After every Democrat and one Republican in the Wisconsin Senate voted to kill a regulatory reform bill that would have brought thousands of desperately needed mining jobs to the state, outraged conservative activists and unemployed citizens vowed to turn the heat up. Not only do they plan to keep pushing the legislation, they are targeting two key legislators who opposed the measure for recall elections.
In new study by the Center for Public Integrity (CPI) evaluating every state government in America, New Jersey was the rather surprising winner with the top grade of B+. No state received an A. The ratings were based on 14 areas: access to information, campaign finance, budgeting practices, executive accountability, legislative accountability, judicial accountability, civil service systems, procurement practices, pension management, auditing practices, lobbying restrictions, insurance commissions, state government ethics, and redistricting.
President Obama’s reelection campaign reported Monday that it raised more than $45 million in February, a significant boost from the $29.1 million raised in January but far behind what it collected in February of 2008. "In February, 348,000 people donated to raise over $45 million for this campaign," read a tweet posted by the campaign. "Thank you."
The pressure of the continuing countdown to Monday, March 26, when the Supreme Court takes on the challenge to ObamaCare, has forced legal advisors to the White House to change their strategy in hopes of successfully rebuffing it and preserving the Obama administration’s key legislative victory signed into law in March, 2010.
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum's interview on ABC's This Week Sunday appeared to be going well until guest host Jonathan Karl asked the former Pennsylvania Senator about another in his long history of wrong-way endorsements. Santorum, whose outspoken anti-abortion stand has helped him win the support of many of the GOP's socially conservative voters, had to explain why in 1995 he backed the short-lived presidential candidacy of fellow Pennsylvanian, Sen. Arlen Specter, an equally determined and outspoken "pro-choice" Republican.
Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore (left), who was unseated nine years ago after refusing to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state courthouse, has secured the Republican nomination for the office and is considered the favorite to win back his seat in November. Moore defeated incumbent Chief Justice Chuck Malone and a state circuit judge in the primary March 13, winning in 62 of the 67 Alabama counties to take the GOP nomination.
Solyndra’s financial woes prompted White House officials to snub company executives from President Obama’s exclusive State of the Union box in January 2011, according to new e-mails released Friday. In May 2010, the President said that "companies like Solyndra" are the "true engine of economic growth," and in his 2010 State of the Union address, Obama claimed that the firm was "a California business that will put a thousand people to work making solar panels."
PepsiCo is denying charges that it has contracted with a company that uses cell lines derived from aborted babies for flavor research. As reported in a pair of stories by The New American (here and here), a PepsiCo shareholder had earlier filed a resolution with the federal Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in an effort to stop a $30-million deal the company had inked with Senomyx, a company that, according to the pro-life group Children of God for Life, uses cell lines from aborted babies in its business of creating artificial flavor enhancers.
“If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep your healthcare plan,” President Barack Obama said repeatedly during the debate over his healthcare reform bill, hoping to allay fears that the bill, if passed, would force individuals into different health insurance plans or force those plans to change.
Establishment GOP leaders in St. Charles County, Missouri, shut down a caucus and had Ron Paul supporters arrested in order to avoid enthusiastic Ron Paul supporters from taking over the caucus March 17.
"Pool-mageddon" was avoided last Thursday, albeit temporarily, when a federal regulation requiring all public pools to install handicapped-accessible ramps and lifts was extended for 60 days. Falling under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), hotels and other organizations with publicly-accessible swimming pools could face a $100,000 fine for not complying with the rule. The regulation stems from amended rules under Title II and Title III of the ADA, which President Obama announced last July.