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  • Why P3s can be a project delivery method worth the risk

    04/09/2018 12:45:30 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    ConstructionDIVE ^ | March 26, 2018 | Mary Tyler March
    Design-bid-build may still be the No. 1 project delivery method for U.S. construction, but other processes are rising that could challenge DBB’s stake in how some projects are carried out.One such arrangement, public-private partnerships (P3), is gaining steam with talks from Washington, D.C., about employing the method for President Donald Trump’s $1.3 trillion infrastructure spend. While more states and local entities are successfully turning to P3s to tackle major infrastructure overhauls and new projects, the method still runs up against a perception problem. Some elected officials are hesitant to employ P3s because they don’t want to let a private firm...
  • Turnpike Authority responds to Oklahoma representative’s bill calling for yearly audit

    04/09/2018 10:35:04 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    Oklahoma's News 4 ^ | January 11, 2018 | Dylan Brown
    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – An Oklahoma representative says that she has filed legislation this week that would increase the financial scrutiny given to the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority. House Bill 2530 would require the state auditor and inspector to perform an audit of the Turnpike Authority at least once every two years. “Taxpayers deserve to know where their hard-earned money is going,” Rep. Tess Teague said. “The Turnpike Authority has an annual budget of nearly $100 million, and lawmakers owe it to Oklahomans to track those dollars closely.” The legislation dictates that the audit will take no more than 90 days....
  • SB-1424 Internet: social media: false information: strategic plan [California Legislature]

    04/09/2018 6:15:27 AM PDT · by ptsal · 30 replies
    California Legislative Information ^ | 22-March-2018 | Richard Pan
    SB 1424, as amended, Pan. Commercial law. Internet: social media: false information: strategic plan. Existing law prohibits a person, among others, from making or disseminating in any advertising device, or in any manner or means whatever, including over the Internet, any statement concerning real or personal property or services that is untrue or misleading, as specified. This bill would require any person who operates a social media, as defined, Internet Web site with a physical presence in California to develop a strategic plan to verify news stories shared on its Web site. The bill would require the plan to include,...
  • Rep. Thomas Massie Proposes Repealing Gun-Free School Zone Act

    02/26/2018 11:16:26 PM PST · by Crucial · 7 replies
    CNS News ^ | 2/26/2018 | Melanie Arter
    (CNSNews.com) – Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) told NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday that the majority of mass public shootings take place in gun-free zones like schools. To this end, he has proposed legislation repealing the Gun-Free School Zone Act on 1990, which makes it illegal for someone to bring a gun on school grounds. Massie said the solution to school shootings is putting more than one armed guard at school or allowing teachers to be armed, adding that “98 percent of mass public shootings happen in a gun free zone.” “And we’ve labeled all of our schools as gun...
  • Legislation by Lynch Mob

    02/24/2018 5:26:22 PM PST · by BBell · 15 replies
    https://spectator.org/ ^ | 2/23/18 | GEORGE NEUMAYR
    The gun-confiscation Democrats are playing a dangerous game. Entrusting legislation to politically correct lynch mobs — which is the first instinct of Democrats after any tragedy — doesn’t make for good policy or good politics. In the feverish mood of the moment, a Democrat could propose house-to-house confiscatory gun sweeps and receive a standing ovation in certain quarters. But the desire for that demagoguery will pass and the Democrats will find themselves once again on the wrong side of the gun issue. Even Obama dimly understood the toxic politics of gun confiscation and gun bans. After he accused Americans of...
  • Another Tragedy, Another Round Of Politicization

    02/20/2018 5:14:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 19, 2018 | Sheriff David Clarke (RET)
    Another deadly school shooting brings about predictable political behavior, something we always see after these horrific incidents. We can’t get through a reasonable grieving period after the recent shooting in a Florida high school before the event is politicized. The discussion we should have about empowering state law enforcement to handle persons who exhibit warning signs is suppressed by demagogues regurgitating calls for gun control. But first, we must allow grieving to take place.It’s not appropriate to have a discussion about solutions in the immediate aftermath of such incidents. When people are still in a high state of emotion, rational...
  • breaking: On The Same Day Trump Releases the Nunes Memo A Federal Judge Keeps The Comey Memos Secret

    02/02/2018 8:14:14 PM PST · by blueyon · 21 replies
    thedailycaller ^ | 2/02/8 | Richard Pollock
    On the same day the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence released the Nunes memo showing the FBI relied on the salacious and unverified Trump dossier to obtain a surveillance warrant on Carter Page, a federal judge ruled to withhold the Comey memos. The memos, authored by former FBI Director James Comey, are about his nine private conversations with President-elect and President Trump.
  • Frigid Winter SAD for Anti-Trumpers

    01/08/2018 5:34:45 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 8, 2017 | Tom Purcell
    Boy, it's cold across America. It's so cold, politicians are picking their own pockets, people are flocking inside the U.S. Capitol just for the hot air, and the outlook for anti-Trumpers has been downgraded from miserable and bewildered to hopelessly depressed. Here's one reason anti-Trumpers are especially down this winter: Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). According to About.com , this woeful malady is triggered by overcast winter weather. Lack of exposure to sunlight can cause low levels of melatonin and serotonin. Low levels of both cause depression-like symptoms. Lots of people are affected by SAD at this time every year, but,...
  • The Tipping Point

    12/15/2017 9:38:29 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Dec 16, 2017 | Congressman Marsha Blackburn
    The time is now to make a change. Regardless of their career, women have had it with being diminished, condescended to, passed over, and belittled. They have had it with inappropriate touching, leering words, innuendos, and emotional or verbal abuse. Regardless if it’s the entertainment world, a school, a doctor’s office, a bank, or Capitol Hill, women have a right to expect behavioral decency in the workplace. Throughout my career, whether in the private or public sector, I have sought to encourage women in the workplace. An acceptance of seediness and vulgarity has seeped into our culture, and now it...
  • Blackburn: We're Going to Release Names of Congressmen Who Used 'Hush Fund'

    11/30/2017 10:05:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 111 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 30, 2017 | Cortney O'Brien
    Americans were rightfully outraged when they learned that members of Congress had used taxpayer dollars to pay settlement claims to alleged victims of sexual harassment.They were even more outraged when they saw the numbers. The secret payouts for harassment claims, of which there have been more than 200, amounted to more than $17 million. There's no telling so far how much of that money went to silence sexual assault accusers.Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) is seeking to release the names of lawmakers who used this "hush fund." She's a co-sponsor of the Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund Elimination Act, which would...
  • Legislation and Lobbyists…

    11/17/2017 7:00:57 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 2 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | November 16, 2017 | Sundance
    There are many people taking notice of modern politics for the first time in their lives. There is also some confusion noticed between two groups who talk above and around each other. Two groups communicating from two entirely different sets of understanding. Perhaps it is valuable to reset the larger frames of reference and provide clarity. Many, heck, most people think when they vote for a federal politician -a representative- they are voting for a person who will go to Washington DC and write or enact legislation. This is the old-fashioned “schoolhouse rock” perspective based on decades past. There is...
  • Federal Tax Rate Reductions & Deductibility of State & Local Taxes (VANITY)

    10/26/2017 8:26:53 PM PDT · by House Atreides · 69 replies
    VANITY | October 26, 2017 | House Atreides
    I’ve noticed that a number of FReepers are having conniptions over the possibility that legislation reducing federal income tax rates will also ELIMINATE ITEMIZED DEDUCTION OF STATE & LOCAL INCOME TAXES (SALT). I have a proposal for the new legislation. Have it give tax payers the CHOICE of 1) still deducting SALT but STILL ALSO using the current (i.e., unreduced) tax rate tables or 2) not deducting SALT but having their taxes computed using the new reduced rates. Having worked in systems development for a number of years, automating that feature could be relatively simple for Intuit (maker of Turbo...
  • SIGN PETITION OPPOSING H.R.3999

    10/18/2017 10:33:46 PM PDT · by forty_years · 15 replies
    WE NEED 50,000 MORE SIGNATURES BY NOV. 11 TO GET THIS PETITION REVIEWED BY THE WHITE HOUSE. SIGN HERE: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/do-not-pass-hr3999. MAKE SURE TO CLICK VERIFICATION LINK IN EMAIL YOU RECEIVE AFTER SIGNING. H.R.3999 would "amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit the manufacture, possession, or transfer of any part or combination of parts that is designed and functions to increase the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle but does not convert the semiautomatic rifle into a machine gun, and for other purposes." This measure could easily ban virtually any device, part, or accessory -- including OEM parts that...
  • Yellowstone supervolcano could blow faster than thought, destroy all of mankind

    10/12/2017 1:32:37 PM PDT · by Sopater · 123 replies
    foxnews ^ | 10/12/2017
    Arizona State University researchers have analyzed minerals around the supervolcano at Yellowstone National Park and have come to a startling conclusion. It could blow much faster than previously expected, potentially wiping out life as we know it.
  • NRA calls for ATF review of bump stocks, new regulations after Las Vegas shooting

    10/05/2017 1:55:32 PM PDT · by familyop · 41 replies
    Fox News, Associated Press ^ | 5 October 17 | Fox News
    The National Rifle Association, in its first statement on the Las Vegas shooting and in a rare break from its traditional opposition to gun-related regulations, called Thursday for a federal review of so-called bump stocks...On Thursday, the NRA called on the ATF to review that assessment...the National Rifle Association is calling on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to immediately review whether these devices comply with federal law.”...Even the Senate’s No. 2 Republican, John Cornyn of Texas, opened the door to new restrictions.
  • It's A Trap: Republicans Are Open To Working With Democrats To Ban Bump Stocks

    10/05/2017 4:57:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 96 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 5, 2017 | Matt Vespa
    There’s that scene in Star Wars Episode VI when the Rebel Alliance finds itself between the Death Star and the Imperial Fleet to which Admiral Ackbar shouts, “It’s a trap!” It’s a line used  heavily in pop culture—and that’s all I can say to the Republican Party as they consider joining Democrats to ban “bump stocks.”The device is used to increase the rate of fire of a semi-automatic weapon. It’s not the same as automatic—and no, it doesn’t convert a semiautomatic system into an automatic one. That falsehood surely made its rounds yesterday. At least some outlets were somewhat more...
  • If Republicans Don't Make a Move, They Deserve to Lose

    09/06/2017 4:32:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 6 | Ben Shapiro
    Politics is the art of shifting the playing field. This is an art Republicans simply don't understand. Perhaps it's because they spend so much time attempting to stop the Democratic snowball from running downhill too quickly, but Republicans in power have an unfortunate tendency to conserve their political capital rather than invest it. That's unfortunate because political capital doesn't accrue when you save it; it degrades. Just as sticking your cash in a mattress is a bad strategy when it comes to investment, inaction in power is a bad strategy when it comes to politics. Democrats understand that political capital...
  • Autonomous car legislation heads to US House for vote next Wednesday

    09/01/2017 7:51:48 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 26 replies
    Reuters via Engadget ^ | 08/31/17 | Brendan McDermid
    <p>Self-driving car makers have been testing experimental models on a laborious state-by-state basis while everyone waits for Congress to enact national legislation. But last month, a House of Representatives panel unanimously approved a measure that would exempt tens of thousands of autonomous vehicles from current restrictions and sent it to the floor for a vote -- which just got scheduled for next week.</p>
  • Congress Legislative Database

    07/14/2017 9:11:12 AM PDT · by Moe-Patrick · 11 replies
    Congress.gov (Uniparty!) ^ | 7/14/17 | Government
    Want to know what the uniparty has been doing? The filters on this website allow looking up any Senator, Congressman, or Legislation introduced or passed and everything in between. One stop shopping for those interested in knowing who's doing what.
  • House panel passes legislation prohibiting sanctuary cities

    06/11/2017 8:02:56 AM PDT · by davikkm · 17 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | CHRIS EHRMANN
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Legislation passed in a Michigan House committee aims to prohibit cities from becoming “sanctuary cities” that don’t cooperate with immigration authorities and punish those that do. The House Local Government Committee sent bills to the full House that would prohibit cities and counties from becoming sanctuary cities and force them to cooperate with federal officials on matters concerning immigration. Additionally, it would render any law or ordinance that violates the act unenforceable. Tense testimony was given during a committee meeting last week about why the legislation was wrong and could lead to racial profiling, litigation against...