TRUE BLUE?: Former hedge fund manager Tom Steyer bankrolls Democrats and is scheduled to go behind closed doors with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

Don’t count out Tom Steyer yet

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Billionaire green energy activist Tom Steyer may have been shut down in his bid to elect a slate of hand-picked governors and U.S. senators, but don’t count him out just yet.

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NY fracking ban delights environmentalists but upstate, it’s a different story

New York  |  4:00 am

A fracking ban imposed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has delighted environmentalists but angered some rural residents who see neighboring Pennsylvania reaping economic benefits.

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Advocates claim Mississippi K-12 education is chronically underfunded

Education  |  4:00 am

By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog
The fight over funding for Mississippi K-12 education is heating up. There’s a ballot initiative and a lawsuit on deck, along with bumper stickers and pithy slogans.
On one side, advocates for higher spending on K-12 claim schools are chronically underfunded. What does that really mean?
Mississippi has a complex, brain-busting funding equation […]

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U.S. should respond aggressively to cyber attack, expert says

Hawaii  |  4:00 am

By Malia Zimmerman | Watchdog.org
HONOLULU — The attack on Sony Pictures and threats to the movie industry cannot be tolerated, one of the nation’s leading security experts says.
Lynn Mattice is president and CEO of the National Economic Security Grid, a non-profit organization focused on educating small and medium sized enterprises on a broad range of threats […]

WATCH YOUR SPEED: Virginia is notorious for cracking down on speeders.

Motorist group criticizes Virginia’s ‘reckless’ speeding law

Virginia  |  4:00 am

 
 
By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
RICHMOND, Va. — In a hurry this holiday? Beware that Virginia ranks as one of the toughest states on speeders, and police are proud of it.
Driving 20 mph over the speed limit classifies as reckless driving in Virginia law. That offense is not a mere traffic citation, but a Class […]

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Is Ohio’s roaring economy paying for Medicaid expansion?

Ohio  |  4:00 am

Ohio’s roaring economy is covering the cost of nearly half a million new Medicaid recipients, according to Gov. John Kasich.

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Western PA police chief gets lucrative buyout, despite scathing report

Pennsylvania  |  4:00 am

After reviewing a scathing report about its police chief, the Brentwood Borough Council voted to give him a settlement package worth over $200,000 in exchange for him retiring.

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Rogue agency defied judges to carry out partisan probe of Wisconsin conservatives

Wisconsin  |  December 19, 2014

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter

MADISON, Wis. – Agents for the embattled state Government Accountability Board continued a zealous campaign finance investigation into dozens of conservative groups even after judges who preside over the board voted to shut it down, according to documents unsealed Friday by a Waukesha County Circuit Court.

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Mayor declares Tennessee town no speed trap, audit suggests otherwise

Tennessee  |  December 19, 2014

The mayor of Mount Carmel wants you to know his town is no speed trap, although one passage in a recently released audit from the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office strongly suggests otherwise.

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Supreme Court decision too late for Toledo red light, speed cameras

Ohio  |  December 19, 2014

The Ohio Supreme Court sided with Toledo over the adjudication of red light and speed cameras, but not before the legislature acted to restrict the devices.

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Philadelphia drops civil asset forfeiture case against family

Pennsylvania  |  December 19, 2014

The city of Philadelphia has dropped its attempt to seize two homes using civil asset forfeiture laws.

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As #Grubergate continues to unfold, Reason.com’s Remy offers up a new video revealing just how President Obama’s administration discussed selling Obamacare to the American people.

WATCHDOG CITIZEN NEWS

 |  Michigan

By Izzy Lyman | WatchdogWire.com
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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