In the hole: Minnesota residents, businesses charged monthly fee to fix city streets

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You quickly get a clue about the scope of Duluth’s street repair problem by logging onto the city website.

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Colorado buys natural gas vehicles for facilities with no nearby fueling stations

Colorado  |  10:12 am

Colorado has so far spent $8 million in taxpayer money on nearly 240 compressed natural gas vehicles, with dozens of them stationed in places where there is no compressed natural gas filling stations, Watchdog.org has learned.

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In Pennsylvania, buying beer out of state makes you a bootlegger

Pennsylvania  |  4:00 am

As crazy as it sounds, it’s against the law for Pennsylvania residents to buy alcohol outside of the state and then bring it back. State Rep. John Taylor, R-Philadelphia, is trying to change that.

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Guns still missing five months after ND Game and Fish audit

North Dakota  |  9:05 am

More than 100 guns are still missing from the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s hunter safety education program, some 20 weeks after an audit identified the problem.

DOWN AND OUT: GOP House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was ousted in his party's primary by tea party candidate Dave Brat.

With ‘instant access’ to sway Congress, Eric Cantor cashes in

Virginia  |  11:05 am

There’s no need to feel so sorry for Eric Cantor, the U.S. House majority leader from Virginia who fell spectacularly in a May primary to a little-known college professor. Those 13 years in Congress paid off.

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Citizens fight City Hall and win; Tallahassee voters get ethics reforms on ballot

Florida  |  11:37 am

Add one more Tallahassee resident to the list of thousands who think voters should have a say in whether their city government needs stronger ethics requirements.

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Who can be a sheriff in NM? Just about anybody

New Mexico  |  September 1, 2014

Did you know you don’t have to prove any law enforcement expertise to become a county sheriff in New Mexico?

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Study: PA’s debt would cost taxpayers $14,500 each to pay off today

Pennsylvania  |  September 1, 2014

Pennsylvania is famous for its potholes, but it has an even bigger sinkhole problem that could cost taxpayers way more than minor car repairs caused by pock-marked roads.

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Conservatives appeal to common sense in John Doe appeals case

Wisconsin  |  11:30 am

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter

MADISON, Wis. –Of all of the abuses prosecutors of a politically charged John Doe investigation are alleged to have committed, the failure to apply common sense to their serpentine, one-sided probe may rank among the more egregious, according to the conservatives they’ve targeted.

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Pipeline fighters condemn Nebraska congressman’s mock concert playlist

Nebraska  |  10:26 am

Congressman Lee Terry and oil pipeline fighters are duking it out again, this time over a mock playlist Terry’s people sent out last week to poke fun at the anti-pipeline prairie concert Willie Nelson and Neil Young will play later this month.

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Agency vote reveals early doubts about Sanders’ Burlington College loan pitch

Vermont  |  August 29, 2014

While borrowing millions to build a campus on Lake Champlain may have sounded like a good idea at the time to leaders at Burlington College, two board members at the agency tasked with approving the tax-exempt loan said no way.



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.


 |  North Carolina

By Ann Kane | WatchdogWire.com
Unaccompanied alien children make up 10 to 15 percent of the number of people illegally crossing  the U.S. southern border this year. Many are now in North Carolina.
In a newly released report, the Administration for Children and Families, part of the federal Office for Refugees and Immigrants , reports that North Carolina has 815 unaccompanied children, [...]

Feds keep North Carolina’s top officials guessing on unaccompanied children

 |  Maryland

A new rule proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will give the agency authority over 19,000 miles of streams and other “intermittent” or “ephemeral” bodies of water in Maryland.

Maps reveal EPA water grab in Maryland

 |  New Jersey

By L. Tierney | WatchdogWire.com
Those New Jersey homeowners who were concerned about granting government easements for beach replenishment? Turns out they were right to be suspicious.
Two bills pending in the state Senate could mean big changes for Long Beach Island.
Senate bill S-2368, filed last session, requires any municipality that accepts federal or state money to replenish storm-damaged beaches [...]

Free beaches come at high cost

 |  Washington

Based on Washington State’s track record with the new ESA listing of the well-endowed pocket gopher, it appears they protect rodents better than citizens.

Washington state protects gophers better than cops, citizens

 |  Georgia

Jasper County, Ga. is one of the recipients of the more than $5.1 billion worth of military equipment given to local law enforcement.

Georgia county arms to the hilt

 |  Connecticut

Connecticut mom Tanya McDowell will spend 12 years in prison after she was sentenced on a number of criminal charges, including “stealing” nearly $15,000 in “educational services” for her son.

Mother sentenced to 12 years for ‘stealing’ son’s education

 |  Nevada

A Bloomberg-backed group is back with a petition drive to revive a background check initiative for Nevada’s 2016 ballot.

Bloomberg takes another shot at Nevadans’ guns