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Christie stiffs New Jersey for security travel while Walker PAC pays

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When a governor takes out-of-state trips to campaign for a new job, who pays for the travel bills of the state police security details? In New Jersey and Wisconsin, the answers are different for two governors who are jockeying for position in the 2016 GOP presidential sweepstakes.

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Judicial workers teaching on state time get pension boost

Colorado  |  4:00 am

Judicial employees teaching at the University of Colorado on state time don’t just get a larger paycheck — several will receive a boost in their taxpayer-funded retirement by thousands, in one case as much as $20,000 a year, Watchdog.org has learned.

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Lawmakers spar over radio music royalties

National  |  4:00 am

The quarrel between content creators and broadcasting platforms doesn’t just exist online; it also includes traditional AM/FM radio stations.

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Despite minority student success, charter school segregation narrative continues

Education  |  4:00 am

At the recent Education Writers Association national seminar in Chicago, a small breakout session asked the following question: Is school choice a tool for opportunity and equity, or further segregation?

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John ‘Doe’ Chisholm going after Scott Walker’s First Amendment rights again?

Wisconsin  |  April 27, 2015

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Watchdog

MADISON, Wis. – John Chisholm has long been accused of not understanding or valuing the First Amendment. This past weekend, he went about proving that criticism, constitutional law experts say.

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North Dakotans want policy, not politics

North Dakota  |  April 27, 2015

As the 2015 legislative session comes to an end, attention will soon turn to the election side of the state’s two-year political cycle.

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Experts: Chances rise that U.S. Supreme Court will take John Doe case

Wisconsin  |  April 27, 2015

No news is good news in the case of O’Keefe v. Chisholm.

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Oil, Maduro and a mango: The toss heard ’round Venezuela

Energy and Environment  |  April 27, 2015

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro got hit by a mango thrown by a woman, underscoring the economic woes facing the country crippled by low oil prices.

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Christie stiffs New Jersey for security travel while Walker PAC pays

Wisconsin  |  4:00 am

When a governor takes out-of-state trips to campaign for a new job, who pays for the travel bills of the state police security details? In New Jersey and Wisconsin, the answers are different for two governors who are jockeying for position in the 2016 GOP presidential sweepstakes.

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Gun Sense Vermont and Bloomberg’s Everytown spend big but still lose gun fight

Vermont  |  8:10 am

Gun control groups including Gun Sense Vermont and Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety blew big bucks on anti-gun legislation in Vermont in recent months but have little to show for it.

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Will the Senate end PA’s 75-year-old union intimidation exemptions?

Watchdog Arena  |  3:05 pm

A bill that would close the loophole exempting criminal activity during labor union disputes in Pennsylvania advances from the House to the Senate.

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