Archive for January 29th, 2011

Residents in 20 states can no longer purchase new child-only policies as a result of the Democrats’ healthcare reform law

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

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Where’s the Border Fence? – Center for Individual Freedom

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

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Op-ed, National Center for Public Policy Research – Obama Won’t Create Jobs or Innovation by Hiring Progressive CEO Jeff Immelt

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

Obama Won’t Create Jobs or Innovation by Hiring Progressive CEO Jeff Immelt
Washington, D.C. – President Barack Obama’s appointment of General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt to lead the White House’s new “President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness” does not signal a serious attitude toward thoughtful and open discussion on ways to jumpstart the stalled American economy. (more…)

Fitch Downgrades Overland Park Development Corp., KS to ‘BB’

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

RATING RATIONALE:

–The downgrade to ‘BB’ from ‘BBB+’ reflects the inadequacy of citywide hotel tax revenues to fully support debt service.
–Fitch gives little weight in its rating to the pledge of net operating revenue from a single site convention center hotel. As such, the lack of sufficient coverage from the citywide hotel tax precludes an investment grade rating.
–Hotel tax revenues plus net operating revenues covered 2010 debt service roughly 1.0 time.
–There is a fully cash funded debt service reserve.
–Non-appropriation risk of hotel tax revenues is low given the adverse rating impact such action would have on the city of Overland Park’s (the city) current ‘AAA’ general obligation bond rating.
–Fitch believes the city’s deep and diverse economy supports sustainable long-term hotel demand despite recent weaknesses.

KEY RATING DRIVERS:

–Recovery and growth of the hotel tax in proportion to escalating debt service.
–The rate of depletion of the debt service reserve if both pledged revenue sources continue performing below initial projections.

Kimberly Strassel, WSJ – Cap and Trade Returns From the Grave

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

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Maggie Gallagher – Is Abortion Good for Girls?

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

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Mark Goldblatt, National Review – Wondering who’s going to be the first New York Times columnist or MSNBC commentator to blame the chaos in Egypt on Sarah Palin

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

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Video, Chris Cillizza – Who is Jay Carney, new White House press secretary

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

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Aaron Blake, Washington Post – The GOP’s quiet evolution on gay rights

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

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Jim Geraghty – reports that U.S. Ambassador to China and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, a Republican, is leaning toward a run for president in 2012

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

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Peter Wehner on Egypt – Vindication for Bush’s Freedom Agenda

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

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Powerline – Ronald Reagan at 100

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

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Marco Rubio’s chief of staff – a former aide to Dick Cheney, Mitt Romney

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

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Republican Paul Broun stands by tweet accusing Obama of socialism

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

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Pentagon: ‘Don’t ask’ may end soon

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

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Video, Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) is unsure if Washington gets it

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

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US District Court judge, Colorado Amazon tax unconstitutional on Commerce Clause grounds

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

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Senate Tea Party Caucus Meets – Washington Post Mocks

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

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Video, Laura Ingraham: Meghan McCain Is A “Poor Man’s Ron Reagan”

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

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Melissa Maynard, Stateline – Governors, unions brace for battle

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

In Wisconsin, the lame duck Democrat-controlled legislature and governor tried to ram through a set of more generous union contracts before ceding control of both chambers and the governorship to Republicans who, in many cases, campaigned on cutting state workers’ pay and benefits. The contracts failed after Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker broke ranks with his own party. “Now that the voters of Wisconsin have spoken, I do not feel comfortable casting a vote in favor of these contracts,” he said at the time. Governor Scott Walker has since angered unions with talk of everything from taking away some bargaining rights found in the state’s labor laws to privatizing the state Department of Commerce.