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  • Get Ready for One-Party Rule If GOP Wins the Senate (reaction to Mitch McConnell floor speech)

    01/16/2014 9:31:42 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | 1/16/14 | Eric Pianin
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered an extraordinary floor speech last week in which he essentially auditioned for the job of Majority Leader – the one currently held by Democrat Harry Reid of Nevada. For 40 minutes, the Kentucky Republican who is up for reelection this year railed against Reid and the Democratic majority for a take-it-or-leave it brand of governance akin to a “permanent sort of shirts-against-skins contest.” McConnell outlined three main reforms the Republicans would adopt if they were to win control of the Senate in November: allowing a “more robust” committee process, permitting more amendments on the...
  • Rove: Jeb Bush 'Smartest Guy, Biggest Thinker' in GOP

    05/23/2013 8:32:45 AM PDT · by MissTed · 131 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 5/22/13 | Todd Beamon and Kathleen Walter
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is “the smartest guy, the biggest thinker” in the Republican Party as it looks toward winning the White House in 2016, GOP strategist Karl Rove tells Newsmax TV. “Six months ago, I would have said, ‘No, he's not going to run,’” Rove tells Newsmax in an exclusive interview. “But maybe he is. I certainly hope he keeps a very strong voice.”
  • Rising number of states seeing one-party rule

    11/10/2012 9:33:32 PM PST · by george76 · 45 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 10, 2012 | Keely Brazil
    In a little-noticed footnote to last week’s election, state legislature elections this year have produced the highest number of states with one-party rule in 60 years. Democrats or Republicans now have sole control of the governorship and both legislative chambers in 37 state capitals around the country. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), which tracks party representation in the country’s 50 state governments, Democrats now control all three bases of power – the governorship and both houses of the state legislature – in 14 states and Republicans in 23, with only 12 states sharing power. (Nebraska’s unicameral...
  • Breaking: Obama hosts George H.W. and Jeb Bush at White House

    01/27/2012 5:32:36 PM PST · by ColdOne · 235 replies · 1+ views
    Politico ^ | 1/27/12 | DONOVAN SLACK
    Unbeknownst to the press, President Obama met this evening with former president George H.W. Bush and his son, former Florida governor Jeb Bush in the Oval Office. White House officials did not list the meeting on the president's schedule but released a photo through Flickr and Twitter. According to the date and time stamp on the photo, it was taken shortly after 5 p.m. That's about the time Obama returned to the White House from a fundraiser at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. White House officials did not immediately respond to questions about the subject of the meeting and its exclusion...
  • Reid's ‘nuclear option’ changes rules, ends repeat filibusters

    10/06/2011 4:42:43 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 253 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 6, 2011 | Alexander Bolton
    In a shock development Thursday evening, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) triggered a rarely-used procedural option informally called the “nuclear option” to change the Senate rules. The surprise move stunned Republicans, who did not expect Reid to bring heavy artillery to what had appeared to have been a hum-drum legislative knife fight. Reid appealed a ruling from the chair that Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) does not need consent to force a vote on a motion to suspend the rules to consider an amendment after cloture has already been approved. The maneuver is highly arcane but momentous. If...
  • Sen Reid: Democrats want debt hike to March 2013

    07/30/2011 5:32:29 AM PDT · by opentalk · 68 replies
    reuters ^ | July 29, 2011 | Richard Cowan and Andy Sullivan
    Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said on Friday his budget legislation would increase the nation's borrowing authority until March, 2013 and reiterated that he would not accept a short-term debt limit increase as Republicans are insisting. Earlier in the day, Reid called on Republican Leader Mitch McConnell to sit down with him to work out a compromise for cutting federal spending and raising the debt limit by the August 2 deadline.
  • CALIFORNIA: Two-thirds vote still has a role in the Legislature

    07/13/2011 10:42:05 AM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 7/13/11 | Dan Walters
    When voters passed a union-backed measure last year to reduce the legislative vote on the state budget from two-thirds to a simple majority – thereby eliminating Republican leverage – skeptics said it could foster legislative mischief. Proposition 25 applied not only to the budget but "trailer bills" that the Legislature deemed necessary to implement the budget. And all budget bills would take effect immediately with a governor's signature, making any challenge via referendum legally doubtful. That legislative loophole, this column and other analysts pointed out, would make it easy to push major pieces of policy legislation through the Capitol with...
  • Obama’s ineligibility: Has the time come for rebellion?

    05/20/2011 9:45:48 AM PDT · by Ordinary_American · 25 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | May 20, 2011 | Lawrence Sellin
    Americans have a right to know whether or not the occupant of the White House is a criminal. The political elite and the state-run media do not want anyone to talk about it. They say that there are more important issues to discuss than if Barack Hussein Obama has committed felonies before and after arriving in the Oval Office. The conspiracy of silence by the political elite and the associated news blackout can only be explained by complicity in a cover-up of possible criminal acts. If there is another explanation, I would like to know it. It is clear that...
  • In Hawaii, a Dispiriting Glimpse of One-Party Rule

    02/21/2011 4:22:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 21, 2011 | Byron York
    HONOLULU -- In Hawaii, there are 25 members of the state Senate. Twenty-four are Democrats. And then there is Sam Slom. Slom, the lone Senate Republican in the state of President Obama's birth, has represented East Honolulu since 1996. He hasn't always been the only GOP senator; in the last session, there were two. But Republicans fared poorly at the polls in November, and Slom was left alone. Which means that Democratic bills to increase state spending, to impose new regulations and mandates, and to create new government departments are often passed on votes of 24-1. "I represent a point...
  • Turning Egypt into Chicago

    02/06/2011 3:37:50 AM PST · by Scanian · 20 replies
    In the first two years of Obama, we found out about his domestic policy, which was to turn the United States into the City of Detroit at a projected cost of thirteen trillion dollars. Now we finally have an Obama foreign policy victory in sight -- namely in Egypt, where President Mubarak has been told to resign without benefit of elections. Obama has had two years to plan for this moment, and now we see all that deep thought coming to fruition. Obama's apparent aim is to turn Egypt into Chicago, which also doesn't have real elections, one party is...
  • California's Scary Sneak Preview

    01/03/2010 1:42:36 PM PST · by Steelfish · 19 replies · 1,338+ views
    Washington Post ^ | January 03rd 2010 | Ezra Klein
    California's Scary Sneak Preview By Ezra Klein Washington Post Staff Writer Sunday, January 3, 2010 We Californians pride ourselves on the crystal-ball quality of our state. Auto emissions regulations, the tech boom and bust, Ronald Reagan, Hispanic immigration, the anti-tax revolt, the mortgage bubble, the struggle for gay rights, most movies, the popularity of Richard Nixon, the unpopularity of Richard Nixon, plastic surgery, and Tiger Woods's marital problems were all tested in the Golden State before being released to audiences nationwide. The next likely item on that list is not a happy one, however. California is in a total fiscal...
  • More budget hits on the way for Hawaii

    12/22/2009 2:14:25 PM PST · by Lorianne · 10 replies · 723+ views
    source cannot be posted | December 22, 2009 | Derrick DePledge
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  • In Hawaii, Cuts Reach to Core Functions

    12/22/2009 2:42:01 PM PST · by Lorianne · 30 replies · 1,229+ views
    New York Times/AP ^ | December 19, 2009
    Public schools in Hawaii are closed most Fridays, rats scurry across bananas in an uninspected market, and there may not be enough money to run a Congressional election. About the only parts of the state untouched by the struggling economy are its sparkling beaches and world-class surfing. Hawaii’s money troubles are creating a society more befitting a tropical backwater than a state celebrating its 50th anniversary and preparing to welcome President Obama home for Christmas this week. “There is community energy and outrage building up,” said James Koshiba, a co-founder of the activist organization and Web site Kanu Hawaii, speaking...
  • Editorial: A national disgrace(The sad story of Philly's legal system)

    12/14/2009 8:17:39 PM PST · by greatdefender · 18 replies · 940+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Dec. 13, 2009 | Craig R. McCoy, Nancy Phillips, and Dylan Purcell
    Often after a heinous murder or a police shooting in Philadelphia, the suspect is found to have a lengthy criminal record or an outstanding warrant for another crime. That prompts many to ask: "Why wasn't this creep in jail?" A four-part series that begins in The Inquirer today answers that question. It details a criminal justice system practically built to perpetuate crime, rather than stop it. Thugs go on committing crimes until they escalate into murder. Police may do a good job of capturing suspects, but after that comes the revolving door. Various breakdowns in the legal system enable thousands...
  • The 20 Most Unemployed Cities In America

    11/04/2009 8:17:08 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 38 replies · 1,875+ views
    Business Insider ^ | 11/04/09 | Kamelia Angelova and Joe Weisenthal
    1. Detroit, Michigan Unemployment Rate: 17.3% Labor Force: 2.1 million Unemployed: 361,100 It's Detroit. Need we say more? [Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Statistical Area] 2. San Bernardino, California Unemployment Rate: 14.2% Labor Force: 1.8 million Unemployed: 253,000 3. Las Vegas, Nevada Unemployment Rate: 13.9% Labor Force: 1 million Unemployed: 141,000
  • Youth face uphill struggle amid Detroit's troubles

    10/17/2009 4:19:27 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 56 replies · 1,790+ views
    AP ^ | 101709 | COREY WILLIAMS
    DETROIT – Like the rundown houses and shuttered storefronts in his Detroit neighborhood, bleakness abounds in LeRoy Taylor's future. He is among tens of thousands reaching adulthood in a city where the American Dream appears just outside their reach. Taylor, 20, spends empty hours on basketball courts, zoned out in front of a television or aimlessly pedaling through streets he desperately wants to leave, but doesn't have the work skills, education or money to do so. "I fill out applications. No one will call me back," said Taylor, stopping his bike long enough to hustle change for cigarettes near a...
  • 1.4 Million live under the poverty level in Michigan

    10/09/2009 7:57:24 AM PDT · by TheDailyChange · 50 replies · 1,733+ views
    10092009 | TDC
    With 1.4 million people living below the poverty level in the state of Michigan and this after BILLIONS of $$$ of so-called stimulus money has gone to that state and businesses in that state there still is unbelievable levels of unemployment and it appears to be decaying into a 3rd world type of status. Meanwhile, in Washington DC, is there anything currently being done that can be measured and quantified as having a positive impact in the American economy YET?
  • The Danger of One-Party Rule in Washington (Pat Toomey)

    06/04/2009 5:13:48 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 8 replies · 361+ views
    The Harvard Crimson ^ | 6/3/09 | Pat Toomey
    It is natural for political parties to seek power. As a Republican, I root for Republicans to win as many elections as possible. But I hope I am objective enough to recognize that our country is often ill-served by the concentration of political power in one party’s hands, regardless of which party holds it. Our nation’s founders clearly saw this danger. In Federalist 51, James Madison defended the virtue of divided government: “If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over...
  • California Dreaming (How to ruin a state)

    04/24/2009 12:04:30 PM PDT · by TenthAmendmentChampion · 16 replies · 628+ views
    Chief Executive Magazine ^ | 4/13/2009 | Unsigned Editorial
    PRESIDENT OBAMA’S PROPOSED FEDERAL SPENDING WILL TOP $4 TRILLION this year, about 29 percent of GDP-exceeded only by spending during World War II. Then there are the Administration’s plans to add $1.9 trillion in new taxes. This heady sum can hardly come from just the so-called rich as he claims. In addition, the cap-and-trade carbon tax will demand another $648 billion and will hit anyone who consumes energy, which means everyone. The President tells us that the higher taxes and enormous public spending are necessary to pay for recovery and deficit reduction. One needn’t look too far to see how...
  • Democrats Consider Bypassing G.O.P. on Health Care Plan

    04/22/2009 12:20:19 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 54 replies · 2,336+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 22, 2009 | Robert Pear
    With solid majorities in both houses of Congress, Democrats are tempted to use their political muscle to speed passage of health care legislation with minimal concessions to the Republican minority. That approach may be the only way they can fulfill President Obama’s campaign promises, but it carries high risks as well. In the budget blueprint for the coming year, Democrats may resort to an obscure procedure known as reconciliation to clear the way for Senate passage of a comprehensive health bill with a 51-vote majority, rather than the 60 votes that would otherwise be needed. “It may be a struggle...
  • Obama Gets Bipartisan Credit (Opinion Dynamics poll)

    02/20/2009 11:43:32 AM PST · by PresidentFelon · 55 replies · 4,096+ views
    The Hill's Webzine ^ | 2/19/09 | The Hill Staff - Reid Wilson
    Obama Gets Bipartisan Credit February 19, 2009 @ 4:10 pm by Hill Staff Don't forget, in politics, perception is reality. In the battle for the mantle of bipartisanship, President Obama is winning by a mile. It doesn't matter that Obama got a stimulus bill passed with exactly three Senate Republican votes and not a single House GOP vote. It doesn't matter that both parties turned from talking about bipartisanship to spewing vitriolic accusations of ill will. The American people have spoken, and they're with the president on this one. A new Fox News/Opinion Dynamics poll shows 66 percent of Americans...
  • California Scheming: What One-Party Rule Is Doing To Once-Golden State

    12/22/2008 5:31:23 PM PST · by Kaslin · 72 replies · 1,850+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | December 22, 2008
    State Government: As the financial crisis in California gets worse, it's pretty clear the real problem isn't the budget at all, but a political system that has resulted in a dysfunctional one-party state.California's $41.8 billion budget deficit expected over the next two years is a record. No other state even comes close. But despite what the state's politicians say, it's not because of the recent economic downturn. It's because of them. The state has a budget crisis for the second time in a decade largely because the Democratic-held legislature has spent money wildly and without any real purpose. A reasonable...
  • Illegal Immigrant Costs Rise In October ( Put severe strain on county coffers)

    12/16/2008 6:20:25 PM PST · by HollyButler · 19 replies · 599+ views
    KHTS | 16 December 2008 | KHTS
    Undocumented residents put severe strain on county coffers. Figures from the Department of Public Social Services show that children of illegal aliens in Los Angeles County collected over $20 million in welfare and over $19 million in food stamps in October 2008 -- an increase of $4 million from the previous month, announced Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. Annually the cost of illegal immigration to Los Angeles County taxpayers exceeds over one billion dollars, which includes $220 million for public safety, $400 million for healthcare, and $480 million in welfare and food stamps allocations. Twenty-five percent of the...
  • Time for a Gut Check, America

    10/28/2008 5:31:24 AM PDT · by St. Louis Conservative · 6 replies · 340+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | October 28, 2008 | James Edmund Pennington
    McCain and his supporters have only a single battle cry for the last week, but it could be powerful: America, do you want to give unchecked, unlimited, near total power to the left wing of the Democratic Party? Because, if you elect Barack Obama, that is what you will be doing. If Obama is elected, the Democrats will have not only the Presidency, but almost certainly massive, veto-proof majorities in both Houses of Congress as well. They will be able to do anything they want. Absolutely anything. Are you comfortable with that, America? Do you know and trust Barack Obama...
  • Some humor on the One Party theme

    10/13/2008 12:29:05 PM PDT · by KFAT · 249+ views
    Need. To. Keep. Mocking. Levity. It shows confidence and effectiveness.
  • America's Most Miserable Cities - (Detroit is Finally #1)

    01/30/2008 6:20:16 AM PST · by cowtowney · 98 replies · 685+ views
    Forbes ^ | 1/31/08 | Kurt Badenhausen
    Imagine living in a city with the country's highest rate for violent crime and the second-highest unemployment rate. As an added kicker you need more Superfund dollars allocated to your city to clean up contaminated toxic waste sites than just about any other metro. Unfortunately, this nightmare is a reality for the residents of Detroit. The Motor City grabs the top spot on Forbes' inaugural list of America's Most Miserable Cities.
  • Last One Out of Detroit, Turn off the Lights

    09/07/2007 9:40:05 AM PDT · by KYGrandma · 193 replies · 4,317+ views
    We have packed up our house and movedto Kentucky. Has anyone else been able to sell and get out? We lost about 30 grand but it is sold. We close on Monday. Guess I will have to change my tag line!
  • Shrinking Detroit has 12,000 abandoned homes

    08/15/2005 9:59:30 AM PDT · by Pikamax · 189 replies · 20,286+ views
    AFP ^ | 08/14/05 | AFP
    Shrinking Detroit has 12,000 abandoned homes Sun Aug 14, 5:03 PM ET Rats or lead poisoning. When it comes to the threats from the broken down house next door, Dorothy Bates isn't sure which is worse. "When it's lightening and thundering you can hear the bricks just falling," the 40-year-old nurse said as she looked at the smashed windows and garbage-strewn porch. "If you call and ask (the city) about it they say they don't have the funds to tear it down." There are more than 12,000 abandoned homes in the Detroit area, a byproduct of decades of layoffs at...
  • Detroit now ranks as nation's poorest big city

    08/31/2005 4:29:40 AM PDT · by mark502inf · 62 replies · 3,502+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Aug. 31, 2005 | James Prichard
    Detroit has surpassed Cleveland as the nation's most impoverished big city, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey. Survey figures released Tuesday show 33.6 percent - more than one-third - of Detroit's residents lived at or below the federal poverty line in 2004, the largest percentage of any U.S. city of 250,000 or more people. The top five were Detroit; El Paso, Texas (28.8 percent); Miami (28.3 percent); Newark, N.J. (28.1 percent); and Atlanta (27.8 percent). Detroit has lost about half its population since a half-century ago. It is now the country's 11th largest city with just over...