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- Washington Natural Gas Rates Rising This Winter October 31, 2014More than 1.2 million natural gas customers in Washington will pay more for fuel beginning Saturday as a result of higher wholesale natural gas costs and colder than average temperatures last winter. The post Washington Natural Gas Rates Rising This Winter appeared first on Washington State Wire.
- Grist: California’s Carbon Market is Leaking October 31, 2014California’s landmark climate policy program — AB32, passed in 2006 and defended from ballot attack in 2010 — includes, among other measures, a statewide cap-and-trade system. The carbon market established by AB32 is now up and running. Unfortunately, some recent changes to the rules threaten to neuter that market, rendering its carbon reductions illusory, a
- Poll Shows Gun Control, Class Size Initiatives Both Passing October 31, 2014An independent statewide poll shows Washington voters backing passage of initiatives that would expand background checks for virtually all gun sales and also directs lawmakers to allocate money to reduce student-to-teacher ratios in K-12 education. The post Poll Shows Gun Control, Class Size Initiatives Both Passing appeared first on Washington State Wire.
- Top 3 International Stories I’m Watching Today October 24, 20141) The air strikes in Syria on the Islamic State by the anti-ISIS coalition (led by the U.S.) has killed 521 militants and 32 civilians. 2) Venezuela has started a new program rationing foods, basic goods and medical supplies using a fingerprinting system. Major stores and facilities have been taken over by the government. 3) NATO commanders […]
- Top 3 International Stories I’m Watching Today October 24, 20141) American Jeffrey Fowle freed from North Korea unexpectedly. 2) The Mexican government has put a warrant out for the arrest of the Mayor of Iguala where 43 people students went missing. 3) Israel and Palestine are getting heated again after the death of a baby girl. A nephew of a known Hamas bomb-maker drove […]
- Top 3 International Stories I’m Watching Today October 23, 20141) Two shooting happened at a war memorial in Ottawa, Canada. Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was murdered. Please hug, virtually or in reality, any Canadian you know. 2) A bomb that went off outside of Cairo University today wounded 11 people. Ajnad Misr (Soldiers of Egypt) claimed responsibility for the bombing. 3) Sit-in protests in the capital […]
- Ellison Barber Discusses Tactics of Desperate Democrats as Defeat Draws Near October 31, 2014
- J Street Loses Pumpkin Carving Contest for Second Straight Year October 31, 2014The anti-Israel Middle East lobbying group J Street has once again been crowned the loser of its office building’s annual pumpkin carving contest in what insiders are describing as a demoralizing loss for a group that has few victories to its credit. This year, J Street entered into the contest a pumpkin it called ‘The Walking Dead’, a title that many descri
- Feds Paid $292,381 for Drugs for Dead People October 31, 2014The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) paid nearly $300,000 for drugs for dead people, according to a new inspector general report.
- Liberals and Unaffordable Housing: Cause or Effect? October 30, 2014As the Antiplanner noted yesterday, the Washington Post has observed that unaffordable housing markets tend to be in liberal metropolitan areas while conservative metropolitan areas tend to be affordable. This is based on a comparison by Trulia economist Jed Kolko of housing prices (in dollars per square foot) vs. voting for Obama or Romney in […]
- Economic Principles for Planners, Part 2 October 29, 2014Here’s a continuation of yesterday’s post with five more economic principles for planners. Today’s principles are a little more complicated than yesterday’s. To clarify, I am using the word “planners” as shorthand for “advocates of government infrastructure subsidies and regulation.” 6. There’s no such thing as a free lunch. Planners would like you to believ
- Economic Principles for Planners, Part 1 October 28, 2014Planners and economists often come to the exact opposite conclusions about various policy proposals. In too many cases, this seems to be because planners (which I define here as “advocates of government spending and regulation”) have a poor understanding of basic economics. To help them out, the Antiplanner has developed ten economic principles for planners.