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Experts: Civilians not ready for EMP-caused blackout

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By Josh Peterson | Watchdog.org

Nearly half a million people would die within the first few minutes of a massive electric grid failure.

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Civil rights expert: John Doe law is ‘un-American,’ like something from ‘Nazi Germany’

Wisconsin  |  4:00 am

Hans von Spakovsky is one of the nation’s premier experts on campaigns, elections and civil rights.

And so when the former member of the Federal Election Commission, describes something as “un-American,” he does so with a keen perspective and the kind of credentials that relatively few in his field possess.

LEVEL PLAYING FIELD: The Women's Law Project has alleged that nine Pennsylvania schools have fallen short of Title IX requirements.

Advocacy group: PA colleges discriminate against women’s athletics

Pennsylvania  |  4:00 am

By Andrew Staub | Watchdog.org
Nine Pennsylvania universities have failed to provide female students with equal athletic opportunities required under Title IX, the Women’s Law Project alleged in a complaint filed Thursday with the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education.
Of the 14 schools within the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, Bloomsburg, [...]

MILLENNIALS: Florida's young and healthy have so far not embraced the state's Obamacare health exchange.

Florida: A younger population is pushing the state left

National  |  4:00 am

Florida is getting younger, and thus a bit more politically liberal.

Cyber charter schools could be funded by state instead of school districts.

PA cyber charter schools could be funded by state, not districts

Pennsylvania  |  4:00 am

Instead of relying on payments from each of Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts, one state lawmaker says cyber charter schools should be funded directly by the state.

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Keep your promise, IL policy group tells lawmakers

Illinois  |  4:00 am

When Illinois lawmakers return to the Capitol in late April they will begin, in earnest, work on a new state budget.

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Tax Day is over, but Virginians are still toiling to pay Uncle Sam

Virginia  |  4:00 am

April 15 may be over and done with, but Virginians still have to work a few more days to placate Uncle Sam. Old Dominion residents have to work four days longer this year than last to pay off their federal, state and local taxes.

GAME ON: Vermont 'doubling down' to compete

Chamber leader denies Shumlin’s rosy jobs outlook, warns of death spiral

Vermont  |  4:00 am

Despite Vermont Gov. Shumlin’s rosy economic outlook, the leader of the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce warns of a possible death spiral due to skyrocketing taxes and regulations.

“If you look at job creation, there hasn’t been any,” said George Malek, president of the chamber located in the town of Berlin. “The workforce is leaving along with the jobs.”

Malek told Vermont Watchdog in an interview that the chamber’s more than 300 members are being hurt like never before by taxes and regulations.

ALWAYS WATCHING: The Prairie Village Police Department has maintained a vehicle with automatic license plate scanning capabilities since April 2013.

Police won’t discuss innocent driver flagged by license plate reader error

Kansas  |  4:00 am

The Prairie Village Police Department doesn’t want to talk about the automatic license plate reader error that led to an innocent driver being pulled over by law enforcement, gun unholstered, during rush hour traffic a week ago.

CAN'T SEE IT: The IRS can't get its grubby hands on the fruits of the shadow economy. Maybe that's why it's become a larger and larger share of the American economic pie in recent years.

Dodging taxes? You might be keeping U.S. economy afloat

National  |  April 18, 2014

Each April 15, millions of Americans dutifully trudge to the local Post Office to mail their tax returns to federal, state and local governments.

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GAO to investigate Hawaii’s Obamacare exchange

Hawaii  |  April 17, 2014

By Malia Zimmerman | Watchdog.org
HONOLULU – The U.S. Government Accountability Office said Wednesday it will investigate Hawaii Health Connector’s spending of its $204 million federal grant.
Senate Minority Leader Sam Slom filed a complaint March 27, asking for the investigation.
He was the only one of 76 legislators to vote against the establishment of the state Obamacare exchange.
Slom pointed out [...]

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Is the mainstream media being unfair to Obamacare?

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By Adam Tobias | Wisconsin Reporter
MADISON, Wis. — Need a good laugh?
Check out what MSNBC host Ed Schultz had to say Monday about the mainstream media’s handling of Obamacare.
Trust me, you’ll want to sit down for this one.

Contrary to Schultz’s claims, a major Gallup survey released Monday indicates that sign-ups through the Affordable Care Act are [...]

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By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – State Delegate Barbara Comstock is inflating her energy record to pump up her congressional bid.
The McLean Republican’s congressional campaign webpage declares that she “authored Virginia’s law to allow for offshore exploration of energy.”
In fact, Comstock’s “major legislation” did no such thing. Her 2010 bill, HB 900, [...]

Comstock goes overboard with offshore energy claim

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While taxpayers were picking up the tab for intensive, outpatient care for mentally ill patients, those patients were playing games and watching movies.

Medicare fraud: $97 million for mentally ill patients to watch movies, play games

By Josh Peterson | Watchdog.org
State public utilities regulators are calling for an easy way for consumers to compare complaints against the nation’s phone companies.
Currently, consumers can file complaints about their telecommunications service with the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission, but those complaints aren’t publicly available in an online format for consumers.
On Wednesday, Chris [...]

Regulators push for public database of complaints against phone companies

 |  Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has saved almost $2 billion staving off welfare fraud, waste and abuse under Gov. Tom Corbett, said Beverly Mackereth, the secretary of the state’s Department of Public Welfare.

DPW chief: PA saves billions fighting welfare fraud

 |  Montana

By Dustin Hurst | Watchdog.org
For some, ignorance is bliss, but for Democrat Jon Tester, it’s an important campaign tactic.
Sure, the second-term senator from Montana isn’t up for re-election until 2018, but that won’t stop him from using disingenuous attacks on the wealthy to scare his constituents into sending him campaign cash.
“Today, it looks like the billionaire Koch [...]

Tester launches disingenuous attack on the Koch brothers

 |  Pennsylvania

With no debate and a nearly party-line vote, the state House passed a bill that eliminates a loophole in the law state defining the crime of stalking.

PA House approves ‘stalking’ bill

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FROM AROUND THE WEB

By Maxford Nelsen | Freedom Foundation
The frenetic push for a $15 minimum wage in Seattle has some sensible observers asking the question: Why not $14 or $16? And if increasing the minimum wage is good for the economy, why not boost it to $50 an hour?
At this juncture, minimum wage advocates typically chuckle nervously and [...]

Why ‘$15 now’ has nothing to do with productivity or a ‘living wage’

By Tom Gantert | Michigan Capitol Confidential
After failing to get its teachers’ evaluations done in time, one school district’s solution to simply lay off the least-experienced educators may be against the law.
MLive reported that Concord Community Schools Superintendent Terri Mileski and School Board President Brian Philson supported a proposal to lay off the “least senior staff [...]

MI school district may violate state law in removing teachers on seniority

By Sarah Tincher | for Maryland Reporter
ANNAPOLIS – With the Maryland gubernatorial election approaching at the end of the year, the seven major candidates are taking a stance on one of the state’s hot-button issues: taxes.
In response to a Capital News Service questionnaire, the gubernatorial hopefuls expressed their thoughts on the state’s current estate tax and [...]

MD gubernatorial candidates divided on how to handle state taxes

By Scott Roberts | for Freedom Foundation
Last week, using officers dressed up like soldiers going into combat, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management sought to confiscate one Nevada ranch family’s cattle. In response, neighbors, other citizens, and state legislators from across the West stood with the Bundy family against the federal action. The situation rapidly [...]

Big Government stares down Cliven Bundy, feds flinch first

By James Poulos | Cal Watchdog
As the last blanket deadline extension arrived, late signups slowed down on Covered California, the state’s Obamacare exchange.
Difficulties brought on by the website’s inability to process a wave of applicants gave officials an opportunity to push back the original March 31 deadline. That, in turn, caused exchange administrators to require applicants to [...]

Covered California gains only modest sign-ups at deadline

By Rick Brundrett | The Nerve
If you’re going to experience the court system in South Carolina, chances are it will be in either magistrate or municipal court.
That’s where you’ll go to take care of traffic tickets or if you’re charged with a crime that carries a sentence of no more than 30 days in jail. [...]

SC judicial income disclosure forms don’t disclose much

By Anita Folsom | for Michigan Capitol Confidential
Failed government subsidies have existed in U.S. history from George Washington to Barack Obama.
But what’s especially remarkable about the stream of government aid — subsidies to the fur trade, steamships, railroads, airplanes, and even ethanol today — is that private citizens, with no federal funds, almost always outperform [...]

Government subsidies run wild in Michigan

By Jeremy Bauer-Wolf | Maryland Reporter
Many minimum wage workers will be getting a raise now that a hike to Maryland’s wage has been signed into law. But while advocates are ascribing the increase as a win, there’s a bitter aftertaste for one group that was left behind.
The minimum wage will increase to $10.10 over the [...]

Tipped workers left behind in MD minimum wage hike

By John Seiler | Cal Watchdog
CalWatchDog.com Editor-in-Chief Brian Calle interviews Rebecca Friedrichs. She is an Orange County schoolteacher who is fighting for her right not to be associated with the political activity the nation’s most powerful union, the National Education Association, and its state affiliate, the California Teachers’ Association. She ready to take her fight [...]

California teacher takes on teachers’ union agenda