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  • Trump May Be Inching Toward Broad Criminal Sentencing Reform

    10/14/2018 7:44:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 14, 2018 | Debra J. Saunders
    WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump frequently brings up prison reform at his Make America Great Again rallies. The subject is on his short list of favored topics, like the wall at the Mexican border and killing NAFTA. Trump brought up prison reform in his 2018 State of the Union address. On Monday, he thanked the International Chiefs of Police for working with him on the issue. The question is, will Trump embrace reform of federal mandatory minimum sentencing? At times Trump looks as if he is ready to make the plunge. In June, he commuted the sentence of Alice...
  • How About Crime Victim Justice Reform?

    08/29/2018 2:31:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 29, 2018 | Sheriff David Clarke (Ret)
    They’re back. The usual suspects are behind a push in Washington, D.C. to paint violent, career criminals as some sort of group worthy of our sympathy. It is nothing more than a propaganda-based campaign designed to open the prison doors and return career criminals back into circulation. A nationwide prison strike by inmates is being organized by radical leftist activist groups like the International Workers Organizing Committee, a socialist labor union and local chapters of the Democratic Socialists of America. These criminal coddling activists continue a push toward normalizing otherwise criminal behavior. The ultimate objective is to build the nest...
  • The Courage to be Catholic

    08/26/2018 4:41:22 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 23 replies
    Google Books ^ | 2002 | George Weigel
    A Church with almost two thousand years of history behind it has inevitably passed through many moments of crisis and many moments of reform. In each instance when crisis-as-cataclysm has been transformed into crisis-as-opportunity, "reform" has meant a return to the Church's roots in order to better engage the spirit and the needs of a given time and place. "Reform," in the history of the Catholic Church, has meant retrieving, and developing often forgotten elements of the Church's tradition. It has not meant rejecting the past, or severing the present and the future from the past. Genuine "reform" has always...
  • Senate Should Pass the First Step Ac

    07/25/2018 9:20:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 25, 2018 | Star Parker
    It is rare these days in Washington to see bipartisan support for anything, let alone for a major issue with far reaching implications for the nation. This is why the bipartisan passage in the House, 360-59, of the First Step Act to reform our federal prisons is such big news. The 360 "yes" votes included 134 Democrats. The bill focuses on improving the management of our existing federal prison population and the abysmal statistics regarding recidivism -- the likelihood that an ex-con will wind up back in prison. Data point to 68 percent of those released within three years, and...
  • Janus Is Only the Beginning

    07/19/2018 6:41:10 AM PDT · by lowbuck · 7 replies
    The Spectator ^ | 19 July 2018 | Steven Greenhut
    The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling in the Janus v. AFSCME case has heartened conservatives throughout the nation, especially in non-right-to-work states such as California that require public employees to pay dues to their respective unions. Janus will, over time, reduce the power of these unions as they are forced to spend more time wooing members — and they will have less disposable cash to control state legislatures and city councils.
  • California DNC Member Suggests Superdelegate Reform Is Part Of Russian Plot

    06/15/2018 3:46:42 AM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 6/10/18 | Daniel Marans
    Momentum is growing within the Democratic National Committee for a significant reform to the party’s presidential nominating process, but the proposed change has caused a leading California Democrat to question whether Russian meddling is behind the effort. **SNIP** Mulholland, a DNC member and longtime key player in California Democratic politics, sent an email Friday to other DNC members from the Golden State that implied Russian President Vladimir Putin might be behind the reform effort. The basis for his claim? An activist from West Virginia promoting the changes, who he had seen at two national party gatherings, admitted to him that...
  • Ohio Self Defense Reform Bill Passes House Committee

    05/26/2018 2:52:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 24 May, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    Ohio bill HB 228 has passed out of the House Federalism and Interstate Relations Committe on a seven to three vote. The vote was along party lines, with seven Republicans voting for the bill and the three Democrats voting against the bill.The Ohio legislature is looking to reform Ohio law on self-defense. Currently, Ohio appears to be the only state where the burden of proof in a self-defense case rests with the defender. When a person claims self-defense in Ohio, the defender has to prove that they acted in self-defense. In nearly every other state, the burden of proof...
  • West Virginia Primary Senate Race

    05/07/2018 11:01:09 AM PDT · by rovenstinez · 55 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | May 7, 2018 | rovenstinez
    Republicans are panicking as internal polls show Don Blankenship, a coal baron who spent time in jail for a mining disaster that killed 29 workers, surging into the lead in the West Virginia Senate GOP primary over Attorney General Patrick Morrissey and Congressman Evan Jenkins.
  • Trump's vitally important anti-poverty initiative

    04/18/2018 2:47:32 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    StarParker.com ^ | April 17, 2018 | Star Parker
    It takes a lot of courage for a president to target almost a quarter of the federal budget for reform in an election year. But this is exactly what President Trump is doing with his executive order, "Reducing Poverty in America by Promoting Opportunity and Economic Mobility." We're now spending more than $700 billion per year on low-income assistance, which is more than we are spending on our national defense. And there are plenty of reasons to believe this spending is inefficient, wasteful and counterproductive. Over the last half-century, some $22 trillion has been spent on anti-poverty programs and yet...
  • Struggling to prevent terrorist attacks, France wants to ‘reform’ Islam

    04/17/2018 7:08:33 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 17 at 6:00 AM | By James McAuley
    He has said that in the coming months he will announce “a blueprint for the whole organization” of Islam. And those trying to anticipate what that will look like are turning their attention to Hakim El Karoui, a leading voice on how Islamic traditions fit within French culture. It’s hard to miss that the man who appears to have Macron’s ear on this most sensitive of subjects cuts a similar figure. Like the president, El Karoui is an ex-Rothschild investment banker with an elite social pedigree who favors well-tailored suits, crisp white shirts and the lofty province of big ideas....
  • In Wisconsin, authorities now have to convict you of a crime before they can take your cash

    04/06/2018 2:56:32 PM PDT · by tkocur · 31 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 5 April 2018 | Christopher Ingraham
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) signed into law a forfeiture reform bill last week that will require law enforcement officials to obtain a criminal conviction before permanently taking a person's cash or property, making Wisconsin the 15th state to do so. The law is intended to address the controversial practice of civil asset forfeiture, a common legal maneuver that allows police to seize and keep cash, real estate and other property from people suspected of criminal activity, regardless of whether those people are convicted. Defenders of civil forfeiture, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions, maintain that it's a valuable law enforcement...
  • VA Reforms Removed from Massive Spending Bill

    03/22/2018 4:00:54 AM PDT · by Makana · 45 replies
    Stars and Stripes 22 Mar 2018 ^ | 22 Mar 2018 | Nikki Wentling
    WASHINGTON -- A deal collapsed Wednesday to include multiple Department of Veterans Affairs reforms in a spending bill that Congress formulated to prevent a government shutdown. Earlier this week, the bill was set to contain a measure to overhaul the VA Choice program, which veterans use to access private-sector medical care. A deal reached between key House and Senate lawmakers on VA oversight also included an expansion of benefits for veteran caregivers, as well as a plan to initiate a systematic review of VA infrastructure, with the intention of disposing of aging and underused facilities nationwide.
  • What really "winning" would look like..

    02/18/2018 9:57:17 AM PST · by jmclemore · 4 replies
    The left in this country dreams of the day when conservative thought and capitalism are outlawed. At every opportunity the left strives to transform their issues and policies into permanent laws rendering it unlawful and unconstitutional to change or oppose them. With such a mindset working to undermine the flexibility with in our constitution why are we not actively working to fortify the constitution from the erosive actions of liberals and progressives aimed to transform America into a socialist, one party state. No state of any size population or land mass should have a disproportionate advantage over other states under...
  • Macron Vows to Reform Islam in France

    02/13/2018 2:16:29 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 57 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | 13/2/18 | Soeren Kern
    French President Emmanuel Macron, in a declared effort to "fight fundamentalism" and "preserve national cohesion," has promised to "lay the groundwork for the entire reorganization of Islam in France." According to Macron, the plan, similar in ambition to Austria's Islam Law, is aimed at seeking to "better integrate" Islam in France in order to "place it in a more peaceful relationship with the state." A key priority is to reduce outside interference by restricting foreign funding for mosques, imams and Muslim organizations in France. The plan's overall objective is to ensure that French law takes precedence over Islamic law for...
  • Tom Perez's Idea of Reforming The DNC

    01/16/2018 8:17:38 PM PST · by huckfillary · 8 replies
    Artful Dilettante ^ | January 16, 2018 | Artful Dilettante
    Today, the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Tom Perez, admitted that reforming the Democratic Party was going to be far more difficult than he had imagined. I was so excited. I immediately and naively assumed that his idea of reforming the Democrat Party was purging the party of all the marxist kooks, hardcore violent leftists like Black Lives Matter and Antifa, anti-Free Speech college professors and administrators, disavowing the whole hateful “white privilege” mindset and condemning everyone who professes it on campuses and elsewhere, the Islamist lovers, while embracing free-market capitalism as the greatest wealth-producing machine in the history...
  • Report: Saudi Arabia Seeks Reform Towards ‘Moderate Islam’

    01/12/2018 4:39:43 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | John Hayward
    The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) noted on Thursday that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) is pushing a return to “the tolerant, moderate Islam that is open to the world, to all the religions and traditions of its people” as part of Saudi Arabia’s major economic reform plan. At the heart of Saudi Arabia’s recent cultural and political upheaval is an understanding that the country must become more compatible with the Western world and more hospitable to foreign investment, in order to manage the transition away from an oil-based economy with limitless deep pockets. Possibly the trickiest aspect of this...
  • The New York Times Covers Over-Regulation

    12/28/2017 9:45:43 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Dec 29, 2017 | Mona Charen
    It may not be exactly the coming of the Messiah, but seeing a front-page story in The New York Times about over-regulation certainly feels like a breakthrough of note. Titled "One Apple Orchard and 5,000 Government Rules," the story focuses on the Indian Ladder Farms apple orchard in Altamont, New York. A small, family-run business owned by Peter Ten Eyck, the farm does the bulk of its business in the fall (naturally). Their busy season includes sales to supermarkets, direct sales to consumers, visits from busloads of schoolchildren, and "pick your own" days. That's also the time, or it was...
  • MARKET SNAPSHOT: Stock Market Takes A Breather After Hitting Records Ahead

    12/20/2017 6:24:20 AM PST · by upbeat5 · 2 replies
    Marketwatch via FoxBusiness.com ^ | December 19, 2017 | Sara Sjolin and M. gaudiano
    What's driving the markets? Hopes that the tax bill, which would slash corporate rates, will get approved before Christmas boosted stock markets world-wide and contributed to Monday's record push for U.S. indexes. The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the final version on Tuesday, while the Senate vote is expected to follow either on Tuesday or Wednesday. That should be enough time for the bill to land on President Donald Trump's desk for the final signature before Christmas, which is the Republicans' self-imposed deadline.
  • Breaking: Senate passes tax bill

    12/19/2017 9:51:01 PM PST · by Repeal 16-17 · 32 replies
    CNN ^ | December 20, 2017
    The Senate early Wednesday morning approved the final version of the first overhaul of the U.S tax code in more than 30 years, handing President Trump and congressional Republicans their most significant legislative victory of 2017. The bill passed along party lines, 51-48 with the final result announced by Vice President Mike Pence who presided over the vote. Senator Jeff Flake, the last undeclared Republican, voted for the bill. The House passed the bill earlier Tuesday, but technical changes were made to it in the Senate, and the bill will go back to the House Wednesday for a re-vote, where...
  • Tax plan opens new opportunities for taxpayers and state legislators to save key deductions

    12/15/2017 7:55:38 PM PST · by KingofZion · 22 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 14, 2017 | Michael Hiltzik
    Limiting the SALT deduction could affect as many as 6 million Californians—one of every three taxpaying households in the state, according to Michael Cohen, director of the state Department of Finance. The average deduction for property taxes is about $6,000, he has told the state congressional delegation, and the separate deduction for state and local income taxes comes to nearly $16,000 per return. One option that could be considered by the Legislature would be to redefine state and local taxes as charitable contributions, which remain fully deductible under the GOP tax proposals. The idea isn’t as implausible as it seems:...