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Labor union work by federal employees on ‘official time’ costs taxpayers millions

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Unionized federal employees spent 2.48 million hours working for their unions while getting paid by taxpayers during 2013, and more than 360 workers who are on the federal payroll spent 100 percent of their time working for their union.

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Mississippi taxpayers spent more than $1.4 million on ‘food for business meetings’

Mississippi  |  4:00 am

Mississippi taxpayers spent more than $1.4 million on food for business meetings and “promotions” by state agencies.

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Governor-elect’s proposal for sick days upsets some businesses

Pennsylvania  |  4:00 am

Gov.-elect Tom Wolf won’t take office for another two months, but one part of his Fresh Start policy plan already has business types feeling queasy.

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Kim Kardashian, Lebron and Obama: These 24 things happened since Keystone’s first proposal

National  |  4:00 am

By Dustin Hurst | Watchdog.org
Six years, two months and 23 days — 2,275 days to be exact.
No, it’s not the amount of time you’d have to work to pay off your family’s share of the national debt. That’s probably much higher.
Instead, that’s how many days it’s been since TransCanada first proposed the Keystone XL pipeline, […]

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Small dairy farmer battles Florida regulators over ‘misleading’ milk labels

Florida  |  9:04 am

State regulators took on a third generation family-owned dairy farm in one of Florida’s smallest counties and gave it an offer the owners had to refuse: call a natural milk item imitation milk or inject it with additives.

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No-bid contracts under fire in Mississippi

Mississippi  |  4:00 am

A corruption scandal in the Mississippi Department of Corrections has the practice of no-bid contracts under fire.

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Liberty wins in Massachusetts ‘Nanny State’ tobacco battle

National  |  4:00 am

By M.D. Kittle | Watchdog.org

Chalk one up for liberty.

Smokers and nonsmokers alike in Westminster, Mass., came together to push back a move by the town’s Board of Health to ban the sale of all tobacco and nicotine products within the city limits.

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Mississippi auditor: Corruption shouldn’t result in a state pension

Mississippi  |  8:46 am

If Mississippi auditor Stacey Pickering has his way, public officials convicted of corruption will not collect the state’s contribution to their pension.

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Audit coming as Pittsburgh’s pension liabilities surge

Pennsylvania  |  4:00 am

The Steel City will be undergoing scrutiny in the next few months, as the state auditor general takes a close at the city’s public pension plans. This comes after a report this summer shows a slide in the progress the city had made earlier. The city’s unfunded pension liabilities have now reached $484 million, and the plans are only 58 percent funded.

COMING THIS FALL: The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether to hear a challenge to a system a lower-court judge has called a "protectionist regime."

After Grubergate controversy fades, legal challenge to Obamacare remains

National  |  November 21, 2014

Jonathan Gruber, the MIT economist and one-time architect of the Affordable Care Act, has been in the news a lot over the past two weeks.

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Ohio’s Gov. Kasich plays maverick at Republican conference

Ohio  |  November 21, 2014

Ohio Gov. John Kasich played to media enthusiasm for big-government Republicans during a Republican Governors Association panel Wednesday.

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Remy goes hard at Obamacare, #Grubergate and Lena Dunham

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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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 |  Michigan

By Izzy Lyman | WatchdogWire.com
Charlie LeDuff, a Fox 2 reporter known for his offbeat exposés, went mano a mano with a Wayne County squatter.
Lynn Arthur Williams Jr., on probation for a felonious assault with a deadly weapon, had taken up residence in a single-family Detroit home bought by Sarah Hamilton-Gilmer.
Hamilton-Gilmer planned on a third-party short sale […]

Bathrobe-wearing watchdog turns tables on Detroit squatter

 |  Colorado

On the 19th edition of ALEC’s Report Card, Colorado education performance and policies ranked highly among states, with many improvements still to be made.

Report: Colorado education fares OK, rates well next to other states

 |  Colorado

Denver’s real unemployment rate, like Colorado’s is much higher than the official published figured would indicate.

Denver’s real unemployment rate mirrors Colorado’s

 |  Massachusetts

Westminster, MA will hear public comment to make the town the first municipality in the US to ban the sale of all tobacco products within its borders.

Massachusetts town may ban sale of all tobacco products

 |  Alabama

Huntsville schools paid an ex-FBI agent $157,000 to oversee security reforms, including monitoring the social media accounts of the district’s students.

Alabama school district pays ex-FBI agent to monitor students’ social media

 |  Nevada

Nevada Republicans made history in the midterm elections, controlling both houses of the Legislature and Governor’s office for the first time since 1929.

Red tsunami hits Nevada

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