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Labor union bosses stand up for Planned Parenthood

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Americans are divided on taxpayer funding of abortion, but union bosses remain staunch supporters.

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Taxpayers brace for hit from Lone Star Rail

Texas  |  July 31, 2015

O’Toole likens policymakers’ fixation with rail projects to the continued installation of streetcars in 1915, when automobiles were starting to hit the roads en masse.

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Being American is problematic, and 5 other silly entries in the U of New Hampshire style guide

New Hampshire  |  July 31, 2015

The University of New Hampshire officially frowns upon the use of the word “American,” but that’s just one of a number of ridiculous entries in a newly published Bias-Free Language Guide issued by the publicly-funded university.

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In the dark: Ohio sunshine committee hasn’t met, and no one can make it

Ohio  |  July 31, 2015

Ohio’s Sunshine Review Committee has not yet met and it may be that no one can force it to.

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Missing political operative has ties to Philadelphia mayoral campaign

Pennsylvania  |  July 30, 2015

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  |  July 30, 2015

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  |  July 30, 2015

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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Western Pennsylvania school districts brought down by pension debt

Education  |  July 31, 2015

A frank assessment from Moody’s rating agency this week has given several Pennsylvania school districts sour financial notes, and western PA’s schools top the list.

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

Wisconsin  |  July 30, 2015

“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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Near radio silence as Erie County prepares to spend $26M on an upgrade

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Erie County is poised to decide whether to put the county on the hook for a $26.5 million radio system overhaul that critics say is unnecessary. One councilman who opposes the project says the city police chief also said it was unnecessary – but he wouldn’t comment on the record.

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Idaho lawmaker probing Idaho’s concealed carry law

Idaho  |  July 30, 2015

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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Obamacare fines rise 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.

GAB’s Kennedy had a friend in IRS’ Lois Lerner

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“Wisconsin liberals worked to turn the IRS and the state Government Accountability Board into partisan political weapons.”

Solar firm gets $422M in tax dollars, customers get horror

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“As a customer, you have no say. With a solar lease, you are putting the stuff on your roof. You have a signed contract with the devil and you are stuck with the stuff.”


UT admissions scandal is 10 times bigger than official report

The leadership of the University of Texas at Austin has buried the school in scandal with a sweep-it-under-the-rug approach.

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At least 764 applicants initially denied admission to the University of Texas were admitted thanks to a backdoor program for the wealthy and politically connected.

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.

‘Doping the vote’ in South Texas triggers federal indictments

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Shady ballot brokers are “doping the vote” in the Rio Grande Valley, an election-watch group says. Now the FBI is on the case.

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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.