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  • Natural gas developers banking on report to prevent Pa. fracking ban

    10/13/2019 7:37:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | October 13, 2019 | Steve Bittenbender
    Natural gas developers in Pennsylvania are hoping a recent water quality report by the Susquehanna River Basin Commission could squelch plans for a fracking ban that’s currently being considered by the neighboring Delaware River Basin Commission. The SRBC’s Remote Water Quality Monitoring Network report, which was released last month, revealed that water quality scores at 14 of the 16 stations in the basin were in the “good” or “excellent” categories According to a fact sheet from the Susquehanna commission, the monitoring stations are located in areas where active drilling takes place, as well as areas free of development, in order...
  • Italy dissolves four town councils over mafia infiltration

    05/13/2017 6:10:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies ^ | 12 May 2017 09:58 CEST+02:00
    The Italian government on Thursday dissolved four town councils due to evidence of mafia infiltration. The affected towns were Laureana di Borrello, Bova Marina, and Gioia Taura, all located in Reggio Calabria at the toe of Italy’s boot, as well as San Felice a Cancello in Caserta, Campania. […] Government-appointed commissions will take over council duties, the ministry said, and local elections scheduled for June 11th will no longer take place in two of the Sicilian towns. […] In 2016, the government disbanded the local council of Corleone because of suspected mafia infiltration of the Sicilian town which helped inspire...
  • The IRS Is Defying An Obama Administration Order To Give Employees $70 Million In Bonuses

    06/20/2013 7:46:33 AM PDT · by blam · 19 replies
    Business Insider - AP ^ | 6-20-2013 | ;Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press
    The IRS Is Defying An Obama Administration Order To Give Employees $70 Million In Bonuses Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated PressJune 20, 2013 WASHINGTON (AP) — Already reeling from a pair of scandals, the Internal Revenue Service is drawing new criticism over plans to hand out millions of dollars in employee bonuses. The Obama administration has ordered agencies to cancel discretionary bonuses because of automatic spending cuts, but the IRS says it's merely following legal obligations under a union contract. The agency is about to pay $70 million in employee bonuses, said Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, a senior Republican on the...
  • Gov. Jerry Brown’s hit list needs more diversity

    06/12/2011 9:24:08 PM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | 6/12/11 | K. Lloyd Billingsley
    Gov. Jerry Brown wants to eliminate dozens of state panels and commissions, a good idea and long overdue. But the governor needs to be more inclusive, and stalk bigger game. His list includes the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, a typical soft landing spot for ex-legislators. They meet about once a month but get paid $128,109 a year, more than they were paid as legislators, as the Sacramento Bee recently noted. Such ruling-class parasitism doesn’t help balance the budget. The governor also wants to eliminate the California Commission on the Status of Women, which began on the watch of his father,...
  • STEVE FRANK: Save the State — Kill the California Commercial Sea Urchin Advisory Committee

    05/20/2011 8:16:24 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    Conservative Action Alerts ^ | May 20, 2011 | Steve Frank's California Commentary
    There are about 300 Commission working “hard” for the people of California. The Nursing Commission allows felons and perverts to continue to work in hospitals and the home. Then you have the Medical Board that allows doctors on drugs to continue to operate and treat patients. One of my favorites is the Hair Braiding Commission.. You know that only State “licensed” people should be allowed to braid your hair—the rest are amateurs. “On July 1, 1998, a pair of undercover police officers posing as husband and wife walked into Braids by Sabrina, a small shop in Compton, Calif. After the...
  • Gov. Christie proposes elimination of 300 N.J. boards, commissions

    09/10/2010 2:19:20 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 63 replies · 1+ views
    Gov. Christie proposes elimination of 300 N.J. boards, commissions Published: Friday, September 10, 2010, 4:26 PM Updated: Friday, September 10, 2010, 4:45 PM Lisa Fleisher/Statehouse Bureau Lisa Fleisher/Statehouse Bureau TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie today released reports from his departments recommending the merger or elimination of about 300 boards and commissions — including many inactive or defunct groups created years ago, and some that have never met at all. At the same time, Christie signed an executive order — his 40th since taking office in January (PDF) — shuttering 60 inactive boards, including some created three decades ago. The report...
  • Financial Advisers and Stock Brokers: What’s the Difference?

    09/11/2010 7:23:04 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Consumerism Commentary ^ | September 21, 2007 | Flexo
    You would think that the roles and responsibilities would be clear and there would be a strong line between individuals who call themselves financial advisers and those who call themselves stock brokers. The obvious answer is that advisers give impartial advice based on the best interest of the client and brokers sell products as a third party. Advisers are sworn to put their clients’ interests ahead of their own, thanks to the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. In that case, what is a broker? The act also provides this definition. A broker is, “Any person engaged in the business of...
  • Financial crisis commission's report to bring book advance, cut of profit

    08/08/2010 7:27:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    wapo ^ | 8/8/10 | Jason Horowitz
    The government commission tasked with writing a public report to expose the causes of the financial crisis is keeping the structure of its own publishing deal private. On Aug. 3, the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, a presidential body, announced that it had chosen Little, Brown and Co. to publish its final report about the meltdown -- an anticipated and authoritative account pieced together by well-known journalist Matt Cooper. It did not mention, however, that the deal had unusual terms for the publication of a public document, including an agreement by Little, Brown to pay an advance to the government and...
  • Holder: Aiding al-Qaeda

    07/13/2010 6:17:02 AM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | July 13, 2010 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    In the 16 years since the federal death penalty was restored in 1994 — 16 years throughout which the United States has been ravaged by jihadist terror — the Justice Department has approved capital charges for exactly three defendants: Moussaoui and two of the 1998 U.S. embassy bombers. In each case, civilian juries rejected the death penalty. If Holder is saying there’s a better chance these savages will be executed if they are tried in the civilian system (and that is precisely what he’s implying), there is nothing to support that claim.
  • Obama Mocked Commissions, Then Established Four

    06/30/2010 10:16:49 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 6 replies
    CBS News ^ | June 30, 2010 | Brian Montopoli
    President Obama's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform is meeting today as part of its efforts to craft recommendations by December on how best to address America's red-ink problem. Mr. Obama established the commission in February, saying debt and deficits can "hobble our economy" and "saddle every child in America with an intolerable burden." Yet the president's decision to establish a commission to address a problem he described as potentially catastrophic seems odd in light of his earlier criticism of commissions in general. As Ari Shapiro noted on National Public Radio today, the president mocked the notion of commissions...
  • Health Overhaul Hits Sales Commissions

    05/18/2010 1:09:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies · 593+ views
    Among the first to feel the effects of the nation’s health-care system overhaul are insurance salespeople, whose commissions for selling policies are themselves getting overhauled. The new law requires that insurers use at least 80% of the premiums to pay for medical care for patients rather than administrative costs and profit-taking. But many companies that sell health insurance to individuals and small businesses maintain a lower “medical loss ratio” because they use more of the premium to cover administrative expenses, including sales commissions.
  • Navy commissions newest warship, others coming

    01/16/2010 4:06:09 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 1,341+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 1/16/10 | Andrea Shalal-Esa
    MOBILE, Alabama (Reuters) – The U.S. Navy commissioned its newest warship on Saturday, a 379-feet (115.5- meter) aluminum three-hulled vessel built by General Dynamics Corp, one of two designs vying for billions of dollars of follow-on orders. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Gary Roughead told reporters as he traveled to the ceremony that the new class of fast, flexible shallow-water warships would be useful for a wide range of missions, including responding to humanitarian disasters like the earthquake in Haiti. Roughead said the first Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) built by Lockheed Martin Corp, a more traditional steel monohull ship which...
  • Is health bill too complex to grasp? (where are the commisions?)

    07/31/2009 5:17:59 AM PDT · by q_an_a · 21 replies · 555+ views
    Politico ^ | 7.30.2009 | VICTORIA MCGRANE & LISA LERER |
    Olympia Snowe, it seems safe to assume, is following the health care debate a bit more closely than the average American. So it is saying something that the Maine senator — a key figure in health care negotiations — admits she is stumped by the task of crafting a simple explanation for legislation of mind-numbing complexity. “If anybody can give me an easy, 30-second solution to this multitrillion-dollar problem, be my guest,” said Snowe, a moderate Republican.
  • Why Obama Blinked On Merging The CFTC And The SEC

    06/18/2009 8:25:04 AM PDT · by FromLori · 3 replies · 519+ views
    Barack Obama's plan to overhaul the structure of financial regulation leaves in place the split between those regulators who supervise the trading of futures at the Commodities Futures Trading Commission and those who supervise stock trading at the Securities Trading Association. And while there may be good reasons to keep the commissions separate, mostly likely none of those informed the Obama administration's decision. Instead it was probably just cold politicial calculation. Merging the commissions has long been a popular idea with reformers. It was proposed by Hank Paulson when he was Treasury Secretary, and it is supported by many who...
  • California budget committee targets governor's offices for cuts

    06/04/2009 9:38:12 AM PDT · by KingofZion · 8 replies · 1,122+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 4, 2009 | Evan Halper
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger asked lawmakers to blow up the boxes of government, and on Wednesday they obliged -- though not exactly as he envisioned. A legislative budget committee delayed action on many of Schwarzenegger's proposals for cutting waste, and instead took an ax to operations managed by the governor. They voted to get rid of entire departments and agencies under his authority. The committee voted to eliminate the Secretary of Education office, an appointed position that exists to help the governor on school issues. Lawmakers declared that the governor does not need such an office, as it overlaps with the...
  • Calif. Voters Reject Measures to Keep State Solvent (Lyin' Title---Rejected Taxes!)

    05/19/2009 10:53:54 PM PDT · by Syncro · 83 replies · 3,017+ views
    nytimes ^ | May 20, 2009 | JENNIFER STEINHAUER
    Calif. Voters Reject Measures to Keep State Solvent By JENNIFER STEINHAUER Published: May 20, 2009 LOS ANGELES — A smattering of California voters on Tuesday soundly rejected five ballot measures designed to keep the state solvent through the rest of the year. The results dealt a severe setback to the state’s fragile fiscal structure and to Gov Arnold Schwarzenegger and the state legislators who cobbled together the measures as part of a last-minute budget deal passed in February.The measures, which would have prolonged tax increases, capped state spending, earmarked money for education and involved the state in a complex borrowing...
  • State's Future At Stake In May 19 Vote

    05/09/2009 10:21:37 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 46 replies · 1,225+ views
    SFChronicle ^ | May 09th 2009
    State's future at stake in May 19 vote John Wildermuth,Matthew Yi May 9, 2009 If California voters reject a package of budget measures in next week's special election, it will set off a fiscal free-for-all that could set the state's course for years to come. Defeat of the measures on the May 19 ballot would chop nearly $6 billion in expected revenue from next year's budget, on top of a projected $8 billion deficit left by shrinking tax collections. Proposals by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and others to close that gap are driving a wildfire of criticism across the state. Deep...
  • CA: Governor May Free 38,000 Inmates To Ease Budget (More scare tactics)

    05/09/2009 12:17:13 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 38 replies · 1,255+ views
    CBS 5 ^ | May 8, 2009 | CrimeWatch
    SACRAMENTO (CBS 5) ― Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has said that thousands of inmates could be forced out of state prisons if his proposed ballot measures fail in the upcoming special election. Schwarzenegger said he will open prison doors if voters don't approve the measures to close a projected $6 billion budget hole during the May 19th vote. ... The governor's plan would release 38,000 inmates, 19,000 of those are what the state considers low risk. The other 19,000 inmates are illegal immigrants whose offenses are said to be non-serious. The governor would commute their sentences and release all of them...
  • Here Come the Military Commissions and Hey! Let's Build a New Prison!

    05/02/2009 8:28:33 AM PDT · by paustin110 · 9 replies · 493+ views
    Wouldn't it have been nice if they'd looked at it better BEFORE making a stupid campaign promise to close Gitmo down? Did they think they'd be able to just come in there and open the doors? The problem of Gitmo is taking new shape this week with a couple of interesting developments. It's always been clear to most everyone that the military commissions are the best way to try enemy combatants captured in foreign countries. They are not entitled to the same rights and priviliges that American citizens are and they are not tried in the same way. I guess...
  • Military Judge Denies Obama Request to Suspend Guantanamo Hearings

    01/29/2009 9:13:17 AM PST · by IrishMike · 183 replies · 8,648+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Thursday, January 29, 2009 | Peter Finn
    A military judge has refused the Obama administration's request to delay proceeding for 120 days in the case of a detainee held at the U.S. naval prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who is accused of planning the October 2000 attack on the USS Cole warship, an al-Qaeda strike that killed 17 service members and injured 50 others. The decision throws into some disarray the administration's plan to buy some time as it reviews individual detainee cases as part of its plan to close the prison. The Pentagon may now be forced to withdraw the charges against Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a...