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In Search of Bipartisanship the Meaning of Words

spon-sor, n. 1. one who vouches or is responsible for a person or thing. Forget policy for a second. Democrats and Republicans can’t even agree on the
Jul 31, 2020

In Search of Bipartisanship the Meaning of Words

In Search of Bipartisanship the Meaning of Words

spon-sor, n. 1. one who vouches or is responsible for a person or thing. Forget policy for a second. Democrats and Republicans can’t even agree on the
spon-sor, n. 1. one who vouches or is responsible for a person or thing. Forget policy for a second. Democrats and Republicans can’t even agree on the
Jul 31, 2020

You Spent $47.5 Billion* on Intelligence Last Year

You Spent $47.5 Billion* on Intelligence Last Year

Some instances of government secrecy are genuinely malign, but most are frivolous. The cardinal example there is the intelligence budget. For reasons no one has
Some instances of government secrecy are genuinely malign, but most are frivolous. The cardinal example there is the intelligence budget. For reasons no one has
Jul 31, 2020

How the largest private prison corporation doubled in size through political donations

How the largest private prison corporation doubled in size through political donations

It’s been almost two years since the privately-run prison in Appleton has held prisoners. But in early 2012, the prison’s owner, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), expects to fill Appleton’s Prairie Correctional Facility and another facility in Colorado with 3,256 inmates from California. In the last ten years, the revenue of CCA, the country’s biggest private prison company, has almost doubled, according to their annual reports.
It’s been almost two years since the privately-run prison in Appleton has held prisoners. But in early 2012, the prison’s owner, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), expects to fill Appleton’s Prairie Correctional Facility and another facility in Colorado with 3,256 inmates from California. In the last ten years, the revenue of CCA, the country’s biggest private prison company, has almost doubled, according to their annual reports.
Jul 31, 2020

Survey: Majority of Florida voters want to defund Planned Parenthood

Survey: Majority of Florida voters want to defund Planned Parenthood

The anti-abortion movement can claim a small victory in its crusade against Planned Parenthood. A recent Florida statewide survey of 807 likely voters in 2012 found a majority supports cutting federal funding for Planned Parenthood. # The survey conducted by Viewpoint Florida found total support for cutting federal aid to the chain of reproductive health service providers is 54 percent, and opposition was 38 percent.
The anti-abortion movement can claim a small victory in its crusade against Planned Parenthood. A recent Florida statewide survey of 807 likely voters in 2012 found a majority supports cutting federal funding for Planned Parenthood. # The survey conducted by Viewpoint Florida found total support for cutting federal aid to the chain of reproductive health service providers is 54 percent, and opposition was 38 percent.
Jul 31, 2020

Republicans tout, progressives rebuke newly proposed Iowa regulatory reforms

Republicans tout, progressives rebuke newly proposed Iowa regulatory reforms

Republicans in the Iowa House and Senate and the Branstad administration have rolled out a set of nine initiatives related to regulatory reform that they say will expedite business and business expansion in the state, but progressives who attended a series of meetings the GOP lauded as precursors to the proposals are calling foul. According to a GOP press release, “these initial reforms came about as a result of their highly successful and very well attended 11 city tour this spring.” The release notes that more than 1,000 Iowans attended, nearly 175 testified and approximately 300 public comment forms were collected. Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, a statewide progressive group that calls on government and corporations to put people first, believes that the Republican proposal is ignoring the testimony of more than 175 of the organization’s members who attended public hearings across the state, calling for “stronger and more effective public oversight over factory farm polluters and other big-moneyed corporations.” The nine initiatives, which the GOP has pledged to champion in the 2012 General Assembly, are: All state departments and agencies have a searchable and user-friendly rules database on their websites
Republicans in the Iowa House and Senate and the Branstad administration have rolled out a set of nine initiatives related to regulatory reform that they say will expedite business and business expansion in the state, but progressives who attended a series of meetings the GOP lauded as precursors to the proposals are calling foul. According to a GOP press release, “these initial reforms came about as a result of their highly successful and very well attended 11 city tour this spring.” The release notes that more than 1,000 Iowans attended, nearly 175 testified and approximately 300 public comment forms were collected. Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, a statewide progressive group that calls on government and corporations to put people first, believes that the Republican proposal is ignoring the testimony of more than 175 of the organization’s members who attended public hearings across the state, calling for “stronger and more effective public oversight over factory farm polluters and other big-moneyed corporations.” The nine initiatives, which the GOP has pledged to champion in the 2012 General Assembly, are: All state departments and agencies have a searchable and user-friendly rules database on their websites
Jul 31, 2020

On oil spill aniversary, claims fund is touted for its progress

On oil spill aniversary, claims fund is touted for its progress

Oil Spill claims administrator Kenneth Feinberg marked this week’s anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill (the rig exploded on April 20, 2010) by highlighting the fund’s progress and defending the fact that the bulk of the claims paid by the fund have been so-called quick payments. # Since the final payment process began, the Gulf Coast Claims Facility has paid Floridians nearly $425 million in “quick payments,” in which individuals and businesses who have already received emergency payments can collect $5,000 and $25,000 respectively without documenting additional damages. # The fund has paid Floridians another $34 million in interim payments, which allow claimants to come back for more money every three months, and $55 million in final payments, which require them to waive their right to sue
Oil Spill claims administrator Kenneth Feinberg marked this week’s anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill (the rig exploded on April 20, 2010) by highlighting the fund’s progress and defending the fact that the bulk of the claims paid by the fund have been so-called quick payments. # Since the final payment process began, the Gulf Coast Claims Facility has paid Floridians nearly $425 million in “quick payments,” in which individuals and businesses who have already received emergency payments can collect $5,000 and $25,000 respectively without documenting additional damages. # The fund has paid Floridians another $34 million in interim payments, which allow claimants to come back for more money every three months, and $55 million in final payments, which require them to waive their right to sue
Jul 31, 2020
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