Sustainability Movement Fosters Hotbeds of Liberal Indoctrination (Part 3)

By Nancy Thorner and Bonnie O'Neil  Common Core at the K -12 level in education is shifting...

California: "Land of Poverty"

For decades, California's housing costs have been racing ahead of incomes, as counties and local...

Climate Crisis, Inc.

$1.5 trillion and Larry Bell book explain how profiteers of climate doom keep the money flowing...

Major Increase in New Homeschoolers in Northern Florida Reported

Homeschooling increased in Florida in 2014, with 7,000 students leaving public schools for home...

Senate Exposes EPA, Green Group Secret Collusion on Carbon Rules

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), chairman of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW)...

Legal defense of rogue John Doe agents costs taxpayers nearly $1.2 million

So how much has it cost Wisconsin taxpayers to defend the rogue prosecutors of a political...
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Education

Michigan Legislators Attempt to Reform Taxpayer-funded Release Time for Unions

Legislators in the Republican-controlled Michigan Legislature are trying to prevent tax dollars from being used to pay public school union members for taking “union leave time” to do union business, rather than teaching classes. The practice, known as “release time,” is employed throughout Michigan. Senate Bill 280, introduced by Sen. Marty Knollenberg (R-Troy) in April, would make it illegal for...

Environment

Court Scraps Parts of EPA’s Cross-Border Rules

A federal court ordered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to rewrite its 2011 “Cross-State Air Pollution Rule,” handing a partial victory to 15 states challenging the burdensome regulations. On July 28, the Washington, DC Circuit Court of Appeals ruled EPA’s rules governing ozone and sulfur dioxide drift across state lines were too broad. The rules effectively put downwind states out of...

Senate Exposes EPA, Green Group Secret Collusion on Carbon Rules

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), chairman of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, released a new EPW Majority Staff Oversight Report on August 4, Obama's Carbon Mandate: An Account of Collusion, Cutting Corners, and Costing Americans Billions. In a statement Inhofe says, “The report exposes how the Obama administration's collusion with outside environmental groups ... has...

Former U.N. Climate Chief Fired by Research Institute

Life continues to get tougher for the former head of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Rajendra Pachauri. Pachauri was removed from his job as director-general of India’s premier energy think tank, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), which he had led for 34 years. Although TERI is not a household name in the United States, the organization is “very big...

Finance & Insurance

New Jersey Lawmakers Propose Tax Breaks for Bitcoin Exchanges

New Jersey State Assemblymen Raj Mukherji (D-Hudson) and Gordon Johnson (D-Bergen), are proposing a bill creating a regulatory framework for digital currency exchange companies and offering tax breaks to exchange companies created in or relocating to the state. Andrea Castillo, the Technology Policy Program Manager at the Mercatus Center, says the bill will benefit New Jersey’s residents, and the...

Wyoming Banking Regs Squeeze Bitcoin Exchange Company

Coinbase, a bitcoin wallet and exchange service company with operations serving more than 2.5 million users in 190 countries, has announced the suspension of all operations in Wyoming as a result of state financial regulators’ interpretation of the Wyoming Money Transmitter Act. As state regulators currently interpret the law, exchanging Wyomingites’ fiat currency for bitcoins or depositing...

Department of Education Presses for New Authority Over Banks

The U.S. Department of Education is proposing a new rule granting itself new power over how banks can work with colleges to assist with loan disbursements to students. Under the proposed rule, banks would be prohibited from assisting colleges with financial aid disbursements into student accounts if the financial institution charges overdraft penalties or other common fees. Some schools currently...

Health

Why We Must Re-frame the Health Care Debate for Young People

Consumer Power Report #470 Since 2014, when most health insurance requirements established under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) were fully implemented, the cost of health insurance has increased for every significant demographic. According to a study by HealthPocket, Inc., average monthly premiums for U.S. women age 30 increased 35 percent from 2013 to the end of 2014. Men of the same age saw...

War Against Kratom Heats Up

Florida has become the latest front in the war against kratom—a substance derived from a tree whose leaves can be brewed as a tea to relieve pain and anxiety, but can also produce feelings of euphoria. Opponents of kratom say it is highly addictive, claiming it is responsible for several deaths and increasing emergency room visits across the country since it was introduced to the United States...

Democrat Lawmakers in South Carolina Continue to Call for Medicaid Expansion

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) and the state’s Republican-led legislature have so far resisted one of the primary goals of Obamacare: expanding Medicaid. But that has not deterred the state’s Democrat lawmakers, who say Medicaid expansion is a top priority. States that have already expanded Medicaid are now facing exploding enrollment figures and huge cost overruns. In Illinois, 634,000...

Taxes

Lawmakers Shut Down Illinois Government Over Rauner Reforms

Illinois state government agencies have been partially shut down since July 1, after budget negotiations between the Democrat-controlled state legislature and Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) broke down and the fiscal year ended without an agreement. In late June, Rauner vetoed lawmakers’ proposal to increase the state’s deficit spending by $3 billion. In turn, legislative leaders have rejected Rauner’s...

Legal defense of rogue John Doe agents costs taxpayers nearly $1.2 million

So how much has it cost Wisconsin taxpayers to defend the rogue prosecutors of a political investigation that has been ordered shut down by the state Supreme Court? More than $1.1 million and counting – $1,189,199.70 to be precise, according to information obtained by Wisconsin Watchdog through a records request. The records were provided by the state Department of Administration. And the bill...

Salem, Oregon City Council Snuffs Out Cigarettes, E-Cigarettes in Parks

The Salem, Oregon City Council voted to ban tobacco and e-cigarette use in public parks. The ban started on August 22. The new law also prohibits marijuana use, which is legal in the state, in outdoor public areas. Steve Buckstein, a senior policy analyst for the Cascade Policy Institute, says bans on smoking in public places lay the groundwork for more bans and restrictions on otherwise legal...

Tech

How Google Can Rig Everything in Washington, D.C. – and All Around the World

Let us ponder for a moment who and what Google is. Google has made tens of billions of dollars – being all up in your business. Uber-efficiently doing what governments the world over have for centuries only at best bumblingly attempted – accumulating reams and reams of data on millions and millions of people. Google is a private company. These millions of people voluntarily use its products – and...

Unlicensed Spectrum Needs No New FCC Regulation

Everyone should have the freedom to innovate and compete in America, the land of opportunity. There should be no innovation or competition double standard where government politically picks winners and losers by rigging competition via denying some companies the freedom to innovate and compete spectrally while granting it to their competitors. With radio spectrum, America has created different...