PA Senate approves Medical marijuana; future in House uncertain

By   /  September 29, 2014  /  Issues, News, Pennsylvania, State Government, State House, State Senate  /  No Comments

MEDICAL POT AND OBAMACARE: Is it okay to oppose the federal government interfering in health care decisions while supporting state efforts to limit those same decisions? It's a question Republicans have to answer as the national debate on medical marijuana continues.

Pennsylvania is one step closer to legalizing medical marijuana, but time is running short for the legislation this year.

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Mississippi finances face serious headwinds

By   /  September 25, 2014  /  Economy, Mississippi, News, State Elections, State House, State Lobbying, State Politics, State Senate, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

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The pre-election year budget cycle might be Mississippi’s calm before the proverbial hurricane.

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Fully funded ed program would strain Mississippi budget

By   /  September 24, 2014  /  Budget + Tax, Budget and Spending, Economy, Government Waste, Legislature, Lobbying, Local Government, Mississippi, News, Politics, Regulations, School Choice, State House, State Lobbying, State Politics, Taxes, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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If the legislature is forced to fully fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, the state’s budget will be in disarray.

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‘Bonusgate’ attorney disbarred, seven years after legislative scandal hit

By   /  September 22, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Accountability, Ethics, Fraud, Government Waste, Legislature, News, Pennsylvania, Politics, Power Abuse, State Government, State House, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court finally disbarred lawyer Jeff Foreman, seven years after “Bonusgate” exploded into the public eye. Governor Tom Corbett was then attorney general, and his office investigated nearly $4 million worth of bonuses paid to legislative staffers in the Pennsylvania General Assembly and other misuse of public funds. Several legislators and staff — including Foreman — spent time behind bars in one way or another.

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Gun rights a major hurdle for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate in Montana

By   /  September 5, 2014  /  Montana, Politics, Politics & Elections, State House, State Politics, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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Curtis voted anti-gun on 23 of 24 opportunities. For that, she scored a miserable 2.6%. A 59% score would have earned her an “F” on gun issues.

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Mississippi taxpayers owe $10,700 apiece for mounting debt

By   /  August 27, 2014  /  Constitution, Government Waste, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Pensions, Politics, State Elections, State House, State Politics, State Senate, Taxes  /  No Comments

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Can anyone spare an extra $10,700 for each Mississippi taxpayer?

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