And the money kept rolling in...
According to the CDC, 25.5% of Arizonans are considered "obese"
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer recently announced a plan to impose
$50 fines on state Medicaid enrollees who partake in what is deemed to be
"unhealthy behavior." The Wall Street Journal reports that the plan
would reduce the number of childless adults disqualified from Medicaid to
135,000, as opposed to Brewer's original proposal of 250,000. Federal studies
have shown 25.5% of Arizonans are considered obese by the CDC, while 46% of the
state's Medicaid enrollees smoke cigarettes on a daily basis. If approved the
plan would take effect October 1, 2011.
Michele Bachmann leads all GOP candidates in first quarter fundraising
Minnesota Congresswoman/paranoid schizophrenic Michele Bachmann lapped
the rest of the potential 2012 Republican Presidential field in early
fund raising it was learned last week. According to Politico,
Bachmann raised $2.2 million last quarter besting the $1.9 million
raised by early favorite Mitt Romney. Neither is yet to officially
announce their plans to make a run at the Oval Office, but it is
probably safe to assume they aren't raising all that money for a summer
road trip to Six Flags.
Rep. Anthony Weiner collected $2,180 in unpaid Capitol Hill parking tickets over the last 4 years
As we reported last week, a recent
investigation by Roll Call revealed that members of Congress racked up a
grand total of roughly $15,000 in unpaid parking tickets. While most
members only accrued small amounts of fines, Rep. Weiner (D-NY) pulled
in nearly $2,200 in citations. His office's response? "All of the Congressman's parking tickets have been paid. He is pleased to have helped decrease the D.C. budget deficit."
The U.S. economy added 17,000 factory jobs in March 2011
writing obituaries for the American industrial sector has become
something of a cottage industry in recent years, all hope may not be
lost. Last week the Labor Department released figures showing that the economy added 17,000 manufacturing jobs last month. While
that might not be your cue to start buying up real estate in Detroit
just yet, it certainly is some encouraging news for the lunchpail and
hard hat crowd.
This year is the first Final Four in NCAA history where no #1 or #2 seeds are playing
Hooray for the underdogs! #8 Butler faces off against #3 UConn in the NCAA Championship game tonight, while #11 VCU and #4 Kentucky sit on the sidelines, having made it all the way to Houston in one of the wildest basketball tournaments yet. This marks Butler's second consecutive trip to the championship game, while UConn Coach Jim Calhoun has led his Huskies back to The Big One for the third time since 1999.