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30Mar/15Off

Texas lawmakers show ignorance of political speech law

Posted by Jon Cassidy

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State Rep. Charlie Geren By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org Two state lawmakers trying to make new laws regulating political speech in Texas aren’t all that clear about the laws that already exist. A hearing last week by the House State Affairs Committee on four new bills to regulate political speech confirmed the authors of those bills don’t have a firm grasp of the field they’re attempting to regulate. One exchange in particular Wednesday night proved embarrassing for committee chairman state Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, and state Rep

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30Mar/15Off

Report gives Mississippi a C-plus for online spending transparency

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PASSING GRADE: Mississippi’s Transparency.ms.gov website, which allows citizens to track how their tax dollars are used, earned a C-plus from a recent study. By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog Mississippi gets a passing mark, albeit average mark, for its online spending transparency. The report from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group rated the states on transparency websites that provide checkbook-level information on government spending.

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30Mar/15Off

Maple Heights officials settle lawsuit over taping meetings

Posted by Maggie Thurber

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By Maggie Thurber | For Ohio Watchdog SETTLEMENT: Maple Heights Law Director John Montello swearing in Council President Jackie Albers in 2014. Both agreed to settle a lawsuit for $12,500 each. It’s not unusual for city council members to disagree on issues, sometimes in heated debates. But it is unusual for a councilman to be escorted from a meeting by a police chief. It’s even more unusual for that to result in a lawsuit

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30Mar/15Off

In a low-price world, pain, but no panic, for small oil producers

Posted by Rob Nikolewski

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SHUT ‘ER DOWN: Small oil and gas producers are shutting down their producing rigs as prices remain unstable. By Rob Nikolewski │ Watchdog.org FARMINGTON, N.M. — Welcome to the Great Oil Bust of 2015. With global oil prices plunging by half since June, oil companies are slashing costs by shutting down rigs and laying off employees. It’s hitting small producers especially hard.

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30Mar/15Off

What happens when an SBA-backed loan goes bad?

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By Tom Steward | Watchdog Minnesota Bureau Somewhere along the line, the Small Business Administration got big. The volume in Minnesota of $1 million plus SBA-backed loans, which fell during the recession, has rebounded, according to “OpenTheBooks.com,” a new online tool for tracking federal outlays. Seven-figure SBA-insured loans went to 151 Minnesota companies in 2013, compared to 75 in 2009. Altogether, 865 such loans have flowed to Minnesota businesses since 2007, according to the federal database. Minnesota’s million-dollar loan list includes a dog spa, craft brewery, plastic surgeon, golf course, car-racing team, hotel chains, bowling alleys and chic restaurants.

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30Mar/15Off

New Orleans anti-smoking ordinance could dampen Louisiana economy

Posted by Chris Butler

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NOT GONNA WORK: Carl Farley, seen smoking in New Orleans’ French Quarter, says it’s unrealistic for city officials to enforce a new smoking ban in bars and casinos. By Chris Butler | Louisiana Watchdog NEW ORLEANS — On New Orleans’ famed Bourbon Street, well-dressed men in front of strip clubs beckon you inside. On Bourbon Street you’ll find risqué lingerie shops, restaurants serving lots of fried food and bars advertising “Huge Ass Beers.” The historic French Quarter is a haven for all sorts of vices, all day and all night. But the one vice city officials have outlawed — smoking — is seemingly also the one activity people fear going on record to defend.

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30Mar/15Off

Ohio Gov. Kasich’s Obamacare support wins left-wing praise

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By Jason Hart | Watchdog.org Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s defense of Obamacare at an exclusive New York City event last week has left-wing pundits singing Kasich’s praises. At a closed dinner hosted by the conservative Committee to Unleash Prosperity, the Republican governor on Wednesday reiterated his support for Obamacare’s expansion of Medicaid to able-bodied, working-age childless adults. Responding to questions from Manhattan Institute senior fellow and Forbes opinion editor Avik Roy, Kasich stuck to his insistence Medicaid expansion is both conservative and biblical, prompting negative coverage from Newsmax and National Review. Kasich “showed his prickly side during a testy back-and-forth” with Roy, National Review’s Eliana Johnson reported

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30Mar/15Off

RPV Chairman John Whitbeck Comments on the Lack of Diversity Among Political Candidates in Fairfax County

Posted by James Taylor

Despite the fact that Fairfax county is 42% minority, there are very few minorities holding office or running for office in the county. Almost all of the candidates who filed to run by Thursday’s deadline are white and male. Two exceptions are Latino Republican John Guevara, running in Sully district for Supervisor, and Sang Yi, […]

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29Mar/15Off

Grin and bear it

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29Mar/15Off

Where has this info been hiding?

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29Mar/15Off

Big Money vs. The People: The Main Political Battle of Our Times

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29Mar/15Off

Pedro sez

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29Mar/15Off

March 29, 1865: The Battle of Lewis’ Farm

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29Mar/15Off

Schilling Show wins Associated Press award

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Rob Schilling, host of WINA’s The Schilling Show, was recognized with a “Superior Award for Best Investigative Reporting” by the Associated Press. Awards were presented during a Saturday ceremony at Charlottesville’s Omni Hotel; contestants were considered from throughout Virginia and West Virginia. Schilling’s exposé on now former Charlottesville Registrar Sheri Iachetta’s misuse of City-issued credit cards, was picked up by several other local media outlets—and ultimately increased pressure on the embattled Registrar to tender her resignation. (Photo courtesy of Les Sinclair)

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29Mar/15Off

Why Man Accepts Tyranny in the Civilized World

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“There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of the law and in the name of justice.” ― Montesquieu, The Spirit of the Laws Every intellectual interested in liberty has read Montesquieu’s The Spirit of the Laws, but I’ve enjoyed him further as a fan of his rhetoric and political prose. The quote above, however, deserves to be unpacked and understood fully in America, where we’ve accepted nearly every antithetical premise made available to us by the world. There are two social and ethical philosophies at work in the tyrannical power of Man’s concepts of justice and security, the first and most important being that of Egalitarianism. Egalitarianism, as an ideal, revolves around the premise that all men are created equal and should thus remain equal throughout their lifetimes. The primary threat to universal equality is natural ability, inherited wealth, biological prowess, and the inequitable inclination toward achievement

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29Mar/15Off

JESUS NEVER GAVE THEM WHAT THEY WANTED — PART 5A

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29Mar/15Off

McAuliffe And The Hypocrisy Of Ethics

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29Mar/15Off

UVa President Triggered The ABC Charlottesville Take-down Incident

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29Mar/15Off

Teahadist Susan Stimpson Attacks "liberal interest group Equality Virginia," "mixed-sex bathrooms"

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29Mar/15Off

Washington DC Among the Dreariest Cities in the US

Posted by Jeanette Louis

We have had the winter that will never end, with way too much snow. So where does DC rank in the number of bad weather days? While DC doesn’t have as many dreary days as the top five worst weather cities, Buffalo (1), Seattle (2), Pittsburgh (3), Portland, Ore. (4), and Cleveland (5).

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29Mar/15Off

Why Easter Week?

Posted by CROSS

“So every year comes and goes, and the urgent is swallowed up by the Ageless.” Just within the past few weeks, those among us who have logged a few life-miles have had to smile at the news that some of the things “everyone” knew to be true, have been turned inside out, upside down. Conventional […]

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29Mar/15Off

Old Fauquier GOP’s Scrooge Approach is Out of Touch

Posted by Richard Lee

Letter to the Editor by Rick Buchanan, Warrenton, Virginia I read with much interest the posting titled “Prince William County Republican Committee Continues to Lead on Community Outreach” by Willie Deutsch March 19th in TBE. He is spot on target. He spoke about Republicans showing their true nature by leading by example, by organizing events […]

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29Mar/15Off

Font of knowledge

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29Mar/15Off

Secularization of Society (Part Two)

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29Mar/15Off

Love and Regret

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28Mar/15Off

It’s gotta be Mars

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28Mar/15Off

Far-Right-Wing Nutjob Dick Black and His BFFs Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal, Pete Candland, Hal Parrish

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28Mar/15Off

March 28, 1865: The Diary of John B. Jones

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28Mar/15Off

Bill "ALEC" Howell Signs ALEC Letter to Google Blaming Climate Activists for Their Own Craziness

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28Mar/15Off

Colonel Morris Davis: Guantánamo’s Charade of Justice

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28Mar/15Off

Story behind PBR

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28Mar/15Off

Earth Hour song

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28Mar/15Off

When it Comes to Solar Power, Virginia Falls Behind…Georgia?!?

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28Mar/15Off

WHAT DID JESUS WRITE?

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28Mar/15Off

Rising College Costs Hit the Poor the Hardest

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28Mar/15Off

"12 Pounder Napoleon"

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28Mar/15Off

Paradoxical mental health expectations: not so enlightened?

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28Mar/15Off

March 28, 1865: Lincoln meets with military leaders aboard the River Queen

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28Mar/15Off

Hillary Learned Key Legal Lesson From Nixon

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28Mar/15Off

Check before you donate

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28Mar/15Off

Commonwealth Attorney Jim Plowman Endorses Eric Noble for Sheriff in Loudoun County

Posted by Light Horse

Last night over 75  people packed a home in Hamilton to show support for candidate for Sheriff, Eric Noble. The crowd included  Middleburg Mayor Betsy Davis, Hamilton Mayor David R. Simpson, Hamilton Town Councilman Dimitri Kesari, Delegate Dave LaRock, Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio, and Commonwealth Attorney Jim Plowman. Many former Loudoun deputies were also in attendance. […]

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28Mar/15Off

Susan Swecker New Chairman of the Democratic Party of Virginia

Posted by Kelly McCutchen

Susan Swecker, a long time supporter of Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, is the new chairman of the Democratic Party of Virginia. Swecker supported Hillary for President in 2008 and worked on Kerry’s Presidential campaign in 2004. She is taking over from Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones and will be confirmed by the party in […]

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28Mar/15Off

Republican Sang Yi Challenging David Bulova in 37th District House of Delegates

Posted by Virginia Right

Republican activist and President of Korean American Republican Party of Virginia, Sang Yi has filed to run in the 37th House district. On his Facebook page Sang Yi said, Yesterday, I filed the last of my paperwork to run for the 37th District in the Virginia House of Delegates. Thanks to all who’ve helped me […]

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28Mar/15Off

A FEEBLE MIND AT WORK

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28Mar/15Off

Teen challenge

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27Mar/15Off

Lawmakers try to charge k-12 schools for not adequately preparing kids

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By Bre Payton | Watchdog.org Lawmakers are trying to make school districts pay for not adequately preparing students for college. North Carolina senator Tom Apodaca, said that a bill would be introduced in the general assembly soon that would let universities charge K-12 school districts for the remedial, or college prep classes. Apodaca said the bill would push schools into turning out high school graduates who were ready for college level coursework, according to NC Policy Watch.  Tennessee senator Todd Gardenhire introduced a bill earlier this year requiring district schools to pick up the $18.45 million tab that universities spent administering remedial classes. His bill failed in the senate education committee on March 4.

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27Mar/15Off

U.S. Supreme Court could soon decide whether to take John Doe Case

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Part 188 of 188 in the series Wisconsin's Secret War By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Watchdog MADISON, Wis. – The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to announce by the end of next month whether it will take up a request for review by Wisconsin conservatives caught up in a political John Doe investigation. Attorneys for Eric O’Keefe and the Wisconsin Club for Growth on Friday filed a reply to a brief submitted by the probe’s prosecutors, who are trying to protect an appeals court decision that O’Keefe and fellow conservatives charge is replete with errors

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27Mar/15Off

Va. Democrats choose Susan Swecker as new chair

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27Mar/15Off

Viva la France

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27Mar/15Off

Senator’s controversial comment draws beefed up security to Capitol

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By Deena Winter | Nebraska Watchdog LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska State Patrol assigned extra security at the state Capitol late this week in the wake of controversial comments by state Sen. Ernie Chambers comparing police to ISIS terrorists. Sen. Ernie Chambers Deb Collins, spokeswoman for the State Patrol, said two extra troopers were on duty at the Capitol on Thursday, and one extra trooper was there Friday.

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