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Honorable Mary Fallin, Governor
Health Policy Analysis and Memorandum
Although the State of Oklahoma has made significant progress in overcoming the disparities in the provision of high quality health care services to all citizens, the state has not been immune from the same forces that are driving the costs of health care up throughout the nation. For example, the GOP's official Web site for its health care alternative to The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (hereinafter alternatively "Obamacare") emphasizes that, "Skyrocketing medical liability insurance rates have distorted the practice of medicine, routinely forcing doctors to order costly and often unnecessary tests to protect themselves from lawsuits, often referred to as 'defensive medicine'" (A plan for replacement, 2012, para. 2). The rejection of federal funds that would have assisted with the development of a health care exchange for the state which remains a work in progress, but the…
A plan for replacement. (2012). House Republican Majority Website. Retrieved from http://www.
Campfield, Z. (2012, October 14). Despite objections to 'Obamacare,' Oklahomans received
$25.5 million in federal health care funding. The Tulsa World. Retrieved from http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=711&articleid=20121014_16_A
The fast-ship concept is simply developing cargo vessels that travel faster than conventional ships. Fast ships may not carry the same volume as mega ships, but they can make more trips. Current fast-ship designs specify propulsion systems that are about 20 knots faster than ships in the current fleet.
The agile port concept includes moving staging areas farther inland to compensate for the larger volume of containers. Containers will be offloaded with ramps built into each ship, and containers will be conveyed along a track in a continuous line until they reach the inland facility.
Source: Childress, 2005, p. 16
The foregoing trends indicate that the Port of Miami's existing 640-acre complex may be inadequate to accommodate the fast and mega-ships that will become industry standard by 2020, making the agile port solution a viable alternative provided that the requisite land can be acquired and funding…
Childress, V.W. (2005). Intermodal transportation: Current fast ship designs specify propulsion systems that are about 20 knots faster than ships in the current fleet. The Technology
Teacher, 64(6), 15-17.
Inman, J.A., Reed, C. & Sands, P. (2004). Electronic collaboration in the humanities: Issues and options. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Johnson, B. (2012). Port of Miami fact sheet. Miami-Dade: Port of Miami. Retrieved from:
Your initiative in merging activities between Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Conservation International (CI), and the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation (HKL Castle) and in creating the Fisheries Enforcement Units will help sustain Hawaii's ecological, economic, and cultural well-being (as your yourself pointed out) in ensuring that valuable marine stock are responsibly fished and managed.
You are correct in presuming that the key to protecting Hawaii's fisheries is effective enforcement of laws, and that if you take care of the ocean will take care of you.
Healthy fisheries are important for local fishing communities, for aside from protecting the fish, we are what we eat.
Just as we are what we eat, the fish are too. And in a never-ending ecological cycle, our actions impact the state of the water, ipso the fish drink that water, ipso they become contaminated, and, again, ipso the food that we eat contaminates…
(Source: Hawaii Reporter: (May 26th, 2011) State, Non-Profits, Partner on Fisheries Enforcement
It has come to my attention that as a result of your newcomer status in the governor's office, you are seeking guidance from your task force regarding the effectiveness of current statutes in the state of Hawaii. I have chosen to emphasize one particular law that is wreaking havoc on the overall business climate within the state. The state-mandated Prepaid Health Care law of 1974 requires that all businesses must provide medical insurance benefits to all employees who work more than twenty hours per week. On the average, the cost per firm is $2,200 per person on an annual basis (Cook 130). The law has established minimum standards for coverage, including hospitalization, surgery, office visits, diagnostic tests, and maternity benefits (Department of Labor and Industrial Relations 1). Furthermore, the law requires that employees should not be held responsible for more than 1.5% of the insurance costs…
Cook, L. "Trouble in Paradise." Forbes 169.12 (2002): 130.
Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. http://www.state.hi.us/lrb/gd/dlir.pdf
Matthews, M. "Hawaii Offers no Model for Health Reform." Human Events 50.35 (1994): 12.
Generally, the moral concerns about the death penalty in the United States have increasingly focused on whether the government deserves to execute people it has incarcerated rather than whether the convicts of serious crimes deserve to die.
I believe that the death penalty should be abolished, especially in this state because it's unethical and does not achieve its main objectives. Actually, this practice is an infringement of the Eighth Amendment since it's morally unacceptable to the American people at this point in history. First, capital punishment should not be considered since the society has a moral obligation of protecting people's lives rather than taking it. The execution of people is acceptable only if it's a necessary condition to accomplish the greatest balance between good over evil for all involved. As a result, the death penalty should be abolished because of the value placed on life and the society's obligation to…
Andre, C. & Velasquez, M. (n.d.). Capital Punishment: Our Duty or Our Doom? Retrieved from Santa Clara University website: http://www.scu.edu/ethics/publications/iie/v1n3/capital.html
"Capital Punishment." (n.d.). CBSNews.com. Retrieved October 17, 2012, from http://www.cbsnews.com/2741-202_162-976.html
Texas Governor: An Evaluation of Powers
George W. Bush, the 46th governor of the State of Texas, once termed it "the best job in the world" despite the fact that, of the fifty governors in the United States, they hold the least constitutional powers. This limitation of powers came about due to perceived abuses of power by Governor E.J. Davis during econstruction, which necessitated the Texas constitution to support a weak governor with limited formal power. Compared to the Governor of New Jersey who wields immense powers, including the ability to appoint Supreme Court justices and fill cabinet positions, Texas governors are considered the weakest. In light of the numerous limitations this office has to contend with, it is surprising that those serving in the position of governor in Texas are considered some of the most skillful when it comes to promotion of policies and exercising of their political privileges.…
McCall, B. (2009). The Power of the Texas Governor: Connally to Bush. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press.
The Office of The Governor, Texas. (2015). Governor's Duties, Requirements & Powers. Governor Abbott. Retrieved 12 March 2015 from http://gov.texas.gov/about/duties
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson wrote the article "A New Realism" to express the ideas about the necessity of creating foreign policy in the new era. This is because in the post-9/11 society, the greatest threat to the United States is not other nations, but the fundamentalist terrorist who situate themselves in positions to cause harm. Instead of ideological differences between nations, it is more becoming about ideological differences between groups of people. Even a small group of violent terrorists can have an enormous effect on the political and economical structure of a targeted group.
Richardson explains that rather than formulate new strategies to handle this modern enemy, the United States is working as though terrorist groups like Al Queda are well-trained armies of a country. "Rather than meeting radically new security challenges with radically new approaches, the U.S. government has fought the 'war on terror' the old-fashioned way,…
Richardson, Bill. 2007. A new realism. Harvard International Review 29, no. 2 (Summer): 26-30.
The governor role in regards to modern politics is driven by establishing consensus. Globalization, a more diverse population, and minority interests now are cornerstones to political platforms. The last presidential election was a testament to the growing influence of stakeholders other than that of the majority. Texas is no different in this regard. Texas, is arguable the most diverse state in the nation. According to the 2010 USA TODAY diversity index, Texas scored a 66, ranking the state in the top 6 most diverse states in the nation. In order to adopt contentious aspects such immigration legislation, and health care reform, a governor must have the ability to compromise to arrive at a consensus that benefits society as a whole.
To begin, as governor I would begin with the universally accepted policy concepts. Few would argue against the merits of a strong educational system. As such, policy changes…
Finally, perhaps the most onerous aspect of the death penalty is the fact that the State of Texas allows convicted criminals who are determined to be mentally retarded to face and be subjected to the death penalty. Given the fact that many consider the mentally retarded (with an IQ below 70) to be incapable of making sound decisions, it seems to represent injustice in the extreme to execute retarded individuals for crimes they may not have understood (either in nature, or in possible consequence).
Should these simple facts against the continued application of the death penalty in Texas fail to sway your moral conscience, Governor, let me also make the point that the state is currently suffering under the same budget constraints as much of the rest of the country. Given the fact that the average death row case actually costs significantly more to the state than one resulting in…
Obama & Romney -- Foreign Policy Approaches
If "realist" stands for a person who pursues "security" based on "self-interest," "determinism," and "morality" on the international scene (quotes chosen from Chapter 1); and if "liberal" stands for "capable of cooperating," "cooperation," the impact of "non-governmental groups" (NGOs), "having many interests" and "international society," then President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney both reflect some of each of these traits, albeit Obama leans more toward a liberal, cooperative approach to international relations and Romney stalks a position based more based on power and self-interest and -- although he doesn't spell it out in specifics -- he embraces the concept of American exceptionalism (that is, the U.S. has the moral role of providing leadership for the world because American values are on a higher plane than other values). This paper reviews and critiques positions each candidate has taken on foreign policy issues, referencing the…
Allison, Graham. "The Cuban Missile Crisis at 50." Foreign Affairs, 91.4 (2012): 11-16.
Baker, Peter, and Bilefsky, Dan. "Russia and U.S. Sign Nuclear Arms Reduction Pact."
The New York Times. Retrieved October 13, 2012, from http://www.nytimes.com 2010.
Baker, Peter. "Romney and Obama Strain to Show Gap on Foreign Policy." The New York
1. What policy do you recommend for your home state? How would your policy recommendation address the problem in your state? Provide rationale for your recommendations.
The recommended policy for my home state is the formation of high-quality training and orientation programs for new teachers, necessitating the different districts within the state to offer such programs and also offering finances to support the programs. This policy would address the problem in the state for the reason that beginning teachers that have the accessibility to rigorous and exhaustive mentoring by expert peers have a considerably less likelihood of deserting teaching in the initial years. It will be possible to diminish the rates of attrition of the new teachers by a substantial figure through the connection of the new teachers with specialized mentors and offering both parties with mutual release time. In addition, this policy is beneficial because these programs…
Lassa, J. (2018). Teacher Appreciation and Wisconsin\\\\'s Teacher Shortage. Retrieved from: https://legis.wisconsin.gov/senate/lassa/PressReleases/Pages/Teacher-Appreciation-and-Teacher-Shortage.aspx
Scherer, M. (Ed.). (2003). Keeping good teachers. ASCD.
Governor Kenny Guinn Should Not e Recalled
There is a move afoot in the Silver State of Nevada to recall Governor Kenny Guinn. The movement is a copycat style of recall in the same vein as California's successful recall effort; run by a group of Nevadans who believe Governor Guinn acted inappropriately when he ordered the intervention of the Nevada Supreme Court in the controversial tax measure that was stalled in the State Legislature. Guinn initially proposed the largest tax increase in state history when he proposed his state budget in January 2003. A core group of lawmakers in the Nevada Assembly disagreed with the tax increase, and refused to vote the proposed budget, with its attached tax increases, into effect, and so the Legislature had to continue in special session after the regular session term expired. "After months of debate, two special sessions and a landmark Nevada Supreme Court…
Almeida, Christina. "Group Seeks to Recall Nevada Governor." Associated Press. 28 Aug. 2003.
Author not Available. "Recall Price Tag Should End Committee's Sour Grapes." Reno Gazette-Journal. 6 Sept. 2003. 13 Oct. 2003. http://www.rgj.com/news/stories/html/2003/09/06/51051.php
Dane, Tony. "Recall Kenny Guinn." RecallGuinn.com. 2003. 13 Oct. 2003. http://www.recallguinn.com/
Governor's Summer Internship
Discuss your interests in being a governor's summer intern. How does this program compliment your personal goals and/or professional aspirations? (Please no more than 300 words)
Having come of age during a time of widespread economic instability, myself and the generation of young adults who are my peers have been forced to recalibrate our collective expectations. The pursuit of personal profit, while en vogue during prior decades, has been revealed to be a ruse as the Great Recession rolls onward, and this revelation has compelled the youth of today to turn increasingly toward the realm of public service. With our nation suffering through a prolonged social malaise, it has become quite evident that the remedy can only be found through a willing return to our fundamental ideals. For these reasons I have decided to devote my education, my skills and my passion to serving the community, and…
These features contribute to urban sprawl;
Make use of existing infrastructure: water, sewer, pedestrian ways, transit systems, parking as well as nearby businesses (food service, office support, etc.) That can provide outside or contracted services & support normally a part of the school. Note that this can be a substantial construction savings also. on-site water and sewer (wells and septic systems) costs have escalated dramatically.
Design buildings that relate to the existing neighborhood fabric: as close to the street as adjacent buildings for friendliness/urban context;
Use two or three-story where possible to promote density and reduce sprawl, develop facades/aesthetics that relate to its surroundings yet still say 'school';
Share/make use of other joint amenities: parks, libraries, restaurants, civic facilities, etc. rather than constructing duplicate ones; and Open the school for other community uses, work out joint use arrangements (including funding) to promote the school as a community center rather than…
Small Schools, Walkable Schools, Urban Schools: Making Current Trends in School Design Feasible. Public schools of North Carolina, State Board of Education; and Department of Public Instruction. Raleigh, NC.
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The fourth allegation is that less than 12% of all Native American children in the state of South Dakota foster care system have experienced physical and/or sexual abuse. The Native American children continue to suffer from this modern-day version of forced assimilation (Ennis,2011).
Governor, I believe you have the power, influence and authority of spearheading the actualization of the proposal to amend the State ecognition Bill that also includes the adoption of the UN Declaration on ights of Indigenous Peoples to protect the Abanaki tribe and other Native tribes. I must once again commend you for signing legislative bills in April 22nd, 2011 that officially recognized two Abenaki Bands; the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk Abenaki Nation and the El Nu Abenaki Tribe. That was a wonderful step towards realizing equality and justice to the Native tribes.
The current living condition on the reservations
Governor, the Office of Minority Health…
Ennis, D (2011)Native children suffer under a modern-day version of forced assimilation http://vcnaa.com/native/content/view/2154/2/
Indian Community Today Media Network (2011). NPR Investigation Reveals How the Foster Care System Steals Indian Children From Their Families and Culture
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To sustain their tax-exempt status as well, nonprofit hospitals must now avoid 'excessive compensation' for their officers, directors, and trustees, thus answering the criticism that nonprofit hospitals devote too high a percentage of their earnings to administrative costs, rather than care (IS-exempt, 2009, IS). There remains a clear need for nonprofits, based upon the available data on the population served by these hospitals and the additional services offered by nonprofits to the community. "Uncompensated care accounted for 56% of aggregate community benefit expenditures reported by the hospitals in the study… medical education and training (23%), research (15%), and community programs (6%)" (IS-exempt, 2009, IS: 2-3).
To answer criticisms, California can impose more stringent standards upon hospitals with tax-exempt status, given there remains evidence that not all nonprofits are equally beneficial to the community. "Uncompensated care and community benefit expenditures were concentrated in certain hospitals and unevenly distributed. For example, 9%…
Are non-profit hospital tax exemptions unfair to taxpayers? (2010, July 9). National Coalition on Health Care (NCHC). Retrieved July 6, 2011 at http://nchc.org/content/are-non-profit-hospital-tax-exemptions-unfair-taxpayers
IRS-exempt organizations hospital study: Executive summary of final report. (February 2009).
IRS. Retrieved July 6, 2011 at http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-tege/execsum_hospprojrept.pdf
governor should also seek advice from the Department of Corrections in states that have dealt with the same type issues, such as Arizona and Colorado (Movement Against Corruption and Complicity, viewed 2005). The governor should also talk to criminologists who could support her college professor's statement, and possibly to state and local police departments to determine what steps would need to be taken to increase cooperation.
She should appoint a criminologist, someone from the Department of Corrections, state and local police officers, someone from the district attorney's office as well as a public defender, and perhaps a few people from the community, possibly crime victims or activists. Since her ultimate goal is financial, she might also want to appoint someone from the Department of Treasury and Finance.
In speaking to those task members from the community and the criminal justice system, she should praise police efforts and add that she…
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Bureau of Justice Statistics. (2002). Recidivism of prisoners released in 1994. [Online]. Available: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/abstract/rpr94.htm
Movement Against Corruption and Complicity. (Viewed 2005). Prison moratorium in tough-on-crime Colorado? [Online]. Available: http://arbyo.com/macc/moratoriums.html
North Carolina Department of Corrections. (Viewed 2005). Division of community corrections. [Online]. Available: http://www.doc.state.nc.us/dcc/
Governor of Illinois, not long ago, declared a temporary moratorium on death penalty cases. He then commuted the sentences of all death row inmates in Illinois prisons. This was due to reports of egregious miscarriage of justice. Innocent people were unfairly sentenced. (Davey & Mills, 2003) While this was welcome news to some, it also provoked outrage among those who felt that the "blanket moratorium" was an injustice to the families of victims, especially since the perpetrators were sentenced because they were found guilty without a shadow of a doubt. Capital punishment is a difficult subject to discuss. Groups that support the death penalty and those that oppose it put forth arguments that are then refuted by those on the other side of the divide. Statistics, data and personal testimonies and eyewitness reports are used to support their respective causes. In the U.S., Crimes such as murder, treason and other…
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In summary, claims about benefits of conjugal visits. In short, support from both prison administration and inmates was based on opinion.
There are some significant flaws to conjugal visit programs. Mississippi, the state with the longest history for such a program, allows it only to a minority of inmates. Such visits can only serve only the minority of inmates who are married, who are housed in a minimum or medium security facility, and who are not discipline problems within the prison. Moreover, Mississippi has felt it necessary for special facilities to support their conjugal program, a significant expense. The argument that family visits will create jealousy among non-eligible prisoners seems less strong, especially as it is done in Mississippi, discreetly and away from the general prison population. Likewise, the argument that spouses may feel embarrasses does not hold up to scrutiny, as spouses have no reason to feel embarrassed for…
Gray-Ray, Phyllis. 2000. "The Effects of Conjugal Visits on Mississippi Inmates." Corrections Compendium, April.
Hensley, Christopher; Tewksbury, Richard; and Wright, Jeremy. 2001. "Exploring the Dynamics of Masturbation and Consensual Same-Sex Activity within a Male Maximum Security Prison." The Journal of Men's Studies, Vol. 10.
He has a firm handshake with smooth hands. He radiates a warm smile anytime a person asks him a question that makes a person comfortable being around him.
He loves expensive perfumes, and he uses that to cover for the cigarette smell as he is a chain smoker. He has a calm personality, and he is an honest and loving person with high hopes and expectations in life. He loves motivational speeches and believes nothing is impossible as long as a person is focused. He is a strong man and never gives up as one of his worries is losing hope when faces with a challenging situation. The governor is an optimistic person as to him the sky is the limit. His personality makes him appeal to many people, as he is friendly, but he is known to run away when he does not have an idea on how to…
Mark Sanford was the governor of South Carolina. He was forced to resign in scandal, but today is trying to resurrect his political career. This paper will outline Sanford's political career, with particular emphasis on the scandal, Sanford's response and where he stands today with respect to his career.
Mark Sanford was elected as the governor of South Carolina and for the early part of his career was a generally unexceptional politician. He went about his job and built a career for himself that eventually landed him as governor of his state. He first came to public light in June of 2009, when he disappeared. News stories at the time highlighted that he was hiking on the Appalachian Trail, which is a long distance trail, a portion of which runs through his state. The Trail is popular, and it is not at all unusual for people to hike portions of…
Carnia, C. (2013). Mark Sanford wins special election for Congress. USA Today. Retrieved October 20, 2013 from http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/05/07/mark-sanford-colbert-busch-congress-election-south-carolina/2140591/
Hamby, P. & Keck, K. (2009). South Carolina Gov. Sanford admits extramarital affair. CNN. Retrieved October 20, 2013 from http://edition.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/06/24/south.carolina.governor/
Heil, E. (2013). Mark Sanford's guide to Washington: Argentinian steaks, hikes and a spot to watch the Super Bowl. Washington Post. Retrieved October 20, 2013 from http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/in-the-loop/post/mark-sanfords-guide-to-washington-argentinian-steaks-hiking-and-a-spot-to-watch-the-super-bowl/2013/05/08/57d0d582-b7e8-11e2-92f3-f291801936b8_blog.html
Knowles, D. (2013). Disgraced former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford to announce run for open seat in House of Representatives. New York Daily News. Retrieved October 20, 2013 from http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/disgraced-mark-sanford-run-house-seat-article-1.1238710
Williams Case Settlement
Mr. Governor, our youth represents our state's future - addressing and correcting the discrepancies that will be addressed in this memo should be a main priority and maybe even the ultimate objective of the Williams Class action lawsuit educational budget adjustments. The Courts have spoken and have obviously concurred that the California Educational System has been broken for quite some time and is in need of serious financial reform. The decision reached by the courts in the Williams' Class action lawsuit affirms the requirement of the State's obligation to provide an adequate educational process for this state's citizens.
The Williams' Class action lawsuit has become a successful demonstration that points out the blearing differences between an education received by our states rich and poor children when it comes to a K. through 12th grade education. The California State Legislature has confirmed that there is a significant funding…
Hill, John (2002). School Cutbacks Concern Analysts. Bee Capitol Bureau.
School cutbacks concern analyst
Hill warns lawmakers the governor's proposed budget-cutting plan could cause undue harm in classrooms.
John Hill -- Bee Capitol Bureau
This memorandum is an analysis of the P&E issues raised by proposed legislative changes regarding criminal sexual behavior, as well as so-called "vices" and other related conduct. The purpose of this analysis is to define a coherent set of public policy objectives characterizing all legislative changes supported by the Fictitious State Governor's Office.
Upgrading penal classification of Solicitation/Prostitution misdemeanors and increasing sentences and fines associated with all Solicitation/Prostitution felonies.
This committee does not recommend enacting any of the proposed penal upgrades across the board as set forth. We recommend re-evaluating current "vice" policy regarding violations of existing
Solicitation/Prostitution statutes in order that funds for law enforcement and prosecution efforts be redirected and channeled more specifically toward violations that most affect "quality of life" issues for lawful citizens of Fictitious State.
Both anecdotal evidence and documented statistical information available from the seventeen counties in Nevada where prostitution…
BANS ON SMOKING IN AMEICAN CITIES: NEW YOK CITY & LOS ANGELES
Moving with unexpected swiftness, New York state lawmakers passed a sweeping anti-smoking measure that makes New York the third state after California and Delaware to ban smoking in all workplaces, including restaurants, bars, and hotels. Within hours of the New York bill's passage, Governor George E. Pataki signed the tough measure, which exempts only America-Indian-owned casinos, cigar bars already licensed in New York City, fraternal clubs, outdoor areas of restaurants with no roof or awning, private homes, and personal but not company cars. New York's ban will take effect July 24 in areas where smoking now is permitted and where local ordinances are weaker. Although the law will not supersede the stricter measures previously passed in Westchester and Nassau counties, it will replace elements of New York City's new law, which took effect March 30.
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Magzamen, S., & Glantz, PhD, S.A. (2001) The New Battleground: California's Experience with Smoke-Free Bars. American Journal of Public Health, 91(2), 245 -- 252.
New Jersey's Budget Crisis
Matt Bai and David Leonhardt agree that the rising cost of state government and the lack of fiscal restraint on the part of local and state government leaders has lead us to the budget crisis that many states are facing in these uncertain economic times. There are three lessons to be learned from these two articles; local and state governments need to become more efficient, contracts negotiated with public employee unions need to be reasonable, realistic, and affordable, and American's need to lower their expectations of what the government is able to do with the resources available.
Matt Bai gives three reasons for New Jersey's current financial woes, first the state sends 40% of its annual budget to municipalities and school districts in order to compensate for the shortfall in revenue from local property taxes. Second, the state doesn't have the recourses to cover its pension…
Bai, Matt. "How Chris Christie Did His Homework." New York Times. 24 Februaary 2011. Magazine. 30 April 2011. < http://www.nytimes.com /2011/02/27/magazine/27christie-t.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1>
Leonhardt, David. "Union Contracts, Not Pay, Are States' Problem." New York Times. 1 March 2011. Business Day. 30 April 2011.
Campaign Finance and its effect on Outcomes of Elections
In this paper, we are examining the underlying trends in campaign finance. To do this we will look at four different gubernatorial campaigns. Once this takes place, is when we will be able to see what patterns are developing in how campaigns are financed.
Over the last several decades, the issue of campaign finance and its outcome on elections has been increasingly brought to the forefront. Part of the reason for this, is because the relationship between politics and special interests will come together during an election. As political candidates, are forced to run for office through spending massive amounts of money. While having to accept funds; from a number of special interest groups that have active memberships throughout the country. This has led to a host of scandals with names such as Watergate, illustrating how this relationship between political and…
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Among these statements include:
1. "We must oppose this action now, or we do a disservice to our members and will regret it later."
2. "I had lunch the other day with a group of members, and everyone was in agreement that if you opposed this measure, they would vote for you…. This will set the stage for your re-election next year at the end of your present term." The lace of threat of a negative consequence for the decision maker is also palpable in this statement, as it appeals to self-preservation.
3. "I speak for truth and common sense…" is also a shot at arguing based on the fallacy of glittering generality.
While statistics are used to support the arguments, questionable authority on the matter are used such as the case of the brother-in-law, who has not demonstrated as an expert on the issue at hand, and Wikipedia, which…
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President Obama's budget for the country has enjoyed significant attention through the years of Mr. Obama's presidency, as has those before him. All future presidents will be under the same scrutiny when working with taxpayer money. When creating the nationwide budget, however, the role of Governors also play a significant part in the entire budgetary process. Indeed, the balance of the nationwide budget relies to a great degree upon the ability of governors to created balanced budgets for their individual territories. It should also be kept in mind, however, that while Governors play a significant role in the budget process, a large amount of these responsibilities involve management duties and decision-making relating to the reaction of others to the initial budget proposal.
The first step in the budget process is then also the first responsibility of the Governor, which is to submit a bill to the House of…
Commonwealth of Massachusetts (2012). Summary of the steps in the budget process. Retrieved from: http://www.mass.gov/anf/budget-taxes-and-procurement/state-budget/budget-process/summary-of-the-steps-in-the-budget-process.html
Office of Financial Management. (2011, Aug.) Washington State Budget Process. Retrieved from: http://www.ofm.wa.gov/reports/budgetprocess.pdf
Christie announced on 22 February 2011 an additional $250 million bill in funding for education programs. The announcement was part of Christie's budget rollout of the same day, when he detailed how the state's spending will be dolled out and taxes collected in 2012. As of February 2011, Christie also announced to also make a $500 million contribution to New Jersey's ailing pension system after skipping a $3 billion payment in 2010. A law the governor signed in 2010 calls for paying at least one-seventh what actuaries say is needed, which would be in the $500 million range. Christie has promised to revamp how New Jersey funds its public schools. In the past several years, the state has spent about $10 billion annually on education, though Christie cut funding to local districts in the current fiscal year after federal stimulus money expired. are pushing Christie to send more money to…
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The current fiscal crisis facing American states has led to some drastic changes in state budgets. Throughout the country various states have been struggling to balance budgets without cutting vital services to citizens. In many states this quandary has caused a great deal of debate and has proven to be a major hurdle for governors. The purpose of this discussion is to examine the New York State budget as proposed by New York's governor, Andrew Cuomo. The research will focus on how the budget affects the public policy especially in the health care field. The discussion will also evaluate the advantages of the proposed budgetary cuts.
On February 11, 2011 the governor of New York released the 2012 budget proposal. There are several cuts that are expected to take place as a result of this budget. The governor explains that
"New York is at a crossroads, and…
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SAUE OF LIMIAIONS
he legal phrase: "Statute of Limitations' is one used in legal terminology to refer to the length of time allowed by law to enter into the court for settlement of a matter or prosecution of a crime. his amount of time varies dependent upon the legal issue's specific details. his research has been guided by exploration and research into the statute of limitations or the time allowed to criminally prosecute or for civil action to be taken against these offenders. he research herein is based on the laws of the separate U.S. states and the collective opinions of those states. Considerations for this opinion include the fact that those committing such heinous crimes against children are not known to simply stop committing these offenses and require punishment, treatment and sadly, in many cases lifetime-monitoring is necessary. Whether or not these laws should be relaxed…
The legal phrase: "Statute of Limitations' is one used in legal terminology to refer to the length of time allowed by law to enter into the court for settlement of a matter or prosecution of a crime. This amount of time varies dependent upon the legal issue's specific details. This research has been guided by exploration and research into the statute of limitations or the time allowed to criminally prosecute or for civil action to be taken against these offenders. The research herein is based on the laws of the separate U.S. states and the collective opinions of those states. Considerations for this opinion include the fact that those committing such heinous crimes against children are not known to simply stop committing these offenses and require punishment, treatment and sadly, in many cases lifetime-monitoring is necessary. Whether or not these laws should be relaxed in the case of catholic priest offenders is looked at in this research as to the general opinion of whether they should be held liable in a civil court for the commission of these offenses.
CRIIMINAL PROSECUTION OF SEXUAL OFFENDERS
Differing opinions exist among the states of the U.S. As to the statute of limitations or the length of time after the commission of the crime of a sexual offense has occurred. For instance the state of Alabama state code states that no period of limitations exists for prosecuting this offense or in other words that there is no statute of limitation placed by rule of court as to how long the state has to seek prosecution against a sexual offender. [Kirby v. State, 500 So.2d 79 (1986); as cited by the NCSL, 2006] In comparison the state of Alaska states the statute of limitations to be a period of ten (10) years following this specific offense. (Alaska Statute 12.10.01) Differing again Kansas states a five (5) year statute of limitations in sexual assault cases. (KSA 21-3106) Virginia agrees with the former state that there is no statute of limitations on criminal prosecution of sexual offenses. The state of Delaware allows for prosecution of any class 'A' felony to be commenced "at any time." (NCSL, 2006) Just as in the state of Alabama the state of Connecticut has no 'statute' that limits the length of time allowed for seeking prosecution of this type of crime. (NCSL, 2006) Indiana, Kentucky and Louisiana all agree that there is no bar to seeking legal relief through the criminal court venue
King's Men: A character profile of illie Stark.
The themes of All The King's Men by Robert Penn arren underline the ambiguous nature of politics in the Deep South and the ambiguous nature of the character of its central protagonist. illie Stark assumes power as a populist governor of a Southern state long dominated by party elites. He is determined to bring about change but meets with resistance from members of the ruling political and social aristocracies. On one hand, Stark is a sympathetic figure because of his support of the common man. But Stark uses underhanded means to achieve his goals. After a certain point, Stark's corruption begins to seem self-serving rather than justified, regardless of the nobility of his aims. In Stark's views, the ends justify the means and his own political survival is the only moral necessity.
At the beginning of the novel, arren contrasts Stark as…
Warren, Robert Penn. All The King's Men. New York: Mariner Books, 2002.
Politics Trumps Policy
How would you respond? Would you just capitulate and end some or all of these programs?
Explain your answer.
A written response would be provided to the new governor that would include an outline of all current programs supplemented with reasoning and statistical effectiveness of each. A break even analysis for each program will also be provided where the actual program outcome statistics with the inclusion of the 30% reduction in recidivism over two years and the cost savings of such a rate reduction in both the short- and long-term to the state and the community. The programs themselves were thoroughly researched and required significant defense for development and implementation, some of the material used to allow support for implementation will clearly need to be used to demonstrate to the new governor the importance and potential of these programs. To respond to the concerns associated with the…
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This is designed to help support individuals who are dealing with financial challenges. The problem is that select amounts of recipients will use as a way to live off of the government. (Wolf, 2005)
How might a socialist and a capitalist government differ in its treatment of the problem of unemployment?
Socialists want to see massive amounts of government spending to create new jobs, training programs and provide unemployment benefits. A capitalist is opposed to these kinds of programs and believes that charities / private enterprises can address these issues.
In your opinion, should the government have the responsibility of providing health care for every citizen? Why or why not?
Yes, the government should provide health care. The reason why is because prices are increasing exponentially and the number of uninsured is rising. These factors are a sign that there is very little competition inside the sector. To address these…
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hat evidence can you cite from the film about name recognition and the incumbency effect?
The film is showing how name recognition is one of the most important factors in linking a particular candidate with different ideas. McKay is using his name to create an initial following. However, as he becomes more popular, is when people begin to question why his father has not endorsed him. After the debate, the press ignores the fact that McKay did not follow the agreed upon format. Instead, they are concentrating on how the former Governor has appeared to endorse his son. hen in reality, he is only there to congratulate him. ("The Candidate")
The incumbency effect occurs throughout the film with Jamon having a clear advantage over the other candidate. This leads to many individuals refusing to run against him based upon the belief they will not win. These factors encourage…
"The Candidate." Rotten Tomatoes, 1972. Web. 8 May 2013
Wiessner, Dan. "In Governors Race." Yorktown Somers Patch, 2010. Web. 8 May 2013
Task force case study: Creating a new parole policy to reduce crime and expenditures on crime
Other than her immediate advisors or cabinet members, who should the governor seek for advice on the plan?
The two major areas of controversy that are likely to arise regarding the Utopian governor's plan are how the plan deals with community safety and the need to balance the rights of currently and formerly incarcerated prisoners with the rights of victims. Members of the state police and corrections divisions who have considerable experience in dealing with reintegrating offenders into the community should provide input into how they think the plan will impact and change the current levels of violence and recidivism within the state and within the prison population. Equally critical, however, is to solicit the viewpoints of local advocates in crime-ridden communities to discuss how the policies being developed will affect residents.…
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An Examination of a Primary ource
The beginnings of our great country were not without bloodshed or sacrifice. Many a great hero fought in the War for Independence, for instance, and this is known to all, but there were other people who fought much smaller social, political and economic battles who must also be remembered. Nathaniel Bacon was certainly one of these people, and this paper will spend time introducing the reader to Bacon and his beliefs, as well as examining his own writing, found in the "Proclamations of Nathaniel Bacon" pamphlet in order to see what the main complaints that Bacon presented against the government of Virginia were, as well as find to what end Bacon's rebellion helped change relationships between the rich and poor; Blacks, Native Americans, and Whites; and free and enslaved early Americans.
Who was Nathaniel Bacon?
Nathaniel Bacon was a wealthy,…
Urban Political Science: Questions and Answers
MIAMI-DADE EHICS COMMISSION:
Miami-Dade County is seeking a new chief for its ethics board.
What is the primary purpose of this ethics board?
he ethics committee was first enacted to change the Miami home rule charter. It was set up as an committee that has semi-judicial powers and it is independent of all other government offices in the county for the purpose of maintaining its ability to look into the ethical practices of government offices with an unbiased view (Miami Dade.gov).
What issues has the Commission handled that do NO relate to the member of the Board itself?
Since the board is now just conducting the search for a new boss (Hiaasen, 2011) it is not doing any business save that. It has recently worked to create a new ordinance on conflict of interest standard because it has had an issue with the county…
The budget for the entire county is $3 billion, and that has been cut from a previous proposal. The center itself also is going to be operated at an expenditure which was reduced from previous estimates, but specific numbers were not given (Varian, 2011). The articles did say that a community room would cost a group $850 per night which makes it unreasonable for most groups.
4: Was this an appropriate use of government funds? (A: No)
No it was not. The term community center cannot be adequately applied to this center because the entire community will not be able to access it. Also, the cost to tax payers was very high. The people who are supposed to be able to use the center cannot because of the high cost and they cannot afford the taxes
Kathleen Blanco, the first woman governor of Louisiana; she is known for her policies in making education better throughout the south and is also responsible for passage of the nation's largest investment in education ("Governor's Information," 2004). Along with this, she has made investments in technology infrastructures which have led to the forward push of economic development and increased Louisiana's ability to compete for new jobs. This attracted almost $24 billion new investments and 35,000 new jobs in the span of only three years. Her commitment towards children also helped the expansion and access to health insurance for children throughout Louisiana ("Governor's Information," 2004). Additionally, she successfully overhauled Louisiana's state correctional system and designed a nationally-recognized model of excellence in juvenile justice. Blanco has succeeded in a number of her endeavors towards making Louisiana a better place; however, like every other political leader, she did not always have…
Governor's Information: Louisiana Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco. (2004). National Governor's Association. Retrieved from http://www.nga.org/portal/site/nga/menuitem.29fab9fb4add37305ddcbeeb501010a0/?vgn extoid=55bc224971c81010VgnVCM1000001a01010aRCRD
Hornett, A., & Fredricks, S. (2005). An empirical and theoretical exploration of disconnections between leadership and ethics. Journal of Business Ethics, 59(3), Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org/stable/25123556
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Resick, C.J., Hanges, P.J., Dickson, M.W., & Mitchelson, J.K. (2006). A cross-cultural examination of the endorsement of ethical leadership. Journal of Business Ethics, 63(4), Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org/stable/25123717
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The dissenting opinions on the court include: Stephen G. reyer, Ruth ader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor. Commenting about these views Justice reyer wrote, "The word licensing in the federal law should be read to mean employment-related licensing systems and not all licenses." (Liptak, 2011) This is significant, because it showing the different policy positions that the Supreme Court Justices are taking in relation to the law that has been enacted in Arizona. As, it is illustrating how the Supreme Court has been supporting policy decisions that are designed to give the states more power in setting regulations vs. that of the federal government.
The Policy Decisions of Governor Christie for the State of New Jersey
In New Jersey, Governor Christie has been aggressively promoting a 10-year program called the Energy Master Plan (EMP). The way it works is the state is encouraging electric utilities to produce energy…
Gallucci, M. (2011). Governor Christie's Energy Plan. Reuters. Retrieved from: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/14/idUS316229553820110614
Heuvel, K. (2011). A Jobs Crisis, Not a Debt Crisis. The Nation. Retrieved from: http://www.thenation.com/blog/162071/week-jobs-crisis-not-deficit-crisis-plus-four-major-investigations
Liptak, A. (2011). Illegal Workers. New York Times. Retrieved from: http://www.nytimes.com /2011/05/27/us/27scotus.html
Okungua, J. (2011). Tackling Sensitive Issues without Fear. New Vision. Retrieved from: http://www.newvision.co.ug/D/8/20/760281
Historical evolution of functional responsibilities of SAMA
History of SAMA (Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency)
The Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) was established on October 4th, 1952 and is headquartered at iyadh, Saudi Arabia. SAMA operates as the central bank of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). Before setting up the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency, KSA utilized the service of Saudi Hollandi Bank as the central agency to keep the governments gold reserves. The idea of setting up SAMA as the central government operated agency was materialized by Abdallah Sulaiman, the then finance minister of KSA. The currency that SAMA regulates and prints is the Saudi iyal, the official currency of KSA. The establishment of SAMA was decreed by King Abdul Aziz on 25/7/1371H, 20th of March, 1952 (SAMA, 2013).
SAMA is currently the official agency charged with management of financial system. With the evolution and development of…
Ramady, M.A. (2010). The Saudi Arabian economy: policies, achievements, and challenges. Springer.
SAMA. (2013). Historical Preview. Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency. Retrieved from: [ http://www.sama.gov.sa/sites/samaen/AboutSAMA/Pages/SAMAHistory.aspx ]
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Founded by entertainer Danny Thomas, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is celebrating its fiftieth year of operation; in that time the hospital has conducted important research and cured / saved the lives of numerous children with cancer and other diseases. This paper reviews the organization from a number of important perspectives.
Board of Directors and Governors
The chairman / president of St. Jude's Board of Directors is Camille Sarrouf, who is an attorney in Boston with the law practice, Sarrouf Law. The First Vice Chair is Richard "Rich" M. Unes, from Memphis, Tennessee. Second Vice Chair is Paul Ayoub and the Secretary of St. Jude's Fred R. Harris. As to the Board of Governors for St. Jude's, Robert Breit is the chairman and president and Terry Burman is the First Vice Chair. Martha Perine Beard is the Second Vice Chair for the Board of Governors…
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. "50 Years / Finding Cures / Saving Children." Retrieved
November 26, 2012, from http://www.stjude.org .
role of government in the current debates surrounding the enactment of universal healthcare and the illicit drug war along the Mexican border, it is critical to look to the powers granted by the Constitution. Yet, the Constitution has always meant different things to different people throughout American history. As any law student will tell you, one of the major conflicts surrounding the Constitution is the concept of Originalism. This legal understanding holds that if the Constitution is to mean anything, the courts must interpret it through the lens of the men who put the ink to the paper and established the government (calia, 1998). Yet, significant flaws exist in this theory as the Founders themselves were not of one mind but were a diverse and politically combative group to the point of fighting duels with one another (e.g. Hamilton's murder at the hands of Burr). To return to these modern…
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status of Florida State's health care facilities and anticipates what kinds of steps should be taken to cater to the future population based on their developed needs. It has 15 sources.
With improved health care facilities and advanced medical innovations, populations of the world are increasing in their age as they live longer. As a result of this there has been a marked increase in the demands for health care facilities. The U.S. is one of the world's most advanced countries also sees this trend and mostly in its largely populated states. One of these is Florida. Florida one of America's biggest states, ranking 4th in the recent years has seen gradual change in the health care consumer attitude as well as growth. Not only the urban but the rural population has increased in the demand for health care and the government's legislative is responsible for addressing these needs. In…
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illiams Case Memo
Memo: California Quality Education Commission -- Adequacy
ith the recent settlement of the illiams case, there remain several questions that the Governor must address. In order to assist in this decision making process, the following will include an assessment of the settlement, its expected impact on student performance, as well as the likely avenues the California Quality Education Commission is likely to pursue with regard to the application of "adequate funding" in pursuit of its reformational goals, as well as a final recommendation concerning the best possible course of action.
hen the illiams case was begun, it started as a response to what the California Quality Education Commission regarded as a state crisis in which California schoolchildren are "taught in crummy, overcrowded schools without enough textbooks and trained teachers...(Morrison and Forrester, 2004). Thus, a group of individuals and organizations began the…
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Fox news website, on Dec. 20, 2013, "If confirmed, Yellen would be the first woman to lead the Fed and the first Democrat to do so since Paul Volcker stepped down in 1987." She is an economist, a democrat, a woman, she is married to a Nobel Prize winner and she has a son. She comes from a Jewish family from rooklyn and she has the solid reputation of an economist who has been educated in some of the best schools of the U.S. And has taught in some of the best schools in the U.S. ad the UK. One will easily find out about her career and life achievements going on Google and typing her name.
During the last months of 2013 and the beginning of 2014 there were rivers of ink flowing from the journalists pens as well lots of words uttered from their mouths announcing first Janet…
Senate Votes Today on Yellen Confirmation. Retrieved: Feb 18th, 2014. Available at: http://edition.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/politics/2014/01/06/nr-brooke-asher-yellen-interviewed-yellen.cnn.html
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Boxer also advocates clean-energy as an economic sparkplug, toug se is a bit ligter on details.
Altoug te two tend to track one anoter on te biggest economic issues, Brown and Boxer do differ on one key issue tat could affect te economy greatly: environmental regulations.
Boxer as been firm in er support of environmental regulations. Se as made it clear tat se wants California and te U.S. To onor its commitments to reduce carbon emissions, even if, as er opponents point out, oter countries like Cina and India fail to onor teir commitments, tereby polluting te environment for us. In fact, Boxer was an early front-line supporter of te controversial cap-and-trade legislation tat would essentially make businesses pay for te rigt to pollute.
Altoug Brown as also been supportive of California's own cap and trade legislation, AB32, Brown as also stated tat e will not let environmental regulations get…
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe -- meyerson-governor-race-20100817,0,1039374.story http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sen-barbara-boxer/clean-energy-action-will_b_235382.html
According to the research, "About half of that reduction is because the federal government won't be sending the $873 million stimulus for education that it sent last year," (Kam 2011). Without any cuts, that money would have to be replaced entirely on the burden of the Floridian tax payers. Thus, Governor Scott is trying to avoid that situation with his budget cutting policies. Moreover, the plan also allocated greater savings for property owners throughout Florida. Some of the money taken from educational budget cuts is going to providing Florida home owners with some much needed relief in a recession still claiming foreclosures left and right. The research states that "a $44.72 property tax savings for the average Florida homeowner with a homestead exemption," (Kam 2011). The research also states that the cutting will actually decrease state property taxes for schools in the area. Therefore, many agree with the necessity of…
RESEARCH QUESTION #3: HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY COMMISSION TERMINATION OF CONTRACTS
There were several events provided the basis for each of the alleged wrongdoings. Overall, the main two issues were overpayment of Commission employees, including Pat Bean herself, and the illegal snooping of emails. Here, the research states that there was "an uproar over unauthorized email access and unexpected pay raises" (Williams & Martinez 2010). In fact, 2007 saw much of the events unfolding, as Bean and her camp began giving themselves raises without proper cause or procedures. The St. Petersburg Times reported that even "County Attorney Renee Lee and several other top officials 1% pay raises in 2007 without telling commissioners, who are supposed to set Bean and Lee's salaries" (Varian 2010). Additionally, there was an allegation that Bean had also been snooping through Jim Barnes' email.
If Bean and other employees were terminated with cause, no, there should be no severance pay involved in their termination. Bean's firing was done so with cause, showing clear negligence in following agency procedures. The scandal beforehand was not the action of misunderstanding, but that of clear self bias. It was clear that her actions were enough to cause the firing with
Rick Santorum's official campaign put out the next ad, entitled Obama Ville. It was released on March 23, 2012. It creates the image of empty American towns in 2 years, and uses very dark imagery and almost horror-genre like angst. The images of the residents of these towns are cast in dark shadows, and with depressing old infrastructure. This advertisement is painting the picture that in the next 2 years President Obama will destroy the American way of life. The second half of the ad shows the face of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran, as that country defies America and seeks Nuclear Power. The end of the advertisement has the image of "Obama Ville, coming to a town near you," in a pseudo 1950s Hitchcock style, and plugs the official website of Rick Santorum.com for more content on this subject (Santorum, Obama Ville, 2012). Despite airing so recently, Mitt Romney…
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The Existential Fallacy Behind Arizona's Immigration Policy
Few issues currently featured in American public debate are clouded by as much emotional bias, invective and distortion as that of immigration reform. Particularly as this concerns America's shared border with Mexico, immigration is a discussion which carries significant political ramification, clear racial overtones and distinctions in ideology where American openness is concerned. As a result, many political figures have been moved to comment or drive policy on the issue-based less on the support of fact than on the employment of inflammatory rhetoric. And quite frequently, this rhetoric is presented with little concern for the logical fallacies which may underlie is basic formative claims. Rarely has this been evidenced with more vitriol or determination than in the state of Arizona over the last several years. In the context of our discussion, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is particularly noted for her steady…
Biggers, J. (2011). How Arizona wrote the GOP's immigration platform. Salon.com.
Immigration issues have been hot in the media ever since the Obama administration proposed to change the immigration rules in the U.S. earlier this year. The current rule states that illegal immigrants need first to leave the country before they can request a waiver on the 3-10-year ban on coming back to the U.S. legally. The ban is placed based on how long the immigrants have lived illegally in the country. With the proposed rule, the children and spouses of legal U.S. citizens can request the government to make a decision on the waiver without them having to first leave the country. After the waiver has been given, they can then head back to their countries to apply for their visas. Associated Press, 2012()
The director of U.S. citizenship and immigration services, Alejandro Mayorkas, stated that this new rule would cut down the amount of time an illegal immigrant would…
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Ben S. Bernanke is a noted American Economist with degrees in Economics from Harvard and MIT, past professorships at Stanford, NYU, MIT and Princeton, experience as a member of the Federal Reserve System's Board of Governors, and experience as past Chairman of the Presidential Council of Economic Advisors; furthermore, Bernanke is a "Depression Scholar" (Grunwald, 2009) whose "main academic focus was the central role of monetary policy and the Fed in creating the catastrophe" (Grunwald, 2009). Appointed Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board on February 1, 2006 during the Bush Administration, Bernanke was reappointed to a second term during the Obama Administration by 70-30 Senate vote on January 28, 2010 (Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, 2012). Bernanke's reappointment was reportedly "contentious" and he was reappointed by the smallest margin ever for Federal Chair confirmation (Binder, 2010). Given our slow economic recovery, questions have arisen about Bernanke's acts,…
Binder, S.A. (2010, January 30). Ben Bernanke's second term as Chairman of the Federal Reserve. Retrieved on June 3, 2012 from www.brookings.edu Web site: http://www.brookings.edu/research/opinions/2010/01/30-bernanke-binder
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. (2012, May 30). FRB: Chairman Bernanke. Retrieved on June 3, 2012 from www.federalreserve.gov Web site: http://www.federalreserve.gov/aboutthefed/bios/board/bernanke.htm
Grunwald, M. (2009, December 16). Ben Bernanke - Person of the Year 2009 - TIME. Retrieved on June 3, 2012 from www.time.com Web site: http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1946375_1947251,00.html
Gustin, S. (2012, April 30). Battle of the heavy-hitter economists: Krugman and Bernanke slug it out over fed policy. Retrieved on June 3, 2012 from business.time.com Web site: http://business.time.com/2012/04/30/battle-of-the-heavy-hitter-economists-krugman-and-bernanke-slug-it-out/
George Robert Twelves Hewes was an interesting figure in the American Revolutionary period was born in oston, on September 5th 1742. The environment in which he lived saw many transformations throughout his life and Hewes also experienced more inward transformations as well. Hewes life can be defined by some of the more significant events that we personally witnessed and/or participated in. These events also happened to be defining moments in American History. One such incident that worked to transform Hewes as a person was undoubtedly the oston Massacre in 1770. During this period the city was occupied with a large concentration of ritish troops that were stationed in oston to enforce and collect tax obligations from the colonies.
Hewes worked as a shoemaker and one day he had made shoes for a soldier who claimed they were for the captain and then refused to pay for…
Young, A. The Shoemaker and the Tea Party. Beacon Press, 2000.
There are many topics which are controversial in the modern society. People constantly debate the merits of abortion or women's rights. Perhaps one of the most controversial topics for debate at present is over the ethical right of the death penalty. Some feel the penalty is too severe and inhumane. Others feel the penalty is just and not used often enough in this country. How does each individual feel about this most severe of punishments? Is it right for the government to execute criminals or is it wrong? Presently, 34 of the United States of America have death penalty statutes (Facts 2011). In each state, there are rigorous proceedings which go on when dealing with a death penalty situation. First and foremost, prosecutors must be absolutely certain that they have the right man or woman as defendant. Secondly, they must ensure that there is enough concrete evidence to…
Ebert, Michael E. "Comparing Costs of the Death Penalty vs. Life in Prison Without Parole
(LWOP)." George Mason University. 1. 2007. Print.
"Facts About the Death Penalty" 2011. Web. Dec. 2011. www.deathpenaltyinfo.org
Ryan, George. "Report of the Governor's Commission on Capital Punishment." State of Illinois.
The presence of the web, which allows time-sensitive information to be blogged as it occurs, plus the dire nature of the threat tipped the scales in favor of not releasing the information. It was seen as akin to not releasing certain details about a victim, to enable the police to conduct a more effective investigation of what potential suspects did or did not know.
However, it must be remembered that the primary interest of the newspaper is to tell the truth, not to further a particular social objective, as defined by a government agency, whatever the agency's goals. In the case of the hostage-taking, individual officer's lives were at stake. However, it would not be ethical to refuse to release information about the treatment of inmates at the prison that lead to the riots, even if this information was inflammatory. The benefits of exposing such abuses are so great, when…
"FAQ about comments." The New York Times. December 13, 2009.
"What do you think of The New York Times' decision to withhold information regarding reporter
David Rohde's kidnapping?" Women on the Web. June 28, 2009. December 13, 2009.
... They were accustomed to living in the open, to enduring great fatigue and hardship, and to encountering all kinds of danger."
The war against Spain and for the liberation of Cuba was one that would prove the superiority of America and its ideals. The United States, too, could join the nations of Europe as a major world power, with interests in every corner of the globe. Roosevelt became a hero as a result of his exploits in the Spanish-American War - a modern day crusader. He used his standing to vault to the governorship of the State of New York. As Governor he now headed the wealthiest most populous state in the nation, enjoying a position of influence and power unparalleled in his career. New York was the great melting pot, the entry point for the vast waves of immigrants that were arriving from Europe. Immigration in this era…
Brantlinger, Patrick. "Kipling's "The White Man's Burden" and Its Afterlives." English Literature in Transition 1880-1920 50, no. 2 (2007): 172+.
Burton, David H. The Learned Presidency: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson. Rutherford, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1988.
Burton, David H. Theodore Roosevelt, American Politician: An Assessment. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1997.
Collins, Michael L. That Damned Cowboy: Theodore Roosevelt and the American West, 1883-1898. New York: Peter Lang, 1991.
Maps Emerge in Redistricting Discussions
The Baltimore Sun article Two Maps Emerge in Redistricting Discussions sounds, unfortunately, like politics as usual. Many people are becoming completely disenchanted with government, and issues like this have much to do with why that is taking place. The issue at hand here is that Democrats in Maryland are redrawing the congressional maps to give themselves a huge, obvious advantage in the next election (Linskey & Fritze, 2011). hile option one gives them less power than option two, both provide help and support for the Democratic candidates and current Congressmen while taking away opportunities for Republicans. It makes the Democrats appear blood-thirsty and focused on their own agenda, instead of considering what is right for the people of Maryland and the United States. Understandably, many people are outraged by the borders for the new maps - which will have to be approved but seem well…
Associated Press. Bartlett, O'Malley meet, discuss redistricting plan. The Washington Post. 2011. Online.
Hill, David. Black leaders fear Maryland redistricting may dilute influence. The Washington Times. 2011. Online.
Linskey, Annie, & Fritze, John. Two maps emerge in redistricting discussions. The Baltimore Sun. 2011. Online.
Rba on Australian Monetary Policy
Outline and critically appraise the Reserve ank of Australia's rationales for the current stance of Australian monetary policy.
In a scenario where Australia has been witnessing a unique mix of economic and monetary indicators, the Australian monetary policy strives to fathom the market mechanisms, both domestic and global, and lead it onto the path of sustained economic growth. The U.S. And Chinese economies have been showing an emerging trend, and seems to be all set to drive the global economy with their strong economic statistics. Nonetheless, the consumer confidence reflected even in the Australian share market in 2004, has already prepared a strong ground for it to enter the current year with enhanced prospects. The latest consensus forecasts a global growth of 4.2% in 2005, which though lower than the estimated 4.9% in 2004, is considerably a modest slowdown. Though the global economic growth may…
1. The testimony of the Governor of the RBA, before the House of Representatives Economics Committee, 18 February (Sydney). File: "MonthReviewFeb05.pdf"
2. Reserve Bank of Australia (2005) Statement on Monetary Policy, 7 February. File: "statement_on_monetary_0205.pdf"
Encourage more school districts to implement school breakfast programs by providing a 50% increase in the state's reimbursement rate for school breakfasts. (WG, 2006)
The California budget includes $400 million to implement a broad strategy to ensure that California is ready for public health emergencies and is properly equipped to handle them. This funding will enable the state to increase patient care capacity (also known as "surge capacity") to achieve the levels recommended by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Health esources and Services Administration (HSA). In the past, California has responded to "moderate" local or regional public health emergencies, such as a fire, flood, explosion, or earthquake, with up to 10,000 casualties over a limited period. Measured against federal HSA benchmarks, California needs to increase response capacity in some areas. Emergency planning experts agree that the most critical element in preparing for surge needs…
California Government (2006, May). Revised Budget Summary 2006-2007. Retrieved 9/7/06, at http://govbud.dof.ca.gov/
Wisconsin Government (2006, may). Wisconsin executive budget 2006-2007. Retrieved 09/07/06, at http://www.doa.state.wi.us/debf/ex
young, most of us do not think about making a conscious decision to die. e look forward to years of long and healthy life, and if death ever seems appealing it is as an antidote to depression. It does not often, if ever, occur to us that there will be a time when we look forward to the "good death" promised by euthanasia.
But it is inevitable that for many of us there will come a time in our lives when suicide may indeed seem appealing because we are fighting a losing battle against a certainly fatal disease that fills our remaining days with pain and despair. In such a position many of us may wish to have our doctors help us die by prescribing for us drugs that when we ourselves take them will prove to be fatal. Or we may wish that other people should have this option…
Callahan, Daniel, "Good Strategies and Bad: Opposing physician-assisted suicide," Commonweal, December 3, 1999, sec1. 7+.
Cassel, Christine K. "AMA Guidelines for Caring for Patients in the Last Phase of Life.," CQ Researcher 7 (1997): 774. ( http://www.ama-assn.org/sci-pubs/amnews/amn_97/edit0721.htm )
Humphrey, Derek. Euthanasia: Essays and Briefings on the Right to Die. Los Angeles: Hemlock Society, 1991. http://deathwithdignity.org/euth_us2htm .
Orric, Sarah. "House Judiciary Committee Rationale." Congressional Digest 77 (1998); 263-264.