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Native American artist challenges Oklahoma’s right to say who is an Indian

By   /  December 2, 2016  /  Federal Government, Federal government, First Amendment, Free Speech, Legislature, National, News, Oklahoma, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

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The Smithsonian National Museum in Washington, D.C., and Sports Illustrated model Kathy Ireland have something in common. Both have displayed the award-winning American Indian artwork of Peggy Fontenot, one of the 1,500 members of the Patawomeck Tribe of Virginia. “It’s history is with Pocahontas, John Smith and Jamestown,” Fontenot, who now lives in California, tells […]

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Cities ‘disingenuous’ on taxes, senator says

By   /  November 30, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Legislature, News, Politics & Elections, State Government, Taxes, Texas  /  No Comments

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A battle between Texas cities and the state Legislature broke out Tuesday, with property taxpayers in the crossfire. “I side with the payers, not the spenders,” state Sen. Paul Bettencourt said in unveiling Senate Bill 2 to reform Texas’ increasingly burdensome property tax system.

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Occupational licensing rules spark backlash

By   /  November 29, 2016  /  Jobs + Growth, Labor, Legislature, News, Regulations, State Government, Texas  /  No Comments

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For all its conservative credentials, Texas maintains a heavy hand in occupational licensing. Thirty-four of 102 low- and medium-income occupations — ranging from door-repair contractors to skin-care specialists to hair shampooers — are licensed under state law, according to one study.

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Watchdog’s Top 10 List: Bureaucrats Behaving Badly

By   /  November 28, 2016  /  Crony Capitalism, Federal Government, Florida, Legislature, Mississippi, National, News, Pennsylvania, Power Abuse, State Budgets, State Government, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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Bureaucrats and politicians manipulate the system, for their own benefit and for the benefit of their friends and financial allies. How do they get away with it? They get a lot of practice and, all too often, nobody is watching. But we are. Here’s a top 10 list of bureaucrats, politicians and rent seekers who […]

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Anodyne EdBuild contract with Mississippi Legislature goes public

By   /  November 23, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Education, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Open Records, State Budgets, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

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The contract with non-profit EdBuild and the Mississippi Legislature was finally revealed and there are few smoking guns or any specifics.

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Ruling on Wisconsin redistricting an ‘odd decision,’ legal expert says

By   /  November 23, 2016  /  Judiciary, Legislature, News, Politics & Elections, State Government, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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Redistricting isn’t the reason Wisconsin has “gone red for the last three elections,” Esenberg said.

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