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As pump prices tumble, states feel pinch of lower oil prices

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Crashing prices at the pump is good news for drivers but could prove to be a problem for budgets in states that rely heavily on oil and gas revenue.

VACANT: Most of the $1 million grant to build a vocational facility was spent after the grant-school was no longer operational.

Lax oversight of gov’t-supported Florida nonprofit contributes to taxpayer losses

Florida  |  December 17, 2014

For years, hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars in community grants were given to a corrupt nonprofit “business.” Where was the oversight?

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‘Free’ stimulus broadband project costs MN taxpayers millions

Minnesota  |  December 17, 2014

“Get connected, stay connected, live connected.”

That marketing tagline sums up how Lake County officials manage to keep one of the most expensive federal stimulus broadband projects in the country alive.

The costs of the Lake Connections fiber optic network project in the vast northern Minnesota wilderness continue to increase, and local taxpayers are now footing part of the ever-growing bill.

CRITIC: Former Stafford supervisor Susan Stimpson is challenging House Speaker Bill Howell, charging that lawmakers have mishandled public-private road projects.

Stimpson blasts Virginia’s public-private deals

Virginia  |  December 17, 2014

By Kenric Ward | Virginia Bureau
STAFFORD, Va. – Virginia’s use and alleged misuse of public-private partnerships for road construction is fueling a high-octane Republican state House race, with the speaker’s seat at stake.
House Speaker Bill Howell, R-Falmouth, is facing a primary challenge from former Stafford County Supervisor Susan Stimpson, who accuses GOP leaders of […]

FRAUD: A bill aimed at targeting public assistance fraud calls for long prison sentences and a cash reward system. Ironically, taxpayers would get stuck with the high costs of the legislation.

Nebraska audit finds welfare fraud, lack of oversight

Nebraska  |  December 17, 2014

Nebraska’s state auditor has unearthed a variety of problems with the way Nebraska doles out welfare and monitors the program, including $11,000 in payments for six months’ worth of cab rides, even though the welfare recipient owned a car.

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Cromnibus spending bill loaded with goodies for Mississippi

Mississippi  |  December 16, 2014

The Cromnibus spending bill, worth $1.1 trillion, brought plenty of goodies home to Mississippi.

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Lawmakers grill human services supervisors after story

Colorado  |  December 16, 2014

By Arthur Kane |
Colorado lawmakers, in sometimes testy exchanges, questioned the state human services executive director about safety in the state’s juvenile detention facilities after a series of stories that exposed increases in attacks on staff.
“I mean people aren’t safe, kids aren’t safe, staff aren’t safe,” said state Rep. Jenise May, D-Aurora, a member […]

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Wisconsin Supreme Court to take up John Doe complaints

Wisconsin  |  December 17, 2014

After nearly a year of waiting, the parties in a politically charged John Doe investigation into dozens of conservative groups will have their day in the state’s highest court.


Advocates still tout EV growth despite limitations, costs

National  |  December 16, 2014

By Paul Chesser
Five years into President Obama’s promise to put 1 million electric vehicles on U.S. roads by the year 2015, and billions of taxpayer dollars spent or loaned via the 2009 stimulus, only about 0.7 percent of new auto purchases in 2014 were plug-ins.
The disappointing numbers, included in a U.S. Energy Information Administration report […]


Many home-care workers would only earn a little more under costly ‘living wage’ law

Labor  |  December 16, 2014

Like many of her fellow SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin members, Arkesia Jackson is prepared to fight against a proposal that would eliminate an annual “living wage” increase for thousands of supportive home-care employees contracted with the Milwaukee County Department of Family Care.

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Interns parody ‘All About That Bass,’ Congress rewards NASA with $360-million budget boost

National  |  December 16, 2014

By Eric Boehm |
Congress handed NASA a $360-million raise in the recently passed federal budget bill, and it’s a good thing too.
Because NASA is clearly doing some really important work with its nearly $18-billion annual budget.
Last week, just as Congress was finalizing the details of the so-called “Cromnibus” bill, a $1-trillion spending plan to […]




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,’s Remy offers up a new video revealing just how President Obama’s administration discussed selling Obamacare to the American people.


 |  Michigan

By Izzy Lyman |
Charlie LeDuff, a Fox 2 reporter known for his offbeat exposés, went mano a mano with a Wayne County squatter.
Lynn Arthur Williams Jr., on probation for a felonious assault with a deadly weapon, had taken up residence in a single-family Detroit home bought by Sarah Hamilton-Gilmer.
Hamilton-Gilmer planned on a third-party short sale […]

Bathrobe-wearing watchdog turns tables on Detroit squatter

 |  Colorado

On the 19th edition of ALEC’s Report Card, Colorado education performance and policies ranked highly among states, with many improvements still to be made.

Report: Colorado education fares OK, rates well next to other states

 |  Colorado

Denver’s real unemployment rate, like Colorado’s is much higher than the official published figured would indicate.

Denver’s real unemployment rate mirrors Colorado’s

 |  Massachusetts

Westminster, MA will hear public comment to make the town the first municipality in the US to ban the sale of all tobacco products within its borders.

Massachusetts town may ban sale of all tobacco products

 |  Alabama

Huntsville schools paid an ex-FBI agent $157,000 to oversee security reforms, including monitoring the social media accounts of the district’s students.

Alabama school district pays ex-FBI agent to monitor students’ social media

 |  Nevada

Nevada Republicans made history in the midterm elections, controlling both houses of the Legislature and Governor’s office for the first time since 1929.

Red tsunami hits Nevada


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