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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Gay Olympian Adam Rippon BLASTS Selection of Mike Pence to Lead U.S. Delegation

One might think this sexual Gender Bender would live his life and be blessed by his good fortune. No, this individual who is the product of a society that has worked to allow his Lifestyle would Judge others for their Life Choices. A True Hypocrite!


Adam Rippon, the 2016 U.S. men’s figure skating champion who is believed to be the first openly gay U.S. Winter Olympian, criticized the White House’s selection of Vice President Mike Pence to lead the 2018 U.S. Olympic delegation to South Korea in a phone interview with USA TODAY Sports Tuesday night.

“You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy?” Rippon said. “I’m not buying it.”

Rippon, 28, who was selected to his first Olympic team earlier this month after finishing fourth at the U.S. national championships, said that he would prefer not to meet Pence during the traditional meet-and-greet between the official delegation and U.S. athletes in the hours leading to the opening ceremony. It’s possible Rippon would have to miss that event anyway to be part of the team figure skating competition.

“If it were before my event, I would absolutely not go out of my way to meet somebody who I felt has gone out of their way to not only show that they aren’t a friend of a gay person but that they think that they’re sick,” Rippon said. “I wouldn’t go out of my way to meet somebody like that.

“I don’t think he has a real concept of reality,” Rippon said of Pence. “To stand by some of the things that Donald Trump has said and for Mike Pence to say he’s a devout Christian man is completely contradictory. If he’s okay with what’s being said about people and Americans and foreigners and about different countries that are being called ‘shitholes,' I think he should really go to church."

The widespread belief that Pence supports gay conversion therapy comes from a statement he made in 2000 on his congressional campaign website: “Resources should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior.” While he didn’t explicitly mention gay conversion therapy, leaders in the LGBT community have said they believe that’s what Pence meant in light of his long-standing opposition to gay rights. In November 2016, the New York Times reported that Pence's spokesman at the time, Marc Lotter, denied that Pence supports the practice.

After publication of this story Wednesday, Pence's press secretary Alyssa Farah emailed a statement to USA TODAY Sports: “The vice president is proud to lead the U.S. delegation to the Olympics and support America’s incredible athletes. This accusation is totally false and has no basis in fact. Despite these misinformed claims, the vice president will be enthusiastically supporting all the U.S. athletes competing next month in Pyeongchang.”

Rippon did say in his Tuesday night interview that if given a chance to meet Pence after competing (unlikely considering the relatively short length of any delegation’s visit to the Games), he would consider it.

“If I had the chance to meet him afterwards, after I’m finished competing, there might be a possibility to have an open conversation,” Rippon said. “He seems more mild-mannered than Donald Trump. … But I don’t think the current administration represents the values that I was taught growing up. Mike Pence doesn’t stand for anything that I really believe in.”Four years ago, President Barack Obama asked several openly-gay athletes to serve on the U.S. delegations to the opening and closing ceremonies in Sochi, including tennis legend Billie Jean King, Olympic figure skating gold medalist Brian Boitano and two-time Olympic hockey medalist Caitlin Cahow.

“I think the move that President Obama made was very poignant and it was right in the midst of the huge controversy of gay propaganda being illegal in Russia,” Rippon said, referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s anti-gay efforts.

Rippon, who said he was bullied and teased as a boy growing up in Scranton, Pa., came out publicly as being gay in October 2015. He often talks about how he hopes his story can help others, especially young people who might be struggling with their sexuality.

Always outspoken, Rippon said recently he will not go to the White House for a post-Olympic celebration hosted by President Trump. "I said no," he reiterated Tuesday. Legendary skier Lindsey Vonn has said she will not attend as well.

But Rippon also said he will not protest for gay rights or against the Trump administration in any way during the Olympics themselves.“No, I’m a U.S. athlete representing my country. I will continue to share my story, but I will participate in no form of protest. I’m representing myself and my country on the world stage. I have a lot of respect for this opportunity. What makes America great is that we’re all so different. It’s 2018 and being an openly gay man and an athlete, that is part of the face of America now.”


Cory Booker Slammed for INSULTING DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen

This is same behavior some communities practice to get what they want. Cory Booker tried to BULLY DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. How's that for abuse?...tmiraldi


Brooke Singman

Republicans are slamming Democratic Sen. Cory Booker for “mansplaining” to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in a sharp and one-sided exchange Wednesday before a Senate committee.

The New Jersey lawmaker blasted Nielsen's "silence and amnesia" after failing to get the response he sought on her recollection of statements President Trump made in a meeting last week. Booker's hostile tone prompted Republican National Committee Rapid Response Director Michael Ahrens to invoke the millennial term for males talking down to women.

“Picture it," Ahrens said in a news release. "A male Republican senator spends his entire 10 minutes ‘mansplaining’ the female DHS secretary about immigration policy, throws around the term ‘conscientious stupidity,’ yells at her the only time she tries to speak, and concludes his diatribe without even asking her to respond.”

During the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday, Nielsen said she did not recall the president describing some African and Latin American nations as “s***hole” countries.

Booker was not satisfied.

DHS boss hit with 's--load' of questions about President Trump's language

“The commander-in-chief, in an Oval Office meeting, referred to people from African countries and Haitians with the most vile and vulgar language,” Booker said, raising his voice at Nielsen. “Your silence and amnesia is complicity.”

He added that Trump’s language proves that “ignorance and bigotry aligned with power is a dangerous force in our country.”

Booker also quoted Martin Luther King Jr., saying that “nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”


Durbin presses Nielsen over Trump's language at DACA meeting

The RNC, though, slammed “Derogatory Cory,” and suggested that because Booker is a Democrat, he was not being criticized for how he spoke to a woman.

“Because the party affiliations were reversed, Derogatory Cory got nothing but praise from the selectively-outraged base he was clearly performing for yesterday,” Ahrens said.

Booker’s office did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.


Trump’s Targeting of Iran Comes as Islamic Leaders TORTURE and KILL 8,000 Protesters

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, blames "Americans and Zionists" for the recent protests. The Shiite Muslim hard-liner says money supporting the citizens came from "one of the filthy-rich governments of the Persian Gulf." (Associated Press/File)
Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, blames “Americans and Zionists” for the recent protests. The Shiite Muslim hard-liner says money supporting the citizens came from “one of the filthy-rich governments of the Persian Gulf.” (Associated Press/File)

Rowan Scarborough

Iran’s rulers have inflicted death by torture and gunfire on citizen protesters in a crackdown since the Dec. 28 street uprising erupted, the main opposition group said Tuesday.
The Europe-based National Council of Resistance of Iran says the Islamic republic’s ubiquitous security apparatus has arrested more than 8,000 citizens and killed at least 50, all while the West has remained mostly silent. The council attributes at least five deaths to torture.
President Trump has spoken out in support of the protesters. The Treasury Department on Friday slapped further sanctions on the regime’s judiciary chief, Sadeq Amoli Larijani. Mr. Larijani has been singled out by the West for years for endorsing cruel punishments that include torture and amputation.
“As the head of the judiciary for the past nine years, Larijani is a key official in the regime’s suppressive apparatus, who has played a direct role in the execution of thousands of people, in the crackdown and arrest of dissidents, as well as in censorship and repression,” said Shahin Gobadi, a council spokesman based in Paris.
The opposition group said protests have spread to 130 cities. The protesters complain of dismal economic conditions, of military adventures in Iraq and Syria, and of being ruled by clerical Shiite Muslim hard-liners led by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
The council on Tuesday released a list of five resisters who it said were tortured to death by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and its various security units.
The council identified one deceased protester as Kianoush Zandi, a graduate of the University of Sanandaj in the city west of Tehran near the Iraq border. He disappeared on Jan. 4. His body was returned to the family Sunday by Sanandaj intelligence.
“The intelligence henchmen told the martyr’s family that he was killed in the demonstrations,” the council said. “But the signs of torture on the body of Kianoush exposes the regime’s intelligence henchmen.”
The council said the family and citizens of Sanandaj commemorated Mr. Zandi at the Farajeh-Shahr mosque, defying threats from security forces.
The body of another youth, Mohammed Nassiri, was returned to his family with a statement that he had committed suicide.
“The shroud of secrecy and lack of transparency over what happened to these detainees is alarming. Instead of rushing to the judgment that they committed suicide, the authorities must immediately launch an independent, impartial and transparent investigation, including independent autopsies,” said Magdalena Mughrabi, Amnesty International’s deputy director for the Middle East and North Africa.
“The international community, including the United States, must refer the dossier on the atrocities of the ruling religious dictatorship,” said Mr. Gobadi, the council spokesman. “Moreover, the regime oil exports must be subjected to sanctions and Tehran must be denied access to the international financial system.”
Amnesty International reported that “more than a thousand people have been arrested and detained in jails notorious for torture and other ill-treatment over the past seven days, with many being denied access to their families and lawyers.”
The group singled out Tehran’s notorious Evin prison, which took in more than 400 protesters on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. The ruling mullahs use Evin as a collection point for political prisoners, some of whom are executed on the spot.
“Hundreds at risk of torture,” Amnesty International said.
Jim Phillips, a Middle East analyst at The Heritage Foundation, said U.S. allies’ muted response stems from their desire to maintain the 2015 Iran nuclear deal struck by the Obama administration and its trade benefits.
Mr. Trump repeatedly has labeled the agreement an awful deal that has allowed Iran to increase its ballistic missile testing and support for terrorism.
“While President Trump has been very vocal on the plight of Iranian protesters, many other Western leaders have turned a blind eye to the protests, fearful of alienating an Iranian regime that they hope to appease,” Mr. Phillips said. “Many European and Asian allies seek to preserve the nuclear deal with Iran in order to maintain a business-as-usual relationship with the Islamist dictatorship in Tehran. They are fearful that if they admit that the regime represses its own people, then they will be asked to do something about it that could diminish trade with Iran.”
In his statement on Jan. 12 advocating changes to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, Mr. Trump said: “We are also supporting the brave Iranian citizens who are demanding change from a corrupt regime that wastes the Iranian people’s money on weapons systems at home and terrorism abroad. And crucially, we are calling on all nations to lend similar support to the Iranian people, who are suffering under a regime that is stifling basic freedoms and denying its citizens the opportunity to build better lives for their families — an opportunity that is every human being’s God-given right.”
Western media generally have been standoffish toward protesters. CNN’s headline on Sunday read: “Iran releases 440 anti-government protesters, state-run media reports.” Reuters, Time magazine and others headlined the same story.
Iran is capitalizing on strife-filled wars in Iraq and Syria to establish a large zone of Middle East dominance that stretches from Tehran, through northern Iraq to Damascus, where it deployed thousands of militia, to Lebanon, where it finances the terrorist group Hezbollah.
Iran played a major role in the brutal suppression of rebels in the Syrian city of Aleppo. It also is building weapons compounds and bases inside Syria to bolster President Bashar Assad’s post-civil-war rule.
“The regime, the Revolutionary Guards and its paramilitary proxies must be expelled from Syria, Iraq, Yemen and other countries in the region,” Mr. Gobadi said.
The Heritage Foundation’s Mr. Phillips said that what makes the current unrest significant is that, unlike the Tehran-centric election protests of 2009, this uprising started in smaller cities with working-class populations.

“The fact that the protests originated in these areas is a sign that the regime’s narrow base of political support has been increasingly eroded by its poor economic performance and continued repression,” he said.

FBI Arrests Ex-CIA Officer Living in Hong Kong

Former Chinese-American case officer charged with illegally holding secrets on recruited CIA assets

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Bill Gertz
A former CIA operations officer has been charged with mishandling secret information about recruited CIA agents, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.
The former case officer, Jerry Chun Shing Lee, also known as Zhen Cheng Li, was arrested by FBI agents at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport on Monday as he returned from his residence in Hong Kong, the department said in a statement.
Court documents in the case indicate Lee was under FBI counterintelligence surveillance since 2012, when agents secretly searched his Honolulu hotel room and found two books containing secrets about recruited CIA "assets."
Lee, 53, is a naturalized U.S. citizen living in Hong Kong. He served in the Army from 1982 to 1986 and graduated from Hawaii Pacific University in 1992.
He joined CIA in 1994 and according to FBI Special Agent Kellie R. O'Brien, was trained in "methods of covert communications, surveillance detection, recruitment of assets, handling of assets, payment of assets, operational security, and documenting, handling and securing classified information." O'Brien was the FBI counterspy who wrote the criminal complaint filed in federal court Jan. 13 and unsealed Tuesday.
Lee also held a top-secret security clearance and had access to sensitive compartmented information—secret information used to protect intelligence programs.
In August 2012, Lee moved from Hong Kong to northern Virginia and during a layover of several days in Honolulu FBI agents conducted a search of his hotel room and photographed two small books, a datebook, and an address book.
"The photographs of the books were reviewed by a CIA classification authority who determined that the books contained classified information," the FBI criminal complaint said.
The 49-page datebook "contained handwritten information pertaining to, but not limited to, operational notes from asset meetings, operational meeting locations, operational phone numbers, true names of assets, and covert facilities," the complaint stated.
The address book also held the true names and phone numbers of assets and covert CIA employees, as well as the addresses of CIA facilities.
The Justice Department press release and the criminal complaint did not say if Lee was spying or whether the case is linked to China, other than his residence in Hong Kong, a special administrative region of China.
A CIA spokesman declined to comment. A Justice Department spokesman had no immediate comment.
The arrest appears linked to the ongoing U.S. counterintelligence probe into how the Chinese government systematically crippled CIA agent networks inside China.
In May, the New York Times reported the Chinese government had unraveled all CIA spying operations in China beginning in 2010. The report, quoting intelligence officials, suggested the loss of the agents was the result of a retired Chinese-American CIA officer who spied for China.
The report said the man, who was not identified by name, continued to live in Asia with his family and was lured back to the United States around 2012.
The newspaper reported that the Chinese killed or imprisoned 18 to 20 of the CIA's sources in China.
The newspaper said the CIA counterspies had focused on "a Chinese-American who had left the CIA shortly before the intelligence losses began."
"Some investigators believed he had become disgruntled and had begun spying for China," the Timesreported. "One official said the man had access to the identities of C.I.A. informants and fit all the indicators on a matrix used to identify espionage threats."
Lee appeared in federal court in New York City on Tuesday. He was charged with unlawful retention of national defense information.
If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Neil Hammerstrom of the Eastern District of Virginia.
Hammerstrom prosecuted the case of Pentagon official James Fondren who worked at the Pacific Command. Fondren was convicted in 2009 of passing classified information to a Chinese agent.

‘Chilling’ Report Finds 73% of U.S. TERRORIST CONVICTS are FOREIGN-BORN

The attempted New York City subway bombing last month was one of several recent cases that involved suspects who gained admittance to the U.S. because of chain migration. (Associated Press/File)

Most people convicted of international terrorism in U.S. courts since 2001 were foreign-born, the Trump administration said in a report Tuesday that officials said boosts the president’s calls for tougher immigration restrictions and limits on travel.
The report also said deportation officers had more than 2,500 encounters last year with people on the FBI’s terrorist watch list — which works out to more than seven a day — and more than 1,700 foreigners have been kicked out of the U.S. on national security grounds since 2001.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen called the findings “truly chilling” and warned that it doesn’t capture the full extent of the threat of international terrorism.
“This report, unfortunately, is likely just the tip of the iceberg,” she said.
The numbers are being released as President Trump calls for stiffer immigration enforcement and changes to chain migration as part of the debate on Capitol Hill over what to do about illegal immigrant Dreamers.
Democrats and Muslim advocacy groups were incensed at the report, calling it misleading and an attempt to oversell the threats of foreign-born terrorists to the U.S. They said the data included foreign fighters captured overseas and then brought to the U.S. — people they said shouldn’t count in a report looking at ties between terrorism and immigration.
Top Democratic lawmakers labeled the study “bigotry,” and Muslim Advocates, one group, said native-born citizens present a “far more significant threat” to safety.
“The Trump administration needs to stop the fear-mongering, stop the lies, and stop this hateful, discriminatory campaign against Muslim and immigrant communities,” said Jonathan Smith, the group’s legal director.
The report was issued in response to Mr. Trump’s original travel ban executive order, which, in addition to restricting immigration from a number of terrorism-connected countries and curtailing refugee admissions, also asked for more transparency about threats.
The Homeland Security and the Justice departments compiled the data, finding 549 people convicted of international terrorism charges in federal courts since the 2001 attacks.
Of those, 254 weren’t citizens and 148 were foreign-born but ended up getting American citizenship through the immigration system. Another 147 were American citizens at birth.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said there are also thousands of people facing terrorism-related investigations right now.
“This report reveals an indisputable sobering reality — our immigration system has undermined our national security and public safety,” Mr. Sessions said.
Officials said they couldn’t pinpoint exactly how many of the people convicted of terrorism charges came to the U.S. as part of a family chain of migration, but several recent cases — including the attempted New York City subway bombing last month — involved suspects who gained admittance to the U.S. because of chain migration.
“Our simple ask here is that the United States Congress work with the administration to reform our immigration system to end chain migration, to end the diversity visa program, to tighten and close loopholes in existing laws that permit some of these exiting threats to enter or remain in the United States,” a senior administration official said.
Beyond terrorism, the 10-page report said that over the past six fiscal years, more than 370,000 foreigners deported had aggravated felony convictions or two non-aggravated felony convictions on their records.
The report also attempted to look at “honor killings,” in which a woman is slain by members of her family for having brought dishonor upon them — often by exercising freedoms American women take for granted, especially in matters related to sexuality.
The government analysts said they were unable to find comprehensive data but pointed to a 2014 Justice Department estimate of as many as 27 honor killings in the U.S. each year.

Another 1,500 forced marriages occur in the U.S., the report estimated.

ILLEGAL Immigrant Charged in the Killings of Two COPS Wishes He 'had KILLED More of the Mother-------'

Luis Enrique Monroy Bracamontes, 37, laughs in court on Tuesday during profanity-laced rant as his murder trial begins.
Luis Enrique Monroy Bracamontes, 37, laughs in court on Tuesday during profanity-laced rant as his murder trial begins.
An illegal immigrant began his murder trial for the 2014 killings of two Northern California sheriff's deputies on Tuesday with a profanity laced rant, calling a partner of one of the slain officers a “coward.”
Prosecutor Rod Norgaard recounted the events that led to the death of Sacramento sheriff's Deputy Danny Oliver outside a Sacramento motel in October 2014, and described how Oliver's partner, Deputy Scott Brown, was able to retreat from the heavy gunfire.
Luis Enrique Monroy Bracamontes, 37, the alleged killer, interrupted the court when he grinned and called Brown a "coward." 
Bracamontes was scolded by the Sacramento Superior Court judge, The Sacramento Bee reported.  
"I wish I had killed more of the mother-------s," Bracamontes told the court. he continued, "I will break out soon and I will kill more, kill whoever gets in front of me...There's no need for a f---ing trial."
Bracamontes defense attorneys cited the outburst as more evidence that their client is unfit to stand trial.
His wife, 41-year-old Janelle Monroy, is also charged in the slayings. She argues that she was a victim of her abusive husband who frequently used drugs.  
FILE - In this Oct, 28, 2014 file photo, flowers surround a photo of slain Sacramento County Deputy Sheriff Daniel Oliver at the Sacramento County Sheriff's office in Sacramento, Calif. Luis Enrique Monroy Bracamontes, the suspect being tried in the slayings of  Oliver and Scott Brown, called Brown a "coward" as his murder trial began on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
FILE: Flowers surround a photo of slain Sacramento County Deputy Sheriff Daniel Oliver. (AP)  (AP)
Bracamontes, who could face the death penalty if convicted, has had similar episodes in court in the past.
Bracamontes is from Mexico, and repeatedly entered the United States illegally. His wife is an American citizen and faces life in prison if found guilty.  
Public defenders Jeffrey Barbour and Norm Dawson have unsuccessfully attempted to enter a plea of not guilty by insanity, and argued that it is unlikely their client will receive a fair trial due to the ant-immigrant sentiment encouraged by President Trump’s hardline stance on immigration.
The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

California Conservatives Launch Campaign to Split From 'TYRANNICAL' Coastal Cities

California conservatives launch campaign to split from 'tyrannical' coastal cities
Bradford Betz
Two men have launched a campaign to divide rural California from the coastal cities, motivated by what they referred to as a “tyrannical form of government,” that doesn’t follow the state or federal constitution, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
Unlike the failed 2016 campaign to split California into 6 states, the “New California” movement, founded by Robert Paul Preston and Tom Reed, seeks to consolidate rural California into a dinstinct economy separate from the coast. 
Preston and Reed say the citizens of the state live “under a tyrannical form of government that does not follow the California and U.S. Constitutions.”
The "founders" have evoked Article IV Section 3 of the United States Constitution as justification for establishing a new economy with a new state constitution. 
It states that a consensus must be reached by the state legislatures of California as well as congress. The process, according to New California representatives, could take 10 to 18 months.
The New California movement unveiled a “Declaration of Independence,” earlier this week that called for a “free and Independent State” with “full power to establish and maintain law and order, to promote general prosperity.”

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

DHS Preparing to ARREST Leaders of SANCTUARY Cities

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 Stephen Dinan

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen confirmed Tuesday that her department has asked federal prosecutors to see if they can lodge criminal charges against sanctuary cities that refuse to cooperate with federal deportation efforts.
“The Department of Justice is reviewing what avenues may be available,” Ms. Nielsen told the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Her confirmation came after California’s new sanctuary law went into effect Jan. 1, severely restricting cooperation the state or any of its localities could offer.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Tom Homan says those policies put his officers and local communities at more risk because they have to arrest illegal immigrants out in the community.

Mr. Homan told The Washington Times last July that he wanted to see local officials charged as complicit in human smuggling if they shielded illegal immigrants through sanctuary policies.

Mr. Homan repeated that demand in an interview with Fox News earlier this year, setting off a firestorm of criticism.

SURPRISE: States HEMORRHAGING Population FASTEST in 2017 Were...

Surprise: The States That Hemorrhaged Population Fastest in 2017 Were...

Guy Benson

Some of the politicians objecting most loudly to the GOP tax reform law were Democrats from high tax blue states, whose constituents for years have been somewhat insulated from their exorbitant state and local tax bills via an ability to write them off as a federal tax deduction.  Under the new law, those who itemize (a small fraction of taxpayers to begin with) will only be able to deduct up to $10,000 in SALT-related (property tax) expenses.  This will expose some of them, especially those in upper-income brackets, to the true costs of living in tax happy jurisdictions.  These people make up the lion's share the roughly five percent of taxpayers who stand to see a net tax increase next year -- whereas 80 percent of all taxpayers, and 91 percentof middle class earners will get a cut.

Liberal lawmakers are addicted to scapegoating "the rich" for not paying their "fair share" of taxes (the data proves otherwise), and eventually state-level liberals start to scare away productive members of their tax base through demonization and policy punishment.  Which brings us to the annual list of US states from which the most residents are fleeing, according to United Van Lines.  All three top slots go to reliably Democratic states with burdensome tax and regulatory climates.  Republican governors in two of these states have attempted to beat back their legislature's statism in recent years, but Big Government inertia and entrenched special interests are exceptionally difficult to uproot.  So congrats to the champs:
Illinois, New Jersey, and New York were the top states in the nation for outbound moves in 2017, according to data from United Van Lines. United Van Lines, which tracks state-to-state migration patterns, found that Illinois was the top state for outbound migration with 63 percent of moves going out of state. "The Northeast continues to experience a moving deficit with New Jersey (63 percent outbound), New York (61 percent) and Connecticut (57 percent) making the list of top outbound states for the third consecutive year," the report states. "Massachusetts (56 percent) also joined the top outbound list this year."..."As a region, the Mountain West continues to increase in popularity with 54 percent of moves being inbound," the report states. "The southern states also saw a high number of people moving in with 52 percent of total moves being inbound."
This Free Beacon story also cites Tax Foundation research indicating that there is a clear relationship between outbound migration and taxation levels: "There are many reasons why an individual may move, but taxes do play a role," writes Morgan Scarboro, who then quotes a colleague's analysis. "Tax rates and structure affect a state’s economy; states with less burdensome tax structures and lower rates tend to have better economic growth. Increased job opportunities can result from the better economic growth. It is also possible to envision specific instances where tax rates matter directly.  Someone moving to Chicago for a new job could decide to live in Illinois or commute from Indiana. Indiana’s 3.3 percent individual income tax rate could be an encouragement to locate in that state over Illinois’ 3.75 percent rate. An individual moving to the Washington, D.C., area could decide to live in Virginia instead of the District because income taxes are lower."  The WFB piece also quotes a UCLA professor who mentions the continued exodus from the nation's largest state:
"This year's data reflect longer-term trends of movement to the western and southern states, especially to those where housing costs are relatively lower, climates are more temperate and job growth has been at or above the national average, among other factors," said Michael Stoll, economist and professor in the Luskin School of Public Affairs at the University of California, Los Angeles. "We're also seeing continued migration to the Pacific Northwest and Mountain West as young professionals and retirees leave California."
Los Angeles Times op/ed over the weekend highlighted California's deepening poverty problem, which has been -- ta da -- exacerbated by massive and endless government spending:
Guess which state has the highest poverty rate in the country? Not Mississippi, New Mexico, or West Virginia, but California, where nearly one out of five residents is poor. That’s according to the Census Bureau’s Supplemental Poverty Measure, which factors in the cost of housing, food, utilities and clothing, and which includes noncash government assistance as a form of income...It’s not as though California policymakers have neglected to wage war on poverty. Sacramento and local governments have spent massive amounts in the cause. Several state and municipal benefit programs overlap with one another; in some cases, individuals with incomes 200% above the poverty line receive benefits. California state and local governments spent nearly $958 billion from 1992 through 2015 on public welfare programs, including cash-assistance payments, vendor payments and “other public welfare,” according to the Census Bureau. California, with 12% of the American population, is home today to about one in three of the nation’s welfare recipients. The generous spending, then, has not only failed to decrease poverty; it actually seems to have made it worse.

The essay goes on to track how California eschewed the pro-work welfare reforms of the 1980's and 1990's, opting instead for an explosion of taxpayer-provided benefits. The author notes that the spiral is self-perpetuating: "With 883,000 full-time-equivalent state and local employees in 2014, California has an enormous bureaucracy. Many work in social services, and many would lose their jobs if the typical welfare client were to move off the welfare rolls." One party rule also suggests that there are no realistic mechanisms to enact meaningful reforms, which is why California's Democratic rulers are racing down an insanely reckless path toward single-payer healthcarewhich would double the already-bloated state budget, with no means to pay for it.  Better milk those awful rich people some more and push California into a coveted 'top three' slot on the taxpayer departure index.