THE CALL: Omaha  Mayor Jean Stothert said she let Police Chief Todd Schmaderer make the call as to whether the TV show "Cops" should be allowed to shoot in Omaha, leading to a deadly incident that killed a TV crewman and robbery suspect.

After film crew shot, Omaha mayor says ride-along decision left to police chief

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Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert said she left the final decision on whether to allow the “Cops” TV show to film in Omaha to Police Chief Todd Schmaderer.

RAILROADED: Small businesses along the planned Honolulu rail route are concerned the rail construction will put them out of business.

Honolulu project could run some small business owners out of town on a rail

Hawaii  |  4:00 am

Cliff Garcia operates Toni’s Lamps & Shades on land his family has owned in the Kakaako district near downtown Honolulu for the past 70 years.

BY THE BOOK: Some conservative Kansas lawmakers contend they have been unfairly targeted by the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission, and have begun discussing options for reforming the committee, including the removal of its enforcement authority.

TN Supreme Court justice may have violated ethics rule during retention campaign

Tennessee  |  4:00 am

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — An activist who filed ethics complaints against three Tennessee Supreme Court justices who won retention elections this summer says Justice Gary Wade was careless abiding by judicial conduct rules, and Wade has now admitted it.
During the campaign, officials working for Justice Gary Wade put up a billboard in east Tennessee [...]

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Burke opposes out-of-state political contributions – unless they help her campaign

Wisconsin  |  4:00 am

 
By Adam Tobias | Wisconsin Reporter
MADISON, Wis. — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke has declared she’ll outlaw out-of-state political donations if elected, but enthusiastically accepted the endorsement Thursday of a Vermont-based political action committee soliciting cash and volunteers nationally to help Burke unseat Republican Gov. Scott Walker.
Burke received the endorsement from Democracy for America, a national progressive political action [...]

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Agency vote reveals early doubts about Sanders’ Burlington College loan pitch

Vermont  |  4:00 am

While borrowing millions to build a campus on Lake Champlain may have sounded like a good idea at the time to leaders at Burlington College, two board members at the agency tasked with approving the tax-exempt loan said no way.

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Medicaid expansion debate drives lobbyist spending in Virginia

Virginia  |  4:00 am

The gifts scandal, turned indictment, turned trial of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife hasn’t deterred spending by Virginia lobbyists.

VINTAGE: Miami Dade County courthouse was built in 1925. Authorities noted that now the old facility is “aging and no longer able to meet the needs of Miami-Dade County.”

New courthouse could bring more debt to Miami-Dade

Florida  |  4:00 am

By Marianela Toledo | Florida Watchdog
MIAMI — Miami-Dade County voters may be asked to take on more debt to build a new county courthouse, though the mayor and others oppose the idea if it means higher property taxes.
County commissioners have until Wednesday to decide whether to include the new courthouse plan on the Nov. 6 ballot. [...]

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Taxpayers foot bill for state’s two baseball stadiums

Mississippi  |  August 28, 2014

If you say “play ball” in Mississippi, taxpayers pick up the tab.

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Kansas cops have few reservations about acquiring military hardware

Kansas  |  11:36 am

Video footage and photos depicting Ferguson, Mo., police acting more like soldiers on the battleground has catalyzed a national debate over the role of military hardware in local law enforcement. But while Kansas cops have received everything from grenade launchers to mine-resistant armored vehicles, few – if any – have an issue with it.

HOUSE CALL: House Speaker William Howell and fellow Republican leaders in the GOP-dominated chamber remain staunchly opposed to Medicaid expansion.

VA House speaker: McAuliffe has Medicaid problem

Virginia  |  August 28, 2014

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
RICHMOND, Va. — Plans to expand Medicaid in Virginia may not be dead on arrival at the General Assembly, but they’re struggling for life support.
“It’s such a big new entitlement at a time when we need to be looking hard at the cost of entitlements,” House Speaker William Howell told [...]

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‘It’s not fraud if the agency does it:’ Iowa officials explain unemployment overpayments

Iowa  |  4:00 am

The only reason Iowa Workforce Development hasn’t been telling the truth about the extra unemployment benefits it paid out in March is because it believes in the honesty of Iowans.

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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

 |  North Carolina

By Ann Kane | WatchdogWire.com
Unaccompanied alien children make up 10 to 15 percent of the number of people illegally crossing  the U.S. southern border this year. Many are now in North Carolina.
In a newly released report, the Administration for Children and Families, part of the federal Office for Refugees and Immigrants , reports that North Carolina has 815 unaccompanied children, [...]

Feds keep North Carolina’s top officials guessing on unaccompanied children

 |  Maryland

A new rule proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will give the agency authority over 19,000 miles of streams and other “intermittent” or “ephemeral” bodies of water in Maryland.

Maps reveal EPA water grab in Maryland

 |  New Jersey

By L. Tierney | WatchdogWire.com
Those New Jersey homeowners who were concerned about granting government easements for beach replenishment? Turns out they were right to be suspicious.
Two bills pending in the state Senate could mean big changes for Long Beach Island.
Senate bill S-2368, filed last session, requires any municipality that accepts federal or state money to replenish storm-damaged beaches [...]

Free beaches come at high cost

 |  Washington

Based on Washington State’s track record with the new ESA listing of the well-endowed pocket gopher, it appears they protect rodents better than citizens.

Washington state protects gophers better than cops, citizens

 |  Georgia

Jasper County, Ga. is one of the recipients of the more than $5.1 billion worth of military equipment given to local law enforcement.

Georgia county arms to the hilt

 |  Connecticut

Connecticut mom Tanya McDowell will spend 12 years in prison after she was sentenced on a number of criminal charges, including “stealing” nearly $15,000 in “educational services” for her son.

Mother sentenced to 12 years for ‘stealing’ son’s education

 |  Nevada

A Bloomberg-backed group is back with a petition drive to revive a background check initiative for Nevada’s 2016 ballot.

Bloomberg takes another shot at Nevadans’ guns