Beyond Obamacare

The Cato Institute hosted an event two weeks back on several competing alternatives to replacing...

Smoking Cessation: Minimal Impact on Weight

The association of tobacco use and body weight has long been a matter of concern.  In...

Smart Observations on King

Yesterday's oral arguments in King v. Burwell have now had time to be fully digested by people far...

Will a Royal Edict on Ammo Mock the Constitution?

By Nancy Thorner and Ed Ingold -  The ATF’s move to ban ammunition in common use since before...

Democrat's Stifling Climate Change Discussion

In the past few weeks statements of scientists challenging the hypothesis carbon dioxide from...

Where to Follow King v. Burwell At

Oral arguments in King v. Burwell are likely underway now, and it's no exaggeration to say this...
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Education

Michigan Appeals Court Denies Stay in Taylor Right-to-Work Case

The Michigan Court of Appeals Wednesday denied a motion from the Taylor Federation of Teachers-Local 1085 and Taylor School District for a “stay” in the labor dispute involving three Taylor teachers. This means members of the bargaining unit may exercise their right-to-work freedoms beginning March 6. Prior to this decision, the Michigan Employment Relations Commission ruled that the union’s 10-...

Environment

Obama Calls for Halt to ANWR Energy Production

In his latest move to force the United States to shift away from using fossil fuels, President Barack Obama is calling on Congress to designate the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness, making it off-limits to oil and gas production. The president announced his proposal via YouTube on January 25. He called ANWR an “incredible place, pristine, undisturbed. I’m going...

New Climate Model Sparks Debate

An article in the journal Science Bulletin, “Why Models Run Hot: Results from an Irreducibly Simple Climate Model,” has introduced a new, simple model of the climate’s response to adding carbon-dioxide to the atmosphere. The new model tracks temperatures and temperature trends more closely than the complex climate models used by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC...

Investigation of Dr. Willie Soon: Smoke, No Fire

Climate Change Weekly #162 Robert (Bob) M. Carter, Ph.D., professor and head of the School of Earth Sciences at James Cook University in Queensland, Australia between 1981 and 1999, has penned a careful analysis of the attempt to slander noted solar and scientist Dr. Willie Soon of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Climate alarmists have been unable to refute Dr. Soon’s research...

Finance & Insurance

Study: ‘Sharing Economy’ Revolution Empowers Customers

Businesses such as Airbnb and Uber, which directly connect consumers and service providers without the need for middlemen, are empowering consumers and creating a self-regulating economy, a recent study from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University has found. By allowing “underutilized assets or ‘dead capital’ to be put to more productive use,” the authors explain, the sharing economy...

A Well-Written Overview of Governments’ Economic Misdeeds

The Impending Monetary Revolution, the Dollar and Gold, Second Edition By Edmund Contoski; American Liberty Publishers, November 2014 281 pages, ISBN-13 978-0-9655007-1-5 $28.95 on publisher’s website, http://www.amlibpub.com/order.html The first edition of Edmund Contoski’s book The Impending Monetary Revolution, the Dollar and Gold was excellent, and it makes an outstanding textbook for a...

Study: Housing Bubble, Rising Caused Consumer Retail Prices to Rise

A new study has uncovered evidence the 2000s housing bubble affected the U.S. economy in previously unsuspected ways, by causing consumer prices to rise and fall based on the rate of homeownership in any particular area. In “House Prices, Local Demand, and Retail Prices,” New York University Assistant Professor of Finance Johannes Stroebel and University of Chicago Assistant Professor of...

Health

Report: States Bet on Medicaid Loophole to Boost Revenue

A new study published by the Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions examines how some states, including Ohio, are trying to scam the federal government and make Medicaid expansion look like a winner, financially speaking. The report, “Medicaid Expansion Relies on Uncertain Funding,” explains how claims of Medicaid expansion’s budgetary benefits are based on applying sales and use taxes to...

All King v. Burwell, All the Time

Consumer Power Report #453 It’s finally here. The King v. Burwell arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court this week have sparked a number of Court-targeted “don’t worry, ruling against the administration won’t result in chaos” pieces from various Republican Senators. Here is an op-ed from Sens. Orrin Hatch, John Barrasso, and Lamar Alexander. For the House side, here is an op-ed from Reps. Paul...

Hawaii Rejects Sugary Beverage Labeling, Tax

Legislation in Hawaii requiring sugary beverages include warning labels was rejected by the Health Committee of the Hawaii House of Representatives after witnesses including many small businesses and consumers testified against the measure.  The House and Senate Health committees decided in mid-February to defer HB1438 and SB1270 which would have required sugary...

Taxes

Michigan Appeals Court Denies Stay in Taylor Right-to-Work Case

The Michigan Court of Appeals Wednesday denied a motion from the Taylor Federation of Teachers-Local 1085 and Taylor School District for a “stay” in the labor dispute involving three Taylor teachers. This means members of the bargaining unit may exercise their right-to-work freedoms beginning March 6. Prior to this decision, the Michigan Employment Relations Commission ruled that the union’s 10-...

Oregon Lawmaker Proposes Licensing Regulations for Music Therapists

In Oregon, legislators are debating a bill adding state licensing requirements for music therapists. If passed into law, House Bill 2796, introduced by State Rep. Julie Parrish (R-West Linn), would make it so “a person may not practice music therapy or assume or use any title, words or abbreviations, including the title or designation ‘music therapist,’ that indicate that the person is authorized...

Georgia Lawmakers Approve Ridesharing Regulations

Georgia lawmakers recently voted to approve increase insurance regulations on ridesharing companies like Lyft and Uber, saying regulating the “sharing economy” services as though they were traditional taxicab services was necessary to protect consumer safety. The Georgia House of Representatives voted 141-26 to approve House Bill 190, a bill proposed by State Rep. Rick Golick (R-Smyrna) requiring...

Tech

Why FCC Will Lose in Court on Title II Internet (80%) – A Legal House of Cards -- A White Paper

Link to full White Paper -- here. Summary The FCC’s Open Internet Order, which reclassified the commercial Internet as a Title II utility, is very likely (80%) in the end, to be overturned in court – for a third time. The FCC’s legal theory and many core assumptions are so aggressive, it’s clear that the FCC expects, and needs, continual and maximal deference from the court to prevail. The...

Congressman Reboots Proposed Ban on Internet Access Taxes

Rep. Bob Goodlatte, a Republican from Virginia, has reintroduced the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act for consideration by the U.S. House of Representatives. If approved by Congress and signed into law, the bill would “permanently extend the moratorium on Internet access taxes and multiple and discriminatory taxes on electronic commerce.” ‘Protecting Consumers from Taxes’ Ryan Radia, associate...