated cuts to their states’ National Guard funding. Speaking to reporters after a meeting between the President and the National Governors Association, the GOP governors said they were deeply troubled by Obama’s tone when asked about planned cuts to the National Guard. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley said Obama became ”aggressive” and that his tone “chilled the room quite a bit.” “He basically said, ‘Many people in this room have asked for cuts, and now you getting ’em,’” Haley said at a news conference across from the White House at...
  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry: The Tone From This President Is Troubling (VIDEO with complete transcript)

    02/25/2014 2:22:22 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 23 replies
    YouTube-Republican Governors Association ^ | 2-24-2014 | RGA-Rick Perry
    February 24, 2014 Texas Gov. Rick Perry: The Tone From This President Is Troubling TRANSCRIPT-provided by YouTube I don't mind telling you I was a bit troubled today by the tone of the president. When you have governors - and we all compete against each other. We are the laboratories of innovation and for the President the United States to look Democrat and Republican governors in the eye and to say "I do not trust you to make decisions in your state about issues of education, about transportation infrastructure..." That is really troubling, particularly when you're seeing states be what...
  • Rick Perry: “I was troubled today by the tone of the president…”

    02/25/2014 11:32:06 AM PST · by Red Steel · 171 replies
    Right Scoop ^ | Feb 24, 2014 at 9:47 PM
    Rick Perry admitted at the RGA today that he was very troubled by Obama’s tone today addressing the National Governors Association: I don’t mind telling you I was a bit troubled today by the tone of the president. …For the president of the United States to look Democrat and Republican governors in the eye and to say ‘I do not trust you to make decisions in your state about issues of education, about transportation infrastructure…’ – that is really troubling. Perry went on to say that Obama was going to hollow out the National Guard and warned the state governors...
  • Governors erupt in partisan dispute at White House

    02/24/2014 11:43:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 24, 2014 2:26 PM EST | Steve Peoples
    The nation’s governors emerged from a meeting with President Barack Obama Monday claiming harmony, only to immediately break into an on-camera partisan feud in front of the West Wing. Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal lashed out first, saying if Obama were serious about growing the economy he would approve the Keystone XL pipeline project and take other executive actions. […] Jindal’s statements were the kind that Republicans often make on television appearances or at partisan events. But his colleagues had been instead expressing wide agreement and appreciation for the president’s time. Some of the governors began shaking their heads, and...
  • Obama-appointed climate change task force meets in Los Angeles

    02/13/2014 7:40:22 PM PST · by Innovative · 17 replies
    LA Times ^ | FEb 13, 2014 | Tony Barboza
    Obama administration officials met with a nationwide task force of state and local leaders in Los Angeles Thursday to hear what the federal government can do to help communities confront climate change. Gov. Jerry Brown and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti were among the governors, mayors and tribal leaders from across the country who joined federal officials for a closed-door meeting at Los Angeles City Hall.
  • Ten freshman governors who have shrunk their states’ bureaucracies

    01/07/2014 1:59:30 PM PST · by The Old Hoosier · 9 replies
    Conservative Intel ^ | 1/7/14 | David Freddoso
    Which of these new governors, since taking office, have reduced the size of their state bureaucracy? Less than half of them have, despite hard economic times that have hit state budgets. And you might also be surprised at which ones did...
  • Republicans plan push to curb governor's powers following Obamacare dispute

    01/02/2014 10:02:52 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies
    kentucky.com ^ | January 2, 2014 | Jack Brammer
    FRANKFORT — A year after Gov. Steve Beshear implemented the federal health care law without legislative approval, Senate Republicans plan to push a constitutional amendment that would curb the governor's power to issue administrative regulations. Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, said his caucus would push for the restriction early in the 2014 General Assembly that begins Tuesday. The proposed change to the state Constitution would keep a regulation issued by the governor or executive branch from taking effect if lawmakers declare it deficient. The governor and executive agencies issue about 700 regulations each year to implement various laws approved by...
  • GOTV Election Day in Virginia & New Jersey Vote Ken Cuccinelli in Va & Ken Kaplan in NJ for Gov

    11/04/2013 10:31:06 PM PST · by Steelers6 · 20 replies
    http://www.lp.org/candidates/liberty-candidates-13/ken-kaplan Ken Kaplan for Governor of New Jersey
  • Obama pans GOP 'brinksmanship' to governors [Valerie Jarrett also on conference call to 25 govs]

    10/12/2013 4:27:11 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 11, 2013 | Amie Parnes
    Obama told 25 governors on a conference call that the shutdown "is hurting local economies." President Obama hit Congressional Republicans on Friday telling a bipartisan group of governors that the "brinksmanship strategy" of shutting down the government and threatening default is something "the country can't afford." Obama made the comments to 25 governors on a conference call aimed at discussing the effect of the federal shutdown on state budgets and the overall economy, according to a White House readout of the call....... Obama was joined on the call by senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, NEC Director Gene Sperling, Deputy Office of...
  • Look to the governors in 2016 (Not the Senators)

    08/18/2013 9:26:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/18/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Earlier this week, CNN asked me to write an op-ed on Ted Cruz, and whether he’s a realistic contender for the presidency. My reaction: Of course he is — but probably not in 2016. And for that matter, neither are the Republicans who seem to get the most mention for that position: No one doubts that Cruz has a bright future in the Republican Party, but that doesn’t mean the future is now.Cruz, like Rubio and Rand Paul, have only barely arrived on the national stage and are many years younger than their sell-by date. None of the three has...
  • Off-year Elections Will Turn on Personal Factors, Not Issues

    08/16/2013 3:44:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 16, 2013 | Michael Barone
    Sometimes off-year elections provide insight into national political trends and voters' views on issues. That was true in 2009, when the issues in the governor elections in New Jersey and Virginia were congruent with the issues facing Congress and the president. In both states the Republicans campaigned for lower spending and taxes, in contrast to the Obama Democrats' policies. Heavily Democratic New Jersey voted narrowly for Republican Chris Christie, and in Virginia, the state voting closest to the national average in 2008 and 2012, Republican Bob McDonnell won a landslide victory. This turned out to be a good predictor of...
  • 2014 Gubernatorial Races: An Early Take - Part 5 [Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio]

    06/16/2013 7:49:50 AM PDT · by justiceseeker93 · 42 replies
    Red State ^ | June 14, 2013 | davenj1
    If ever there was a region where incumbent Republican governors can experience the great GOP gubernatorial apocalypse, it is the upper Midwest. Three of the races involve Republican incumbents who rode the Republican wave of 2010 into office. They are Rick Snyder in Michigan, John Kasich in Ohio and Scott Walker in Wisconsin. That potential loss of three Governor’s offices may be mitigated by a Pat Quinn Democratic loss in Illinois. The problem is that Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin are less red than Illinois is certainly blue.
  • More Republican Governors Drink Medicaid Kool-Aid

    03/04/2013 7:33:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 4, 2013 | Star Parker
    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has become the eighth Republican governor to agree to expand Medicaid coverage in his state under the provisions of Obamacare. Is the last line of Republican resistance to Obamacare disintegrating? In 2011, 26 states joined a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the provision of Obamacare, which forced them to participate in expanding Medicaid coverage as a condition to continue to participate in the program. The Supreme Court ruled in their favor last year, negating the mandatory requirement, so it is now voluntary for states to expand Medicaid coverage. The Congressional Budget Office still estimates...
  • Biden: Americans "Tired Of Being Tired"

    02/25/2013 10:21:53 AM PST · by Biggirl · 4 replies
    http://www.breitbart.com/ ^ | February 25, 2013 | Breitbart
    Vice President Joe Biden told a gathering of the Governor's Association at the White House today that the American people are "tired of being tired."
  • Best seat in the (White) house! Chris Christie gets chair of honor next to first lady Michelle

    02/25/2013 7:54:32 AM PST · by Nachum · 53 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/25/13 | Beth Stebner
    Gov. Chris Christie got the seat of honor at tonight’s annual governor’s dinner, sitting next to first lady Michelle Obama. The New Jersey governor, a Republican, joined governors from across the nation at the annual Governor’s Association Meeting, and at one point, clinked glasses with the president’s wife. Mr Obama had praised Gov. Christie for his response to Hurricane Sandy and his effort to get funding to those who were most affected by last October’s storm.
  • The State Tax Reformers (More Governors look to repeal their income taxes)

    01/30/2013 6:53:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Washington may be a tax reform wasteland, but out in the states the action is hot and heavy. Nine states—including such fast-growing places as Florida, Tennessee and Texas—currently have no income tax, and the race is on to see which will be the tenth, and perhaps the 11th and 12th. Oklahoma and Kansas have lowered their income-tax rates in the last two years with an aim toward eliminating the tax altogether. North Carolina's newly elected Republican Governor Pat McCrory has prioritized tax reform this year and wants to reduce the income tax. Ditto for another newcomer, Mike Pence of Indiana,...
  • The Educational Tech Scam/ ( K-12 schools/ Common Core)

    The Common Core Standards are an educational reform movement initiated by the National Governors Assocation and intended to standardize the educational curricula of the states around a "coomon core" of knowledge required to function in modern society. Put that way, the initiative sounds fine, but as if often the case with educaitonal reforms, Common Core proponents have relied on bafflement and obfuscation to shut down inquiry by the paying public into the very political process of putting the initiative into action -- a process monetarily supported by private education corporations. Common Core tests (those used in Oklahoma were developed by...
  • Arizona Senators Don’t Know Gov. Jan Brewer’s Whereabouts

    12/04/2012 3:59:12 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/04/12 | Jonathan Easley
    Arizona Sens. John McCain (R) and Jon Kyl (R) said Tuesday they have no idea where Gov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.) is. “No, everybody keeps asking me that,” Kyl told The Hill. “I didn’t know she was missing.” McCain answered similarly. “Since I wasn’t home last weekend I didn’t know about this,” McCain told The Hill. “Jon [Kyl] just told me that there was some issue that she’s not around.” On Tuesday, the Associated Press reported that Brewer was taking a week-long out-of-state work trip that’s shrouded in mystery. Her office has refused to disclose her location or the nature of...
  • Obamacare has more chinks in its armor than a turtle without a shell

    11/14/2012 2:07:56 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 23 replies
    CCHC ^ | 11-14-12 | twila brase
    Obamacare has more chinks in its armor than a turtle without a shell. As a result, state governors and legislators can inflict great damage. The following amazing chink was discussed by a Goldwater Institute attorney during a Tennessee-based webinar on Monday . It's only 10 lines long in the 950-page version of the law: "No individual, company, business, nonprofit entity, or health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage shall be required to participate in any Federal health insurance program created under this Act (or any amendments made by this Act), or in any Federal health insurance program...
  • Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy slams N.J. Gov. Chris Christie in WNPR interview

    07/23/2012 1:14:36 PM PDT · by BillyBonebrake · 11 replies
    The New Haven Register ^ | July 23, 2012 | Register Staff
    As for Christie, Malloy said, “I didn’t start the fight with Christie. He made a rather snarky comment about me not having read the manual (for being a governor). But the reality is you couldn’t have two states going in opposite directions to the same extent that we are.” Malloy made his remarks in an appearance on Colin McEnroe’s radio talk show on WNPR Monday afternoon. Malloy blasted “the games” that Christie is playing with the funding of pensions, saying he’s “kicking the can down the road.” Malloy is a Democrate is Christie is a Republican. The comments came after...
  • Obamacare? Just say No!

    07/12/2012 3:28:00 PM PDT · by Tar and Feathers · 4 replies
    Tar and Feathers ^ | 7-11-12 | Iratus Vulgas
    I had a history teacher who used to say that you don’t have to do anything you don’t want to—but you should be prepared to face the consequences. He was usually talking about homework assignments, but there was always an implied message of the responsibility of rebellion: Defy the powers that be if you must, but always be aware of the results that will follow. In the wake of all of the nationwide protests over Obamacare, my teacher’s words remain prudent advice. A number of GOP governors have publicly stated that they will ignore the recent Supreme Court Decision or...
  • Kissing Obamacare Goodbye

    07/11/2012 7:15:17 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 10 replies
    http://noisyroom.net ^ | July 11, 2012 | AJ
    We are going to end Obamacare at the state level by using the KISS principle – Keep It Simple, Stupid, so let’s get it started! Using simplicity and common sense, we Americans can take this into our own hands and do what we need to do to prove that Obamacare is irrelevant and unnecessary at the state level. All we need is a simple solution, which this article provides, and one state that will pursue this by doing a little homework. Let me start by telling you what this is NOT… this solution is not reliant on the politicians who...
  • GOP governors considerably more diverse than their Democratic counterparts

    07/09/2012 8:40:22 PM PDT · by FL2012 · 9 replies
    Examiner ^ | July 9, 2012 | Robert Elliott
    Contrary to the oft-repeated media narrative that the Republican Party is not inclusive, there are actually more female Republican governors than female Democratic governors, and considerably more minority Republican governors than minority Democratic governors.
  • New Republican governors rapidly bringing down unemployment in their states

    07/08/2012 2:36:08 PM PDT · by FL2012 · 10 replies
    Examiner ^ | July 6th, 2012 | Robert Elliott
    Every single one of [the 17 states that elected a tea party-supported governor in 2010] has seen its unemployment rate decline since January 2011. Three of them have had unemployment drop by more than 2% (Michigan, Florida, and Nevada). The average drop in the unemployment rate in these states was 1.35%. For a comparison, in January 2011 the U.S. national unemployment rate stood at 9.1%. It is currently 8.2%, meaning that the national unemployment rate has declined by just 0.9% since then. Based on these percentages, it can be said that the job market in states with new Republican governors...
  • States' revolt on Medicaid expansion could undermine health law

    07/03/2012 7:48:58 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 14 replies
    pioneer press/wapo ^ | 7-3-12 | N.C. Aizenman and Sandhya Somashekhar
    A growing number of Republican state leaders are revolting against the major Medicaid expansion called for under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, threatening to undermine one of the law's most fundamental goals: insuring millions of poor Americans. The Supreme Court opened the door Thursday, June 28, when it announced that although the rest of the law is constitutional, the federal government cannot punish states that refuse to adopt the measure's more generous eligibility rules for Medicaid. The Republican governors of four states -- Florida, Iowa, Louisiana and South Carolina -- have declared that they want to opt out of...
  • Obama to governors: Spend your budgets on education

    02/27/2012 12:29:20 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 13 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | February 27, 2012 | unattributed
    Saying that other countries are doubling down on education while the states are cutting teachers, President Obama on Monday implored the nation's governors to spend their budgets on education and job training. "Too many states are making cuts that I think are too big," the president told the National Governors Association, which was spending the last day of its annual meeting at the White House. "Budgets are by choice, so today I'm calling on all of you: invest more in education, invest more in our children," he said. Obama said students should be required to stay in school longer --...
  • Jindal declares victory in Louisiana governor's race

    10/22/2011 8:47:18 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 35 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct 22, 2011 | Kathy Finn
    "You've chosen to give me another four years as your governor," he told supporters from a stage at his Baton Rouge campaign headquarters less than an hour after polls closed. "We've got a lot more work to do over these next four years."
  • 2 of 49 other governors accept invitation to Perry's prayer rally

    07/16/2011 2:08:47 PM PDT · by Clairity · 65 replies
    Beaumont Enterprise ^ | July 16, 2011 | Jeanna Smialek
    The guest list for Rick Perry's August 6 day of prayer won't include many U.S. governors. Only two governors, both Republican, plan to join Perry at the event at Houston's Reliant Stadium, which Perry has labeled as a non-denominational, apolitical, Christian prayer meeting. Perry invited all of his fellow U.S. governors to the event. Just two - Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and Lousiana Gov. Bobby Jindal - have accepted the invitation. Mark P. Jones, a government professor at Rice University, said he is not surprised by the lukewarm response. "For a Democrat there is nothing to be gained by attending,...
  • Governors reflect partisan divide in debt debate (full faith and credit cards)

    07/16/2011 9:40:11 AM PDT · by Libloather · 2 replies
    NEMS360 ^ | 7/15/11 | Charles Babington
    Governors reflect partisan divide in debt debateby Charles Babington The Associated Press 13 hrs ago SALT LAKE CITY — Governors nationwide are nervously watching the debt-ceiling debate in Washington, fearing that a partisan impasse could rattle financial markets and slow the economic recoveries they desperately want for their states. Yet many of them are sticking to the same partisan loyalties and talking points that are making it so difficult for President Barack Obama and Republican lawmakers to find a way to avoid a borrowing cutoff, which could force the government to default on some of its bills. In fact, some...
  • Oregon Governor's Absences at Military Funerals Don't Go Unnoticed

    05/19/2011 6:00:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies · 1+ views
    fox news ^ | 5/19/11 | staff
    While some governors go out of their way to acknowledge the sanctity of military funerals, Oregon’s new governor says he won’t attend them in his state if it’s inconvenient to him. Gov. John Kitzhaber is making a departure from his predecessor, Ted Kulongoski, a former Marine who was so determined to attend military funerals he would cancel out-of-town travel to attend them. In fact, Kulongoski attended more than 100 military funerals during his eight years in office.
  • WH excludes border governors from immigration meeting

    04/20/2011 11:52:17 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/20/11 | Conn Carroll
    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was there. So was Al Sharpton and AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka. Not on the invitation list? Any active governor from any border state. Which is odd since the meeting held yesterday at the White House was titled: President’s Meeting with Stakeholders on Fixing the Broken Immigration System. Are the active governors of our nation’s border states not “stakeholders” in our “broken immigration system”? Not for this White House. From day one, the Obama administration has sought to undermine state law enforcement cooperation and authority over illegal immigration. Within months of taking office, the Department of...
  • Obama to Governors: Don’t Cut That Spending!

    03/28/2011 11:34:32 AM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 3/28/11 | Jim Geraghty
    This short segment in a Washington Post story on President Obama’s interviews with local television stations is revealing: In some cases, Obama had a message he wanted to send directly to the people in particular states..... Notice the theme there? Here are three Republican governors of three states who face serious budget problems, and Obama — despite a lack of familiarity with the states’ financial circumstances, admitting that he hasn’t “followed exactly what’s happening with the Wisconsin budget” — weighs in on all three, all with the same theme: No, those spending cuts aren’t necessary.
  • Support dips for California governor's budget plan

    03/23/2011 10:58:19 PM PDT · by South40 · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/24/2011 | Peter Henderson
    (Reuters) - Support for California Governor Jerry Brown's plan to shut a $27 billion budget gap has eroded since he introduced it in January, a new poll by the Public Policy Institute of California showed on Wednesday. Democrat Brown wants to close the budget hole with a mix of spending cuts and tax hikes, and he wants voters to get the chance to approve the package in a special election. So far Republicans have opposed the special election and tax hikes.
  • CA Labor Unions: We’re ‘At Governor’s Service’ To Fight For Tax Increases

    03/16/2011 9:35:07 AM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Big Government ^ | 3/16/11 | Dan Riehl
    There are a few very interesting points below headlines today claiming California residents strongly support extending the state’s once temporary tax increases via special election. Survey finds Californians back tax extensions Californians would overwhelmingly back extending temporary tax increases to help balance the state’s budget if asked to in a special election, according to survey results released on Wednesday. The survey found that, by a 58 percent to 39 percent margin, voters said they would vote in favor of a ballot measure asking them to extend temporary tax increases. If that’s truly the case, then why did voters flatly reject...
  • REVOLT!: STATES LEAD THE WAY (Is it Possible??)

    02/24/2011 9:26:24 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 15 replies
    Dick Morris .com ^ | Feb 23 ,2011 | Dick Morris And Eileen McGann
    As predicted in Revolt! (Dick’s and Eileen’s new book) – States Lead the Way Toward Reform It is not only the Arab world that is in turmoil! Reform Governors like Scott Walker (Wisconsin), John Kasich (Ohio), Mitch Daniels (Indiana), Tom Corbett (Pennsylvania), Butch Otter (Idaho), and Rick Scott (Florida) are leading a movement for fundamental change in America. In Revolt!, Morris and McGann’s new book, they describe how newly elected Republican Governors – impelled by their budget crises and empowered with GOP Legislatures – will accomplish sweeping changes in our politics. Read how: * Republican Governors will destroy the political...