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  • Third Term

    11/05/2015 8:46:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 5, 2015 | Rich Galen
    I spent the weekend on T. Boone Pickens' ranch, Mesa Vista, with about two dozen really smart people talking about energy and transportation. As those of you who have ever sat in a meeting - or even had lunch - with me know, I have the attention span of a five-year-old, but I was mesmerized at the breadth and depth of thinking about how we will get from point A to point B in the near future. My job was to lead a discussion about the political situation. No engineering, geology, or business degree necessary. Degree in speech a definite...
  • Scott Walker: GOP Nominees for President and Vice President need to be current or former governors

    03/08/2015 4:07:02 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    ABC | March 8, 2015
    4:44 minute video begins with scenes of the 4 month union siege on the Wisconsin state capitol. Walker was "at one time the most divisive politician in America." Occupy Wall Street was born in Wisconsin. "All hell broke lose" inside the Capital when he signed the bill. "He was compared to Hitler, Osama bin Laden - dead man walking." Then the interview begins: One point of note: Walker believes that the next president and vice president need to be current or former governors - "those who have done successful things in their states, who've taken on big reforms and are...
  • “It’s going to take a crisis”: Why Republicans have a stranglehold on U.S. politics

    02/12/2015 12:54:01 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 72 replies
    Salon ^ | February 11, 2015 | Elias Isquith
    When Barack Obama was first elected president of the United States, it was hard to predict what the coming years had in store. That’s always the case to some degree, of course — that’s the nature of the future. But even stipulating that predictions about the future are especially difficult, the final months of 2008 were especially tumultuous and uncertain. Through all the chaos, though, at least one thing seemed certain: the Republican Party, which had just gotten blown out for the second election in a row, was in deep, deep trouble. Fast-forward about six years, and the picture is...
  • North Dakota Is Most-Trusted State; Illinois Is Least

    04/05/2014 1:36:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 4, 2014 - 5:06 PM | (CNSNews.com Staff)
    The people of North Dakota put more trust and confidence in their state government than people in any other state, while the people of Illinois put the least. In polling done in June through September 2013, Gallup asked at least 600 people in each state this question: “How much trust and confidence do you have in the government of the state where you live when it comes to handling state problems—a great deal, a fair amount, not very much or none at all?” …
  • Ten freshman governors who have shrunk their states’ bureaucracies

    01/07/2014 1:59:30 PM PST · by The Old Hoosier · 9 replies
    Conservative Intel ^ | 1/7/14 | David Freddoso
    Which of these new governors, since taking office, have reduced the size of their state bureaucracy? Less than half of them have, despite hard economic times that have hit state budgets. And you might also be surprised at which ones did...
  • Dumb and Dumber Tax Hikes

    06/16/2013 3:44:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 16, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    One of the dumbest things a country can do in a recession is raise taxes. Yet, after pronouncing the end of austerity, Italy's "grand coalition" government, led by Enrico Letta, is going to hike the VAT. Why? It seems they need to hike the VAT to pay for a decrease in property taxes. Recall that Silvio Berlusconi was only willing to take part in Letta's grand coalition on condition property tax hikes were rolled back. Letta agreed to do that, but now Letta says Italy needs revenue hikes to make up for it. Grand Coalition Splintering Curiously, the International Business...
  • The "French Way of Life" on Collision Course with Germany

    06/09/2013 5:23:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 9, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    I received still more emails from French and Canadian readers on preserving culture. Since it's a slow news day, let's take a look at them. Olivier writes "Wouldn't a true conservative pay at least some respect to local cultural norms instead of trying to impose some economic diktat from on down?" Talk about getting things ass backwards. It is the social police attempting to impose cultural and economic diktats to preserve the local bookstore and the local farm to the point of absolute absurdity. Email From Canada Reader Mike from Canada writes ... Hi Mish, I totally agree with the...
  • Opinion of federal government hits record low: poll

    04/15/2013 2:04:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Apr 15, 2013 12:54pm EDT | Ian Simpson
    Americans’ opinion of the federal government has fallen to a record low even as they continue to view local and state governments favorably, according to Pew Research Center survey released on Monday. … The March survey showed Democrats with a more favorable opinion than Republicans of the federal government, at 41 percent to 13 percent. … The poll shows that 63 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of their local government, virtually unchanged since 2007. Fifty-seven percent have a favorable view of their state governments, up 5 percentage points from 2012. …
  • Barone: States choose own paths with one-party governments

    11/26/2012 4:22:34 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | November 25, 2012 | Michael Barone
    In Washington, Americans have two-party government, with a Democratic president and Senate and a Republican House. We had it before November's election and will have it again for the next two years. Looking back from 2014, we will have had two-party government for most of the preceding two decades, for six years of Bill Clinton's presidency, three and a half years of George W. Bush's and four years of Barack Obama's. But in most of the 50 states, American voters seem to have opted for something very much like one-party government. Starting next month, Americans in 25 states will have...
  • Rising number of states seeing one-party rule

    11/11/2012 7:59:17 AM PST · by Road Glide · 27 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 10, 2012 | Keely Brazil
    Divided government still rules in the nation’s capital after last week’s Tuesday’s vote, but unity is increasingly the name of the game in cities such as Annapolis, Topeka, Concord and Little Rock. 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...
  • 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...
  • On Gov. Jerry Brown's 'Realignment' Plan - A shift from the state to local control

    01/16/2011 6:04:08 PM PST · by SmithL · 50 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/16/11 | Editor
    Gov. Jerry Brown has barely taken office, but he's already presented an audacious plan for the state budget. It's audacious to presume that the voters will agree to an extension of the state's current tax rates for another five years, for one thing, but the assumption is based on an even bolder idea. Brown wants to transfer enormous responsibility for major services to local governments. His gamble - and it's a big one - is that the voters will agree to pay the taxes as long as they can connect them with the services in their own communities. The fact...
  • Statement from the President on the National Broadband Plan

    03/17/2010 11:15:41 PM PDT · by Cindy · 31 replies · 587+ views
    Whitehouse.gov ^ | March 16, 2010 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/statement-president-national-broadband-plan Home • Briefing Room • Statements & Releases The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release March 16, 2010 Statement from the President on the National Broadband Plan America today is on the verge of a broadband-driven Internet era that will unleash innovation, create new jobs and industries, provide consumers with new powerful sources of information, enhance American safety and security, and connect communities in ways that strengthen our democracy. Just as past generations of Americans met the great infrastructure challenges of the day, such as building the Transcontinental...
  • $319 million budget void emerges [Louisiana]

    04/15/2010 6:12:08 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 18 replies · 473+ views
    The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune ^ | April 15, 2010 | Jan Moller
    BATON ROUGE -- Slumping tax collections have punched a $319 million hole in the state budget, a forecasting panel determined Wednesday, giving Gov. Bobby Jindal and the state Legislature less than 10 weeks to decide what mix of spending cuts and one-time revenue sources should be used to fill the gap. In addition to lowering the current-year forecast, the Revenue Estimating Conference, a four-member panel that decides how much the state can spend each year, also lowered the forecast for the 2010-11 fiscal year that begins July 1 by $245 million. State officials have been anticipating another round of midyear...
  • HOLD EVERYTHING! The New York Times Hammers Governor Paterson, Portraying Him As A Lazy...

    02/18/2010 8:11:33 PM PST · by blam · 11 replies · 604+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 2-18-2010 | Henry Blodget
    HOLD EVERYTHING! The New York Times Hammers Governor Paterson, Portraying Him As A Lazy, Out-Of-Touch, Party Boy Henry Blodget Feb. 18, 2010, 10:23 PM Two weeks ago, rumors swirled that the New York Times was working on a "bombshell" story about New York Governor David Paterson. One source told us the story was so devastating that it might lead to the Governor's resignation. For a week, as the media screamed, the New York Times remained silent, publishing nothing. Then, finally, a few days ago, the paper published a mildly interesting but largely irrelevant account of how one of Governor Paterson's...
  • State Rep. Skip Saviano: An Illinois Republican to Dump

    02/12/2010 10:41:01 AM PST · by Mobile Vulgus · 3 replies · 139+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 02/12/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    77th District State Representative Skip Saviano is a perfect example of the sort of Republican that may as well be a Democrat. Saviano's latest gaff is to side with the big government, big spending Democrats on the video gambling issue. On Feb. 1 I wrote about how the Democrats are trying to pull a tax bait and switch on those communities that legally decide to employ the opt-out clause in the State's new video gambling law. Democrats, and wild spenders on the GOP side like Saviano, want to penalize those communities that have voted their conscience on this destructive gambling...
  • States' Unfunded Pension Obligations Top $360B

    01/13/2010 9:06:10 AM PST · by BobMcCartyWrites · 205+ views
    Bob McCarty Writes ^ | 1-13-10 | Bob McCarty
    State employee pension systems are facing severe shortfalls, and these growing liabilities threaten to drive many states deeper into the red, according to a new 50-state study released today by the American Legislative Exchange Council, the nation’s largest individual membership association of state legislators.
  • Illinois Policy Institute Launches IllinoisOpenGov.org (TRANSPARENCY time!!)

    12/15/2009 10:15:38 AM PST · by U of IL Conservative · 233+ views
    Center for Fiscal Accountability ^ | Wednesday, December 2, 2009 | Center for Fiscal Accountability
    The Illinois Policy Institute has launched a new great spending transparency resource for the State of Illinois. IllinoisOpenGov.org is modeled after the the successful template developed by the Maine Heritage Policy Center and features a wealth of information. While the Illinois state government's spending transparency portal ITAP (which stands for Illinois Transparency and Accountability Portal) created earlier this year provides access to state employee salary information, as well as agency expenditure and contract information and information relating to corporate accountability and professional licenses, IPI's website goes further. In IPI's own words, IllinoisOpenGov.org does the following: * Makes the details of...
  • Most Americans Oppose Second Stimulus and Using Bailout Funds for States

    12/11/2009 8:44:31 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 4 replies · 307+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | December 8, 2009
    President Obama hopes to use money still unspent from the $787-billion economic stimulus plan to fight the nation’s 10% unemployment rate, and one of the ideas on the table is to channel money to states to keep them from laying off public employees. But a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 22% of Americans favor providing federal bailout funds to states with serious financial problems. Fifty-eight percent (58%) oppose giving bailout money to financially troubled states. On top of that, 56% of Americans oppose the passage of another economic stimulus package this year. While House Speaker Nancy...
  • The Real Misery Rate: 24 Percent !

    08/17/2009 8:44:43 PM PDT · by ex-Texan · 20 replies · 1,103+ views
    Portland Tribune ^ | 8/13/2009 | Peter Korn
    In Oregon, one in four people can’t find full-time jobs Here’s the thing that worries unemployed Woodstock resident George Snipes: What if things are worse, much worse, than we are being told? They are, says Andrew Sum, an economist who heads the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University in Boston. Sum has analyzed employment data for all 50 states, and he says that those charts provide statistical verification of what Snipes feels in his gut: Oregon’s 12.2 percent official unemployment rate is something of a red herring and far from a true indicator of the social hardship taking...