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Human Events: Gun ordinances face defiance from law officers

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

The head of a nationwide sheriffs coalition is calling on Vermont’s law enforcement officers to defy three controversial gun control measures passed by Burlington voters three weeks ago.

“Sheriffs have a constitutional duty to refuse to comply with such ordinances,” said Richard Mack, president of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association. “We’re seeing sheriffs in New York oppose the Safe Act and Gov. Cuomo. If we have sheriffs in New York doing this, how much more should we have sheriffs doing it in Vermont?”

Read the entire article here.

Biz Pac Review: New bill would open up competition on limo services

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Local governments, consider yourselves warned. Your license to regulate transportation innovation soon could be revoked.

Technology companies offering alternatives to traditional limousine and livery car services are getting help from some friends in high places.

After years of being effectively locked out of some of Florida’s largest transportation markets, companies like Uber, Ride Command, Sidecar, Lyft and others soon could find themselves in the driver’s seat.

Read the entire story here.

NJ.com: Ex-Jersey City schools monitor tops watchdog’s list of highest paid ‘part-time’ state workers

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Cathy Coyle, the former Jersey City school official brought on as a state monitor in 2012, was the most expensive “part-time temp” in state government last year,according to a New Jersey Watchdog report.

Coyle was paid $151,862 last year as a “special services” employee, while collecting a $73,765 pension, the report says. Coyle was one of four of these kinds of workers who collected more than $200,000 last year, including pensions, according to the report.

Read the entire story here.

Fox News: SolarCity $166 million in the red after losing $55 million in 2013

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

SolarCity, a California-based solar energy firm backed by hundreds of millions in federal grants and loans, posted $55 million in losses during 2013 and is running a deficit of more than $166 million, according to an annual financial report released this week.

Still, company officials say the future is looking sunny.

“All our states are doing extremely well and we continue to invest in every state,” said CEO Lyndon Rive in a conference call after the report was released.

Read the entire article here.

Townhall: Veterans Affairs wind turbine, built for $2.3 million, stands dormant

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — A  $2.3 million federal stimulus project at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in St. Cloud is giving green energy initiatives a bad name.

A 600-kilowatt wind turbine — some 245 foot tall — stands on the wintry VA grounds, frozen in time and temperature, essentially inoperable for the past 1 1/2 years. No one is working to fix it, though many attempts were made to repair the turbine, once billed as a model green energy project.

Read the entire article here.

Examiner.com: Illinois Congressmen take bipartisan stand against anti-Semitism

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Virginia hospitals are behaving like hypochondriacs jonzing for a stronger Medicaid fix.

While warning of financial doom if the state fails to expand the indigent-care system, hospitals’ revenue and hefty six-figure executive compensation packages point to healthy bottom lines.

The 2013 Virginia Health Information report shows solid operating margins at a majority of hospitals. For example:

  • Augusta Health in Fishersville, 23.28 percent.
  • Martha Jefferson in Charlottesville, 10.57 percent.
  • Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg, 7.69 percent.
  • UVA Medical Center, 7.43 percent.

Read the entire article here.

BizPac Review: Florida’s Obamacare numbers are in, but where are the millennials?

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

When it comes to Obamacare sign-ups, Florida is tops among the 34 states with federally run health exchanges.

For many, that’s cause for celebration.

But, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ latest enrollment report, it’s also a cause for concern.

Read the entire article here.

Sunshine State News: Critics Charge ‘Alarming Mismanagement’ at Foreign-Student Job Program

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

A fast-growing foreign-student work program is taking jobs from U.S. citizens, while its “alarming mismanagement” poses a national security threat, critics charge.

“Foreign students, sometimes aided by school officials, are currently abusing the Optional Practical Training program to acquire unauthorized employment in the United States,” said Sen. Charles Grassley, citing a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

Read the entire article here.

MSNBC: Red light camera at FL hospital ticketing those seeking emergency help

Monday, March 17th, 2014

MSNBC linked to a recent story from Florida Watchdog about red-light cameras being installed near the entrance of a hospital. But instead of catching traffic violators, those rushing to the facility for medical attention are getting tickets.

You can read the MSNBC article here.

Be sure to check out the story on Florida Watchdog as well.

Philadelphia Inquirer: Stalking loophole may close for PA unions

Friday, March 14th, 2014

With no debate and a nearly party-line vote, the state House passed a bill that eliminates a loophole in the law state defining the crime of stalking.

As we detailed earlier this week, union members engaged in a labor dispute are now exempt from the state’s anti-stalking law, which defines the crime as “repeated activity which causes fear of bodily injury or emotional distress in another.” The bill was introduced last year, but it caught the eye of Republican lawmakers after last month’s indictment of 10 members of the Ironworkers Local 401 for crimes ranging from arson to assault.

Read the entire article here.