Since passing tort reform in 2004, Mississippi has seen the number of medical malpractice claims plummet by 91 percent from its peak. The state's largest medical liability insurer dropped its premiums by 42 percent, and has offered an additional 20 percent rebate each year since tort reform went into effect.
One of the interesting things about the Tea Party movement and the demonstrators who thronged Pennsylvania Avenue, the Capitol and the Mall on September 12 is the disdain they express not only for Democratic politicians but for Republican politicians as well.
Every week, Rasmussen Reports posts a comprehensive and extremely useful summary of the week's most important survey results on major national issues, officials, and political campaigns.
Here's the top of this week's report, noting that President Obama's "game-changer" address to a joint session of Congress on health care reform produced a modest and quite temporary popularity bounce, followed by a return to majority opposition to Obamacare:
The Pelican Institute's Steve Beatty reports that the federal government just filed a new $548,000 lien against ACORN for unpaid payroll taxes. This comes at the same time as Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell investigates the group for unpaid state payroll taxes.
More proof today that lawmakers are loath to tamper with the longstanding earmarking process that many of them utilize in Congress to bring home the bacon. By a vote of 43-53, the Senate defeated a measure that would have stripped federal funding from a barely-used airport named after Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa.
The provision was introduced by Senate anti-earmark crusader Jim DeMint, R-S.C., whose office provided "fun facts" about the alleged uselessness of the airport.