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More paying Obamacare fines 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.

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Wastewater injects controversy over earthquakes in Oklahoma

Energy and Environment  |  July 30, 2015

“We believe that in 12 months we would see a clear decline in the earthquake activity” if a moratorium is put in place, said Johnson Bridgwater, director of Oklahoma Sierra Club. “We are not saying it would completely stop, we are not saying they would go away, but we do believe that a 12-month window would show a steady decline in earthquake activity in the area.”

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New Tennessee law scrutinizes how volunteer firefighters spend taxpayer money

Tennessee  |  July 30, 2015

The Tennessee comptroller alleges an Overton County volunteer fire chief stole $37,000, but a new law will place volunteer firefighters and how they spend taxpayer money under greater scrutiny.

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Lawmakers to take on receivership, probate abuse

Colorado  |  July 30, 2015

Abuses by court-appointed receivers and overseers of probate are a growing problem that one state lawmaker wants to address next year.

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Missing political operative has ties to Philadelphia mayoral campaign

Pennsylvania  |  12:13 pm

Why did Jim Kenney’s campaign pay $14,000 to a political operative who is now missing and linked to an FBI investigation?

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State Patrol goes over budget on overtime, doesn’t say why

Nebraska  |  12:16 pm

The Nebraska State Patrol exceeded its overtime budget by about $400,000 in the fiscal year that ended last month, but it’s not clear why.

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Idaho lawmaker probing Idaho’s concealed carry law

Idaho  |  3:10 pm

Freshman Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, wants help understanding wild price differences for concealed weapons permits in Idaho’s 44 counties.

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Missing political operative has ties to Philadelphia mayoral campaign

Pennsylvania  |  12:13 pm

Why did Jim Kenney’s campaign pay $14,000 to a political operative who is now missing and linked to an FBI investigation?

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Ron Johnson has backing of powerful free-market Club in battle with Russ Feingold

Wisconsin  |  11:39 am

“Russ Feingold has been out of the state and people haven’t focused on what he’s been doing. They’ve forgotten why they fired him six years ago. We’re going to remind them of that,”

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Critics refute study that blames fracking for ND high school dropouts

North Dakota  |  11:19 am

“I don’t think it’s just a boom in energy. A manufacturing boom would have had the same result. Laying it at the feet of the energy industry is really irresponsible,” Ellis told Watchdog. “I think any industry would have had the same result.”

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Wastewater injects controversy over earthquakes in Oklahoma

Energy and Environment  |  July 30, 2015

“We believe that in 12 months we would see a clear decline in the earthquake activity” if a moratorium is put in place, said Johnson Bridgwater, director of Oklahoma Sierra Club. “We are not saying it would completely stop, we are not saying they would go away, but we do believe that a 12-month window would show a steady decline in earthquake activity in the area.”

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Green-energy CEO: Vermonters must abandon the car

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“We got to get people to live where they work and get into the community. They can’t be living everywhere.”

Tesla got $295M in subsidies for technology it didn’t offer

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“This isn’t a science fair. We should be paying for results,” said a California lawmaker of the Tesla Motors subsidies.

Situation critical: Obamacare costs set to pummel state budgets

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As Obamacare costs rocket past projections, will Washington D.C. rescue the states?


Nanny State of the Week: Town officials mandate mowing

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Local officials in St. Alban’s Township, Ohio, want residents to destroy two years’ worth of work on a small-scale nature preserve.

Houston’s debt passes Detroit’s

Houstonians know all about foundations that crack.

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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.

Nanny State of the Week: Lawsuit challenges Seattle trash snooping

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Seattle officials have deputized trashmen as a sort of secret police who are ordered to rat on residents’ trash habits to the nannies at the Seattle Public Utilities.

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New Jersey pensions sue Christie for $4 billion in missed payments

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New Jersey’s three largest public pension plans are taking Gov. Chris Christie to court in a renewed effort to force the state to pay more than $4 billion in missed payments to retirement funds.

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Scranton handed out $3 million in ‘double pensions,’ adding to fiscal woes

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Even as it was careening towards bankruptcy, the city of Scranton, Pennsylvania, okayed $3 million in bonus pension payments for a handful of city employees.

Those extra payments effectively doubled the retirement pay of 35 city workers, and they were handed out without a proper analysis of the cost to the city’s taxpayers, according to a state audit released this week.

These two lawmakers could pocket more than $1 million in pension payments each.

Idaho governor gives two lawmakers million-dollar pensions — at taxpayer expense

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Gov. Butch Otter knows how to raise income levels — at least for a few lucky and connected former legislators.