VP Pence breaks tie to open debate in Senate on Obamacare replacement

By   /  July 26, 2017  /  Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, News, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington  /  No Comments

Both parties in Washington D.C. know Obamacare is flawed and getting worse, but no Democrats and two Republicans voted Tuesday against opening debate to change things. That meant it took Vice President Mike Pence to break a 50-50 tie just to open up debate on reforming the country’s controversial health care law, the Affordable Care Act. […]

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Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin score well in manufacturing report; Illinois not so much

By   /  July 25, 2017  /  Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

The Midwest as a whole received relatively high grades in an annual rating of states’ manufacturing industries, but Illinois’ manufacturing sector is still struggling due to an unpredictable economic climate and unfunded public liabilities. The 2017 Manufacturing & Logistics Report Card gave Illinois a “C+” for the overall health of its manufacturing industries, but the […]

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Haupt: America needs group of Tom Paines to take government back from elites

By   /  July 24, 2017  /  Colorado, Commentary, District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Opinion, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

“Of more worth is one honest man to society and in the sight of God, than all the crowned ruffians that ever lived.” – Thomas Paine, Common Sense, January 10, 1776 The year was 1776 and the time had come for Americans to assert their independence from the British. This was the topic of contentious […]

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Ohio grants property tax relief to farmers, but some fear homeowners will pay a price

By   /  July 21, 2017  /  News, Ohio  /  No Comments

Ohio just modified how it calculates property taxes for agricultural lands in order to rescue farmers from soaring tax bills, but some fear the fix will eventually burden homeowners and provide less funding for some school districts. The state’s operating budget, which was signed June 30 by Gov. John Kasich, alters a complex formula used […]

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Proposed legislation would open up records on federal pension recipients

By   /  July 19, 2017  /  Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, News, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

A Florida congressman and an open-government organization have launched a campaign to make key information on federal pension recipients subject to public disclosure. The legislation, which is being sponsored by Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis, would make information about pension recipients subject to the federal Freedom of Information Act. The information subject to public review would […]

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Haupt: Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere

By   /  July 18, 2017  /  Colorado, Commentary, District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Opinion, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” – Francis Bellamy Those that crossed the Mason-Dixon Line to work in the Civil Rights Movement were shocked to experience denial of justice and […]

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