Rumor that Obama will nix Keystone has pipeline supporters worried, opponents hopeful

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Should President Obama reject the Keystone XL pipeline, some counties such as Tripp County in South Dakota will lose potential tax revenue.

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The State Department report does not recommend whether to proceed with the Keystone XL pipeline or not. AP Photo

Boeing, other Ex-Im Bank supporters threaten to fire workers if they don’t get their way

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Boeing announced last week that it could be cutting hundreds of jobs because of the closure of the Ex-Im Bank.
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Texas lags in privatizing school services

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“Texas school districts’ reluctance to adopt competitive contracting practices means that a whole lot of money is ...
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Anglers could be on the hook for Pennsylvania’s public pensions

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The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission could charge more for fishing licenses to help pay upcoming pension obligations.
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Nebraskans to see another double-digit increase in Obamacare rates

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Obamacare health insurance premiums will go up about 18 percent next year in Nebraska, continuing their upward trajectory since th ...
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Mississippi tax subsidies help fund controversial Costco development

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Mississippi tax subsidies for developers are helping to finance a controversial Costco development in Ridgeland as a "cultural ret ...
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Critics fear policy meetings will increase taxes, corporate contracts

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Building a Better Colorado committee that will review the state's Taxpayer Bill of RIghts initiative wants to start a conversation ...
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Tennessee school official accused of taking kickbacks from past employer

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Crockett County’s former school technology director allegedly took kickbacks in exchange for steering more than $1 million in sc ...
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Pennsylvania labor union leaders blast 401(k) plans they offer their own staff

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It's a classic case of "do as I say, not as I do" as union leaders blast 401(k) plans they offer their own staffs.
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IRS rakes in $114 million from sale of seized taxpayer assets

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If there’s anything you take away from this story, make sure it is this: The Internal Revenue Service from 2011 through 2014 ...
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New website aims to spur voting in Ohio judicial races

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Sponsors of a new website hope more information about judges, and Ohio courts in general, will result in more ballots cast in Ohio ...
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. Kane said that criminal charges against her are part of an effort by state prosecutors and judges to conceal pornographic and racially insensitive emails they circulated with one another. Kane is charged with leaking grand jury information to a newspaper reporter as payback to a former state prosecutor and then lying about it under oath. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Pennsylvania AG’s use of outside law firms draws scrutiny

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Some believe outside law firms hired by the Attorney General's Office are nothing but hired guns trying to extract profits from bu ...

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Anti-corruption group’s ethics boards face ethical problems

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Represent.us's quest to get money out of politics comes with all-powerful ethics committees which are already leading to ...

Three-fourths of NJ sheriffs double-dip, led by 25-year ‘retiree’

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The Essex County sheriff has pocketed $1.35 million from a public pension without really retiring. A New Jersey Watchdo ...

Unions hide union label in Missouri right-to-work fight

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When it comes to labor unions' efforts to stop right-to-work in Missouri, it's not enough to look for the union label.

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Survey: Teachers reject union monopolies

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For far too long the real voices of classroom teachers have fallen on deaf ears in favor of the self-preserving agenda o ...

Michigan House passes package repealing outdated laws

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There are over 3,000 criminal statutes in Michigan, but a recent unanimous vote in the Michigan House will trim that num ...

Climate Crisis, Inc — A $1.5-trillion-per-year house of cards

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The Climate Crisis & Renewable Energy Industry has become a $1.5-trillion business and officials are using it to justify ...

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Updated: Wyoming man challenges outrageous EPA fines

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A rancher is taking the EPA to court, asking a judge to stop the agency from fining him more than $16 million because he ...

EPA withholds mine spill documents from Congress

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A congressional committee blasted the Environmental Protection Agency today for blocking release of documents related to ...

Months ago, Colorado town resisted EPA tests that caused toxic disaster

People kayak in the Animas River near Durango, Colo., Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in water colored from a mine waste spill. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said that a cleanup team was working with heavy equipment Wednesday to secure an entrance to the Gold King Mine. Workers instead released an estimated 1 million gallons of mine waste into Cement Creek, which flows into the Animas River. (Jerry McBride/The Durango Herald via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

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The EPA has been stalking the Colorado town of Silverton for years, despite local resistance.