WHEELER DEALER: Ohio Gov. John Kasich, right touts the program's skyrocketing enrollment as great news for the state, and he built his budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 on the assumption Medicaid expansion will continue.

No money, no problem for Ohio Obamacare expansion

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Ohio’s Obamacare Medicaid expansion will continue until at least July despite burning through $2.56 billion in federal funding four months early.

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Alabama, Mississippi colleges cited for free speech infringement policies

Mississippi  |  4:00 am

At Athens State University in Alabama, students can’t transmit online anything deemed “threatening,” annoying” or “offensive.” At the University if Southern Mississippi, student organizations must register with the Office of Student Activities a month in advance before conducting protests or demonstrations.

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Minimum wage exemption on the Minnesota statehouse menu

Minnesota  |  4:00 am

Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party legislators were for it before they were against it.

A loophole in the DFL’s signature 2014 minimum wage hike — passed without one Republican vote — lets resort owners pay less than the new minimum wage to seasonal employees who receive room and board as a benefit.

Now that House Republicans want to extend a similar break to restaurants, however, DFL support remains harder to find than a waiter at McDonald’s.

WHERE DID YOU GO? Conservatives wonder why 87,000 Virginians who voted for Republican congressmen did not cast their ballots for GOP Senate candidate Ed Gillespie, above.

Gillespie tripped when voters skipped Virginia Senate race

Virginia  |  4:00 am

Four months after Democrat Mark Warner was re-elected in a squeaker, conservatives are still puzzling why 87,000 Virginians voted for Republican congressmen but failed to check the box for the party’s U.S. Senate candidate.

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Mississippi Power blames court decision partly for Kemper cost increase

Energy and Environment  |  4:00 am

Mississippi Power partly blames a state Supreme Court decision for a $26 million price increase on the Kemper Project.

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Idaho lawmakers may kill their own sweet pension perk

Idaho  |  1:38 pm

Despite an extra attempt to kill the plan, a bill to end legislative pension spiking will move forward to an Idaho Senate committee for more deliberations.

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Milwaukee DA to be ‘special guest’ at fundraiser for Supreme Court justice

Wisconsin  |  12:30 pm

The Milwaukee district attorney who launched a politically charged — and court-rejected — John Doe investigation into dozens of conservative groups and Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign is listed as a “special guest” at a campaign fundraiser for Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley.

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Tennessee solid waste director took $227,000, heads to Disney World, audit says

Tennessee  |  March 5, 2015

Ronald Brady is charged with taking more than $227,000 from Hamblen County taxpayers, yet probably no reporter was around to ask: What will you do now?

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‘Shell game:’ Is Wolf’s proposed budget $29.9 billion, or is it $33.8 billion?

Pennsylvania  |  March 5, 2015

Gov. Tom Wolf claims his budget proposal spends $29.9 billion. Republican lawmakers — and the math within his plan — say it’s actually $33.8 billion.

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Watchdog.org stories spark Colorado bill to stop liquor, casino, welfare abuse

Colorado  |  March 5, 2015

After a series of Watchdog.org stories exposing potential welfare waste, state representatives introduced a bill Wednesday designed to stop or at least decrease the amount of tax money welfare recipients withdraw at state and federally prohibited locations like liquor stories, casinos and strip bars.

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New Jersey reform plan won’t stop double-dips or $100,000 pensions

New Jersey  |  March 5, 2015

 
By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog
Double-dipping public officials and retirees collecting $100,000 a year or more from New Jersey state pensions have little to fear from the sweeping reforms proposed by Gov. Chris Christie.
The blueprint drafted by the governor’s Pension and Health Benefit Study Commission promises to help the state retirement system escape a […]

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