Bucking national trend, Schwartz bets big on her backing of Obamacare

By   /  April 22, 2014  /  Affordable Care Act, Elections, Federal Government, Health Care, Issues, News, Pennsylvania, Politics & Elections, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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By Eric Boehm | PA Independent
In a new campaign ad, U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz touts her role in passing the Affordable Care Act and promises to accept federal cash for Medicaid expansion if she is elected Pennsylvania’s governor.
The ad, which began airing today across Pennsylvania, bucks the national trend of Democrats running away from the Affordable Care [...]

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Effort to ban red light cameras in CO not slowing down

By   /  April 21, 2014  /  Accountability, Colorado, Issues, law enforcement, News, State Government, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

DENVER'S CAMERAS SLAMMED: A 2011 audit found lots of problems with Denver's red light camera program. A follow up audit last year found nothing had changed.

Red light cameras are really all about the green, says Colorado state Sen. Scott Renfroe.

Renfroe, a Republican from Weld County, says the automatic enforcement cameras used in a number of Colorado cities are about raising money more than ensuring drivers’ safety. His bill to ban the use of the devices is moving through the Colorado Legislature and could be on its way to Gov. John Hickenlooper’s desk before the end of the week.

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Heavy-handed police bring ‘Minority Report’ to life

By   /  April 18, 2014  /  Accountability, Arizona, Featured, Issues, law enforcement, National, National News, New Jersey, News, Power Abuse, State Government  /  No Comments

PRE-CRIME: With police targeting those who intend to commit crimes, is "pre-crime" going to be the next thing to make the leap from science-fiction to reality?

From coast-to-coast, police departments are starting to crack down on individuals considered “likely” to commit a crime, even if they have yet to do so.

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Nanny-state city of the week: Minneapolis wants to ban take-out trays

By   /  April 18, 2014  /  National, National News, News  /  No Comments

TAKE AWAY YOUR TAKE-OUT: A proposed ban on certain types of foam dishes would leave residents of Minneapolis eating cold take-out.

Part 2 of 2 in the series Nanny State of the Week

By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org
MINNEAPOLIS — They came for your plastic bags, and now they’re coming for your take-out trays.
Minneapolis City Councilman Andrew Johnson says the largest city in Minnesota should join an ever-growing list of cities to ban foam containers, like the ones used [...]

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Dodging taxes? You might be keeping U.S. economy afloat

By   /  April 18, 2014  /  Economy, Federal Government, IRS, Issues, National, News, Tax Reform, Taxes  /  No Comments

CAN'T SEE IT: The IRS can't get its grubby hands on the fruits of the shadow economy. Maybe that's why it's become a larger and larger share of the American economic pie in recent years.

Each April 15, millions of Americans dutifully trudge to the local Post Office to mail their tax returns to federal, state and local governments.

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