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ALEC hits back at critics during annual meeting

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“As free market supporters, free speech is the center of our universe, and right now it’s under attack in a nationwide intimidation game.”

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Published on: July 28, 2016

Amid property tax breaks, lawsuits rise in Houston

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Eighteen Houston area companies received $237,806,510 in property tax exemptions last year. But that hasn’t slowed the ...
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Published on: July 28, 2016

What’s in a name? History, and quite a bit of money

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There’s the Confederacy. And then there’s the cost. Confederate cavalry Gen. James Ewell Brown (Jeb) Stuar ...
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Published on: July 28, 2016

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Source: Federal agents on site this week at troubled Social Security office

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"The corruption is not just in the Madison office, it’s in the regional office," Keller said.
Published on: July 27, 2016
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Fear and loathing in Philly on Day 3 of the Democratic Party pageant

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It was the biggest show so far in a convention that has been a celebration of big government and identification politics.
Published on: July 28, 2016
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Colorado opens door to online education

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Colorado has cracked open the door to multi-district online learning a little wider. The Colorado State Board of Education approve ...
Published on: July 28, 2016
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Kemper Project costs increase by $9 million in June

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The bottom line for the Kemper Project clean coal power plant increased by $9 million in June, bringing the total cost to $6.76 bi ...
Published on: July 27, 2016
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Philly mayor praises ‘regressive’ soda tax at Dem convention

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“Where do we draw the line with government and what we can and cannot do?” he said.
Published on: July 27, 2016
Michael Nasi, in the trenches of the state of Texas' war on EPA overreach.

Regional haze win part of bigger battle against ‘coercive federalism’

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While much media attention has been paid to the propensity for Texas attorneys general to sue the Environmental Protection Agency, ...
Published on: July 27, 2016
EXPANSION: Virginia will have greater say on the newly expanded Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board to 17 members. (Photo AP)

D.C. student transportation planning neglects adults

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Families and schools bracing for the impact of a 23-day shutdown of some segments of the D.C. Metro in October can use a new track ...
Published on: July 27, 2016
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Democrats ‘most progressive’ platform could be most costly for taxpayers

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While some of the language is nebulous, the platform calls for expensive initiatives.
Published on: July 26, 2016
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Auditor general targets Pennsylvania pensions

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Pennsylvania fiscal watchdog Eugene DePasquale said, “We’re paying them a lot of money. What are we getting in return?”
Published on: July 27, 2016

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Ayotte: Patent protection fundamental to small business economy

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New Hampshire Republican Kelly Ayotte has been a consistent defender of intellectual property rights since her election ...
Published on: July 22, 2016

Harry Reid blocks vote on Whistleblower Protection Act

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"Senator Reid prefers to play election-year politics, using the finest among us as a political football,” Johnson said ...
Published on: July 14, 2016

Red light cameras, kicking and screaming

Red light cameras are taking a beating in Texas, but don't expect cities to just let go.

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Red light cameras are in trouble in Texas, but don’t expect cities hooked on the revenue they generate to give up with ...
Published on: July 13, 2016

REGULATIONS

Jackson is closer to reforming restrictive taxi ordinance

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While a new ordinance wasn't forthcoming, agreement among Jackson City Council members on a taxi ordinance framework cou ...
Published on: July 19, 2016

Wisconsin’s 80-year-old ‘Tied House’ rules strike again

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Wisconsin is home to 121 craft breweries and over 80 wineries, all of which are being regulated by a three-tier system a ...
Published on: July 19, 2016

Nanny State of the Week: Get out of the pool!

NO SWIMMING:

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Vacationers to the picturesque resort town of Rehoboth, Delaware, very nearly got a rude surprise from the town governme ...
Published on: July 18, 2016

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Judge extends restraining order for East Detroit Schools

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A judge has extended a restraining order that prevents Gary Jensen from taking control of four East Detroit Public Scho ...
Published on: July 18, 2016

Indianapolis may close low-enrollment high schools

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Indianapolis secondary schools have only half as many students as open seats, and the city is planning to remove middle ...
Published on: July 18, 2016

Number of LA teachers in detention on the rise, as taxpayers foot ‘prohibitively expensive’ bill

Eighteen percent of Pittsburgh teachers were chronically absent last year.

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A year ago, the Los Angeles Unified School District said it was taking steps to reduce the number of teachers relegated ...
Published on: July 18, 2016