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It’s Oh, So Richmond!

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In Pennsylvania, buying beer out of state makes you a bootlegger

Posted by Andrew Staub

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By Andrew Staub | PA Independent Adam Vickers is a just a regular guy who works for a general contractor and sometimes takes the back way home from work in Maryland. On occasion, he stops at a rural liquor store in Freeland, Md., to pick up some beer on his drive to Stewartstown, not far over the state line in Pennsylvania. It sounds innocent enough, but under Pennsylvania’s Prohibition-era liquor laws, Vickers is also considered a bootlegger, and he’s technically subject to a citation just for picking up some cold ones, like he did the Thursday before Labor Day. PARTY FOUL: In Pennsylvania, buying a beer across state lines and bringing it home technically makes you a bootlegger.

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Hawaii deemed ‘sinkhole’ state by fiscal watchdog for pension debt

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Hawaii makes the list of top five sink hole states By Malia Zimmerman | Watchdog.org HONOLULU — A report by a fiscal watchdog deems Hawaii one of the worst “sinkhole” states for its growing debt burden to taxpayers. Chicago-based Truth in Accounting reviewed the finances of every state, focusing on unfunded liabilities such as pension and health care obligations to current and retired public-sector workers, for its annual “State of the States” report. Only Massachusetts, New Jersey, Illinois and Connecticut are in worse fiscal condition that Hawaii. Donna Rook, president of StateDataLab.org, a division of Truth in Accounting, said Hawaii has been one of the five worst states since this annual study was started in 2009. “The average Hawaii taxpayer’s share of the state’s debt is $27,000 after available assets are tapped.

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In the hole: Minnesota residents, businesses charged monthly fee to fix city streets

Posted by Tom Steward

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By Tom Steward | Watchdog Minnesota Bureau DULUTH, Minn. — You quickly get a clue about the scope of Duluth’s street repair problem by logging onto the city website. People who click on the “Duluth Progress” tab to view a list of street-improvement projects soon run into a dead-end link. A “404” error message pops up on the face of a “Do Not Enter” wrong-way sign — at the time of this writing, Friday afternoon. No wonder many Duluth taxpayers have communicated their own “404” error message to the city over a new street improvement fee on August utility bills

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In the hole: Minnesota residents, businesses charged monthly fee to fix city streets

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Comment on Was McDonnell a “Convincing Chump”? by Doug Brown

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Marriage is a sacred bond , it really is not in the same category as managing people. Maybe if the Justice Department understood marriage a little better they would have realized they were really prosecuting a broken marriage rather than a scandalous, outrageous case of government corruption,

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Johnny’s Illiterate – Give Him A Computer

Posted by Lars Hagen

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IS there a HIDDEN VOTE for INDEPENDENCE for SCOTLAND?

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I was reading this in the New Statesman (UK) and blogger Kev Sherry seems to have become a Yes voter.  But Sherry is an unlikely vote for independence: I despise nationalism. I despise patriotism. I hate bagpipes, I hate kilts and tartan and I hate the cringe inducing shouts of “wha’s like us” in bars across the nation at closing time on drunken Saturday nights.

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THE OPEN-ENDED COST OF FORCING YOUR NEIGHBORS TO BE CHARITABLE

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McDonnell Trial: We Have It All Backwards

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Comment on Who Has The Big Mo in Clarke County? by Betsey_Ross

Exactly. Proves nothing.

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September 1, 1864: The Diary of Judith White McGuire

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September 1, 1864: The Diary of John B. Jones

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Dominion Resources Should Quit ALEC

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Fairfax Republicans and their Disdain for the Working Class

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Silly hillbillies

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SENATOR CRUZ PUTS HARRY REID ON NOTICE AT AFP SUMMIT

Posted by Barry Butler

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U.S. Senator Ted Cruz is counting the days till Democrat Harry Reid is removed as Senate Majority Leader after Election Day, November 4th. Cruz delivered a great speech to thousands of conservative activists during Americans for Prosperity's Defending the American Dream Summit in Dallas, Texas.You could hear it in his voice. Senator Cruz has had it with the obstructionist tactics of Harry Reid and the rest of the Democrat leadership in the U.S. Senate

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A Tale of Two Warriors: Part II– Press the Battle

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Dear Muslims: Which “House” is America to you?

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Comment on Frank Wolf, the Unlikely Warrior by Tractor Ron

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Gimme an R Gimme an I Gimme an N Gimme an O What’s that spell? Frank Wolf! Louder! FRANK WOLF!!

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POSTS WORTH READING — August 31, 2014

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Looking at the man looking in the mirror

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Looking at the man looking in the mirror

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Why There Will be No Ethics Reform

Posted by Peter Galuszka

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Kerry: The AGW Man of DeMentia

Posted by Lars Hagen

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This is getting old

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Will You Feel Safer if MA Anti-Coal Activists are Imprisoned?

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Virginia News Headlines: Monday Morning (Labor Day)

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Virginia ethics laws: It seems that anything goes in the Old Dominion

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Virginia ethics laws: It seems that anything goes in the Old Dominion

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Open your wallets: Debt in Wisconsin costs each state taxpayer $4,400

Posted by Adam Tobias

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By Adam Tobias | Wisconsin Reporter MADISON, Wis. — A lavish home entertainment system. A reliable used car. A trip to Europe. Braces for your child

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Open your wallets: Debt in Wisconsin costs each state taxpayer $4,400

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Who can be a sheriff in NM? Just about anybody

Posted by Rob Nikolewski

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REQUIREMENTS, PLEASE: The New Mexico Sheriffs’ Association wants to pass legislation requiring county sheriffs to earn law enforcement certifications. By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog SANTA FE, N.M. – Voters may not know it, but just because somebody gets elected as a New Mexico sheriff that doesn’t mean he or she is a certified law enforcement officer. In fact, they’re not required to pass a law enforcement training course or even demonstrate they know how to safely handle a gun. “It’s kind of scary when you have persons … with no real qualifications who get voted into office,” said Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero.

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Ex-Im Bank scores poorly on transparency for taxpayer-subsidized loans

Posted by Eric Boehm

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By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org MINNEAPOLIS — The Export-Import Bank puts billions of taxpayer dollars at risk to subsidize purchases by overseas companies, and it doesn’t do a good job of making those transactions transparent, either. MISSING LINKS: The Ex-Im bank helped finance purchases by France, Mexico and Cameroon, but isn’t providing necessary information about how this stuff is being used. The Government Accountability Office whacked the Ex-Im bank in a report released last week for shoddy record-keeping and oversight of three loans in 2012 for more than $1 billion. The loans went to the governments of France, Mexico and Cameroon for the purchase of, respectively, one satellite, three satellites and a bunch of construction equipment. These loans were made as part an Ex-Im bank program that subsidizes the purchase of goods from American defense contractors, on the condition the countries doing the buying can only use the equipment for non-military purposes.

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Stamps prompt teachers to boycott office-supply store

Posted by Mary C. Tillotson

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By Mary C. Tillotson | Watchdog.org The American Federation of Teachers, one of the country’s largest teachers unions, has called for a boycott of Staples, an office-supply store. Why? Because Staples now sells stamps. Terrifying, I know.

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Study: PA’s debt would cost taxpayers $14,500 each to pay off today

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By Andrew Staub | PA Independent Pennsylvania is famous for its potholes, but it has an even bigger sinkhole problem that could cost taxpayers way more than minor car repairs caused by pock-marked roads. Truth in Accounting, an economic think tank based in Chicago, released its Fiscal Year 2013 State of the States Report last week. It determined Pennsylvania is a “sinkhole state,” meaning it’s “sinking in debt.” DEBT BURDEN: Pennsylvania taxpayers would need to fork over $14,500 each to help the state pay off its debts, according to a new report. While the Keystone State owns $38.9 billion in available assets, it owes more than $100 billion, the report says. That makes for $62 billion in obligations, which have been pushed toward the future

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Thank a labor union for what?

Posted by Ben Yount

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THANKS, FOR SOMETHING: Big labor takes credit for Labor Day, and they should. But what cost are we paying today? By Benjamin Yount | Watchdog Radio There was a time in this country when people could easily thank labor unions for their standard of living. But as the nation’s economy changed,  labor unions shifted from privat3-industry worker advocacy to the public-sector lobbying.

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Economist: Cut VA governor’s ability to favor firms to prevent future scandals

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CORRUPTION TRIAL: Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, center, is the subject of a federal corruption trial. By Kathryn Watson | Watchdog.org, Virginia Bureau RICHMOND, Va. — For the past few weeks, much of former Gov.

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Tennessee amendment may bring greater checks and balances

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By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — The only way now to get on the Tennessee Supreme Court is through the governor or, eight years later, the voters in a retention election. But if a constitutional amendment on the ballot, known as Amendment 2, passes in November, certain things will remain the same, but other things will change. The most major tweak — state legislators will have more of a say over who gets on the court, supporters say. And that, they add, will provide for more checks and balances and also keep special interest groups from having too great an influence over who sits on the court. “The governor can have his own merit selection process and then it will go to the Legislature for review,” said Nashville attorney Lee Barfield, who supports Amendment 2

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Remembering Labor Day’s forgotten workers

Posted by Maggie Thurber

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By Maggie Thurber | for Ohio Watchdog FOUNDERS: Both Matthew Maguire and Peter McGuire are credited with founding Labor Day. Monday is Labor Day, and if your town is anything like mine, it will be celebrated with a parade of union members marching and driving their vehicles — many of them public ones, such as fire engines and dump trucks. It’s a fun parade, if you can get past the sirens, the politicians and the noise of all the Teamsters honking horns on their 18-wheelers. But hey, this is their day, right? Not quite.

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The last cut is the deepest

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The last cut is the deepest

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New Ethics Law: Loophole piled on Loophole

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UKIP/TEA PARTY type party – the ALTERNATIVE for GERMANY – may get up to TEN PERCENT in GERMAN STATE ELECTION!

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There is so much good news for liberty in Europe that I cannot keep up with it!  Now there’s more victorious news from Germany:  the euroskeptic AfD (Alternative for Germany) got nearly TEN percent in the state election of Lower Saxony, a German state in the former East Germany, Deutsche Welle reports: The eurosceptic Alternative for Germany party (AfD) won 10 percent of the vote. The AfD, with lead candidate Frauke Petry (pictured top), has capitalized on voter concerns about asylum seekers in its campaign. The party only narrowly failed to enter the national parliament and the state assembly in Hesse last year. It did, however, manage to garner seven seats in the European Parliament at elections in May.

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EUROSCEPTIC TORY MP to RETIRE in 2015; REFUSES to JOIN UKIP! HIS RIDING was on the UKIP short list! MORE DEFECTIONS may COME if the UKIP wins as…

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Breitbart is reporting that Tory MP Chris Kelly of the riding (district) Dudley South will retire as an MP at the General Election in 2015.  Kelly is a leading eurosceptic MP and one of the leaders of the Better Off Out (pro-EU referendum) organization. Kelly, who is the Member for Parliament for Dudley South, said today: “I would like to thank all those who have supported me since I was selected for Dudley South in September 2007. I would especially like to thank all those who voted for me at the general election in May 2010 and all of the friends and supporters who helped me for that election, as well as those who have supported my efforts since. “I am proud to have served the good people of Dudley South for the past five years.” However, Kelly will not join UKIP  but gave a strong, positive statement for Carswell: “I won’t be joining UKIP, though I wish Douglas Carswell all the best.

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Tribute for Lt. Col. Morris Fontenot held in Longmeadow, Mass.

Posted by Lynn R. Mitchell

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Photos: Skyland Resort in Shenandoah National Park

Posted by Lynn R. Mitchell

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No strategy for current reality

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Is This Sad Or What?

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No Almond joy

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A Tale of Two Warriors: Part I– The Problem of Power

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Worst Virginia Political TV Ads of 2014 (So Far)

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Barbarians At…and Inside the Gates

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Stick it where the sun doesn’t shine

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EARLY POLL in CLACTON RIDING shows UKIP LANDSLIDE!

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The early poll, reported in the Guardian (UK) newspaper, in Clacton, the riding where Douglas Carswell is the MP and who resigned to set up a by-election. is astounding: Ukip could deliver a humiliating blow to David Cameron in the runup to next year’s general election following the defection of former Conservative MP Douglas Carswell, according to an opinion poll. *** The Survation study for the Mail on Sunday put Ukip on 64% of the vote, with the Tories on 20%, Labour on 13% and the Liberal Democrats 2%. And it is not just personal support for Carswell: (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); In a sign of Carswell’s popularity in the seat, more than a third (34%) of those indicating they would vote Ukip said it was because they liked their former Conservative MP, while 57% said it was because they liked Ukip and 9% said it would be a protest vote. Maybe the Tories need to turn to Carswell to save the party! 

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