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Indigenous, communists, freaks steal show at People’s Climate March in NYC

By  |  September 21, 2014  |  No Comments

Indian tribes, environmental activists, vegans, union members, communists and circus freaks united in Manhattan Sunday to protest fossil fuels and warn of imminent climate catastrophe ahead of Tuesday’s United Nations climate summit.

ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION: Federal taxpayers will foot the bill for $220,000 in historic Ohio steamboat repairs

U.S. taxpayers foot bill for Ohio buggy trail, steamboat

Ohio  |  September 22, 2014

Taxpayers throughout the country are footing the bill for steamboat restoration, a buggy trail, sidewalks, and other local projects in Ohio under the federal Transportation Alternatives Program.

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Minnesota reboots e-gaming meant to pay for Vikings stadium

Minnesota  |  September 22, 2014

The game plan called for electronic pull-tabs to score up to $350 million for the Minnesota Vikings’ controversial billion-dollar stadium, now under construction.

Yet Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, and state legislators’ projections turned out to be more overly optimistic than any fan’s preseason expectations, leading to an industry shake-up and the departure of the Las Vegas player that provided most e-games.

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Vermont Gunners: Guns not safe with Shumlin

Vermont  |  September 22, 2014

With a major gun control push in the works for 2015, Second Amendment advocates in Vermont are keeping a close eye on the governor’s race — and two prominent gunners say Vermonters’ guns aren’t safe with Gov. Peter Shumlin.

Courtesy of the libertycaucus.com

Charges dropped for Florida mom who allowed unsupervised play

Florida  |  2:30 pm

A single mom was charged in July after letting her son play unsupervised at a neighborhood park. Turns out, that’s not much of a crime.

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New poll finds Corbett still trailing Wolf heading into first debate

Pennsylvania  |  11:12 am

As the hours tick down to Pennsylvania’s first gubernatorial debate, a new poll suggests perhaps Gov. Tom Corbett’s worst campaign enemy might be himself.

Watchdog file photo.

Hillary Clinton front group files federal campaign complaint against Walker

Wisconsin  |  1:30 pm

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter

MADISON, Wis. – And now the left bites back.

Wisconsin’s wild political ride continued Monday, when a left-leaning group with ties to Hillary Clinton announced it is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

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After a struggling start, New Mexico yanks Obamacare advertising contract

New Mexico  |  1:15 pm

After posting disappointment enrollment numbers, the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange is putting its marketing and advertising account back up for bid.

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Howell to DOJ: Lawmakers retiring to take VA state jobs is ‘common practice’

Virginia  |  11:31 am

Republican Speaker of the House Bill Howell on Monday put the U.S. Department of Justice on the spot — and placed Virginia’s ever-swinging revolving door practices in the spotlight.

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‘Bonusgate’ attorney disbarred, seven years after legislative scandal hit

Pennsylvania  |  11:23 am

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court finally disbarred lawyer Jeff Foreman, seven years after “Bonusgate” exploded into the public eye. Governor Tom Corbett was then attorney general, and his office investigated nearly $4 million worth of bonuses paid to legislative staffers in the Pennsylvania General Assembly and other misuse of public funds. Several legislators and staff — including Foreman — spent time behind bars in one way or another.

ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION: Federal taxpayers will foot the bill for $220,000 in historic Ohio steamboat repairs

U.S. taxpayers foot bill for Ohio buggy trail, steamboat

Ohio  |  September 22, 2014

Taxpayers throughout the country are footing the bill for steamboat restoration, a buggy trail, sidewalks, and other local projects in Ohio under the federal Transportation Alternatives Program.

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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.

WATCHDOG CITIZEN NEWS

 |  Colorado  |  11:45 am

By Joshua Sharf | WatchdogWire.com
Colorado state Reps. Dianne Primavera, D-Broomfield, and Max Tyler, D-Lakewood, are touting their sponsorship of tougher child molestation laws in their re-election bids.
The problem: Their sponsorship of this bill was after-the-fact, came at the expense of a stricter measure also under consideration, and was on a bill that was passed only reluctantly and after a [...]

Representatives late to claim mantle of ‘Jessica’s Law’

 |  National  |  10:13 am

By Josh Kaib | WatchdogWire.com
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Lawmakers in Washington, D.C., are gambling with your internet freedom by trying to ban online poker.
The Restoration of America’s Wire Act (H.R. 4301, S. 2159), introduced in March by U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., would modify the 1961 sports betting ban aimed at the mafia [...]

Regulating the Internet, or just bluffing? Bill gives online poker a raw deal

 |  Maryland

By Brad Matthews | WatchdogWire.com
Republican Larry Hogan’s campaign earlier this month filed a complaint against the Democratic Anthony Brown campaign, accusing Brown’s campaign of illegally coordinating with the super PAC One State, One Future, which receives large amounts of its funding from unions.
On Wednesday, the Hogan campaign followed up by releasing a table of shared donors [...]

Anthony Brown campaign accused of coordinating with super PAC

 |  North Carolina  |  11:41 am

By Pete Kaliner | WatchdogWire.com
It’s been 24 hours since a report that U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., apparently skipped two meetings on ISIS.
One was a classified briefing the same day as a fundraiser for her in New York City.
Yet, there has been no mention of this story in any of the North Carolina media.
Hagan’s camp has yet [...]

Did U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan skip ISIS briefings to raise money?

 |  Ohio

Richmond Heights Mayor Miesha Headen, who is facing a recall, was in hot water this week as citizen anger boiled over at a town hall.

Mayor facing recall election gets booed at town hall meeting

 |  Georgia

Last night the Augusta Commission voted to approve an additional $630,000 to the financially troubled Hyde Park drainage project.

Augusta Commission approves more funding for broke Hyde Park project