Delaware Rejects Bill Giving Parents of Special Needs Students School Choice

The Delaware House Education Committee rejected a bill that would have established education...

Shocker: The Media As One Cheerlead Another Government Power Grab

The American media cabal is…ridiculous. They are the Borg of politics - many entities,...

Obama’s Green Energy Plans Kill Jobs, Hurt Consumers, and Cost Taxpayers

Proponents of green energy like to point out how the costs have come down—and they have. Though...

There’s Already A Process For Bad Patents, So Let’s Not Destroy All Patents

There are some people who simply, bizarrely do not like intellectual property. Some are full-blown...

Donald Trump Bankrupts American Politics

Commentators from the political "left" as well as the "right" have attempted to analyze and dissect...

Massachusetts Considers Imposing Statewide Single-Payer Health Care System

Massachusetts lawmakers are considering two bills that would institute a statewide single-payer...
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Education

Delaware Rejects Bill Giving Parents of Special Needs Students School Choice

The Delaware House Education Committee rejected a bill that would have established education savings accounts (ESAs) for parents of special needs students. House Bill 161, called the Parent Empowerment Education Savings Account Act, says it “allows parents to use the funds that would have been allocated to their child at their resident school district for an education program of the parents’...

Environment

Portland School Board Bans Materials Questioning Human-Caused Climate Change

The Public School Board in Portland, Oregon unanimously approved a resolution banning textbooks and other teaching materials expressing any doubt or reservations concerning the claim humans are the primary cause behind global climate change and its dangerous consequences. The May 17 decision was supported by environmental groups that claim the debate over the theory humans’ fossil-fuel use is...

Ethics Complaint Lodged Against Oregon Lawmakers Sued Over Gray Wolf

Cascadia Wildlands, an environmental group in Oregon, has filed a complaint with the Oregon Government Ethics Commission alleging three Oregon state lawmakers committed ethics violations. Cascadia says the lawmakers’ attempt to pass a bill limiting legal action to prevent gray wolf populations in the state from being removed from the state’s Endangered Species List qualifies as unethical behavior...

Massachusetts Loses Climate Action Case Brought by Youths

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) failed to comply with its legal obligation to reduce the state’s greenhouse-gas emissions, according to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, which ruled in favor of four teenagers supported by Our Children’s Trust, the Conservation Law Foundation, and the Mass Energy Consumers Alliance. The court ordered DEP to create regulations...

Finance & Insurance

Arizona Reinstates Children’s Health Insurance Program After Six Years

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey (R) signed a law reinstating KidsCare, the state’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which has been inactive since 2010, hours after Republicans joined Democrat state lawmakers in suspending the Senate rules in order to pass the legislation. After Senate President Andy Biggs (R-Gilbert) blocked voting on KidsCare in March, a coalition of Democrat and...

Prosecution of Short-Term Lenders Mimics ‘Operation Choke Point’ Program

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a series of criminal charges against short-term lending companies, accusing the unrelated firms of violating the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization (RICO) Act, a federal law passed with the intention of combating organized crime. The prosecutions align with the goals of Operation Choke Point, a DOJ program using banking regulations to try to...

U.S. House Members Unveil Banking Reform Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives has rolled out a plan to ease federal restrictions on banks in an effort to reduce the cost of regulatory compliance and start to decrease federal government control over the economy. Congress and President Barack Obama imposed forceful financial restrictions in 2010 in response to the 2008 economic crisis, including the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street...

Health

Policy Diagnosis: CMS Fields Comments on Controversial Rule Through June 27

Editor’s Note: A proposed rule posted to the federal government website Regulations.gov on May 9, 2016 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) received 1,522 mailed or emailed comments by June 22 from people concerned or otherwise interested in how the rule would use a government scoring system to reimburse doctors and give legal authority to access patient medical records at any...

Massachusetts Considers Imposing Statewide Single-Payer Health Care System

Massachusetts lawmakers are considering two bills that would institute a statewide single-payer health care system. Senate Bill 579, “an act establishing Medicare for all in Massachusetts,” was heard by the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing on March 2 and remains in committee with its counterpart, House Bill 1026. Combined, the bills are cosponsored by 54 Democrats. No Republican lawmakers...

Louisiana Lawmakers Fail in Effort to Contain Medicaid Expansion Costs

The Louisiana State Legislature failed to advance two Republican-sponsored bills designed to limit the cost of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ (D) unilateral expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, which will add more than 300,000 people to the state’s program. Non-expanded Medicaid cost Louisiana $7.4 billion, plus administrative expenses, in 2014, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation....

Taxes

Father’s Day, NBA Game 7 Cost Cook County Taxpayers

For the second time in two months, the Cook County Department of Corrections had to lock down inmates because of a mass guard call-off. The Cook County Sheriff’s Office said 317 guards took off the Father’s Day shift off on Sunday, June 19. This came on the heels of the 464 call-offs on Mother’s Day, which led to a 24-hour lockdown. Cara Smith, Cook County Sheriff’s Office chief of policy and...

Prosecution of Short-Term Lenders Mimics ‘Operation Choke Point’ Program

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a series of criminal charges against short-term lending companies, accusing the unrelated firms of violating the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization (RICO) Act, a federal law passed with the intention of combating organized crime. The prosecutions align with the goals of Operation Choke Point, a DOJ program using banking regulations to try to...

Mississippi Pension System Loses Money On Investments

A report by the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi shows the state’s pension fund lost money in the past year, which could further damage PERS’s already weakened bottom line. According to the third quarter report, the fund has been hit with total losses of 0.47 percent so far this year, with the biggest hits coming in stocks. International equities lost 7.36 percent...

Tech

Miami Taxicab Companies Sue County Government Over Uber Legalization

After local lawmakers voted to allow peer-to-peer transportation network companies, such as Uber and Lyft, to operate in Miami-Dade County, Florida, taxicab company owners filed a lawsuit against the county government, demanding $1 billion in taxpayer money as compensation. The lawsuit, filed in May, claims county commissioners are responsible for protecting the value of taxicab licenses...

Google Is Rigging Searches For Hillary Clinton

This is huge news - but it is hardly surprising. Google - President Barack Obama’s biggest crony in a sea full of armadas full of legions of Obama cronies - has been cozying up to the woman Obama just endorsed to succeed him: Hillary Clinton. And by “cozying up” - we mean warping their search results to hide Clinton’s decades of scandals and scandalous behavior. Last...