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Wednesday
Apr092014

Townhall.com - Poll: Brown 49; Shaheen: 44

Daniel Doherty | Apr 08, 2014

After the slightly embarrassing mishap last week (a Brown staffer evidently forgot to check the ‘Republican’ box when filling out paperwork so his/her boss could legally run for Senate in New Hampshire), things are starting to look up. In a recent poll acquired exclusively by the Weekly Standard, the ex-Massachusetts Senator is perhaps polling higher than many of us expected:

 

Republican Scott Brown leads incumbent Democratic senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire by five points in a recent poll obtained by THE WEEKLY STANDARD. The poll, commissioned by the Republican Governor's Association, was conducted on March 19 and 20 and asked 600 likely voters in New Hampshire who they would vote for in the U.S. Senate election. Respondents were given both Brown and Shaheen's names and their respective parties.

 

According to the poll, 36 percent said they would "definitely" vote for Brown, the former senator from Massachusetts, while 13 percent said they would "probably" vote for him, bringing his total support to 49 percent. The same poll found 37 percent said they would "definitely" vote for Shaheen with 6 percent saying they would "probably" vote for her, with a total of 44 percent in support of the incumbent Democrat. Seven percent said they did not know who they would vote for.

 

There are a few issues with the sample, naturally.

To continue reading Click Here ---> Poll: Brown 49; Shaheen: 44

Wednesday
Apr022014

US House Republican Conference - Not even in France... (new exclusive video)!

Not even in France would a 30-hour work week be considered full-time, yet Obamacare says 30-hours is full time.  Unfortunately, that means working families are seeing fewer hours, and in turn, reduced wages.  In advance of this week’s consideration of the Save American Workers Act (H.R. 2575), here’s a new video (first for bloggers) that highlights the devastating impact of this rule on people from coast to coast.

Restoring Wages to Working, Middle-Class Families

Please consider sharing this video with your readers and followers.  And as always, please let me know if you have questions or need more info.

Monday
Mar312014

Newsmax - NH Gets a "D" Grade For Charter School Support

Three States Get Failing Grade for Charter School Laws

More than half of U.S. states earn a grade of C or below for their charter school laws — and just five earn an A, according to a new report.

"With the length of the average charter school waiting list increasing to nearly 300 students, there absolutely needs to be a sense of urgency around creating strong charter school laws that will accelerate the pace of growth to meet demand," said Kara Kerwin, president of the Center for Education Reform (CER), which released the 15th edition of its Charter School Laws Across the States report.

And Alison Consoletti, the CER's executive vice president and lead author of the report, said: "While it is true the charter school sector in the United States has grown at a steady, linear pace since the first charter school law was passed in 1991, we know the highest charter school enrollment growth is in jurisdictions with strong charter school laws."

The CER assigns a numerical value to four major charter school law components that have an impact on the creation and development of charters:

  • ·  Multiple authorizers — does the school board authorize charters, or does the state permit independent authorizers to create and manage charter schools.
  • ·  Number of schools allowed — is the number capped and do the caps impede the growth of charters.
  • ·  Operations — how much independence do charter schools and teachers have.
  • ·  Equitable funding — do charters receive the same amount of money for each student and do they receive financial support from the same sources as other public schools.

States also gain or lose points according to their accountability and how well they implement the law.

These rules must be codified in law, "otherwise they fall prey to the whims of politicians," Kerwin said. "We are seeing this play out right now in New York City under Mayor Bill de Blasio," who announced plans to slash funding for charter schools.

Among the 43 states (including the District of Columbia) that have charter school laws, five receive an A grade from the CER: Minnesota, Indiana, Michigan, Arizona, and the District of Columbia. They all receive high marks for multiple authorizers and number of schools allowed.

States receiving a B grade are New York, Florida, California, Colorado, Idaho, Utah, Missouri, South Carolina, and Wisconsin.

Eight states earned a grade of D: Rhode Island, Illinois, Arkansas, New Hampshire, Alaska, Connecticut, Maryland, and Wyoming.

Virginia, Iowa, and Kansas received an F grade from the Center. They scored very poorly in teacher freedom and school district autonomy.

The other 18 states got a C grade.

Mississippi showed the biggest improvement from last year, moving from an F to a C. Arizona rose from a B to an A, and Wisconsin improved from a C to a B.

"As the nation celebrates 20-plus years of charter schools, history suggests state laws need to be modeled after success, not theory," Kerwin said. "There should be no excuses from elected officials now that we have powerful evidence of what works."

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Saturday
Mar292014

World's Changing View of President Obama - No One Clapped

Received via email:

Well That's Embarrassing, No One Clapped 3/25/2014

Obama’s bloated ego hardest hit!  

Via Free BeaconTotal video is 1:19

President Barack Obama failed to receive any applause or cheers Tuesday in the Netherlands at the conclusion of his joint news conference with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

After thanking the crowd twice, Obama remained at the podium, expecting the usual fanfare and applause.

Instead, he was met with one slow, awkward clap.


Sunday
Mar232014

Heritage - The Foundry's Top 5: GET READY TO PAY THE OBAMACARE TAX