From police militarization to crony capitalism, lost bipartisan issues of 2014

By   /  October 31, 2014  /  Congress, National, News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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Amid all the talk about Obamacare, the economy, Obamacare, the “War on Women” and Obamacare — to name a few hot-button topics — some potentially bipartisan issues are getting left in the dust.

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Democratic control on the line in Minnesota on Election Day

By   /  October 31, 2014  /  Elections, Minnesota, News, Politics, State Government, State House  /  No Comments

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Regardless of whether Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton holds on to his job next week as polls suggest, Minnesota voters appear poised to topple one party rule in St. Paul on Tuesday.

Even as Governing magazine moved the race for control of the Minnesota House of Representatives into the toss-up column, political pundit David Schultz raised eyebrows by predicting the GOP will turn over the seven seats needed to retake power — and then some.

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Three in four NJ sheriffs double-dip millions via pension loophole

By   /  October 30, 2014  /  Government Waste, New Jersey, News, Pensions, Politics & Elections, State Government  /  No Comments

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Three-fourths of New Jersey’s county sheriffs are two-timing taxpayers and state pension funds.

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Examining Gov. Corbett’s record of no-tax pledges and big tax breaks

By   /  October 29, 2014  /  Budget + Tax, Budget and Spending, Elections, Issues, Jobs + Growth, News, Pennsylvania, Pensions, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

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Gov. Tom Corbett stood at the podium in the state Capitol media center, flanked by representatives of business, labor and government from all parts of Pennsylvania, to announce the biggest tax break in state history.

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Tax group says Ohio is one of the least business-friendly states

By   /  October 29, 2014  /  News, Ohio, State Government  /  No Comments

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Ohio came in 44th in a new Tax Foundation index of state business tax climates, dropping from 42nd in last year’s index.

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Politics, politicians could be greatest hurdle for VA ethics commission

By   /  October 29, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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For some members of the new governor-appointed ethics commission, perhaps their greatest challenge could be themselves.

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