Sen. Ernie Chambers spent two hours Monday morning lambasting his fellow lawmakers on the floor of the Legislature, calling them petty and thin-skinned, threatening to gum up the legislative session and daring them to censure him for comparing cops to ISIS terrorists.
Somewhere along the line, the Small Business Administration got big.
The volume in Minnesota of $1 million plus SBA-backed loans, which fell during the recession, has rebounded, according to “OpenTheBooks.com,” a new online tool for tracking federal outlays.
Seven-figure SBA-insured loans went to 151 Minnesota companies in 2013, compared to 75 in 2009. Altogether, 865 such loans have flowed to Minnesota businesses since 2007, according to the federal database.
Minnesota’s million-dollar loan list includes a dog spa, craft brewery, plastic surgeon, golf course, car-racing team, hotel chains, bowling alleys and chic restaurants. Private equity firms since 2007 have received a total of more than $500 million to further the SBA’s call to “start, build and grow businesses.”
By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org
Two state lawmakers trying to make new laws regulating political speech in Texas aren’t all that clear about the laws that already exist.
A hearing last week by the House State Affairs Committee on four new bills to regulate political speech confirmed the authors of those bills don’t have a firm grasp of […]
Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s defense of Obamacare at an exclusive New York City event on Wednesday has left-wing pundits singing Kasich’s praises.
Small oil companies have had to cut costs and enhance efficiency to survive in the current, low-price environment.
Plowing the ground for Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid, Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed an election-reform bill that leaves a gaping hole for absentee-ballot abuse in Virginia.
By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Watchdog
MADISON, Wis. – The state Supreme Court may not be hearing oral arguments next month in challenges involving Wisconsin’s political John Doe investigation, but the latest rulings offer an indication on where the court’s chief justice might come down.
By Rob Port | Watchdog.org North Dakota Bureau
BISMARCK, N.D. — For more than four minutes, a North Dakota state trooper drove the wrong way on a major U.S. highway, Watchdog.org has learned.
The North Dakota Highway Patrol started an investigation 10 days after we placed open-records request for state radio transcripts — 72 days after the incident.
“The NDHP is conducting […]
State Rep. Cris Dush believes expanded subpoena power would give the state House a tool to fight waste, fraud and abuse.
A founding member of a teachers’ union-led lawsuit announced Friday that it’s dropping out of an effort to kill a popular school choice program.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is all but gutting a bill that would have seriously restricted police surveillance powers, caving to the wishes of the law enforcement community and angering civil libertarians and privacy advocates.
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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.