Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Economic Development Revitalization Act of 2011; Chris Titus Threatens Sara; Michigan Votes on Tenure for Teachers; Obama, off teleprompter, back to pointing finger; DNC Chairwoman compares Republicans to Jim Crow laws; Federal LGBT Summit by Dept. of Education; Obamacare hearing; Texas to weigh immigration legislation

RedState writes: The Senate is going to take up a bill tomorrow that fiscal conservatives need to be aware of.
It’s S. 782, the “Economic Development Revitalization Act of 2011″
This bill reauthorizes the US Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA), which costs $500 million a year, and has proven to be nothing more than a dumping ground for pork projects. Here’s just some of the wasteful projects that the EDA has spent our tax dollars on: [for instance]
  • $120,000 to the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation, Inc., Staten Island, Richmond County, New York, to fund a feasibility study to determine best practices for establishing a “”green zone”" on an underutilized portion of industrial land on Staten Island’s western shore.
  • $600,000 to Operation HOPE, Inc. of Los Angeles, California, to fund the HOPE Financial Literacy Empowerment Center in Atlanta.
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  • Daily Caller reports: In an appearance on Monday’s “The Adam Carolla Show” podcast, [Chris] Titus may have waded into that territory [of being off limits]. In responding to a question about former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” in which Palin defended her interpretation of what happened during Paul Revere’s pre-Revolutionary War famous ride, Titus launched into a description of what he would do if Palin were elected.
    “You know what man?” Titus said. “I am going to literally — if she gets elected president, I am going to hang out on the grassy knoll all the time, just loaded and ready — because you know what? It’s for my country. It’s for my country. If I got to sacrifice myself, it’s for my country.”  [Do you suppose Obama's FBI is investigating this man?]
    From From: MEA Voice Online (the Michigan Education Association): The state House is expected to vote as early as Wednesday on a package of bills that would eliminate teacher tenure and ban all school employees from bargaining about a broad range of subjects related to their working environments and their students' learning conditions.

    Among many other provisions, this legislation would increase the probationary period to five years, allow tenured teachers to be moved back to probation after evaluation, remove reasonable and just cause protections, eliminate seniority-based placements. The bills also extend far beyond tenure, banning collective bargaining of evaluation systems, discharge/discipline policies, and more.,1_131417_AJjci2IAACwLTe7nTww58Xw6pO8,1_130346_AG%2Fci2IAAXDgTe7aSAhEl14YArw,1_129421_AJ3ci2IAAIcqTe7YXw08uVQfDHw,1_124119_AMPci2IAAA2OTe6dXg7o3xh%2Focg,1_50403_AMfci2IAABmgTey9KQHSpGvlhqM,1_44607_AD7ci2IAACdbTex%2BiwyGXnGyCYk,1_1171_AMfci2IAAUyQTewLQQntFGeLzAY,&sort=date&order=down&startMid=0&hash=7e59f060ff8c36d37bbd4b34974cb0b8&.jsrand=5312570
    Daily Caller opines: A cascade of bad economic and political news knocked President Barack Obama off his game today, and prompted him to revive his 2008-style criticism of his predecessor, and also to suggest that investors, consumers and even the media are responsible for today’s stalled economy.
    The blame-game rhetoric – which pollsters say is counterproductive – came during the White House’s joint press conference with Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel. “It is just very important for folks to remember how close we came to complete disaster,” he told the watching TV cameras and reporters.
    “The world economy took a severe blow two and a half years ago, and in part that is because of a whole set of policy decisions that had been made, and challenges that have been unaddressed over the course of the previous decade,” he said, standing alongside Merkel, whose economy has rebounded during the last two years.
    PoliticalTicker reports: When asked about the measures including identification requirements and shorter windows for early voting Sunday, the Florida congresswoman told Roland Martin, CNN contributor and host of "Washington Watch" on TV One, "You have the Republicans, who want to literally drag us all the way back to Jim Crow laws and literally-and very transparently-block access to the polls to voters who are more likely to vote for Democratic candidates than Republican candidates." But she later backed down.

    Wasserman Schultz also compared the controversial measures to poll taxes, fees historically used to keep African-Americans from voting that were abolished in 1964.
    CNS reports: [Demonstrating the intent to indoctrinate instead of educate, the U.S. Department of Education spent time, money, resources, and influence over teens and 20-somethings in the following way: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius spoke at the first “Federal LGBT Youth Summit” on Monday after being introduced by a homosexual on her staff, who said the secretary “gets us” and is “tireless” in her support of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender youth. “Your federal government has finally come out of the closet in support of LGBT youth,” said Pam Hyde, HHS administrator for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services.
    “It’s great to see so many young faces out there, all gay and proud,” Hyde said.
    “Since President Obama took office in January 2009 he has led a commitment, shared by all those in his administration, to make sure that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans have a chance to reach their full potential,” Sebelius said.
    Washington Examiner writes: Obamacare is likely facing its last stop before it heads to the Supreme Court in 2012. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Atlanta will hear arguments Wednesday in the biggest Obamacare case in the country.
    This is the Obama administration's appeal in Florida v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It's the case in which President Obama suffered his most embarrassing defeat at the district court level when Judge Roger Vinson struck down not only the linchpin of Obamacare -- its individual mandate -- but the entire 2,700-page law with it.
    There are several major Obamacare cases across the country, but Florida v. HHS is the biggest. It involves 26 states -- represented by Bush-era Solicitor General Paul Clement -- the National Federation of Independent Business and a couple of uninsured individuals -- represented by Supreme Court lawyers Michael Carvin and Gregory Katsas.
    Washington Times reports: Perry added immigration legislation to the Legislature’s special-session agenda on Tuesday, including a measure that would remove local law enforcement agencies’ ability to not prioritize immigration violations.
    In a Tuesday afternoon statement, Mr. Perry, a Republican, also added measures that would require state authorities to check a person’s immigration status before issuing a driver’s license and also to check a person’s immigration status when he or she is arrested.

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