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What should be done about the border crisis?

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By Watchdog.org
About 52,000 undocumented children have been caught at the border since last October, double the number from the previous year. Many of them have turned themselves into border authorities.
Here are the facts about the border situation as reported by Watchdog.org thus far:
Many critics point to a 2008 human-trafficking law that allows minors entering the country [...]

Obama protester: Town has ‘track record of stifling free speech when it suits them’

Wisconsin  |  July 30, 2014

Police in Town of Campbell blocked off a street in 2011 to make it easier for union-organized demonstrators to protest outside the home of former Republican state Sen. Dan Kapanke, who lost a recall election later in the year because of his support for Gov. Scott Walker’s signature law restricting collective bargaining for government employees.

DOUBLE WHAMMY! Gov. Mark Dayton faces a second lawsuit from the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation on behalf of home care workers opposed to a union.
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Double whammy! Home-care workers sue to stop labor union election

Minnesota  |  July 30, 2014

Days before the scheduled start of the largest-public sector labor union election in state history, nine Minnesota home-care workers filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis aimed at stopping it.

Home care assistants from throughout Minnesota sued Gov. Mark Dayton and the Service Employees International Union, asking the federal court for an injunction against a controversial 2013 state law authorizing organized labor to target providers for collective bargaining.

“I’m just looking for the union to stay out of my house and not take money out of my wages,” said Scott Price, a plaintiff whose daughter receives care for cerebral palsy.

NO JUSTICE: Cases of alleged voter fraud are collecting dust in the office of Fairfax County's commonwealth attorney.

Vote fraud cases go nowhere with Fairfax prosecutor

Virginia  |  July 30, 2014

Four years after the Fairfax County election board began uncovering cases of alleged voter fraud, the local prosecutor has not taken action, and has nothing to say.


Payroll deductions help fund school levy campaigns

Ohio  |  July 30, 2014

Does your local school district allow teachers and administrators to set up a payroll deduction so they can contribute to the school levy campaign? It’s not illegal but it might come as a surprise to Ohioans that many districts do exactly that.


Philly schools to be ‘one-stop location’ for government handouts

Pennsylvania  |  July 30, 2014

Instead of the welfare office and City Hall, Philadelphia residents may soon be lining up at schools to apply for government benefits.


Oral arguments set in John Doe prosecutors’ appeal

Wisconsin  |  12:24 pm

The 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has set oral arguments in a case to determine whether a lower court’s ruling shutting down a politically charged John Doe investigation into conservative groups will stand.

U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who represents the island of Kauai, fills out her election ballot (file photo)

Absentee ballot fraud incident has Kauai police, elections officials on alert

Hawaii  |  July 30, 2014

Kauai resident Brent Woods ordered an absentee ballot for Hawaii’s Aug. 9 primary election, but never received the ballot.

So when he got a call from the Kauai County Clerk’s office telling him they couldn’t process his ballot because he returned it filled out, but unsigned, he was surprised.


Mary Burke hauls in big bucks from celebrity friends

Wisconsin  |  July 30, 2014

When it comes to campaign handouts, Mary Burke has some interesting friends.

Burke’s latest campaign finance report , the Democrats’ presumptive candidate for governor in November’s election, shows the Madison school board member took in approximately $3.6 million in the first half of 2014, pocketing campaign checks from a diverse group of liberals.

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F-35 fighter jet: Most expensive weapons program ever

National  |  July 30, 2014

A new analysis of the F-35 fighter jet shows it’s not only the most expensive warplane ever. Once the engines are added, it’s also the most expensive weapons program in history.

BURNING QUESTIONS: Several Kansas city managers say a pending IRS decision wouldn't derail volunteer fire departments, but could cause problems with rural response agreements.

Florida ag commissioner fuming over EPA firefighter equipment grab

Florida  |  9:02 am

Adam Putnam is red hot over the Obama administration’s environmental priorities.

As Florida’s commissioner of agriculture, Putnam oversees the state’s forest service and 1 million acres of land. Fighting forest fires is one of its key responsibilities.



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.


 |  Virginia

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

 |  Texas

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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By Susan Ferrechio | Washington Examiner
The odds of legislation addressing the border crisis soon just got a little longer.
Though both Democrats and Republicans in Congress want to address the recent influx of unaccompanied minors at the southern border before the August recess starts, a deal looks farther away than ever.
Here are four reasons why:
Read more [...]

4 reasons Congress may not pass border bill before recess

By Nic Horton | The Arkansas Project
Last week, the D.C. circuit court ruled in Halbig v. Burwell that Obamacare subsidies cannot flow into state that are participating in the federally-run exchange. If the ruling holds (it will almost certainly be appealed), this could be a game changer for the federal health care law: currently, only 14 states [...]

Arkansas now moves toward state-based Obamacare exchange

By James Poulos | Cal Watchdog
The California Republican party has a lot riding on Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin.
She’s the only prominent Republican who carried a strong lead into the recent “jungle” primary elections for statewide office, under which the top two candidates, regardless of party (or no party), advance to a November runoff. Swearengin sat [...]

Pot politics could inhale California controller’s race

By Rick Brundrett | The Nerve
On the McAngus Goudelock & Courie law firm’s website, Columbia attorney M. McMullen Taylor is listed as the board chairperson of Congaree Riverkeeper, a nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to protecting Midlands rivers.
Taylor also is one of two lawyers from the 137-attorney firm representing the city of Columbia in defending a [...]

Attorney plays both sides in Columbia water-sewer fund controversy

By Elizabeth Harrington | Washington Free Beacon
The National Park Service is spending $140,368 to fly 10 students to Sydney, Australia so they can experience a “climate change journey.”
The government announced last week they are paying for the group to attend the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s World Parks Congress, a global conference on conservation this Fall.
The [...]

Taxpayers foot $140K for 10 students’ ‘climate change journey’ to Australia

By Jack Spencer | Michigan Capitol Confidential
Consumers Energy is appealing the 51st Circuit Court ruling that upheld Mason County’s determination that the Lake Winds Energy Plant near Ludington is in violation of the county’s 45-decibel noise ordinance.
Arguing that the County’s decision was an “erroneous ruling,” the utility filed a 38-page appeal with the Michigan Court of Appeals on [...]

Michigan utility appeals ruling that its wind turbines are too darn loud

By Glen Morgan | Freedom Foundation
The rebellion against bureaucratic tyranny might have started in a Washington town conveniently named Liberty.
Last month, residents there decided to work together, defy the iron fist of the local federal bureaucrats at the U.S. Forest Service and help a neighbor named Tony Nicholas, a 75-year-old disabled Vietnam veteran, access his historic small mining claim.
Many of [...]

Residents of Liberty, WA, defy U.S. Forest Service to help a disabled vet

By Joseph Perkins | Cal Watchdog
Eduardo Benard, a custodian at San Francisco’s Leonard R. Flynn Elementary School, received $107,912.31 in pay and benefits in 2013.
He was one of 31 custodians employed by California public schools that boasted more than $100,000 in compensation last year, according to just-release figures revealed on Transparent California, a database maintained by [...]

The myth of California’s underpaid public school employees

By Ed Krayewski | Reason
The New York Police Department is the star of yet another cellphone video of an arrest that may have involved excessive force. You can watch the chaotic scene, with officers meeting resistance not just from their target but residents in the area too, below:
 What did the man on the ground do [...]

Another brutal NYPD arrest caught on tape