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  • Lois Lerner emails reveal gaping open-records loophole

    07/20/2014 7:35:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7/20/14 | S.A. Miller & Stephen Dinan
    The Lois G. Lerner emails released this month revealed a potentially huge loophole in federal open-records practices when an IRS tech staffer acknowledged that the agency doesn’t regularly store — and never checks — instant message chats as official government records. Analysts say there is no question that the Internal Revenue Service and all other federal agencies should be storing chats and even cellphone text messages that may constitute official government documents, but a check by The Washington Times suggests that hardly any agency is doing so. Of 17 agencies surveyed by The Times, just two said they had policies
  • Obama administration will allow more time to enroll in health care on federal marketplace

    03/25/2014 7:12:58 PM PDT · by Hoodat · 48 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Tuesday, March 25, 8:41 PM | Amy Goldstein
    The Obama administration has decided to give extra time to Americans who say that they are unable to enroll in health-care plans through the federal insurance marketplace by the March 31 deadline. Federal officials confirmed Tuesday evening that all consumers who have begun to apply for coverage on HealthCare.gov, but who do not finish by Monday, will have until about mid-April to ask for an extension. Under the new rules, people will be able to qualify for an extension by checking a blue box on HealthCare.gov to indicate that they tried to enroll before the deadline. This method will rely...
  • Administration expands health law exemptions

    12/25/2013 5:11:15 AM PST · by plangent · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 24, 2013 | Ben Goad
    The Obama Administration on Tuesday proposed new regulations that add to the list of benefits not subject to reforms under the president’s healthcare law. A draft rule issued jointly by the departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury is the latest in a series of tweaks to the Affordable Care Act announced just days before major parts of the law are to take effect. The regulations, published in Tuesday's Federal Register, amend the 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which laid out a category of “excepted benefits.” These include workers compensation or disability coverage, accidental death...
  • Senate Democrats Choose Illegal Aliens Over Disabled Vets in Key Budget Vote

    12/18/2013 10:33:25 AM PST · by montag813 · 32 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 12-18-2013 | John Urban
    Above: Illegal aliens made out like banditos thanks to Harry Reid and Senate Democrats. Disabled vets? Not so much.- They actually did it. They are on the record. Senate Democrats, led by their filibuster-slaying dictator Harry Reid, actually put the interests of illegal aliens above those of our disabled military veterans.Let that sink in for a moment. Now the details: The two-year budget deal brokered by Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, would cut military pensions by $6 billion over ten years. Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, joined by several others in his party, tried...
  • Slide-Fire's 'Bump Stock' Rifle Uses Recoil to In-Effect Fire Full Auto

    10/10/2013 2:42:57 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 18 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 10 October 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    Mimicking the 'bump fire' technique that can be utilized to fire a semi-auto rifle nonstop (from the hip), a new $6000 rifle from Slide-Fire keeps the stock (and your trigger finger) steady while the rest of the gun moves with the recoil, pulling the trigger against your stationary finger and producing the desired hail of gunfire...  The weapon utilizes loopholes in federal firearms law, whereas the stock of such a gun is simply not regulated as to it's movement/or lack of, nor how this is now being utilized to produce a full-auto effect... just the traditional mechanical elements of...
  • Is Ted Cruz Lying About the $5,000 Loophole in the Immigration Bill?

    06/30/2013 12:57:05 PM PDT · by FreedomOutpost
    FreedomOutpost.com ^ | 06-29-2013 | Fred DeRuvo
    I am not sure when the people of Egypt became more worldly than the people here in America but it would seem they have it figured out. Betsy Hiel tweeted a picture of a banner that has been hoisted in Tahrir Square that reads “Obama Supports Terrorism” in both English and Arabic. The banner has been placed in preparation for Sunday’s scheduled protests against Mohamed Morsi and The Muslim Brotherhood. Read more: http://freedomoutpost.com/2013/06/the-egyptian-people-proclaim-barack-obama-supports-terrorists/#ixzz2XjBkZmcu
  • Ted Cruz Exposes the Amnesty Bill… $5000 Penalty for Hiring Citizens Over Legalized Aliens…

    06/29/2013 3:14:33 PM PDT · by deandg99 · 11 replies
    The D.C. Clothesline ^ | 06/27/2013 | Dean Garrison
    We can’t possibly expect our Senators to read a 1200 page bill before voting on it. Can we? Well Thank God Ted Cruz read it. Not only did Cruz read it but he schooled anyone who would listen from the Senate floor on Tuesday.
  • REPACKAGED AMNESTY BILL ALLOWS NAPOLITANO TO NIX BORDER FENCE

    06/22/2013 8:13:29 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 34 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | JUNE 22, 2013 | MATTHEW BOYLE
    Another loophole inserted into the new version of the “Gang of Eight” immigration bill allows Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano (or any of her successors) to nix the construction of a required border security fence if she does not find it to be an "appropriate" use of resources. The new version of the bill was introduced via a so-called “border surge” amendment from Sens. Bob Corker (R-TN) and John Hoeven (R-ND), with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid repackaging the whole bill into the amendment.
  • Vanity: What is the gunshow loophole?

    06/18/2013 9:08:35 AM PDT · by Sherman Logan · 79 replies
    vanity | 06/18/13 | self
    I continuously see claims that "we must close the gunshow loophole" in the MSM. But on FR most people seem to assume there is no such loophole. I've tried to research exactly what this loophole is supposed to be, but one side seems to take its existence as self-evident and therefore needing no definition, and the other as an equally obvious negative. I would really appreciate an explanation of what this loophole is supposed to be, and perhaps of why it isn't one.
  • PROP 13 TAX LOOPHOLE STORY IS AN URBAN MYTH

    05/08/2013 9:32:28 AM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 5 replies
    Calwatchdog.com ^ | May 8, 2013 | Wayne Lusvardi
    Stuart Lieberman, a real estate attorney in New Jersey, once said the following about wording in a deed that allowed construction on open space designated land: “That’s not a loophole; it’s the Lincoln Tunnel.” Lieberman made what appeared to be a loophole in a deed understandable through a concrete example. In the same way, the widely disseminated urban myth in California that there is a mysterious tax loophole in Proposition 13 for owners of commercial properties needs to be simply explained so that the public can understand that there is no such loophole. A recent news article in the May...
  • QUESTIONS CONCERNING GUN SHOWS AND THE NEWS

    04/19/2013 6:37:34 AM PDT · by 7thson · 29 replies
    I have some questions I would like to ask and get a general idea of the thoughts of my fellow Freepers Last night I am watching O’Reilly – please no comments on why. It’s a long story. Anyway, he is talking to Beckel about his unConstitutional law he would like to see the government implement. As a side note, how does he reconcile in his mind when he states the government can’t protect people and then in the next breath wants the government to enact another law to make it more powerful. Anyway, Beckel makes a statement that people living...
  • "Buying a gun online"?

    04/12/2013 6:46:38 AM PDT · by pabianice · 36 replies
    4/12/13
    Every TV network is talking about "the loophole that allows anyone to buy a firearm online." Huh? To the best of my knowledge only an FFL can buy or sell a firearm across state lines, and even then, not online. The buyer has to supply a copy of his FFL with the order. Is there such a thing as "buying a gun over the internet" or is this just another case of media corruption?
  • Godwin’s Law vs. imaginary Hitler

    03/25/2013 10:58:17 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 30 replies
    Wellsville Reporter ^ | 3-24-13 | RICHARD SBERNA
    People across the political spectrum, from left to right and back again, seem to revel in perverse delight when comparing the policies of a political foe to those of the Nazis. Sometimes, they will skip the group comparisons and head straight into drawing personal parallels between the individual in question and Adolf Hitler. The practice is so onerous that, in the Dark Ages of the internet (1990), an attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation named Mike Godwin coined what has become known as Godwin's Law. It states that, the longer and more involved an argument becomes, the more likely a...
  • The So-Called Gun Show Loophole: Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

    02/09/2013 1:10:45 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    heritage ^ | 2-8-13 | John G. Malcolm
    Citing this data as evidence of how many firearms are currently purchased through private sales not subject to background checks is akin to citing data about current seat belt usage that is derived from a limited sample taken years before a mandatory seat belt law went into effect or before cars were even required to have seat belts. We all know that, according to a phrase popularized by Mark Twain, there are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. Citing such limited and outdated data over and over again on a matter of this magnitude, however, is going...
  • What's the big deal about background checks?

    02/03/2013 9:43:35 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 51 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 4-27-2009 | paul velone
    Among comments to my last piece, “Lautenberg gun show bill as bad as expected,” several were from well-meaning gun owners who honestly questioned why S. 843 – ostensibly submitted to close the “gun show loophole” – is really so bad. A typical and knowledgeable comment went like this: “I am a very pro-gun person. I own a couple of rifles and I will never support any [‘assault weapon’ ban]. I don't even support the ‘86 [McClure-Volkmer] automatic ban. But background checks should be required for any and every sale. If that means transferring it at the dealer, then fine. "But...
  • The ‘40 Percent’ Myth - The figure gun control advocates are throwing around is false. (John Lott)

    01/24/2013 1:37:09 PM PST · by neverdem · 14 replies
    National Review Online ^ | January 25, 2013 | John Lott
    Gun-control advocates have recently been throwing around an impressive new number. President Obama used it last Wednesday, claiming: “as many as 40 percent of guns are purchased without a background check.” Vice President Biden and everyone from the New York Times to the Wall Street Journal to USA Today repeatedly use it. That “fact” provided the principal support for his first announced gun-control proposal, “universal background checks.” But unless you include family inheritances and gifts as “purchases,” it is simply false.The Brady Act background checks currently prevent someone who buys from a federally licensed dealer from buying a gun...
  • Banning Private Sales Costs Lives (Published Study)

    01/18/2013 9:23:46 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    gunwatch.blogspot.com ^ | 19 January, 2012 | Dean Weingarten
    In a paper published in 2008, comparing highly regulated Californian gun shows with relatively unregulated Texas gun shows, there was no statistical difference in suicide rates, but the Texas shows, with far less regulation, showed a statistically significant drop in the homicide rate. From the study: "But our results provide little evidence of a gun show-induced increase in mortality in Texas. In fact, we find that in the two weeks following a gun show, the average number of gun homicides declines in the area surrounding the gun show. Aggregating across all gun shows in the state, we find that there...
  • Gun Sales and Background Checks: Obama’s Bogus 40 Percent Stat

    01/17/2013 11:00:44 AM PST · by neverdem · 17 replies
    National Review Online ^ | January 17, 2013 | John Fund
    Of all the gun-control measures touted by President Obama on Wednesday, the one that got top billing was a dramatic tightening of background checks on gun purchasers. Obama himself said the need was urgent because “40 percent of all gun purchases are conducted without a background check.” But before we make the most sweeping changes in federal firearms law since the 1960s, shouldn’t we at least examine the validity of that figure? It’s about as dubious as they come.The administration is focusing on background checks in an attempt to drive a wedge between staunch anti-gun-control absolutists such as the...
  • The Most Absurd 'Loophole' in the Tax Code

    12/19/2012 2:43:21 AM PST · by plsjr · 47 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8 Dec 2012 | Mike Flynn
    We all know that the U.S. tax code is riddled with "loopholes", exemptions and deductions intended to incentivize certain activities. ... to the technocrats in the federal government, the tax you don't have to pay on the value of rent you don't have to pay because you own your home is a loophole. Read that last sentence again. Its called "The Imputed Net Rental Income on Owner-Occupied Housing" and the feds include it in their annual list of "tax expenditures." That term is how Washington officially refers to credits, deductions and exemptions. Here's how the federal government describes it: Under...
  • Google saves $2B in taxes by sheltering $10B in revenue in Bermuda

    12/10/2012 9:18:06 AM PST · by Obadiah · 16 replies
    CNET ^ | 12/10/2012 | Shara Tibken
    Google avoided about $2 billion in global income taxes last year by shifting $9.8 billion in revenue into a Bermuda shell company, Bloomberg reported. That level is almost double the total from three years ago, Bloomberg said, citing a Nov. 21 regulatory filing by a Google subsidiary in the Netherlands. And it allowed Google to cut its overall tax rate almost in half. Google's action -- moving about 80 percent of its total pretax profit from 2011 to tax-free Bermuda -- isn't illegal. On the contrary, many companies have taken similar steps in recent years to avoid paying steep taxes....
  • Tip the Boat: A Theory on How to Destabilize Obamacare (Vanity)

    06/29/2012 8:06:52 PM PDT · by Springfield Reformer · 15 replies
    me | 6/29/2012 | me
    IIRC, there are some loopholes in Obamacare. For example, membership in one of the established health cooperatives like Medi-share would exempt a person from the Buy-Or-Be-Taxed provisions. This might be one way to avoid paying the "abortion tax." Another loophole is membership in an established religion that specifically prohibits participation in insurance schemes. However, since such religions are far and few between (Islam and Amish are the only two such faiths I know of), the law violates the Establishment Clause. The government is essentially favoring the exempted religions based on their religious content. Thus it is "establishing" a particular religion....
  • Loophole in Law May Allow Warrantless Surveillance of Americans

    06/12/2012 7:48:03 PM PDT · by Theoria · 11 replies
    FAS ^ | 11 June 2012 | Steven Aftergood
    Members of the Senate Intelligence Committee are divided over whether there is a loophole in current law which would permit government agencies to monitor the communications of American citizens without any kind of warrant or other judicial authorization.The dispute was presented but not resolved in a new Senate Intelligence Committee report on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments Act (FAA) Sunsets Extension Act, which would renew the provisions of the FISA Amendments Act through June 2017.“We have concluded… that section 702 [of the Act] currently contains a loophole that could be used to circumvent traditional warrant protections and search for...
  • Amendment to highway bill sideswipes Little Tobacco

    03/18/2012 6:01:05 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 45 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | March 17, 2012 | Rosalind S. Helderman
    Nobody mentioned tobacco last week when the U.S. Senate adopted an amendment to the $109 billion federal highway bill. But tucked into the 5,600-word amendment to provide aid for rural schools was a single paragraph that would settle a two-year-old fight between Big Tobacco and a small Ohio company that builds a do-it-yourself machine that allows smokers to get their cigarettes a lot cheaper. The amendment would reclassify tobacco shops that offer the machines as “tobacco manufacturers,” imposing on them new regulations and higher taxes, and it opens a window into the ways of Washington, where the powerful and the...
  • Obama administration using loophole to quietly sell arms package to Bahrain

    01/29/2012 7:32:16 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 1/29/12 | Josh Rogin
    President Barack Obama's administration has been delaying its planned $53 million arms sale to Bahrain due to human rights concerns and congressional opposition, but this week administration officials told several congressional offices that they will move forward with a new and different package of arms sales -- without any formal notification to the public. The congressional offices that led the charge to oppose the original Bahrain arms sales package are upset that the State Department has decided to move forward with the new package. The opposition to Bahrain arms sales is led by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rep. Jim...
  • MF Global and the great Wall St re-hypothecation scandal (Securities Law)

    12/08/2011 11:39:36 AM PST · by Razzz42 · 7 replies
    newsandinsight.thomsonreuters.com ^ | December 7, 2011 | By Christopher Elias
    (Business Law Currents) A legal loophole in international brokerage regulations means that few, if any, clients of MF Global are likely to get their money back. Although details of the drama are still unfolding, it appears that MF Global and some of its Wall Street counterparts have been actively and aggressively circumventing U.S. securities rules at the expense (quite literally) of their clients. MF Global's bankruptcy revelations concerning missing client money suggest that funds were not inadvertently misplaced or gobbled up in MFÂ’s dying hours, but were instead appropriated as part of a mass Wall St manipulation of brokerage rules...
  • MF Global and the great Wall St re-hypothecation scandal (Where the Money Went - Must Read)

    12/08/2011 10:49:36 AM PST · by mojito · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/7/2011 | Christopher Elias
    A legal loophole in international brokerage regulations means that few, if any, clients of MF Global are likely to get their money back. Although details of the drama are still unfolding, it appears that MF Global and some of its Wall Street counterparts have been actively and aggressively circumventing U.S. securities rules at the expense (quite literally) of their clients. MF Global's bankruptcy revelations concerning missing client money suggest that funds were not inadvertently misplaced or gobbled up in MF’s dying hours, but were instead appropriated as part of a mass Wall St manipulation of brokerage rules that allowed for...
  • Letter: 'Gun loophole' only a sound bite(NY)

    12/08/2011 3:32:09 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    timesunion.com ^ | 6 December, 2011 | LEN DARCY
    The Dec. 6 editorial, "The gun show dilemma," concerning legislation proposed by U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, seems to be short on facts. A study conducted by the National Institute of Justice has reported that less than 2 percent of criminals interviewed said they had obtained their weapons at a gun show. The Bureau of Justice statistics for the year of 2001 reported that less than 1 percent of criminals obtained their weapons at a gun show. There is no "gun show loophole." This legislation is only a prerequisite to restriction of private sales of personal firearms. It is obvious, with...
  • Pelosi filing shows financial disclosure loophole

    10/12/2011 3:14:49 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 10/12/11 | Larry Margasak - ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A real estate investment by House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi's husband went undisclosed for years and has opened a window into a loophole that allows House members to avoid specifying some of their financial assets. In 2010 and 2011, Pelosi voluntarily reported the Sacramento, Calif., land investment as an asset of her multimillionaire husband, Paul. She had not reported the investment for about 10 years previously because it was held by an S corporation her husband had set up, said Nadeam Elshami, a spokesman for the California congresswoman. Under House financial disclosure rules, lawmakers are not obligated...
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  • Triumph of a Dysphemism

    07/10/2011 8:53:16 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | July 10, 2011 | Kevin D. Williamson
    While “new revenue” has triumphed as a euphemism for “tax hikes,” “loophole” has triumphed as a dysphemism for “intentional tax policy.” Our tax code is not really all that riddled with loopholes. Loopholes, properly understood, are unintentional ambiguities in a system that can be exploited to undercut the intent of the system’s designers. What we’re talking about in the tax code is not, for the most part, a collection of loopholes. The mortgage-interest deduction is not a loophole; it is the product of intentionally (and stupidly) constructed public policy, an attempt at social engineering through the tax code. Likewise, most...
  • AP Exclusive: Medicaid for the middle class?

    06/21/2011 3:28:55 PM PDT · by SPI-Man · 50 replies
    By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press – 8 mins ago WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama's health care law would let several million middle-class people get nearly free insurance meant for the poor, a twist government number crunchers say they discovered only after the complex bill was signed. The change would affect early retirees: A married couple could have an annual income of about $64,000 and still get Medicaid, said officials who make long-range cost estimates for the Health and Human Services department.
  • Loophole Lets N.J. Pols Double Dip

    04/06/2011 2:41:58 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 4 replies
    myfoxphilly ^ | 6 Apr 2011 | Bruce Gordon
    PHILADELPHIA - This may not sound new because we've been talking about it in Philadelphia in connection with its Deferred Retirement Option Plan, or DROP. That has cost the pension fund millions and been abused by elected officials. But now we're looking at it happening in New Jersey. Several high-ranking political leaders found a loophole allowing them to retire and then go back to work, collecting a pension and salary at the same time. Gov. Chris Christie says he will try to close the loophole. But we don't know how many people or even who is doing this. It comes...
  • Loophole allows superintendentsto jump state lines tocollect pensions alongwith six-figure

    01/29/2011 8:25:15 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1/29/11 | Diane Rado & Duaa Eldeib
    Hank Bangser collects a $261,681 state pension after retiring as superintendent of New Trier Township High School District. Now, he's a full-time superintendent in Southern California, earning $170,000 at a job he'd be barred from in Illinois if he wanted to keep getting retirement checks.His annual pension-salary combo: $431,681.In tony Scottsdale, Ariz., retired Wheaton Superintendent Gary Catalani is back in administration too, earning $195,000 as school superintendent on top of his $237,195 Illinois pension. His total: $432,195.A Tribune investigation has found that crossing state lines
  • Legal loophole protects bars in death cases

    11/25/2010 2:57:45 PM PST · by Bad~Rodeo · 33 replies
    KVUE.com ^ | November 24, 2010 | Jeremy Rogalski
    HOUSTON – As in most states, a bar owner can be held liable if a drunken patron injures someone else. But the I-Team discovered how the big liquor lobby pushed through a legal loophole that gets bars around the law, and leaves some Texas families in anguish. Matthew Garcia was bright and talented, and at 21, too young to die, his family said. "He would sit at the piano for hours and play," recalled Laurri Garcia of her son’s affection for music. “Life is horrible without Matthew, I miss him incredibly." But amid his parents' pain, there’s something else....
  • Congress report concedes Obama eligibility unvetted

    11/08/2010 7:22:43 PM PST · by RobinMasters · 171 replies
    WND ^ | NOVEMBER 8, 2010 | Jerome R. Corsi
    A congressional document that has been posted on the Internet confirms no one – not Congress, not the states and not election officials – bothered to check Barack Obama's eligibility to be president, and in fact, that status remains undocumented to this day. It's because state and federal law did not require anyone in Congress or elsewhere to check to see if Obama was a "natural born Citizen" under the meaning of Article 2, Section 1 of the Constitution, according the document. The analysis by the Congressional Research Service, a research arm of the U.S. Congress, openly admits no one...
  • Congressional analysis: Obama eligibility never was confirmed

    11/08/2010 5:11:53 PM PST · by RobinMasters · 218 replies
    WND ^ | NOVEMBER 8, 2010 | Jerome R. Corsi
    A congressional document that has been posted on the Internet confirms no one – not Congress, not the states and not election officials – bothered to check Barack Obama's eligibility to be president, and in fact, that status remains undocumented to this day. It's because state and federal law did not require anyone in Congress or elsewhere to check to see if Obama was a "natural born Citizen" under the meaning of Article 2, Section 1 of the Constitution, according the document. The analysis by the Congressional Research Service, a research arm of the U.S. Congress, openly admits no one...
  • Summer of corruption: Obama’s Big Labor ethics loophole

    08/18/2010 7:59:42 AM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | August 18, 2010 | Michelle Malkin
    Today’s column targets SEIU consigliere Craig Becker and the latest White House gift to Big Labor. So far this summer, Team Obama is fronting the SEIU-backed $8 billion Child Nutrition Act expansion and forked over the union-stamped $26 billion BigGovJobs bailout. And as I noted yesterday, the next big government/labor payoff is on the way in the form of the PBGC bailout. How many more union payoffs can we afford?! Obama’s Big Labor ethics loophole by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2010 Everything you need to know about President Obama’s fraudulent ethics pledge can be summed up in four words:...
  • Retired and rehired (Washington state loophole allows a salary while continuing to collect pension)

    08/01/2010 4:06:45 PM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Western Front Online ^ | 7/30/10 | Will Graff & Evan Marczynski
    Retired and rehiredby Will Graff & Evan Marczynski Friday, July 30, 2010 A loophole in state retirement law has allowed retired Western employees to come back to work and earn a salary while continuing to collect pensions. Seven employees who earned salary in 2009 were able to collect pensions at the same time, according to records obtained from the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems. Employees who have returned to work after retiring have been able to boost their incomes, in some cases up to 40 percent with the addition of pension benefits. Western did not violate any state laws...
  • Prosecutors probe Bell for possible election fraud, conflicts of interest, improper salaries

    07/27/2010 6:27:36 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 27, 2010 | 3:23 pm | Richard Winton, Andrew Blankstein, Jeff Gottlieb and Paloma Esquivel
    L.A. County prosecutors have launched a multipronged investigation into the city of Bell, examining allegations of voter fraud as well as conflicts of interest involving city business.In an interview with The Times, Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley described the investigation as “rapidly expanding and full-fledged,” saying investigators have been gathering evidence since March. Cooley’s comments indicate a larger probe than prosecutors had acknowledged up to now. Until now, the district attorney has said it was looking at what it called high salaries paid to City Council members, who earned nearly $100,000 until they cut their own salaries on...
  • Lawsuit against Bell California suggests voter fraud in 2009 election

    07/27/2010 4:36:21 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 35 replies · 4+ views
    LA Times ^ | 07/27/2010 | LA Times
    A lawsuit filed Monday by a former Bell police officer makes a variety of serious allegations about city officials and suggests voter fraud in a 2009 election. According to the lawsuit, filed by James Corcoran, off-duty police officers in Bell distributed absentee ballots in a 2009 municipal election and told would-be voters which candidates to support. The former police sergeant alleges in the suit that he was forced out of his job of 25 years in retaliation for informing state and federal authorities about the officers’ actions and reporting alleged misconduct involving City Administrator Robert Rizzo and other city officials....
  • Bell council found loophole in law to allow big salaries (thru a special election w/low turn-out)

    07/22/2010 8:59:45 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 4+ views
    LA Times ^ | 7/22/10 | Jeff Gottlieb
    The highly paid members of the Bell City Council were able to exempt themselves from state salary limits through a little-noticed city ballot measure during a special election that attracted fewer than 400 voters. Council members in Bell earn nearly $100,000 – a salary that has prompted an inquiry by the Los Angeles County district attorney. A state law enacted in 2005 limits the pay of council members in "general law" cities, a reform prompted by the high salaries that leaders in the neighboring city of South Gate bestowed on themselves. But the year the law passed, the Bell City...
  • Quigley Statement on Chicago Gun Ban Decision, National Threat of Gun Show Loophole

    06/28/2010 11:41:53 AM PDT · by greatdefender · 37 replies
    Chicago Press Release | June 28, 2010
    CHICAGO (CHICAGOPRESSRELEASE.COM) — Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (D-IL) released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the City of Chicago’s handgun ban. Earlier this year, Quigley spearheaded the effort of 55 Members of Congress in filing a “friend of the court” amicus brief, urging the Court to allow Chicago’s handgun ban to stand. Quigley also supports the right of state and local governments to maintain sensible restrictions on gun possession and use. “I am disappointed and disheartened by the Supreme Court’s decision today. When illegal guns flood our streets, precious lives are lost and communities are...
  • American media's reporting on gun rights grows more accurate

    05/18/2010 1:48:52 PM PDT · by majstoll · 12 replies · 622+ views
    examiner.com ^ | May 18, 2010 | Mike Stollenwerk
    examiner.com — Something quietly happened over the last few years. America's free press started to report more accurately on gun rights issues as anti-gun rights voodoo-public policy incantations about "assault weapons," "private dealers," and "gun show loopholes" have been outed. . . .
  • Loophole Lets Dozens of Minnesota Congressional Staff Opt Out of Key Healthcare Reform Requirement

    04/10/2010 11:55:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies · 812+ views
    big government ^ | 4/10/10 | Tom Steward
    More than 100 staff members appointed by three Minnesota congressmen who serve as chairman or ranking member on powerful House committees appear to be exempt from a key requirement in the controversial health care reform bill recently passed by Congress and signed into law. According to a Freedom Foundation of Minnesota (FFM) review of the state congressional delegation’s committee assignments, it appears that 115 committee staff of Congressmen James Oberstar, Collin Peterson and John Kline might be able to opt out of the requirement to purchase their health coverage through new state-run insurance exchanges.  “Forcing millions of Americans into...
  • Police: Ex-professor in Alabama university shooting deaths denies killings; gun bought in 1989

    03/23/2010 6:10:23 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 11 replies · 655+ views
    StarTribune.com ^ | 3/23/10 | DESIREE HUNTER , Associated Press
    The gun used to kill three people during a faculty meeting at an Alabama school was bought for the suspect's husband two decades ago when he said he was having problems with a neighbor, an investigator testified Tuesday. The investigator told a judge that an acquaintance bought the gun in New Hampshire for Amy Bishop's husband to skirt a waiting period where the couple lived in Massachusetts. Huntsville police investigator Charlie Gray also testified that Bishop denied to officers that she had anything to do with the rampage at a biology department faculty meeting Feb. 12, which also wounded three...
  • Checks on all buyers at gun shows rejected (MN)

    03/10/2010 7:09:52 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 10 replies · 414+ views
    StarTribune.com ^ | 3/10/10 | MIKE KASZUBA
    A proposal to require background checks on all persons buying firearms at gun shows in Minnesota failed to clear its first hurdle Wednesday before a House committee. The House Crime Victims and Criminal Records panel defeated the proposal 5-3, leaving its future in doubt. But Rep. Michael Paymar, DFL-St. Paul, the bill's author, said he may at some point resurrect the proposal before this year's legislative session ends. "It's not over [at the Legislature] until, you know, the gavel comes down in May," he said.
  • Armed and cantankerous: Bill to tighten gun law draws fire (MN)

    03/03/2010 7:00:17 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 13 replies · 467+ views
    StarTribune.com ^ | 3/3/10 | MIKE KASZUBA
    From Virginia to Arizona, federal and state gun laws are loosening everywhere from national parks to Amtrak trains. But in St. Paul, a proposal that would send Minnesota in the opposite direction is headed toward its first hearing Friday -- a bill requiring background checks on the purchaser of any firearm sold at a gun show. The proposal pits its DFL sponsor, St. Paul Rep. Michael Paymar, against the mighty arsenal of gun rights advocates and lobbyists who have managed to turn back nearly every effort to tighten Minnesota's gun laws in the past. In a session dominated by pressing...
  • GOP finds loophole in reconciliation ploy [Death of a thousand amendments to ObamaCare]

    02/03/2010 9:11:13 AM PST · by Nachum · 86 replies · 5,837+ views
    The Hill ^ | 2/3/10 | Alexander Bolton
    As it turns out, Senate Democrats may not be able to force healthcare legislation through the chamber on a simple majority vote. Republicans say they have found a loophole in the budget reconciliation process that could allow them to offer an indefinite number of amendments. Though it has never been done, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) says he’s prepared to test the Senate’s stamina to block the Democrats from using the process to expedite changes to the healthcare bill.
  • Charities Rise, Costing U.S. Billions in Tax Breaks (NYT moaning about loss of tax rev)

    12/06/2009 7:25:46 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies · 883+ views
    NYT ^ | 12/06/09 | STEPHANIE STROM
    December 6, 2009 Charities Rise, Costing U.S. Billions in Tax Breaks By STEPHANIE STROM The number of organizations that can offer their donors a tax break in the name of charity has grown more than 60 percent in the United States, to 1.1 million, in just a decade. Experts say nonprofits are skillfully exploiting the tax code’s broad and elastic definition of what constitutes such a charity, making it difficult for the Internal Revenue Service, which must bless them, to say no. The agency approved 99 percent of the applications for public charity status last year, according to a new...
  • Is My Marriage Gay?

    05/13/2009 2:14:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies · 1,523+ views
    New York Times ^ | May 12, 2009 | JENNIFER FINNEY BOYLAN
    AS many Americans know, last week Gov. John Baldacci of Maine signed a law that made this state the fifth in the nation to legalize gay marriage. It’s worth pointing out, however, that there were some legal same-sex marriages in Maine already, just as there probably are in all 50 states. These are marriages in which at least one member of the couple has changed genders since the wedding. I’m in such a marriage myself and, quite frankly, my spouse and I forget most of the time that there is anything particularly unique about our family, even if we are...