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Sebelius rescinds endorsement, will reimburse taxpayers for Carolina trip
By BYRON TAU | 3/2/12 4:24 PM EST
Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius is backing off what sounded like an endorsement North Carolina gubernatorial candidate Walter Dalton in a Tar Heel state appearance — a move that could cause her political trouble if she was appearing as a federal government employee.
“Your lieutenant governor, Walter Dalton, who needs to be the next governor of North Carolina, is in the house,” Sebelius said during an address to the gay rights group Human Rights Campaign last week. Dalton faces a competitive Democratic primary and Sebelius’ endorsement could be seen as the Obama administration picking favorites.
The Charlotte Observer reports:
Sebelius, President Barack Obama’s secretary of Health and Human Services, is walking back what appeared to be an endorsement of Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton for N.C. governor during a speech last Saturday night in Charlotte.
And because her policy speech at the Human Rights Campaign gala included “political components,” the federal government will not pay for Sebelius’ trip to Charlotte, an HHS spokesperson said in response to questions from the Observer.
Read more at Politico.
We are surprised Sebelius got caught. Chances are she will get reimbursed through a different expense report. Check April, May or maybe June’s expense checks.
‘An option we couldn’t turn down’
Penske shakes up manufacturer lineup by returning to Ford fold for 2013 season
By David Caraviello, NASCAR.COM
March 01, 2012 3:11 PM, EST
Penske Racing is going back to its roots and reuniting with Ford beginning next season, leaving the Dodge brand without a team in NASCAR’s top series as it prepares for a the unveiling of its 2013 race car.
Penske on Thursday caused a major shakeup in the manufacturer alignments on the Sprint Cup tour when it announced a long-term partnership with Ford, with whom it had previously raced from 1994-2002. Although Roger Penske’s team had played a role in developing Dodge’s new race car, the organization was the only team carrying that carmaker’s flag in NASCAR’s premier division, and felt the need to move on to better position itself to win a Sprint Cup crown.
Read more at NASCAR.com
Glad Dodge got a part of the bailout.
Durbin Amendment Damage Grows
Mary BidgoodMarch 2, 2012 at 3:33 pm
Remember when last September Senator Dick Durbin (D–IL) claimed that his contribution to the Dodd–Frank financial regulation statue—“the Durbin Amendment”—would benefit consumers? Well, more evidence has surfaced that his price-control regulation is costing consumers more and more money.
According to a study by Javelin Strategy and Research reported by Bloomberg on Wednesday, checking account fees have soared by 21 percent in the past six years. Javelin specifically singles out the Durbin scheme and other onerous regulations imposed on financial services as causing much of this increase.
Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that Bank of America and Chase are eyeing new checking account fees to make up for the $12.2 billion that banks are estimated to have lost to the recent flood of regulation.
The Durbin Amendment took effect last October 1 and limits the amount that banks can charge retailers to process debit card transactions. Popular among major retailers, the provision directed the Federal Reserve to impose a price cap per debit transaction, which was subsequently set at 24 cents (on average). Consequently, retailers are paying banks about 45 percent less than they did prior to the rule.
Read more at the Foundry.
Shocking! Democrat Dick Durbin and his bill was suppose to save you money. Grab your ankles and give up more of your money! Keep electing democrats like Dick Durbin
Volt production on hold for 5 weeks
General Motors has told 1,300 employees at its Detroit Hamtramck that they will be temporarily laid off for five weeks as the company halts production of the Chevrolet Volt and its European counterpart, the Opel Ampera.
“Even with sales up in February over January, we are still seeking to align our production with demand,” said GM spokesman Chris Lee.
Lee said employees were told Thursday that production would put on hold from March 19 to April 23.
The Chevrolet Volt, an extended-range electric car, is both a political lightning rod and a symbol of the company’s technological capability.
More at Detroit Free Press.
What will GE do now?
A haircut can go a long way!
Hawk, on his Twitter Page this morning, made the announcement, along with a photo that was put on “LOCKERZ”.
Hawk said “Wigs for Kids” is partnering with he and his wife to start “Hawk’s locks for kids”.
More at Wisconsin Radio Network.
Let’s give AJ an atta boy. Go to link for picture.
Ron Paul, Romney in quiet alliance?
WASHINGTON, March 1 (UPI) — Ron Paul appears to be in a silent alliance with Mitt Romney against other candidates for the Republican U.S. presidential nomination, observers say.
The libertarian congressman from Texas has avoided criticism of Romney and has even defended him, The Atlantic reports.
In one case, Paul attacked Texas Gov. Rick Perry for his criticism of “Romneycare,” the health plan Romney pushed through as governor of Massachusetts.
ThinkProgress, a liberal blog, analyzed Paul’s debate record. It found 39 Paul attacks on other candidates in 20 debates and none on Romney.
Read more at UPI
Interesting alliance. Will Paul be VP?
Published: 11:44 PM 03/01/2012
The iconic duo behind “chunky money,” “whirled peas” and other memorable Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavors have turned their attention to raising money for Occupy Wall Street. But the occupiers themselves gave big-businessmen Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield a cold reception during a meeting Sunday in New York City.
“I think it’s absolutely essential that your donors have zero say in where the money goes,” said Linnea Palmer Paton, an audience member. “Right now we have a system where the wealthy design, create, build and have control over what happens. And I think it’s very important that the wealthy do not have that power.”
Read more at The Daily Caller
WUPN: And people are to take the occupy movement serious?