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Bloodletting could be in store for Mississippi drivers at DUI checkpoints

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A little blood could be drawn if a sobriety test is refused at DUI checkpoints run by the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol.

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Lawmakers say conservation measure could hurt tax relief efforts

North Dakota  |  3:00 am

By Rob Port | Watchdog.org North Dakota Bureau
BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota lawmakers are divided over what sort of tax relief should come out of the 2015 legislative session, but one area of agreement is that a ballot measure could have a big impact on whether tax relief passes at all.
Rep. Scott Louser, a Republican [...]

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Heat on Susan Happ intensifies following scandal

Wisconsin  |  8:16 am

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter

MADISON, Wis. –The fallout continued over the weekend in a scandal involving Democrat state attorney general candidate Susan Happ, accused of going easy on a man who had faced felony counts of sexual assault of a child – a man who had purchased a home from Happ.

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Ex-lawmaker’s crime and punishment spotlight campaign cash tricks

Nebraska  |  8:09 am

She wasn’t the first but maybe, just maybe, former State Sen. Brenda Council will be one of the last to use a loophole in the law to pocket thousands of dollars in campaign cash.

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Corbett’s hotel choices a secret, but costs are kept down

Pennsylvania  |  7:40 am

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett’s credit-card records show he usually doesn’t spend big on accommodations when official business takes him outside away from the state Capitol, but taxpayers will have to just assume he isn’t staying in luxury hotels on their dime.
That’s because the state redacted the name and locations of [...]

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It’s unanimous: Nevada rolls dice on Tesla ‘Gigafactory’

Nevada  |  September 12, 2014

The Nevada Legislature unanimously passed all four pieces of a massive $1.3 billion incentive package to bring the Tesla Gigafactory to the Silver State.

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No double dips: Candidate offers up his $90K NJ pension

New Jersey  |  2:21 am

The election for sheriff in Mercer County has turned into a referendum on New Jersey’s costly tradition of double-dipping by public officials.

BATTLEGROUND: Historic York County is facing a land war of a different kind as some residents seek to pre-empt Virginia's right-to-farm law.

Just Dandy: Residents want rural county to ban farming

Virginia  |  9:33 am

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
YORK, Va. — Attempting to pre-empt Virginia’s freedom-to-farm law, residents in a York County community want local officials to ban agricultural activity in their neighborhood.
More than 130 Dandy residents have signed a petition asking the Board of Supervisors to ban commercial farming — a move to thwart state legislation restricting local [...]

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Ohio false statement law declared unconstitutional

Ohio  |  September 12, 2014

After four years and a trip to the U.S. Supreme Court, an Ohio law that made it a crime to utter false statements about a candidate or politician has been declared unconstitutional.

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Fifteen border kids going to school in small Nebraska town

Nebraska  |  September 12, 2014

About 15 undocumented migrant children, or so-called border kids, have moved to Lexington, a small town in central Nebraska.

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At $125k a year, labor leader closer to the 1 percent than working class

Montana  |  September 12, 2014

Life at the top has its perks. Just ask Eric Feaver, the head of the MEA-MFT, Montana’s largest labor union.

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Even Jon Stewart thinks Obama’s reaction to world crises is terrible

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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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 |  Nevada

The Nevada Legislature unanimously passed all four pieces of a massive $1.3 billion incentive package to bring the Tesla Gigafactory to the Silver State.

It’s unanimous: Nevada rolls dice on Tesla ‘Gigafactory’

 |  Montana

Under the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, the agency may view Montana’s regulatory progress as a glass half-empty.

EPA’s power plan snubs Montana’s state-led improvements

 |  North Carolina

By A.P. Dillon | WatchdogWire.com
North Carolina’s Carbarrus County is handing out condoms in its “Welcome Bags” to high school students.
A representative from Cabarrus County Schools, however, said the school itself did not distribute them. Instead, the condoms came form Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, which gave out these “Welcome Bags”.
Information regarding the Gay-Straight-Alliance, which according to a parent, was being actively promoted by [...]

High schoolers get ‘welcome bags’ that include condoms

 |  Ohio

Should the public get the details on threats to the governor? The Ohio Supreme Court doesn’t think so.

Ohio Supreme Court: Threats to governor exempt from Open Records Law

 |  Colorado

Gov. Hickenlooper names members of fracking commission. Does it mean more restrictions on fracking, yet protect the interests of the well-off and connected?

Colorado’s advisory fracking commission announced

 |  Ohio

Ohio legislators have joined the state in appealing a federal court ruling ordering the state to restore early voting.

Ohio early voting law hangs in balance