Lyft: Killing ride-sharing puts public safety at risk

By   /  August 1, 2014  /  Colorado, Economy, Government Regulation, Legislature, National, News, Public Utilities, Regulations, State Government, State Lobbying, State Politics, Technology, Transparency, transportation, Virginia  /  No Comments

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Uber and Lyft, responding to myths spread by their detractors, are promoting their services as a safer transportation alternative for consumers.

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Double whammy! Home-care workers sue to stop labor union election

By   /  July 30, 2014  /  First Amendment, Free Speech, Legislature, Minnesota, Supreme Court, Uncategorized, unions  /  No Comments

DOUBLE WHAMMY! Gov. Mark Dayton faces a second lawsuit from the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation on behalf of home care workers opposed to a union.
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Days before the scheduled start of the largest-public sector labor union election in state history, nine Minnesota home-care workers filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis aimed at stopping it.
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Home care assistants from throughout Minnesota sued Gov. Mark Dayton and the Service Employees International Union, asking the federal court for an injunction against a controversial 2013 state law authorizing organized labor to target providers for collective bargaining.

“I’m just looking for the union to stay out of my house and not take money out of my wages,” said Scott Price, a plaintiff whose daughter receives care for cerebral palsy.

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Lawyers for MS U.S. Senate candidate say fight for seat far from over

By   /  July 17, 2014  /  Campaign Finance, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Politics, State Senate, U.S. Senate, Voter Fraud  /  No Comments

SPEAKING OUT: State Sen. Michael Watson (R-Pascagoula) is one of the attorneys for the Chris McDaniel campaign.

State Sen. Chris McDaniel intimates he’s not concerned about his political fate as he continues to fight the results of the June 24 GOP primary runoff.

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Minnesota doubles down on nation’s top biodiesel law

By   /  July 10, 2014  /  Business, Energy and Environment, Legislature, Minnesota, News, transportation  /  No Comments

WHEN YOU GOTTA GO: Some MN truckers go out of their way to refueling instate due to concerns over nation leading 10 percent biodiesel mandate.  Kottke Trucking photo.

Fill it up with diesel fuel. Just do it in Fargo, Sioux Falls, Eau Claire — or any truck stop across the Minnesota border.

That’s the road map for fueling 90 big rigs operated by Kottke Trucking, the result of plan driven by a state biodiesel B10 rule, which the Minnesota company calls “unfair, expensive and wrong.”

Minnesota became the first state to require every gallon of diesel contain at least 10 percent biodiesel — produced mostly with homegrown soybeans — as of July 1.

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New Mississippi law helps gun owners shoot down local bans

By   /  July 9, 2014  /  Government Regulation, Legislature, Lobbying, Local Government, Politics, Regulations, State House, State Politics  /  No Comments

PHOTO BY: Steve Wilson

A new law in Mississippi is giving gun owners ammunition to fight gun bans in government buildings.

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Challenger calls for new election in U.S. Senate race

By   /  July 8, 2014  /  Legislature, Mississippi, National, News, Politics, State Elections, State Senate, U.S. Senate, Voter Fraud  /  No Comments

PHOTO BY: Associated Press

By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog
Chris McDaniel isn’t ready to quit. Rather, channeling an inner John Paul Jones, he has just begun to fight.
McDaniel, a two-term Mississippi state senator, alleges thousands of votes were cast illegally for Thad Cochran by Democrats who crossed over during the June 24 Republican runoff for U.S. Senate, which Cochran, [...]

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