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Bloodletting could be in store for Mississippi drivers at DUI checkpoints

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A little blood could be drawn if a sobriety test is refused at DUI checkpoints run by the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol.

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Lawmakers say conservation measure could hurt tax relief efforts

North Dakota  |  3:00 am

By Rob Port | Watchdog.org North Dakota Bureau
BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota lawmakers are divided over what sort of tax relief should come out of the 2015 legislative session, but one area of agreement is that a ballot measure could have a big impact on whether tax relief passes at all.
Rep. Scott Louser, a Republican [...]

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Ohio false statement law declared unconstitutional

Ohio  |  September 12, 2014

After four years and a trip to the U.S. Supreme Court, an Ohio law that made it a crime to utter false statements about a candidate or politician has been declared unconstitutional.

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DHS: EMP threat ‘very much on our radar screen’

National  |  September 12, 2014

The exchange was short, taking up less than two minutes of a two-hour Senate hearing Wednesday.

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Hawaii cannabis minister released from federal prison after extended stay

Hawaii  |  September 12, 2014

By Malia Zimmerman | Watchdog.org
HONOLULU — Roger Christie, the Big Island minister imprisoned in Honolulu for years for selling marijuana as “sacrament” to his followers, has been released from Hawaii’s Federal Detention Center to a halfway house.
The 64-year-old preacher, who claims marijuana is a religious sacrament and openly sold cannabis in Hilo as part of his [...]

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Fifteen border kids going to school in small Nebraska town

Nebraska  |  September 12, 2014

About 15 undocumented migrant children, or so-called border kids, have moved to Lexington, a small town in central Nebraska.

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Union group coordinated with elected officials to defeat anti-living wage bill

Wisconsin  |  September 12, 2014

MADISON, Wis. — A political nonprofit funded by Service Employees International Union coordinated with public officials to defeat legislation to eliminate local “living wages” that rely on state and federal funding, Wisconsin Reporter has learned.

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City fights citizen watchdog case amid mounting legal fees

Minnesota  |  September 12, 2014

You would be hard pressed to put a price on the impact of citizen watchdogs and their role in holding government accountable.

But in the small Twin Cities suburb of Victoria, the cost of local accountability, at least by one measure, comes to $68,000 in legal fees — and counting.

“The legal defense in this action is a very costly endeavor. An indication of the costs involved can be found in the extent of the initial document search, which required the review of 30,000 pages,” Mayor Tom O’Connor of Victoria said at an Aug. 25 City Council meeting.

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Turzai wants Corbett to put on ‘full-court press’ for liquor privatization

Pennsylvania  |  September 12, 2014

Gov. Tom Corbett already spent much of his summer traveling across Pennsylvania to stump for pension reform, but House Majority Leader Mike Turzai wants him to get back on the road again, this time to put on a “full-court press” for liquor privatization.

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Poll finds strong support for School Choice in Wisconsin’s swing districts

Wisconsin  |  September 12, 2014

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter

MADISON, Wis. – School choice in Wisconsin now has a very big voice advocating for it.

The American Federation for Children, “the nation’s voice for educational choice,” this week announced the launch Wisconsin Federation for Children.

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At $125k a year, labor leader closer to the 1 percent than working class

Montana  |  September 12, 2014

Life at the top has its perks. Just ask Eric Feaver, the head of the MEA-MFT, Montana’s largest labor union.

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Even Jon Stewart thinks Obama’s reaction to world crises is terrible

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PLAIN ENGLISH: While Gov. Sam Brownback has been characterized as uncaring in his opposition to Obamacare, the governor says it's a simple matter of fiscal prudence for those who realize the federal government doesn't always keep its promises.

Video: Brownback states plainly why Medicaid expansion hurts Kansas

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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has been on the business end of numerous barbs and critiques for taking a stand against Obamacare and Medicaid expansion in the Sunflower State.

Those with unwavering faith in the federal government have characterized the conservative governor as an uncaring obstructionist for his opposition, but in an exclusive interview with the Daily Signal, Brownback laid out the argument against Obamacare in his own words.

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Leawood throws the book at Little Free Library

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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.

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 |  Nevada

The Nevada Legislature unanimously passed all four pieces of a massive $1.3 billion incentive package to bring the Tesla Gigafactory to the Silver State.

It’s unanimous: Nevada rolls dice on Tesla ‘Gigafactory’

 |  Montana

Under the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, the agency may view Montana’s regulatory progress as a glass half-empty.

EPA’s power plan snubs Montana’s state-led improvements

 |  North Carolina

By A.P. Dillon | WatchdogWire.com
North Carolina’s Carbarrus County is handing out condoms in its “Welcome Bags” to high school students.
A representative from Cabarrus County Schools, however, said the school itself did not distribute them. Instead, the condoms came form Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, which gave out these “Welcome Bags”.
Information regarding the Gay-Straight-Alliance, which according to a parent, was being actively promoted by [...]

High schoolers get ‘welcome bags’ that include condoms

 |  Ohio

Should the public get the details on threats to the governor? The Ohio Supreme Court doesn’t think so.

Ohio Supreme Court: Threats to governor exempt from Open Records Law

 |  Colorado

Gov. Hickenlooper names members of fracking commission. Does it mean more restrictions on fracking, yet protect the interests of the well-off and connected?

Colorado’s advisory fracking commission announced

 |  Ohio

Ohio legislators have joined the state in appealing a federal court ruling ordering the state to restore early voting.

Ohio early voting law hangs in balance