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San Antonio invites citizens to balance budget with flawed tool

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Some $10.5 billion in debt and spending more than ever, San Antonio City Hall is asking citizens to balance the 2017 municipal budget. Local activist George Rodriguez dismissed the budget-balancing tool as “the latest example of smoke and mirrors" — with a lot of missing pieces.

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Published on: April 29, 2016

Watchdog Podcast: ‘I don’t think you could design a worse public policy if you tried’

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Clark Neily thought he had seen government at its worst. Then he started working on civil forfeiture cases.
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Published on: April 29, 2016

NAEP scores raise questions about student achievement gap

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The deluge of stories debating exactly how bad the latest National Assessment of Educational Progress scores are will co ...
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Published on: April 28, 2016

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Johnson pushes government reform package

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The suite of bills aims to “strengthen inspectors general, curb improper payments and improve anti-fraud controls."
Published on: April 28, 2016
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Extensions keep ‘cultural retail attraction’ program alive

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All 3 unbuilt projects authorized to receive sales tax incentives under the defunct "cultural retail attraction" program have rece ...
Published on: April 28, 2016
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Report: Virtual schools ‘lag significantly’

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Gulosino and Miron say in their report that policymakers should stop, or at least slow, the growth of virtual and blended schools ...
Published on: April 28, 2016
Medicaid expansion ran loose in Texas last week.

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Medicaid in Texas and the federal government that continues to expand it are just as voracious and as difficult to pay for as they ...
Published on: April 28, 2016
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Election official: Proposed voter ID information campaign ‘complete waste of money’

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“We must point out that this is hard-earned taxpayer money,” the Milwaukee election official said. “I would think this is no ...
Published on: April 28, 2016
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Conservative icon Justice David Prosser to leave the Supreme Court

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Prosser's announcement comes just weeks after a bitter Supreme Court election that saw conservatives maintain a 5-2 majority.
Published on: April 27, 2016
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Louisiana governor lashes out at voucher supporters

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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards went into attack mode after an American Federation for Children ad accused him of flip-flopping ...
Published on: April 27, 2016
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Security expert: History shows NSA spying scandal wasn’t that bad

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“In the 1960s they (the FBI) tried to get Martin Luther King Jr. to commit suicide by blackmailing him,” Carafano said.
Published on: April 27, 2016
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Amid protests, Middleton’s Jesus Lunch doles out food, inspiration and inclusiveness

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Despite the cold weather, the weekly “Jesus Lunch” in Middleton, Wisconsin, took place in Firemen’s Park right next to Middl ...
Published on: April 27, 2016

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McAdams: Here’s what Marquette president can do with his reinstatement demands

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"Of course, all these demands were absurd," McAdams wrote on his blog.
Published on: April 4, 2016

The left lashes out with voter ID melodrama

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“Wisconsin’s Voter ID law has been under attack since it was signed into law nearly five years ago," said AG Brad Sc ...
Published on: April 7, 2016

Justice Bradley says voters rejected personal attacks, newspaper narrative

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“I’ve never seen such a biased media outlet like the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (to) attack me so personally,” Bra ...
Published on: April 6, 2016

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Charter schools turn away thousands in Texas

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Business is booming at Texas charter schools. The independently operated public campuses continue to grow – and so do ...
Published on: April 7, 2016

Express-News: ‘Nuts’ to ratepayers

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Doubling down with City Hall on a controversial water project, San Antonio’s daily newspaper delivered a Page One atta ...
Published on: April 6, 2016

Volunteers’ left-right combo threw City Hall off rail track

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Can't fight city hall? Don't tell that to a San Antonio coalition of tea partiers, union firefighters and progressive Hi ...
Published on: April 4, 2016

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Tax increase runs out of gas in Mississippi Legislature

DEAD FOR NOW: The Mississippi House killed a placeholder bill Tuesday that could've provided a vehicle for a gas tax increase. 

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A placeholder bill that could've provided a vehicle for a gas tax increase was among several bills that died on a deadli ...
Published on: April 6, 2016

Jackson postpones overhaul of burdensome taxi regulations

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The Jackson Planning Board voted Monday to postpone action on a proposed overhaul of the city's taxi ordinance for 21 da ...
Published on: April 5, 2016

Kemper Project costs increase by $18 million

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Kemper Project costs increased another $18 million according to a filing by Mississippi Power with the federal Securitie ...
Published on: April 4, 2016