Haupt: Only we can cure D.C.’s swine flu

By   /  June 26, 2017  /  Colorado, Commentary, District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Opinion, Pennsylvania, Uncategorized, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

 “It is interesting back in 2011, shortly after the swine-flu epidemic broke out; Congress enacted an earmark moratorium that would supposedly put an end to pork-barrel spending.” – Jenny Reed The phrase “pork-barrel spending” derives from the antebellum period. Plantation owners would give barrels of salt pork to their slaves, who fought with each other […]

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Supreme Court’s ruling on Wisconsin mapmaking case could impact gerrymandering across U.S.

By   /  June 19, 2017  /  District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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There could be changes coming to how Illinois’ legislative maps are drawn every ten years with the U.S. Supreme Court agreeing to take up a Wisconsin case on the very issue. Longtime Democratic Party activist Bill Whitford brought the case Gill v. Whitford, which challenges Wisconsin’s 2011 State Assembly map as unconstitutional. He said his […]

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Group seeks transparency in high-stakes Puerto Rico bankruptcy case

By   /  June 16, 2017  /  District of Columbia, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, News, Ohio, Pennsylvania  /  1 Comment

A group of investigative journalists in Puerto Rico is suing the congressionally created board that acts as the island territory’s representative in bankruptcy proceedings, claiming they are failing to be transparent in their financial dealings. The stakes are high for plenty of Americans, as Puerto Rico’s debt has far-reaching implications in a number of financial sectors […]

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Haupt: Your governor, your guardian of the 10th Amendment

By   /  June 12, 2017  /  Colorado, Commentary, District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, Ohio, Opinion, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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“The Tenth Amendment said the federal government is supposed to only have powers that were explicitly given in the Constitution but I think the federal government’s forgotten that.” – David Mills Our founders penned the Tenth Amendment out of necessity. It was hindsight after a summer of impassioned debates at the Convention of 1787. The […]

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U.S. Supreme Court asked to take case challenging forced union dues

By   /  June 12, 2017  /  Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, News, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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The nation’s high court is being asked to take up the issue of whether government employees should be forced to pay dues and fees to government unions. The case Janus v. AFSCME originated in Illinois. Mark Janus and several other Illinois state employees say they don’t want to be forced to pay union dues. Their […]

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Fed report: Obamacare exchange insurance costs double in past four years

By   /  June 1, 2017  /  Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, News, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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The latest look at Obamacare prices show insurance through the marketplace costs more than twice as much now as it did in 2013. New numbers from the the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services show health insurance in Illinois that cost $248 a month in 2013, now costs $517 dollars. That’s a 108 percent […]

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