DOC SHORTAGE: The underpayment of doctors by government health care plans is driving doctors out of business in Vermont.

Doctors: Health care monopoly driving them out of business

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Single-payer advocates promise high-quality low-cost health care for all. But physicians in Vermont say the state’s move towards a single-payer health care system is driving independent doctors out of business and eliminating patient choice.

TWIN CITIES CAMPUSES TARGETED BY SEIU:  Adjunct faculty at 3 Twin Cities private college campuses were subject to organizing drives this summer with mixed results for the union. Photo by Mike Ekern, University of St. Thomas website.

MN private colleges split on SEIU professors’ union

Minnesota  |  July 23, 2014

Hamline University’s part-time professors in June voted decisively to join the Service Employees International Union. The momentum appeared to be with SEIU organizers, as the first private college campus in Minnesota to unionize adjunct professors quite possibly cleared way for an even bigger domino in July—the University of St. Thomas.

But the solidarity stopped there. When the National Labor Relations Board tallied the results of SEIU’s test at the University of St. Thomas on Monday, the union got a failing grade — 136-84.

SUBSIDING SUBSIDIES? A federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled that only residents in states with their own health care exchanges qualify for Obamacare subsidies. Pennsylvania is among the states without its own exchange.

Court ruling imperils Obamacare subsidies in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania  |  July 23, 2014

By Andrew Staub | PA Independent
HARRISBURG, Pa. — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Washington, D.C. Circuit dealt a potentially devastating blow to Obamacare on Tuesday when it ruled that only those who enrolled via state-run exchanges qualified for federal subsidies.
Pennsylvania just happens to be one of the states without an exchange.
That means anyone in [...]

A NEW FRONTIER: While school vouchers give parents educational flexibility for their kids and save states money, education savings accounts can do both -- maybe better.

Massachusetts Senate kills charter school expansion

National  |  July 23, 2014

The 45,000 Massachusetts students on waiting lists to attend charter schools will continue waiting.

COMING TO NEW MEXICO FROM IDAHO:  Amy Dowd, the new executive director of the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange, comes highly recommended but she had to weather some controversy.

New health exchange boss in NM survived controversy in Idaho

New Mexico  |  July 23, 2014

Amy Dowd, the new executive director of the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange, comes highly recommended but she had to weather some controversy.

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Obamacare court decision ‘potentially crushing’ for NM health exchange

New Mexico  |  July 22, 2014

An appeals court decision puts Obamacare at risk and could be “potentially crushing” for New Mexicans who signed up for subsidies through the federal exchange.

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Will John Doe prosecutors launch lengthy probe against Trek Bicycle?

Wisconsin  |  July 22, 2014

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter

MADISON, Wis. — The Republican Party of Wisconsin on Tuesday filed a formal complaint with the state’s election and campaign watchdog accusing Trek Bicycle Corp., owned by the family of Democrat gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke.

The GOP accuses Wisconsin-based Trek of using corporate dollars to aid and defend Burke’s campaign.

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Nonprofit allegedly gets taxpayer grants after IRS revokes tax status

Florida  |  July 22, 2014

A South Florida nonprofit allegedly received hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars after the IRS revoked the group’s tax-exempt status.

SEEING GREEN: In the last 10 years, Kansas law enforcement have split $6.3 million reaped from drug tax stamp laws.

Marijuana is law enforcement’s cash crop

Kansas  |  July 22, 2014

In Kansas, the War on Drugs is really just the war on marijuana.

At least, that’s the picture painted by the latest statistics from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

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Kansas says school is sitting on $1 million in potential savings

Kansas  |  12:06 pm

State auditors have uncovered seven digits worth of savings within one Kansas school, but just how far district officials will to realize those savings is yet to be seen.

As part of the state’s annual analysis of education spending, the Kansas Legislative Division of Post Audit presented Tuesday their findings after putting Emporia USD 253 under the microscope. In all, auditors suggested more than $1.1 million in potential savings.

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Federal court asks Obama to follow the law, media lose their freaking minds

Washington  |  11:41 am

By Dustin Hurst | Watchdog.org
One might not believe asking the federal government to follow its own rules is a big deal.
It makes sense, right?
The modern media, particularly the left-leaners of the world, couldn’t handle the ruling in the Halbig v. Burwell case handed down Tuesday by a U.S. District Court of Appeals asking for just that.
The ruling [...]

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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.

WATCHBLOG

 |  Virginia

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – State Delegate Barbara Comstock is inflating her energy record to pump up her congressional bid.
The McLean Republican’s congressional campaign webpage declares that she “authored Virginia’s law to allow for offshore exploration of energy.”
In fact, Comstock’s “major legislation” did no such thing. Her 2010 bill, HB 900, [...]

Comstock goes overboard with offshore energy claim

 |  Texas

While taxpayers were picking up the tab for intensive, outpatient care for mentally ill patients, those patients were playing games and watching movies.

Medicare fraud: $97 million for mentally ill patients to watch movies, play games

By Josh Peterson | Watchdog.org
State public utilities regulators are calling for an easy way for consumers to compare complaints against the nation’s phone companies.
Currently, consumers can file complaints about their telecommunications service with the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission, but those complaints aren’t publicly available in an online format for consumers.
On Wednesday, Chris [...]

Regulators push for public database of complaints against phone companies

 |  Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has saved almost $2 billion staving off welfare fraud, waste and abuse under Gov. Tom Corbett, said Beverly Mackereth, the secretary of the state’s Department of Public Welfare.

DPW chief: PA saves billions fighting welfare fraud

 |  Montana

By Dustin Hurst | Watchdog.org
For some, ignorance is bliss, but for Democrat Jon Tester, it’s an important campaign tactic.
Sure, the second-term senator from Montana isn’t up for re-election until 2018, but that won’t stop him from using disingenuous attacks on the wealthy to scare his constituents into sending him campaign cash.
“Today, it looks like the billionaire Koch [...]

Tester launches disingenuous attack on the Koch brothers

 |  Pennsylvania

With no debate and a nearly party-line vote, the state House passed a bill that eliminates a loophole in the law state defining the crime of stalking.

PA House approves ‘stalking’ bill

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FROM AROUND THE WEB

By Susan Ferrechio | Washington Examiner
A group of House Republicans Wednesday will call for sending theNational Guard to the southern border, where a months-long surge in illegal immigration has flooded Texas with thousands of children fromGuatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.
House Speaker John Boehner last month assigned seven GOP lawmakers the task of recommending how to deal with the recent border surge, and the working group will present [...]

GOP border security group will call for sending National Guard to border

By Rick Brundrett | The Nerve
Police in South Carolina are poised to start ticketing drivers for a popular smartphone-app, ridesharing service that recently launched in the Palmetto State, The Nerve found in a survey of police agencies.
Representatives of the Columbia and Greenville police departments, as well as the Columbia and Greenville-Spartanburg airport police departments, told The Nerve this week [...]

South Carolina cops to Uber: Follow regs or face charges

By Zenon Evans | Reason
“The longer individuals were exposed to socialism, the more likely they were to cheat on our task,” according to a new study, “The (True) Legacy of Two Really Existing Economic Systems,” from Duke University and the University of Munich. The team of researchers concluded this after working with 259 participants from Berlin who [...]

Study: Socialists are cheaters

By Nic Horton | The Arkansas Project
If you watch or read the news in Arkansas, you probably hear a lot about outgoing Gov. Mike Beebe’s record of “job creation.” One political columnist recently claimed that “economic development was a hallmark of the Beebe era.” Gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross released his first television ad earlier this year, attempting to tie himself to Beebe [...]

Arkansas governor’s jobs record not as rosy as he’d have you believe

By Washington Free Beacon staff
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., told NPR Hillary Clinton is “extremely vulnerable on her record.”
Asked how strong a candidate for president Clinton would be, Rubio said, “The truth of the matter is she was the secretary of state during an administration that has had virtually no successes on foreign policy.”
“She’ll have to [...]

Rubio: Clinton ‘extremely vulnerable on her record’

By Peter Suderman | Reason
Welcome to the age of endless regulation.
Four years after the passage of Dodd-Frank, the sweeping financial legislation championed by President Obama and passed by congressional Democrats in the wake of the 2009 financial crisis, just half of its rules and regulations are finished.According to law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, whichtracks [...]

Dodd-Frank and the age of endless regulation

By Susan Ferrechio | Washington Examiner
The top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform panel is objecting to a plan to call the Internal Revenue Service commissioner to testify for a third time in a matter of weeks, calling it “public harassment of an agency head.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., sent a letter Monday to Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., objecting to [...]

Top House Democrat calls for end of ‘harassment’ of IRS chief

By Susan Crabtree | Washington Examiner
Republicans are assailing President Obama‘s decision to attend two fundraisers in New York City Thursday night after 295 people perished when a Malaysian passenger jet crashed in Ukraine after an apparent rocket attack and Israel launched a ground war in Gaza the same day.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus took to Twitter to launch a broadside against Obama for going through with the fundraisers benefiting [...]

Republicans blast Obama for fundraising after jetliner crash in Ukraine