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Want cheaper gas and economic growth? Lift crude oil exports ban, study says

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A study claims lifting the U.S. crude oil export ban would cut prices at the pump, reduce unemployment by 200,000 a year and boost the U.S. economy by up to $1.8 trillion.

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Grassroots effort pushes along PA property tax reform

Pennsylvania  |  2:33 am

Tammy Keener of Berks County clapped, cheered and even cried Tuesday morning as state senators on the Finance Committee debated legislation that would eliminate school property taxes. As much as the debate over the onerous tax has been about numbers, Keener showed it has an emotional side, too.

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Hawaii’s ‘most unusual political candidate’ vying to be next congressman

Hawaii  |  2:33 am

By Malia Zimmerman | Watchdog.org
KANEOHE – Kawika Crowley, the Republican running for U.S. House District 2 in November, is quite possibly the state’s most interesting politician in 2014.
The 60-year-old native Hawaiian smokes cigars and fights for smokers’ rights, his home and campaign headquarters are in his 1995 Plymouth Voyager, and in heavily unionized, blue Hawaii, [...]

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Performance pay tax increase paid to nearly all Denver teachers

Colorado  |  2:33 am

By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org
Nearly a decade ago, voters approved a $25 million annual property tax increase for Denver Public Schools to fund performance and retention pay for teachers who help students learn.
But now, 90 percent of eligible DPS teachers are receiving the additional compensation, according to a database obtained by Watchdog.org under state open records laws. [...]

Robin Gavinski wrongly spent 417 days in prison due to a calculation error by the Department of Corrections. Now the state is repaying Gavinski with $7,600.

Lawmakers mull moving attorneys into AG’s office

Nebraska  |  2:33 am

Hastings Sen. Les Seiler said he doesn’t think legislation would be necessary to move certain state department attorneys into the attorney general’s office.

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NJ Watchdog appeals denial of Christie travel records

New Jersey  |  2:33 am

Gov. Chris Christie’s attempt to flout state travel rules will be contested in New Jersey appeals court. The case pits the governor’s power versus transparency in government – a cause Christie once championed.

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Sheriffs in the Southwest: The border is ‘spiraling out of control’

Texas  |  8:45 am

A coalition of sheriffs in the Southwest have issued a three-page statement calling on tougher and better coordinated programs to address the border crisis.

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Violence in Philly schools: smoke and mirrors

Pennsylvania  |  8:13 am

Violence in the home is often hidden until it is too late. But what about violence in our schools?

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Have Gov. Kasich’s cuts slashed Ohio teacher salaries?

Ohio  |  September 16, 2014

Average teacher salaries have dropped in 300 Ohio public school districts since Gov. John Kasich took office in 2011, but have increased in 259 districts.

DRUG ABUSE: Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin is asking the public to participate in an upcoming forum on the state's opioid-abuse crisis.

Shumlin’s single-payer health care agenda ‘down for maintenance’

Vermont  |  8:28 am

Gov. Peter Shumlin said Tuesday that Vermont Health Connect, the Internet backbone of his Green Mountain Care single-payer scheme, is indefinitely down for maintenance.

LOCAL CHOICE: TV has been an important communication tool for American consumers over the past several decades. The recent fights between the cable, satellite and broadcaster networks is forcing lawmakers to think differently about rising consumer prices. 

"New TV on a showroom floor in Tallahassee, Florida" (November 20, 1957). Photo Credit: State Library and Archives of Florida, floridamemory.com/items/show/261076

A vision for a la carte ‘local choice’ TV still alive on Capitol Hill

National  |  12:15 pm

Concerns about higher consumer prices if cable and satellite customers could unsubscribe from local channels they didn’t watch stalled a move on Capitol Hill to create a la carte local TV. But the proposal’s champions are fighting to keep the idea alive.



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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.


 |  Texas  |  1:57 pm

A new study made up of water samples from Texas and Pennsylvania shows water was contaminated as a result of faulty well construction, not fracking.

Don’t drink the water, but not because of fracking

 |  Maryland

The Department of Defense has transferred more than $12.4 million worth of surplus military equipment to Maryland law enforcement agencies since 1995.

Maryland law enforcement gets $12.4M in military equipment

 |  Montana

Under the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, the agency may view Montana’s regulatory progress as a glass half-empty.

EPA’s power plan snubs Montana’s state-led improvements

 |  Ohio

Should the public get the details on threats to the governor? The Ohio Supreme Court doesn’t think so.

Ohio Supreme Court: Threats to governor exempt from Open Records Law

 |  Colorado

Gov. Hickenlooper names members of fracking commission. Does it mean more restrictions on fracking, yet protect the interests of the well-off and connected?

Colorado’s advisory fracking commission announced

 |  Ohio

Ohio legislators have joined the state in appealing a federal court ruling ordering the state to restore early voting.

Ohio early voting law hangs in balance