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Georgia Mountain Wind scrutinized for possible noise, ice violations

By   /  December 5, 2016  /  Energy and Environment, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

DYING IN THE WIND: Wind power proponents claim other sources kill far more eagles than turbines, but the USFWS is being sued by one environmental group that calls longer permits a "reckless and irresponsible gamble." Joshua Winchell/USFWS photo.

At a special hearing Thursday, representatives from Georgia Mountain Wind appeared before the Vermont Public Service Board to appeal a ruling that wind turbines have violated noise and weather-related specifications listed in the project’s certificate of public good.

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Trump-DeVos voucher program may face legal, political trouble in Colorado

By   /  December 5, 2016  /  Colorado, Education, Federal Government, News  /  No Comments

Courtesy of the American Federation for Children

It’s no easy feat to implement a voucher system in Colorado. Just ask school choice advocates on the Douglas County school board.

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Desperate Democrats turn to states to salvage climate agenda, but will it work?

By   /  December 5, 2016  /  Energy and Environment, Federal Government, National, New York, News  /  No Comments

Climate Change photo

Finding few friends in the Trump administration, the green army could turn to states, many of which are still working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions despite the legal turmoil.

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Nanny State of the Week: Butts out in public housing

By   /  December 5, 2016  /  Nanny State of the Week, National, News  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Sarah Scicluna

This time, it’s with the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s proposal to ban smoking in all public housing. This applies not just to common areas but to the interiors of the living units — and to all spaces within 25 feet of the buildings, too.

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Arlington plays the stadium game with fear and arrogance

By   /  December 5, 2016  /  Crony Capitalism, Economy, News, Politics & Elections, Taxes, Texas  /  No Comments

For the third time in 25 years, Arlington wants to hit up taxpayers for a new stadium.

It’s that Bart Giamatti time of year. Baseball, the late commissioner and professor Renaissance literature, famously observed, “is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it […]

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Transportation week comes with gas tax-hike pressure

By   /  December 4, 2016  /  Governor, News, State Budgets, State Government, Transportation, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

road-construction

“If we don’t fix our roads, sometimes, it could be a matter of life and death,” Vos warns

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