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  • MARYLAND GOVERNOR SETS ILLEGALS FREE

    04/22/2014 6:52:49 PM PDT · by massmike · 30 replies
    dmldaily.com ^ | 04/22/2014 | SFC Drake
    While Homeland Security is reconsidering their position on deporting illegal criminals with ‘trivial’ crimes, Maryland’s Governor O’Malley has taken it one step further. He announced that the Baltimore City Detention Center will no longer comply with a federal policy that requires the jail to detain illegal immigrants for deportation. O’Malley said the Detention Center will now consider the severity of the charges a person is facing when reviewing I.C.E. requests to hold immigrants through the ‘Secure Communities’ program. The federal program ‘Secure Communities’ was intended to catch and deport dangerous criminals by coordinating with local jails. We are a government...
  • How the GOP Lost Middle America

    01/31/2014 10:25:32 AM PST · by KGeorge · 104 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 18 hours ago (January 30, 2014) | Patrick J. Buchanan
    <p>"Rep. Paul Ryan and the Wall Street Journal are for throwing in the towel. Legalize them all and start them on the path to citizenship.</p> <p>A full and final capitulation. Let’s get it over with.</p> <p>To understand why and how the Republican Party lost Middle America, and faces demographic death, we need to go back to Bush I.</p>
  • Md. gov candidate suggests Iraq War vet opponent not up for 'real job'

    04/22/2014 7:53:25 AM PDT · by topher · 16 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | April 22, 2014 | Fox News
    A Democratic candidate for governor of Maryland is defending comments he made Monday in which he suggested his opponent, an Iraq war veteran, was not up to the task of a “real job.” Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler drew ire from a veterans’ group after he made the comments about his opponent for the Democratic nomination, Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, at an event held by the Tech Council of Maryland.
  • The Black Book of Tom Steyer: Allegations of fraud plague hedge fund of Democratic super-donor

    04/21/2014 12:57:45 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 3 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | April 21, 2014 | Lachlan Markay
    The former hedge fund of one of the Democratic Party’s most important donors was involved in a scheme to defraud foreign investors out of tens of millions of dollars, according to documents filed in a Texas court. Farallon Capital Partners L.P., a fund run by Farallon Capital Management, the multibillion-dollar hedge fund founded by Democratic donor Tom Steyer, became a limited partner in a project to build a large shopping mall near Seattle, Wash., in the mid-1990s after it guaranteed a line of credit for the project.
  • Maryland Obamacare exchange spent $90 million on technology before abandoning website

    04/19/2014 5:14:06 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | April 19, 2014 | Sarah Hurtubise
    Maryland has given up on its Obamacare website, but not before spending $90 million of taxpayer funding on technology, according to a cost breakdown released Friday.Of the $90 million, exchange board Chairman Joshua Sharfstein said that the marketplace spent $55 million on the website itself, The Washington Post reports. Officials opted in late March, after six months of struggling with the inoperable system, to give up on fixing the website and start over again with a model of Connecticut’s more successful exchange website.Maryland’s Obamacare exchange received millions in federal taxpayer dollars to build its Affordable Care Act website and was...
  • CUMMINGS’ “MCCARTHYISM” CHARGE IN LERNER HEARING IS BOGUS

    04/18/2014 8:32:48 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 20 replies
    Human Events ^ | 4-18-2014 | M. Stanton Evans
    April 18, 2014 CUMMINGS’ “MCCARTHYISM” CHARGE IN LERNER HEARING IS BOGUSM.Stanton Evans Five plus decades after he left the national scene, Sen. Joe McCarthy (R-Wis) remains the target of inaccurate charges by leftward elements in Congress and the press corps.The latest example in this vein is the uproar over IRS official Lois Lerner, who took the Fifth Amendment before the House Government Oversight Committee, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), concerning hostile treatment of conservative groups seeking tax exemptions,. Having proclaimed her innocence of wrongdoing, Lerner then refused to discuss specifics, pleading possible self-incrimination. This led Issa and his GOP...
  • New York the latest state to sign compact to end electoral college

    04/18/2014 6:32:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/18/2014 | Rick Moran
    Governor Cuomo has signed off on the National Popular Vote Compact, giving New York's 29 electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote. SILive: Count New York in. The Empire State has joined the National Popular Vote compact with legislation signed Tuesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. States that have signed on to the interstate agreement will award electoral votes for president to the candidate who receives the majority of the national popular vote. "With the passage of this legislation, New York is taking a bold step to fundamentally increase the strength and fairness of our nation's presidential elections,"...
  • Maryland Puts Up Roadblocks to Online Ed

    04/18/2014 8:13:18 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 21 replies
    The American Interest ^ | 04/17/2014 | Walter Russell Mead
    After explaining how Maryland regulates out-of-state providers, the letter presents them with three options: Confirm that the institution enrolls students in Maryland, then pay an annual registration fee of $1,000 and a bond valued at five times the average cost of tuition; confirm that the institution is interested in enrolling students in Maryland, and pay the same fee; or decline any interest in enrolling students in Maryland, thereby barring those students from enrolling altogether. [...] According to the letter, recipients have until April 25 to respond—even if they don’t enroll students in Maryland. [One] provost therefore described the letter as...
  • Dick Morris: Democrats Conspiring to Rig Electoral College, Law Passed in 9 States So Far

    04/15/2014 11:40:27 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 84 replies
    A plan, now stealthily making its way through state legislatures with astonishing speed, would junk the Electoral College and award the presidency to the winner of the popular vote. The plan involves an Interstate Compact where states would commit to select electors pledged to vote for the national popular vote winner regardless of how their own state voted. When enough states pass this law, sufficient to cast 270 votes which is the majority of the Electoral College, it will take effect. So far, nine states and the District of Columbia, casting 136 electoral votes, have joined. This is halfway to...
  • CBS’s Bob Schieffer Interviews Dem. Elijah Cummings, Ignores His Relationship With Lois Lerner

    04/13/2014 4:09:20 PM PDT · by Lazamataz · 39 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | April 13, 2014 | By Jeffrey Meyer
    ... Instead of asking Congressman Cummings about this damaging new report surrounding the IRS scandal, Schieffer ignored the entire issue, and focused on ObamaCare and equal pay for women for the entirety of the interview. The CBS host even falsely claimed that the GOP did not support equal pay for women: “Marsha Blackburn says Republicans are actually for equal pay for women. But yet, it was blocked in the Senate by Republicans…What is going on here?” Given that Schieffer had the opportunity to interview the ranking Democrat on the committee leading the IRS investigation, it would have made sense to...
  • True the Vote president calls Cummings damning emails ‘the tip of a very ugly iceberg’

    04/12/2014 8:04:39 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 55 replies
    BIZPAC Review ^ | 4-12-2014 | Michael Dorstewitz
    April 12, 2014 True the Vote president calls Cummings damning emails ‘the tip of a very ugly iceberg’ by Michael Dorstewitz The explosive discovery by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that its ranking Democratic member coordinated with the IRS to target True the Vote came as no surprise to its founder and president. She called it “the tip of a very ugly iceberg.”Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., the committee’s chairman, released emails earlier this week strongly suggesting that Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., was in direct communication with disgraced IRS supervisor Lois Lerner in an effort to target True the...
  • BREAKING: Emails Show Lois Lerner Fed True the Vote Tax Information to Democrat Elijah Cummings

    04/09/2014 2:24:19 PM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 306 replies
    Townhall ^ | 4/9/14 | Katie Pavlich
    New IRS emails released by the House Oversight Committee show staff working for Democratic Ranking Member Elijah Cummings communicated with the IRS multiple times between 2012 and 2013 about voter fraud prevention group True the Vote.
  • Rep. Issa Reveals Emails Between Rep. Cummings' Staff and Targets of IRS Investigation

    04/09/2014 3:52:54 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 78 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 9, 2014 | by John Sexton
    The heat in the IRS investigation just went up. Rep. Darrell Issa, head of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent a letter today to ranking member Rep. Elijah Cummings in which he accuses Cummings of working to "obstruct the investigation" into IRS misbehavior. The bulk of Rep. Issa's letter is devoted to some recently uncovered emails which demonstrate that Rep. Cummings was seeking information on True the Vote, the voter integrity group based in Texas which became the target of much unwanted government attention. Cummings' staff contacted the IRS in August 2012 to inform them that they...
  • Darrell Issa says emails suggest Elijah Cummings prompted IRS targeting of True the Vote

    04/09/2014 4:07:41 PM PDT · by markomalley · 33 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/9/2014 | SUSAN FERRECHIO
    This story was published at 4:33 p.m. and has been updated with a response from Rep. Cummings.House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., has accused the panel's top Democrat of prompting the Internal Revenue Service in 2012 to target a conservative organization applying for non-profit status. Issa said records obtained last week from the IRS show communications from the office of ranking member Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., about True the Vote, a Texas-based, non-profit conservative group that aims to prevent voter fraud.The communications at one point involved Lois Lerner, the ex-IRS official whom Issa's panel is poised...
  • Schock: ‘Clear Evidence’ Lerner Broke The Law

    04/09/2014 6:10:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 42 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 4/9/14 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    Rep. Aaron Schock (R., Ill.) told Fox News host Gretchen Carlson there is “clear evidence” embattled former IRS official Lois Lerner broke the law Wednesday on Fox News. The House Ways and Means Committee released a report today revealing evidence highly incriminating to Lerner, and will refer her to the Justice Department for prosecution. Among the more startling allegations, Schock revealed the committee found evidence she deliberately attempted to obstruct Crossroads GPS’s 501 (c)(4) approval for purely political reasons. “We have in writing her own e-mails after meeting with liberal-leaning groups like Democracy 21 and others where they specifically say,...
  • Speaker Boehner Comments on the Criminal Referral For Lois Lerner

    04/09/2014 6:37:03 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 32 replies
    Speaker of the House ^ | 4-9-2014 | Press Release
    Speaker Boehner Comments on the Criminal Referral For Lois Lerner Posted by Speaker Boehner's Press Office April 9, 2014 Press Release WASHINGTON, DC - House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement after the House Ways & Means Committee sent a criminal referral letter to the U.S. Attorney General outlining probable criminal actions taken by Lois Lerner during her tenure at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS):“The Ways & Means Committee, led by Chairman Camp, has conducted a serious and thorough investigation of the IRS, uncovering abuses and criminal acts that should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the...
  • True the Vote President: Cummings Emails 'Tip of an Ugly Iceberg'

    04/11/2014 5:29:37 PM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 26 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 11 Apr 2014
    The ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee actively conspired to inappropriately target and silence tea party-affiliated groups, says Catherine Engelbrecht, president of True the Vote. House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa released emails this week that suggest Rep. Elijah Cummings, Maryland Democrat, prompted the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the conservative organization as it was applying for nonprofit status, according to The Washington Examiner. Engelbrecht told John Bachman and J.D. Hayward of "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV that these emails will undermine claims by Cummings and the IRS that no conservative groups were targeted for political reasons. "I'm thrilled to...
  • Union threatens retribution for House Dems opposing Keystone

    04/11/2014 5:16:32 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 11, 2014 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    A top building trades union is launching a midterm-election assault on House Democrats who oppose construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. A letter distributed Friday by the Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA) to the districts of 27 House Democrats calls for union members to make sure their representative "feels the power and the fury of LIUNA this November." Their crime: signing a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry last month urging him to reject Keystone, which would carry oil sands from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries.
  • Dem Senator’s ‘Volcanic’ Reaction to Paycheck Fairness Act’s Failure

    04/10/2014 8:32:29 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 59 replies
    Mediaite ^ | April | Noah Rothman
    You know, when we raise an issue, we’re too emotional,” Mikulski added. “Well, I am emotional.” “It brings tears to my eyes,” she exclaimed, “to know how women every, single day are working so hard and are getting paid less. It makes me emotional to hear that.” “I get angry, I get outraged, I get volcanic,” Mikulski asserted.
  • Christopher’s Law Finally Made it This Year: “This is an umbrella of protection” (Maryland)

    04/09/2014 7:28:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Afro American ^ | April 9, 1994 | Zenitha Prince
    Chris Brown, left, mother of Christopher Brown for whom the new law is named, is with supporter, Tessa Hill-Aston, president of the Baltimore NAACP. Christopher's Law was passed by the Maryland General Assembly and is awaiting the governor's signature. The legislation requires police officers to be trained in CPR, cultural sensitivity, the proper use of force, and interacting with the physically and mentally disabled. "This is an umbrella of protection," said Chris Brown, 40, for whose son the bill (HB0294/ SB0542) was named. "This bill will ensure that police officers are trained in life-saving techniques. They already know how to...
  • Legislative wrap: Minimum wage, education funds successes in election-year General Assembly

    04/08/2014 10:38:15 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 3 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 4/8/14 | Maria Wiering
    The Maryland Catholic Conference counts the boost in minimum wage and full funding of two programs benefiting nonpublic schools among its successes as the General Assembly adjourned April 7. Legislators passed a bill April 7 raising the state’s minimum hourly wage from $7.25 to $10.10 incrementally by 2018. The final bill does not require, as earlier drafts did, that the wage be indexed to inflation. It also extended by one year the original proposal’s timeline for the full wage increase to take effect. The MCC, which advocates for public policy on behalf of the state’s Catholic bishops, supported a general...
  • Holder Claims DOJ Never Sought to End Louisiana Voucher Program

    04/08/2014 4:32:16 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 4/7/2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Attorney General Eric Holder testified on Friday that the Justice Department (DOJ) never intended to stop the Louisiana school voucher program, despite his agency’s lawsuit that requested a permanent injunction against school choice scholarships.Under questioning before a House appropriations subcommittee, Rep. Andy Harris (R., Md.) got into a heated exchange after asking Holder if the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division was responsible for the lawsuit “against” the state’s scholarship program, which allows students to flee failing schools.“You buy into a premise that’s not correct,” Holder said. “That was not the division that was doing anything of that nature in Louisiana.”“We were...
  • A House could fall on Lerner

    04/06/2014 1:57:59 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 46 replies
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette ^ | 3-31-2014 | Glenn Farber - OP/ED
    March 31, 2014 A House could fall on LernerGlenn Farber Look out for that House! For all we know, Lois Lerner could be roused out of bed one morning this week or next by a congressional complaint charging her with contempt for having refused repeatedly to testify at two House hearings regarding the IRS targeting of certain nonprofit advocacy groups for extra scrutiny based on their names and policy positions. Lerner, who headed the IRS division that reviews tax-exemption applications, has repeatedly invoked her Fifth Amendment right instead of testifying about the agency, and she, her former lawyers, and her...
  • Desmond Tutu challenges Maryland legislature's attempt to outlaw boycotts of Israel

    04/03/2014 11:44:11 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 20 replies
    imemc.org ^ | April 04, 2014 | Saed Bannoura
    Desmond Tutu is a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end apartheid in South Africa, and has long been a supporter of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which uses nonviolent means to challenge the Israeli occupation of Palestine and is the initiative being attacked by these bills. Tutu notes that these legislative initiatives are aimed “at punishing and intimidating those who speak their conscience and challenge the human rights violations endured by the Palestinian people.”
  • Democrats bash SCOTUS ruling on campaign contributions (Harry Reid bashes Koch Brothers again)

    04/02/2014 12:22:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Politico ^ | 04/02/2014 | By SEUNG MIN KIM
    Democratic lawmakers and campaign finance reform advocates quickly bashed Wednesday’s Supreme Court decision to strike down total limits on individual campaign contributions, warning of future corruption in elections. Meanwhile, Republicans largely cheered the ruling from the narrowly divided court, which found it unconstitutional to impose caps on the aggregate amounts that one person can donate to campaigns, parties and political action committees. Calling himself “all for freedom,” Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday commended the ruling, saying “donors ought to have the freedom to give what they want to give.” And Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who had filed...
  • County Commissioner Will Take Jail Over Being Denied Her Religious Rights

    03/31/2014 8:21:42 AM PDT · by yoe · 14 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | March 28, 2014 | Gary DeMar
    Judges are stepping in where they have no jurisdiction, no constitutional backing, no understanding of the limits of the federal government in relation to the states, and almost no knowledge of American history. “A Carroll County [Maryland] commissioner said she was ‘willing to go to jail’ opening up a board meeting with a prayer despite a federal judge in Maryland ruling the board has to stop with opening meetings with prayers that reference Jesus Christ or any specific deity. “‘If we cease to believe that our rights come from God, we cease to be America,’ (video) ‘We’ve been told to...
  • Maryland to reportedly abandon $125M ObamaCare exchange for new system

    03/29/2014 2:09:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 29, 2014
    With just days to go before open enrollment ends on March 31, Maryland officials are reportedly planning to abandon its glitch-ridden ObamaCare website and replace the health exchange with technology from Connecticut’s marketplace. The Washington Post reported late Friday that the board of the Maryland exchange will vote on changing the system that has cost at least $125.5 million at a meeting on Tuesday, the day after the end of the first enrollment period under ObamaCare. …
  • ‘Racist’ Michelle Obama quote fools panel; Bill Maher pretends Paul Ryan said it

    03/29/2014 10:57:44 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 28 replies
    “Real Time” host Bill Maher caused some real confusion with his knee-jerk liberal guests Friday night when he offered them a “racist” quote from Paul Ryan that turned out to really be from Michelle Obama. And he did it to make a point. Maher was piling on the latest liberal meme of Paul Ryan as piñata for comments he made in mid-March about inner-city “men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work.” Two of Maher’s guests, Center for American President Neera Tanden and comedian W. Kamau...
  • Maryland to dump its ObamaCare exchange

    03/29/2014 11:02:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/29/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    If you like your exchange … you can keep your exchange? And if you don‘t like your state ObamaCare exchange — because it hasn’t functioned properly in six months despite endless promises that Maryland would fix it — you don’t have to keep your exchange. The state will finally throw in the towel on its $125 million web portal, and will replace it with a copy of Connecticut’s: Maryland officials are set to replace the state’s online health-insurance exchange with technology from Connecticut’s insurance marketplace, according to two people familiar with the decision, an acknowledgment that a system that has...
  • Maryland to Drop Obamacare Exchange: 'Broken Beyond Repair'

    03/29/2014 8:14:26 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 29 replies
    Maryland to Drop Obamacare Exchange: 'Broken Beyond Repair' Cash wasted on this clunker. Geoffrey Norman March 29, 2014 10:45 AM The state of Maryland has encountered many setbacks in its attempt to get a health care website up and running smoothly. (Sound familiar?) And now, it has run up the white flag. As Mary Pat Flaherty and Jenna Johnson of the Washington Post report: … [Maryland] officials are set to replace the state’s online health-insurance exchange with technology from Connecticut’s insurance marketplace, according to two people familiar with the decision, an acknowledgment that a system that has cost at least...
  • Obama's populist pitch fizzles - "2014 might not be the year for Democrats"

    03/26/2014 5:22:02 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 26, 2014 | Bernie Becker
    President Obama’s populist economic pitch is fizzling. The White House hoped to hammer Republicans this year on an array of pocketbook issues centered on hiking the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, an effort meant to appeal to independents and rally Democrats to the polls. Three months in, Obama’s approval ratings are flailing in the low 40s, and Senate Democrats haven’t even been able to unify their 55 members on a minimum wage bill. That’s made it tougher to contrast the positions of Democrats with Republicans in an election year that is shaping up to be about the healthcare law...
  • Abortionist Who Almost Killed Woman in Abortion Surrenders License, Closes Clinic

    03/25/2014 10:48:08 AM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Cheryl Sullenger
    Abortionist Mehrdad Aalai, a former associate of the notorious New Jersey abortionist Steven Chase Brigham, has surrendered his Maryland medical license and closed down his abortion clinic, Annapolis Road Gynecology. In a letter to a Maryland State Board of Physicians Disciplinary Review Panel dated March 12, 2014, Aalai states that he decided to voluntarily surrender his medical license and retire rather than face additional investigation and disciplinary action. closedsign5“I have decided to surrender my license to practice as a physician in the State of Maryland as I plan to retire from the practice of medicine because of my age and...
  • Top Dem Hints at Forbidden Entitlement Cuts (Steny Hoyer)

    03/25/2014 11:36:24 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | Rob Garver - The Fiscal Times
    The Republican Party is currently trying to sort out an internal battle between its dwindling stock of moderates who are occasionally willing to work with Democrats, and its hard-right base, which views compromise with Democrats in general, and President Obama in particular, as heresy. But in a speech Monday, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), the second-ranking Democrat in the House showed that there are significant fissures in the Democratic Party as well. Hoyer, though nominally Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s second-in-command, is starkly different from Pelosi and many others on the party’s left wing when it comes to economic and fiscal issues....
  • TEXAS SEES GREATER DECLINES IN WELFARE THAN NATION, CALIFORNIA NUMBERS RISE

    03/25/2014 11:32:25 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 13 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | March 25,2014 | by CHUCK DEVORE
    The number of food stamp recipients (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP) fell in Texas in 2013, dropping 4.6 percent from a year earlier to 3.9 million recipients in December 2013. Nationally, SNAP caseload declined by 2.1 percent from December 2012 to December 2013 as the job market gradually warmed up. California’s SNAP caseload bucked the national trend, increasing 4.1 percent to 4.3 million recipients, the second-largest percentage increase in the nation behind Maryland. Eleven states saw an increase in their SNAP rolls, Maryland, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Nebraska and Rhode Island , while...
  • Hollywood Losing Movies and Jobs Due to Tax Incentives

    03/22/2014 4:14:07 PM PDT · by rightwingerpatriot · 28 replies
    Rightwingpatriot.com ^ | March 22, 2014 | Rightwingerpatriot
    It appears that Hollywood is in a lot of trouble, not to mention California as a whole. California offers a paltry amount of tax incentives for filming within the state as opposed to most other states or even a number of countries. In fact, California's tax incentive program for the film and television industry currently stands at $100 million annually while New York's program is at $420 million. Some states don't even have a cap. What this means is that Hollywood is fleeing Tinsletown to film out of state, which is costing California billions of dollars and tens of thousands...
  • Md. Lawmakers To Get 15 Percent Pay Hike

    03/22/2014 2:44:57 PM PDT · by workerbee · 24 replies
    CBSBaltimore ^ | 3/22/14
    <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers will receive a 15.7 percent pay raise over the next four years.</p> <p>Sources report that a salary commission recommended the increase, which will take effect automatically. A Republican resolution to stop the pay hikes is going nowhere.</p>
  • Notre Dame of Maryland University names Yam its 14th president

    03/20/2014 9:55:16 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 10 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 3/20/14 | Elizabeth Lowe
    Dr. Marylou Yam, who has 30 years of experience in Catholic higher education, was announced as Notre Dame of Maryland University’s 14th president March 20. “To educate leaders who will transform the world is a powerful mission,” Yam told the Catholic Review. “I’ve always been an advocate for women in leadership roles and for empowering women. I believe in women’s colleges, that they offer exceptional leadership opportunities for women. They engage women.” Yam was a pioneer at St. Peter’s University in Jersey City, N.J., where she was the first woman to serve as dean of its College of Arts and...
  • Manhunt leads to massive roadblock, warrantless car-to-car searches

    03/16/2014 7:23:27 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 86 replies
    Police State USA ^ | March 15, 2014 | PSUSA
    ROCKVILLE, MD — Thousands of motorists were brought to a standstill when police conducted a massive roadblock to find three crime suspects. Twelve lanes of traffic were shut down and swarms of armed government agents combed through a giant traffic jam performing warrantless vehicle-to-vehicle searches. The busy Tuesday morning commute was abruptly halted just after 10:00 a.m. on March 11th. One driver told ABC News that traffic stopped and he witnessed 30 police cars pass on the shoulders of I-270 near Rockville. “Then, when I saw a wall of police officers with automatic weapons approaching our cars, it was apparent...
  • Anyone in MD Having Trouble With Earhlink? [Vanity]

    03/14/2014 9:46:52 PM PDT · by Lmo56 · 23 replies
    3/15/14 | self
    My mother and sister [at separate locations] cannot connect through Earthlink. Modem connects, but cannot access any web site. I work with computers, have cleared their caches, run anti-malware and anti-virus, changed DNS addresses, etc. Nothing seems to work. 2 strange things, though. I can grab updates for the anti-virus software and other programs that have new updates, but this is not through a browser. Also, from my location, I can long distance dial their access numbers, get the modem connected, AND I can get to web pages. Any thoughts?
  • Bladensburg peace cross sparks legal war

    03/14/2014 11:40:58 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 6 replies
    <p>The monument, also known as the Peace Cross, is lit up at night and located in a median between the busy interchange of Baltimore Avenue (U.S. 1) and Annapolis Road (Maryland 450) in Prince George's County. It was formally dedicated in 1925, and a plaque on the monument lists the names of 49 county residents who died in World War I....</p>
  • Suit seeks removal of Bladensburg cross

    03/13/2014 8:01:15 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 51 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 03/01/2014 | Michael E. Ruane
    The American Humanist Association filed a lawsuit last week in federal court in Maryland calling for the removal of Bladensburg’s 40-foot Memorial Peace Cross, which honors men from Prince George’s County who died during World War I. The association and three individual plaintiffs contend that the cross, which is on state property, violates the constitutional principle of separation of church and state. The cross was dedicated in 1925. ...One of the individual plaintiffs, Steven Lowe of Washington, contends that the cross "associates a Christian religious symbol with the state and gives the impression that the state supports and approves of...
  • Feds open investigation of Md. ObamaCare site

    03/10/2014 1:15:17 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 10, 2014 | Jonathan Easley
    The Health and Human Services inspector general (IG) will launch an investigation into the failed ObamaCare exchange in Maryland, Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) announced Monday. “Maryland officials ignored early warning signs and chose to waste and abuse federal taxpayer money by opening up what they knew was a flawed exchange to the public,” he wrote in a statement. “I have confidence that the nonpartisan and independent HHS Inspector General will thoroughly investigate and bring to light how hundreds of millions of dollars were wasted on one of the worst exchange roll outs in the country,” he added. An official with...
  • Pro-life measures move forward in Arizona, Florida, Missouri, and West Virginia

    03/09/2014 11:41:21 PM PDT · by Morgana · 1 replies
    Life site news ^ | Ben Johnson
    March 7, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – As the media debate the reason abortions declined over the last few years, pro-life voices say the record number of new laws restricting abortion played a role. The year 2014 is already shaping up to follow the trend of substantial pro-life legislation. Arizona Abortion facilities will no longer receive advance notice of state inspections, if the governor signs a proposed law. The state House of Representatives passed the measure, allowing unannounced health inspections of abortion facilities, by a vote of 34-22. Florida A woman tricked into ingesting an abortion-inducing drug that killed her child wants...
  • The GOP doesn't just have a woman problem, it doesn't understand women

    03/09/2014 7:44:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    The Guardian ^ | March 9, 2014 | Ana Marie Cox
    Carly Fiorina, former California GOP senate challenger to Barbara Boxer, emerged at the Conservative Political Action Conference here as the speaker most willing to engage the Republicans' persistent problems with appealing to women. Well, after she spent the first half of her speech denying climate change. Priorities! Fiorina didn't offer a solution, but she did offer some great slogans: "I am a proud pro-life woman. ... I believe science is proving us right everyday!" (Hey, don't knock junk science until you've tried it, right?) She also echoed a feminist line when she said, "All issues are women's issues." I like...
  • Vanity: CPAC pumping money into Prince George's Co., Maryland...

    03/09/2014 11:58:44 AM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 42 replies
    SELF | SELF
    Personal Observation: For the second consecutive year, CPAC has held its annual conference at the National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, about 5-7 miles away from the U.S. Capitol. Oxon Hill is in Prince George's County, Maryland -- which is heavily Democrat and majority black in residents. CPAC attendees, legislators, staff, radio & TV personalities & their staff have been at National Harbor spending their money there for the past few days at restaurants, bars, pharmacies, gift shops, etc. Is the mainstream media going to report on how "mean, racist, bigot & homophobe Republicans and conservatives" are spending money in...
  • Democrats Accuse Issa of Racism to Distract from Lois Lerner and IRS Scandal

    03/07/2014 11:33:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | March 7, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Now, this clash that took place on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform with Issa and Elijah Cummings, exactly what I feared and predicted and mentioned at the time has indeed happened. Here is the Washington Post and their headline, and they're just enraged here. This is the Lois Lerner hearing. Lois Lerner was supposed to show up and answer specific questions about why she had, in e-mails, referred to the Tea Party and Tea Party activities in such disparaging and critical ways. The IRS is not supposed to single out groups for punishment. The...
  • Darrell Issa seen plowing ahead with IRS probe amid new evidence (Elijah Cummings deeply saddened)

    03/07/2014 2:40:52 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 68 replies
    Politico ^ | 3-7-2014 | JOHN BRESNAHAN and LAUREN FRENCH
    Darrell Issa seen plowing ahead with IRS probe amid new evidence By JOHN BRESNAHAN and LAUREN FRENCH | 3/7/14 2:00 PM EST Updated: 3/7/14 3:53 PM EST Not even a trove of new evidence will stop Darrell Issa from going after Lois Lerner’s testimony. The House Oversight Committee Chairman is plowing forward with plans to hold the former IRS official in contempt of Congress - possibly as early as next week - despite word from the tax agency that it plans to hand over a broad set of documents spanning Lerner’s entire career at the IRS. Republicans have long sought...
  • Black Panther leader, convicted of killing cop, released from prison ( Maryland )

    03/05/2014 8:53:46 AM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | March 4, 2014 | Justin Fenton, Ian Duncan and Justin George
    Former Black Panther leader Marshall "Eddie" Conway walked free Tuesday after spending four decades behind bars for killing a Baltimore police officer — making his one of the highest-profile cases affected by a high court decision that has cut short prison sentences for dozens of felons in recent years. ... Sager's son, who was 7 at the time of his father's death, said he was devastated. David Sager said he was warned of the outcome more than a month ago ... "My mother passed away two years ago, and in a way I'm glad that she's not around to see...
  • CBC asks that Issa be stripped of gavel

    03/06/2014 11:15:27 AM PST · by jazusamo · 91 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 6, 2014 | Bernie Becker
    VIDEO: 4 minutes - Rep. Marcia Fudge's oral presentation of the privileged resolution on House floor. The chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus is calling House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) to be stripped of his gavel for his behavior at a contentious IRS hearing on Wednesday. Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) told Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday that Issa’s conduct in the hearing — which included cutting off the microphone of Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.), the ranking Democrat — amounted to “an affront to the expectations of the American people.” Fudge also said Issa should apologize on the House...
  • Doc Who Killed Woman in Botched Abortion Injures Yet Another Woman

    03/05/2014 8:32:44 AM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    life news ^ | Cheryl Sullenger
    After little sleep and a heavy patient load, LeRoy Carhart sent another abortion patient to the hospital yesterday (March 4, 2014) for treatment of apparently life-threatening complications. An ambulance arrived at about 4:00 p.m. in response for a call for emergency assistance. It transported a female patient to a local hospital. Carhart was not seen with his patient during the incident. carhart14Due to a snowstorm, Carhart was unable to see women scheduled for multi-day late-term abortions as usual on Sunday. Carhart was seen by witnesses at the Germantown Reproductive Health Services abortion clinic between 5:00 and 11:00 p.m. on Monday...