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Hearing aid legislation would raise cost of personal sound amplification products

By   /  May 18, 2017  /  Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, News, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Uncategorized, Vermont, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

With a committee vote pending on the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017, critics of the legislation warn the bill would increase government regulations and raise the cost of personal sound amplification products (PSAPs). A gun-owner group warned in a letter on Tuesday that language in the act could even tread into Second Amendment rights. […]

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Overhaul of Dodd-Frank headed to U.S. House

By   /  May 10, 2017  /  Arizona, Colorado, District of Columbia, Federal government, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, News, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Wisconsin  /  1 Comment

A financial reform bill is heading for a vote in the U.S. House after clearing the Financial Services Committee. The CHOICE Act is an overhaul of the Dodd-Frank legislation signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010. Illinois Congressman Randy Hultgren, R-Plano, supports the measure. He pointed out a key provision would prohibit taxpayer […]

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Haupt: Identity politics handcuffs democracy

By   /  May 10, 2017  /  Arizona, Colorado, Commentary, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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“I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. During the height of the Cold War, everyone was seeking refuge from the Communist “curtain of fear.” The principal at our parochial school demanded our parents […]

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Guest Voice: How the New York Times misrepresents the U.S. Supreme Court

By   /  May 6, 2017  /  Arizona, Colorado, Commentary, District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

A recent New York Times story, titled “A Polarized Supreme Court, Growing More So,” illustrates how left-of-center media distort perceptions of the U.S. Supreme Court. The story’s problems begin with the lead paragraph’s assertion that Justice Neil Gorsuch’s appointment is “a conservative replacing another conservative.” What the Times probably intended to say is that the […]

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Study: Income tax rate has major impact on pro sports teams win-loss record

By   /  May 4, 2017  /  California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, General, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, News, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Taxes, Tennessee, Texas, Uncategorized, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

Upset that your favorite basketball or hockey team is watching the playoffs from their sofas? A UIC professor says a state’s tax burden shares some of the blame. University of Illinois at Chicago professor Erik Hembre has released a working draft that shows a professional team in a state with high income taxes could win up […]

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Congressional plan for coal miner health care bailout begs question: Who’s next?

By   /  May 3, 2017  /  Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Uncategorized, Virginia, West Virginia  /  No Comments

Republican members of Congress face a dilemma, particularly those from coal-mining states. As Congress considers a $1.3 billion bailout of health benefits for retired union coal miners, they must weigh the arguments for and against such federal bailouts.   “My district has more United Mine Workers members than any other Congressional district in the nation,”Congressman Mike […]

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