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Over Budget, Seven Months Late… and Counting

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Eyes off: Some lawmakers want to restrict license plate readers

Posted by Kathryn Watson

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MOVING FORWARD: Democratic Sen. Chap Petersen is one of the lawmakers pushing for reforms and restrictions in how police collect and retain license plate data. By Kathryn Watson | Watchdog.org, Virginia Bureau ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Some Virginia lawmakers plan to file legislation restricting police use of controversial automatic license plate reader technology, though others have yet to take a public stance.

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Shad Plank Plunked

Posted by Blue Virginia

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By the numbers: Norfolk contests

Posted by Vivian J. Paige

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MECA records watch: Is the powerful arena board’s suite info the beginning or the end?

Posted by Joe Jordan

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Joe  Jordan | Nebraska Watchdog OMAHA—What, if anything, is next? In the aftermath of MECA’s decision to hand out a handful of records—board members using the CenturyLink Center’s private suite free of charge the past 15 months—what else is tucked behind the curtain that just might give the public an added glimpse or two of just how MECA ticks? Travel records? Potential conflicts of interest?

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Roots of Liberty: Unlocking the Federalist Papers

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Warner does the Shad

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20 years later … Mrs. Doubtfire 2

Posted by Lynn R. Mitchell

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17Apr/14Off

DPVA beneficiaries of governor’s “Common Good”

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Big Government stares down Cliven Bundy, feds flinch first

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By Scott Roberts | for Freedom Foundation Last week, using officers dressed up like soldiers going into combat, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management sought to confiscate one Nevada ranch family’s cattle. In response, neighbors, other citizens, and state legislators from across the West stood with the Bundy family against the federal action. The situation rapidly escalated, with Rep.

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MD gubernatorial candidates divided on how to handle state taxes

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By Sarah Tincher | for Maryland Reporter ANNAPOLIS – With the Maryland gubernatorial election approaching at the end of the year, the seven major candidates are taking a stance on one of the state’s hot-button issues: taxes. In response to a Capital News Service questionnaire, the gubernatorial hopefuls expressed their thoughts on the state’s current estate tax and personal and corporate income tax policies, and proposed their tentative plans of action. The four Republican candidates — Anne Arundel County real estate broker Larry Hogan, Charles County businessman Charles Lollar, Harford County Executive David Craig and Anne Arundel Delegate Ron George — all stated that they wanted to lower the income tax levels across the board. “Our current personal income tax rates are absurdly high and hurt not only individuals but small businesses as well,” George said.

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Covered California gains only modest sign-ups at deadline

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By James Poulos | Cal Watchdog As the last blanket deadline extension arrived, late signups slowed down on Covered California, the state’s Obamacare exchange. Difficulties brought on by the website’s inability to process a wave of applicants gave officials an opportunity to push back the original March 31 deadline. That, in turn, caused exchange administrators to require applicants to work with a “certified enrollment counselor” to navigate the often ponderous process. During the two-week delay that followed this month, politicians and activists favoring the health care law scrambled to drum up more support. But in contrast to the March surge of online activity, the Covered California exchange added only about 70,000 new enrollees over the past two weeks.

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April Is The Cruelest Month

Posted by Peter Galuszka

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Stamp of Disapproval

Posted by Larry Benson

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Fraudsters will use family members to accomplish their crime if they are desperate enough. A story reported in the Rutland Herald tells about a father who used his daughter’s signature to defraud the government of approximately $10,000. The article states that the man’s daughter had a job where she legitimately provided personal care and companionship for a disabled adult. The daughter left Vermont to attend college in Georgia for four years, but while she was away, her father continued to submit time sheets as if she was still performing her job responsibilities back home. The father then signed his daughter’s name on the checks received and even had a stamp of her signature made to accomplish the task.

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Virginia Right! Back Up – Finally!!!! Hostgator SUCKS!!!

Posted by Tom White

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Folks, Hostgator SUCKS big time. I understand outages happen, and as an IT Professional make a living because of that fact. But my dedicated server and thousands of others located at the Hostgator server facility in Provo Utah have suffered a nearly 24 hour outage. If there were an earthquake ot other disaster I could understand that. But it wasn’t

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17Apr/14Off

Kevin Costner eats at Texas Tavern

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Pay-For-Play with Gov. McAuliffe

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Public, private money meld at Fusion TV

Posted by Kenric Ward

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ON THE AIR: Mexican actor Eugenio Derbez, right, and Satcha Pretto, left, pose with the new Fusion network mascot on the Univision network. By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Call it Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s version of “Tango & Cash.” The Republican made a splash in Miami last year when he pledged $5 million in state money to help launch the new youth-oriented Fusion network. A product of ABC-Univision, Fusion targets millennial Hispanics with what it calls a mix of “Pop Culture Satire.” Blending Latino talent in an English format, the new cable offering recently trumpeted these headlines online: “We went naked to a big festival for young adult nudists. It was awesome.” “Stephen Colbert and why we need to keep talking about diversity on TV.” “Eva Mendes on her new fashion line.” “The dos and donts of taking the ultimate d*ck pic.” Lots of drug talk, too, including a standing feature titled “Cannabusiness.” ABC and Univision aren’t hurting for cash

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Hawaii basil farm ‘deplorable,’ ‘unsafe,’ judgment says

Posted by Malia Zimmerman

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FAT LAW FARM: HI’s largest exporter of basil to the mainland US and Canada. By Malia Zimmerman | Watchdog.org HONOLULU — The federal government, citing “deplorable” and “unsafe” conditions, has fined Hawaii’s top exporter of basil nearly a half-million dollars. Fat Law Farm, which encompasses 425 acres in Leeward, Oahu, owes hundreds of thousands in back wages to foreign workers, a Department of Labor report says. The farm must pay $428,800 in back wages and damages to workers and $31,200 in civil penalties because of “deplorable housing, safety and health conditions for workers,” according to a consent judgment approved this week by U.S. District Judge Michael Seabright

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If you don’t watch what you eat, government will

Posted by Maggie Thurber

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By Maggie Thurber | for Ohio Watchdog JUNK FOOD: Choosing chips or candy bars as a snack is a “market failure” according to the FDA so obviously they must create new regulations. By now, I probably shouldn’t be surprised at the arrogance of our federal government, but just when I think it can’t get any worse, it does. The latest are the new Food and Drug Administration regulations, required under the Affordable Care Act, which dictate the calorie counts for all food in a vending machine must be posted on the machine where we can see it before we buy anything. The rule is costly. Based on the FDA’s own estimates, it’s probably going to cost Ohio vending companies an extra $2.2 million a year to follow it.

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Family of TN school employee formally requests FBI investigate his death

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By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — The parents of an Oak Ridge School District official who reported people were stealing money from the district to buy methamphetamine have asked the FBI to investigate if he really killed himself three months later. Tennessee Watchdog verified earlier this year that Alex Heitman, the school district’s supervisor of business services, reported the case to the Oak Ridge Police Department in 2011. As Tennessee Watchdog has previously reported, his parents, Don and Annette Heitman, have serious doubts as to whether their son later took his own life in Cocke County, 70 miles away. They also question whether the Cocke County Sheriff’s Department and the Oak Ridge Police Department are being forthcoming enough with information about his case. MYSTERY: The death of Alex Heitman in Tennessee was quickly ruled a suicide

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Illinois lawmakers again look to Chicago casino as revenue jackpot

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By Benjamin Yount | Illinois Watchdog PLAYING WITH HOUSE MONEY: Illinois wants to use taxpayer dollars to build a new Chicago casino. SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — When you’re hungry, even a three-day-old banana and sardine sandwich looks good. And when you are as broke as Illinois, the promise of billions of dollars from a Chicago casino looks amazing. “Macau, I believe, is the gaming capital of the world.

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Mr. President Obama – You Lie

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THE LIBERTY AMENDMENTS

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The bunny and the garden gate

Posted by Lynn R. Mitchell

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Easter Week Devotion

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16Apr/14Off

Ann Coulter endorses Dave Brat against Eric Cantor

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Perhaps things are starting to turn for Dave Brat. He just got a boost to his campaign with his first big endorsement with only 8 weeks left until the Republican Primary.  This just in from Ann Coulter: As those of you who follow my hate mail know, I am opposed to running untested candidates against perfectly good incumbent Republican senators this election cycle. It will be a long time before Republicans have as good a year as this to win a Senate majority. Unfortunately, we have idiots doing the idiot thing, pretending to be “tea partiers,” while challenging sitting Republican senators over fairly minor ideological differences.

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16Apr/14Off

Blame is their only plan

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Hungry for chicken?

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Breitbart attack on Shaun Kenney conflict of interest claim fails to disclose Breitbart’s conflict of interest

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As If On Cue, Racist Nutjob Donald Trump Says He’s a "Fan" of Barbara Comstock

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Comstock and Foust Way Out Front in Fundraising

Posted by Joseph Lorick

In the 10th district race for Congress both Barbara Comstock and John Foust had over half a million dollars each on hand at the end of March. Foust lead with $626,544 to Comstock’s $520,030. Howie Lind had $38,313, Bob Marshall $40,863, Rob Wasinger $9,302 and Mark Savitt $4,768.  Stephen Hollingshead’s fundraising numbers have not yet been reported but will be updated here when they are available. All the fundraising details on this race can be found here

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Drinking game would liven up boring sessions

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Crimea Revisited

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What’s In The News?

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How to lie about gun deaths

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Law enforcement reap big payouts from War on Drugs

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SEEING GREEN: Since 2010, at least two Kansas police departments have seen a sudden spike in revenues because of the state’s taxation laws on illegal narcotics. From 2010 to 2012, almost 60 percent of all drug incidents involved marijuana, according to statistics provided by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. By Travis Perry │ Kansas Watchdog OSAWATOMIE, Kan. — Crime doesn’t pay, unless you’re a Kansas law enforcement agency reaping the spoils of war.

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Vermont prepared to risk $8 million over ‘may contain GMO’ label

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By Bruce Parker | Vermont Watchdog MONTPELIER, Vt. — A GMO food-labeling bill overwhelmingly OK’d in the Senate this week may not inform consumers about what’s in their food. It will, however, expose Vermont to a possible $8 million lawsuit. GMO MANIA: Vermont is on track to become the first state to require mandatory labeling of suspected GMO foods.

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Living wage could cost Milwaukee County $2M more for janitorial services

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By Adam Tobias | Wisconsin Reporter MILWAUKEE, Wis. — Milwaukee County taxpayers could see nearly $2 million in tax relief over the next three years if the county’s new union-influenced living wage wasn’t standing in the way. CLEAN AND SAVE: The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors could save taxpayers $2 million over three years by approving a janitorial services contract before the county’s living wage takes effect. Taxpayers can only realize the $1.98 million in projected savings if the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors locks in a deal for janitorial services before May 19 when the $11.32-an-hour living wage takes effect. But Supervisor Steve Taylor told Wisconsin Reporter he wouldn’t be surprised if the 12 members of the board who fought for the living wage either waited until after that date to take any action or voted against the proposed contract with CleanPower, a private housekeeping firm in Wauwatosa.

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16Apr/14Off

Obama: Let’s Find A New Bogyman

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Is there a conflict of interest between Eric Cantor and the RPV Executive Director?

Posted by Chris Farmer

Social media has been in hyper drive over the last 24 hours about a story that broke yesterday on PJMedia entitled, BANANA REPUBLICANS: New Head of Virginia GOP on Eric Cantor’s Payroll. Mark Levin, VA Right, The Blaze w/Doc Thompson, SaraforAmerica and JHPolitics are just a few who are talking about it. The short version is as follows: Shaun Kenney is the co-owner of Bearing Drift, which has historically been the “premiere conservative” blog for the last 10 years in Virginia. Shaun Kenney and his brother, Jason Kenney (also a contributor at Bearing Drift), are principals of K6 Consulting Group LLC, a political and communications consulting firm. Eric Cantor is a client of K6 Consulting, but until Monday of this week neither the Kenneys nor Bearing Drift had publicly and directly disclosed the existence of this relationship, contrary to the claims by Kenney on Breitbart today.

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16Apr/14Off

The World’s Easiest-to-Predict Slowdown Is Now, In Fact, Occurring

Posted by James A. Bacon

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Poverty No Excuse for Lousy Richmond Schools

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Late start hurts fundraising for ND House candidate George Sinner

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By Rob Port | Watchdog.org North Dakota Bureau DELAY STINGS: After a late start to his 2014 campaign for the US House, North Dakota Democrat George Sinner has raised less than $40,000 for his campaign through March. BISMARCK, N.D. — The first 2014 fundraising numbers posted on the Federal Election Commission website show a big disparity between North Dakota’s two House candidates. Rep. Kevin Cramer, a Republican, has the advantage of incumbency, having raised money for 2014 since he won re-election in 2012

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16Apr/14Off

Darn Those Rich Republicans – NOT

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Looking for “Plan B”

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Why San Franciscans Are Thinner than Other Americans

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Conservative challenger to Corbett remains on ballot after legal challenge

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By Eric Boehm | PA Independent Bob Guzzardi, the conservative Republican activist who is challenging incumbent Gov. Tom Corbett in next month’s primary election, on Tuesday won the right to remain on the ballot. VICTORY….FOR NOW: Bob Guzzardi, a Republican activist from Montgomery County, survived a legal challenge and will remain on Pennsylvania’s primary election ballot. But a second challenge might soon follow. Four Republican voters challenged the legitimacy of signatures on Guzzardi’s nominating petitions in a legal effort backed by the state GOP.

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Rewriting the 2nd Amendment

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NM judges to decide on pay raises … for themselves

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CONFLICT OF INTEREST?: The five justices of the New Mexico Supreme Court have a case before them that would grant all judges in the state an 8 percent raise. By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog SANTA FE, N.M. — The five justices of the New Mexico Supreme Court may find themselves in a position most American workers can only dream of. Giving themselves a raise. The state Supreme Court has been asked to rule whether a line-item veto from Gov

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