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Texas flunks school-choice test

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As one of the most conservative and entrepreneurial states in the nation, Texas has been a leading laboratory for Milton Friedman’s market-driven formulas.
But while building the economic guru’s low-tax, low-regulation model, the Lone Star State sticks to business as usual with K-12 government schools.

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Denver spends tax bounty on bureaucracy, not vital services

Colorado  |  August 4, 2015

Denver officials are urging voters to approve or extend more taxes but spending on the last few years has not focused on providing services.

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Candidates for Central District PSC seat express reservations about Kemper Project

Energy and Environment  |  August 3, 2015

Candidates for the Central District PSC seat are skeptical of Mississippi Power’s Kemper Project integrated gasification power plant.

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Legal expert: Abrahamson and John Doe civil rights cases like day and night

Wisconsin  |  August 3, 2015

“What these prosecutors did, I think, represents the heart of a true civil rights complaint by all the people targeted, as opposed to and contrasted with the totally ludicrous civil rights complaint of the former chief justice of the state Supreme Court, Ms. (Shirley) Abrahamson..”

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Lawmaker says anti-tobacco agency may be breaking law by opposing vaping

North Dakota  |  August 3, 2015

Rep. Mike Schatz of North Dakota says state anti-tobacco officials may be breaking the law by opposing vaping.

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Nanny State of the Week: Florida county sends environmental specialist to investigate BBQ

Florida  |  August 3, 2015

The smell of barbeque has landed one Florida man in trouble with his local authorities, who reportedly sent an “environmental specialist” – a fancy term for this column recognizes as little more than a run-of-the-mill government nanny – to inspect his grill and then ordered him to contain the smell to his own property

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Who is really green? Environmentalists in Vermont fight over renewable mandates

Energy and Environment  |  August 3, 2015

Recent requirements to boost renewable energy sources in Vermont have run into resistance from a surprising quarter — other environmentalists.

PARTY SUPPORT, BUT NOT PARTY LINE: Paul Mullen supports a severance tax and has concerns about moving workers to a 401(k)-style plan, but he's getting big support from the state GOP in his race for a House seat.

Conservatives question PA GOP’s return on campaign investments

Pennsylvania  |  August 3, 2015

The Pennsylvania GOP is doling out thousands of dollars in campaign cash, but doesn’t always get party results once candidates are elected.

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Specialized North Dakota license plates not just for pro-life groups

North Dakota  |  August 3, 2015

A pro-choice group accuses states like North Dakota of funneling revenues to pro-life organizations.

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Gov. Kasich has a $14 billion Obamacare problem

Ohio  |  August 3, 2015

Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s habit of telling voters “Ohio money” pays for his Obamacare Medicaid expansion is about to catch up to him.

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FCC divide affecting spectrum auction design

National  |  August 3, 2015

Billions of dollars are on the line for telecom companies as the FCC designs the upcoming spectrum auction.


GAB’s Kennedy had a friend in IRS’ Lois Lerner

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“Wisconsin liberals worked to turn the IRS and the state Government Accountability Board into partisan political weapons.”

VA drops probe of whistleblower after year of intimidation

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It’s been a year since Shea Wilkes revealed a VA hospital’s secret waiting list. The nationwide scandal that followed nearly cost Wilkes his job.

Solar firm gets $422M in tax dollars, customers get horror

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“As a customer, you have no say. With a solar lease, you are putting the stuff on your roof. You have a signed contract with the devil and you are stuck with the stuff.”

Civil asset forfeiture allowed officer to take $6,000

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In Morristown, Tennessee, police seized cars and demanded cash, which a police sergeant allegedly kept for himself — $6,000 in all, a state report says.

Houston’s debt passes Detroit’s

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According to a key measure of fiscal health, Houston’s situation is nearly as bad as that of Chicago, which is starting to collapse under its debt burdens.

‘Doping the vote’ in South Texas triggers federal indictments

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Shady ballot brokers are “doping the vote” in the Rio Grande Valley, an election-watch group says. Now the FBI is on the case.



Inside Obamacare: ‘the biggest penalty no one is talking about’

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Employers who reimburse workers for health care costs face massive tax penalties—“the biggest penalty that no one is talking about.”

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Obamacare fines rise as subsidies go to people who don’t exist

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The IRS fined more than 7.5 million Americans for not having health insurance in 2014, even as Obamacare subsidies were flowing to people who did not exist.


At $4 billion, Ohio’s Obamacare expansion is nearly twice projected cost

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Expanding Medicaid to working-age Ohioans with no kids and no disabilities was supposed to cost $2.56 billion in its first year and a half. In reality, the cost has now soared to more than $4 billion.