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Teachers union boss loses 40,000 members, gets a raise

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National Education Association president Dennis Van Roekel received a huge pay raise this year while the teachers union lost more than 40,000 members.

DOUBLE CAPACITY: "The Deuce," one of Las Vegas' fleet of double-decker buses rolls down the Strip, clearing pedestrian bridges with ease.

Double-deck buses for Arlington after streetcars fail?

Virginia  |  November 26, 2014

As die-hard streetcar pushers try to get their derailed project back on track politically, others are moving on with a proposal to bring double-decker buses to Arlington.

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OKC taxpayers fork over millions to retiring city workers

Oklahoma  |  November 26, 2014

In the past five years, Oklahoma City taxpayers have cut checks totaling $20.6 million to retiring city employees for accrued vacation and sick leave, Watchdog.org found through an analysis of city databases.

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Citing tougher scrutiny, Republican upends VA Senate with resignation

Virginia  |  November 26, 2014

Republican state Sen. John Watkins is retiring after three and a half decades in the General Assembly, throwing the future of party control of the Senate into chaos once more.

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Internet fact checks contributed to Dems defeat, pundit says

North Carolina  |  November 26, 2014

A major reason for U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan’s loss – and the defeats of most legislative candidates down the ballot — lies in one simple concept.

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Roger and Beth Ailes show Veterans Day should be every day

November 26, 2014

By Jason Stverak | Watchdog.org
Retired U.S. Army Gen. John M. “Jack” Keane presented Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes and his wife Beth with the lifetime achievement award from the Green Beret Foundation.
The awards recognized Roger and Beth Ailes for their “staunch support of our military and for continuously upholding Green Beret traditions and […]

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Fire chief loses department money after leaving it in unlocked car

Tennessee  |  11:03 am

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — One chief in Overton County’s Volunteer Fire Department left $570 of the department’s money in an unlocked car.
Guess how this story ends.
Someone took the money, according to a recently released audit from Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson.
Fire Chief Charles Neal told Tennessee Watchdog this week he was waiting to deposit […]

HAPPY THANKSGIVING: Here's our annual look at subsidies paid by taxpayers for that spread coming to your table on Thursday.

Thanksgiving is a time for family

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By Jason Stverak
Thanksgiving evening, after the table is clear and the dishes are washed, has traditionally been a drowsy evening of nibbling leftover pie and visiting with family–a last deep breath before the rush of the holiday season.
In the last couple of years, however, this tradition has given way to something decidedly less Norman Rockwellian. […]

LOWERING THE CEILING: State lawmakers approved a bill to drop the state's RACP debt ceiling to $3.45 billion from $4.05 billion.

New PA bosses look a lot like the old PA bosses

Pennsylvania  |  November 26, 2014

Gov. Tom Corbett and state Sen. Dominic Pileggi were given the boot earlier this month, reshuffling political power heading into 2015.

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Good, bad news in Ohio’s unemployment rate

Ohio  |  November 26, 2014

There was both good and bad news in the latest unemployment numbers for Ohio. The good news is that the unemployment rate fell to 5.6 percent in September. That’s down from 5.7 percent in August.

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Board still weighing fate of kindergarten teacher who attacked Walker signs

Wisconsin  |  11:12 am

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter

MADISON, Wis. – Germantown School Board members need more time to decide on potential disciplinary action against April Kay Smith, the kindergarten teacher who stomped on GOP signs at the Jefferson County Fair because she was “just so angry with (Gov.) Scott Walker.

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Remy goes hard at Obamacare, #Grubergate and Lena Dunham

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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.

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 |  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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