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  • Commentary posted October 24, 2013 by Israel Ortega Republicans can win over Florida Hispanics with economic pitch

    For conservatives looking for a way back from the 2012 presidential election, Florida is promising turf. Perhaps no other state provides a microcosm of American voters quite like Florida, with its mix of northern transplants, rural and urban voters and an ethnically diverse electorate — including a sizable Hispanic segment. President Obama’s re-election success in…

  • Commentary posted June 18, 2012 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Vote Thieves Should Be Purged

    Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner should be commended for standing up to bullying from U.S. Justice Department and working to ensure the integrity of the state’s voter registration list. Election officials have an absolute duty and obligation to remove noncitizens from voter rolls. The Justice Department’s claim that this violates the Voting Rights Act (VRA)…

  • Commentary posted June 14, 2012 by Hans A. von Spakovsky In Florida, Missing the Real Scandal

    Yesterday the Department of Justice filed suit in federal court against Florida. It alleges only that Florida has violated Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act, by attempting to purge non-citizens from its voter rolls within the 90-day period before an election for federal office. This marks a significant shift in DOJ’s claims: It had earlier alleged…

  • Backgrounder posted November 9, 2011 by Tarren Bragdon Florida’s Medicaid Reform Shows the Way to Improve Health, Increase Satisfaction, and Control Costs

    Abstract: During its five years of operations, Florida’s Medicaid Reform Pilot has been a decided success. It has improved the health of enrolled patients, achieved high patient satisfaction, and kept cost increases below average, saving Florida up to $161 million annually. Since then, Florida has passed its Statewide Reform, which promises to extend these benefits…

  • Backgrounder posted September 17, 2010 by Matthew Ladner, Ph.D., Lindsey Burke Closing the Racial Achievement Gap: Learning from Florida’s Reforms

    Revised and updated October 4, 2010. Abstract: An education gap between white students and their black and Hispanic peers is something to which most Americans have become accustomed. But this racial division of education—and hence of prospects for the future— is nothing less than tragic. The good news is that the racial divide in learning is a problem…

  • Backgrounder posted September 1, 2010 by James Sherk The New Face of the Union Movement: Government Employees

    Abstract: Unions have been a familiar part of American working life for more than 70 years. Less familiar is the state of the union movement today: More union members now work for the government than for private employers. The above-market salaries and benefits that government employees receive are paid for by taxpayers. So, the union movement that began as a campaign to…

  • WebMemo posted March 16, 2010 by Kathryn Nix, Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D. What House Passage of the Senate Health Bill Means for America

    This week House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D–CA) and the House leadership are working feverishly to enact H.R. 3590, the highly unpopular Senate health bill. It includes new middle-class taxes and government spending, bunches of federal boards and bureaucracies, mandates and penalties, an entitlement expansion, and unprecedented taxpayer funding of abortion. It is also…

  • Play Movie Israel Ortega on Telemundo 6/29/09 Video Recorded on June 29, 2009 Israel Ortega on Telemundo 6/29/09

    Israel Ortega commenting on the political fallout from the Supreme Court's ruling on the New Haven firefighters case.…

  • Backgrounder posted May 14, 2008 by Dan Lips, Evan Feinberg Improving Education in the Nation's Capital: Expanding School Choice

    The District of Columbia is home to one of the nation's most troubled public school systems. The District spends $14,400 for every child in public school—well above the national average and more than any of the 50 states.[1] The 2007 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reported that Washington, D.C.'s fourth and eighth graders scored lower than any other…

  • Education Notebook on January 5, 2006 State Supreme Court Decision Threatens Florida School Choice Revolution

    EDUCATION NOTEBOOK:  State Supreme Court Decision Threatens Florida School Choice Revolution January 5, 2006 While they attended class this morning, 30,000 Florida students may have had their educational futures dashed by a ruling from the state's Supreme Court. In a 5-2 decision, the court rejected the judgment of elected policymakers and ruled that the…

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  • Backgrounder posted November 9, 2011 by Tarren Bragdon Florida’s Medicaid Reform Shows the Way to Improve Health, Increase Satisfaction, and Control Costs

    Abstract: During its five years of operations, Florida’s Medicaid Reform Pilot has been a decided success. It has improved the health of enrolled patients, achieved high patient satisfaction, and kept cost increases below average, saving Florida up to $161 million annually. Since then, Florida has passed its Statewide Reform, which promises to extend these benefits…

  • Backgrounder posted by Tarren Bragdon Florida’s Medicaid Reform Shows the Way to Improve Health, Increase Satisfaction, and Control Costs

    Abstract: During its five years of operations, Florida’s Medicaid Reform Pilot has been a decided success. It has improved the health of enrolled patients, achieved high patient satisfaction, and kept cost increases below average, saving Florida up to $161 million annually. Since then, Florida has passed its Statewide Reform, which promises to extend these benefits…

  • Backgrounder posted September 17, 2010 by Matthew Ladner, Ph.D., Lindsey Burke Closing the Racial Achievement Gap: Learning from Florida’s Reforms

    Revised and updated October 4, 2010. Abstract: An education gap between white students and their black and Hispanic peers is something to which most Americans have become accustomed. But this racial division of education—and hence of prospects for the future— is nothing less than tragic. The good news is that the racial divide in learning is a problem…

  • Backgrounder posted August 3, 1990 by Michael J. McLaughlin High School Dropouts: How Much of a Crisis?

    Introduction In his first State of the Union Address, George Bush this January set six goals to strengthen American education. One of them is to reduce the national high school dropout rate to 10 percent by the end of the decade. Currently, according to Bush, the rate is 25 percent. This high rate, it is said, saddles the United States with an undereducated…

  • Backgrounder posted May 14, 2008 by Dan Lips, Evan Feinberg Improving Education in the Nation's Capital: Expanding School Choice

    The District of Columbia is home to one of the nation's most troubled public school systems. The District spends $14,400 for every child in public school—well above the national average and more than any of the 50 states.[1] The 2007 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reported that Washington, D.C.'s fourth and eighth graders scored lower than any other…

  • Backgrounder posted September 1, 2010 by James Sherk The New Face of the Union Movement: Government Employees

    Abstract: Unions have been a familiar part of American working life for more than 70 years. Less familiar is the state of the union movement today: More union members now work for the government than for private employers. The above-market salaries and benefits that government employees receive are paid for by taxpayers. So, the union movement that began as a campaign to…

  • Commentary posted October 24, 2013 by Israel Ortega Republicans can win over Florida Hispanics with economic pitch

    For conservatives looking for a way back from the 2012 presidential election, Florida is promising turf. Perhaps no other state provides a microcosm of American voters quite like Florida, with its mix of northern transplants, rural and urban voters and an ethnically diverse electorate — including a sizable Hispanic segment. President Obama’s re-election success in…

  • Commentary posted June 18, 2012 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Vote Thieves Should Be Purged

    Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner should be commended for standing up to bullying from U.S. Justice Department and working to ensure the integrity of the state’s voter registration list. Election officials have an absolute duty and obligation to remove noncitizens from voter rolls. The Justice Department’s claim that this violates the Voting Rights Act (VRA)…

  • Commentary posted June 14, 2012 by Hans A. von Spakovsky In Florida, Missing the Real Scandal

    Yesterday the Department of Justice filed suit in federal court against Florida. It alleges only that Florida has violated Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act, by attempting to purge non-citizens from its voter rolls within the 90-day period before an election for federal office. This marks a significant shift in DOJ’s claims: It had earlier alleged…

  • Education Notebook on January 5, 2006 State Supreme Court Decision Threatens Florida School Choice Revolution

    EDUCATION NOTEBOOK:  State Supreme Court Decision Threatens Florida School Choice Revolution January 5, 2006 While they attended class this morning, 30,000 Florida students may have had their educational futures dashed by a ruling from the state's Supreme Court. In a 5-2 decision, the court rejected the judgment of elected policymakers and ruled that the…

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  • Backgrounder posted November 9, 2011 by Tarren Bragdon Florida’s Medicaid Reform Shows the Way to Improve Health, Increase Satisfaction, and Control Costs

    Abstract: During its five years of operations, Florida’s Medicaid Reform Pilot has been a decided success. It has improved the health of enrolled patients, achieved high patient satisfaction, and kept cost increases below average, saving Florida up to $161 million annually. Since then, Florida has passed its Statewide Reform, which promises to extend these benefits…

  • Backgrounder posted September 17, 2010 by Matthew Ladner, Ph.D., Lindsey Burke Closing the Racial Achievement Gap: Learning from Florida’s Reforms

    Revised and updated October 4, 2010. Abstract: An education gap between white students and their black and Hispanic peers is something to which most Americans have become accustomed. But this racial division of education—and hence of prospects for the future— is nothing less than tragic. The good news is that the racial divide in learning is a problem…

  • Backgrounder posted September 1, 2010 by James Sherk The New Face of the Union Movement: Government Employees

    Abstract: Unions have been a familiar part of American working life for more than 70 years. Less familiar is the state of the union movement today: More union members now work for the government than for private employers. The above-market salaries and benefits that government employees receive are paid for by taxpayers. So, the union movement that began as a campaign to…

  • WebMemo posted March 16, 2010 by Kathryn Nix, Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D. What House Passage of the Senate Health Bill Means for America

    This week House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D–CA) and the House leadership are working feverishly to enact H.R. 3590, the highly unpopular Senate health bill. It includes new middle-class taxes and government spending, bunches of federal boards and bureaucracies, mandates and penalties, an entitlement expansion, and unprecedented taxpayer funding of abortion. It is also…

  • Backgrounder posted May 14, 2008 by Dan Lips, Evan Feinberg Improving Education in the Nation's Capital: Expanding School Choice

    The District of Columbia is home to one of the nation's most troubled public school systems. The District spends $14,400 for every child in public school—well above the national average and more than any of the 50 states.[1] The 2007 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reported that Washington, D.C.'s fourth and eighth graders scored lower than any other…

  • Backgrounder posted August 3, 1990 by Michael J. McLaughlin High School Dropouts: How Much of a Crisis?

    Introduction In his first State of the Union Address, George Bush this January set six goals to strengthen American education. One of them is to reduce the national high school dropout rate to 10 percent by the end of the decade. Currently, according to Bush, the rate is 25 percent. This high rate, it is said, saddles the United States with an undereducated…

  • Backgrounder posted by Tarren Bragdon Florida’s Medicaid Reform Shows the Way to Improve Health, Increase Satisfaction, and Control Costs

    Abstract: During its five years of operations, Florida’s Medicaid Reform Pilot has been a decided success. It has improved the health of enrolled patients, achieved high patient satisfaction, and kept cost increases below average, saving Florida up to $161 million annually. Since then, Florida has passed its Statewide Reform, which promises to extend these benefits…

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