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  • Unemployment rates fall in 21 US states last month

    04/18/2014 9:21:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 04/18/2014
    More than two-thirds of the states reported job gains in March, as hiring has improved for much of the country during what has been a sluggish but sustained 4 1/2-year recovery. The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates dropped in 21 states, rose in 17 and were unchanged in the remaining 12. Meanwhile, hiring increased in 34 states and fell in 16. The unemployment rate varies from as low as 2.6 percent in North Dakota to as much as 8.7 percent in Rhode Island. South Carolina has experienced the sharpest rate decline over 12 months to 5.5 percent from...
  • The Most Important Exported Good From Every State

    04/03/2014 7:59:39 PM PDT · by blam · 23 replies
    BI ^ | 4-3-2014 | Andy Kiersz
    The Most Important Exported Good From Every Statea Andy KierszApr. 3, 2014, 5:03 PMIn addition to national numbers, the Census Bureau also keeps track of imports and exports for each of the states. This map shows the international export commodity or product from each state with the greatest dollar value in 2013:{?
  • The Most Popular Job In Every State

    04/03/2014 12:08:21 PM PDT · by blam · 32 replies
    BI ^ | 4-3-2014 | Andy Kiersz
    The Most Popular Job In Every State Andy KierszApr. 2, 2014, 4:59 PM   Some jobs are disproportionately concentrated in certain states. Fashion designers flock to New York, Texas has an outsize share of petroleum engineers, and Floridians are much more likely to be motorboat operators than are other Americans. We made a map that shows the most over-represented job in each state, using the Bureau of Labor Statistics' recently released May 2013 "Occupational Employment Statistics." Each state has far more of these jobs per capita than the nation as a whole. We'll discuss the methodology later. First check...
  • Georgia Votes for Convention of States to Amend Constitution

    03/26/2014 10:33:58 AM PDT · by PapaNew · 30 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 3/7/14 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    The Georgia state legislature has passed a measure calling for a Convention of States to amend the U.S. Constitution, a move long championed by many in the tea party movement. The action restricts the convention to topics of limiting the power of the federal government and establishing term limits for federal officials. Georgia's House voted 107-58 on Thursday to pass the measure, which previously had passed the state Senate. "An Article V Convention of States would provide an opportunity for the citizens of this great nation to restore the balance of power between the states and the federal government," Republican...
  • 50 States of Obamacare Victims

    03/20/2014 12:17:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    YouTube ^ | 3/20/14 | Washington Free Beacon
    Video of Obamacare failure accross the country
  • The states people are fleeing in 2014

    03/17/2014 11:30:33 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 97 replies
    Forbes via MSN ^ | February 13, 2014 | Susan Adams
    More people are moving out of New Jersey than are moving in. The same is true for Illinois and New York. Those three states top the "outbound" list compiled by United Van Lines, the big St. Louis-based moving company that has put together an annual survey of where Americans are moving for the last 37 years. The company analyzed a total of 125,000 moves across the 48 continental states and the District of Columbia in 2013 and came up with a picture of migration patterns across the U.S. According to Professor Michael Stoll, chair of the Department of Public Policy...
  • New Report Reveals Level of Federal Aid to the States and Importance of Fiscal Federalism

    02/28/2014 1:22:07 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 1 replies
    ALEC ^ | 2-28-14 | Will Freeland
    In the face of a stagnating economy and national debt topping $17 trillion, many policymakers in Washington, D.C. are seeking ways to reduce spending. Given that many states increasingly rely on federal spending to craft their state budgets, the necessary federal spending reductions could pose a serious fiscal threat to states that fail to prepare. Whats more, those federal funds come with serious strings attached, which often hamper state autonomy and effectiveness in policymaking. A recent report from State Budget Solutions based on Census data reveals that on the whole, states received 31.6 percent of their total revenue from the...
  • Holder gives nod to state AGs to drop defense of gay marriage bans amid court challenges

    02/25/2014 8:08:13 AM PST · by ColdOne · 43 replies ^ | 2/25/14 | foxnews
    Attorney General Eric Holder has given the nod to his state counterparts that they do not have to defend laws they consider discriminatory -- effectively giving the green light for states to stop defending bans on gay marriage. Holder addressed the issue during a gathering of state attorneys general on Tuesday, after detailing his position in a New York Times interview. Speaking to the National Association of Attorneys General, Holder said that any decision not to defend individual laws must be "exceedingly rare" and reserved for "exceptional circumstances." He indicated that legal challenges to gay marriage bans would qualify as...
  • Gallup State of the States: North Dakota No. 1 in Well-Being, West Virginia Still Last

    02/21/2014 7:54:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Gallup ^ | 02/21/2014 | Dan Witters
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- North Dakota residents had the highest well-being in the nation in 2013, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. South Dakota trailed its northern neighbor in second place, with its highest score in six years of measurement. Hawaii held the top spot for the previous four years, but fell slightly last year. West Virginia and Kentucky had the two lowest well-being scores, for the fifth year in a row. North Dakota rejoined the top 10 well-being states in 2013 after being among that group from 2009 to 2011. South Dakota was among the top 10 in well-being for...
  • Plan To Split California Into Six States Gets OK To Gather Signatures

    02/20/2014 10:57:21 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 86 replies
    CBS Local (San Francisco) ^ | February 19, 2014 10:23 AM | Secretary of State Debra Bowen
    SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) Supporters of a plan to divide California into six sates can begin collecting signatures to get the proposal on the ballot. Secretary of State Debra Bowen announced that the proposed ballot initiative known as Six Californias could move forward Tuesday. Under the plan, from venture capitalist Tim Draper, most of the Bay Area would be considered Silicon Valley. Napa, Sonoma and Marin Counties would become part of North California.
  • Obamacare Court Ruling in Halbig a Major Blow to Opt-Out States

    02/13/2014 3:17:29 PM PST · by Ben Mugged · 29 replies
    Open Market ^ | January 15, 2014 | Sam Kazman
    The courts ruling today in Halbig v. Sebelius delivers a major blow to the states that chose not to participate in the Obamacare insurance exchange program. It is also a blow to the small businesses, employees and individuals who live in those states as well. In upholding this IRS regulation that is contrary to the law enacted by Congress, this decision guts the choice made by a majority of the states to stay out of the exchange program. It imposes Obamacare penalties on employers and on many individuals in those states, penalties that Congress never authorized, putting their livelihoods and...
  • Are State Exchanges Going Bankrupt?

    02/12/2014 7:33:55 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 18 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 02/11/2014 | IBD Staff
    Cost Curve: A little-noticed problem is fast emerging in states that decided to set up their own ObamaCare exchanges. Many of them face financial crises once the federal grant money runs out. After taking nearly $4 billion in federal grants to set up and run their exchanges this year, 14 states and the District of Columbia are supposed to be self-sufficient by next year. At least that's what the ObamaCare statute says (which these days doesn't mean much). But from the looks of it, many are heading into a fiscal brick wall.
  • Rep. James Lankford Introduces Bill for States to Opt Out of Obamacare with 'Health Care Compact'

    02/11/2014 4:38:28 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 4 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/11/2014 | Breitbart News
    Washington, DCRepresentative James Lankford (R-OK), Chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee, today introduced the House Joint Resolution legislative proposal for the Health Care Compact, a breakthrough governance reform that allows states to clean up the health care mess created by the federal government. The Health Care Compact is a way for states to protect their residents from the top-down, one-size-fits-all health care solutions that have been imposed from Washington DC, including Obamacare, said Lankford. The compact transfers health care decision-making authority and responsibility from the federal level to member states. Those member states are then free to implement their...
  • Poll: D.C. Only U.S. "State" With Positive Economic Confidence

    02/10/2014 8:53:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | February 10, 2014 | Daniel Doherty
    Gallups latest economic findings are seemingly straight out of the dystopian novel The Hunger Games. That is to say, every state in the nation boasted a negative economic index score; only the District of Columbia -- the capital city -- is seemingly prospering. Surprise: The pollsters posit some interesting takeaways for us to consider: (1) the disparity between the most economically confident state (Massachusetts) and the least economically confident state (West Virginia) is 43 percentage points. (This excludes the District of Columbia, of course, which is not a state).Thats an enormous gap, and one that doesnt appear to be shrinking,...
  • This Map Shows How The GDP Of US States Compare To Countries Around The World

    02/04/2014 5:41:51 AM PST · by blam · 17 replies
    BI ^ | 2-4-2014 | Michael Kelley
    This Map Shows How The GDP Of US States Compare To Countries Around The World Michael Kelley Feb. 4, 2014, 7:27 AM      Feb. 4, 2014, 7:27 AM BI contributor Randy Olson passed along this map, created by reddit user Phaenthi, that presents U.S. states and corresponding countries with similar GDP. Olson, who moderates the subreddit DataisBeautiful, noted that the map is not adjusted for population size "e.g., Minnesota has a population of ~5.5 million and Nigeria has a population of ~175 million." California is the obvious powerhouse, with a GDP of about $2 trillion in...
  • Gallup: Wyoming Residents Most Conservative, D.C. Most Liberal

    01/31/2014 3:50:31 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Gallup ^ | 01/31/2014 | Art Swift
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Wyoming was the most conservative U.S. state in 2013, replacing Alabama, which fell to 10th place. The District of Columbia was once again the most liberal area in the United States, with Vermont and Massachusetts having the highest percentage of liberals among the 50 states. Explore complete state data > Overall, Americans were much more likely to self-identify as conservatives than as liberals last year, though that gap shrank from previous years. The most conservative states are located primarily in the South and West, while the most liberal states are found on the East and West...
  • Alcohol vs. Marijuana (Part 1)

    01/28/2014 4:11:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 65 replies ^ | January 28, 2014 | Chuck Norris
    I understand the arguments for the legalization of marijuana: It can generate tax revenue. It can reduce illegal supply and demand. It can strip power from cartels and lessen crime across and at our borders. And it isn't so dangerous as other illegal drugs or alcohol. President Barack Obama even claimed one of those arguments when he recently told New Yorker Editor David Remnick, "As has been well-documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through...
  • Obama to travel to four states after SOTU (show)

    01/26/2014 4:04:26 AM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/25/14 | Justin Sink
    President Obama will travel to four states in the week following the State of the Union to drum up support for proposals he will outline in his annual address, according to the White House. With some action on all our parts, we can help more jobseekers find work, and more working Americans find the economic security they deserve, White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer said in an email to supporters Saturday. That's why, in the week following the speech, President Obama will travel to communities across the country including Prince Georges County Maryland, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, and Nashville, before returning...
  • Obama: Marijuana a 'bad habit and a vice,' no more dangerous than alcohol

    01/20/2014 7:39:50 AM PST · by Biggirl · 89 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 20, 2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama said in an interview published Sunday he does not believe marijuana is more dangerous than alcohol and that it was important that the legalization of the drug in some states to go forward because it would prevent unfair penalties for some users.
  • Number of Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents on Food Stamps Doubles

    01/17/2014 11:38:30 PM PST · by Innovative · 62 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Jan 17, 2014 | William Bigelow
    The number of Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs) receiving food stamps zoomed from 1.7 million to 3.9 million between Fiscal Year 2007 and Fiscal Year 2010. In that same period, food stamp recipients in total grew from 26 million to nearly 40 million. Spending on food stamps now totals somewhere around $80 billion, twice what the number was in Fiscal Year 2008. Presently, the work waivers foisted on the states by Obama allow ABAWDs to receive food stamps indefinitely--without working or preparing for work.
  • State Fiscal Condition: Ranking the 50 States

    01/17/2014 7:08:04 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 35 replies
    Mercatus Center - George Mason University ^ | January 14, 2014 | Sarah Arnett
    New research from Sarah Arnett examines states abilities to meet their financial obligations in the face of state budget challenges that have far outlasted the Great Recession. Fiscal simulations by the Government Accountability Office suggest that despite recent gains in tax revenues and pension assets, the long-term outlook for states fiscal condition is negative (GAO 2013). These simulations predict that states will have yearly difficulties balancing revenues and expenditures due, in part, to rising health care costs and the cost of funding state and local pensions. Arnett uses four different indices to analyze state solvency using each states fiscal year...
  • Legislation Introduced to Protect State Sovereignty Over Definition of Marriage

    01/10/2014 9:15:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/10/2014 | Napp Nazworth
    Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas) introduced a bill Thursday that would keep a state's definition of marriage for the legal residents of that state for the purposes of federal law. If passed, the bill would require federal agencies to look at how a person's marital status is defined in their home state when determining their marital status for federal law. If, for instance, a same-sex couple lives in a state that defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman and that couple got married in a state that has redefined marriage to include same-sex couples, federal law would...
  • Great News for Michigan on Migration Front!

    01/10/2014 5:34:18 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/8/2014 | Michael LaFaive
    United Van Lines gave the Associated Press an early look at its annual inbound vs. outbound household move statistics for 2013 and the news for Michigan looks fantastic. For the first time in 16 years Michigan is no longer in the "high-outbound" moves category, defined by United Van Lines (UVL) as 55 percent or more of customer traffic leaving a particular state. The Great Lake State has entered what UVL calls its "Balanced" category, where in-bound and out-bound traffic are similar. That's in sharp contrast to this state's lost decade: for four years between 2006 and 2009 Michigan actually had...
  • 70 new anti-abortion laws OK'd in 22 states, second most ever

    01/04/2014 6:50:05 PM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/02/14 | PAUL BEDARD
    Some 22 states enacted 70 new provisions to target abortion last year, the second most ever, prompting an outcry from Planned Parenthood, which accused out-of-touch Tea Party politicians with using every underhanded trick in the book to get these laws passed. A new report from the Guttmacher Institute said that the 70 provisions were second in number to the nearly 90 approved in 2011. The group said that 205 abortion restrictions were approved over the past three years, more than the 189 enacted during the previous decade. The report also noted that many states increased access to abortion, such as...
  • Minimum wage to rise in 13 states on Jan. 1

    12/29/2013 3:11:07 PM PST · by Libloather · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/29/13 | Emily Jane Fox
    Starting January 1, minimum wage workers in 13 states and four cities will see higher paychecks. While most of the increases amount to less than 15 cents per hour, workers in places like New Jersey, Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island will see a bigger bump. Earlier this year, New Jersey residents voted to raise the state's minimum wage by $1 to $8.25 per hour. And lawmakers voted to hike the wage by between 25 cents and 75 cents per hour, to $8.70 in Connecticut and $8 in Rhode Island and New York. Residents in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana,...
  • Who's Next to Follow South Carolina's Lead on the FULL State Nullification of Obamacare?

    12/16/2013 8:31:57 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 30 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 16 December 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    (Yoo-hoo, Rick Perry...) As desperation mounts at the White House, Dear Leader -although he hasn't killed his uncle yet- is sinking to new depths of lawlessness in flailing attempts to salvage his 'signature' piece of legislation, the misnomer Affordable Care Act (and the entire Obama legacy). The latest stunt involves all but forcing insurers to cover (cheaply or free, and at a financial loss) those without HC coverage who haven't been able to get anything out of 'state exchanges' due to the ongoing debacle. But it seems SouthCarolinians have decided they'vehad their fill:If the ACA nullification bill -which has...
  • The Terrifying Future of The United States

    11/18/2013 3:09:25 PM PST · by ResisTyr · 14 replies ^ | June 15, 2013 | StormCloudsGathering
    Published on Jun 5, 2013 If this doesn't wake you up, I don't know what will. Follow us on Facebook: Follow us on Twitter: Donate: Visit our website: Get weekly email updates: ------ Music is original sound track created by me. Composite animations are original. Links to get you started on your research: NDAA 2013 passes with indefinite detention still intact The Patriot Act Obama extends Patriot Act: Widespread abuse of patriot act: Obama tries to hide information regarding rape and sexual abuse in Abu Ghraib: Obama's kill list:...
  • Three states forced wholesale insurance cancellations because of ObamaCare (VA, KY, ID)

    10/31/2013 2:20:42 PM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/31/13 | Ed Morrissey
    **SNIP** CNN reports that insurers had nothing to do with it in at least three states, where the states themselves forced the cancellations in order to comply with ObamaCare: President Obama may have promised Americans that they can keep their insurance if they like it, but thats not the case in at least three states where insurance companies are required to discontinue plans that dont meet Obamacares new coverage standards. Virginia, Kentucky and Idaho have told insurance companies that they must scrap insurance plans that dont meet the minimum coverage requirements laid out in the Affordable Care Act. Some states...
  • Take This State And Shove It: The New Secession Movement

    10/28/2013 1:14:33 PM PDT · by Theoria · 12 replies
    NPR ^ | 28 Oct 2013 | Alan Greenblatt
    There's a big race right now to become the 51st state. Forget traditional contenders like Puerto Rico. In several existing states, residents of less populous areas are hoping to create new states of their own. Citizens in 11 northeastern Colorado counties are among them. They'll vote on Nov. 5 whether to break off and form their own state. Many are unhappy about liberal state legislation they believe reflects the values of the Denver-Boulder corridor, but not their part of the world. "We're rarely listened to when it comes to legislation," says Butch White, the mayor of Ault. "I'm sure the...
  • States authorized by LAW to ignore ObamaCare mandates, rate hikes

    10/23/2013 11:05:59 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 6 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/23/13 | Doug Book
    If you live in a Red State which refused to build an ObamaCare exchange and you have been divested of your doctor and your healthcare plan, dont get mad at ObamaCare or even Barack Hussein. The reason? Here is what former DC Insurance Commissioner Lawrence H. Mirel has to say about health insurance and the states: The problem is that the federal government has no legal authority to regulate health insurance rates. Insurance, including health insurance, is regulated by the states. The McCarran-Ferguson Act, which preserves the principle of state regulation of insurance...
  • Conservatives Must Coalesce or We Are Sitting Ducks

    10/15/2013 10:11:35 AM PDT · by publius321 · 19 replies
    Mark Levin's Plan is excellent but how long do we have? Secession, civil war? Only OBAMA wants that to happen.
  • Support the Vets March on Washington

    10/10/2013 10:37:15 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 10, 2013 | Russ Vaughn
    Nothing seems to have angered the public quite so much as the Obama administration's needless closure of our national war monuments and the forcible denial of access to those sites to the warriors whom they were erected to honor. In an absolutely shameful move, the administration has selected for particular abuse those who have given the most to preserve the democratic survival of this nation. The outrage this churlishness has provoked is so widespread and deep that even Democrats should realize it as petty spitefulness coming from a petulant president and counterproductive to their cause. Sadly, none has thus far...
  • 10 states where Obamacare wipes out existing plans

    09/30/2013 8:41:09 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 12 replies ^ | 9.29.13 | Sarah Hurtubise
    (Daily Caller) President Barack Obama famously promised, If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan. He later got even more specific. If you are among the hundreds of millions of Americans who already have health insurance through your job, or Medicare, or Medicaid, or the VA, nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have, Obama said. Read the full story
  • Ten states where Obamacare wipes out existing health care plans

    09/28/2013 6:42:29 PM PDT · by markomalley · 43 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9/28/2013 | Sarah Hurtubise
    President Barack Obama famously promised, If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan. He later got even more specific.If you are among the hundreds of millions of Americans who already have health insurance through your job, or Medicare, or Medicaid, or the VA, nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have, Obama said.But as Obamacares rollout approaches, we have learned this is not true. Here are the ten states where consumers may like their health care plans, but they wont be able to...
  • What is the Most Screwed Up Thing About Your State? Check This Chart

    09/24/2013 10:33:06 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 62 replies
    Policy Mic ^ | 09/21/2013 | Chris Miles
    For all the U-S-A, U-S-A rah rah that goes around, the United States can be a shameful place.  The below map lays out some of the statistically worst things about each state. It covers everything from health to crime to travel to drug use. Some states don't have it so bad (Ohio, the "nerdiest") but others really kind of suck (Mississippi has the highest rate of obesity at 35.3% of total population ... and ranks poorly in the most number of categories. These include highest rate of child poverty at 31.9%, highest rate of infant mortality at 10.3% lowest median household...
  • RANKED: The Most Corrupt States

    09/04/2013 6:47:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/04/2013 | Rob Wile
    This weekend, the New York Times' Nick Madigan called Florida a "hothouse of corruption," reporting the Sunshine State saw the greatest number of people convicted of public corruption between 2000 and 2010.That's technically true. But it's not the full story.To get a true sense of the most corrupt state, we need to know how many convictions there have been on a population basis.So we went back to Justice Department data cited by Madigan, to see which states saw the greatest number of convictions per 100,000 (Madigan actually appears to cite slightly outdated data; the latest covers the period between 2002 and...
  • Why is Minority Voting Up In States With Strict ID Laws?

    09/01/2013 9:13:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    fox news ^ | 9/1/13 | fox news
    Vid at link
  • VANITY: Are there any conservative groups for teachers working in public schools?

    08/24/2013 5:52:26 AM PDT · by knit1purl2 · 18 replies
    myself | 8/24/2013 | knit1purl2
    I am considering a career change and think I would be a great teacher if i could survive the political arena. I am looking for comrades in arms. Are there any groups of conservative teachers that would be willing to organize to combine efforts to promote conservative thinking at your school? Would such a group survive?
  • Wooed by Gun-Friendly States, Some Manufacturers Pull Up Stakes

    08/05/2013 1:28:51 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    NYT ^ | 8/5/13 | NELSON D. SCHWARTZ
    BRISTOL, Conn. Even gun makers want to be liked. So governors and other politicians from states eager to embrace the industry have descended on places where they are not so popular like Connecticut, Maryland, New York and Colorado offering tax breaks and outright cash grants to persuade them to relocate. I sensed an opportunity, said Alan Clemmons, a South Carolina state representative, who traveled to Connecticut in the spring as part of a successful effort to lure PTR, a maker of assault rifles here. They are not feeling loved right now in Connecticut. Were delighted to have...
  • Obama's United States of Pick Pocketing

    08/02/2013 8:25:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | August 2, 2013 | Charlotte Hays
    When the G8 summit met in Belfast earlier in the summer, one overriding ambition drove the grand panjandrums of international order: the imperative of squeezing more money out of people and corporations. Sure, these international Faginsthats the famed receiver of stolen goods in Charles Dickens Oliver Twistdidn't quite frame the issue that way. Instead, these officials, high-living if not entirely high-minded, spoke in more mundane terms of going after tax havens or the need to target aggressive tax planning. But the real theme of the meeting was best summed up by the lyrics of Joel Grays famous song in Cabaret:...
  • The Worst States to Be Unemployed

    07/29/2013 9:51:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Wall Street 24X7 ^ | 07/29/2013
    As a result of the sequester, which went into effect in early 2013 to help cut the U.S. budget deficit, a federal program intended to lengthen the amount of time jobless residents can receive unemployment benefits will be substantially reduced. Cutting Emergency Unemployment Compensation will mean an end to an important source of income for many out-of-work Americans. Unemployment rates have fallen nationwide, but there are still nearly 12 million active job seekers who cannot find work. While unemployment is rarely a favorable situation, in certain parts of the country, the unemployed can expect to find a job more easily...
  • The Safest Locationi in the United States

    07/21/2013 2:21:41 PM PDT · by Doc Savage · 152 replies
    July 21,2013 | Doc Savage
    Where in the United States would you consider yourself the safest? Someplace where there were no hurricanes, no floods, no eathquakes, no tornados, no major blizzards, no black or Hispanic gangs, no black flash mobs, low chance of becoming a murder statistic, no muslim terrorists, insignificant traffic accidents, hidden from government murderers, relatively low chance of coming in contact with deadly bacterial or viral diseases,.......etc. What would be your choice? Is there such a place still left in the US? I'll give you mine later.
  • National Guard Soldiers, Airmen to be Furloughed

    07/10/2013 7:31:28 PM PDT · by Racehorse · 11 replies
    AP via ^ | 4 July 2013 | Audrey McAvoy
    More than 1,100 National Guard soldiers and airmen in Hawaii - and thousands in other states - will be living with 20 percent less pay over the next three months as the Defense Department carries out automatic federal budget cuts. Guard members will be furloughed for one day a week starting Monday, so helicopter pilots and mechanics, pay and finance clerks and others who keep the guard operating will have eight hours less each week to do their jobs. It's not clear precisely what effects the unprecedented cuts will have. They could, however, make it more difficult for the guard...
  • After Supreme Court Ruling, States Rush to Enact Voting Laws

    07/07/2013 6:05:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    New York Times ^ | 07/06/2013 | By MICHAEL COOPER
    State officials across the South are aggressively moving ahead with new laws requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls after the Supreme Court decision striking down a portion of the Voting Rights Act. The Republicans who control state legislatures throughout the region say such laws are needed to prevent voter fraud. But such fraud is extremely rare, and Democrats are concerned that the proposed changes will make it harder for many poor voters and members of minorities who tend to vote Democratic to cast their ballots in states that once discriminated against black voters with poll...
  • The Nullification Door can Swing Both Ways: A useful tool in protecting liberty -- but also a threat

    06/24/2013 7:51:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/24/2013 | Bruce Johnson
    Patrick Henry, John Calhoun, and George Mason would be delighted that States are showing some backbone after 220 years of Federal power encroachment. States are again beginning to question Federal authority by, in effect, nullifying some Federal mandates. But the "nullification door" is swinging both ways. Is it not nullification of law by the Federal Government itself when they who hold the federal reins refuse to enforce the laws currently on the books? And when nonenforcement of the law is at the whim of an administration, what recourse exists for the citizenry? For the States? Both ends of the political...
  • Dissent Festers in States That Obama Forgot

    06/19/2013 12:17:37 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    NYT ^ | 6/19/13 | JOHN HARWOOD
    WASHINGTON You might call North Dakota the antithesis of President Obamas political base. Whites make up 90 percent of its population, which is fewer than one million people and mostly in rural areas. Its proportion of people 65 and over exceeds the national average. There was never a chance that North Dakota would give Mr. Obama its three electoral votes. So Mr. Obama has not given North Dakota his time. It is one of six states he has not visited as president, along with South Dakota, Arkansas, Idaho, South Carolina and Utah. He has gone just once to Kansas,...
  • The 7 States That The Rest Of America Would Like To Kick Out Of the Country

    05/29/2013 9:58:03 AM PDT · by blam · 115 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 5-29-2013 | Walter Hickey
    The 7 States That The Rest Of America Would Like To Kick Out Of the Country Walter Hickey May 29, 2013, 11:10 AM An AskReddit thread yesterday polled Americans about which state they would remove from the union. The answers were diverse and had a number of thought processes behind them which states had the least people, which states contributed least to the country, which could survive on their own, and which state was Mississippi and in the end a lot of people made a lot of sense. Here are the states most Americans would love to see...
  • Record 10,978,040 Now On Disability; "Disability" Would Be 8th Most Populous State

    05/29/2013 8:04:03 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 38 replies ^ | May 29,2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    ( - The total number of people in the United States now receiving federal disability benefits hit a record 10,978,040 in May, up from 10,962,532 million in April, according to newly released data from the Social Security Administration.
  • Poll to FREEP, NTSB Board for states to lower blood alcohol limit from .08 to .05

    05/15/2013 8:38:01 AM PDT · by Steelers6 · 73 replies
    State Journal Register ^ | May 15, 2013 | Steelers6
    One recent recommendation by the National Transportation Safety Board was to reduce states drunken-driving threshold from .08 to .05 blood alcohol content. What do you think? Thats way too strict. 42% Sounds good to me. 35% The standard should be zero. 21%
  • What Should States Do When the Federal Government Usurps Power?

    05/01/2013 7:59:50 PM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 35 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | May 1, 2013 | Publius Huldah
    1. What can a State or several States do to resist encroachments & usurpations by the federal government? 2. Federalist No. 46 (7th para) discusses how individual States or several States carry out resistance to the federal governments unconstitutional encroachments. If a particular State takes an action which the federal government doesnt like, but which has the support of the People of that State, the federal government cant do anything about it unless it is willing to use force. So, in para 7, Madison contemplates that not all States will oppose unconstitutional encroachments by the federal government. But...