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Liberal donors lead in super PAC contributions since ’13

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Big-spending Democratic donors take the gold, silver and bronze when it comes to contributions to super PACs so far this election cycle.

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A $17.6 billion VA fix through the eyes of a FL Afghan war vet

Florida  |  July 24, 2014

Charlie Adams is an Afghanistan veteran who’s thankful he has private insurance. “It’s an absolute bureaucracy,” he said of the VA system.

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McAuliffe makes time for fundraisers, but not to respond on immigration

Virginia  |  July 24, 2014

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has yet to respond to any questions as to how he’ll address the border crisis that’s affecting Virginia. He has too many things on his plate.

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Federal officials won’t answer questions about immigrant children in Iowa

Iowa  |  July 24, 2014

An irked Governor Branstad and Senator Grassley are still waiting to learn the whereabouts of 139 immigrant children federal officials sent to Iowa.

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Boosting minimum wage doesn’t mean more jobs, economists say

National  |  July 24, 2014

Raising the minimum wages doesn’t necessarily equate to job growth, some economists say.

Interestingly, though, Los Angeles officials partly relied on a conflicting theory in basing its plan to raise the minimum wage in that city.

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Unemployment numbers in Virginia paint an inaccurate picture

Virginia  |  July 24, 2014

Virginia’s unemployment rate increased for the second month in a row in June, but while the numbers may be cause for concern, one economist says there’s more to the story.

Virginia’s jobless rate stood at 5.3 percent in June, the Virginia Employment Commission reported last week, up from 5.1 percent in May. Virginia is one of only 14 states in which unemployment rose in June, while the rate declined in 22 others. It stayed the same in the remaining 14 states.

But Keith Hall, a senior research fellow at George Mason’s Mercatus Center in Fairfax, said the numbers reported by the Virginia Employment Commission reported are not a good indicator of the real economic situation. That’s because there’s such a high margin of error in the state rate — one percent, versus one-fifth of one percent for national unemployment numbers, Hall said.

IN DEMAND: A member of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission says the 19,000 people in Albuquerque and Santa Fe and downloaded the smartphone app to use the ride-sharing company Uber.

Ride-sharing demand grows in NM as regulators debate stifling it

New Mexico  |  July 24, 2014

A member of the PRC says 19,000 people in Albuquerque and Santa Fe and downloaded the smartphone app to use the ride-sharing company Uber.

FAILURE ON THE RISE: More Virginia schools failed to reach "fully accredited" status this year.

Zip codes shouldn’t determine a child’s future, Nashville panel says

Tennessee  |  July 24, 2014

Tennessee resident Arika Trevino told a panel of school of choice advocates in Nashville this week a tenured union teacher emotionally damaged her autistic son, now 9, when he was only in first grade.

SIGN HERE: Hawaii Health Connector sign ups improved Hawaii's uninsured rate by 2.75 percent at a cost of $204 million, study shows.

Malfunctioning websites still delaying Hawaii Obamacare signups

Hawaii  |  July 24, 2014

The Hawaii Health Connector, has been unable to produce a fully functional website since it launched in October.

MISSISSIPPI BOUND: Virginia officials predicted McAuliffe's car-building venture would find itself in a "funding gap."

U.S. judge hands Watchdog a victory over VA governor’s green-car company

Virginia  |  3:07 pm

By Will Swaim  Watchdog.org
A U.S. judge in Mississippi on Thursday threw out an $85-million lawsuit in which an electric car company founded by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe alleged Watchdog.org had libeled the firm.
Judge Michael P. Mills said GreenTech Automotive failed to prove his Mississippi court had jurisdiction over Watchdog.org’s parent, Virginia-based Franklin Center, and Watchdog’s [...]

NO QUARTERS NEEDED: Gamers don't need pockets full of change to play at the TimeLine Arcade in Hanover. The business charges a flat rate, a pricing structure that has left the business beyond the reach of the borough's amusement tax.

Arcade helps give PA borough extra life, but hefty tax could mean game over

Pennsylvania  |  8:13 am

The small borough of Hanover has long been championed as the Snack Food Capital of the World, but there’s no such grand proclamation about the small York County town’s nightlife.

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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.

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By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – State Delegate Barbara Comstock is inflating her energy record to pump up her congressional bid.
The McLean Republican’s congressional campaign webpage declares that she “authored Virginia’s law to allow for offshore exploration of energy.”
In fact, Comstock’s “major legislation” did no such thing. Her 2010 bill, HB 900, [...]

Comstock goes overboard with offshore energy claim

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While taxpayers were picking up the tab for intensive, outpatient care for mentally ill patients, those patients were playing games and watching movies.

Medicare fraud: $97 million for mentally ill patients to watch movies, play games

By Josh Peterson | Watchdog.org
State public utilities regulators are calling for an easy way for consumers to compare complaints against the nation’s phone companies.
Currently, consumers can file complaints about their telecommunications service with the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission, but those complaints aren’t publicly available in an online format for consumers.
On Wednesday, Chris [...]

Regulators push for public database of complaints against phone companies

 |  Pennsylvania

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.

DPW chief: PA saves billions fighting welfare fraud

 |  Montana

By Dustin Hurst | Watchdog.org
For some, ignorance is bliss, but for Democrat Jon Tester, it’s an important campaign tactic.
Sure, the second-term senator from Montana isn’t up for re-election until 2018, but that won’t stop him from using disingenuous attacks on the wealthy to scare his constituents into sending him campaign cash.
“Today, it looks like the billionaire Koch [...]

Tester launches disingenuous attack on the Koch brothers

 |  Pennsylvania

With no debate and a nearly party-line vote, the state House passed a bill that eliminates a loophole in the law state defining the crime of stalking.

PA House approves ‘stalking’ bill

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FROM AROUND THE WEB

By Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Deveraux | The Intercept
The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither “concrete facts” nor “irrefutable evidence” to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist, according to a key government document obtained by The Intercept.
The “March 2013 Watchlisting [...]

The secret government rulebook for labeling you a terrorist

By David M. Drucker | Washington Examiner
A Republican group is suggesting that President Obama‘s administration is purposely delaying the implementation of controversial government regulations until after the midterm elections.
American Action Forum, a conservative non-profit organization affiliated with the pro-GOP American Action Network super PAC, was scheduled on Thursday to release a study of 15 pending federal regulations, six of [...]

These costly regulations could hit after the election

By Jack McHugh | Michigan Capitol Confidential
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has just ruled that the federal health care law does not authorize insurance subsidies provided through health care “exchanges” that were set up by the federal government. Only exchanges set up by the states can qualify for these taxpayer subsidies.
D.C. Circuit appeal rulings [...]

Obamacare’s survival in Michigan up to state legislators

By Wayne Lusvardi | Cal Watchdog
Sacramento Superior Court Judge Allen Sumner just issued a preliminary ruling that Siskiyou County must regulate groundwater well permits along the Scott River in accordance with “Public Trust Doctrine.” This means the water now mainly used by hay farmers also will have to be divided among commercial sports fishing, kayaking, [...]

Lawsuit could expand state control of California groundwater

By Zenon Evans | Reason
“The longer individuals were exposed to socialism, the more likely they were to cheat on our task,” according to a new study, “The (True) Legacy of Two Really Existing Economic Systems,” from Duke University and the University of Munich. The team of researchers concluded this after working with 259 participants from Berlin who [...]

Study: Socialists are cheaters

By Susan Ferrechio | Washington Examiner
A group of House Republicans Wednesday will call for sending theNational Guard to the southern border, where a months-long surge in illegal immigration has flooded Texas with thousands of children fromGuatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.
House Speaker John Boehner last month assigned seven GOP lawmakers the task of recommending how to deal with the recent border surge, and the working group will present [...]

GOP border security group will call for sending National Guard to border

By Rick Brundrett | The Nerve
Police in South Carolina are poised to start ticketing drivers for a popular smartphone-app, ridesharing service that recently launched in the Palmetto State, The Nerve found in a survey of police agencies.
Representatives of the Columbia and Greenville police departments, as well as the Columbia and Greenville-Spartanburg airport police departments, told The Nerve this week [...]

South Carolina cops to Uber: Follow regs or face charges

By Nic Horton | The Arkansas Project
If you watch or read the news in Arkansas, you probably hear a lot about outgoing Gov. Mike Beebe’s record of “job creation.” One political columnist recently claimed that “economic development was a hallmark of the Beebe era.” Gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross released his first television ad earlier this year, attempting to tie himself to Beebe [...]

Arkansas governor’s jobs record not as rosy as he’d have you believe