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‘The Bachelor’ gets $100,000 from New Mexico

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The New Mexico Tourism Department and the city of Santa Fe will put up $50,000 to the producers of the TV reality show, “The Bachelor.”

UNDER SCRUTINY: Kansas Obamacare Navigators would face more stringent restrictions and regulations under a new bill examined by state senators Tuesday.

Funding the navigators: Florida’s Obamacare helpers get another $6.8 million

Florida  |  4:00 am

By William Patrick | Florida Watchdog
TALLAHASSEE — Round two of Obamacare open enrollment is eight weeks away, and the Obama administration is once again spending millions on “navigator” outreach programs.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced last week it’s handing out $60 million in new funding for 90 organizations.
Florida was among the top states, garnering nearly $6.8 [...]

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GMO labeling not about money for organics, says Vermont organic farmer-senator

Vermont  |  4:00 am

The fresh flow of money in politics usually signals that someone has something to gain from a change in laws and policies. But a Vermont senator and organic farmer claims when it comes to mandatory GMO labeling laws, supporters of the policy — typically organic activists — stand to lose. Or at least break even.

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Tennessee Judicial Conduct Board dismisses complaint against justice

Tennessee  |  4:00 am

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — The state Board of Judicial Conduct has dismissed an activist’s complaint that Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Gary Wade didn’t abide by the very judicial conduct rules he helped create.
“Both disciplinary counsel and the investigative panel investigated and considered your complaint very seriously and felt it raised an area of [...]

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Proposed Virginia budget changes doesn’t address deeper fiscal woes

Virginia  |  4:00 am

With Virginia set to rake in about $2.4 billion less than state leaders were originally planning to spend over the next two years, Virginia lawmakers will likely be voting on some budget changes in the week ahead. Still, in treating the budget crisis as a revenue problem, state leaders didn’t address some deeper fiscal considerations — like soaring spending, tax preferences and long-term debt.

PNI Migrants dropped at Greyhound bus stations

Border kids a boon for charities receiving federal grants

National  |  4:00 am

By Marianela Toledo | Florida Watchdog
MIAMI — Florida nonprofits have taken in more than 3,000 unaccompanied minors from Central American who illegally crossed the southern border, but those organizations are being paid handsomely by taxpayers for their charity.
The Department of Health and Human Services’ Tracking Accountability in Government Grants System, or TAGGS, reports Florida nonprofits [...]

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Despite ups and downs, Jenkins says he’s a wealthy man

Nebraska  |  4:00 am

Independent U.S. Senate candidate Jim Jenkins is sometimes described as a wealthy rancher and restaurateur, but his financial disclosure indicate he has substantial liabilities, too. But despite some ups and downs after launching a variety of business ventures in Boston, Chicago and Ohio, Jenkins says he’s a multi-millionaire.

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Former superintendent disputes critical audit findings

Pennsylvania  |  4:00 am

The Pennsylvania auditor general’s office recently found nearly $20,000 in “questionable use of taxpayers’ funds” regarding a former school superintendent. Her lawyer disputes the report and says, “They have a culture of wanting to find mistakes and wrongdoing.”

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Attorney: Court ruling for bloggers a free speech victory for everyone

Illinois  |  1:58 pm

By Benjamin Yount | Watchdog Radio
CHICAGO —  If you think you can use lawsuits to silence a citizen journalist, think again.
A federal appeals court in Chicago last week dismissed a lawsuit brought by a hotel owner who went after a political blog, Illinois Review, for publishing a story that showed a former lawmaker’s attempts to lower [...]

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Walker’s jobs plan includes drug-testing for individuals on public assistance

Wisconsin  |  12:49 pm

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter

MADISON, Wis. – Three years ago, Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry Co. Inc. was begging for workers, and struggling to hire candidates who could simply pass a drug test.

BATTLEGROUND: Historic York County is facing a land war of a different kind as some residents seek to pre-empt Virginia's right-to-farm law.

Just Dandy: Residents want rural county to ban farming

Virginia  |  September 15, 2014

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
YORK, Va. — Attempting to pre-empt Virginia’s freedom-to-farm law, residents in a York County community want local officials to ban agricultural activity in their neighborhood.
More than 130 Dandy residents have signed a petition asking the Board of Supervisors to ban commercial farming — a move to thwart state legislation restricting local [...]

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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

 |  Nevada

The Nevada Legislature unanimously passed all four pieces of a massive $1.3 billion incentive package to bring the Tesla Gigafactory to the Silver State.

It’s unanimous: Nevada rolls dice on Tesla ‘Gigafactory’

 |  Montana

Under the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, the agency may view Montana’s regulatory progress as a glass half-empty.

EPA’s power plan snubs Montana’s state-led improvements

 |  North Carolina

By A.P. Dillon | WatchdogWire.com
North Carolina’s Carbarrus County is handing out condoms in its “Welcome Bags” to high school students.
A representative from Cabarrus County Schools, however, said the school itself did not distribute them. Instead, the condoms came form Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, which gave out these “Welcome Bags”.
Information regarding the Gay-Straight-Alliance, which according to a parent, was being actively promoted by [...]

High schoolers get ‘welcome bags’ that include condoms

 |  Ohio

Should the public get the details on threats to the governor? The Ohio Supreme Court doesn’t think so.

Ohio Supreme Court: Threats to governor exempt from Open Records Law

 |  Colorado

Gov. Hickenlooper names members of fracking commission. Does it mean more restrictions on fracking, yet protect the interests of the well-off and connected?

Colorado’s advisory fracking commission announced

 |  Ohio

Ohio legislators have joined the state in appealing a federal court ruling ordering the state to restore early voting.

Ohio early voting law hangs in balance