Bureaucrats befuddled by America’s auto market

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By Manny Lopez | Michigan Capitol Confidential
DETROIT — My muffled chuckle was not appreciated by the 20-something clipboard carrier hovering around EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy here at the auto show.
I tried to restrain myself as McCarthy emerged from a tiny Chevy Spark tucked along a wall at the General Motors display.
“This is my baby,” she said [...]

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Disposition of key officials in Sacramento arena lawsuit nears go-ahead

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Sacramento arena

By Katy Grimes | Cal Watchdog
Opponents of the push for a heavily subsidized downtown Sacramento basketball arena are closer to forcing key city insiders to tell what they know about how much taxpayers actually will have to pay for the project.
Last week, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Eugene Balonon issued a tentative ruling in the lawsuit targeting the [...]

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South Carolina house speaker’s ethics case goes to grand jury

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By Rick Brundrett | The Nerve
When interviewed by The Nerve last September, Bart Daniel, one of South Carolina House Speaker Bobby Harrell’s attorneys, seemed confident about the outcome of a State Law Enforcement Division investigation of his client.
“We have been cooperating fully, and the investigation is sort of wrapping up,” Daniel, a former U.S. attorney for South [...]

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For Michigan state workers, 2014 means the freedom to leave unions

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By F. Vincent Fernuccio and Jarrett Skorup | Michigan Capitol Confidential
Michigan state employees had ample reason to celebrate the new year — their unions can longer get them fired for not paying dues or fees.
Almost all of the collective bargaining agreements between the state and its classified employee unions expired Dec. 31, meaning that right-to-work now applies to [...]

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Washington’s cap-and-trade plan could raise gas prices more than $1 a gallon

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By Jeff Rhodes | Freedom Foundation
Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday ignored pleas from leaders of both parties and both houses of the Washington State Legislature to deny rumors he intends to impose by executive fiat a cap-and-trade plan that could raise gasoline prices by an estimated $1 to $1.20 a gallon.
“I find that very surprising,” [...]

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