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Will Texas fit more foster kids in urine-soaked trailers?

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“I do not understand how anyone can read that decision, let alone live with the case for years, and not conclude that a part of the solution is finding ways to keep more children out of this foster care horror show in the first place,” Wexler said.

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Published on: February 8, 2016

Court denies DAs’ motion to open up John Doe records to private attorneys

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Prosecuting attorneys are “generally not authorized to delegate official powers and duties to others, including privat ...
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Published on: February 5, 2016

Resolution greases skids for Burlington charter changes, upsets gun groups

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A state resolution that lets municipal charter changes bypass committee and go straight to the House floor has gun right ...
UNDER FIRE: Gun rights groups say a resolution sitting in the House Rules Committee would grease the skids for fast approval of Burlington's controversial gun control charter changes.
Published on: February 8, 2016

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Project Quest for cash: Job program works city taxpayers

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Over the past five years, the city of San Antonio funneled $8.4 million to a Saul Alinsky-inspired operation, ostensibly for job t ...
Published on: February 5, 2016
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Lawmakers want to create school board ethics commission

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“It points to something that comes up pretty often in Colorado,” said Jeffrey Roberts, executive director of the Colorado Free ...
Published on: February 4, 2016
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Energy siting discussion reveals Vermont’s portfolio standards as culprit

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The ongoing struggle between municipalities and the Public Service Board regarding who gets more say in energy siting bubbled up a ...
Published on: February 4, 2016
State Sen. Konni Burton wants to put the brakes on a $1 billion commuter train project in Tarrant County.

Can anything stop the TEX Rail train?

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Sometimes, state Sen. Konni Burton said, it feels like the people of northeast Tarrant County are being run over by a runaway trai ...
Published on: February 4, 2016
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Georgia city passes on municipal broadband project

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Critics questioned whether there was enough demand for the project, as surveys to area businesses only demonstrated tepid interest ...
Published on: February 5, 2016
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D.C. school voucher program makes a cameo in the 2016 race

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The Opportunity Scholarship Program, a school voucher program in Washington, D.C., promoted by former Speaker of the House John Bo ...
Published on: February 5, 2016
CONTRACTOR REGS: Bills under consideration in the House Commerce Committee could amend the definition of "independent contractor" for workers’ compensation and unemployment compensation purposes.

Labor laws for contractors under examination in Vermont

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The House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development met with labor leaders on Thursday to gauge how new bills regarding contr ...
Published on: February 5, 2016
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The battle over vouchers in Tennessee

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As legislation to allow school vouchers moves forward in the Tennessee legislature, opponents are gearing up to defend the status ...
Published on: February 5, 2016
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Minimum competition: Wisconsin’s minimum markup law costs consumers big

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“Here we are with what is really an exceedingly important issue and topic and we can’t even get a hearing,” said Mike Nichol ...
Published on: February 5, 2016

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Texas homeowners’ plea: Do mess with taxes

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Without an income tax, but with the sixth highest property tax burden in the country, the Lone Star State is no longer a ...
Published on: January 29, 2016

The 8 biggest misconceptions about charter schools

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They range from simple myths to outright lies.
Published on: January 26, 2016

Bernie Sanders failed to act in deadly VA scandal, whistleblower says

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Sanders’ committee “knew what was happening at Tomah,” the Army veteran told Wisconsin Watchdog during an intervie ...
Published on: February 1, 2016

Education

Magnet schools overcome doubters in Connecticut

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When magnet schools were suggested in Greenwich, Conn., 13 years ago, the idea met with some resistance. Now that the p ...
Published on: February 2, 2016

Private school choice for special needs kids in South Carolina

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South Carolina offers two options for school choice serving special needs kids in the state, both of which were outlin ...
Published on: February 1, 2016

A Florida mom’s story of school choice

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Florida mom Olivia Huron-Schaeffer has written a piece for Florida Today in which she refutes a column by Richard Smit ...
Published on: February 1, 2016

Texas

Texans blast Obama administration on refugees, minor migrants

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The Obama administration’s handling of Syrian refugees and unaccompanied minors from Central America is reckless, abus ...
Published on: February 1, 2016

$100 million hipsters: El Paso gets old-timey streetcars

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When the project is completed by late 2018, if all goes well, El Paso residents will be able to ride back and forth alon ...
Published on: February 2, 2016

Feds cut aerial surveillance at Mexican border

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The big-spending Obama administration is cheaping out on border security. Operation Phalanx, an aerial surveillance prog ...
Published on: February 2, 2016