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Christie stiffs New Jersey for security travel while Walker PAC pays

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When a governor takes out-of-state trips to campaign for a new job, who pays for the travel bills of the state police security details? In New Jersey and Wisconsin, the answers are different for two governors who are jockeying for position in the 2016 GOP presidential sweepstakes.

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Judicial workers teaching on state time get pension boost

Colorado  |  4:00 am

Judicial employees teaching at the University of Colorado on state time don’t just get a larger paycheck — several will receive a boost in their taxpayer-funded retirement by thousands, in one case as much as $20,000 a year, Watchdog.org has learned.

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Lawmakers spar over radio music royalties

National  |  4:00 am

The quarrel between content creators and broadcasting platforms doesn’t just exist online; it also includes traditional AM/FM radio stations.

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Despite minority student success, charter school segregation narrative continues

Education  |  4:00 am

At the recent Education Writers Association national seminar in Chicago, a small breakout session asked the following question: Is school choice a tool for opportunity and equity, or further segregation?

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John ‘Doe’ Chisholm going after Scott Walker’s First Amendment rights again?

Wisconsin  |  April 27, 2015

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Watchdog

MADISON, Wis. – John Chisholm has long been accused of not understanding or valuing the First Amendment. This past weekend, he went about proving that criticism, constitutional law experts say.

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As PA cuts tourism funding, officials look to local hotel tax to fill gap

Pennsylvania  |  10:20 am

While Michigan is spending $12 million on its national advertising campaign to lure visitors from across America, Pennsylvania is barely baiting the hook, despite being home to attractions like the Liberty Bell, Amish country and the Pocono Mountains.

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Experts: Chances rise that U.S. Supreme Court will take John Doe case

Wisconsin  |  April 27, 2015

No news is good news in the case of O’Keefe v. Chisholm.

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Oil, Maduro and a mango: The toss heard ’round Venezuela

Energy and Environment  |  April 27, 2015

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro got hit by a mango thrown by a woman, underscoring the economic woes facing the country crippled by low oil prices.

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Taxpayers will likely make it rain for soon-to-be-retired Idaho sheriff

Idaho  |  12:40 pm

Taxpayers are likely to make it rain for Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney, who will earn more per year in retirement than the average Idaho household brings in annually.

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Gun Sense Vermont and Bloomberg’s Everytown spend big but still lose gun fight

Vermont  |  8:10 am

Gun control groups including Gun Sense Vermont and Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety blew big bucks on anti-gun legislation in Vermont in recent months but have little to show for it.

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Republican lawmaker outed as gay says he feels a sense of relief

North Dakota  |  12:02 pm

Rep. Randy Boehning says he feels a sense of relief. In his first media interview since the Fargo Forum made public his sexual orientation, Boehning, a Republican from Fargo, says he can move forward, without looking back.

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West Rankin Utility Authority wins key battle in fight to build new treatment plant

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The West Rankin Utility Authority won a key battle Tuesday in its fight to build a new wastewater treatment plant and leave Jackson’s aging facility.