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Move over Saudi Arabia, here comes U.S. oil and gas

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Due in large part to what’s called the “shale revolution,” the U.S. is poised to replace Saudi Arabia as the world’s top producer of liquid petroleum.

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Shumlin loses key spinmeister as bad news mounts in Vermont

Vermont  |  September 30, 2014

The unexpected departure of Jeb Spaulding as secretary of the Vermont Agency of Administration spells the loss of one of Gov. Peter Shumlin’s most useful spinmeisters — even as bad news mounts against the governor from all sides.

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Liberal groups critical of ALEC influencing laws, but not labor unions

Wisconsin  |  September 30, 2014

Stand Up to ALEC and other affiliated left-leaning groups opposed to the American Legislative Exchange Council bringing together lawmakers and private-sector representatives to draft model state-level legislation apparently don’t have any issues when labor unions participate in almost identical practices.

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Nebraska Legislature runs its own news service

Nebraska  |  September 30, 2014

In addition to the dozen reporters who regularly cover the Nebraska Legislature, a handful of legislative employees also run their own news service. The question is, why?

LIGHTNING ROD: Maine Gov. Paul LePage has infuriated the Left with his cost-cutting agenda and his off-the-cuff comments. Independent hopeful Eliot Cutler, hardly a conservative, may be Republican LePage's most valuable asset in this fall's three-way gubernatorial race.

Independents hold key in Maine governor’s race

National  |  September 30, 2014

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org
AUGUSTA, Maine — Outspoken and under fire, Republican Gov. Paul LePage is in danger of losing his re-election bid.
One of the most conservative governors in the country, LePage triangulated his way to victory in 2010 with 38 percent of the vote. Independent candidate Eliot Cutler, who siphoned enough Democratic support to give [...]

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Saying ‘no’ to undocumented kids lands town in hot water

Virginia  |  September 30, 2014

One small Virginia town’s opinion has become the target of a racial discrimination complaint by a fair housing group and the shuttered college that would have benefited from housing undocumented immigrant minors.

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Does Ohio’s school staff union really stand with workers?

Ohio  |  8:43 am

Ohio Association of Public School Employees Executive Director Joe Rugola joined picketing Reynoldsburg City Schools teachers last week in a show of union solidarity.

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Freshman senator calls for shake-up of PA Senate leadership

Pennsylvania  |  8:31 am

Conservative businessman Scott Wagner already beat the Republican establishment once when he won a write-in campaign for state Senate in March. Now, he’s taking on state Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi.

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Who’s paying the bill? Report casts questions on GAB and John Doe payments

Wisconsin  |  8:30 am

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter

MADISON, Wis. – That state’s Government Accountability Board has been less-than accountable about its expenditures concerning a certain special-investigator-turned special prosecutor in the secret John Doe investigation into dozens of conservative groups.

But does a new report produced for state Sen. Tom Tiffany, R-Hazelhurst, suggest that the GAB may have sidestepped a judge’s order and the law in the pursuit of its “legal theory”?

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NJ Watchdog fights for Guadagno pension probe records in appeals court

New Jersey  |  September 29, 2014

 
By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog
The mystery of what happened in a criminal investigation of an alleged $245,000 pension fraud implicating Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno may finally be solved in a New Jersey appeals court.
A New Jersey Watchdog reporter is appealing a lower court’s decision to not release three key documents that include the [...]

MEDICAL POT AND OBAMACARE: Is it okay to oppose the federal government interfering in health care decisions while supporting state efforts to limit those same decisions? It's a question Republicans have to answer as the national debate on medical marijuana continues.

PA Senate approves Medical marijuana; future in House uncertain

Pennsylvania  |  September 29, 2014

Pennsylvania is one step closer to legalizing medical marijuana, but time is running short for the legislation this year.

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Even Jon Stewart thinks Obama’s reaction to world crises is terrible

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PLAIN ENGLISH: While Gov. Sam Brownback has been characterized as uncaring in his opposition to Obamacare, the governor says it's a simple matter of fiscal prudence for those who realize the federal government doesn't always keep its promises.

Video: Brownback states plainly why Medicaid expansion hurts Kansas

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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has been on the business end of numerous barbs and critiques for taking a stand against Obamacare and Medicaid expansion in the Sunflower State.

Those with unwavering faith in the federal government have characterized the conservative governor as an uncaring obstructionist for his opposition, but in an exclusive interview with the Daily Signal, Brownback laid out the argument against Obamacare in his own words.

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Leawood throws the book at Little Free Library

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The city of Leawood is using the full power of the law to protect property values from the threat of, uh, free cabinet-sized libraries.

A municipal statute designed to ban all detached structures is being levied against Leawood residents Brian and Sarah Collins after their 9-year-old son, Spencer, worked with his dad and grandpa to build the Little Free Library as a Mother’s Day gift.

WATCHDOG CITIZEN NEWS

 |  Missouri  |  3:34 pm

Press organizations investigating the Michael Brown incident are being charged incredibly high fees for public records by the city of Ferguson, Missouri.

Ferguson officials charge inflated fees for access to public documents

 |  Maryland  |  1:02 pm

A new report claims that use of consumer subsidized Obamaphones in Maryland grew 100-fold in three years.

Obamaphone use up 100-fold in Maryland

 |  Voter Fraud

By Ann Kane | WatchdogWire.com
Should North Carolina change its voting rules less than 40 days before a general election?
A three judge panel from the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Richmond,met in Charlotte on Thursday to hear arguments from plaintiffs asking for an injunction against new voting rules established by HB 589 in 2013.
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NC: Will judges decide to change voting rules less than 40 days before the election?

 |  Florida  |  12:52 pm

Solicitor General Verrilli recommends to SCOTUS that 2013 ACF Basin lawsuit be delayed until Army Corps of Engineers revises its manual on water use there.

Stuck in the 90s: Tri-state water wars over ACF Basin may be delayed

 |  Florida

By Michael Gold | WatchdogWire.com
The mayor of St. Augustine is under fire, accused of intentionally destabilizing a historic building he owned so it could be demolished.
When you are the oldest continuously occupied city of European origin in the United States and on the precipice of celebrating the 450th Anniversary of your founding, you take preservation [...]

Former St. Augustine mayor accused of causing building mishap to get his way

 |  Montana

By Josh Kaib | WatchdogWire.com
Montana had the largest increase in student homelessness among the states for the 2012-2013 school year, according to data released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Education.
The report cites a 45 percent increase in homelessness, which in real terms means over 2,500 students are classified as homeless.
Anna Edwards, family-school services coordinator [...]

Homelessness among students on rise in Montana