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Pick me! Santa Fe may spend $100K taxpayer money to lure ‘The Bachelor’

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The city of Santa Fe has committed to spending up to $100,000 in taxpayer money to bring the reality TV show “The Bachelor” to town.

ACT 10 RESONANCE: Gov. Scott Walker signed his historic collective bargaining reform bill into law following a tumultuous time in 2011. He has survived death threats and a recall, and Act 10 has survived a series of court challenges.

Expert: Walker’s key reform survives to embolden would-be reformers

Wisconsin  |  4:00 am

When the Republican-controlled Legislature passed Gov. Scott Walker’s landmark collective bargaining reform bill, known as Act 10, in March 2011, the nation’s largest government-worker union shook its fist and declared that Wisconsin’s organized labor war was far from over.

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Chinese company hires influential VA lawmaker, gets sanctions lifted

Virginia  |  4:00 am

It pays for a Chinese company to hire an influential state lawmaker, and vice-versa.

In April 2013, a Chinese company closed a $1.2 million contract with lawyer and state delegate Terry Kilgore to protect its interests in building a Virginia Beach arena and to help lift sanctions imposed on the company by the Bush administration in 2002, according to a contract between the two parties obtained by Watchdog.org.

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Condition sinking: Navy faces shipbuilding crisis

Mississippi  |  4:00 am

Two words describe the Navy’s shipbuilding woes: Condition sinking.

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Shirts or shoes? Iowa’s sales tax holiday wrapped in confusion

Iowa  |  4:00 am

Iowa’s annual sales tax holiday is confusing and probably doesn’t do anything to boost the state’s economy.

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Superintendent welcomes scrutiny after Disney World staff development trip

Kansas  |  4:00 am

The superintendent of Kansas’ ninth-largest school district says he welcomes scrutiny in the wake of a four-day, roughly $105,000 education conference for 61 district staff at Disney World in June.

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Senate report blasts Bold Nebraska as faux grassroots group

Nebraska  |  July 31, 2014

U.S. Senate Republicans call Bold Nebraska a faux grassroots group used by non-Nebraska billionaires to funnel money and advance their political agenda, according to a report released Wednesday.

Gruber: The Obamacare expert now says he was mistaken in 2012 presentation.

Does Gruber selection inspire confidence in VT’s costly single-payer consultants?

Vermont  |  July 31, 2014

As controversy swirls around Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber’s selection as Vermont’s single-payer guru, Vermonters might wonder if money given to such consultants is well spent.

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Shockingly expensive school electrician indicted for fraud

Texas  |  July 31, 2014

Calvin Walker, the Beaumont electrician who kept on getting work with a school district long after he admitted submitting fake six-figure invoices, finally went to jail the week, although it was just a few hours before he posted bail.

ON IMMIGRATION: Gov. Terry McAuliffe answered an immigration on WTOP's "Ask the Governor" on Wednesday. (Photo by WTOP/Sarah Beth Hensley)

Undocumented minors housed in VA, McAuliffe says ‘we don’t have an issue in Virginia’

Virginia  |  July 31, 2014

In perhaps the most he’s spoken publicly on the immigration crisis, Gov. Terry McAuliffe said it’s the feds’ problem, not Virginia’s, and that undocumented children are only being housed at one location in the commonwealth — even though news outlets have confirmed more.

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Toledo to pay $1 to incur $7 million in debt

Ohio  |  July 31, 2014

The city of Toledo has decided that adding $7 million in debt would be a good thing, especially because it’s only going to cost them a dollar to do so. Yes, the city is going to pay to incur additional debt. What a bargain!

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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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 |  Virginia

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 Zack Colman | Washington Examiner
Three West Coast Democratic governors came out against offshore drilling this week, but it’s a Republican governor’s moves on the Atlantic Ocean that have drawn some attention.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie‘s Department of Environmental Protection went to court earlier this month to block a federally fundedoil and gas exploration project that uses seismic airgun testing off [...]

Christie joins Democrats in calling for halt to offshore oil and gas exploration

By Caleb Taylor | The Arkansas Project
New Environmental Protection Agency regulations could bring massive job losses to Arkansas, according to the National Association of Manufacturers.
From the NAM report released Thursday about the Obama administration’s new ozone emission standards:

The Environmental Protection Agency’s  new ozone regulation could be the most expensive ever issued on the American public, costing the nation $270 billion [...]

Could more costly EPA regulations be coming?

By Tom Gantert | Michigan Capitol Confidential
Attracting about 125 college graduates a year won’t do much to stop an annual exodus of nearly 40,000. But the corporate welfare arm of Michigan government is happy about spending $126 million for that result.
James Hohman, assistant director of fiscal policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, questions [...]

MI’s corporate welfare program spends dearly to keep graduates

By Jamie Murguia | The Nerve
A meeting in the Gressette Office Building yesterday (the state Senate office building on the State House grounds) reminded me of spats I used to have with my sister. Our parents would listen patiently to both sides, and at some point they’d tell us to be quiet and explain what [...]

Is Common Core dead in South Carolina? Nobody knows

By J.D. Tuccille | Reason
Fear no more that heart-in-throat moment when a police officer knocks on your driver’s side window and you think to yourself, “oh shit. Now what?” Because the answer is to just put the car in gear and cruise away—at least, if you live in Wisconsin. Earlier this month, the state’s Supreme [...]

In Wisconsin, if a cop taps on your window just drive away

By Susan Ferrechio | Washington Examiner
The House on Thursday passed a resolution authorizing an unprecedented congressional lawsuit against President Obama over his use of executive authority to delay the employer mandate in the health insurance reform law.
The measure passed 225-201, solely with Republican votes. All Democrats and five GOP lawmakers voted against it.
The resolution gives House GOP leaders the green light to begin building a [...]

U.S. House votes to sue president over Obamacare decision

By Delaney Foreman | Freedom Foundation
The Washington State Department of Ecology’s $200,000 grant to a brewery it once regulated out of business — taking with it 400 local jobs — comes 10 years too late and with a great deal of irony.
Excessive DOE red tape forced the Miller Brewing Co. to close its iconic Tumwater brewery in [...]

WA ecology department grants $200K to brewery it once regulated out of business

By Wayne Lusvardi | Cal Watchdog
The California Energy Commission’s Public Interest Energy Research Program has produced a dry cleaning machine that uses CO2. The carbon-based cleaning process replaces perchoroethylene chemical-based dry cleaning.
The machine is being tested by the Aramark uniform cleaning corporation in Los Angeles. Colorado-based firm C02Nexus received a $396,200 CEC grant on Dec. 3, 2009 to develop an alternative [...]

California funds dry cleaners’ shift to CO2

By Susan Ferrechio | Washington Examiner
The odds of legislation addressing the border crisis soon just got a little longer.
Though both Democrats and Republicans in Congress want to address the recent influx of unaccompanied minors at the southern border before the August recess starts, a deal looks farther away than ever.
Here are four reasons why:
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4 reasons Congress may not pass border bill before recess