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- “Unacceptble” State Health Benefit Exchange Problem Drags on for Months July 25, 2014A “disappointed” State Health Benefit Exchange Board met in SeaTac on Thursday and questioned the consulting firm responsible for the health insurance processing problems that have left 6000 HBE enrollee accounts in limbo.
- Gov. Inslee Asks Businesses to Help Shape Climate Change Policy July 25, 2014Inslee called for businesses to contribute their expertise, acumen and knowledge of technological capacity to the formation of draft climate change policies. AWB VP Gary Chandler noted, "Our biggest issue that you will hear us talk about is competitiveness. We've got to make sure that our manufacturers stay competitive with those in other states.
- Kerry Scrambles for Cease-Fire as Gaza Civilian Death Toll Soars July 25, 2014
- Top 3 International Stories I’m Watching Today July 25, 20141) Norway has issued a security alert for a credible threat of attack from Syria-linked terrorists. 2) Iraq has elected a new President, Kurdish politician, Fuad Masum. Reports of a female genitalia mutilation edict by ISIS in Mosul have been denied by the organization, and many experts believe the reports to be false. […]
- 5 Minute International Update July 24, 2014Tragic downing of Flight MH17 – Dutch have been angry about it – the bodies, the time it has taken. An investigation is on-going. The current facts are disputed by Moscow and the West, much blame from Americans. In the Ukraine conflict there continues to be planes shot down and a move towards Donetsk. Pressures […]
- Top 3 International Stories I’m Watching Today July 24, 20141) The trial of Venezuelan opposition leader, Leopoldo Lopez, began today. Protests in Venezuela earlier this year left 43 dead and 900 wounded. More than 80 people are still under arrest. No serious agreement between the government and the opposition has ever happened despite the 3 months of intense protests. 2) The numbers […]
- Paul Ryan: Safety Net Necessary for Upward Mobility July 25, 2014Rep. Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) is calling for a new vision of the social safety net that would give struggling Americans a hand up during tough economic times.
- Ron Paul: Not Sure if Pro-Putin Stance Will Hurt Rand in 2016 July 25, 2014Former Rep. Ron Paul (R., Texas) said it was “too early to tell” whether his fervent support for the Kremlin will hurt his son Sen. Rand Paul’s (R., Ky.) potential 2016 presidential candidacy, BuzzFeed reported on Friday.
- Nearly Half of Contractors With Access to USDA’s Data Network Have No Security Clearance July 25, 2014Nearly half of the contractors with access to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) online data network do not have a required security clearance, according to the Office of the Inspector General (OIG).
- Transit and Congestion July 25, 2014The Antiplanner was apparently exposed to a bad cold when traveling last week and didn’t feel up to writing a timely post for this morning. (Would I have avoided this if I had a driverless car to take me to San Francisco instead flying?) However, someone emailed me in response to yesterday’s post asking if […]
- Who Needs Transit, Anyway? July 24, 2014Rail advocates often call the Antiplanner “anti-transit,” probably because it is easier to call people names than to answer rational arguments. I’ve always responded that I’m just against wasteful transit. But looking at the finances and ridership of transit systems around the country, it’s hard not to conclude that all government transit is wasteful transit
- Slower Than Molasses in a Minnesota Winter July 23, 2014Remember the Twin Cities light-rail line that was supposed to average 17 mph but, after testing, was scheduled for just 13-3/4 mph? It turns out that, in actual operation, it averages less than 12.5 mph. That means it takes 53 minutes to go from downtown Minneapolis to downtown St. Paul, 36 percent longer than the […]