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Indigenous, communists, freaks steal show at People’s Climate March in NYC

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Indian tribes, environmental activists, vegans, union members, communists and circus freaks united in Manhattan Sunday to protest fossil fuels and warn of imminent climate catastrophe ahead of Tuesday’s United Nations climate summit.

ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION: Federal taxpayers will foot the bill for $220,000 in historic Ohio steamboat repairs

U.S. taxpayers foot bill for Ohio buggy trail, steamboat

Ohio  |  8:01 am

Taxpayers throughout the country are footing the bill for steamboat restoration, a buggy trail, sidewalks, and other local projects in Ohio under the federal Transportation Alternatives Program.

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Minnesota reboots e-gaming meant to pay for Vikings stadium

Minnesota  |  4:00 am

The game plan called for electronic pull-tabs to score up to $350 million for the Minnesota Vikings’ controversial billion-dollar stadium, now under construction.

Yet Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, and state legislators’ projections turned out to be more overly optimistic than any fan’s preseason expectations, leading to an industry shake-up and the departure of the Las Vegas player that provided most e-games.

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Vermont Gunners: Guns not safe with Shumlin

Vermont  |  4:00 am

With a major gun control push in the works for 2015, Second Amendment advocates in Vermont are keeping a close eye on the governor’s race — and two prominent gunners say Vermonters’ guns aren’t safe with Gov. Peter Shumlin.

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Advocates: Philanthropy is a Philadelphia school’s best friend

Pennsylvania  |  4:00 am

By Stacia Friedman | Watchdog.org
PHILADELPHIA — Some say money can’t solve Philadelphia schools’ problems.
Don’t tell that to Jessica Pena, director of The Great School Fund. At a time when Harrisburg is tightening the belt around Philadelphia schools, The Great School Fund is breathing new life into high-performing schools and transforming failing schools.
The organization has already invested [...]

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‘Seven deadly sins’ of NJ pensions add up to $104 billion debt

New Jersey  |  4:00 am

The fiscal future of New Jersey and Gov. Chris Christie’s presidential ambitions hang in the balance as Trenton finally faces the $104 billion deficit in the state’s retirement system.

HIGHWAY TO WEALTH: Oil and gas are powering North Dakota's nation-leading rise in personal wealth -- despite personal and corporate income taxes.

Fracking good times: North Dakota tops U.S. income gains

South Dakota  |  4:00 am

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org
WASHINGTON, D.C. — North Dakota leads the nation in personal income growth. No other state even comes close.
From 2008 to 2012, North Dakotans’ per-capita income jumped 31 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.
South Dakota came in a distant second, registering a 10 percent gain.
North Dakota’s 2012 per-capita personal [...]

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Ending special tax privileges could save families thousands

Iowa  |  4:00 am

By Paul Brennan | Iowa Watchdog
DES MOINES, Iowa — Jeremy Horpedahl knows most people find the tax code to be complicated, boring and hard to understand.
He also knows the tax code is so complicated because it is boring and hard to understand.
“Most people don’t have the time or interest to examine the issues. That make [...]

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After a struggling start, New Mexico yanks Obamacare advertising contract

New Mexico  |  1:15 pm

After posting disappointment enrollment numbers, the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange is putting its marketing and advertising account back up for bid.

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Alabama state attorney: Photographing public records for free is ‘stealing’

Alabama  |  4:00 am

In what would appear to be a case of government run amuck, at least two state agencies in Alabama won’t let citizens take pictures of public records, with an attorney for one equating the idea with stealing.

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Hillary Clinton front group files federal campaign complaint against Walker

Wisconsin  |  1:30 pm

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter

MADISON, Wis. – And now the left bites back.

Wisconsin’s wild political ride continued Monday, when a left-leaning group with ties to Hillary Clinton announced it is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

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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.

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 |  Colorado  |  11:45 am

By Joshua Sharf | WatchdogWire.com
Colorado state Reps. Dianne Primavera, D-Broomfield, and Max Tyler, D-Lakewood, are touting their sponsorship of tougher child molestation laws in their re-election bids.
The problem: Their sponsorship of this bill was after-the-fact, came at the expense of a stricter measure also under consideration, and was on a bill that was passed only reluctantly and after a [...]

Representatives late to claim mantle of ‘Jessica’s Law’

 |  National  |  10:13 am

By Josh Kaib | WatchdogWire.com
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Lawmakers in Washington, D.C., are gambling with your internet freedom by trying to ban online poker.
The Restoration of America’s Wire Act (H.R. 4301, S. 2159), introduced in March by U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., would modify the 1961 sports betting ban aimed at the mafia [...]

Regulating the Internet, or just bluffing? Bill gives online poker a raw deal

 |  Maryland

By Brad Matthews | WatchdogWire.com
Republican Larry Hogan’s campaign earlier this month filed a complaint against the Democratic Anthony Brown campaign, accusing Brown’s campaign of illegally coordinating with the super PAC One State, One Future, which receives large amounts of its funding from unions.
On Wednesday, the Hogan campaign followed up by releasing a table of shared donors [...]

Anthony Brown campaign accused of coordinating with super PAC

 |  North Carolina  |  11:41 am

By Pete Kaliner | WatchdogWire.com
It’s been 24 hours since a report that U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., apparently skipped two meetings on ISIS.
One was a classified briefing the same day as a fundraiser for her in New York City.
Yet, there has been no mention of this story in any of the North Carolina media.
Hagan’s camp has yet [...]

Did U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan skip ISIS briefings to raise money?

 |  Ohio

Richmond Heights Mayor Miesha Headen, who is facing a recall, was in hot water this week as citizen anger boiled over at a town hall.

Mayor facing recall election gets booed at town hall meeting

 |  Georgia

Last night the Augusta Commission voted to approve an additional $630,000 to the financially troubled Hyde Park drainage project.

Augusta Commission approves more funding for broke Hyde Park project