Mississippi agency thumbs its nose at senator over government-funded halfway houses

By   /  May 27, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, community, Government Regulation, investigations, Legislature, Local Government, Mississippi, News, Politics, Regulations, State Budgets  /  No Comments

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The state agency responsible for administering a group of taxpayer-funded halfway houses sent a threatening letter to a state senator opposing the project.

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State senator calls for Mississippi to end Oxford House’s federal grant

By   /  May 11, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Government Regulation, Mississippi, Politics, Regulations  /  No Comments

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A state senator has called for the Mississippi Department of Mental Health to terminate a federal grant to Oxford House.

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Down-ticket races in Mississippi important to taxpayers

By   /  May 8, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Government Regulation, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Politics  /  No Comments

UNDER SCRUTINY: WinVote touch-screen voting machines, used by roughly one in five Virginia voters, could be scrapped by the state Board of Elections on Tuesday.

Two down ticket races in Mississippi — state treasurer and three seats on the Mississippi Public Service Commission — could have huge consequences for taxpayers.

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Measure eliminating pot prohibition inches forward in Texas

By   /  May 7, 2015  /  Government Regulation, Legislature, News, Politics, State Government, Texas  /  No Comments


To the surprise of many, a legislative committee this week approved a bill that would make marijuana legal. The 5-2 vote in the Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee moves House Bill 2165 forward with little chance of going anywhere, of course.

Texas is no Colorado, after all.

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Watchdog Podcast: At the Races — Carson, Fiorina, Sanders and other underdogs in 2016 presidential field

By   /  May 5, 2015  /  Federal Government, Podcast, Politics, Politics & Elections, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments


In this episode, hosts Ben Yount and Eric Boehm discuss the latest round of entrants into the 2016 presidential field.

Can outsiders like Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina make a mark on the GOP field? Will Sen. Bernie Sanders force Hilary Clinton to move to the left in the Democratic primary?

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Term limits could have unintended consequences for Mississippi Legislature

By   /  May 4, 2015  /  Ethics, Mississippi, News, Politics, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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A term limit initiative could be appearing on a ballot in Mississippi, putting a cap of two consecutive terms on legislators and other statewide offices.

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