As pump prices tumble, states feel pinch of lower oil prices

By   /  December 17, 2014  /  Alaska, Energy and Environment, Finances, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, State Budgets, State Government, Texas  /  No Comments

Roxana Valverde

Crashing prices at the pump is good news for drivers but could prove to be a problem for budgets in states that rely heavily on oil and gas revenue.

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Pay-to-play scandal involves UT dean, Texas Exes

By   /  December 16, 2014  /  Abuse of power, News, Texas  /  No Comments

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Supporters of University of Texas Bill Powers have for months worked mightily to deny or to marginalize evidence that lawmakers were pulling strings to get unqualified students admitted to the university.

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The empire strikes back: Saudi Arabia takes on U.S. shale

By   /  December 15, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, National, New Mexico, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Texas  /  No Comments

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OPEC leader Saudi Arabia is putting pressure on U.S. shale oil producers in an attempt to protect its share of the global market.

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Obamacare quirk promotes migrant hiring over U.S. citizens

By   /  December 3, 2014  /  Immigration, National, News, Texas, Virginia  /  No Comments

SQUEEZING: President Obama's order on immigration further squeezes U.S. citizens in the job market.

Illegal immigrants made legal by President Obama’s executive order can move to the head of the hiring line because they’re exempt from the $3,000 Obamacare penalty that applies to U.S. citizens.

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Ohio’s Gov. Kasich plays maverick at Republican conference

By   /  November 21, 2014  /  Indiana, Louisiana, National, News, Ohio, Politics & Elections, Politics & Elections 1, Texas, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich played to media enthusiasm for big-government Republicans during a Republican Governors Association panel Wednesday.

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Police groups split over attorney general pick

By   /  November 6, 2014  /  Arizona, California, Immigration, National, News, Texas  /  No Comments

SPLIT RANKS: President Obama, shown at a police memorial, will nominate a successor to Attorney General Eric Holder in the coming days or weeks.

A national police group is lobbying President Obama to name the No. 2 man at the Department of Homeland Security to be his new attorney general.

But the National Fraternal Order of Police isn’t getting backup from other law-enforcement associations or those who have actually dealt with Alejandro Mayorkas.

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