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Here are 7 things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving

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There’s a lot of turmoil in the world. ISIS in Iraq. Riots in Ferguson. A shirtless Vladimir Putin roaming the Russian countryside.

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Recounting six turkey-worthy quotes from VA politicians in 2014

Virginia  |  November 27, 2014

Right around Thanksgiving, some groups like to award the distinction of ‘turkey of the year’ to particular politicians who screwed things up. Somehow, though, it doesn’t seem fitting for a news organization to do that — or even just to single out one particular person. So, we’re picking the top six turkey-worthy quotes from Virginia politicians — three from Republicans and three from Democrats — in a light-hearted manner to refresh your memory.

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D.C. mayor-elect wants to ‘accelerate’ public school reform

Education  |  November 27, 2014

 
By Moriah Costa | Watchdog.org
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser wants to increase public school reform and focus on accountability and results, according to a 56-page transition plan.
Bowser wants to evaluate academic and extracurricular activities at low-performing schools, renovate or construct new school buildings, expand preschool programs, and increase STEM options for students, among other things, according […]

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Vermont’s free-market outlook marginally improved following election

Vermont  |  November 27, 2014

The Republican sweep has given new hope to free-market advocates in Congress and in many statehouses. But in Vermont, advocates of economic freedom say the election will provide only a limited boost to free-market solutions for the Green Mountain State.

MEANINGLESS DOCUMENT: The I-864 "Affidavit of Support" does not stop legal immigrants from tapping into the welfare system.

President Obama’s immigration order could cost Florida taxpayers billions

Florida  |  November 27, 2014

Florida has the highest increase in illegal immigration of any state from 2009 to 2012, according to the Pew Research Center.

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Mississippi’s GOP trifecta took a long time to materialize

Mississippi  |  November 27, 2014

For Republicans in Mississippi, 2013 was the year they finally took control of all levers of power.

EPA regs to boost Alabamians’ power costs $800 annually

Alabama  |  November 27, 2014

Might want to turn down your thermostats Alabamians, because your power bills are going up.

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Thanksgiving is a time for family

November 26, 2014

By Jason Stverak
Thanksgiving evening, after the table is clear and the dishes are washed, has traditionally been a drowsy evening of nibbling leftover pie and visiting with family–a last deep breath before the rush of the holiday season.
In the last couple of years, however, this tradition has given way to something decidedly less Norman Rockwellian. […]

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Board still weighing fate of kindergarten teacher who attacked Walker signs

Wisconsin  |  November 26, 2014

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter

MADISON, Wis. – Germantown School Board members need more time to decide on potential disciplinary action against April Kay Smith, the kindergarten teacher who stomped on GOP signs at the Jefferson County Fair because she was “just so angry with (Gov.) Scott Walker.

LOWERING THE CEILING: State lawmakers approved a bill to drop the state's RACP debt ceiling to $3.45 billion from $4.05 billion.

New PA bosses look a lot like the old PA bosses

Pennsylvania  |  November 26, 2014

Gov. Tom Corbett and state Sen. Dominic Pileggi were given the boot earlier this month, reshuffling political power heading into 2015.

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Fire chief loses department money after leaving it in unlocked car

Tennessee  |  November 26, 2014

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — One chief in Overton County’s Volunteer Fire Department left $570 of the department’s money in an unlocked car.
Guess how this story ends.
Someone took the money, according to a recently released audit from Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson.
Fire Chief Charles Neal told Tennessee Watchdog this week he was waiting to deposit […]

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WATCHDOG CITIZEN NEWS

 |  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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