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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  |  4:00 am

“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  |  4:00 am

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  |  4:00 am

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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Some Texas open records now closed in wake of state Supreme Court ruling

Texas  |  4:00 am

By Steve Miller | Texas Watchdog
An economic development group in Fort Bend County is no longer subject to the state’s open records law in the wake of a game-changing state Supreme Court ruling in June.
The Texas Attorney General Office’s open records division has ruled the Greater Fort Bend Economic Development Council is not a public body, reversing […]

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Toledo officials should have known better

Ohio  |  4:00 am

The City of Toledo announced a hiring freeze and other budget cuts due to a projected $4-6 million deficit. But it should have been obvious to anyone paying attention that Toledo’s 2015 budgeted revenue was too high to start.

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Vermont to pay up to $2.7 million for faulty fix to state health exchange

Vermont  |  4:00 am

An independent report on Vermont Health Connect shows Vermonters will pay up to $2.7 million for June’s faulty technology fix, a fact not disclosed by the Shumlin administration’s report.

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Ousted council member wins court hearing, keeps seat for now

Texas  |  4:00 am

It’s a game of minutes; at that council meeting after being sworn in, her fate was debated in closed session by her colleagues, who voted the following week to remove her.

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No honor guard for highly decorated former Milwaukee police officer?

Wisconsin  |  4:45 pm

A highly decorated former Milwaukee police officer who fatally shot himself early Sunday morning before law enforcement officials may not receive the standard Milwaukee Police Department Honor Guard service at his burial this weekend.

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More than 1,000 young immigrants get Nebraska driver’s licenses

Nebraska  |  July 29, 2015

In the nearly two months since Nebraska ended its reign as the last holdout in the nation, over 1,000 children of undocumented immigrants have gotten driver’s licenses in Nebraska.

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Retirees struggling to afford Vermont, moving to other states

Vermont  |  July 29, 2015

Vermonters have different reasons for leaving the state, but for retirees, the decision to leave the Green Mountains and retire elsewhere often comes down to property taxes and the cost of living.

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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

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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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Nanny of the Week: Bernie Sanders is coming for your deodorant

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U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, is running for president, which means we’ll get to spend the next few months enjoying the absurdity of socialist politics on the national stage.

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Nanny of the Week: Christie caves to protectionist gravestone proposal in N.J.

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By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org
When New Jersey’s most devout residents head for the great turnpike rest-stop in the sky, they can be memorialized with religious services, prayed over by religious men and women, buried in a religious manner and laid to rest on land owned by a religious institution.
But if their grave is marked with […]

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Secret recordings reveal Elizabeth Warren would be Regulator-in-Chief

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By Will Swaim | Watchdog.org
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has played it cool, denying she’ll run for president in 2016 in a way that seems designed to boost expectations she will.
That has given especially liberal Democratic Party loyalists a case of the fantods. Disgusted with Barack Obama, terrified by the prospect of a President Hillary Clinton, […]