GOVERNMENT PLANNING GOES BUST: California’s drought has been worsened by government edicts that have drained the Central Valley, the state’s agricultural breadbasket.

Water war: Senators blast EPA’s ‘end-run’ rule

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Virginia’s 21 Republican state senators say a “Waters of the United States” rule targets farmers and could cost the state and landowners untold millions of dollars.

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Vermont struggling to fund its courts

Vermont  |  4:00 am

Despite 3 percent spending growth over the past five years, the Vermont judiciary is struggling to keep judges on the bench, and the state’s chief Superior Court judge says those vacancies are already having real-world consequences.

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Nurses: Regulations hamper health-care efficiency in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania  |  4:00 am

It’s National Nurses Day this Wednesday, and nurse practitioners in the Keystone State are pushing to expand care and lower costs. These reforms are supported by broad coalitions – as well as parallel bills in the General Assembly.

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Ohio hides its $11 billion pension debt

Ohio  |  4:00 am

Ohio hides 99 percent of its retirement debt. The state reported $156 million in pension and health care benefits but actually owes $11 billion.

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Lawmakers confirm top cop, despite concerns

Nebraska  |  May 5, 2015

The governor’s appointees to lead state agencies usually slide through the Legislature easily, but his choice for the state’s top cop was debated for several hours Tuesday before getting the nod.

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Five years later: America just learning ‘tyrannical’ secrets of Wisconsin’s John Doe

Wisconsin  |  May 5, 2015

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Watchdog

MADISON, Wis. – If all of this had gone down a little differently, the prosecutors behind Wisconsin’s infamous John Doe investigations might be marking May 5 – the fifth anniversary of the secret political probes – by sipping Coronas on Cinco de Mayo and boasting about their great successes in taking down Gov. Scott Walker and Wisconsin conservative activists.

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U.S. Supreme Court could announce decision on John Doe case later this month

Wisconsin  |  8:19 am

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Watchdog

MADISON, Wis. – The U.S. Supreme Court has added O’Keefe v. Chisholm to its conference schedule on May 14.

Based on that discussion schedule, it is likely the public will know on Monday, May 18, whether the high court will accept the case.

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Pennsylvania lawmakers vote to slim their ranks, but history says it’s all talk

Pennsylvania  |  8:31 am

“We cannot assume the voters will thoughtfully consider this,” Cohen said. “We have to assume that we have the responsibility to make the decision as to whether or not this is a good idea.”

WAGES ON THE RISE: Minimum wage will soon increase in New Jersey, and Democrats in Pennsylvania are clamoring for similar action. But economists are divided when it comes to who benefits from minimum wage increases.

Nanny of the Week: Is the minimum wage a nanny state policy?

Washington  |  May 5, 2015

Devin Jerran, who works at a pizza shop in Seattle, is losing his job because of new rules from the city government.

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Lift the crude oil export ban? Obama administration just doesn’t seem that into it

Energy and Environment  |  May 5, 2015

There are indications the Obama administration is reluctant to lift the crude oil export ban.

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Poll: New Jersey voters oppose Christie presidential bid

New Jersey  |  8:54 am

If Chris Christie decides to run for president, the New Jersey governor probably shouldn’t count on much support from his home state. Few Garden State voters believe Christie has the right temperament to lead the nation – and they would rather see Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush or Scott Walker in the Oval Office than their own governor, according to a Monmouth University poll released today.

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West Rankin Utility Authority wins key battle in fight to build new treatment plant

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The West Rankin Utility Authority won a key battle Tuesday in its fight to build a new wastewater treatment plant and leave Jackson’s aging facility.