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Union takes mandatory dues, calls Walmart owners robbers

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United Food and Commercial Workers gets its money through forced union dues, but accuses the owners of Walmart of “robbing America.”

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State bans purchase of most SUVs but governor, family still chauffeured in them

Colorado  |  4:00 am

By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org
Last year, the Colorado Department of Personnel & Administration, in an attempt to improve the state fleet’s environmental friendliness, issued a policy that prevents most departments from buying all-wheel-drive sports utility vehicles.
Yet, Gov. John Hickenlooper and his family are still chauffeured around in two SUVs, which according to government figures get [...]

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Rugged ranchers or welfare cowboys? Dispute over grazing fees on public land rages on

New Mexico  |  4:00 am

Critics say taxpayers lose $120 million in federal grazing fees that are too low. But ranching’s defenders say the figures are misleading.

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Audit: Taxpayer-funded Memphis housing project has dangerous safety hazards

Tennessee  |  4:00 am

Taxpayers evidently aren’t getting their money’s worth out of a U.S. Housing and Urban Development-funded housing project in Memphis, a long-troubled one, which, according to federal auditors, has many dangerous safety violations.

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New Mexico knocked for slow pace of financial data

New Mexico  |  4:00 am

A state accounting watchdog group rapped New Mexico for its slow response time for financial data but the state says the criticism is unfair.

LOCK EM UP: A controversial bill in Montpelier would require police to seize guns and ammo when they issue a restraining order over domestic disputes.

Nanny of the week: Maybe this time it will be different for Chicago

Illinois  |  4:00 am

Chicago is home to some of the toughest gun control rules in the country.

It’s also home to some of the most frequent gun violence in the country.

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$1.7 million in taxpayer bucks supposed to fix youth violence in Memphis

Tennessee  |  October 17, 2014

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — This time next year, there’s a chance you’ll think of Memphis as a safe, happy, crime-free place. For that, you can thank the federal government.
The federal departments of education and justice have announced they are sending a combined $1.7 million in taxpayer money to combat youth violence in the [...]

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Iowa law makes marijuana oil legal to possess but impossible to get

Iowa  |  October 17, 2014

Paperwork and bureaucracy but no actual medicine. That’s Iowa’s new prescription for children suffering from intractable epilepsy.

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Nevada AG race: Ross Miller’s strip-club confidential

Nevada  |  October 16, 2014

By Ciara Matthews | Watchdog.org
In most U.S. states, candidates for public office might say “thanks, but no thanks” to a strip-club owner’s offer to host a campaign fundraiser. But this is Nevada.
Jamy Keshmiri, co-owner with his brother of the Wild Orchid and Fantasy Girls strip clubs in Reno, held a fundraiser Wednesday night for Ross Miller, [...]

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New online tool predicts Ohio voucher eligibility

Ohio  |  October 16, 2014

If you have children in school and want a quick way to know if they’re eligible for an Ohio voucher, your wait is over. Thanks to School Choice Ohio, a few simple clicks will give you a reliable indication which, if any, of the state’s voucher programs you child qualifies for.

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Union bosses take big bucks from boilermakers

National  |  October 16, 2014

Three International Brotherhood of Boilermakers officers were paid more than $500,000 during the union’s fiscal year ending June 30, 2014.

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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

 |  New Jersey

The New Jersey state Assembly will likely pass a bill to allow sports betting in the state, following the Senate which approved sports betting Tuesday.

New Jersey Senate passes sports betting bill, Assembly to follow

By Melissa Genson | WatchdogWire.com
With President Obama’s blessing, organized labor unions have focused their ‘Fight for 15′ minimum wage movement on food service workers in large corporations.
Across the country, support has been growing.
Ironically, those big corporations are the most prepared to compensate for increased labor costs with “Smart Dining” — replacing workers with machines.
Restaurant chains [...]

How ‘Fight for 15′ will lead to ‘Smart Dining’ and fewer jobs

 |  North Carolina

North Carolina’s real estate schools aren’t living up to standards set by the state’s real estate commission, a document obtained by Watchdog Wire shows.

Real estate schools fail to meet commission standards

 |  Colorado

‘Listening sessions’ seeking public comment on the plan to prohibit certain vehicles from Monument Road are costing taxpayers money and stifling speech.

National Parks ‘listening sessions’ cost $38,320 and filter free speech

 |  Michigan

This November, ballot proposals 14-1 and 14-2, referendums of Act 520 of 2012 and Act 21 of 2013 respectively, would make wolves a game species in Michigan.

Proposals 1 and 2: Protect the wolves or make them game?

 |  North Carolina

When a school system campaigns for a sales tax referendum in an upcoming election, is this overstepping North Carolina law?

Is a school system’s campaign for a ballot referendum legal?

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