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Florida schools get ready for flood of border kids

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By Marianela Toledo | Florida Watchdog
MIAMI — With more than 51,000 unaccompanied Central American children already here, and more expected to come, school officials ask the federal government for a helping hand.
Border kids costs more to educate, about $1,900 per head. Teachers must be bilingual. The students will need health care and psychological services because [...]

REVENUES GOING DOWN: Gov. Peter Shumlin announced his administration would recommend 4 percent cuts in spending after economists downgraded the state's revenue forecast for fiscal 2015.

Vermont forced to make surprise budget cuts after revenue downgrade

Vermont  |  4:00 am

Gov. Peter Shumlin and Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding on Thursday said they have begun recommending emergency cuts to Vermont’s 2015 budget after sagging fiscal year 2014 revenue forced a downgrade in the state’s financial outlook.

MACHIAVELLIAN: Logan County landowners assert the federal government is ignoring the unintended consequences of conservation efforts to  restore black-footed ferret populations in Western Kansas.

Feds ignore consequences in bid to save endangered ferret

Kansas  |  4:00 am

When Jim Ludolph surveys his acreage in Logan County, all he can do is shake his head.

The land is pockmarked, scarred from fence to fence with prairie dog mounds. The pasture ground has been in Ludolph’s family for more than a century, and he says it has never looked this bad.

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Here’s what happens when government tries to control your diet

Washington  |  4:00 am

By Bre Payton and Dustin Hurst | Watchdog.org
If you give a mouse a cookie a bureaucrat some power over your meals, he might just make you count your calories…

 
You will be made to care. 
He will criticize you for eating beef…

And may even offer you some bugs!

This really happened. Using their infinite wisdom, government officials really asked Americans to eat [...]

money series: hudreds of green dollar texture

Quarter of Hawaii’s population now on Medicaid

Hawaii  |  4:00 am

New statistics released by the state Department of Human Services show about a quarter of Hawaii’s population relies on Medicaid.

NOT EVEN CLOSE: Economists say raising minimum wages doesn't result in job growth.

Economists: There’s room for improvement in Virginia unemployment

Virginia  |  4:00 am

Unemployment numbers in Virginia aren’t too bad, but economists still say there’s room for improvement.

Unemployment is down in Virginia from 5.7 percent a year ago and is lower than the national rate (6.1 percent), according to the Virginia Employment Commission. Virginia’s jobless rate stood at 5.3 percent in June, up from 5.1 percent in May.

Keith Hall, a senior research fellow at George Mason’s Mercatus Center in Fairfax, said he thinks Virginia needs continued growth in the labor market and he’s worried about what the government is doing to raise the cost of hiring.

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Nebraska bad bridge count has gone up since Minnesota bridge collapse

Nebraska  |  4:00 am

Nebraska is one of just nine states that have not reduced its number of structurally deficient bridges since 13 people died when a Minneapolis interstate bridge collapsed seven years ago. In fact, it has more bad bridges now.

TRANSPARENCY: Thanks to OpenSecrets.org, access to personal financial disclosures for members of Congress have never been more timely.

Heads-up Congress: Following the money just got a little easier

Florida  |  4:00 am

Following the money in politics just got a little easier.

UBER, LYFT OK FOR NOW: The Pennsylvania PUC on Thursday granted Uber and Lyft emergency temporary authority to operate in Allegheny County.

Uber, Lyft granted temporary authority to operate in Allegheny County

Pennsylvania  |  4:00 am

As the chairman of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission put it Thursday, ridesharing services Lyft and Uber are getting a chance for a makeup exam in the Keystone State.

The Assembly on Wednesday passed a bipartisan bill doubling campaign contribution limits in Wisconsin. This bill is far from perfect and I know there are members on both sides of the aisle with heartburn on this legislation,” said JoCasta Zamarripa, D-Milwaukee. She voted for the bill.

TN Supreme Court justices give generously to Democratic candidates, records show

Tennessee  |  4:00 am

The three Tennessee Supreme Court justices up for retention like to give lots of money to Democrats, including Phil Bredesen, who appointed all three to the court, and even Al Gore.

REVENUES GOING DOWN: Gov. Peter Shumlin announced his administration would recommend 4 percent cuts in spending after economists downgraded the state's revenue forecast for fiscal 2015.

Vermont forced to make surprise budget cuts after revenue downgrade

Vermont  |  4:00 am

Gov. Peter Shumlin and Secretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding on Thursday said they have begun recommending emergency cuts to Vermont’s 2015 budget after sagging fiscal year 2014 revenue forced a downgrade in the state’s financial outlook.

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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.

WATCHBLOG

 |  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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FROM AROUND THE WEB

By Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Deveraux | The Intercept
The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither “concrete facts” nor “irrefutable evidence” to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist, according to a key government document obtained by The Intercept.
The “March 2013 Watchlisting [...]

The secret government rulebook for labeling you a terrorist

By David M. Drucker | Washington Examiner
A Republican group is suggesting that President Obama‘s administration is purposely delaying the implementation of controversial government regulations until after the midterm elections.
American Action Forum, a conservative non-profit organization affiliated with the pro-GOP American Action Network super PAC, was scheduled on Thursday to release a study of 15 pending federal regulations, six of [...]

These costly regulations could hit after the election

By Jack McHugh | Michigan Capitol Confidential
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has just ruled that the federal health care law does not authorize insurance subsidies provided through health care “exchanges” that were set up by the federal government. Only exchanges set up by the states can qualify for these taxpayer subsidies.
D.C. Circuit appeal rulings [...]

Obamacare’s survival in Michigan up to state legislators

By Wayne Lusvardi | Cal Watchdog
Sacramento Superior Court Judge Allen Sumner just issued a preliminary ruling that Siskiyou County must regulate groundwater well permits along the Scott River in accordance with “Public Trust Doctrine.” This means the water now mainly used by hay farmers also will have to be divided among commercial sports fishing, kayaking, [...]

Lawsuit could expand state control of California groundwater

By Zenon Evans | Reason
“The longer individuals were exposed to socialism, the more likely they were to cheat on our task,” according to a new study, “The (True) Legacy of Two Really Existing Economic Systems,” from Duke University and the University of Munich. The team of researchers concluded this after working with 259 participants from Berlin who [...]

Study: Socialists are cheaters

By Susan Ferrechio | Washington Examiner
A group of House Republicans Wednesday will call for sending theNational Guard to the southern border, where a months-long surge in illegal immigration has flooded Texas with thousands of children fromGuatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.
House Speaker John Boehner last month assigned seven GOP lawmakers the task of recommending how to deal with the recent border surge, and the working group will present [...]

GOP border security group will call for sending National Guard to border

By Rick Brundrett | The Nerve
Police in South Carolina are poised to start ticketing drivers for a popular smartphone-app, ridesharing service that recently launched in the Palmetto State, The Nerve found in a survey of police agencies.
Representatives of the Columbia and Greenville police departments, as well as the Columbia and Greenville-Spartanburg airport police departments, told The Nerve this week [...]

South Carolina cops to Uber: Follow regs or face charges

By Nic Horton | The Arkansas Project
If you watch or read the news in Arkansas, you probably hear a lot about outgoing Gov. Mike Beebe’s record of “job creation.” One political columnist recently claimed that “economic development was a hallmark of the Beebe era.” Gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross released his first television ad earlier this year, attempting to tie himself to Beebe [...]

Arkansas governor’s jobs record not as rosy as he’d have you believe