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Billionaire political donor Steyer addresses conference, media not allowed in

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Tom Steyer, billionaire environmental and political activist, told members of the Green Alliance here Friday he planned to remain involved in politics for years to come.

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PA teacher unions use dues for blatant Democratic political advertising

Pennsylvania  |  October 31, 2014

In the remaining weeks of the heated gubernatorial battle for the Keystone State, Pennsylvania’s teachers’ unions have been incredibly vocal and outright blatant about which candidate they prefer in the Governor’s Mansion.

HEY, LOOK AT ME! Joe Biden whistles for attention at a political rally. A Pew study found that 41 percent of surveyed Americans could not identify the current vice president.

On Election Eve, voters snooze through duopoly game

New Hampshire  |  October 31, 2014

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org
In their ignorance, voters this Tuesday will make a case for smaller government, a George Mason University law professor predicts.
Ilya Somin, author of “Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government Is Smarter,” says most voters put more time into researching the type of TV they buy than into the political candidates they [...]

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Billionaire Steyer spends $15M pushing low priority climate change message in FL

Florida  |  October 31, 2014

In an effort to oust Gov. Rick Scott, billionaire activist Tom Steyer has underwritten a nearly $15 million campaign focusing on climate change, an issue one important poll says few Florida voters care about.

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From police militarization to crony capitalism, lost bipartisan issues of 2014

Virginia  |  October 31, 2014

Amid all the talk about Obamacare, the economy, Obamacare, the “War on Women” and Obamacare — to name a few hot-button topics — some potentially bipartisan issues are getting left in the dust.

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Democratic control on the line in Minnesota on Election Day

Minnesota  |  October 31, 2014

Regardless of whether Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton holds on to his job next week as polls suggest, Minnesota voters appear poised to topple one party rule in St. Paul on Tuesday.

Even as Governing magazine moved the race for control of the Minnesota House of Representatives into the toss-up column, political pundit David Schultz raised eyebrows by predicting the GOP will turn over the seven seats needed to retake power — and then some.

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Hagan touts ‘most moderate’ status, but is she running from Obama?

North Carolina  |  October 31, 2014

In a N.C. Senate race characterized by seemingly ubiquitous and accusatory ads, Democrat Kay Hagan touts herself as a moderate lawmaker willing to compromise and capitulate.

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Libertarian Feliciano the anti-Shumlin candidate in VT governors race

Vermont  |  October 31, 2014

Of all the candidates seeking to become governor of Vermont, Libertarian Dan Feliciano arguably represents the starkest contrast to the policies of Gov. Peter Shumlin. In this interview with Vermont Watchdog, Feliciano pulls no punches in discussing Shumlin’s record, and he warns Vermonters of the economic consequences of adopting single payer health care.

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Voter fraud could play a huge role in narrow elections, expert says

National  |  October 31, 2014

By M.D. Kittle | Watchdog.org

MADISON, Wis. – The mid-term elections are right around the corner, and that means one thing: It’s fraud season.

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Colorado’s judicial discipline agency budget mostly secret

Colorado  |  October 31, 2014

By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org
Since its inception nearly 50 years ago, the Colorado Commission on Judicial Discipline has only made three disciplinary cases against judges public, and the director told Watchdog.org that even the commission’s budget is a state secret.
Colorado, whose judicial discipline secrecy is enshrined in the state constitution, is one of only a [...]

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Accountability hard to enforce in school levy campaigns

Ohio  |  October 30, 2014

Chris Finney knows a little something about accountability and making sure Ohio school districts follow campaign laws. As the lead attorney and one of the founders of COAST, he’s taken the Cincinnati Public Schools to court many times to get them to comply.

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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.

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 |  Montana

Lewis campaign shown ready, willing and able to blur the truth and hope voters won’t both with the simple research needed to verify claims.

Democratic candidate John Lewis’ gun rights rating not as he claims

 |  Maryland

Maryland remains one of the worst states in the nation for business tax climate, according to the Tax Foundation’s 2015 Business Tax Climate.

Maryland retains dismal business tax climate ranking

 |  New Jersey

The Tax Foundation has released its State Business Tax Climate Index, and New Jersey is at the bottom.

New Jersey has worst business tax climate

 |  California

The real money to watch is in the countless local bond issues that now encumber California taxpayers with over $250 billion in debt.

Californians asked to approve $12.3 billion in proposed school bonds

 |  Michigan

Michigan is the only state to make zero progress in fourth and eighth grade math and reading test results between 2003 and 2013, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

Michigan finishes dead last in educational progress

 |  Washington

A secret Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife map obtained by Watchdog Wire purports to show locations of the newly federally protected pocket gopher.

Secret gopher map reveals Washington agency’s power

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