LUV YA, MAN: Hillary Clinton's political aspirations got a boost in Virginia when Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed an election-reform bill last week.

McAuliffe veto opens polls for Hillary Clinton ‘ghost voters’

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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.

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What happens when an SBA-backed loan goes bad?

Washington  |  4:00 am

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.”

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Texas lawmakers show ignorance of political speech law

Texas  |  4:00 am

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 […]

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Ohio Gov. Kasich’s Obamacare support wins left-wing praise

Ohio  |  4:00 am

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.

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In a low-price world, pain, but no panic, for small oil producers

Energy and Environment  |  4:00 am

Small oil companies have had to cut costs and enhance efficiency to survive in the current, low-price environment.

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Report gives Mississippi a C-plus for online spending transparency

Mississippi  |  4:00 am

Mississippi’s website for online spending transparency earned a C-plus grade from a recently-released report.

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Did chief justice show her hand in dissenting John Doe opinion?

Wisconsin  |  12:45 pm

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.

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Watchdog inquiry leads to investigation of trooper headed west in eastbound lanes

North Dakota  |  10:22 am

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 […]

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Lawmaker wants expanded subpoena power to catch waste, fraud, abuse

Pennsylvania  |  9:50 am

State Rep. Cris Dush believes expanded subpoena power would give the state House a tool to fight waste, fraud and abuse.

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Florida union-led school choice lawsuit suffers setback

Florida  |  10:26 am

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.

DIGGING IT: Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced his support for a trans-Virginia gas pipeline on Tuesday.

VA governor caves to law enforcement on privacy bill

Virginia  |  9:46 am

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.

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