New York State

Denny Hatch is the author of six books on marketing and four novels, and is a direct marketing writer, designer and consultant. His latest book is “Write Everything Right!” Visit him at dennyhatch.com.

Heather Fletcher is senior content editor with Target Marketing.

CNN reports that its 3-year-old investigation into Quadriga Art's activities on behalf of the Disabled Veterans National Foundation found that QA took almost all of the money raised for DVNF and provided nothing of value to veterans. As a result, "the New York State Attorney General's office has reached a nearly $25 million settlement with one of the nation's biggest direct mail companies."

New York State can continue to tie online sales tax collection to in-state affiliate sites after the U.S. Supreme Court today declined to hear an appeal from Amazon.com Inc. and Overstock.com Inc. The two large, Web-only retailers each filed petitions with the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to clarify when states can require retailers to collect sales taxes on online orders placed by consumers in those states. The e-retailers were appealing a New York State Supreme Court ruling from March that upheld a 2008 New York law. That law makes it easier to require

It's perhaps the one remaining venue where Jeff Bezos has yet to emerge victorious: the Supreme Court. Now he could even prove dominant there. Amazon petitioned the nation’s highest court to hear its challenge against a 2008 New York State law that requires online retailers to collect sales tax. The company hired famed Washington, D.C. attorney Ted Olson to represent it. The online sales tax issue is maddeningly complex, and it's muddied even further by the fact that Amazon has already agreed to collect sales taxes in many states, including New Jersey and California. Bezos has also repeatedly made plain

Let me say at the outset that I have no idea who I will vote for in the general election. Being a committed Independent, I will not be voting in the Pennsylvania primary on April 22. As of March 27, the candidacies of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are dead even in the opinion polls. The candidates are beginning to hammer each other, freeing John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, to act, look and sound presidential on the national and international stage. If strong action is not taken to break the logjam, this internecine scrap will go down to the convention in August

From 1920 to 1933, Henry L. Stimson was secretary of state in the Hoover administration. In 1929, he closed down the State’s cryptanalytic office and his quote about gentlemen not reading each other’s mail became famous. Fortunately he changed his mind when he headed the War Department under Franklin D. Roosevelt. Had the United States not broken the Japanese code in the early years of World War II, tens of thousands of American lives would have been lost. The same is true for the Brits intercepting German radio traffic with the now-famous Enigma machines at Bletchley Park. Down deep inside, I agree with Stimson; snooping

More Blogs