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Vermont gun club sues town over noise ordinance citations

By   /  June 24, 2015  /  Government Regulation, Issues, News, Power Abuse, Regulations, Vermont  /  No Comments

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A half-century-old gun club in Vermont is suing the town of Williston over noise ordinance citations, which, owners say, violate members’ gun rights.

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Christie challenges court order to release public record

By   /  June 22, 2015  /  Governor, New Jersey, Open Records, Politics & Elections, Power Abuse, State Government  /  No Comments

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In a bizarre appeal, Gov. Chris Christie is challenging a court order for his office to release a high-tech media list, assembled at taxpayers’ expense, as a public record.

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Drink it up: 10 gifts PLCB booze bosses took from vendors

By   /  June 16, 2015  /  Ethics, News, PA Independent, Pennsylvania, Power Abuse, State Government  /  No Comments

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The first rule about taking gifts from vendors doing business with the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is that you don’t talk about taking gifts from vendors doing business with the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

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Nanny of the Week: Weeds will prevail in Maryland lawn care ban

By   /  June 15, 2015  /  Issues, Local Government, Maryland, Nanny State of the Week, News, Power Abuse  /  No Comments

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A county in Maryland wants to ban many common lawn care products that are safe and legal at the state and federal levels. Opponents call it an unprecedented intrusion into property rights.

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Watchdog Podcast: In Our Backyards — Bureaucrats tell girl to tear down tree house

By   /  June 12, 2015  /  Government Regulation, Issues, Pennsylvania, Podcast, Power Abuse, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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After Elise Truchan spent three months planning and then building an elaborate tree house for a school project, her family came home to find a note on their front door from the local building inspector telling them it had to come down.

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Pennsylvania family forced to pay $500 for a chance to keep girl’s tree house

By   /  June 12, 2015  /  community, Government Regulation, Issues, Local Government, Local News, News, PA Independent, Pennsylvania, Power Abuse, Regulations, Video  /  No Comments

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Elise Truchan has learned some lessons in her first run-in with bureaucracy.

“I’ve learned that people lie,” is unfortunately one of them, her father recounted to Watchdog.org.

Elise built an elaborate tree house for a eighth-grade school project — complete with sliding plexiglass windows and a rope ladder for entrants more coordinated and less wimpy than this reporter. But her family is now fighting to not have to immediately tear it town.

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