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Thank a labor union for what?

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By Benjamin Yount | Watchdog Radio
There was a time in this country when people could easily thank labor unions for their standard of living.
But as the nation’s economy changed,  labor unions shifted from privat3-industry worker advocacy to the public-sector lobbying. Now taxpayers can thank teachers, cops, firefighters and university employees for billions of dollars in pension [...]

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Ex-Im Bank scores poorly on transparency for taxpayer-subsidized loans

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By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org
MINNEAPOLIS — The Export-Import Bank puts billions of taxpayer dollars at risk to subsidize purchases by overseas companies, and it doesn’t do a good job of making those transactions transparent, either.
The Government Accountability Office whacked the Ex-Im bank in a report released last week for shoddy record-keeping and oversight of three [...]

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Open your wallets: Debt in Wisconsin costs each state taxpayer $4,400

Wisconsin  |  4:00 am

By Adam Tobias | Wisconsin Reporter
MADISON, Wis. — A lavish home entertainment system. A reliable used car. A trip to Europe. Braces for your child. A semester at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Those are all things expected to come with a price tag of $4,400.
But that amount is also what each Wisconsin resident would have to [...]

'UNCONSCIONABLE': Gov. Bob McDonnell said the bipartisan budget failures in Washington, D.C. are a "pox on both houses."

Economist: Cut VA governor’s ability to favor firms to prevent future scandals

Virginia  |  4:00 am

For the last few weeks, much of former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s defense in his federal corruption trial has been pretty simple — what he did for businessman Jonnie Williams, and what Williams did for him, was all just business as usual. And in arguing his innocence by showing the jury that his relationship with Williams was perfectly normal, McDonnell and his defense team are also pinpointing how detrimental it can be to Virginia when the governor views it as part of his job description to privilege particular firms and has the power to do so, one economist says.

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Who can be a sheriff in NM? Just about anybody

New Mexico  |  4:00 am

Did you know you don’t have to prove any law enforcement expertise to become a county sheriff in New Mexico?

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Study: PA’s debt would cost taxpayers $14,500 each to pay off today

Pennsylvania  |  4:00 am

Pennsylvania is famous for its potholes, but it has an even bigger sinkhole problem that could cost taxpayers way more than minor car repairs caused by pock-marked roads.

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Tennessee amendment may bring greater checks and balances

Tennessee  |  4:00 am

The only way now to get on the Tennessee Supreme Court is through the governor or, eight years later, the voters in a retention election.

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Kansas cops have few reservations about acquiring military hardware

Kansas  |  August 29, 2014

Video footage and photos depicting Ferguson, Mo., police acting more like soldiers on the battleground has catalyzed a national debate over the role of military hardware in local law enforcement. But while Kansas cops have received everything from grenade launchers to mine-resistant armored vehicles, few – if any – have an issue with it.

THE CALL: Omaha  Mayor Jean Stothert said she let Police Chief Todd Schmaderer make the call as to whether the TV show "Cops" should be allowed to shoot in Omaha, leading to a deadly incident that killed a TV crewman and robbery suspect.

After film crew shot, Omaha mayor says ride-along decision left to police chief

Nebraska  |  August 29, 2014

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert said she left the final decision on whether to allow the “Cops” TV show to film in Omaha to Police Chief Todd Schmaderer.

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‘It’s not fraud if the agency does it:’ Iowa officials explain unemployment overpayments

Iowa  |  August 29, 2014

The only reason Iowa Workforce Development hasn’t been telling the truth about the extra unemployment benefits it paid out in March is because it believes in the honesty of Iowans.

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Agency vote reveals early doubts about Sanders’ Burlington College loan pitch

Vermont  |  August 29, 2014

While borrowing millions to build a campus on Lake Champlain may have sounded like a good idea at the time to leaders at Burlington College, two board members at the agency tasked with approving the tax-exempt loan said no way.

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PLAIN ENGLISH: While Gov. Sam Brownback has been characterized as uncaring in his opposition to Obamacare, the governor says it's a simple matter of fiscal prudence for those who realize the federal government doesn't always keep its promises.

Video: Brownback states plainly why Medicaid expansion hurts Kansas

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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has been on the business end of numerous barbs and critiques for taking a stand against Obamacare and Medicaid expansion in the Sunflower State.

Those with unwavering faith in the federal government have characterized the conservative governor as an uncaring obstructionist for his opposition, but in an exclusive interview with the Daily Signal, Brownback laid out the argument against Obamacare in his own words.

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Leawood throws the book at Little Free Library

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The city of Leawood is using the full power of the law to protect property values from the threat of, uh, free cabinet-sized libraries.

A municipal statute designed to ban all detached structures is being levied against Leawood residents Brian and Sarah Collins after their 9-year-old son, Spencer, worked with his dad and grandpa to build the Little Free Library as a Mother’s Day gift.

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 |  North Carolina

By Ann Kane | WatchdogWire.com
Unaccompanied alien children make up 10 to 15 percent of the number of people illegally crossing  the U.S. southern border this year. Many are now in North Carolina.
In a newly released report, the Administration for Children and Families, part of the federal Office for Refugees and Immigrants , reports that North Carolina has 815 unaccompanied children, [...]

Feds keep North Carolina’s top officials guessing on unaccompanied children

 |  Maryland

A new rule proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will give the agency authority over 19,000 miles of streams and other “intermittent” or “ephemeral” bodies of water in Maryland.

Maps reveal EPA water grab in Maryland

 |  New Jersey

By L. Tierney | WatchdogWire.com
Those New Jersey homeowners who were concerned about granting government easements for beach replenishment? Turns out they were right to be suspicious.
Two bills pending in the state Senate could mean big changes for Long Beach Island.
Senate bill S-2368, filed last session, requires any municipality that accepts federal or state money to replenish storm-damaged beaches [...]

Free beaches come at high cost

 |  Washington

Based on Washington State’s track record with the new ESA listing of the well-endowed pocket gopher, it appears they protect rodents better than citizens.

Washington state protects gophers better than cops, citizens

 |  Georgia

Jasper County, Ga. is one of the recipients of the more than $5.1 billion worth of military equipment given to local law enforcement.

Georgia county arms to the hilt

 |  Connecticut

Connecticut mom Tanya McDowell will spend 12 years in prison after she was sentenced on a number of criminal charges, including “stealing” nearly $15,000 in “educational services” for her son.

Mother sentenced to 12 years for ‘stealing’ son’s education

 |  Nevada

A Bloomberg-backed group is back with a petition drive to revive a background check initiative for Nevada’s 2016 ballot.

Bloomberg takes another shot at Nevadans’ guns