Uncle Sam bankrolled a third of Kansas spending in 2013

By   /  July 30, 2014  /  Finances, Kansas, News, State Government  /  No Comments


On the home front, Kansas’ elected officials talk a big game about self-reliance and prudent fiscal governance, but last year more than a third of all dollars doled out by the Sunflower State came direct from the woefully-indebted federal government.

Should Kansas put its money where its mouth is and lessen its leaning on Uncle Sam’s wallet? State Rep. Gene Suellentrop, R-Wichita, says yes – to a point, at least.

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North Dakota State working to avoid open records requests, lawmakers say

By   /  July 30, 2014  /  News, North Dakota  /  No Comments


The North Dakota State Board of Higher Education has asked its 11 institutions to unify their email systems, but North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani is fighting the move.

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Oral arguments set in John Doe prosecutors’ appeal

By   /  July 30, 2014  /  News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments


The 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has set oral arguments in a case to determine whether a lower court’s ruling shutting down a politically charged John Doe investigation into conservative groups will stand.

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What should be done about the border crisis?

By   /  July 30, 2014  /  Immigration, National, News  /  No Comments

AP file photo

By Watchdog.org
About 52,000 undocumented children have been caught at the border since last October, double the number from the previous year. Many of them have turned themselves into border authorities.
Here are the facts about the border situation as reported by Watchdog.org thus far:
Many critics point to a 2008 human-trafficking law that allows minors entering the country [...]

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Ecology official who sees citizens as prey can keep his job

By   /  July 30, 2014  /  News, Northwest, Washington  /  No Comments

OFF THE MARK: A Washington state officials who compared citizens to human prey is going to keep his job.

By Melissa Genson | WatchdogWire.com
Washington Department of Ecology’s Ben Penhale, who compares citizens to a hunter’s prey, can keep his job, benefits and authority, the department says.
The brouhaha started on Dec. 7, 2012, when Penhale was asked to clarify regulatory jurisdiction to San Juan County Planner Colin Maycock.
Instead, he wrote a bizarre, rambling email where [...]

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Lawmaker wants more transparency in PA liquor advertising

By   /  July 30, 2014  /  News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

JUST SAY NO: State Rep. Stephen Bloom says residents should be more aware of PLCB advertising, like this infamous piece from 2011.

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has that third word in its name for a reason — the agency was put in place after Prohibition to give the state a firm hand on where and when Pennsylvanians get their booze.

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