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House of Cards: Feds aim to overrule states, ban online gambling

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Taking risks and reaping huge rewards may be a fixture of American politics, but a bill being pushed through committee may completely outlaw the chance for Americans to do the same from their home computer or smartphone on Internet gambling websites.

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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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Milwaukee district attorney 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.

Chart by Rachel Martin; data from Feb. 2014 IFO report

Governor wants natural gas tax, but it won’t close Pennsylvania budget gap

Pennsylvania  |  March 5, 2015

Nestled in Gov. Tom Wolf’s ambitious budget address to the Pennsylvania General Assembly Tuesday was a production tax on natural gas. That tax could put a big dent in the state’s gaping deficit, but clearly can’t solve the revenue problem alone.

DIGGING IT: Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced his support for a trans-Virginia gas pipeline on Tuesday.

Virginia governor says 150 of his bills passed, but nobody seems to know what they are

Virginia  |  March 5, 2015

Governor Terry McAuliffe’s administration is touting that 70 percent of their 213 bills passed the General Assembly this year, an impressive feat for a Democratic governor contending with a stubborn, Republican-controlled House and Senate. The trouble is, nobody seems to know quite what the administration’s 213 total bills — or the 150 that will reach the governor’s desk — are, and the governor’s office isn’t responding to requests for a comprehensive list of bills.

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Philadelphia public schools flush with shortages

Education  |  March 5, 2015

By Evan Grossman | Watchdog.org
PHILADELPHIA — Proposed financial assistance for Philadelphia schools couldn’t come at a better time.
Reading, writing and arithmetic are some of the most important lessons students learn. But one of the most valuable things they learn in Philly schools is to check to make sure there is toilet paper in the restroom before they do their […]

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

New Jersey  |  6:10 am

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

Tennessee  |  12:21 pm

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  |  9:35 am

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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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.

WHO'S YOUR MOMMA? First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe wants to feed Virginia's hungry children morning, noon and night -- and on weekends.

McAuliffes’ government dole: Boon or boondoggle?

Virginia  |  March 5, 2015

Gov. Terry McAuliffe and wife Dorothy want to end childhood hunger in Virginia for $29.32. Virginia farmer Joel Salatin calls it “a boondoggle and a charade.”

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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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