Minimum-wage advocates gain surprise GOP ally

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State Sen. Christine Tartaglione has tried to raise the minimum wage so many times, it could almost be called a tradition at the state Capitol.

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New Mexico lawmaker says state — not feds — should manage its land

Washington  |  4:00 am

State Rep. Yvette Herrell, R-Alamogordo, thinks New Mexico can do a better job managing its land than the federal government can. Later this week, she will file a bill creating the New Mexico Land Management Study Committee to study whether New Mexicans would be better served by managing their own land.


Nebraska education board to ask new member to resign over racist blog

Nebraska  |  1:00 am

On Wednesday, Pat McPherson will attend his first board meeting since being elected to the State board of Education in November, and it’s likely to be awkward because the first order of business will be a resolution asking him to resign.

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No license? No problem! MN tries alternative teachers

Education  |  4:00 am

As incubator of the nation’s first charter schools in 1991, Minnesota earned a reputation as an educational innovator. Twenty years later, however, the state still consistently reports one of the biggest achievement and graduation rate gaps for minority students in the nation.

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OK lawmaker pushes for school choice savings accounts

Education  |  4:00 am

An Oklahoma lawmaker is pushing for education savings accounts that will put a portion of per-student money into a fund parents can use for private schools, tutors and even higher education.

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Study finds school choice vouchers are saving Ohio money

Education  |  4:00 am

School choice vouchers have saved Ohio taxpayers more than $500 million, according to a Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice study released last fall.

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District defiant about credit-card spending, tweaks policy anyway

Pennsylvania  |  4:00 am

The superintendent of one Pittsburgh area school district is adamant that allegations about credit-card use were “slanderous,” “exaggerated” and “100 percent absolutely” raised for political reasons. He also maintains all the purchases were ok by district policy — but the district has still made some changes to the policy.


Machinists dues fund hefty union boss salaries, lefty politics

Labor  |  4:00 am

Union dues paid to International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers fund generous officer pay and left-wing politics.

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DOJ ‘cloud’ hangs over Wisconsin’s school choice program

Education  |  4:00 am

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter

MADISON, Wis. – It’s like living under a cloud.

That’s how Jim Bender, president of School Choice Wisconsin, feels about a seemingly never ending, “ongoing investigation” by the U.S. Department of Justice into the state’s parental choice, or school choice, program.


Conservatives: GAB’s meeting minutes show gap in board’s John Doe oversight

Wisconsin  |  5:59 pm

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter

MADISON, Wis. – The state’s Government Accountability Board broke its once-strict code of silence to attack critics who say the campaign finance and election law regulator has gone “rogue,” using its investigative powers to investigate political opponents.

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No more puppy mills: Activists fight reappointment of NE ag commissioner

Nebraska  |  January 27, 2015

A Nebraska animal shelter is lobbying lawmakers not to approve the reappointment of Agriculture Commissioner Greg Ibach on Tuesday, saying he hasn’t done enough to clamp down on puppy mills.




Jon Stewart obliterates ‘slimy’ Democrats over Gruber

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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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