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Texas flunks school-choice test

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As one of the most conservative and entrepreneurial states in the nation, Texas has been a leading laboratory for Milton Friedman’s market-driven formulas.
But while building the economic guru’s low-tax, low-regulation model, the Lone Star State sticks to business as usual with K-12 government schools.

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Denver spends tax bounty on bureaucracy, not vital services

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Denver officials are urging voters to approve or extend more taxes but spending on the last few years has not focused on providing services.

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Candidates for Central District PSC seat express reservations about Kemper Project

Energy and Environment  |  4:19 pm

Candidates for the Central District PSC seat are skeptical of Mississippi Power’s Kemper Project integrated gasification power plant.

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Legal expert: Abrahamson and John Doe civil rights cases like day and night

Wisconsin  |  August 3, 2015

“What these prosecutors did, I think, represents the heart of a true civil rights complaint by all the people targeted, as opposed to and contrasted with the totally ludicrous civil rights complaint of the former chief justice of the state Supreme Court, Ms. (Shirley) Abrahamson..”

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Lawmaker says anti-tobacco agency may be breaking law by opposing vaping

North Dakota  |  August 3, 2015

Rep. Mike Schatz of North Dakota says state anti-tobacco officials may be breaking the law by opposing vaping.

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Nanny State of the Week: Florida county sends environmental specialist to investigate BBQ

Florida  |  August 3, 2015

The smell of barbeque has landed one Florida man in trouble with his local authorities, who reportedly sent an “environmental specialist” – a fancy term for this column recognizes as little more than a run-of-the-mill government nanny – to inspect his grill and then ordered him to contain the smell to his own property

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Specialized North Dakota license plates not just for pro-life groups

North Dakota  |  August 3, 2015

A pro-choice group accuses states like North Dakota of funneling revenues to pro-life organizations.

PARTY SUPPORT, BUT NOT PARTY LINE: Paul Mullen supports a severance tax and has concerns about moving workers to a 401(k)-style plan, but he's getting big support from the state GOP in his race for a House seat.

Conservatives question PA GOP’s return on campaign investments

Pennsylvania  |  August 3, 2015

The Pennsylvania GOP is doling out thousands of dollars in campaign cash, but doesn’t always get party results once candidates are elected.

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Who is really green? Environmentalists in Vermont fight over renewable mandates

Energy and Environment  |  August 3, 2015

Recent requirements to boost renewable energy sources in Vermont have run into resistance from a surprising quarter — other environmentalists.

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Gov. Kasich has a $14 billion Obamacare problem

Ohio  |  August 3, 2015

Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s habit of telling voters “Ohio money” pays for his Obamacare Medicaid expansion is about to catch up to him.

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FCC divide affecting spectrum auction design

National  |  August 3, 2015

Billions of dollars are on the line for telecom companies as the FCC designs the upcoming spectrum auction.


Obamacare fines rise as subsidies go to people who don’t exist

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The IRS fined more than 7.5 million Americans for not having health insurance in 2014, even as Obamacare subsidies were flowing to people who did not exist.

GAB’s Kennedy had a friend in IRS’ Lois Lerner

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“Wisconsin liberals worked to turn the IRS and the state Government Accountability Board into partisan political weapons.”

Solar firm gets $422M in tax dollars, customers get horror

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“As a customer, you have no say. With a solar lease, you are putting the stuff on your roof. You have a signed contract with the devil and you are stuck with the stuff.”

UT admissions scandal is 10 times bigger than official report

The leadership of the University of Texas at Austin has buried the school in scandal with a sweep-it-under-the-rug approach.

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At least 764 applicants initially denied admission to the University of Texas were admitted thanks to a backdoor program for the wealthy and politically connected.

Houston’s debt passes Detroit’s

Houstonians know all about foundations that crack.

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According to a key measure of fiscal health, Houston’s situation is nearly as bad as that of Chicago, which is starting to collapse under its debt burdens.

‘Doping the vote’ in South Texas triggers federal indictments

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Shady ballot brokers are “doping the vote” in the Rio Grande Valley, an election-watch group says. Now the FBI is on the case.


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New Jersey pensions sue Christie for $4 billion in missed payments

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New Jersey’s three largest public pension plans are taking Gov. Chris Christie to court in a renewed effort to force the state to pay more than $4 billion in missed payments to retirement funds.

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Scranton handed out $3 million in ‘double pensions,’ adding to fiscal woes

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Even as it was careening towards bankruptcy, the city of Scranton, Pennsylvania, okayed $3 million in bonus pension payments for a handful of city employees.

Those extra payments effectively doubled the retirement pay of 35 city workers, and they were handed out without a proper analysis of the cost to the city’s taxpayers, according to a state audit released this week.

These two lawmakers could pocket more than $1 million in pension payments each.

Idaho governor gives two lawmakers million-dollar pensions — at taxpayer expense

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Gov. Butch Otter knows how to raise income levels — at least for a few lucky and connected former legislators.