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Johnny Kampis is a content editor and staff writer at Watchdog.org. Johnny previously worked in the newspaper industry and as a freelance writer, and has been published in The New York Times, Time.com, FoxNews.com and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A former semi-professional poker player, Kampis is writing a book documenting the poker scene at the 2016 World Series of Poker, a decade after the peak of the poker boom. You can follow him on Twitter @TuscaloosaJohn or reach him via email at [email protected]

Moving study shows Americans flock to states with less burdensome taxes

By   /  January 16, 2017  /  National, News  /  No Comments

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Migration patterns for 2016 show that Americans tended to move away from high-tax states and into states where residents keep more of what they earn.

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Free-market coalition urges Sessions, Pence to oppose online gambling ban

By   /  January 12, 2017  /  National, News, Regulations  /  No Comments

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“Regulatory intervention now from the U.S. Department of Justice would represent a true violation of the legislative process,” the letter says. “Today, it’s online gambling, but in the future it might be gun and ammunition sales targeted by Congress or an over-zealous executive branch.”

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Having backed the losing candidate, Google now tries to align with Trump

By   /  January 12, 2017  /  National, News  /  No Comments

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“Welcome to Washington,” he said. “It’s customary to try to curry favor with whoever is in power. It’s no surprise that Google is making an effort to have good relationships with people in the Trump administration.”

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Drink up: In Philadelphia, beer is cheaper than soda thanks to beverage tax

By   /  January 10, 2017  /  News, Pennsylvania, Taxes  /  No Comments

Tax Foundation/Bill Rickards

The Tax Foundation recently discovered that a 12-pack of Propel energy drink costs $9.04 in one Philadelphia store thanks to a beverage tax of $3.04, while a 12-pack of Icehouse beer is $7.99 after the beer tax is applied.

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Advocates ready to defend Kentucky’s right-to-work law

By   /  January 10, 2017  /  Jobs + Growth, Kentucky, Labor, News  /  No Comments

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The staff of the foundation will offer free legal advice to Kentucky workers, and its attorneys are prepared to defend the law from expected legal challenges brought by union officials, as it has done in Michigan, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

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Cooperative that dumped Kemper Project sees credit ratings rise

By   /  January 9, 2017  /  Mississippi, News  /  No Comments

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A Mississippi power cooperative that decided to dump its stake in the struggling Kemper Project is now reaping the rewards of that exit: its credit ratings increased last month in part due to lower financial risk.

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