What’s he got to say? Kemper Project manager remains muzzled

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Off the rails? Amtrak aims to reverse steep decline in Minnesota riders

By   /  February 25, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Minnesota, News, transportation  /  No Comments

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At a time when the increasing volume of freight train traffic in Minnesota continues to be virtually off the rails — in a good way — due to an economic uptick, Amtrak ridership in the state has headed in the opposite direction.

The publicly subsidized passenger rail line’s ridership in Minnesota plummeted by nearly 20 percent in 2014, partly due to the fallout from Burlington Northern Santa Fe railway’s soaring freight shipments on the same tracks.

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Two Ohio bills would create new dependency class, experts say

By   /  February 23, 2015  /  News, Ohio, Politics & Elections  /  No Comments

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A proposed texting, distracted driving ban isn’t the only bill that would use fine money to pay for something low-income families can’t afford. A Senate bill requiring all kids to wear bike helmets follows the same path in creating a dependency class.

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Conservative groups ask U.S. Supreme Court to defend rights of John Doe targets

By   /  February 20, 2015  /  Abuse of power, First Amendment, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter

Madison, Wis. – The John Doe investigation into dozens of conservative groups and Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign is “sinister,” causing “irreparable harm,” even to those right-of-center organizations not targeted in the secret probe.

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Northeast corridor safe for Amtrak monopoly

By   /  February 19, 2015  /  Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, National, New Jersey, New Mexico Watchdog, New York, News, transportation  /  No Comments

RUN FOR THE MONEY: Amtrak’s high-speed Acela train departs Union Station in Washington, D.C.

A congressman’s proposal to give Amtrak some private rail competition in the congested northeast corridor could be going off the tracks before it starts.

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Ohio texting, distracted driving ban seriously flawed, expert says

By   /  February 18, 2015  /  News, Ohio  /  No Comments

FLAWED: Walter Olson, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, says Ohio's proposed distracted driving law which would ban texting while driving is "overly broad" and "overly vague."

As part of the new “Drive Toward a Safer Ohio,” the state wants to prohibit distracted driving, but the actual language included in the transportation bill is seriously flawed, Walter Olson, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, says.

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Venezuela’s No. 1 for misery, and it’s getting worse

By   /  February 16, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, National, News  /  No Comments

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By Rob Nikolewski │ Watchdog.org
Collapsing global oil prices have hit a number of energy-producing countries hard, but the worst may be yet to come for Venezuela.
“I think things will steadily deteriorate and get worse,” Steve Hanke, professor of applied economics at the Baltimore, Maryland-based Johns Hopkins University, told Watchdog.org.
That’s a pretty bleak assessment from a man who […]

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