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VA hospital lacks PJ’s, sheets and toothbrushes, yet spends millions on new furniture, TVs and solar

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By Tori Richards | Watchdog.org
Veterans at the Shreveport, La., Veterans Administration hospital have been going without toothbrushes, toothpaste, pajamas, sheets and blankets while department officials spend money on new Canadian-made furniture, televisions to run public service announcements and solar panels, a Watchdog investigation has revealed.
Sources inside the hospital told Watchdog.org that patients also have had [...]

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Despite law, Colorado doesn’t block welfare withdrawals at liquor stores, casinos

National  |  4:00 am

For nearly two decades, Colorado law has prohibited the use of welfare cards at casinos and liquor store ATMs, and in 2012 federal law also required states to have policies prohibiting the withdrawals. But in the past two years at least $489,000 in taxpayer money has been withdrawn in exactly those Colorado locations, Watchdog.org found.

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Lawyer’s crusade against judges might continue with third grand jury visit

Tennessee  |  4:00 am

Well-known Tennessee attorney John Jay Hooker persuaded Nashville grand jurors last week to recommend charges against Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and Speaker of the House Beth Harwell — but he’s not finished.

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Unions take dues from more than 250,000 public workers

National  |  4:00 am

Public-sector unions took forced dues from more than 250,000 public employees in 2013, siphoning away taxpayer money to support the unions’ shared goal of bigger government.

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Jackson State dreams of a $200 million dome

Mississippi  |  4:00 am

A Jackson State dome would cost $200 million, with $75 million of the bill picked up by Mississippi taxpayers.

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County manager says taxpayers done paying convicted sheriff

New Mexico  |  3:49 pm

Sheriff Tommy Rodella refuses to resign after a conviction in federal court but the county manager says taxpayers in Rio Arriba County are through paying his salary.

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Poll: Walker opens lead in WI governor’s race amid Burke plagiarism scandal

Wisconsin  |  3:32 pm

The plagiarism scandal surrounding Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke apparently is affecting Wisconsin voters.

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Philly cigarette tax ‘will not come close’ to solving district’s financial problems

Pennsylvania  |  October 1, 2014

A new $2-per-pack tax on cigarettes in Philadelphia will help keep the city’s school district afloat — and will help keep 1,000 employees on the job — this year, but does little to solve the underlying financial issues in the district.

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George Sinner campaign polls nonexistent registered ND voters

North Dakota  |  October 1, 2014

Democrat George Sinner’s campaign has been using an internal poll showing a lead for them in North Dakota’s at-large House race to raise funds and leverage national headlines.

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Shumlin SUV appearance at green event underscores contradictions in ‘Net Zero’

Vermont  |  October 1, 2014

Gov. Peter Shumlin arrived at a solar energy ceremony Tuesday in a gas-guzzling SUV, and with no sunshine anywhere. The optics blunder underscored some of the contradictions inherent in Net Zero Montpelier.

Train cars similar to these are hauling some three million gallons of potentially dangerous crude oil through the state each week.

Secret is out: Potentially dangerous oil train shipments roll through Nebraska weekly

Nebraska  |  October 1, 2014

Folks in southeastern Nebraska now know what top state officials have known for several months: millions of gallons of dangerous and potentially deadly oil train shipments are traveling through their backyards every week.

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Even Jon Stewart thinks Obama’s reaction to world crises is terrible

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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.

WATCHDOG CITIZEN NEWS

 |  Missouri

Press organizations investigating the Michael Brown incident are being charged incredibly high fees for public records by the city of Ferguson, Missouri.

Ferguson officials charge inflated fees for access to public documents

 |  Maryland

A new report claims that use of consumer subsidized Obamaphones in Maryland grew 100-fold in three years.

Obamaphone use up 100-fold in Maryland

 |  Voter Fraud

By Ann Kane | WatchdogWire.com
Should North Carolina change its voting rules less than 40 days before a general election?
A three judge panel from the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Richmond,met in Charlotte on Thursday to hear arguments from plaintiffs asking for an injunction against new voting rules established by HB 589 in 2013.
(Listen to audio [...]

NC: Will judges decide to change voting rules less than 40 days before the election?

 |  Florida

Solicitor General Verrilli recommends to SCOTUS that 2013 ACF Basin lawsuit be delayed until Army Corps of Engineers revises its manual on water use there.

Stuck in the 90s: Tri-state water wars over ACF Basin may be delayed

 |  Florida

By Michael Gold | WatchdogWire.com
The mayor of St. Augustine is under fire, accused of intentionally destabilizing a historic building he owned so it could be demolished.
When you are the oldest continuously occupied city of European origin in the United States and on the precipice of celebrating the 450th Anniversary of your founding, you take preservation [...]

Former St. Augustine mayor accused of causing building mishap to get his way

 |  Montana

Montana had the largest increase in student homelessness among the states for the 2012-2013 school year, according to data released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Education.

Homelessness among students on rise in Montana