Gov. Sam Brownback (R) has signed into law the largest tax increase in Kansas history. The $384 million tax increase will mostly be funded via an increase in state sales tax. This follows large income tax reductions put in place by the state 3 years ago which resulted massive a deficit. The net result is that the poorest earners in Kansas are now stuck with higher taxes. It is anticipated that those making less than $23K will pay $197 more per year in taxes while those making more than $493K will pay $24,632 less. read more
Rick Santorum took issue with the Pope's stance on climate change by saying "The Church has gotten it wrong a few times on science, and I think we're probably better off leaving science to the scientists and focus on what we're really good on, which is theology and morality."
He went on to say "When we get involved with political and controversial scientific theories, then I think the church is probably not as forceful and credible." read more
As California legislators are considering a bill that would repeal personal belief waiver that about 2.5% of CA parents sign to exempt their children from the requirement to be vaccinated to attend public school, Robert Kennedy Jr. has thrown himself in with the anti-vaccination camp.
Despite their being no proven links between vaccines and autism, RFK said "They get the shot, that night they have a fever of a hundred and three, they go to sleep, and three months later their brain is gone. This is a holocaust, what this is doing to our country."
A California judge reduced the 25 year sentence of a 20-year-old man who raped a 3 year old by 15 years because the judge determined that the rapist did not intend to harm the girl. The judge stated in his ruling, "In looking at the facts of Rojano's case, the manner in which this offense was committed is not typical of a predatory, violent brutal sodomy of a child case." read more