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  • More people moved away from Illinois last year than any other state

    03/27/2015 11:00:59 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 18 replies
    WBEZ 91.5 ^ | 3/26/2015 | Susie An
    Illinois had the biggest decrease in population according to a new report from the Census Bureau. Between July 1, 2013 to July 1, 2014, the state lost 9,972 people. On the other end, Texas saw the largest population increase adding more than 450,000 people during that time. Cook County saw a very slight decrease in population. It’s one of four counties with a population of more than 1 million to experience a decrease. Others include industrial counties like Wayne County, Michigan; Cuyahoga, Ohio; and Allegheny, Pennsylvania. The rate of people leaving Cook County for other counties has been increasing since...
  • Jim Talent to Scott Walker's team

    03/26/2015 10:45:07 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    KWCH 12 ^ | March 26, 2015 | Erin McPike
    Former Sen. Jim Talent, R-Missouri, is joining Scott Walker's nascent presidential campaign as a leading adviser on foreign policy and defense, sources familiar with the move and Talent told CNN.... It's a big get for the Wisconsin governor as he draws up a campaign plan and team: In the coming election cycle, foreign policy figures are expected to loom especially large given the increased frequency of threats brought by ISIS and other terrorist groups. Talent was a foreign policy adviser to both of Mitt Romney's presidential bids, and nearly every major potential GOP hopeful this cycle has courted him. Talent...
  • Water Wars Loom Over California As Farmers Lose Thousands of Jobs: "Who Gets the Water”

    03/25/2015 12:08:28 PM PDT · by blam · 35 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 3-25-2015 | Mac Slavo
    Mac Slavo March 25th, 2015 The announcement that California is rapidly running out of water has put new pressure on our most precious resource that could, in turn, force increased prices and shut down organic food production. Ultimately, it could even threaten the food supply. The recent warnings from NASA hydrologist Jay Famiglietti, based on satellite data of the groundwater supply as it is threatened by the ongoing drought, is only compounding the issues for farmers who have already been driven to cut back production as water is rerouted to cities and industries. State leaders are embracing a full on...
  • Toddler Idolizes the Garbage Men

    03/25/2015 9:31:45 AM PDT · by apoliticalone · 30 replies
    AOL-Huffington ^ | 3-24-2015 | Cameron Keady
    Some things in life are just too good to handle. Quincy Kroner had that exact feeling on March 13 when he met his local heroes -- the neighborhood garbage men, Mark Davis and Eddie Washington. The Cincinnati 2-year-old has been fascinated by the garbage truck “since about the age he could walk,” the toddler’s father, Ollie Kroner, told The Huffington Post in an email. But this was the first time he met the garbage men in person, and it was all too much for him -- resulting in the adorably priceless photo above. “He was all smiles as the garbage...
  • Traitors to Their Class [poverty pimp attacks those who work hard and succeed]

    03/24/2015 12:49:38 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    New York Times ^ | Timothy Egan
    You probably know from his weepy reminiscences that the speaker of the House, John Boehner, once worked as a bartender and a janitor, and took seven years to get out of college. Maybe you’ve heard that Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin is a preacher’s son who churned out burgers and fries at McDonald’s. And you had to catch that bit from Senator Joni Ernst about putting bread bags over her shoes while growing up kind of poor in rural Iowa. People from humble beginnings often carry an extra load of empathy through the success of their later lives, a sense...
  • Austin, Salt Lake City Lead U.S. Metros in Job Creation

    03/23/2015 10:17:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Gallup ^ | 03/23/2015 | Jeffrey M. Jones
    Austin, Texas, and Salt Lake City have the highest Job Creation Index scores among the 50 largest U.S. metro areas, based on employee reports of hiring activity where they work. San Francisco, Houston and Orlando rank just behind Austin and Salt Lake City in job creation. Many of the top-ranking metro areas are being boosted by growth in technology jobs, including traditional tech centers in San Francisco and San Jose but also emerging ones in Austin and Salt Lake City. These latter two may be increasingly attractive destinations for tech workers, given salaries that are becoming more competitive for the...
  • Dismembering the Sabbath in Wisconsin

    03/21/2015 2:27:34 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    Washington Monthly ^ | March 20, 2015 2:50 PM | Ed Kilgore
    You’d think Wisconsin Republicans would reward themselves with some rest after pulling off—via a great deal of misdirection from Scott Walker—the enactment of a southern-style “right to work” law banning union shop agreements reached via voluntary free-market contract negotiations. But no: as The Nation’s Moshe Marvit explains, Badger State GOPers are back with a bill to revoke the right to a day off after seven days of labor. The new bill, which is being sponsored by Republican Van Wanggaard in the State Senate alongside [Rep. Mark] Born in the Assembly, would add a provision to the “day of rest” law...
  • Marie Harf Wrote Thesis on How Conservative Support for Israel Complicates US Foreign Policy

    03/20/2015 10:24:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 19, 2015 | Patrick Howley
    State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf wrote her college honors thesis on “how conservative evangelical support for Israel complicates U.S. foreign policy,” according to Indiana University records. Harf’s thesis further illustrates the collegiate thinking in an Obama administration that has alienated a key American ally in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Harf, 33, previously worked on Obama’s 2012 campaign. Harf’s Indiana University honors political science professor said that Harf did not plan to pursue political science like her professor father Jim, but that she ended up becoming “pretty good” at it. “I always had a soft spot for Jim, since he...
  • Saudi Arabia said to offer jobs to sacked US shale workers

    03/20/2015 5:22:54 AM PDT · by thackney · 19 replies
    Arabian Business ^ | 18 March 2015 | Staff writer
    Workers fired from shale fields in the United States after the slump in oil prices are reportedly being offered new jobs in Saudi Arabia. State-owned Saudi Aramco is posting new job ads online aiming to snap up experts in extracting oil from shale, Bloomberg reported. Thousands of US workers have been fired since November as oil prices plunged because of oversupplies, driven in part by an OPEC decision supported by Saudi Arabia, Bloomberg said. It quoted Tobias Read, CEO of recruiter Swift Worldwide Resources, as saying: “We’ve seen people who have historically been reticent to look at Saudi Arabia who...
  • Jay Ambrose commentary: Right-to-work movement is very much pro-worker

    03/20/2015 1:55:05 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | March 11, 2015 | Jay Ambrose
    Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin has signed a measure freeing workers in his state from having to pay union dues if they want to keep their jobs, naturally enough upsetting labor honchos wanting to grab every worker nickel they can. Not the least of them: Randi Weingarten, chief of the American Federation of Teachers. “Scott Walker fails the test of common decency and common sense,” said Weingarten, who represents teacher unions that commonly abet youths in failing standardized tests. Her comments came after Walker signed a bill making his state the 25th to enact a right-to-work law that does exactly...
  • 30 specific tech skills that will get you a $110,000-plus salary

    03/19/2015 2:14:11 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/19/2015 | Julie Bort
    Being a tech professional is a good career with plenty of high-paying jobs. But it's an ever-changing job market. One day a skill is hot and the next it's not. Job site Dice.com recently published its 2015 Salary Survey, which named the highest-paying tech skills. Dice, a tech-job-hunting site, surveyed 23,470 IT professionals in the fall of 2014 to come up with this list. Of course, skills alone won't always lead to a high salary. Work experience counts, too. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ No. 30: RDBMS is worth $114,100 RDBMS (Relational Database Management System) is the full-jargon term for the thing otherwise known...
  • U.S. jobless claims up slightly to 291,000; current account gap widens

    03/19/2015 7:37:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 03/19/2015 | LUCIA MUTIKANI
    The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose marginally last week, indicating the labor market remained on solid footing despite slowing economic growth. Output has slowed in the first quarter, undercut by a harsh winter, a strong dollar, weaker overseas growth and a now-settled labor dispute at West Coast ports, mostly transitory factors that should fade by the second quarter. The Federal Reserve on Wednesday acknowledged the moderation in growth, but maintained its upbeat view of the jobs market and signaled it was nearing an interest rate increase by dropping the reference to being "patient" from its...
  • Now is the Time to Demand Transparency from State's Corporate Welfare Agency

    03/18/2015 10:22:27 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/9/2015 | Jack Spencer
    Tax credits issued through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation while Jennifer Granholm was governor are beginning to scoop dollars out of state coffers by the bucketful. The total cost of businesses claiming these credits against taxes due or cashing them in has been tagged at $9.38 billion. This isn’t happening all at once, but is expected to continue into the future with significant budgetary impacts for years to come. With all that’s taking place, it is not surprising that the MEDC, Michigan’s corporate welfare arm, is now probably about as popular with many lawmakers and state officials as the measles....
  • The 25 Highest Paying Jobs In Demand Today

    03/18/2015 8:36:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Glassdoor ^ | 03/17/2015 | Glassdoor Research Team
    Curious which jobs pay the most and are in high demand right now? Glassdoor has released its inaugural 25 Highest Paying Jobs In Demand report, identifying top jobs that pay the most and are in high demand by employers nationwide. Job seekers: While these jobs pay handsomely, it’s important to note that most also require a high level of experience, skills and education to get hired. Check out the complete results: 1. Physician Average Base Salary: $212,270 Number of Job Openings: 7984 2. Pharmacy Manager Average Base Salary: $131,099 Number of Job Openings: 1787 3. Software Architect Average Base Salary:...
  • Coming millennial bubble could spell trouble

    03/17/2015 7:37:22 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 16, 2015 | Steve Deace
    An older generation complaining that an emerging one will be the death of civilization as we know it is a cliche and constant as the North Star. However, based on some rather troubling data regarding today’s millennials, it could turn out to be true this time. In his first inaugural address as governor of California 47 years ago, Ronald Reagan warned us that “freedom is a fragile thing, and is never more than one generation away from extinction.” He also reminded us that freedom “is not ours by inheritance but must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation,...
  • SC Union Battle Helps Scott Walker’s 2016 Bid

    03/17/2015 7:01:00 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    Fits News ^ | March 17, 2015
    || By FITSNEWS || Wisconsin governor Scott Walker scored a big win in early-voting South Carolina this week … No, it wasn’t a major endorsement … or a smart staffing move … or another solid early polling performance in the Palmetto State. Walker – whose national profile was built by battling Big Labor – won thanks to the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers’ petition to unionize Boeing’s North Charleston, S.C. plant. All of a sudden South Carolina – which boasts one of the nation’s lowest unionization rates – finds itself in the thick of a major organized labor...
  • Yes, Culture Helped Kill the Two-Parent Family. And Liberals Shouldn't Be Afraid to Admit It.

    03/17/2015 2:34:24 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 45 replies
    Slate ^ | March 17, 2015 | Jordan Weissmann, blogs on business and economics
    "... “Had norms not changed, the growth of childbearing outside of marriage that we have recently seen among today’s unmarried low-educated and moderately educated young adults would not have occurred, even given the rise in income inequality,” Cherlin writes. College-educated Americans were able to adapt to changing mores because the economy was kind to them. But a shifting job market and easing taboos combined to tear a hole in the rest of the country's social fabric. This is all in keeping with what researchers find when they actually go out and talk to single mothers. Women in low-income communities say...
  • Cruz targets 'Obamacare'

    03/16/2015 6:58:44 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 19 replies
    Union Leader ^ | March 16, 2015 | By DAN TUOHY
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said Republican opposition to “Obamacare” spawned the GOP wave in 2014 and can buoy his party in 2016. The possible presidential hopeful said Monday that the GOP should keep a bulls-eye on the health care law to energize and mobilize voters. “The biggest job-killer in the country is ‘Obamacare,’” said Cruz, speaking at “Politics & Eggs” at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College. Cruz repeatedly criticized the Affordable Care Act during his two-day visit to New Hampshire. On Sunday, at a Strafford County GOP event in Barrington and at the Grafton...
  • EXCLUSIVE: UNION OFFICIAL SAYS ‘CORPORATE GREED’ BEHIND PUSH FOR H-1B VISAS

    03/16/2015 2:18:10 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 68 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 16, 2015 | by ADELLE NAZARIAN
    A so-called “war on the American worker” has intensified in the Golden State. Massive layoffs are being spearheaded by the multi-billion dollar Southern California Edison utilities company, which is terminating scores of American IT workers and replacing them with immigrant IT workers, from a slew of foreign counties, who are willing to work for far less compensation. These immigrants are in the U.S. on an H-1B visa program. “We don’t need foreign workers. We have plenty of Americans who are fully capable and equipped to carry out these jobs. It’s an absolute issue of corporate greed; nothing more nothing less,”...
  • Texas frac sand execs who paid $52k in DNR fines in 2014, are backing Walker PAC

    03/16/2015 1:13:25 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    WREX NBC Channel 13 ^ | March 16, 2015 | Greg Neumann, WKOW
    MADISON (WKOW) -- Two executives who run a Texas-based sand mining company - which paid $52,500 in fines to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in 2014 - are major backers of Gov. Scott Walker's political action committee Our American Revival (OAR), according to CNN. In an article detailing several big money donors published on Monday, CNN lists Bob Rasmus and James Whipkey - who run Hi-Crush Partners - as two of OAR's major supporters in Texas. In August of 2014, 27 News reported the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) ordered Hi-Crush Partners to pay $52,500 in July for...
  • Can We Adapt To the Rise of the Robot?

    03/16/2015 4:39:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    RCM ^ | 03/16/2015 | Robert Samuelson
    For some time, I've been collecting news stories about robots and jobs. By robots, I mean almost any automated process that substitutes machines for people. Here are some examples: â—Ź The restaurant chain Chili's installed 45,000 computer tablets in its U.S. locations, says The Post. The tablets enable customers to pay their bills, play games and place some orders. â—Ź One hotel is introducing a robot bellhop that delivers items to guests' rooms, reports the New York Times. The same story mentions automated golf caddies. Another Times story reports that the German firm Daimler has demonstrated a self-driving truck. â—Ź...
  • Why California? Someone Has to Clean Up the Mess

    03/15/2015 6:16:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 15, 2015 | John Ransom
    Brian Smith wrote: Since Ransom was kind enough to respond to me I will respond to him. The support that Obama has given for rebels Libya, Egypt, and Iran was necessary and wise because the conclusion is inevitable (the dictators are falling) and the sad fact is we (The United States and our policies) are largely resposible for putting them there. As far as Iraq as concerned we were also responsible for propping up Saddam Hussien. As the Russians learned in Afghanistan a military victory in the region is meaningless. - Kerry, Obama Seek Regime Change for Syria, Egypt...But Not...
  • Scott Walker: W. Without the Compassion

    03/13/2015 1:57:44 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 49 replies
    Washington Monthly ^ | March 13, 2015 | Ed Kilgore
    While it’s becoming common to hear Scott Walker dismissed as a flash-in-the-pan or Flavor of the Month or Not-Ready-For-Prime-Time gaffmeister sure to be pushed aside to make way for Jeb’s Brinks truck of cash or Rubio’s glamor, there are less-apparent aspects of his appeal worth noting. That intrepid translator of the Christian Right’s codes, Sarah Posner, has a fascinating take at Religion Dispatches about Walker perfectly matching a growing mood among politically active conservative evangelicals who want a less showy but more reliable champion: >>>>Should he run for president, Walker may very well turn out to be the 2016 cycle’s...
  • Nearly At ‘Full Employment’? 10 Reasons Why The Unemployment Numbers Are A Massive Lie

    03/13/2015 11:11:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    TEC ^ | 03/13/2015 | Michael Snyder
    Last Friday, we learned that the official “unemployment rate” has fallen to 5.5 percent. Since an unemployment rate of 5 percent is considered to be “full employment” by many economists, many in the mainstream media took this as a sign that the U.S. economy has almost fully “recovered” since the last recession. In fact, according to the Wall Street Journal, some Federal Reserve officials believe that “the U.S. economy is already at full employment“. But how can this possibly be? It certainly does not square with reality. Personally, I know people that have been struggling with unemployment for years and...
  • Is the European Union Dying?

    03/13/2015 7:19:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 13, 2015 | Pat Buchanan
    As the European Coal and Steel Community of Jean Monnet evolved into the EU, we were told a "United States of Europe" was at hand, modeled on the USA. And other countries and continents will inevitably follow Europe's example. There will be a North American Union of the U.S., Canada and Mexico, and a Latin America Union of the Mercosur trade partnership. In an essay, "The E.U. Experiment Has Failed," Bruce Thornton of Hoover Institution makes the case that the verdict is in, the dream is dead, the EU is unraveling, One Europe is finished. Consider, first, economics. In 2013,...
  • Could Scott Walker Be the Next Calvin Coolidge?

    03/13/2015 1:42:40 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 51 replies
    National Review ^ | March 13, 2015 | Garland S. Tucker III
    Much is being written today about the Republican party’s urgent need to find “the next Ronald Reagan.” With Governor Scott Walker’s recent rise in the polls, many pundits have rushed to dismiss his chances because “Walker is no Reagan.” But, hold on a minute. Are the pundits missing something here? The two most successful Republican presidents in the last century were Calvin Coolidge and Ronald Reagan. A serious look at the two of them sheds light on the current question of Walker’s viability as a presidential candidate. Different as Coolidge and Reagan were in looks and personality, there were striking...
  • US jobless claims return below 300,000

    03/12/2015 7:49:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 03/12/2015
    New claims for US unemployment insurance fell last week after two weeks of gains amid severe winter weather, Labor Department data showed Thursday. Initial jobless claims fell 11 percent to 289,000 in the week ending March 7. The previous week's level was revised up by 5,000 to 325,000. "Harsher-than-usual winter weather likely boosted the level in the previous two weeks," said Jim O'Sullivan, chief US economist at High Frequency Economics, in a research note. "We doubt the underlying trend in claims has changed significantly. A sub-300K trend in claims implies continued strong employment growth and no let-up in the downtrend...
  • Uber wants 1 million female drivers by 2020

    03/12/2015 7:34:50 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 9 replies
    MSNBC ^ | March 11, 2015 | Nisha Chittal
    The popular but controversial taxi service Uber has set an ambitious goal of having 1 million female drivers worldwide by the year 2020. The company announced Tuesday that it was partnering with UN Women on the initiative, with the goal of “accelerating economic opportunity for women.”
  • Working Class Gives Up On Obama, Fears Job Losses [opening for Republican Party]

    03/12/2015 3:02:38 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | March 10, 2015 | JOHN MERLINE,
    In what could be a significant opening for the Republican Party, working-class Americans have largely abandoned President Obama and rejected his economic policies as they continue to suffer from the historically weak economic recovery, a new analysis of IBD/TIPP Poll data finds. By wide margins, this group is more likely than any other income class to say the country is headed in the wrong direction, the economy is getting worse, and they fear losing their jobs. Just 36% approve of the job that Obama is doing, compared with 43% overall, and vast majorities say his policies haven't helped the middle...
  • Robert Reich: The 3 biggest myths plaguing the U.S. economy

    03/12/2015 1:33:02 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 82 replies
    Salon ^ | March 12, 2015 | Robert Reich
    1. The “job creators” are CEOs, corporations, and the rich, whose taxes must be low in order to induce them to create more jobs. Rubbish. The real job creators are the vast middle class and the poor, whose spending induces businesses to create jobs. Which is why raising the minimum wage, extending overtime protection, enlarging the Earned Income Tax Credit, and reducing middle-class taxes are all necessary. 2. The critical choice is between the “free market” or “government.” Baloney. The free market doesn’t exist in nature. It’s created and enforced by government. And all the ongoing decisions about how it’s...
  • Wisconsin: Gov. Walker speaks with mother of Tony Robinson, youth leaders

    03/12/2015 12:37:30 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 55 replies
    WKOW 27 ^ | March 12, 2015 | Greg Neumann
    MADISON (WKOW) - Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) met with African-American community leaders from Madison Wednesday and spoke with the mother of Tony Robinson, the unarmed 19 year-old man who was shot and killed by a Madison police officer last Friday night. Boys and Girls Club of Dane County CEO Michael Johnson reached out to Gov. Walker on Monday asking for a meeting. He wanted to not only discuss what happened to Tony Robinson, but about helping Wisconsin's African-American population going forward. Meeting for breakfast at the governor's mansion Wednesday morning, both Johnson and one of his top officers said they...
  • Major Omaha-area construction projects face a shortage of workers

    03/11/2015 4:28:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Omaha World-Herald ^ | March 9, 2015 | Janice Podsada
    Some are calling it one of the biggest construction projects in the country right now — the $400 million expansion of Google’s data center operations in Council Bluffs, a massive undertaking involving roughly 2,000 construction workers with no deadline announced. “We don’t how long it’s going to be going on, we just know that they’re continuing to build,” said Bob Mundt, president and chief executive of the Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce. Since 2007, Google has invested more than $1.5 billion in its facilities in the Lake Manawa area and now at a 975-acre site opposite the MidAmerican energy...
  • Scott Walker Is the Worst Candidate for the Environment

    03/11/2015 12:35:51 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 57 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | March 11, 2015 | Tim McDonnell |
    Scott Walker is killing it with Republicans. The Wisconsin governor is one of his party's rising stars—thanks to his ongoing and largely successful war against his state's labor unions, a fight that culminated Monday with the signing of a controversial "right-to-work" bill. Now (for the moment, anyway), he's a leading contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. At the Conservative Political Action Conference a couple weeks ago, he polled a close second to three-time winner Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.), beating the likes of Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush by a significant margin. It probably won't...
  • Walker Hits Back at Obama

    03/10/2015 7:27:44 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    NRO - National Review Online ^ | March 10, 2015 | Joel Gehrke
    Governor Scott Walker (R., Wis.) wasted no time in mocking President Obama’s performance with respect to the economy after the president picked a fight with him for signing a right-to-work bill into law. “On the heels of vetoing Keystone Pipeline legislation, which would have paved the way to create thousands of quality, middle-class jobs, the President should be looking to states, like Wisconsin, as an example for how to grow our economy,” Walker said in a statement to National Review Online. “Despite a stagnant national economy and a lack of leadership in Washington, since we took office, Wisconsin’s unemployment rate...
  • Working class gives up on Obama and his policies, creating opening for GOP -- Poll

    03/10/2015 5:06:58 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 29 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 03/10/2015 | John Merline
    In what could be a significant opening for the Republican Party, working-class Americans have largely abandoned President Obama and rejected his economic policies as they continue to suffer from the historically weak economic recovery, a new analysis of IBD/TIPP Poll data finds.
  • The Right-to-Work Fight You Aren't Hearing About [in New Mexico]

    03/10/2015 2:38:55 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 30 replies
    National Journal ^ | March 10, 2015 | Eric Garcia
    ..Tamara Kay, a professor in the sociology department at the University of New Mexico, criticized right-to-work laws as "kindergarten math."Much of the focus on fights over right-to-work laws has been on Rust Belt states like Michigan, Indiana, and now Wisconsin, as its governor and likely presidential candidate Scott Walker signed a right-to-work bill Monday. But there's also a high stakes showdown underway in New Mexico. Late last month, the state's House of Representatives passed a right-to-work bill, setting up a face-off with the Senate, which could raise the profile of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, positioning her as a Walker-esque rising...
  • Obama slams Walker's right-to-work law [Has Walker moved Wisconsin into the Red column?]

    03/10/2015 12:56:30 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 46 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 9, 2015 | Rebecca Berg
    In a sharp jab at Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, President Obama on Monday criticized Wisconsin's newly-signed law to prevent workers from being obliged to pay union dues as a "sustained, coordinated assault on unions, led by powerful interests and their allies in government." "I'm deeply disappointed that a new anti-worker law in Wisconsin will WEAKEN, rather than strengthen workers in the new economy," Obama said. "Wisconsin is a state built by labor, with a proud pro-worker past. So even as its governor claims victory over working Americans, I'd encourage him to try and score a victory for working Americans —...
  • Scott Walker’s Righteous Victory in Wisconsin

    03/09/2015 1:57:26 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    NRO - National Review Online ^ | March 9, 2015 | The Editors
    We are halfway there: On Friday, the state assembly of Wisconsin voted to make the state the 25th to pass right-to-work legislation, and Governor Scott Walker is expected to sign the bill with some satisfaction. That’s 25 down, 25 to go. (Our optimism is not so unanchored as to consider the sorry case of the District of Columbia.) Right-to-work laws end the practice of union bosses’ enriching their organizations through a legal variety of extortion under which all workers are required to pay the equivalent of union dues, whether they wish to be represented by a particular union or do...
  • Three Cheers for Scott Walker's Union Busting! [Who could be against the right to work?]

    03/07/2015 11:45:25 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 64 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | March 7, 2015 | Matt Lewis
    In America, you have the right to remain silent, the right to rise—and soon the right to work. At least that is if you live in Wisconsin, or one of the other right-to-work states that allow private sector workers to opt out of union membership. Next week, it is expected that Gov. Scott Walker will sign legislation making Wisconsin the 25th state to pass right-to-work legislation. Interestingly, Walker didn't actively push for this legislation, but his signature will nonetheless guarantee one more feather in the cap of a Republican governor who has helped transform his state in recent years. You...
  • Governor Walker gets backing of four members of Iowa Senate

    03/07/2015 2:16:51 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    Iowa Radio ^ | March 3, 2015 | Kay Henderson
    Four of the 24 Republicans who serve in the Iowa Senate are announcing Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is their pick for the GOP’s 2016 presidential nomination. Senator Brad Zaun of Urbandale says he’s watched what Walker has done in Wisconsin. “I thought we needed someone with some executive experience and I’ve spent some time privately with him and asked a lot of questions and am 110 percent behind him,” Zaun says. Zaun was the Republican Party’s nominee for one of Iowa’s congressional seats in 2010 and he was a leading contender in the third congressional district in 2014. Zaun says,...
  • US job market faces hurdles even with 5.5 pct. unemployment

    03/06/2015 9:09:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 7, 2015 12:02 AM EST | Christopher S. Rugaber
    Unemployment in the U.S. has dropped to a seven-year low of 5.5 percent—a level normally considered the mark of a healthy job market. Yet that number isn’t as encouraging as it might sound. While U.S. employers added a solid 295,000 jobs in February, and the jobless rate fell from 5.7 percent, it went down mostly because many people gave up looking for work and were no longer officially counted as unemployed, the government reported Friday. What’s more, wage gains remained sluggish. Those trends suggest that the job market, while improving rapidly, isn’t quite as healthy as it looks. That complicates...
  • Record setting number of women not in the labor force

    03/06/2015 1:45:11 PM PST · by xzins · 22 replies
    Young Cons ^ | 6 Mar 15 | Michael Cantrell
    Leftists love to constantly spout off about the “war on women” by conservatives and Republicans. Because, you know, we hate women if we believe they shouldn’t murder their unborn children or something. They also claim women are discriminated against in the workplace by making less money than men, again spewing nonsense and incomplete facts in order to persuade women to vote Democrat. The only problem is, if you look at the statistics involving women in the workforce, you start to see it’s really the loony left that has a war on women. From CNS News: A record 56,023,000 women, age...
  • Wisconsin: Protests Fall Flat During Final Day of Right to Work Debate [w/video hey-hey, ho-ho]

    03/06/2015 1:05:48 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | Staff Trackers
    On the final day of legislative debate over a proposed Right to Work law in Wisconsin, union protesters proved once again they are unable to replicate the massive crowds generated during Wisconsin’s historic 2011 Act 10 debate. While unions attempted to hold an outside rally during the midday, which mustered about 300 people, the hour long outside rally completely failed to move inside the statehouse and support Wisconsin Assembly Democrats as they debated against the bill. While Assembly Democrats were able to draw debate out to 24 hours by using poetry, claims of racism, and references to Moses delivering the...
  • The making of Scott Walker, statesman [here come the long knives]

    03/06/2015 10:50:14 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 78 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Philip Rucker and Robert Costa
    On a recent Monday at Washington’s Willard InterContinental Hotel, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was schooled on the world by some of the GOP’s leading foreign-policy lights. In a two-hour tutorial, seated around a table in the Taft Room sipping sodas and coffee, they used detailed regional maps to lead the likely presidential candidate on a tour of the globe’s hot spots: Israel and the Middle East, Latin America, Russia and Ukraine.​ The reason for Walker’s crash course was urgent: He has not impressed many leading Republicans with his grasp of foreign affairs. He drew mockery from members of both parties...
  • Wisconsin Assembly Moves To End Forced Unionization

    03/06/2015 10:36:09 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | March 6, 2015 | Connor D. Wolf
    After debating all night, the Wisconsin Assembly passed a right-to-work bill Friday which is designed to end mandatory union membership in the state. The policy, which has passed in 24 states, outlaws forced union dues as a condition of employment. After a state version of the policy passed the Wisconsin Senate last week it was sent to the Assembly where representatives heard testimony from labor experts, union leaders and the public before voting 62-35 in favor of the legislation. Mark Mix, the president of the National Right to Work Committee, praised the Assembly for moving the legislation to Gov. Scott...
  • 62.8%: Labor Force Participation Has Hovered Near 37-Year-Low for 11 Months

    03/06/2015 7:39:18 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 1 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | 03/06/2015 | Ali Meyer
    (CNSNews.com) - The labor force participation rate hovered between 62.9 percent and 62.7 percent in the eleven months between April 2014 and this February, and has been 62.9 percent or lower in 13 of the 17 months since October 2013. Prior to that, the last time the rate was below 63 percent was 37 years ago, in March 1978 when it was 62.8 percent. The labor force participation rate declined to 62.8 percent in February, while another 92,898,000 Americans were not in the labor force, according to data released from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) on Friday. The participation...
  • Where are the jobs? America’s new leisure class

    03/06/2015 9:04:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Townhall ^ | 03/06/2015 | Peter Morici
    To listen to President Obama, the U.S. economy is firing on all cylinders. Yet it is hardly creating jobs at a breakneck pace, and too many able-bodied men have grown lazy and show no interest in working. Friday, economists expect the Labor Department to report 230,000 jobs were added in February—down from 336,000 averaged the prior three months. Economists at Wells Fargo expect the pace for the entire year to be only 224,000. The culprits remain slow growth, and Obama’s attempts to remedy income inequality with government programs that fail to lift millions of Americans to dignified work. Since the...
  • U.S. employers add nearly 300K jobs in February 2015; Unemployment dips to 5.5 percent

    03/06/2015 6:51:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    The U.S. economy added 295,000 jobs in the February, according to the Labor Department's monthly survey and the unemployment rate dropped to 5.5 percent. The latest strong data beat expectations and follows on the heels of a robust jump for the previous month — a sign that the economy is finally picking up steam. Expectations among economists had been for the economy to add another 240,000 jobs from last month and for the unemployment rate to notch back down to 5.6 percent, where it stood for December. The slight increase in the rate last month was attributed to strong growth...
  • Oil sector loses 9,300 jobs in February

    03/06/2015 6:19:30 AM PST · by thackney · 4 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | March 6, 2015 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    About 9,300 oil and gas workers lost their jobs in February, as low crude prices spurred energy companies to lay down rigs and lay off employees. The 1 percent decline in oil and gas payrolls adds to the 1,900 jobs that were already shed in January and may just be the beginning of things to come. Producers have been able to blunt some of the pain from the plummet in crude prices — down from a high of $107.26 last June — by stashing oil in storage tanks around the country. But available storage space is filling up, and analysts...
  • "Rinky-dink" Scott Walker’s Secret Weapon

    03/06/2015 12:22:52 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 43 replies
    Slate ^ | March 5, 2015 | etsy Woodruff
    MADISON, Wisconsin—Scott Walker loves the haters. In recent years as Wisconsin has moved further to the right, the mild-mannered preacher’s son has become in the eyes of his opponents an icon of all that is evil—and he seems to relish it. On the stump, the governor is fond of talking up the fact that he’s “the No. 1 target in America of the labor unions and many others on the left,” and the hecklers that seem willing to follow him to the ends of the Earth give him a chance to flex his conservative muscles. They feed the perception that...