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Union takes mandatory dues, calls Walmart owners robbers

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United Food and Commercial Workers gets its money through forced union dues, but accuses the owners of Walmart of “robbing America.”

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State bans purchase of most SUVs but governor, family still chauffeured in them

Colorado  |  4:00 am

By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org
Last year, the Colorado Department of Personnel & Administration, in an attempt to improve the state fleet’s environmental friendliness, issued a policy that prevents most departments from buying all-wheel-drive sports utility vehicles.
Yet, Gov. John Hickenlooper and his family are still chauffeured around in two SUVs, which according to government figures get [...]

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Rugged ranchers or welfare cowboys? Dispute over grazing fees on public land rages on

New Mexico  |  4:00 am

Critics say taxpayers lose $120 million in federal grazing fees that are too low. But ranching’s defenders say the figures are misleading.

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Audit: Taxpayer-funded Memphis housing project has dangerous safety hazards

Tennessee  |  4:00 am

Taxpayers evidently aren’t getting their money’s worth out of a U.S. Housing and Urban Development-funded housing project in Memphis, a long-troubled one, which, according to federal auditors, has many dangerous safety violations.

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South Burlington teachers to make even more money than average Vermonters

Vermont  |  8:40 am

While details of an agreement reached Saturday between striking teachers and the South Burlington school board weren’t immediately disclosed, average Vermonters can be certain of one thing: South Burlington public school teachers are going to make even more money than they do.

LOCK EM UP: A controversial bill in Montpelier would require police to seize guns and ammo when they issue a restraining order over domestic disputes.

Nanny of the week: Maybe this time it will be different for Chicago

Illinois  |  4:00 am

Chicago is home to some of the toughest gun control rules in the country.

It’s also home to some of the most frequent gun violence in the country.

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Christie staff caught misleading NJ court in travel records dispute

New Jersey  |  5:25 am

By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog
What happens when Gov. Chris Christie’s staff is caught lying to a New Jersey court about the existence of public records?
That legal bombshell may explode in Mercer County Superior Court this week in the governor’s battle with a New Jersey Watchdog reporter over travel expense accounts.
Documents surfaced that directly [...]

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Election observers face more restrictions this year

Wisconsin  |  8:02 am

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter
MADISON, Wis. — The same election commission that banned a 78-year-old poll monitor from observing next month’s election is pushing a policy that would keep election observers farther away from voters.
In a letter obtained by Wisconsin Reporter, the City of Milwaukee Election Commission receives guidance from the city attorney on [...]

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New Mexico knocked for slow pace of financial data

New Mexico  |  4:00 am

A state accounting watchdog group rapped New Mexico for its slow response time for financial data but the state says the criticism is unfair.


Iowa law makes marijuana oil legal to possess but impossible to get

Iowa  |  October 17, 2014

Paperwork and bureaucracy but no actual medicine. That’s Iowa’s new prescription for children suffering from intractable epilepsy.

Barb Wenninger Photo.

Legislator wants to revoke permit on unpopular wind project

Minnesota  |  October 17, 2014

How long is too long?

Well, about six years— and counting — in the view of dozens of rural residents fighting a proposed 1,600-acre, 10-turbine wind farm in southern Minnesota.



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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.


 |  Colorado  |  11:38 am

The Denver Post’s inaugural 2012 “Pedal the Plains” bicycle tour may have received $50,000 in Stimulus funds from Gov. Hickenlooper, unreported by the paper.

Stimulus award to Denver Post’s $50K bike tour goes unreported

 |  Ohio  |  11:33 am

By Stephanie Kreuz | WatchdogWire.com
Does Ohio play fair? Or smart? When it comes to the number of dollars spent in subsidies, Ohio ranks the 12th cronyist.
The Mercatus Center recently illustrated how states rank in providing benefits to particular companies, rather than providing better opportunity for all companies.
Ohio’s neighboring states ranked fourth (Michigan), fifth (Kentucky), seventh (Indiana), and 11th (Pennsylvania) in [...]

Ohio ranks 12th for cronyist state

By Melissa Genson | WatchdogWire.com
With President Obama’s blessing, organized labor unions have focused their ‘Fight for 15′ minimum wage movement on food service workers in large corporations.
Across the country, support has been growing.
Ironically, those big corporations are the most prepared to compensate for increased labor costs with “Smart Dining” — replacing workers with machines.
Restaurant chains [...]

How ‘Fight for 15′ will lead to ‘Smart Dining’ and fewer jobs

 |  Oregon  |  10:28 am

Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes was, in addition to her other scandals, involved in an illegal marijuana growing operation in 1997-1998.

Cylvia Hayes admits she once bought land to illegally grow marijuana

 |  Colorado  |  10:52 am

By Joshua Sharf | WatchdogWire.com
Denver’s process for certifying women-owned small businesses not only duplicates the federal paperwork, it includes several provisions that are significantly more intrusive, and puts potentially sensitive information in the hands of government employees.
The federal Women-Owned Small Business certification process is administered by the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce, while the City [...]

Denver’s paperwork burdens women-owned businesses

 |  Colorado

‘Listening sessions’ seeking public comment on the plan to prohibit certain vehicles from Monument Road are costing taxpayers money and stifling speech.

National Parks ‘listening sessions’ cost $38,320 and filter free speech


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