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Vermont DMV backpedals on fraudulent license applications by illegals

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A tight-lipped investigation into fraudulent driver’s license applications from out-of-state illegals is producing conflicting details as political pressure mounts from migrant rights groups.

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Colorado Judicial records policy: Apparently whatever staff wants it to be

Colorado  |  January 30, 2015

When taxpayers want basic information about the operations of the executive or legislative branch in Colorado, they can file an open records request, and officials have a maximum of 10 business days to turn over the documents.

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Sobering thought: Mississippi Legislature considers powdered alcohol ban

Mississippi  |  January 30, 2015

The Mississippi House is looking at banning powdered alcohol, a product that isn’t even on sale yet nationally.

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Are e-cigs and tobacco taxes driving MN’s abrupt decline in smoking?

Minnesota  |  January 30, 2015

Put this in your electronic cigarette and vape it: A comprehensive survey found the lowest smoking rate ever recorded among adult Minnesotans.

Nearly half of former smokers — 45 percent — who kicked the habit used e-cigarettes at some point in the process, according to the survey, which the state paid $850,000 to conduct.

“Public health advocates should cheer the fact that vapor products are now the most commonly used quit smoking product among Minnesota adults,” Greg Conley, American Vaping Association president, said in a statement.

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Governor bans natural gas drilling on state-owned land

Pennsylvania  |  January 30, 2015

By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org
Pennsylvania won’t be opening up more of its state parks and forests to gas drillers, at least under Gov. Tom Wolf’s watch.
Wolf issued an executive order Thursday prohibiting the state from leasing more land within state-owned parks and forests – about 370,000 acres have already been leased – for the purposes […]

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Virginia lawmakers try to keep budget process transparent with ‘Pelosi’ bills

Virginia  |  January 30, 2015

It may be tougher for sneaky state lawmakers to tuck things into the budget bill after this year.

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Former police chief: Oak Ridge city manager responsible for current chief’s behavior

Tennessee  |  January 30, 2015

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — Former Oak Ridge Police Chief David Beams said he avoids contact with any city police officers he encounters in public, but it’s not because of animosity.
“If I see an officer I know in public then I won’t even speak to them because I’m afraid they will get in trouble […]

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Advocates say Pennsylvania can do more for charter schools

Education  |  January 30, 2015

Pennsylvania could be a lot friendlier to public charter schools.

That’s the message delivered by a pair of independent reports that call for an equitable funding formula and more hospitable policies for the state’s charter schools.

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North Dakota may lose $5.5B in revenue as oil plunges

Energy and Environment  |  January 30, 2015

In a departure from revenue projections issued in December, North Dakota lawmakers are now expecting billions less in tax revenues over the next two and a half years.

No money: A local fire district is out millions due to a pension reform law.

Pension reform law robbed small Idaho town of fire funds — for three decades

Idaho  |  January 30, 2015

A state pension law has robbed the Kuna Rural Fire District of millions of dollars throughout the past 35 years, IdahoReporter.com confirmed this week.

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For Nebraska lawmakers, there is such a thing as a free lunch

Nebraska  |  January 30, 2015

In the Nebraska Legislature, there is such a thing as a free lunch – and breakfast and dinner, too.




Jon Stewart obliterates ‘slimy’ Democrats over Gruber

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Remy goes hard at Obamacare, #Grubergate and Lena Dunham

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As #Grubergate continues to unfold, Reason.com’s Remy offers up a new video revealing just how President Obama’s administration discussed selling Obamacare to the American people.


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