Rogue agency defied judges to carry out partisan probe of Wisconsin conservatives

State policy changes endanger juvenile detention staff, former workers say

By   /  December 19, 2014  /  Colorado, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

Photo By Arthur Kane

Colorado Department of Human Services administrators have “coddled” inmates and led to the increase in attacks on staff with a series of policy and procedural changes, former employees told

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Elon Musk wheels and deals to save Cuomo

By   /  December 17, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, National, New York, State Government, transportation, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

Musk Cuomo

By Tori Richards |
It’s easy to see why Barbara Walters named billionaire Elon Musk one of 2014’s most fascinating people.
In the waning days of his 2014 reelection campaign, Gov. Andrew Cuomo turned to Musk to bail him out of a $1 billion economic development deal that was going down in flames — and could […]

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Stimpson blasts Virginia’s public-private deals

By   /  December 17, 2014  /  News, Politics & Elections, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

CRITIC: Former Stafford supervisor Susan Stimpson is challenging House Speaker Bill Howell, charging that lawmakers have mishandled public-private road projects.

Virginia’s use and alleged misuse of public-private partnerships for road construction is fueling a high-octane Republican state House race, with the speaker’s seat at stake.

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As pump prices tumble, states feel pinch of lower oil prices

By   /  December 17, 2014  /  Alaska, Energy and Environment, Finances, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, State Budgets, State Government, Texas  /  No Comments

Roxana Valverde

Crashing prices at the pump is good news for drivers but could prove to be a problem for budgets in states that rely heavily on oil and gas revenue.

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Lawmakers grill human services supervisors after story

By   /  December 16, 2014  /  Colorado, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Part 3 of 3 in the series Juvenile Justice in Colorado

By Arthur Kane |
Colorado lawmakers, in sometimes testy exchanges, questioned the state human services executive director about safety in the state’s juvenile detention facilities after a series of stories that exposed increases in attacks on staff.
“I mean people aren’t safe, kids aren’t safe, staff […]

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Congress remains silent through centuries of convention requests from states

By   /  December 16, 2014  /  National, News, State Government  /  No Comments


Seven hundred and sixty-three.

No, that’s not how much the national debt is ticking upwards per second, or how much you’ll pay annually for premiums under Obamacare (hint: unfortunately, those numbers are astronomically higher).

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