By Deena Winter | Nebraska Watchdog
LINCOLN, Neb. – MSNBC’s Ed Schultz featured a Nebraska Watchdog story on his Ed Show Friday about the Keystone XL oil pipeline – only problem is, the words that came out of his mouth didn’t match the reporting we’ve done on the issue this week.
During the opening to his show, [...]
By Malia Zimmerman | Watchdog.org
HONOLULU — State Rep. Bob McDermott filed an ethics complaint against Hawaii State Department of Education District Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi Thursday after she ignored his Feb. 28 letter requesting she halt the implementation of a new teacher training program.
By Travis Perry │ Kansas Watchdog
OSAWATOMIE, Kan. — In a long-awaited decision, the Kansas Supreme Court on Friday ruled that state lawmakers created “unconstitutional” and “unreasonable wealth-based disparities” by withholding certain state aid payments to public schools.
While the legal battle leading up to the decision has been a four-year slog since the lawsuit’s initial filing [...]
Amid silence from county officials and Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Virginia’s small farmers are hailing new legislation that protects private property rights.
With Medicaid expansion in limbo, the Virginia Department of Social Services is already backlogged and working overtime to handle the 50,000 applications directed to the state from Healthcare.gov.
The Republican Party of Wisconsin has filed a complaint with the state’s campaign and elections agency against the AFL-CIO, alleging the union failed to disclose its activity in attempting to influence a state Assembly election.
By Andrew Staub | PA Independent
Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis has a message for Wilkes-Barre residents questioning why her investigation into unaccounted for fuel from the city pumps has lasted so long.
“I say you have to be patient,” she said. “There’s a lot that goes into this investigation.”
Salavantis made the comments after a frustrated [...]
The Alabama GOP went on the attack after a Democratic representative used racially charged comments on the House floor, but a political pundit said the cross words should have little bearing on the man’s re-election bid.
Hawaii’s public schools aren’t the best, according to a variety of national rankings.
By Benjamin Yount | Illinois Watchdog
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois’ largest public employee unions are making it clear to voters: they don’t care about Republican or Democrat, they only care about pensions.
New Jersey taxpayers and lawmakers could learn a lesson on double-dipping from Robert Mahon, a retired school chief who never really quit working.
Three Republicans responded to President Barack Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address. Here are the videos:
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (official Republican response)
Sen. Mike Lee (tea party response)
Sen. Rand Paul (independent response)
By Shelby Sebens | Northwest Watchdog
Oregon’s public records law already includes a long list of exemptions, yet the state’s Legislature wants to add more.
By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog
Despite a $52 billion public pension debt, the Democrat-controlled New Jersey Legislature has ruled out any new reforms to the state retirement system.
“If we stay the course the pension system will be fine,” said Senate President Steve Sweeney, in response to Gov. Chris Christie’s annual budget address. “It’s not [...]
Reps. Ernest Chavez, D-Albuquerque, and Phillip Archuleta, D-Las Cruces, missed the entire 30-day legislative session that wrapped up Thursday and that appeared, in the words of Robert Frost, to make all the difference.
By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
RICHMOND, Va. – A letter from then-Gov. Bob McDonnell to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asserts that the governor has the power to expand Medicaid in Virginia – with or without General Assembly approval.
McDonnell’s March 5, 2013, letter declared: “As governor … the decision currently rests [...]
Pennsylvania has saved almost $2 billion staving off welfare fraud, waste and abuse under Gov. Tom Corbett, said Beverly Mackereth, the secretary of the state’s Department of Public Welfare.
By Rob Port | Watchdog.org North Dakota Bureau
BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s leaders are discovering it’s pretty tough to make sound budget decisions when estimates of the money available to spend are off by a billion dollars.
State legislators meet for a constitutionally constrained 80-day session every two years. One of their responsibilities is crafting the state’s budget [...]
By Deena Winter | Nebraska Watchdog
Updated 11:32 a.m. Tuesday
LINCOLN, Neb. – Gov. Dave Heineman said he thinks Nebraska will successfully appeal a judge’s recent ruling striking down the state’s oil pipeline siting law.
Last week, Lancaster County District Judge Stephanie Stacy declared unconstitutional a 2012 law that gave the governor and state environmental regulators the authority [...]
FROM AROUND THE WEB
By Jillian Kay Melchior | National Review Online
Two Michigan teachers will finally be allowed to end their union membership in the Michigan Education Association and will be refunded any dues they paid during this school year, according to a settlement agreement signed this week.
William “Ray” Arthur, a teacher and wrestling coach at Petoskey Senior High [...]
By Len Lazarick | Maryland Reporter
Much or all of an annual $300 million extra payment into Maryland’s pension system is on the chopping block as Senate budgeters seek to balance Gov. Martin O’Malley’s $39 billion budget at a voting session Friday.
The governor had already used $100 million from the extra pension payment promised teachers and [...]
By John Hrabe | Cal Watchdog
Two San Diego legislators are calling on the federal government to end the practice of paying people with disabilities less than minimum wage. Democratic Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez and State Sen. Ben Hueso have introduced Assembly Joint Resolution 36 to increase pressure on Congress to repeal a Depression-era law, which advocates for people with disabilities [...]
By Tom Gantert | Michigan Capitol Confidential
The president of the teachers union in the Woodhaven-Brownstown School District can’t be laid off, according to the union contract, but a 2011 state law prohibits that kind of protection.
The ”Super Seniority” clause in the contract states: “The Association president and the Union chief negotiator shall not be subject to layoff.”
Inserting, or keeping [...]
By Glen Morgan | Freedom Foundation
Chants of, “Hey-hey, ho-ho, Valenzuela’s got to go,” could be heard several blocks away in Olympia Monday evening as union members picketed the re-election kickoff of Thurston County Commissioner Karen Valenzuela.
Valenzuela drew the wrath of the public-sector union when she voted to eliminate a handful of janitorial positions represented by the American Federation of State, [...]
By Margaret Sea-Hawkins | Maryland Reporter
Most of the time this session, the Maryland House of Delegates seem has seemed a charmingly amicable group. They have given each other standing ovations to celebrate birthdays at the end of floor sessions, and cheered veterans in unison. They have worked together on bipartisan bills, and joked and bantered [...]
By Nic Horton | The Arkanas Project
Our guest article yesterday from Rep. Joe Farrer revealed the unanticipated costs to Arkansas taxpayers of the Obamacare-Medicaid “private” option. In short, the program is already pricier than promised — and, despite promises that it would cost state taxpayers “nothing” in the first three years, the impact looks like it’s about to [...]
By Rick Brundrett | The Nerve
The South Carolina Farm Bureau, considered the state’s most influential farm organization, has not been secret about its opposition to state legislation that would regulate large water withdrawals by farmers.
It also recently waged a related public-relations campaign to counter a push by environmental groups to limit proposed large withdrawals of [...]
By Alex Pappas│The Daily Caller
The Senate on Wednesday voted to block Debo Adegbile, President Obama’s controversial nominee for assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, from being confirmed.
Adegbile’s nomination had been contested because of his history at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund defending notorious cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was found guilty of the [...]