Cantor: Red Tape Is Making It Too Hard For Small Businesses To Grow

‘Middle-class scholarship’ passes Assembly; funding unclear

From Sac Bee:

Legislation to provide nearly a billion dollars in middle-class college and university scholarships passed the Assembly on Wednesday, but lawmakers have not yet taken up a companion bill to provide funding.

The funding measure, Assembly Bill 1500, is fiercely opposed by most Republicans, branded a tax hike by business opponents, and faces far tougher sledding getting the required two-thirds super-majority vote in the Legislature.

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America unites in contempt for loathsome nanny-state mayor

From Hot Air:

The “No Labels” crowd that wanted him to run for president as an indie swore that he’d help bring Americans together. And so he has. Is there anyone on either side of the aisle, aside from celebrity buffoons like Alec Baldwin and the social engineers of tomorrow at Ezra Klein’s blog, who thinks this is a swell idea?

The proposed ban would affect virtually the entire menu of popular sugary drinks found in delis, fast-food franchises and even sports arenas, from energy drinks to pre-sweetened iced teas. The sale of any cup or bottle of sweetened drink larger than 16 fluid ounces — about the size of a medium coffee, and smaller than a common soda bottle — would be prohibited under the first-in-the-nation plan, which could take effect as soon as next March.

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Commissioner set to unveil plan to cut lawmaker pay 5 percent

From Sac Bee:

It’s official: The proposal is in writing and set for a vote — a 5 percent pay cut for Gov. Jerry Brown, legislators, and for state constitutional officers from controller to treasurer to Board of Equalization member.

Charles Murray of the California Citizens Compensation Commission said Wednesday that he will bring his written proposal to Thursday’s meeting of the pay panel but may step aside if another commissioner has a similar plan.

Rep. Keith Ellison: requiring voters to show IDs is malicious

From The Daily Caller:

Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison from Minnesota tweeted a string of statistics May 30 in an attempt to stifle a non-profit’s push to require voters to show a government-issued ID before entering a voting booth.

The conservative American Legislative Exchange Council has been a strong proponent for the requirement, which the Minnesota legislature placed on the November ballot after bypassing Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton in April.

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Pay panel cuts salaries for governor, lawmakers

From U-T San Diego:

Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers who have carved billions from programs serving students, the poor and disabled will also have to get by on less.

The California Citizens Compensation Commission Thursday voted 5-1 to cut the pay of state elected officials by 5 percent starting Dec. 3.

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Restored Competition Will Lessen U.S. Inequality

From Bloomberg:

The U.S. middle class is squeezed by the rising costs of college education and health care, and an economy that increasingly rewards only superstars. Fixing these problems requires introducing greater competition into each area.

Academics: The most dangerous crony capitalists are those who can wrap their requests for protection and subsidies in a noble cause. The market for higher education is far from competitive. Government subsidies and industry-controlled accreditation make entry for new institutions extremely difficult.

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Mystery Religion: Mr. Obama’s Contradictory Conversions to Christianity

From American Thinker:

Reasonable people will agree that much of Mr. Obama’s biography is not exactly an open book.  Many things about him are unknown because they remain undisclosed, and much that has been disclosed leaves many questions unanswered at the same time as new ones are raised.

This article concerns something about Mr. Obama’s life history that, to the best of my knowledge, has not yet been explored — even though what is about to be discussed is, ironically, an “open book.”

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MSNBC’s Chris Hayes is “uncomfortable”

More than half of living Medal of Honor Recipients have endorsed Romney

From Human Events:

Last weekend, Gallup released poll data showing Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney trouncing President Barack Obama in support among military veterans, 58 to 34 percent. This week, a campaign adviser said the nation’s greatest living war heroes are also overwhelmingly backing Romney.

Former Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony Principi, who now co-chairs Romney’s Veterans Policy Advisory Group, told Human Events Wednesday that the campaign had received endorsements from over 50 Medal of Honor recipients. The medal is the nation’s highest military honor; there are now only 81 recipients of the award still living.

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