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TRENTON — ‘Financial analysts at Standard & Poor’s downgraded New Jersey’s debt rating today, flagging Gov. Chris Christie’s budget practices as something that should give pause to investors’.
‘While noting that the state economy has been growing steadily in recent years and has several bright spots that could help in the long run, the Wall Street rating house had tough words for the Republican governor, saying he has a habit of building budgets on rosy economic forecasts’.
‘As a result, tax collections tend to lag by hundreds of millions of dollars every year, punching holes into the state budget and forcing Christie to use stopgap fixes, the analysts aid’.
“Almost five years after the official start of the economic recovery, New Jersey continues to struggle with structural imbalance and stands in stark difference to many of its peers who registered sizeable budgetary surpluses in fiscal 2013,” the S&P analysts wrote in a note to investors today’.
‘S&P downgraded New Jersey’s debt by one notch, from AA- to A+. The agency previously downgraded the state’s bond rating in 2011. Each time it goes lower, it drives up the cost of borrowing for major projects such as schools and roads’.
From : http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/04/sp_downgrades_new_jerseys_debt_rating_criticizing_christies_budgets.html
‘Mike Huckabee thinks all Americans should be forced at gunpoint to listen to David Barton
‘Controversial Thomas Jefferson book pulled over complaints of inaccuracies’
‘Critics charge evangelical writer David Barton glosses over founding father’s slave ownership and ignores inconvenient facts’(1)
‘Publisher cancels David Barton book on Jefferson over errors’(2)
‘Debunking David Barton’s Jefferson (and other) Lies‘(3)
‘Two years ago today, on April 10, 2012, a new book hit the shelves — David Barton’s The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You’ve Always Believed About Thomas Jefferson’.
‘The Jefferson Lies was Barton’s first “history” book to be published by a major publisher — Thomas Nelson, one of the largest American trade publishers and the world’s largest Christian publisher. Barton’s prior books, widely used by Christian schools, homeschoolers, and conservative Christian politicians, were self-published by his own publishing company, WallBuilder Press’.
‘To the disdain of history lovers and real historians, Barton’s Jefferson Lies quickly rose to #11 on Amazon and became a New York Times bestseller’.
‘But something else happened this time. Some evangelical Christians came out against his book, including a group of pastors in Ohio who threatened a boycott of Thomas Nelson, mainly over the book’s whitewashing of the issue of Thomas Jefferson and slavery. (Barton’s book claims, among other things, that although Jefferson owned hundreds of slaves, he was not a racist and considered blacks to be equal to whites.)’
‘On August 1, 2012, the Ohio pastors, who had read an advance copy of the book and had asked to meet with Thomas Nelson before it released, held a press conference announcing their boycott’.
‘Eight days later, on August 9, Thomas Nelson pulled The Jefferson Lies, having suddenly “lost confidence in the book’s details.”
‘Barton and his supporters quickly came up with a number of excuses for Thomas Nelson dumping the book’ —
‘It was because Christian publisher Thomas Nelson had been bought by secular publisher HarperCollins’;
‘It was Thomas Nelson’s own fault because they edited material out of Barton’s manuscript that would have supported his claims’;
‘Thomas Nelson abandoned their Christian principles and bowed to political pressure’
‘… yada yada yada’.
‘A number of conservative evangelical Christian professors who, like the Ohio pastors, had come out against the book were labeled academic elitists who didn’t espouse true Christian values’.
From : http://freethoughtblogs.com/rodda/2014/04/10/two-years-ago-today-the-least-credible-history-book-in-print-was-published/
(1) : http://www.theguardian.com/books/us-news-blog/2012/aug/13/book-thomas-jefferson-complaints-inaccuracies
(2) : http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2012/08/publisher-cancels-david-barton-book-on-jefferson-over-errors/1#.U0cpKPldVCE
(3) : http://debunkingbarton.com/
‘During the 2012 presidential election, voters reportedly waited on line for upwards of six hours’.
‘That wait alone is enough to deter would-be voters from going to the polls’.
‘But now residents in Florida’s most populous county will have another disincentive: they won’t be able to go to the bathroom’.
‘Earlier this year, the Miami-Dade County Elections Department quietly implemented a policy to close the bathrooms at all polling facilities, according to disability rights lawyer Marc Dubin’.
‘Dubin said the policy change was in “direct response” to an inquiry to the Elections Department about whether they had assessed accessibility of polling place bathrooms to those with disabilities’.
“I was expecting them to say either yes we have or yes we will,” Dubin said’.
‘Instead, he received a written response announcing that the county would close all restrooms at polling places “to ensure that individuals with disabilities are not treated unfairly,” a January email stated’.
“[T]he Department’s policy is not to permit access to restrooms at polling sites on election days,” Assistant County Attorney Shanika Graves said in a Feb. 14 email’.
From : http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/04/10/3425252/new-rule-prohibits-voters-in-miami-dade-county-from-using-the-restroom-no-matter-how-long-the-line/