An enormous surge in the number of groups that "see the federal government as their primary enemy" and in some cases have militias as their "armed wings" continues, the Southern Poverty Law Center reports today.
As we've relearned from the overthrows of oppressive leaders in Libya and Egypt, among the signs to watch for when looking or evidence of cracks in such regimes are defections and transfers of money out of the country by a dictator's cronies.
Update at 1:55 p.m. ET. The House Passes JOBS Act:
Saying that it shows the federal legislature can work in a bipartisan fashion, the Republican-controlled House passed the JOBS Act, which was supported by President Obama.
"It is a welcome sign that we can put our differences aside and work together to produce results to help boost the economy and get people back to work," House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said, according to the AP.
Two year budgets for all three branches of state government have now passed one chamber of the Kentucky General Assembly.Â The House spent more than an hour debating the details of the executive, legislative and judicial budgets before easily passing all three.Â They also passed a bill creating a tax amnesty program that Governor Steve Beshear requested.Â The House did slightly change Beshearâ€™s original executive budget. And lawmakers also cut the legislative and judicial budgets by eight point four percent.
One Republican senator is making his displeasure with Governor Steve Beshearâ€™s tax commission known. Senator Jack Westwood has filed a bill for the second year in a row setting up a new commission to completely rewrite Kentuckyâ€™s tax code.Â Westwood says he filed the bill again because heâ€™s unhappy with the make-up of the governorâ€™s commission, which includes few economists and tax professionals