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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DON’T VOTE? — DELEGATE SCOTT LINGAMFELTER

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WHAT IS AT STAKE ON ELECTION DAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2014? — PART 1

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Rather be with kids than fund your ideas

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Billionaire political donor Steyer addresses conference, media not allowed in

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LOOK, BUT DON’T TALK: Tom Steyer, billionaire environmental and political activist, told members of the Green Alliance on Friday he planned to remain involved in politics for years to come. By Josh Kaib | Watchdog.org PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Tom Steyer, billionaire environmental and political activist, told members of the Green Alliance here Friday he plans to remain involved in politics for years to come. In what ways he intended to remain involved were unclear, at least to the public.

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A Journey Into Intimate Power and Abuse

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Vote Bellini

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DNC Communications Update 10.31.2014

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Tom Steyer’s questionable White House meeting

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By Jason Stverak While Harry Reid has no hesitation to attack wealthy conservative donors on the Senate floor, he hasn’t spoken much about billionaire Democratic donor Tom Steyer. Steyer, a climate-change activist who made billions selling coal to China’s notoriously dirty power plants,has been long celebrated as the Democratic Party’s go-to donor on environmental issues. A new Watchdog.org report shows that last February, Steyer met with fellow progressive mogul George Soros and a top Obama aide at the White House. After this meeting, nearly $100 million flowed, mostly to boost liberal U.S. Senate candidates Gary Peters of Michigan, Bruce Braley of Iowa, Mark Udall of Colorado and Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire.

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2014 8th CD Voter Guide

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Global warming is a political ruse in Florida governor’s race

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By James Taylor Outside activist groups are spending millions of dollars on political ads claiming Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott is not doing enough to fight global warming. A look at the facts, however, reveals Florida is more than pulling its weight on the global warming issue, and the political ads are actually an attempt to promote a Democratic political candidate rather than an effort to fight global warming. Liberal billionaire Tom Steyer, who made his fortune funding coal power in third-world nations, is leading the global warming push in Florida, spending $10 million on anti-Scott political ads.

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Video: Barbara Comstock Took Her Client’s Money, Hid It "Behind Closed Doors"

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Tom Steyer’s trouble with the truth

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By Jason Stverak Elections often bring out the worst in politicians, consultants and the media, but for the 2014 mid-terms, Tom Steyer takes the cake. Steyer, mostly through his NextGen PAC, pumped $100 million into races, funding ads consistently panned as misleading. Last February, “Sucker Punch — Keystone Truth” claimed that building Keystone XL pipleline only benefited China, not American workers.  The Washington Post fact checker hung four Pinocchio’s and described the ad as  “hard-hitting,” while relying on “jingoistic images.”  While accurately saying China would invest $30 billion, the entire Asian stake in production is about one fourth of what the U.S. could receive.

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What Women Want

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Ed Gillespie Within 4 Points in Latest Poll!

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The trend continues! Gillespie shows gains in every poll.  Ed Gillespie has moved to within 4% of Mark Warner, just outside the margin of error.  In the latest Vox Populi poll Gillespie receives 40% of likely voters to Warner’s 44% with 5% going to Sarvis.

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The only one ‘seizing’ federal lands is Uncle Sam

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By Paul Gessing and Carl Graham In a recent New York Times editorial, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., asserted that supporters of a transfer of some federal lands to the states are engaged in a “land grab.” He’s not just wrong, he’s inverting the truth completely. It is actually the federal government that has “grabbed” New Mexicans’ lands. In the past two years, Heinrich endorsed the federal government’s placing of more than 783,000 acres of New Mexico land — much of it private or “multiple-use” — in two highly restrictive “monument” designation: The Rio Grande del Norte and Organ Mountain monuments.

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NM takes another step cracking down on horse racing cheaters

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TO CATCH CHEATERS: The New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee approved setting up a subcommittee to investigate ways to crack down on cheaters operating at the state’s horse tracks. By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog SANTA FE, N.M. — The racehorses in New Mexico are swift, but the cheaters who dope them are slippery. In another in a series of efforts to clean up the sport, the Legislative Finance Committee unanimously voted Friday to establish a subcommittee made up of lawmakers and horse racing officials across the state. It will look at ways to make sure sanctions against owners and trainers who violate the rules are handled more quickly

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Will minimum wage hike help sweep Nebraska Democrats into offices?

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By Deena Winter | Nebraska Watchdog LINCOLN, Neb. – Some Nebraska Democrats say the $1.4 million campaign to increase the state’s minimum wage could help sweep a Democrat into statewide office for the first time in years. EARLY BIRDS: Some think the minimum wage ballot measure could help bring out enough voters to put a Democratic in office in Nebraska for the first time in years. The group promoting a wage hike, Nebraskans for Better Wages, sent out more than 100,000 early voting applications to likely supporters. About 15,000 of them were returned.

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Why We Vote: An American Enigma

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On Tuesday we vote. Well, some of us vote, while others, helplessly disenchanted with the process or otherwise disengaged, do not. Yet, many do vote and they vote for candidates who, normally, have worked their way up through the political parties and have gained the support of powerful special interests willing to fund their campaigns. They represent the Republican Party or the Democrat Party, or their wealthy donors. However, as voters, it is your job to show up and vote for your party.

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WSJ: FCC chief mulls ‘hybrid’ net neutrality regulation

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Josh Peterson | Watchdog.org WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission is considering a two-tiered Internet, one for consumers and one for websites, the Wall Street Journal reports. FCC: FCC Chief Tom Wheeler is reportedly considering a ‘hybrid’ Internet regulation that would have the Commission overseeing deals between websites and network operators. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is reportedly considering a “hybrid approach” to regulating the Internet in the wake of congressional Democrats having proposed their own hybrid approaches — in favor of the commission taking the lead in overseeing how broadband providers manage Internet traffic. Wheeler’s plan, which he has said has kept open the door for stricter regulations of Internet service providers, follows months of negotiations and debate over the future of the Internet. “The plan now under consideration would separate broadband into two distinct services: a retail one, in which consumers would pay broadband providers for Internet access; and a back-end one, in which broadband providers serve as the conduit for websites to distribute content,” says the WSJ

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Week in Review: State Senate races grab attention before election

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By PA Independent Staff In just four days, Pennsylvanians will know whether Tom Wolf or Tom Corbett will be governor for the next four years. Polls have found Wolf holds a healthy advantage in that race, but less clear is whether the Democratic Party could also pick up control of either the state House or state Senate, both also under Republican leadership at the moment. Taking the House seems a longshot, leaving many politicos watching the state Senate, where Republicans have a four-seat advantage. There are a handful of races to watch there, and PA Independent took a closer look at a couple of them this week.

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Mississippi’s pension system improves, but unfunded liability still tops $14 billion

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IRON MONEY: One of Mississippi’s pension system’s investments in 2013 was corporate bonds in the Walt Disney Company, which produced hit movies like Iron Man 3 and Frozen, which grossed $1.2 billion apiece. By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog Thanks to some improved returns on its investments, the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi is in better shape, according to the newest financial report, but the news isn’t all rosy. Mississippi’s defined-benefit pension system — which serves most state, county and municipal employees — still has $14.4 billion in unfunded liabilities and is still far below the 80 percent funding level, considered a benchmark for a healthy pension fund. According to the report, the plan’s return on its investments shot up to 18 percent, and the funding level — the share of future obligations covered by current assets — rose from last year’s dismal 57.7 percent to 61 percent.

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La corte le dice ‘no tan rápido’ a las cámaras en semáforos

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Por Marianela Toledo | Florida Watchdog MIAMI — Grandes cambios podrían estar llegando a las ciudades que utilizan cámaras en los semáforos, después que un juez del Tribunal de Distrito de Apelaciones de Florida afirmó que es ilegal que los operadores de las cámaras emitan las citaciones a los conductores. SONRIA: un conductor de Florida que desafió en una corte su multa de tránsito por cruzar una luz roja, no tendrá que pagarla. “En la Florida, sólo los agentes del orden y los oficiales encargados de hacer cumplir (las leyes) de tráfico, tienen la autoridad legal para emitir citaciones por infracciones de tráfico, lo que significa que sólo los agentes del orden y los oficiales encargados de hacer cumplir (las leyes) de tráfico tienen el derecho a determinar quién es enjuiciado por una violación de luz roja”, indica la sentencia. El programa funciona así: las cámaras instaladas en los semáforos captan fotos y son examinadas por el propietario de la cámara – no oficiales de aplicación de la ley – para determinar si se ha producido una violación. Entonces se le envía una citación al presunto infractor.

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Democratic candidate John Lewis’ gun rights rating not as he claims

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QUESTIONABLE GUN RATING: An inaccurate campaign ad by Montana Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representative John Lewis claims he has received the National Rifle Association “highest rating.” By Michael Mattson | WatchdogWire.com The Second Amendment rarely has been a primary focal point in Montana’s congressional elections, with most candidates typically  having positive ratings and voting records on gun rights. Election 2014 is different. A campaign advertisement by John Lewis, Montana’s Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representative, claims Lewis has received an “A” for his Second Amendment stance from the National Rifle Association — its “highest rating,” as the ad explains

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Maryland retains dismal business tax climate ranking

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By Mark Newgent | WatchdogWire.com Maryland remains one of the worst states in the nation for business tax climate. The Tax Foundation’s 2015 Business Tax Climate report shows Maryland stayed at the No. 40 spot for a third consecutive year. Maryland ranked 42nd in the nation in 2012. A recent Gallup poll found that nearly half of all Marylanders said they would leave the state if they could, many citing high taxes a significant reason.

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GOP Wave? Ed Gillespie Closes to Within 4 Points of Mark Warner in New Poll

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Vox Populi has released a new poll that shows Virginia Senator Mark Warner in serious trouble with his once substantiallead in the polls now down to just 4 points. Even without this poll added into the mix yet, Mark Warner has gone from a “Safe Democrat” seat to a “Likely Democrat” winner and now Real Clear Politics classifies Virginia as “leans Democrat”. A Christopher Newport University poll released 3 days ago showed Warner’s lead cut to 7 points. And now it is down to 4. That is solid movement away from the Warner / Obama liberal side of the road.

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In race for PA Senate, tying GOP candidate to Corbett not so easy for Dems

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By Andrew Staub | PA Independent Across the country, Republicans have tried to tie Democratic candidates to President Obama, hoping to tap into a conservative electorate frustrated with his policies. In Pennsylvania, Democrats have their own toxic chief executive to use as campaign fodder against GOP hopefuls — embattled Republican Gov. Tom Corbett. That strategy, though, might not be so easy to execute in the campaign for the 26th state Senate District in Delaware and Chester counties, a hotly contested race that could have implications for control of the chamber. That’s because Republican nominee Tom McGarrigle sharpened his moderate credentials when he proposed a 4 percent severance tax on natural gas drilling to supplement education funding.

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The Market Speaks, and It Likes Reston Town Center

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Norfolk: Vote Yes on elected school boards

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You Would Get Fired For That

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Patrick may decide fate of Texas, tea party

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BIG WINNER: State Sen. Dan Patrick has run a low-profile campaign since his big primary win. By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org In a few years, if there’s any reason to look back on the 2014 election here in Texas, I think it’s likely that state Sen. Dan Patrick will be that reason. Patrick has a chance to shape the fortunes of Texas and the tea party for years to come.

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Ohio’s press eager to help Gov. Kasich enshrine Obamacare

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By Jason Hart | Ohio Watchdog Gov. John Kasich’s expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare has Ohio newspaper editors excited for his all-but-certain re-election next Tuesday. With Democrat challenger Ed FitzGerald down 22.7 points in the RealClearPolitics average, newspaper endorsements in the race serve little purpose except as previews of how the press will frame Kasich’s efforts to renew Medicaid expansion. The editors of Northeast Ohio Media Group and the Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote Oct.

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Minnesota loses out in tax index

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By John LaPlante How is Minnesota like the Chicago Cubs? They’re both “lovable losers.” Another season of Major League Baseball has expired, and the Cubs failed, again to make it to the World Series. And as another year has passed, a tax-policy organization has once again said that Minnesota is a cellar-dweller. The Tax Foundation recently released its annual “State Business Tax Climate Index,” and Minnesota came in with a low score.

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ALEC: Virginia K-12 Performance, Policy Mediocre

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Regent candidate has history of weighing in on Husker coaches

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By Deena Winter | Nebraska Watchdog LINCOLN, Neb. – The campaign for a seat on the University of Nebraska Board of Regents has become a he said-he said over whether the challenger ran out of frustration with Husker football coach Bo Pelini. But Steve Glenn was publicly critical of Pelini long before it became a campaign issue. BIG RED: Steve Glenn, a former Husker football player, has been accused of running for the University of Nebraska Board of Regents because last year he wanted head football coach Bo Pelini fired. The incumbent, Rob Schafer, says Glenn called him last year and demanded he get Pelini fired and threatened to run for his job if he didn’t

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Hey candy man

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Voter fraud could play a huge role in narrow elections, expert says

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By M.D. Kittle | Watchdog.org MADISON, Wis. — The mid-term elections are right around the corner, and that means one thing: It’s voter  fraud season. While many on the left see voter fraud as a fantasy — a delusion by right-wing conspiracy theorists — the fact is, stealing votes is very much alive and well in American democracy, election experts say.

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FROM the SANDERS VAULT: TAKE BACK the DAY!

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From the Sanders blog vault on All Hallow’s Eve: Let’s take back Halloween: I have had enough.  In my pre-blogger days, I wrote a monthly column for a Christian newspaper in Richmond called Believe Magazine and one of my columns was on Halloween.  Here it is: TAKE BACK HALLOWEEN! Copyright 2003 Elwood Earl Sanders, Jr. I write on this topic since apologetics is not just for a few believers, but all of us have a Biblical mandate to defend the faith.

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Dominion Responds to My Renewable Energy Post

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THURSDAY is ELECTION DAY in BRITAIN and YESTERDAY UKIP has a NEW CHANCE to UPSET the POLITICAL ORDER!

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Seems like every Thursday there is an election somewhere in the UK (Maybe too many elected officials!) and this Thursday’s offering is significant:  The Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner.  Results not out from yesterday’s voting yet! Here is it from the Sun newspapers (It’s a pay site and watch for the girls!): UKIP are on the verge of causing a major upset in Ed Miliband’s backyard. The party could today seize the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner post following the Rotherham child sex abuse scandal. Voters went to the polls across the Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster districts after 2012 winner Shaun Wright resigned over the scandal

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Kerry denounces chicken-sh*t remark

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The Biggest Offender

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A day does not usually pass where you don’t read about a long list of shady characters who were convicted of fraud against the government. (Try not to be too depressed. This means that more perpetrators are being caught and prosecuted every day.) Today is no different as we take a look at a rap sheet of Pennsylvania residents who were sentenced for their part in $50,000 of welfare fraud as reported by The Patriot-News. The article profiles 11 perpetrators and their individual crimes. The largest offender in the bunch illegally racked up $27,550 through cash assistance, day care and food program benefits

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Washington State school shooting: Is there an accurate profile?

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Open Thread………………………………………Friday, October 31

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Colorado’s judicial discipline, agency budget mostly secret

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By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org Since its inception nearly 50 years ago, the Colorado Commission on Judicial Discipline has only made three disciplinary cases against judges public, and the director told Watchdog.org that even the commission’s budget is a state secret. Colorado, whose judicial discipline secrecy is enshrined in the state constitution, is one of only a handful of states where the fact-finding hearing after formal charges isn’t public, records from the American Judicature Society show. In the three times the information was released in Colorado there was a formal hearing scheduled before the state Supreme Court. CCJD Executive Director William Campbell, who noted he increased transparency since taking over about six years ago, said the process works fine and sees no reason to change it. “When there’s a problem, we address it,” he said

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Billionaire Steyer spends $15M pushing low priority climate change message in FL

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By Tori Richards and William Patrick | Watchdog.org Gov. Rick Scott In an effort to oust Gov. Rick Scott, billionaire activist Tom Steyer has underwritten a nearly $15 million campaign focusing on climate change, an issue one poll says few Florida voters care about. Steyer’s advocacy group, NextGen Climate Action, set up shop in Miami this year, targeting Scott as oblivious to global warming disasters, a partner of eco-threatening big business and alleging that “2.4 million people… are vulnerable to sea level rise,” as NextGen’s website says.

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On Election Eve, voters snooze through duopoly game

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HEY, LOOK AT ME! Joe Biden whistles for attention at a political rally. A Pew study found that 41 percent of surveyed Americans could not identify the current vice president. By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org In their ignorance, voters this Tuesday will make a case for smaller government, a George Mason University law professor predicts.

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From police militarization to crony capitalism, lost bipartisan issues of 2014

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LEFT IN THE DARK: Some potentially bipartisan issues are getting clouded in the highly partisan 2014 election cycle. By Kathryn Watson | Watchdog.org, Virginia Bureau ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Amid all the talk about Obamacare, the economy, Obamacare, the “War on Women” and Obamacare — to name a few hot-button topics — some potentially bipartisan issues are getting left in the dust. Topics with some flashpoint moments over the last couple years — namely, the militarization of police, government surveillance and even crony capitalism, are being left out of much of the political discourse, if debate content and ads are any indication. In a particularly polarized moment in history in American politics, issues with potential of drawing support from both sides of the aisle seem to be left to the wayside.

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Libertarian Feliciano the anti-Shumlin candidate in VT governors race

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THE ANTI-SHUMLIN: Dan Feliciano, of Essex, says Vermont needs to dump single-payer, slash spending and cut taxes to fix the state’s economic malaise. By Bruce Parker | Vermont Watchdog Of all the candidates seeking to become governor of Vermont, Libertarian Dan Feliciano arguably represents the starkest contrast to the policies of Gov. Peter Shumlin. An efficiency expert with a background in health care, information technology and government, Feliciano has pledged to end single-payer health care, cut government spending by 10 percent, slash taxes and return control of schools to local communities.

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Hagan touts ‘most moderate’ status, but is she running from Obama?

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MOST MODERATE: Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., left, speaks to supporters as former Secretary of State of State Hillary Rodham Clinton reacts during a campaign rally in Charlotte on Saturday. By John Trump | Watchdog.org In a North Carolina Senate race characterized by seemingly ubiquitous and accusatory ads, Democrat Kay Hagan touts herself as a moderate lawmaker willing to compromise and capitulate. She’s the “most moderate,” in fact, and she’s not afraid to say it. Hagan, who surprised Republican stalwart Elizabeth Dole in 2008, faces state House speaker Thom Tillis

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Democratic control on the line in Minnesota on Election Day

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By Tom Steward | Watchdog Minnesota Bureau ST. PAUL, Minn. — Regardless of whether Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton holds on to his job next week as polls suggest, Minnesota voters appear poised to topple one party rule in St. Paul on Tuesday

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