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Unsung Hero: Kristi Rosenquist tilts at wind farms

By   /  May 30, 2016  /  Accountability, Energy and Environment, Minnesota, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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Part 1 of 1 in the series Unsung Heroes Kristi Rosenquist isn’t one to rest on her laurels. This spring, for instance, she’s battling the wind industry yet again, trying to persuade members of the Minnesota Legislature that the state needs better noise standards for siting wind turbines because those spinning noise-makers are now allowed […]

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Property taxes outstrip Texans’ incomes

By   /  May 30, 2016  /  News, State Government, Taxes, Texas  /  No Comments

Senate Select Committee on Property Tax Reform and Relief

Fifth highest in the nation, property taxes in Texas are on track to outstrip personal income gains again this year as county appraisers continue to aggressively raise property values, inflating the tax base.

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Watchdog Podcast: What can be learned from Trump’s victory?

By   /  May 27, 2016  /  Accountability, Commentary, Federal Government, Issues, National, Podcast, Politics & Elections, State Government, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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Donald Trump has locked up a majority of the delegates. He will be the Republican presidential nominee in 2016.

Now what?

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Docs clash with Sanders over price controls for prescription drugs

By   /  May 27, 2016  /  Accountability, California, Health Care, Issues, National, News, Politics & Elections, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

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Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says he supports price controls for drugs in California, but doctors in the state say the proposal is deeply flawed.

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Court rules against city in open meetings law appeal

By   /  May 27, 2016  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Open Records, Regulations, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Despite negligible penalties, two appeals have been filed for the first time in cases of violations of Mississippi’s open meetings law.

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Competing visions of how to save Detroit’s public schools

By   /  May 25, 2016  /  Education, Labor, Michigan, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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After a natural disaster struck New Orleans, drastic measures became necessary to revive the city’s already beleaguered school system. The answer was the nation’s first all-charter school model. While no hurricane has hit Detroit, a long-running disaster of monumental proportions has left the city’s schools on the verge of collapse. As politicians and teachers unions have […]

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