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  • Ten States consider dropping daylight saving time

    03/23/2015 7:18:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/22/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    It’s been taking place for nearly as long as I’ve been alive and I’m having a hard time recalling a single conversation with anyone who was an enthusiastic fan. The subject is daylight saving time, which crops up twice every year in nearly the entire nation, and is then promptly forgotten again once everyone gets their internal clocks mostly readjusted. But perhaps this is finally coming to an end as ten states debate dropping the practice, picking a time and sticking to it. States across the country are taking a dim view toward daylight saving time. And some say...
  • There are 3 US cities and an entire state that will pay you to live there

    03/18/2015 7:19:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/18/2015 | TIERNA UNRUH-ENOS, SMARTASSET
    A city will pay me to live there? How is that possible, you may ask. Well, it's true. There are cities in the US that will actually pay you to live there. Might they always be your first choice for where you would live? Maybe, and maybe not. But getting paid to move and live in a community, if even for a short while can be quite an adventure, save you a ton of money and might even surprise you with how much you enjoy living in that city. Find out now: How much house can I afford? Here are...
  • Colorado GOP ousts establishment Chairman. Replaced by liberty backed candidate.

    03/15/2015 8:23:31 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 11 replies
    dailypaul.com ^ | 3/14/15
    Just minutes ago. The Colorado State GOP has denied establishment Chairman Ryan Call his reelection. The liberty backed candidate Steve House has been elected as chairman. Ryan Call has been a monkey for Karl Rove and the RNC in the passed two elections. Ryan played backhanded tactics to deny the liberty vote at almost every stop he could. Earlier this month, he disqualified the election results of a specific county and decided to redo the county election himself. All so he could get a few more votes for his reelection. Steve House was backed by the liberty crowd. He is...
  • The Constitutional Flaw That Doomed Our Federal System

    03/04/2015 7:54:42 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 49 replies
    Ricochet ^ | March 4, 2015 | Fredsphere
    Instead of watching helplessly as our republic devolves into crown government, let’s distract ourselves with a counterfactual. What if senators were appointed by state legislatures for indefinite terms?The Senate was designed to preserve the federal nature of our system. Members of the House represent the people, but the Senators were to represent the states — really, state governments.Had this worked, the people would have benefited. (Sometimes, you win by grabbing all the power, but sometimes you win by ceding power to critical allies. The states were the people’s only allies in the War Against the Feds.) Unfortunately, senators came to...
  • Arizona Education Chief Nullifies Federal Food Fundraising Rules

    02/16/2015 6:12:46 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The New American ^ | February 15, 2015 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    A state-level bureaucrat is standing up to the the central government planners is a most unusual way. Arizonas superintendent of public instruction, Diane Douglas, has informed all school districts in the Grand Canyon State that they have blanket authority to ignore all federal nutrition mandates regulating school fundraisers. "Forcing parents and other supporters of schools to only offer federally approved food and snacks at fundraisers is a perfect example of the overreach of government and intrusion into local control," Douglas said in a statement. "I have ordered effective immediately, that the ADE Health and Nutrition Services division grant exemptions for...
  • Jindal to leave Louisiana's next governor with budget mess [AP Hit Piece on Bobby]

    02/11/2015 9:55:33 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 27 replies
    AP/yahoo ^ | 2/11/15 | Melinda DeSlatte
    Year after year, Louisiana didn't have enough money to cover its expenses, yet Gov. Bobby Jindal refused to roll back income tax cuts or ever-increasing corporate tax breaks. Instead, he raided reserve funds and sold off state property. ...The governor has successfully trimmed some spending by cutting more than 30,000 full-time state employees. He's reduced the state's vehicle fleet, privatized much of the Medicaid program, turned over the state's charity hospitals to outside managers and looked for ways to make state government more efficient. That hasn't closed all the gaps, however, and Jindal's short-term solutions leave a string of debts...
  • State Senator Authors Resolution To Repeal Indiana's Ratification Of 17th Amendment

    02/10/2015 9:45:33 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    WBAA Public Radio ^ | February 9, 2015 | Network Indiana
    An Indiana state senator wants to change the way US senators are elected. Until the 17th Amendment was ratified a century ago, senators weren't elected directly, but by state legislatures. Charlestown State Senator Jim Smith says the idea was to make senators responsive to their states concerns. He argues the switch to direct election has contributed to a shift in the balance of power from the states to the federal government. Smith says its separated senators from state concerns and made it harder to remove them. "As the needs of the state of Indiana change," says Smith,"then we would essentially...
  • 51 Weird Museums Across the U.S.: One For Every State (and D.C!)

    02/04/2015 3:35:56 PM PST · by bgill · 41 replies
    yahoo ^ | Feb. 4, 2015 | Melinda Crow
    We, as a country, love weird things. We celebrate it, wear T-shirts proclaiming our weirdness, and enshrine oddities that probably should have gone out with the trash a decade ago. And thats okay. At Yahoo Travel, we went in search of weird, wonderful, and wacky museums that are worth going out of your way to see.
  • More states signing onto an Article V convention, and thats a good thing

    02/04/2015 6:49:07 AM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 102 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | 02/04/2015 | Jon E. Dougherty
    What should American conservatives to do when the leaders of their chosen party have become nearly indistinguishable from liberal Democrats? Vote? Write letters and emails? Make phone calls? Stay at home and refuse to participate? Withhold our financial support? We have tried all of those things repeatedly, over the course of the past 100 years but nothing seems to have worked. If anything, todays GOP establishment leaders are more distant from, and more hostile to, conservatives than at any time since the Republican Party was founded.
  • State Legislators Renew Battle Against Same-sex Marriage Decrees

    01/30/2015 12:08:11 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    The New American ^ | January 30, 2015 | Jack Kenny
    In what has been described as a new front in the battle over same-sex marriage, legislators in several states under judicial orders to confer marital status on same-sex couples have introduced bills to forbid state or local officials from issuing marriage licenses to couples of the same gender. The bills would also strip the salaries of employees who issued the licenses, the New York Times reported Thursday.The bills have been introduced in the legislatures of Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas, with South Carolina also considering a bill that would allow officials to opt out of issuing such licenses if it...
  • Obama: States more likely to legalize pot

    01/23/2015 11:33:34 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 53 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 22, 2015 | Justin Sink
    President Obama believes more states are likely to legalize marijuana following efforts in Colorado and Washington state. "My suspicion is that you're going to see other states look at this," the president told YouTube blogger Hank Green. Obama said that the federal government was "not going to spend a lot of resources" enforcing federal marijuana laws in states that had decided to legalize the drug. He also noted that the Department of Justice was examining how to shift policies for nonviolent drug offenders. In an interview with The New Yorker last year, Obama appeared to tacitly endorse a Colorado referendum...
  • The States Will Pay for Obamas Executive Amnesty

    01/22/2015 7:13:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/22/2015 | Ian Smith
    On January 30, the Southern District Court of Texas will decide whether 25 plaintiff states in Texas v. U.S. should be granted a preliminary injunction to stop the Obama administrations latest, lawless executive amnesty. Establishing legal standing essentially, a plaintiffs right to sue is highly problematic for petitioners aggrieved by the non-enforcement of our immigration laws, but the plaintiff states have skillfully laid out in their briefs a comprehensive case for why they should be granted standing. The states assert several economic interests harmed by the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) program. They cite, among other things, the...
  • Hail to the States: Obama takes credit for growth stoked largely by red state policies.

    01/22/2015 6:31:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    City Journal ^ | 01/22/2015 | Steven Malanga
    Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis called the states the laboratories of democracy. President Barack Obama ought to be glad that a handful of states are governed by Republicans doing lab work very different from his own. The economic gains registered in some of those states have played a significant part in pulling America out of its economic doldrums, allowing Obama, after six years in office, to give a State of the Union speech in which he could assert with some validity that the state of the union is strong. In his address on Tuesday night, the president took credit, as...
  • Obama: I'm 'Stopping' Islamic States 'Advance'

    01/20/2015 5:51:47 PM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    President Obama won't claim victory of the Islamic State. But in tonight's State of the Union he will say that he (or "American leadership") is "stopping" its "advance." "In Iraq and Syria, American leadership including our military power is stopping ISILs advance," Obama will say, according to excerpts released by the White House. "Instead of getting dragged into another ground war in the Middle East, we are leading a broad coalition, including Arab nations, to degrade and ultimately destroy this terrorist group. Were also supporting a moderate opposition in Syria that can help us in this effort, and...
  • Bold Agenda: GOPs Dominance in States Could Yield Crucial Constitutional Amendments

    01/04/2015 5:31:40 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 66 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 4, 2015 | by Mike Flynn
    The 2014 midterm elections gave state Republicans their largest political majorities of the modern political era. In Governor races, the GOP picked up a net 2 states, against expectations of a 2-seat loss. The party also holds 68 of the nations 98 partisan legislative chambers, a grip on state government not seen since the 1920s. In only seven deeply blue states do Democrats control both the legislature and the Governors mansion. Republicans hold or share control in every other state. Conservatives rightfully worry that Republicans in Washington will pursue a modest agenda with their Congressional majorities, but the states provide...
  • A Ten-Step Program for Constitutional Recovery

    01/02/2015 9:43:03 AM PST · by all the best · 20 replies
    Tenth Amendment Center ^ | January 2. 2015
    By now, youve likely read plenty about how the Constitution has been twisted to give the federal government power far beyond anything the Founders ever planned. You already know the dangers of an unchecked President, of a Congress that passes bills without reading them, of agencies that do what they want, and judges who believe in precedent over original meaning. So I wont waste your time sharing more of the same. Is the situation hopeless? Absolutely not. But in order to actually turn things around, a few sacred cows need to be dealt with. Here are TEN STEPS you should...
  • Can Conservatives Keep Winning On Infrastructure Spending?

    12/30/2014 7:03:50 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 10 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 12/30/14 | Conn Carroll
    It is rare for conservatives to score a federal policy victory these days, especially with a Democrat in the White House, but as Michael Barone reminds us, just by playing defense conservatives have done exactly that on transportation. Unfortunately there are some in Congress who want to reverse these gains. The big win for conservatives on transportation comes from two sources. First, when the gas tax was last raised in 1993, it was not indexed for inflation, so the 18.4 cents a gallon collected today doesn't go as far today as it did more than two decades ago. Second, thanks...
  • What Every State in the U.S. Is Worst at (Including North Dakota at Tourism)

    12/18/2014 9:23:40 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 55 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | December 17, 2014 | Kate Peregrina
    One thing that makes the U.S. great: no two states are the same. That diversity leads to distinct strengths and weaknesses, but how can you know what makes North Dakota different from South Dakota, besides a made-up line separating them? Well, in the interest of showing that every state sucks in some way, we picked out one key area where each is most deficient. This is what every state is the worst at.
  • It is time for a Convention of the States

    12/17/2014 8:35:06 AM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 99 replies
    Absolute Rights Blog ^ | 12/17/2014 | Posted by: Jon Dougherty
    We have some bad news for American conservatives: The leaders of our party, the once Grand Old Party, are trying to figure out a way to win elections without us, and if or when they do, they will abandon us like yesterdays trash. If you have any question about this, you need not look any further than this National Journal story from yesterday, reporting that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has announced on his Facebook page that he is actively exploring a presidential bid in 2016. Spoiler alert: Jeb Bush is not your dads conservative. Were not sure if actively...
  • A Lay Persons Guide To The 17 States Immigration Lawsuit Against DHS

    12/08/2014 1:27:10 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 12/08/2014 | Gabriel Malor
    A lawsuit 17 states have brought against the Obama administrations immigration actions offers a promising restraint against presidential power grabs. December 8, 2014 By Gabriel Malor Led by Texas Attorney General and soon-to-be-governor Greg Abbott, 17 states have sued the United States and the Department of Homeland Security because of the Obama administrations immigration action. Before we dig into the lawsuit, let us stipulate that the best option for curtailing President Obamas dubious immigration power grab is action from Congress to roll back his unilateral changes and to address an immigration system that all sides agree has failed. But absent...
  • UPDATED: 19 STATES FILE LAWSUIT OVER PRESIDENT OBAMA'S EXECUTIVE AMNESTY

    12/08/2014 1:39:50 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    Numbers USA ^ | 12/08/2014
    Eighteen states, led by Texas, filed a lawsuit today with the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Texas challenging President Obama's executive action on immigration. The suit claims that the White House overstepped its authority by granting amnesty and work permits for 5 million illegal aliens. After filing the federal suit, Texas Attorney General and Governor-elect Greg Abbott wrote in a statement that President Obama's executive amnesty "tramples the U.S. Constitution's Take Care Clause and federal law."Also included in Attorney General Abbott's statement were the states' legal challenges to President Obama's executive action: The executive action on immigration...
  • How the 17th Amendment is destroying America

    12/04/2014 6:37:59 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    Megyn Kelly ^ | December 4, 2014 | Justin Haskins
    Few Americans who entered polling booths for the Nov. 4 election and pulled the lever for their favorite candidate for Senate realize that for most of American history, senators were chosen by the state legislatures. It wasnt until 1913 that the 17thAmendment was passed, granting American voters the constitutional right of directly electing their senators.While this important amendment may seem innocuous, the reality is that few other changes to our Constitution have had the same detrimental effect on our nation than this single, nearly forgotten alteration.The passage of the 17th Amendment was driven largely by the populist movement of the...
  • Congress Can't Break Highway Gridlock

    11/28/2014 11:04:21 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | November 26, 2014 | Michael Needham
    I dont want to say theyre unsafe, but theyre dangerous. That was how President Obamas former transportation secretary Ray LaHood described Americas roads and bridges in a pre-Thanksgiving interview on CBSs 60 Minutes. The high-profile story left viewers with the distinct impression that Americas roads and bridges are crumbling, and politicians were to blame. First, lets dispense with the notion that travel in America is a life-jeopardizing experience. According to the Federal Highway Administrations own 2013 report, the number of structurally deficient and functionally obsolete bridges has decreased every year since 2000. This same report also shows that fatalities and...
  • When The Enemy of The States is The State

    11/27/2014 1:55:33 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 27, 2014 | Diana West
    When St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert P. McCulloch explained that some exonerating testimony in the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, came from several African-American eyewitnesses who described Brown as having charged police officer Darren Wilson before he fired the fatal shots, it was a powerful moment. Such testimony was consistent with physical evidence establishing that Wilson had not fired at Brown's back as repeatedly and poisonously alleged. Indeed, it would seem that the aggressor in this fatal encounter was not Wilson, but rather Brown. According to evidence the grand jury sifted and assessed, it seems that Wilson...
  • David Brooks: Its Palin spasm over, GOP is a responsible party again

    11/09/2014 9:42:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 77 replies
    The Fresno Bee ^ | November 9, 2014 | David Brooks, New York Times columnist
    Every party in opposition goes a little crazy. For Republicans in the early Obama era, insanity took the form of the Sarah Palin spasm. Veteran politicos took the former Alaska governor seriously as a national figure. Republican primary voters nominated the likes of Todd Akin, Christine O'Donnell and Sharron Angle. Glenn Beck seemed important enough to hold a big rally at the Lincoln Memorial. Fortunately, serious parties eventually pull back from the fever swamps. Thats whats happening to the Republican Party. It has re-established itself as the nations dominant governing party. Republicans now control 69 of 99 state legislative bodies....
  • 10 freshmen who could trouble leadership

    11/09/2014 12:26:00 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 8, 2014 | Cristina Marcos
    House Republicans will have their largest majority since the 1930s next year, but that doesn't mean Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) job will be easy.The House GOP leadership's struggles in keeping members in line over the past four years have been well documented. Some of the incoming freshmen will likely join the ranks of conservatives who frequently oppose leadership initiatives.Among the new freshmen, for instance, is one congressman-elect who has called Hillary Clinton the "anti-Christ," another who has suggested Muslims don't deserve First Amendment rights, and yet another who has declared himself open to the idea of the United States invading...
  • Did you know the GOP now controls 66 of 99 state legislative houses?

    11/06/2014 8:18:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/6/2014 | Rick Moran
    Another underreported fact from Tuesday's election is the extraordinary night Republicans had in winning state legislative seats. The GOP now controls two thirds of state legislative houses – 66 of 99 (Nebraska's legislature is unicameral).  They upped the number of states where they control both house and senate to 24 – one more than they had before the election.  And according to this article in Vox, they cut the number of Democratic-held legislatures from 14 to 7. Republicans made historic gains in state legislatures in 2010. They held on in many states in 2012, or made up for losses...
  • Libs trashing Saira Blair, an 18-year-old Republican who just won a seat in the WV legislature

    11/06/2014 7:06:00 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 87 replies
    http://twitchy.com ^ | November 5, 2014
    This could be the nicest thing you read today, via the Wall Street Journal: A West Virginia University freshman who did most of her campaigning out of her dorm room became the youngest state lawmaker in the nation Tuesday. Republican Saira Blair, a fiscally conservative 18-year-old, will represent a small district in West Virginias eastern panhandle, about 1 hours outside Washington, D.C., after defeating her Democratic opponent 63% to 30%, according to the Associated Press. A third candidate got 7% of the vote. In a statement, Ms. Blair thanked her supporters and family, as well as her opponents for running...
  • MY ULTIMATE MIDTERM ANALYSIS (Some Vanity)

    11/05/2014 7:28:41 PM PST · by Viennacon · 23 replies
    . ^ | 11/5/2014 | Me
    In the following post, I am going to go through what happened last night for those finding it hard to follow, perhaps because they don't know who is who etc. I will go systematically through the highlights and lowlights of the governor's races, US Senate races, US House races, and state legislature makeup, picking out the ones I was watching out for in particular. I will then state the big winners and losers of the night in general Finally, my opinion on where we should go next, how to improve on successes and not repeat failures. Without further ado, and...
  • Here's What a Republican TakeOver Looks Like

    11/05/2014 9:15:33 PM PST · by rlbedfor · 73 replies
    Map of Flyover Country
  • MSM reports of individual States protocol & subsequent monitoring for Ebola:

    11/01/2014 5:18:40 PM PDT · by wtd · 19 replies
    multiple | 11/01/2014
    MSM reports of individual States protocol and subsequent monitoring of travelers from West Africa for Ebola ALABAMA MontgomeryAdvertiser: Alabama monitors 3 from Ebola outbreak areas October 30, 2014 Alabamas13: Gov. Bentley and State Health Officer address Alabamas Ebola plan ALASKA BuffaloNews: A look at Ebola guidelines in some states October 31, 2014 State health officials in Alaska are finishing a plan that will outline the steps for when to put someone in quarantine or how to manage a patient who is off Alaska's limited road system, said Dr. Joe McLaughlin, the state's chief epidemiologist. Anyone who traveled to the hardest...
  • Obama Crushes State Ebola Quarantines

    10/28/2014 9:02:17 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 9 replies
    rushlimbaugh.com ^ | 10-27-2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Okay. So let me see if I understand this. The states want to set up their own Ebola quarantines. Why would they want to do that? That's because they don't trust the federal government's quarantine protocols, right? That means they don't trust the CDC. That means they don't trust Obama, the Ebola czar, who has yet to make an appearance. They had a 27-member meeting, though, they had an Ebola meeting with 27 people, problem solved. So one week before the election we have here a bunch of states that are deciding to do their own quarantines, and the...
  • White House Pushes Back on State Ebola Quarantines

    10/27/2014 10:01:43 AM PDT · by yoe · 17 replies
    WSJ ^ | October 27, 2014 | Colleen McCain Nelson, Melanie Grayce West and Betsy McKay
    The White House pushed back against the governors of New York, New Jersey, Illinois and other states that instituted procedures to forcibly quarantine medical workers returning from West Africa, deepening an emotional debate brought on by recent Ebola cases in the U.S. [snip] It wasnt clear what action the (Obama) administration could take to end the quarantines. New York Gov. (Andrew Cuomo) on Sunday night gave the first new details about how his states quarantine would work, ( noting that individuals would be allowed to stay in their homes for 21 days).
  • WH: States to Decide What to Do If West African Travelers Dont Self-Report Ebola Symptoms

    10/23/2014 8:24:23 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 42 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | October 22, 2014 | Melanie Hunter
    (CNSNews.com) Individuals from West African nations who travel to airports in six U.S. states will be tracked for 21 days for signs of Ebola, but it will be up to individual states to decide what to do if these travelers fail to self-report, the White House said Wednesday. White House spokesman Josh Earnest called it an additional layer that will be based upon an effort to share information with state and local health authorities so they can put in place the measures that they believe would be most effective in protecting the populations of their states. Screening has already...
  • Constitutional fight launched over election of senators

    10/20/2014 7:14:24 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    WND.com ^ | October 18, 2014 | Bob Unruh
    ts a movement thats been building in recent years: efforts by states to reclaim their constitutional authority by declaring Washingtons health care laws, gun control or other restrictions simply dont apply within their boundaries. After all, the Constitution stipulates that, except for a couple of dozen specific issues such as national defense, the powers in the U.S. rest with the states. Now a new lawsuit contends states can regain their authority by returning to the practice of having state legislatures elect U.S. senators, as the Constitution originally required. The case is being brought by author, columnist, commentator and activist Devvy...
  • "Border States of America" New Tea Party Patriots movie opens! (WOW!)

    10/17/2014 5:08:32 AM PDT · by Loud Mime · 15 replies
    Tea Party Patriots Web Site ^ | 10/16/2014 | Tea Party Patriots
    Last night I attended the premiere of this movie, which is a riveting documentary on the conditions at the border. It contains interviews with the agents, ranchers and citizens explaining the dangers that continue to head north to the heartland. It shows the violence, the tragedy and the lawlessness that results from our government's indifference to the needed border security Despite all I thought I knew, this movie is an eye-opener. The full movie is available for viewing at the home link. It is fully sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots. You don't have to pay a penny. Bump this...
  • Cities, states scramble after Dallas's Ebola missteps expose planning gaps

    10/12/2014 1:44:15 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 7 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | 10/12/14 | Sharon Begley and Yasmeen Abutaleb
    According to National Nurses United, 76 percent of nurses surveyed say their hospital has not communicated to them any policy regarding potential admission of Ebola patients, 85 percent say their hospital has not provided education sessions where nurses can ask questions, and just over one-third say their hospital has insufficient supplies of face shields and impermeable gowns.
  • Which States Make You Pay an Amazon Sales Tax

    10/05/2014 3:54:03 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 56 replies
    WSJ ^ | 10-1-14 | Greg Bensinger
    Amazon.com today begins collecting sales tax from purchasers in Minnesota and Maryland, marking the 22nd and 23rd states where the online retailer assesses the levy. With the new states, about 69% of Americansnearly 219 million peoplewill be subject to tax on their Amazon purchases. That's a big switch from a few years ago, when Amazon fought to protect customers from sales tax, viewing it as a competitive advantage over brick-and-mortar rivals. Now, Amazon perceives itself as disadvantaged versus online rivals such as eBay and Overstock. That's because a 1992 Supreme Court ruling allows states to apply sales tax to any...
  • Governors Make Fiscal Progress: Here are the Governors who made the 'A' Grade on Fiscal Policy

    10/02/2014 7:43:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/02/2014 | By Chris Edwards & Nicole Kaeding
    Americas high business taxes are discouraging investment and prompting companies to move their headquarters abroad. Most policymakers say they favor cutting the corporate-tax rate to help fix the problem, but reforms are stuck in Washington gridlock. Thank goodness for the states. Many governors are championing fiscal reforms, and business tax cuts are one area of progress. We document these reforms in Catos new fiscal report card, which assigns grades of A to F to the governors based on their efforts to restrain government since 2012. This year we awarded A grades to four governors: Pat McCrory of North Carolina signed...
  • Commentary: Why we should repeal the 17th Amendment

    09/24/2014 11:11:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    The Elko Daily Free Press ^ | September 24, 2014 | Thomas Mitchell
    We managed to repeal the 18th Amendment, which created Prohibition. It is time to repeal the 17th. What? You have no idea what the 17th Amendment is? Well, it is the one that effectively ended federalism by taking the power to appoint U.S. senators from state legislatures and having the citizens directly elect them, as they had always done with the House of Representatives. We may not get better senators, but it is likely they would not try dictating to the states what they should do as they did when they set the national speed limit at 55 mph...
  • Following Scotlands lead: 25% of USA residents open to breaking away

    09/20/2014 5:09:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/20/2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    On Thursday evening, what was touted as a nail-biter of a vote in Scotland which would determine if the country would break away from the United Kingdom turned out to not even be close. By a vote of 55 to 45 percent, Scotland decided that it would remain a member of the union of which it has been a part since 1707. Americans were unimpressed. First, the lack of exit polling and the methodical counting of votes ensured that those watching the coverage of the independence ballot had to wait until the late hours of the evening to get...
  • Here's The Most Affluent Town In Every State

    09/09/2014 8:49:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/09/2014 | ANDY KIERSZ
  • RANKED: The 50 US State Economies From Worst To Best

    09/08/2014 8:44:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/08/2014 | ANDY KIERSZ AND ELENA HOLODNY
    The U.S. economy is in pretty good shape. GDP is growing, unemployment is falling, and we're seeing signs that wages may be on the rise. However, the U.S. economic story is actually just an aggregation of 50 economic stories. Previously, Business Insider examined ranked every state by how quickly the economies were growing. This time around, we calculated which states had the best economies outright. We ranked each state on seven economic measures: the July unemployment rate; the change in nonfarm payroll jobs from June to July 2014; the 2013 GDP per capita; the 2012 per capita consumption; the 2013...
  • What States are the Biggest Job Winners and Losers in the Recovery?

    08/18/2014 6:36:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 18, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    The Deloitte University Press has a very interesting, and comprehensive study on job gains and losses, by type of job, and state by state. The biggest winners are states involved in energy production, finance, or healthcare. The biggest losers are states that did not recover from the real estate bust, or lost population due to emigration. With that overview, let's dive deeper into the Geography of Jobs. Only now, as we reach the fifth anniversary of the end of the recession, has employment in the United States finally regained its pre-recession peak. The national story of slow recovery obscures the...
  • States Where Its Hardest to Find Full-Time Work

    08/07/2014 10:29:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Wall Street 24X7 ^ | 08/07/2014 | By Alexander Kent, Robert Serenbetz and Thomas C. Frohlich
    While the labor market has improved significantly since the depths of the recession in 2009, high underemployment may be an indication that the economy is still struggling. As of the first quarter of 2014, 13.4% of the nation’s labor force was considered underemployed, meaning they were unemployed, were working only part-time despite wanting full-time jobs or would like a job but had given up on actively looking. The underemployment rate has dropped from its peak of 16.7% in 2010, which indicates that the labor market has improved. However, underemployment is still well above its pre-recession levels. Based on underemployment data...
  • A Dozen States File Suit Against New Coal Rules

    08/02/2014 7:55:44 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 1, 2014 | By CORAL DAVENPORT
    Twelve states filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration on Friday seeking to block an Environmental Protection Agency proposal to regulate coal-fired power plants in an effort to stem climate change. The plaintiffs are led by West Virginia and include states that are home to some of the largest producers of coal and consumers of coal-fired electricity. The suit was filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The other plaintiffs are Alabama, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota and Wyoming. The E.P.A. rule, announced by President Obama on June...
  • Lesbian asks Broward judge to toss Floridas gay-marriage ban, then dissolve her Vermont civil union

    08/01/2014 2:17:21 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 7/30/14 | Steve Rothaus
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    07/29/2014 6:58:16 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    public sector inc ^ | 7-27-14 | Iliya Atanasov
    A recent report by JP Morgans Michael Cembalest provides a fresh look at the problem of state indebtedness. Cembalest, global head of investment strategy, is best known for his writings on housing and for flagging Bernard Madoffs fund and refusing to invest in it, even while other divisions at JPMorgan gleefully did so. Cembalest looks at state governments annual payments towards bonded debt interest and retirement liabilities (defined-benefit and defined-contribution pensions as well as retiree healthcare benefits) expressed as percentage of total annual revenue. In addition to assessing states default risk, this approach quantifies exactly how much debt expenditures are...
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    07/29/2014 5:43:20 AM PDT · by C19fan · 37 replies
    Salon ^ | July 28, 2014 | Michael Lind
    A ballot initiative that would support breaking California into six smaller and more coherent states is being backed by Timothy Draper, a tech investor. Its a great idea. But why stop with California? Breaking up all of the too-large states would increase both the accountability and efficiency of the U.S. government. Americas state governments are too big to be democratic and too small to be efficient. Given an adequate tax base, public services like public schools and hospitals, utilities and first responders are best carried out by cities and counties. Most infrastructure is either local or regional or national. Civil...
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    07/17/2014 12:19:08 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 40 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | July 17 2014 | Conservative Tribune
    The border crisis is in full swing, leaving communities in Texas, California, Arizona, and around the country scrambling to find ways stop the federal government from dropping of illegals in their area.Thousands of minors are continuing to pour into the country, packing shelters like sardines and draining local economies, forcing many angry citizens to step up and protest the governmentsplan to dump the immigrants without any form of support. A big part of the presidents job description is the enforcement of laws created by Congress. Unfortunately, Obama sees a political advantage in granting amnesty to illegals, so he refuses to...