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Religious heckler claims Obama is ‘anti-Christ’

By | 09.27.11 | 12:52 pm | More from The Iowa Independent

President Barack Obama’s opening remarks at a California event were disrupted, according to press poll coverage, by a man who yelled, “Jesus Christ is the son of God.” When Obama agreed, the man yelled back, “You are the anti-Christ.”

Bachmann stumbles in California over gay rights

By | 09.19.11 | 11:52 am | More from The Minnesota Independent

Michele Bachmann’s weekend trip to the Golden State to gather support and funds for her presidential bid drew protests and sharp questions from Tonight Show host Jay Leno over her stances and statements on rights for LGBT people.

At a campaign rally in Costa Mesa, Bachmann was asked More…

Groups use Bachmann’s claims against Perry, Merck to urge veto of Calif. HPV-vaccine bill

By | 09.16.11 | 12:48 pm

Image by: Matt MahurinDespite the backlash GOP presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann has received this week for blasting fellow contender Texas Gov. Rick Perry for his (failed) attempt to mandate human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations for pre-teen girls in 2007 during Monday’s tea party debate, the Minnesota congresswoman’s refusal to turn the page could have lasting More…

Kaiser Health News: States moving toward more Medicaid managed care

By | 09.14.11 | 4:57 pm | More from The Florida Independent

Kaiser Health News reports that states all over the country, including Florida, are moving toward Medicaid managed care and are looking “to private health plans for help closing budget gaps.”

GEO Group to close Michigan’s private Baldwin prison

By | 09.08.11 | 4:43 pm | More from The Michigan Messenger

The GEO Group’s North Lake Correctional Facility pink-slipped its workers this week after the state of California decided not to renew a contract to house inmates there.

Watch for the wave: Amazon to pay sales tax in California

By | 09.08.11 | 3:50 pm | More from The Colorado Independent

Struggling with an ongoing recession-era budget crisis that has seen hundreds of millions of dollars slashed from public education alone, Colorado lawmakers tried and failed to get mega-online retailer Amazon to pay state sales taxes last year. Amazon successfully dodged similar efforts in other states, but the tax man More…

Further explanation of federal board decision denying immigrants advisal before questioning

By | 08.17.11 | 4:00 pm | More from The Florida Independent

On Tuesday, The American Independent reported that the Board of Immigration Appeals, a body that is part of the U.S. Justice Department, made a decision on Aug. 11 arguing that federal regulations do not require that immigrants arrested without a warrant have to be notified of their rights before being More…

With NOM money, Maine PAC that fought marriage equality in ’09 prepares for possible ’12 referendum

By | 08.15.11 | 11:32 am

Though a 2012 referendum to reverse Maine’s 2009 same-sex-marriage repeal is not yet official, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has already contributed approximately $32,000 to the Stand for Marriage Maine Political Action Committee (PAC), according to a campaign disclosure report filed last month.

California approves of national popular vote initiative

By | 08.09.11 | 11:31 am

A bill that would commit California’s 55 Electoral College votes to the winner of the national popular vote (NPV) in presidential elections was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Monday. The bill would only come into effect if enough states sign similar legislation so that a majority More…

New report shows assumed value in a college degree can be deceiving

By | 08.05.11 | 3:46 pm

A new index from a leading education policy group allows parents and students to assess a college’s “borrowing-to-credential ratio,” combining newly available U.S. Department of Education data that considers a school’s graduation rate and the debt its students accrue throughout the matriculation period.