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Chris Christie’s project labor no-brainer

A Feb. 14 Wall Street Journal editorial calls on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to veto legislation that would require projects in state costing $5 million or more to utilize project labor agreements (PLAs), pointing to two studies that ought to give the Governor pause.

This is an important issue, not only because of the greater costs associated with PLAs, but politically has implications for Christie, who faces reelection this year and may run for president in 2016.

A conservative estimate by the Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University has found that “PLAs increase the cost of construction by 12 percent to 18 percent,” comparing the period when PLAs were prohibited under federal law to when they were not.  Click here to continue reading this story.

Uncommon Assembly Vote Could Award Subpoena Power to Frustrated Budget Committee

Frustrated with continual rebuffs from the Christie administration, the state Assembly Budget Committee is planning to take the rare step of invoking a 60-year-old law that awards them subpoena power.

Last week, he Assembly voted to extend the transportation committee’s subpoena power over the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (AR-91). If it does the same today, the budget panel will become only the second Assembly committee to be granted this authority.  Click here to continue reading this story.

Top 3 Reasons Chuck Hagel Is Wrong for Secretary of Defense

President Obama’s pick as the next Secretary of Defense is the wrong one. Heritage’s defense and foreign policy experts have examined the record of Chuck Hagel, the Republican former Senator from Nebraska, and concluded he simply does not have the experience and skills for the job. What’s more, his vision for dealing with other nations is dangerous for America.

Here are the top three reasons Hagel is wrong for the job.

1. Hagel does not have the executive and managerial experience to lead a department as large and complex as the Pentagon.

James Jay Carafano, Heritage’s vice president for foreign policy, explained:  Click here to continue reading this story.

Gun Industry Begins to Fight Back

Firearms manufacturers usually find themselves playing defense. Following virtually every highly publicized incident involving a multiple shooting, manufactures often are among the first round of scapegoats flogged by the mainstream media and gun-control politicians. Indeed, were it not for the 2005 law that protects gun manufactures from frivolous lawsuits by victims of gun crimes, many would be out of business.

Thankfully, at least some firearms manufacturers now are going on the offensive; returning fire in New York’s escalating war against Second Amendment rights in the Empire State.

In a post on its Facebook page, for example, Olympic Arms, Inc., a company headquartered in Washington state but which markets its products, including the AR-15 rifle, nationwide, outlined a new sales policy for New York.  Click here to continue reading this story.

NRA Targets Democratic Senators Up in 2014 With Local Newspaper Ads

The National Rifle Association will launch a print advertising campaign targeting mostly Democratic senators up for re-election in 2014, according to sources close to the group.

On Thursday, full-page ads are scheduled to run in local newspapers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Maine, North Carolina and West Virginia. They will be supplemented by digital advertising in these states and 10 others, including Alaska, Colorado, Montana, New Hampshire and South Dakota.

Additionally, the group has scheduled full-page ads to run Feb. 25 in regional editions of USA Today, reaching parts of 15 states.

The campaign is estimated to cost north of $375,000, sources said. The NRA’s newspaper ads will run in three states with Democratic incumbents up in 2014: Sens. Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana and Kay Hagan of North Carolina. In West Virginia, Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller is retiring, but the race to replace him is competitive.  Click here to continue reading this story.

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