FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2016 file photo, Republican gubernatorial candidate Phil Scott waves to a room full of supporters as he awaits the election results at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel in South Burlington, Vt. Scott, Vermont's incoming governor, has been in talks with Gov. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts and Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland about how to work together in dealings with the incoming Trump administration. The three Republicans were critical of Trump during the campaign. (AP Photo/Andy Duback, File)

Governor’s office sought to silence critic of sanctuary-styled immigration policy

Published on: March 21, 2017
Institute for JusticeFIRST AMENDMENT: Mary Lou Wesselhoeft, owner of the Ocheesee Creamery, was told by state regulators that she must inject additives into her all-natural skim milk or call it "imitation milk."

Federal appeals court sides with small dairy farm against state regulators

Published on: March 22, 2017
AP photoSLOWDOWN: Sen. Paul Bettencourt says his SB 2 will bring tax relief in future years.

Texas property taxes will keep climbing under SB 2

Published on: March 22, 2017
Photo by EdSource.orgHEADED TO HIGH COURT? The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday affirmed a lower court's ruling tossing out a public sector right-to-work lawsuit against two unions. The decision was expected and welcome by the plaintiffs, who intend to seek review before the Supreme Court.

Appeals court tosses forced union dues lawsuit, next stop Supreme Court

Published on: March 21, 2017

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Town hall disruption crew now keeping out ‘uninvited’ guests

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“They will be invitation only and will not be visible to the uninvited on Facebook or any other Internet search,” A group Facebook post noted
Published on: March 21, 2017
Creative Commons/Bill BurrisFIBER-OPTICS: This building block for high-speed internet is also the source of a fight between

Coalition urges Congress to implement dig-once policies to aid broadband growth

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The proposal would require crews to install conduit — tubes designed to group and protect large amounts of wiring and fiber —while building federally funded highways.
Published on: March 21, 2017
Shutterstock ImageGOVERNMENT-FUNDED ADVOCACY: Increased transparency for government-funded advocacy groups in Florida and elsewhere may give board members the right to withhold dues if the boards get political on issues like school choice.

Pennsylvania House votes to block release of info on police shootings

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The bill would bar public officials from releasing the identity of a police officer involved in a shooting or other use of force for 30 days.
Published on: March 21, 2017
Photo by Mississippi PowerGASIFIER: The Kemper Project's troubled gasifier turns lignite coal mined on site into synthesis gas to fuel the facility's electricity-generating turbines.

PSC’s Britton: $2.88 billlion cap on Kemper Project isn’t a guarantee for utility

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The lone Republican on the three-member commission says getting the full amount depends on the company delivering on its promises.
Published on: March 21, 2017
Photo by Traci Patterson/Creative CommonsHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner has proposed a pension reform plan with some redeeming elements.

Houston pension bill moves ahead, despite flaws

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Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner went to Austin Monday to convince lawmakers that he has hit upon a solution to Houston’s $8.1 billion pension problem. His answer is math — really complicated but ultimately pointless math.
Published on: March 21, 2017
SEEING GREEN: Since 2010, at least two Kansas police departments have seen a sudden spike in revenues because of the state's taxation laws on illegal narcotics. From 2010 to 2012, almost 60 percent of all drug incidents involved marijuana, according to statistics provided by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

Joint ventures: Money fuels medical marijuana debate

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Florida's already-licensed dispensaries are spending big bucks to stay involved in the legislative debate on medical marijuana.
Published on: March 21, 2017
Creative Commons photo, user bobistravelingBRIDGING THE DIVIDE: A U.S. senator and FCC commissioner used New River Gorge Bridge, part of a tour of the state last week, as a metaphor for linking the have and have nots in regards to broadband access.

Federal government may study economic impact of broadband

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The co-chairs of the Senate Broadband Caucus both represent states with sizable rural populations.
Published on: March 21, 2017
SERVICE CUTS: Arizona minimum wage increase lead to service cuts for the disabled

Minimum wage hike threatens services for Arizona’s disabled

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Non-profits operating on fixed reimbursement rates from the state have been hit hard by the costs of Propostion 206.
Published on: March 21, 2017

Memo comparing voucher and public school aid doesn’t tell whole story

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A memo from the LFB requested by Sen. Janet Bewley makes it appear voucher schools are getting more money than public schools.
Published on: March 20, 2017

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Creative Commons / User SteveAlexanderCAMPUS CULTURE: A school expelled a male student even though evidence suggested he may have been the victim.

Judge: Male student expelled for sexual assault may have been victim himself

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Amherst College expelled a male student even though evidence suggested he may have been the victim of a sexual assault.
Published on: March 6, 2017
Photo by Michael Bielawski

Small town of Plainfield adopts sanctuary status for illegal aliens

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The rural community of Plainfield on Tuesday joined an increasing number of Vermont jurisdictions considered to be “sanctuary” communities for illegal immigrants.
Published on: March 8, 2017
FILE - In this July 30, 2009 file photo, Greg Alexander of Dovetail Solar and Wind installs solar panels in Westerville, Ohio. Just two years after Ohio Gov. John Kasich championed a major rewrite of state energy policies, the Republican governor is poised to sign a sweeping bill in an election year that freezes phase-in of Ohio’s renewable energy and efficiency programs and repeals advanced energy goals altogether. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

GOP lawmaker confronts Kasich on Ohio’s green-energy mandates

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State Rep. Bill Seitz is pushing to get rid of the costly regulations altogether.
Published on: March 3, 2017