SPEECH WARRIOR: Political activist Eric O'Keefe, a states' rights advocate, is asking the federal judiciary for relief in a defining political speech case.

Federalism v. individual rights: A conversation with Eric O’Keefe

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By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter

MADISON, Wis. – He’s one of the staunchest supporters of federalism in the United States of America.

But political activist Eric O’Keefe knows well – and from painful experience – that there are times when states overstep their rights, treading on the constitutional rights of the individual.

IN THEIR DOMAIN: Augusta County residents listen to representatives from Dominion discuss the utility's proposed gas pipeline that could run through some of their properties.

Dominion, farmers dig in for long pipeline standoff

Virginia  |  4:00 am

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
RICHMOND, Va. — Dominion Power is firing back at opponents by shooting down what it calls “myths” over the utility’s proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
A hot-button issue is the potential use of eminent domain to seize private property along the natural gas pipeline’s projected 550-mile route across the state.
Rural groups in [...]

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Brits mock Texan’s whine of racism over voter ID

Texas  |  4:00 am

A columnist for the lefty Texas Observer got an op-ed into the U.K.’s favorite lefty rag, The Guardian, Tuesday decrying the state’s voter ID laws with all the rhetorical effect she could muster.

MISAPPROPRIATION? Environmentalist groups wants to secure 33 percent of the document stamp tax collected for the state’s Land Acquisition Trust Fund (LATF) goes to buy new land and protect the water resources.
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Florida voters will decide funding guarantee for conservation initiative

Florida  |  4:00 am

By Marianela Toledo | Florida Watchdog
MIAMI — Florida voters are being asked to guarantee funding for land acquisition and water conservation by changing the state’s Constitution.
Amendment 1, The Florida Water and Land Conservation Initiative, seeks to direct 33 percent of the document stamp tax collected through property transactions and other financial documents to the state’s Land Acquisition Trust Fund, a [...]

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Campaign finance ruling trouble for single-payer group Vermont Leads

Vermont  |  4:00 am

Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell agreed with a state court ruling this week that the Republican Governors Association violated Vermont campaign finance law in 2010 by accepting contributions of more than $2,000.

The opinion doesn’t bode well for single-payer advocate Vermont Leads Inc., which is under investigation for a similar violation in this year’s campaign.

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Feds throw money at alpaca poop, drug enforcement museum

Virginia  |  4:00 am

It’s no surprise that the federal government wastes tax dollars. Where it wastes your hard-earned dollars, however, can be a little more shocking.

WHO IS MIKE MONROE? Unknown candidate takes 22 percent of the votes causing many to lose confidence in the electoral voting system.

Voting officials scoff at a recount, so citizen groups take action

Voter Fraud  |  4:00 am

By Carlo Maffatt | Watchdog.org
LAS VEGAS  — Your next representative in Congress could end up being, well, somebody like Mike Monroe, if something isn’t done about the electoral system, critics say.
Fed up with voting machine discrepancies, some folks are taking matters into their own hands and are organizing grassroots efforts to reduce voter fraud and electoral [...]

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OSU rabbit massage study is No. 2 for wasteful spending

Ohio  |  4:00 am

The Ohio State University is ranked #2! Not in football, mind you, but for a research project characterized as “Swedish Massages for Rascally Rabbits.”

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Citizen’s arrest: Activist pulls over cop for driving an unmarked car

Washington  |  October 22, 2014

Libertarian activist Gavin Seim pulled over a cop in his home state of Washington to draw attention to unlawful traffic stops by police impersonator.

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Democrats continue pre-midterm push for Internet regulation

National  |  October 22, 2014

With several weeks left before the November midterm elections, yet another Democratic member of the House is offering ideas to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler on how the government should police Internet traffic.

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ND Democrat George Sinner calls for regulation on speech

North Dakota  |  October 22, 2014

George Sinner, a Democrat running to be North Dakota’s at-large member of the U.S. House, says he’s fed up with all the lying in his Republican opponent’s campaign advertising.

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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.

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 |  New Jersey

On Saturday, around 250 people gathered across from the New Jersey Statehouse in Trenton to protest current laws on medical and recreational marijuana.

Marijuana marchers toke up in Trenton to protest NJ laws

 |  Colorado

Adams County clerk candidate Cynthia Martinez wants to oversee the same laws she is alleged to have violated, as the local district attorney investigates.

DA investigates Colorado county clerk candidate

 |  Colorado

The Denver Post’s inaugural 2012 “Pedal the Plains” bicycle tour may have received $50,000 in Stimulus funds from Gov. Hickenlooper, unreported by the paper.

Stimulus award to Denver Post’s $50K bike tour goes unreported

 |  Texas

On Saturday, the Supreme Court allowed use of Texas’ voter identification law, SB 14, before and during the Nov. 4 election.

Supreme Court allows use of Texas’ voter identification law

 |  Ohio

By Stephanie Kreuz | WatchdogWire.com
Does Ohio play fair? Or smart? When it comes to the number of dollars spent in subsidies, Ohio ranks the 12th cronyist.
The Mercatus Center recently illustrated how states rank in providing benefits to particular companies, rather than providing better opportunity for all companies.
 
Ohio’s neighboring states ranked fourth (Michigan), fifth (Kentucky), seventh (Indiana), and 11th (Pennsylvania) in [...]

Ohio ranks 12th for cronyist state

 |  Colorado

‘Listening sessions’ seeking public comment on the plan to prohibit certain vehicles from Monument Road are costing taxpayers money and stifling speech.

National Parks ‘listening sessions’ cost $38,320 and filter free speech

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