Image via Wikipedia There’s some guy masquerading as a Democrat state legislator in Georgia, and he’s raising eyebrows. Scott Holcomb, aware that both legislative houses are considering bills that would require applicants for public assistance to submit to drug testing, has filed a bill of his own that would require state legislators to submit to the same […]
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- Private Health Insurance Premiums and Federal Policy February 12, 2016Although premiums for private insurance have grown relatively slowly in recent years, they have usually grown faster than the economy as a whole and thus faster than average income. CBO and JCT expect them to grow at similar rates over the next decade—by about 5 percent per year, on average, or about 2 percentage points […]
- Inslee Supports Clinton As Battle for Superdelegates Intensifies February 12, 2016Inslee is one of the 712 superdelegates – elected officials and party leaders who are free to vote for whoever they want during the primary and caucus process regardless of the popular vote. 2,382 delegates are needed to win the nomination. MoveOn.Org Political Action and a coalition of Sanders fans launched separate petitions calling on […]
- Initiative 1433 Campaign Kicks Off March 5 February 12, 2016Filed last month and supported by Raise Up Washington — a coalition of union, faith and community organizations — I-1433 would raise the state minimum wage incrementally to $13.50 and provide opportunities to earn up to seven days of paid sick and safe leave per year for employees who currently lack that benefit. Unions throughout […]
- Today Top 3+ International Stories: Egypt, Mexico, France Plus Syria February 12, 20161) In Egypt, thousands of doctors in Cairo turned out to protest after reports circulated that two doctors at a hospital in the capital had been beaten by police. It is not clear why the doctors were targeted, but it could be because they treated or sympathized with dissenters in opposition to former military leader […]
- Today’s Top 3 International Stories: Syria, Nigeria & Iraq February 11, 20161) The UN Security Council is pushing Russia to end its air campaign against “militants” in Aleppo, Syria on behalf of the Syrian government. More than 50,000 Syrians have fled and over 500 are reported dead. It is estimated more than 300,000 people are still trapped in Aleppo and most water supplies to civilians left […]
- Today’s Top 3 International Stories: Syria, Turkey & Zika February 1, 20161) After an entire week’s delay, Syrian opposition finally in Geneva for UN-run peace talks, despite a suicide attack by ISIS over the weekend which killed over 40 people. The UN hopes to find agreements on humanitarian aid and prisoner exchanges, but any progress, no matter how small, will be a victory at this point. […]
- Bernard Cornwell’sProfessional Fictions February 13, 2016We’re over twenty books into the series about Richard Sharpe, a British soldier in the Napoleonic Wars. Four books into the adventures of Nathaniel Starbuck, fighting for the South in the American Civil War—along with three books of Warlord Chronicles, set in the years after Rome’s retreat from the British Isles, and four books about […]
- A Washington Winter’s Midsummer Delight February 13, 2016If Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream has a moral, it’s that love makes you act dumb and weird. Aaron Posner’s Midsummer, now playing through March 6 at the Folger, is also dumb and weird, but in a good way. The worst thing a director can do with Midsummer is to make it cutesy: put a […]
- Rachel Maddow Discusses Free Beacon Nevada Poll, Promotes Free Beacon Store February 13, 2016The post Rachel Maddow Discusses Free Beacon Nevada Poll, Promotes Free Beacon Store appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.
- DC Ridership Falls Despite Population Growth February 12, 2016As the Antiplanner noted last week, Los Angeles is not the only region experiencing declining transit ridership. Another is Washington, DC, where a recent report from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA aka Metro) revealed that ridership has fallen to the lowest level since 2004. The agency’s financial situation is so bad that WMATA’s […]
- The Future of Federal Lands February 11, 2016The Antiplanner was in Washington, DC on Tuesday to testify before the Federal Land Action Group, an unofficial Congressional committee made up of representatives from western states who support more local control of federal lands. Several of the committee members expressed the opinion that federal land would be better managed by the states because the […]
- Low Fares Beat Steel Wheels February 10, 2016Last week, the Antiplanner highlighted an LA Times story showing that Los Angeles transit ridership was dropping despite billions being spent on transit improvements. A blogger named Ethan Elkind wrote a response arguing that a graph in the Times story was unfair because it showed that Los Angeles transit ridership peaked in 1985. That high […]