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  • Politics of personalities may have done in Fiore

    12/20/2014 9:58:06 AM PST · by redreno · 8 replies
    In the end, making a political issue personal might have done in Assemblywoman Michele Fiore. The Las Vegas Republican was coming off a tumultuous week — she’d been deposed and then quickly restored as majority leader-designate and chairwoman of the Assembly Taxation Committee by Speaker-designate John Hambrick, R-Las Vegas — when she doubled down on allegations that certain Republican forces were targeting her and other conservatives. Speaking on the Alan Stock radio show on KDWN-AM 720 on Tuesday, Fiore not only repeated her rhetoric about a “war on women,” but blamed some of the alleged infantrymen in that conflict: Republican...
  • Move to Medicaid: Nearly 10M enrolled since Obamacare launch

    12/19/2014 12:26:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    CNBC ^ | December 19, 2014 | Dan Mangan
    While enrollment on government-run Obamacare exchanges gets the bulk of media attention, sign-ups for Medicaid have been even greater, in no small part due to another part of the Affordable Care Act. Since October 2013, enrollment in Medicaid and the related Children's Health Insurance Program had grown by about 9.7 million people as of this past October, according to data released Thursday by the federal government. That's 17 percent higher than what was the average monthly enrollment level seen from July through September 2013. That bump brings total enrollment in the programs that provide coverage without a premium charge to...
  • Hambrick removes Fiore from Assembly leadership positions — again

    12/19/2014 10:12:27 AM PST · by redreno · 4 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | December 18, 2014 - 6:51pm | By SEAN WHALEY
    CARSON CITY — Las Vegas Assemblywoman Michele Fiore’s tax liens and problems with the IRS were cited in her second removal from Assembly leadership positions Thursday. Fiore’s removal could clear the way for moderate Republicans to control the Assembly in the 2015 session and eliminate any talk of a GOP-Democratic partnership challenge to the leadership. It could also smooth the way for Gov. Brian Sandoval to win more funding for public education. Assembly Speaker designate John Hambrick reversed course on Fiore for a second time in recent weeks and removed the controversial lawmaker as majority leader. She has also been...
  • ObamaCare fines loom for uninsured

    12/17/2014 1:31:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 17, 2014 | Elise Viebeck
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) People without insurance are running out of time to avoid the hefty ObamaCare penalties that the IRS will be handing down in 2016. Consumers face a Feb. 15, 2015, deadline to buy insurance, after which those without coverage could be hit with fines of $325 per adult or 2 percent of family income, whichever is higher. Uninsured people looking to escape the penalties are turning to the exchanges before they close, while insurance companies and tax preparers are seizing on the looming tax hit as a business opportunity. One recent mass mailer from CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield obtained by The...
  • These Six Blue States Cut Taxes in 2014

    12/17/2014 1:19:10 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12-17-14 | Rachel Stoltzfoos
    Fourteen states cut taxes in 2014, including six traditionally blue states, according to a new report by the American Legislative Exchange Council. To make the group’s list, a state must substantially lower taxes at the state level in a broad and neutral manner that does not pick winners and losers, and is not offset by other tax increases. 2014 includes the blue states of New York, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota and Maryland. “The types of tax changes that were passed in 2014 suggest that many states are setting the stage for broader and more fundamental tax changes in the...
  • 'Let's Make a Deal' Time on Road Funding?

    12/17/2014 11:12:28 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/17/2014 | Jack Spencer
    As the end of the legislative year draws near, motorists still wonder: What sort of changes will the Legislature and governor make in the way the state funds its roads and highways? Political observers in Michigan expect some sort of compromise among competing plans passed by the House and Senate, but the specifics are still lacking. According to projections from the state and University of Michigan economists, under the House-passed road plan – which devotes $1 billion more to roads with no tax hike – school funding will increase from $11.5 billion in 2014 to $14.0 billion in 2023. With...
  • Obamas say they're no strangers to racism (Barf or Laugh Alert)

    12/17/2014 5:44:51 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 85 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 17, 2014 | Justin Sink
    December 17, 2014, 08:15 am Obamas say they're no strangers to racism By Justin Sink The president and the first lady chronicled a series experiences in People magazine that they say demonstrated some of the latent racism that blacks in America continue to face. "There's no black male my age, who's a professional, who hasn't come out of a restaurant and is waiting for their car and somebody didn't hand them their car keys," the president said. The first lady said someone had asked her husband to get them coffee because he was wearing a tuxedo at a black-tie dinner,...
  • Fiore claims compliance with IRS over tax liens (Nevada)

    12/16/2014 11:29:31 AM PST · by redreno · 9 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 12/16/2014 | By SEAN WHALEY
    CARSON CITY — Las Vegas Republican lawmaker Michele Fiore, a lightning rod in an ongoing Assembly GOP power struggle, said Tuesday she is fully in compliance with the Internal Revenue Service over more than $1 million in tax liens against her home health care businesses. In her first comments on the controversy, Fiore appeared on the Alan Stock radio show on KDWN in Las Vegas, saying her actual active liens total less than $200,000. Liens dating back to 2003 had previously been resolved, she said. Fiore said her lien problems stemmed from a dishonest bookkeeper, who she said is facing...
  • Ted Cruz Was Right, Again

    12/16/2014 1:56:31 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 50 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | December 16, 2014 | Matthew Vadum
    The usual suspects are attacking Ted Cruz for doing his job.Republicans and a chorus of conservative commentators are dumping on the sole conservative Republican senator from Texas because–the horror!–he dared to force his Senate colleagues to publicly take sides on President Obama's shameful extralegal unilateral immigration amnesty.Apologists for Republican cowardice claim to be upset with Cruz because, as they claim, his parliamentary maneuvers to stymie the amnesty somehow allowed some objectionable Obama nominees to move forward in the confirmation process.Of course, they're lying. All Obama nominees are objectionable–remember, our president is a red diaper baby–yet the Senate eventually caves to...
  • The Eric Garner Tragedy: Yes, Stupid Laws Help Kill People

    12/05/2014 7:47:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/05/2014 | David Harsanyi
    After news of the baffling decision by the New York grand jury not to indict a police officer in the killing of Eric Garner, I sent out a (slightly) hyperbolic tweet that wondered why Americans would want to entrust their free speech and health care to an institution that will kill you over failure to pay a cigarette tax. Since then, I’ve seen numerous tweets arguing that bringing up the tax is preposterous, that it’s akin to blaming jaywalking for the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.) touched on the issue in an interview...
  • Affordable Care Excise Tax, Part I

    12/13/2014 6:19:48 PM PST · by NaturalBornConservative · 6 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | December 13, 2014 | Larry Walker II
    What the Individual Mandate means for you and your family:: By: Larry Walker II ::Under the Affordable Care Act, beginning in 2014, State governments, insurers, employers, and selected individuals are supposed to share in the responsibility of providing health insurance coverage. The Act’s shared responsibility provision, also known as the individual mandate, requires you and each member of your family to either: Have minimum essential coverage; or An exemption from the responsibility to have minimum essential coverage; or Pay an Excise Tax. You will report minimum essential coverage, claim an exemption therefrom, or make an excise tax payment when...
  • IRS Gave $14.5 Billion in Low-Income Tax Credits to the Wrong People

    12/13/2014 2:39:00 PM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies
    MSN ^ | 12/12/14 | Brianna Ehley
    The federal watchdog tasked with keeping tabs on the Internal Revenue Service says the agency needs to do a better job of administering tax credits for low-income people. The reason? Billions of dollars each year are ending up in the wrong hands. A new report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, reveals that nearly a quarter of the $63 billion worth of Earned Income Tax Credits distributed in 2012 were improper payments. That’s about $14.5 billion in erroneous payments that were either given to the wrong people or distributed to the right people in the wrong amount. TIGTA...
  • Chaos Caucus has a short time to show it can lead (Nevada)

    12/12/2014 1:05:38 PM PST · by redreno · 4 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 12/12/2014 | By STEVE SEBELIUS
    Things are pretty volatile in the Chaos Caucus. Every since Republicans took over the Assembly, things have been anything but smooth. That shouldn’t be much of a surprise. After all, even the GOP itself didn’t expect to be in charge of the lower house, and the last time the party was in charge, Ronald Reagan was in the White House and the pinnacle of technology was the Apple IIe desktop computer. You already know about the disastrous election of Ira Hansen, R-Sparks, as speaker. He was undone by ugly sentiments penned in a Sparks newspaper over a long career as...
  • We need more babies! Seriously, this is a problem

    12/11/2014 6:42:24 PM PST · by Salvation · 56 replies
    Finance.yahoo.com ^ | 12-11-14 | Jake Novak
    We need more babies! Seriously, this is a problem Commentary by Jake Novak We just learned that the U.S. birthrate fell for the sixth straight year in 2013 to an all-time low. Pardon me for sounding a bit alarmist, but this is really bad news for our economy, our society, and all of civilization. Let's start with the economy. I know a lot of us have been brainwashed into thinking that our natural and manufactured resources are shrinking. We're often told that we have a choice of either radically reducing our consumption or our population or we'll eventually run out...
  • Our View | Jeb Bush: true conservative

    12/10/2014 10:35:21 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 83 replies
    The Longboat Key Observer ^ | December 10, 2014 | Staff
    Is former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush too moderate for the Republican Party? That is all the talk. But here’s a surprise: Adam C. Smith, political editor of the liberal Tampa Bay Times, authored this piece last Friday refuting with evidence that Bush as governor was “arch-conservative” and far from a “moderate squish.” — Ed. Respected Ronald Reagan biographer Craig Shirley told the Washington Examiner recently that Jeb Bush is the latest in a line of Bushes who oppose Reaganism. Radio host Mark Levin has dismissed Florida’s former governor as “a very good moderate Democrat,” while pioneering conservative activist Richard Viguerie...
  • New Report: Al Sharpton’s Tax Woes Continue

    12/10/2014 7:12:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/10/2014 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    Al Sharpton drew a $241,545 salary from National Action Network in 2013, even as the social-justice organization’s finances worsened, with the nonprofit ending the year $1.33 million in debt, new tax filings show. As the 2013 tax filings clearly show an organization in financial trouble, the records list most expenses in only vague, unhelpfully broad categories. Several of the expenditures listed in any detail suggest behavior considered questionable for nonprofits. And as of December 31, 2013, the organization’s unpaid tax liabilities, highlighted by the New York Times recently, had grown slightly over the past year, to around $819,000. Sharpton’s high...
  • Super Bowl documents suggest what NFL will seek from Legislature

    12/09/2014 12:28:18 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 27 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 12-9-14 | doug belden
    As they're sorting through requests for more funding from programs and agencies next legislative session, state lawmakers are likely to be asked to help out a huge New York City-based nonprofit: the National Football League. 2015 is the year when any additional tax exemptions for the league related to the 2018 Super Bowl would likely be passed, and stadium officials have confirmed they will be making requests. The question of what exactly Minnesota taxpayers would be giving the NFL as part of hosting the game has been in limbo since Minneapolis' bid was accepted by league owners in May. As...
  • GOP Leaders: Gas Tax Hike Could Fuel Fixes To Bad Roads And Bridges

    12/08/2014 5:13:11 PM PST · by Theoria · 64 replies
    NPR ^ | 08 Dec 2014 | David Schaper
    Gasoline prices are at their lowest level in four years. The price at the pump in many states is almost a full dollar cheaper than it was last spring. So some politicians think this is a good time to raise gasoline taxes. Several states are tired of waiting for Congress to fix the federal highway trust fund, so they're considering raising gas taxes themselves to address their crumbling roads. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is trying to sell that state's legislators — especially those in his own Republican party — on raising the state's motor fuel tax to fund long neglected...
  • Fuel is cheaper—so let's hike gas tax: Former governor

    12/08/2014 7:34:24 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    cnbc ^ | Katie Kramer
    Gas prices, on average, are about 50 cents less a gallon than a year ago, giving a de facto tax cut and providing relief to millions of consumers as the holiday season kicks into high gear. However, a growing number of politicians have suggested that, given cheaper fuel costs, conditions might be ripe to hike federal taxes on gas in order to help fund infrastructure projects. Rendell is one of those voices. He supports raising the federal gas tax—
  • Why I’m Giving Up My Passport[US Citizenship]

    12/07/2014 7:58:17 PM PST · by Theoria · 32 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 07 Dec 2014 | JONATHAN TEPPER
    LONDON — The mayor of London, Boris Johnson, who was born in New York and holds both American and British passports, recently said that he would not pay a tax bill from the United States on capital gains from the sale of his home in the London borough of Islington. Mr. Johnson pointed out that he hasn’t lived in America since he was 5. He’d like to renounce his citizenship, but said the process was “very difficult.”It is, but I am doing it. My “in-person final loss of citizenship appointment” is scheduled for Jan. 14 at the United States Consulate...
  • Will State And Local Governments Shutdown The New Generation Of Small Business Owners?

    12/07/2014 10:37:15 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/07/14 | Austin Hill
    AirBnB.Com, Uber.Com: If you own a house or car, should you be free to do what you want with it? If your plans for your personal property include making money, then you may find out the hard way that, no, you can’t do as you wish. That’s the harsh lesson being learned by many Americans as they participate in the new, burgeoning freelance services industries. Consider Raleigh, North Carolina resident Gregg Stebben. He and his wife Jodi are registered as service providers with AirBnB.Com, the new online venture that matches travelers in search of lodging with private homes, extra bedrooms...
  • Progressivism Claims Another Life

    12/07/2014 3:50:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 7, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    Eric Garner died in July because he resisted arrest, forcing police to take him down the way they take down thousands of suspects daily. Only Garner wasn’t an average suspect. He had allowed himself to become morbidly obese and had diabetes, heart disease and who knows what other self-imposed health problems. Still, he never should have died that summer day. Big government killed Eric Garner. Police were just the weapon. Garner was selling “illegal cigarettes” that day, or “loosies” – individual cigarettes from a pack. Why would anyone buy individual cigarettes? Because government, in this case New York, both city...
  • Listen Up, Liberals: Make Everything Illegal, Create More Eric Garners

    12/06/2014 7:48:41 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Reason ^ | 12/06/2014 | Robby Soave
    In comparison to the Michael Brown shooting, the death of Eric Garner—and the similar decision not to indict the cop who killed him—has drawn outrage from across the political spectrum. Many conservatives, including Breitbart's John Nolte, The Federalist's Sean Davis, and The Daily Caller's Matt Lewis, agreed with anti-police-brutality libertarians and liberals that Garner's killer should have faced charges. The consensus is that the video evidence definitively established wrongdoing on the part of the officer (unlike the Brown case, which relied on conflicting eyewitness testimony). But because that's no fun, right and left had to find some way to tear...
  • Rand Paul is Right: Cig Taxes Factored into Garner's Death

    12/05/2014 9:09:46 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 24 replies
    Town Hall.com ^ | 12/14/14 | Jonah Goldberg
    Reasonable people can disagree on whether racism was involved in the tragic death of Eric Garner. My own suspicion is that this misfortune could have transpired just as easily with a white man resisting arrest and/or a black cop choking him. And even though lots of people don't want to hear it, reasonable can disagree on whether illegally excessive force was to blame. Personally, watching the ubiquitous video of Garner's arrest, it looks like excessive force to me. But the simple fact is that a Staten Island grand jury saw evidence that led it to conclude otherwise. People should at...
  • BREAKING: NYPD Confirms # Eric Garner Was A Member of Organized Crime in Staten Island

    12/05/2014 7:38:23 AM PST · by Enterprise · 145 replies
    gotnews.com ^ | Dec 3, 2012 | Charles C. Johnson
    NYPD sources confirm that Eric Garner was a player in an organized crime cigarette smuggling syndicate, Gotnews.com has learned.(snip) “Garner was setting up shop in front of the local stores and shaking down business owners and patrons as they entered,” says Cardillo. Garner would use his considerable size to strong arm largely ethnic shopkeepers and was “on the radar” of local law enforcement who had arrested him previously.
  • Federal Legislation to Ban Local Cigarette Taxes (VANITY)

    12/05/2014 6:26:38 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 18 replies
    The Eric Garner Law. Ban cities from all of these absurd local taxes and creating the incentives that led to the arrest of a guy for selling loosies. Republicans can get behind it because it shows the overreach of tax laws and Democrats won't dare oppose it. All of these major cities are Democrat-run liberal bastions. What say you?
  • Rand Paul is Right: Cig Taxes Factored into Garner's Death

    12/05/2014 5:30:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 5, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    Reasonable people can disagree on whether racism was involved in the tragic death of Eric Garner. My own suspicion is that this misfortune could have transpired just as easily with a white man resisting arrest and/or a black cop choking him. And even though lots of people don't want to hear it, reasonable can disagree on whether illegally excessive force was to blame. Personally, watching the ubiquitous video of Garner's arrest, it looks like excessive force to me. But the simple fact is that a Staten Island grand jury saw evidence that led it to conclude otherwise. People should at...
  • Obama to Atone for Legacy of Racial Discrimination with Reparations Decree?

    12/04/2014 4:45:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | November 26, 2014 | John Lillpop
    To anyone who has been paying attention, it should be obvious by now that America is hardly a family-nation of diverse people united by common values. In fact, bitter divisions among the American people are the rule rather than the exception, with racial disharmony among the most divisive. In 2008, many liberal pundits hailed the election of Barack Obama as a positive sign that racial barriers between black and white Americas were finally starting to give way to a spirit of cooperation and healing. Unfortunately, those high hopes from six years ago have been dashed and replaced with even more...
  • Raising gas tax overdue: Barney Frank

    12/04/2014 2:00:18 PM PST · by shove_it · 48 replies
    CNBC ^ | 4 Dec 2014
    Former Rep. Barney Frank, and CNBC senior contributor Larry Kudlow, debate raising the gasoline tax.
  • 5 free things to see and do in NYC at Christmastime, from trees to windows

    12/04/2014 7:02:27 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12-4-2014
    5 free things to see and do in NYC at Christmastime, from trees to windows NEW YORK – The Christmas season is one of New York City's busiest times of year. Tickets for Broadway shows and hotel rooms go for premium prices and lines for top attractions are long. But some of the best and most beautiful things to see and do around the city during the holidays are free. Here are five of them. STORE WINDOWS
  • Obama: US infrastructure ‘embarrassing’

    12/04/2014 7:40:35 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 3, 2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama told corporate leaders Wednesday he was embarrassed by U.S. infrastructure that was "falling behind" countries like China who spent aggressively on construction projects. "I’d much rather have our problems than China’s problems. That I’m confident about. On the other hand, the one thing I will say is if they need to build some stuff, they can build it," the president said during a Q-and-A with members of the Business Roundtable. "And over time, that wears away our advantage competitively. It’s embarrassing. You know, you drive down the roads and you look at what they’re able to do." The...
  • The gas tax has been fixed at 18 cents for two decades. Now would be a great time to raise it

    12/04/2014 6:59:46 AM PST · by C19fan · 45 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 3, 2014 | Chris Mooney
    Nationally averaged gas prices ticked down a little lower today -- yet again -- to $2.75 per gallon. They're now more than 50 cents lower than they were a year ago. So no wonder, at a time like this, the murmur is growing: Maybe Congress ought to think about raising the national gasoline tax. It was last raised, in the year 1993, to 18.4 cents per gallon. That's over 20 years ago, and gas prices at the time were close to the now unimaginable $1.00 per gallon mark. Yet the amount of the gas tax was fixed and not tied...
  • Rand: "No Excuse" For Someone To Die Over A Cigarette Tax

    12/04/2014 6:02:20 AM PST · by Biggirl · 51 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | December 4, 2014 | Breitbart TV, Ian Hanchett
    Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) reacted to a grand jury's decision to not indict a New York City Police Officer in the death of Eric Garner by saying he was "horrified" by the video and blasting politicians for passing "bad laws" that "put our police in a difficult situation" in an interview broadcast on Wednesday's "Hardball" on MSNBC.
  • Protest Eric Garner’s Death Based On Taxes Not Race

    12/04/2014 5:10:23 AM PST · by LeoMcNeil · 53 replies
    Leo McNeil ^ | December 4, 2014 | Leo McNeil
    A New York City Grand Jury has refused to indict police officer Danial Pantaleo for the choking death of Eric Garner. Garner was taken down by four police officers conducting a raid against illegal cigarette sellers, of which Garner was one. Garner had a history of selling illegal cigarettes, having been arrested for it a number of times in the past. Unlike the death of Michael Brown, this death was caught on video. The video clearly shows several things. It absolutely shows Garner saying he can’t breathe. It also shows a very large man who starts out the confrontation making...
  • Study: Gov't Profits More From Wal-Mart Sales Than Wal-Mart Does

    12/03/2014 1:17:41 PM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 36 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 12/3/2014 | Kerry Jackson
    Here's a kick in the pants for Wal-Mart haters and lovers of big government, two groups that almost perfectly overlap.
  • I am thinking a tax on import oil may be inline

    12/03/2014 12:14:10 PM PST · by jyro · 132 replies
    I can't think of a tax I have even been for so this is new ground for me. Think about a tax on imported oil. Discuss.
  • Who Has the Magic Plan to Stop the New Jersey Exodus?

    11/29/2014 10:16:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/29/2014 | ROD KACKLEY
    New Jersey’s openly gay state assemblyman, who was called “numbnuts” [1] in 2012 by Gov. Chris Christie (R), thinks he can do what Christie has never been able to do, numb or not: get New Jerseyans to stay in New Jersey.Assemblyman Reed Gusciora’s (D) solution is astoundingly simple. He wants to offer state home and business owners the opportunity to slash their property taxes by 25 percent.The New Jersey Legislature would then be tasked with figuring out how to make up the difference through budget cuts.The best Christie has been able to offer is a cap on future property...
  • How the White House torpedoed Harry Reid’s tax deal

    12/02/2014 11:28:51 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/02/2014 | By Alexander Bolton and Bernie Becker
    The White House worked closely with liberal House Democrats last week to torpedo a tax deal that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-­Nev.) was negotiating with Republicans. The unusual move to kill a Reid­-backed proposal has raised suspicions among Senate negotiators about the White House’s motivations. They believe President Obama’s team is eyeing a broad corporate tax reform deal in 2015, when Republicans will control the Senate and the House. “It might indicate less about the merits of the package and more about the White House using progressives to kill a deal now in order to pave the way for...
  • Professors examine influence, roots of tea party on politics (Better educated, wealthier than avg.)

    12/01/2014 10:41:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Southeast Missourian ^ | December 2, 2014 | Ruth Campbell
    In the past few years, political-science professor Jeremy Walling and former colleague Will Miller have delved into the tea party's influence on politics and policies, and some of what they found surprised them. Walling and Miller -- a former political-science professor at Southeast Missouri State University, now director of Institutional Research at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida -- edited "Tea Party Effects on 2010 U.S. Senate Elections: Stuck in the Middle to Lose" and "The Political Battle Over Redistricting." November's midterm elections were a victory party for the Republicans and the tea party. But, while Miller said the tea...
  • Tensions flare between Senate Democrats, White House

    11/27/2014 12:28:27 AM PST · by shove_it · 45 replies
    Reuters ^ | 26 Nov 2014 | ROBERTA RAMPTON
    (Reuters) - Criticism of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law by a top Senate Democrat this week laid bare post-election tensions that could pose challenges for the party in upcoming fights with Republicans over taxes, energy and immigration. In a high-profile speech on Tuesday dissecting Democrats' losses in this month's midterm elections, Charles Schumer, the No. 3 Senate Democrat, listed "a cascade of issues" botched by the White House, starting with Obama's push for healthcare reforms soon after he took office in 2009. Later on Tuesday, the White House took the unusual step of publicly pledging to veto a deal...
  • How immigration killed the tax deal [Tax Filing in March?]

    11/27/2014 5:46:45 AM PST · by SES1066 · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/26/14 | BRIAN FALER and RACHAEL BADE
    How could a major tax deal brokered by the top Senate Democrat die so quickly at the hands of a Democratic president?SnipUntil late last week, Senate Finance, Ways and Means and leadership met regularly and were making progress on the package of tax breaks known as tax extenders. The group of some 55-plus tax breaks have expired, and many lawmakers in both parties want to renew by the end of the year, amid warnings from the IRS that failing to act would disrupt the upcoming tax filing season. They include everything from a major business research credit to one for...
  • Tea Party's Singular Focus on Amnesty Troubles GOP

    11/26/2014 9:29:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    NewsMax ^ | November 26, 2014 | Melissa Clyne
    President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, granting de facto amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, has so outraged the tea party faction of the Republican Party that the ultra conservatives are focusing their attention and resources on this single issue, potentially causing a fissure within the party, according to The New York Times. "What started five years ago as a groundswell of conservatives committed to curtailing the reach of the federal government, cutting the deficit and countering the Wall Street wing of the Republican Party has become a movement largely against immigration overhaul," writes the Times’ Jeremy Peters. "The...
  • Footballer Sol Campbell tackles Labour MP over 'mansion tax'

    11/26/2014 11:31:37 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | November 26, 2014
    Former England footballer Sol Campbell has clashed with Labour MP Owen Smith over the party's proposed "mansion tax" on properties worth over Ł2m. Mr Campbell owned a Ł25m house in London and a "country pile" in Northumberland. But Owen Smith said his party was only asking people like Mr Campbell "to pay your fair share". He also told Daily Politics people who were "struggling" under this government would have "zero sympathy" for people who complained about having to pay the tax. Mr Owen said there was a "gross inequality between those who've got the most, like Sol", and those at...
  • Al Sharpton Has Time To Incite Racial Violence In Ferguson But No Time To Pay His Taxes

    11/26/2014 7:44:53 AM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 25 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | 11/25/2014 | Jon E Dougherty
    Race hustler and “Reverend” Al Sharton, better known as “CI-7″ (Confidential Informant 7) to the FBI once upon a time, is in trouble again, though you wouldn’t know it by the dearth of mainstream media reportage. Seems the perennial race-baiter has plenty of time to gin up problems and incite violence in Ferguson, Missouri, following a decision by a St. Louis County grand jury that there was not enough evidence to indict police officer Darren Wilson over the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown, but no time to pay his “fair share” of federal taxes.
  • Beer Excise Tax Payments

    11/24/2014 8:50:15 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 5 replies
    The Beer Institute ^ | November 24, 2014
    The federal excise tax was first imposed during the Civil War as a temporary measure to support the Union army. Brewers paid a tax for each barrel of beer sold. In 1990, as part of the effort to balance the budget, taxes on beer and luxury items were increased. For large brewers, the beer excise tax doubled, from $9 to $18 a barrel. Each year U.S. brewers, importers and distributors pay over $3.6 billion in federal excise taxes and almost $1.7 billion in state excise taxes. Ultimately these expenses are passed on to consumers. Today, over 40 percent of the...
  • Sharpton Disputes Tax Bill [satire]

    11/24/2014 8:42:51 AM PST · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 23 Nov 2014 | John Semmens
    The IRS claim that Rev. Al Sharpton owes more than $4 million in back taxes was challenged by the Reverend. “My share of the reparations the US Government owes for slavery has not been taken into account,” Sharpton argued. “The humiliation, the suffering, the oppression, and murder of African-Americans that has disgraced this country for over 400 years is a debt that can never be fully repaid.” “Instead of harassing me, the government should be making a good-faith effort to try to make payments on this unpayable debt,” Sharpton suggested. “Then, after 400 years we can reassess to see how...
  • Obama: Not Legitimate for Future Presidents to Lower Taxes via Executive Action

    11/23/2014 5:45:34 PM PST · by PROCON · 43 replies
    breitbart ^ | Nov. 23, 2014 | Tony Lee
    After unilaterally granting temporary amnesty and work permits to millions of illegal immigrants last week, President Barack Obama said it would not be legitimate for a future president to unilaterally lower tax rates. When asked on ABC's This Week if his successor could unilaterally act to lower taxes if Congress does not, Obama replied, "absolutely not."
  • What Makes Wisconsin's Republican Governor Scott Walker a Good Choice for 2016

    11/22/2014 8:48:52 PM PST · by SatinDoll · 47 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/20/2014 | Grover Norquist & Patrick Gleason
    After the GOP’s midterm-elections sweep, the Republican Party holds more U.S. House seats and controls more state houses than at any time since 1928. Having reached this goal, the GOP now needs to look for a 2016 presidential nominee to match this success. President Calvin Coolidge, who sat in the Oval Office from 1923 to 1929, would be a smart model for the party. He reined in spending and reduced tax rates at a time when it was as needed as it is today. President Ronald Reagan admired Coolidge so much that he hung a portrait of the 30th president...
  • Should Republicans Embrace the Obama Non-Enforcement Doctrine?

    11/21/2014 11:57:16 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    PowerLine ^ | November 21, 2014 | John Hinderaker
    The Obama Non-Enforcement Doctrine holds that a president is not required to implement or enforce laws passed by Congress with which he disagrees. Obama’s use of the doctrine sets an interesting precedent for the next chief executive, who likely will be a Republican. For example, a Republican could adopt the Obama Non-Enforcement Doctrine with regard to corporate income taxes by directing the IRS to cease all efforts to enforce those portions of the Internal Revenue Code relating to income taxes payable by corporations. This would be great public policy. My law school tax professor once remarked that there is no...
  • Michigan Should Lower the Personal Income Tax Rate in 2015

    11/21/2014 7:51:27 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/20/2014 | James Hohman
    In 2007, Michigan's Legislature and governor hiked the state's individual income tax, extracting more from a struggling private sector in order to avoid government spending cuts. Now is the time to revisit that decision. Tax revenues have grown, the budget is balanced, and this state can afford to be less of a burden on its residents. There is never a good time to raise taxes, but extracting more from taxpayers is especially inopportune at the onset of a national recession, which was the case in late 2007. The state had already lost one out of every 11 jobs from 2000...