4:09 PM, Oct 2, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The specter of municipal bankruptcies spreading across the land – especially in states like Illinois, California, and Michigan – has been out of mind of late. Pushed off the agenda by other crises. But it has not gone away even – or, perhaps, especially – in jurisdictions where the problem was thought to have been dealt with, if not actually solved.
Less than two years after exiting bankruptcy, the city of Vallejo, California, is again facing a budget crisis as soaring pension costs, which were left untouched in the bankruptcy reorganization, eat up an ever-growing share of tax revenues.
Situations like this (think Detroit)
… are considered test cases in the titanic battle between Wall Street and public pension funds over whether municipal bondholders or current and retired employees should absorb most of the pain when a state or local government goes broke.
So it seems inevitable that there will be pressure for bailouts. Another transfer of wealth from the responsible to the profligate. With the responsible officials long since out of office.
Republican attorneys general: the unsung heroes in challenging the Obama agenda Jul 22, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 42 • By FRED BARNES
Can you name the attorney general of your state? I’m betting most folks can’t. There’s a reason. Campaigns for attorney general get scant media attention, causing voters to ignore down-ballot races. This is unfortunate, especially if you reside in a red state. Because in the past few years Republican attorneys general have become a growing force in national affairs. They’re not quite a conservative juggernaut, but they’re headed that way.
. . . to ‘free money’ for Medicaid expansion.
Dec 24, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 15 • By ANDREW B. WILSON
If someone who is sinking deeper and deeper into debt comes to you with an offer of “free money,” you would be best advised to:
(a) take the money and run,
8:05 PM, Nov 6, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Fox News projects Mitt Romney will win Alabama, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. Obama, the cable news channel predicts, will win Illinois, Delaware, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and the District of Columbia.
6:00 AM, Nov 6, 2012 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Since the House passed Obamacare 961 days ago, on March 21, 2010 — two days before President Obama signed it into law — all eyes have been on November 6, 2012. As Bill Kristol wrote on March 22, 2010:
11:15 AM, Oct 18, 2012 • By ROBERT K. KELNER
In election law, as in so many things, the word “reform,” when associated with a new idea, is usually a sure sign that mischief is afoot.
7:15 PM, Oct 5, 2012 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
One month and one day before the most important presidential election in the past quarter of a century and perhaps in the past century and a quarter, Rasmussen Reports shows the race being about as even as it could possibly be. At this point, Rasmussen’s state-by-state polling shows that President Obama would win by the tally of 271 electoral votes to 267 for Mitt Romney.
12:00 AM, Aug 10, 2012 • By KATE HAVARD
A new study from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce finds that, when it comes to “threatening or disruptive behavior,” union members have far more rights—or, at least, far more license—than their fellow Americans.
1:40 PM, Jun 14, 2012 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
We’re a long way from November 6 (145 days for those who are keeping score at home), but Rasmussen’s latest polling of likely voters in states across the land shows Mitt Romney currently leading President Barack Obama in the quest for electoral votes. In fact, if the 9 key swing states were each to go according to Rasmussen’s latest polling, a
And why it will be surprising if he wins in Louisiana — or Indiana.9:05 AM, Mar 21, 2012 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
While it’s clear that regional variations have played a role thus far in the Republican primaries — with Mitt Romney doing well in the Northeast but not in the South, for example — breaking down the contests along other lines might help shed some additional light on the race.
8:36 AM, Feb 23, 2011 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Most of the focus on public employee unions emphasizes the fact that states are going bankrupt and that states can’t continue to give these unions the almost obscene perks they have gotten in the past. But that misses the more fundamental point.
In the Wisconsin union battle, the Obama administration is supporting Democrats' biggest campaign cash cow over a governor that wants needed reforms.2:42 PM, Feb 18, 2011 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
In evaluating the battle over public sector unions in Wisconsin, it's worth considering for a moment the state of American unionism. It's not a pretty picture, as far as unions are concerned.
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