Nanny State of the Week: Bad science guides Novato nannies

Published on: March 27, 2017
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Ohio county picks electronic polling vendor that had previous election snafu

Published on: March 27, 2017
Shutterstock ImagePILLOW TAX: Maryland's legislature passed a bill to change the way hotel rooms are taxed if booked online, but even brick and mortar travel agencies are concerned.

Vermont Senate Finance Committee approves $2 overnight occupancy fee

Published on: March 24, 2017

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CATCH AND RELEASE?: An attorney at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is suing the government, alleging that politics are undermining the agency's mission and demoralizing its employees.

DHS: Montpelier violating federal immigration law

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Vermont’s capital is on a list of cities whose policies violate federal immigration law, according to a document released last week by the Department of Homeland Security.
Published on: March 27, 2017
MORE OVERSIGHT: State. Sen. David Craig, R-Town of Vernon, is circulating a bill that would bring an inspector general to the troubled state Department of Transportation.

Report: Pennsylvania illegally funded police with more than $222 million of highway money

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Pennsylvania violated its state constitution last fiscal year by diverting more than $222.2 million away from state roads and giving it to the state police.
Published on: March 24, 2017

Senate Education Committee talks testing tweaks

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The Senate Education Committee dedicated its weekly meeting to issues of assessment bloat and effective testing.
Published on: March 24, 2017
Shutterstock ImageGOVERNMENT HACKS: States could be making the same mistakes that the federal government made when setting up cybersecurity protocols.

Vermont seeking recourse in Joblink employment cyber attack

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Vermont may seek legal recourse against America’s Joblink Alliance after job-seekers and the Vermont Department of Labor were affected by the firm's data breach.
Published on: March 24, 2017
Shutterstock imageALL VOTES COUNT: In Vermont, every vote counts. Even the fraudulent ones.

Vermont House to vote on election law rewrites in wake of recount, absentee ballot snafus

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Three separate measures would address how recounts are conducted and how absentee ballots are obtained by voters.
Published on: March 24, 2017

Is the ocean ‘land owned or controlled’ by feds? Antiquities Act lawsuit aims to find out

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A lawsuit argues that President Obama's creation of a national monument in the Atlantic Ocean is beyond the reach of the Antiquities Act.
Published on: March 24, 2017
Parents, students and administrators take part in a rally in support of school choice, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, in Austin , Texas. Past voucher programs seeking to provide public money to families who send their children to private and religious schools have sailed through the state Senate but fizzled in the House, where lawmakers from both parties worry about hurting rural classrooms _ but rally organizers are hoping that added political pressure could change that this session. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

School choice proponents hope for a ‘grand bargain’

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“There are people who want more money for schools, but only if there’s something for parents," says former school lobbyist Allan Parker.
Published on: March 24, 2017
AP file photosGOOD NEWS/BAD NEWS: Wisconsin continues to see monthly job growth and business expansion announcements. That's good news for the economy and Gov. Scott Walker. Not so good for the partisans hoping that he fails.

400 new jobs, low unemployment bad news for Walker foes

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Candy-maker Haribo plans to spend $242 million building a plant in Kenosha County in an economic development deal expected to create 400 jobs/
Published on: March 23, 2017
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‘Safety valve’ wanted for mandatory-minimum drug law

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The highly-addictive opioids are legal pain medications when prescribed by a doctor, and can leave some people hooked after their prescriptions expire.
Published on: March 23, 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
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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