John Doe, as it is being used, must go, WI senator says

By   /  April 24, 2014  /  Featured, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter

MADISON, Wis. – State Sen. Glenn Grothman is no fan of Wisconsin’s longstanding John Doe law, at least as it has been applied by prosecutors secretly investigating conservative groups.

The West Bend Republican tells Wisconsin Reporter that he will work to change the law, if he’s still in a position to do so.

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States imposing online sales tax aren’t driving business back to Main Street

By   /  April 23, 2014  /  Economy, Featured, Issues, National, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

AMAZING AMAZON: Researchers found that consumers are shifting away from Amazon in states where online sales taxes are being enacted. But those consumers aren't going back to Main St. businesses, either.

By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org

MINNEAPOLIS — Rather than providing a level playing field or a lifeline for traditional retailers, new online sales taxes are driving consumers to other, non-taxed, online retailers.

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IL city embodies divide among rich, poor states

By   /  April 22, 2014  /  Featured, Illinois, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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Bloomington is a fine community, halfway between Chicago and St. Louis, home to nearly 120,000 people and the embodiment of the latest “Rich States, Poor States” report.

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Militarized police may be in a town near you

By   /  April 22, 2014  /  Arkansas, California, Featured, Georgia, Local Government, Minnesota, National, New Mexico  /  No Comments

ROLLING OUT IN ST. CLOUD: A retrofitted armored military vehicle is in use by the police department in the town of St. Cloud, Minn. Photo by Jim Maurice of  WJON.com.

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE, N.M. — A New Mexico Watchdog story about a 30-second commercial for the police department in Hobbs has drawn national attention, with a well-known author and civil libertarian criticizing the ad running on television stations across the state emphasizing aggressive, military-style policing.
But Radley Balko points out the Hobbs video isn’t unique. In [...]

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Two NM senators getting plenty of green from environmentalists

By   /  April 21, 2014  /  campaign fundraising, Environment, Environmental, Featured, New Mexico, News  /  No Comments

GETTING SOME GREEN FROM THE GREENS: Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich finish high in a list of top recipients from environmental groups.

As Earth Day celebrates its 44th birthday, the environmental movement has become an increasingly larger presence in Washington, D.C.

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