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  • A turning tide? Public is not opening its pocketbooks to Democrats in the statehouse races

    07/08/2020 7:31:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/08/2020 | Monica Showalter
    Has the failure of the blue states finally bit the Democrats on the butt? We all know that President Trump is struggling in the polls. But campaign finance figures for statehouse races like these suggest plenty of trouble for Democrats. According to Breitbart's Matt Boyle: Americans significantly decreased contributions to Democrats running for state legislature seats in the second quarter as the Democrat Party has turned hard left, fundraising information announced this week shows. The lackluster performance by Democrats at the state level could have broader national implications. First off, state-level political trends sometimes forecast later looming national trends —...
  • Pritzker backs off attempt to impose misdemeanor charges on IL businesses violating COVID Executive Order

    05/20/2020 1:19:19 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 8 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | May 20, 2020 | Editors
    Governor JB Pritzker reportedly has withdrawn his emergency rule imposing a Class A Misdemeanor on businesses that violate his executive order from consideration by the Illinois General Assembly's Joint Committee on Administrative Rules. State Rep. Grant Wehrli confirmed (the) announcement, saying he too, had been inundated with constituent calls. “Since Friday, my legislative office has received thousands of emails and hundreds of phone calls from constituents and business owners who vehemently objected to this emergency rule and the blatant abuse of executive power it represents. Those serving on JCAR received upward of 7,000 emails, which is the biggest response any...
  • GOP says Pritzker reopening plan won’t work

    05/06/2020 1:09:37 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 8 replies
    The State Journal-Register ^ | May 6, 2020 | Dou Finke
    Republicans criticized Gov. JB Pritzker’s plan to reopen the state on a regional basis Wednesday saying it will still harm businesses and was developed without input from lawmakers. Republican lawmakers also renewed their call for the General Assembly to be called back to Springfield and for several days if necessary to address a number of pressing issues beyond passing a budget. Pritzker announced a plan Tuesday that will reopen the state in phases and by regions as long as new cases of the coronavirus drop and adequate medical facilities are available in the event of a resurgence. “The governor laid...
  • GOP lawmakers call for vote on stay at home extension

    04/29/2020 11:50:55 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 10 replies
    State Journal-Register ^ | April 29, 2020 | Doug Finke
    Jacksonville Republican Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer said Wednesday Illinois lawmakers should be called back to Springfield to vote on whether to extend the state-at-home order that Gov. JB Pritzker is planning to extend. Davidsmeyer, along with Reps. Norine Hammond of Macomb and Dan Ugaste of Geneva, contended that Pritzker does not have the authority to extend the order beyond its original 30 days. Pritzker declared the original order – which was to expire April 30 – will be extended until the end of May, although with modifications. “What we are talking about here is the governor’s authority to go past that...
  • Covington legislator calls for end to Louisiana coronavirus stay-home order by month's end

    04/14/2020 5:15:37 AM PDT · by abb · 8 replies
    The (NOLA) Times Picayune ^ | April, 13, 2020 | Sara Pagones
    A state representative from Covington is urging an end to the stay-home order at month's end, saying that Louisiana is facing an economic abyss if the coronavirus measure put in place last month by Gov. John Bel Edwards is extended. In a news release, Rep. Mark Wright, a Republican, said that he respects Edwards' effort protect the people of Louisiana and what health care professionals and people are doing to reduce the the spread of the virus. "But at the end of the day, we cannot continue with these drastic measures as unemployment soars and countless small businesses close their...
  • Commentary: Rod Blagojevich: Gov. Pritzker should call a virtual legislative session to help Illinois workers through coronavirus crisis

    03/20/2020 3:53:52 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 5 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | March 19, 2020 | Rod Blagojevich
    I am urging Gov. J.B. Pritzker to immediately call the Illinois General Assembly back to work for the purpose of extending emergency paid sick leave to all public and private sector workers forced into precautionary or mandatory quarantine due to the coronavirus pandemic and to suspend mortgage payments. The Illinois Constitution gives to the governor the constitutional power to call the legislature back into special legislative session anytime he or she sees fit. In this time of a worldwide pandemic, Gov. Pritzker should wait no longer and immediately exercise that power by calling the Illinois General Assembly back to work....
  • Maryland to Consider Raft of Sanctuary Bills This Week

    02/28/2020 6:42:17 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 17 replies
    Center for Immigration Studies ^ | 2/25/2020 | Andrew R. Arthur
    Five sanctuary bills are currently under consideration by the Maryland state legislature. HB 677 and its Senate companion, SB 850, would prohibit state and local detention facilities from entering into agreements to house ICE detainees. These bills will force ICE to send many immigration detainees far away from their families and lawyers, potentially to remote areas where ICE is able to secure detention space. SB 649 would prevent any of the state's MVA custodians of records from providing ICE access to any such "public record that contains personal information unless the custodian is provided with a valid warrant or valid...
  • Fairchild for Freedom

    02/14/2020 9:57:42 PM PST · by Farcesensitive · 1 replies
  • California bill would ban stays at Trump hotels for state employees

    02/10/2020 4:14:18 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 79 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 10, 2020 | By Andrew O'Reilly
    State lawmakers in California are considering a bill that would prohibit state agencies from spending taxpayer money at any of the hotels owned by President Trump or his family. The proposal, which was introduced by Democratic state Assemblyman Evan Low, would bar employees of any state agency from spending money at a Trump hotel while traveling for work. “Public officials, at any level, should not profit off the constituents that they were elected to serve and represent,” Low said in a statement. “No branch of government is above the Constitution, and this legislation will ensure that California taxpayers are not...
  • ‘It’s Not Fair’: Idaho Lawmaker to Introduce Bill Barring Biological Males From Girls Sports

    01/21/2020 6:48:26 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | January 21, 2020 | Peter Hasson, The Daily Caller News Foundation
    An Idaho state legislator plans to introduce a bill that would require biologically male athletes to compete on boys sports teams, regardless of whether they identify as a transgender girl or not. Idaho state Rep. Barbara Ehardt is the latest Republican lawmaker across the country to introduce legislation ensuring girls aren’t forced to compete against biologically male athletes. The wave of proposed legislation comes as biological males have piled up victories in female athletics. “Boys and men will not be able to take the place of girls and women in sports because it’s not fair. We cannot physically compete against...
  • Lawmakers pledge ERA will pass in Virginia. Then what?

    01/02/2020 3:03:50 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 41 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | January 1, 2020 | Sarah Rankin and David Crary, Associated Press
    RICHMOND, Va. — Supporters of the Equal Rights Amendment are so confident Virginia is on the verge of becoming the critical 38th state to ratify the gender equality measure, they are already making plans for how they will celebrate. But that jubilation could be largely symbolic. Despite broad support for the amendment in the state, the ERA’s prospects nationally are substantially more complicated. The proposed 28th amendment to the U.S. Constitution faces a host of likely legal challenges and vehement opposition from conservative activists who depict the ERA as a threat to their stances on abortion and transgender rights.
  • FRUITS OF COOPERATION: Officials laud partnership that led to new I-15 interchange

    12/24/2019 12:14:33 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Idaho State Journal ^ | December 8, 2019 | John O'Connell
    Leaders who spoke during a Friday morning ribbon-cutting ceremony to open a new Interstate 15 interchange touted the $31 million project as a prime example of what can be accomplished when entities cooperate. The Northgate interchange opened to the public a few hours after the ceremony concluded, with Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad, Chubbuck Mayor Kevin England and members of the Bannock County Commission all driving their cars across the bridge as the official first users. The interchange is located north of both the Pocatello Creek Road exit and I-15’s “flying Y” with Interstate 86. The interchange was first added to...
  • New York bill would force all public colleges to offer free abortions

    12/10/2019 8:21:54 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    Life Site News ^ | December 10, 2019 | Paul Smeaton
    NEW YORK, December 10, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – A proposed law in the state of New York will make it compulsory for all public universities to provide abortion pills to students at the taxpayers’ expense. State assemblyman Harvey Epstein of the East Side of Manhattan introduced the bill to the New York State Assembly on November 25. The bill states: "Each public college student health center shall make available to all students abortion by medication techniques onsite. This service shall be provided by medical professionals on staff at such student health centers or by a third party who has contracted with...
  • Progressive activist challenges longtime incumbent Readshaw in 36th District

    12/01/2019 12:00:11 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | December 1, 2019 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    A self-described progressive activist, who helped found an advocacy group in Pittsburgh that supports autistic people, is mounting a challenge against longtime incumbent state Rep. Harry Readshaw. Jessica Benham, 28, of the South Side Slopes, is bidding for the Democratic nomination in the 36th legislative district, shaping her candidacy after the campaigns of a number of progressive women who have toppled longtime Democratic incumbents in the past two years. Her campaign is framing the race that way, too, and in a recent email, used the secondary headline to proclaim “Progressive Benham to challenge conservative incumbent Harry Readshaw.” “In some ways,...
  • In Florida, 99% of companies pay no corporate income tax — with lawmakers’ blessing | Special Report

    11/14/2019 6:50:15 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | November 13, 2019 | Jason Garcia
    EBay Inc., the online auction company with 180 million buyers around the world, earned $34 million of profit in Florida in 2014, according to state auditors. At Florida’s official corporate income tax rate of 5.5 percent, eBay should have paid more than $1.8 million in state taxes -- enough money to hire 40 new teachers. But records show eBay actually paid $18,810 -- not even enough to hire one. It’s not an isolated example. Auditors say Sanofi Pasteur Inc., one of the world’s largest vaccine manufacturers, earned an estimated $55 million of profits in Florida between 2008 and 2013 --...
  • Florida Senate moving quickly to kill local sunscreen laws

    11/05/2019 8:54:13 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | November 5, 2019 | Ana Ceballos
    TALLAHASSEE — In light of Key West banning the sale of sunscreens that contain chemicals believed to harm coral reefs, Florida lawmakers are fast-tracking proposals that would undo the local regulation. Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, said Monday that Key West is sending “mixed signals” to people about the importance of sunscreen and that his bill is meant to send a clear message to the “country and the world” that the use of sunscreen is encouraged in the Sunshine State. “Unfortunately, with all of the wonderful things that come with our beaches and our sunshine, we also rank second in...
  • DeSantis approved these toll roads. So where’s the reason to build them?

    10/30/2019 3:23:27 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Tampa Bay Times ^ | October 25, 2019 | Lawrence Mower
    LECANTO — When Florida lawmakers signed off this year on a bill creating more than 300 miles of toll roads, they did so with scant evidence the project was needed. More than five months later, after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed it into law and the project has been vetted in two rounds of public hearings, local officials are growing frustrated by the persistent lack of details about what would be the largest expansion of Florida’s toll system in decades. “We’re beating a dead horse right now before it’s even born,” said Dixie County Commissioner Mark Hatch, who sits on a...
  • Illinois senator resigns from transportation role amid fed's construction fraud investigation

    10/18/2019 12:30:11 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    Construction DIVE ^ | October 14, 2019 | Kim Slowey
    Dive Brief: Illinois State Sen. Martin Sandoval has resigned from his position as chair of the State Senate's Transportation Committee amid a federal fraud and corruption investigation related to state construction work, the Associated Press reported. The Democratic senator is still listed as a member of the committee, however, as of Oct. 15. The move came after the details of a federal search warrant revealed that the FBI last month combed Sandoval's offices and home for information related to architect Cesar Santoy; Santoy's architecture firm, Studio ARQ; red-light camera program company SafeSpeed; lobbyists; construction companies; and employees of the Illinois...
  • $2 million study looks at hyperloop – 700 mph transit – that would cross Pennsylvania

    10/13/2019 8:19:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 63 replies
    The Patriot-News ^ | September 26, 2019 | Jana Benscoter
    Will a hyperloop work in Pennsylvania? That’s the question officials from legislative and executive branches, statewide agencies, organizations and departments, as well as a handful of private business leaders are trying to answer. Fifty people, invited to a workshop at Dixon University in Harrisburg on Wednesday, met to talk about the possibility of building a hyperloop system in the commonwealth. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has until April 2020 to complete a $2 million state-legislative commissioned study on its viability. Media wasn’t permitted to attend the invitation-only meeting. According to the turnpike’s research, a hyperloop combines a magnetic levitation train and...
  • The (Louisiana) Legislative Races Were A Runaway For Conservatives Last Night

    10/13/2019 4:52:09 PM PDT · by abb · 47 replies
    They Hayride ^ | October 13, 2019 | Scott McKay
    There was a decent indication of the rout in Louisiana legislative races to come back in August, when the Democrats failed to qualify credible candidates in the majority of districts up for grabs due to term limits – including several districts they currently control. We knew then that the Republican majorities of 60 votes in the House (out of 105) and 25 votes in the Senate (out of 39) were going to expand. When qualifying was over, those 60 House votes became 63 because the Democrats didn’t event contest seats being vacated by Sam Jones, Truck Gisclair and James Armes....