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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McCaleb: Pennsylvania pension reform ‘better than doing nothing’

By   /  June 14, 2017  /  Colorado, Commentary, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Opinion, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

Illinois is home to the worst-funded public pension systems in the United States. A little more than 400 miles to the east, Pennsylvania has the fifth-worst-funded state pension systems in the country. As in Illinois, Pennsylvania has a divided government, though in reverse. A Democrat is in the governor’s mansion in the Keystone State and […]

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Forbes: New York Shakespeare Festival received $30M from taxpayers

By   /  June 13, 2017  /  Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin  /  1 Comment

New York City’s Public Theater “Shakespeare in the Park” production of “Julius Caesar” sparked political drama for its on-stage assassination of a Trump-like Roman ruler. Before the performance Donald Trump Jr. asked via a tweet, “I wonder how much of this ‘art’ is funded by taxpayers?” Here’s the answer to Trump Jr’s question: Data at […]

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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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