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Invasion: Undocumented, Unaccompanied minors in Albemarle County Schools

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Members of the Albemarle County Social Services Advisory Board (SSAB) are secretly grappling with the problem of “undocumented, unaccompanied” minors in Albemarle County Schools. In correspondence obtained by The Schilling Show, SSAB Samuel Miller District representative, Janet Morrow, informs Albemarle County Supervisor, Liz Palmer, of the “50 or so undocumented unaccompanied minors that are now in Albemarle County schools.” [emphasis added] Ms. Morrow characterizes the children as having “no legal guardian or legal custodian, even though they were placed in homes in our area,” which “causes problems in even enrolling in school.” “They arrive in our area because on arrival at the border, these kids have the name and phone of a person in Albemarle County that they were told before leaving their country of origin that this person is whom they should go to,” Morrow continues. A small working group is attempting to engage other “community players,” including: “Region 10, Juvenile Court, City Schools, Legal Aid and the police.” Morrow does not explain how minors without legal custodians are able to enter Albemarle County Schools.

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Attorney: Court ruling for bloggers a free speech victory for everyone

Posted by Ben Yount

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By Benjamin Yount | Watchdog Radio CHICAGO —  If you think you can use lawsuits to silence a citizen journalist, think again. A federal appeals court in Chicago last week dismissed a lawsuit brought by a hotel owner who went after a political blog, Illinois Review, for publishing a story that showed a former lawmaker’s attempts to lower property tax rates for political contributors.  Illinois Review reported that the hotel owner, Satkar Hospitality Inc., was one of those contributors. Peter Breen, an attorney for the free speech advocate the Thomas More Society, said when the court tossed out the hotel owner’s lawsuit, and last week the appeal, the judges made a clear statement about the rights of even citizen journalists to speak truth to power. “The entire point (of the lawsuit) was to harass the citizen journalists at Illinois Review,” Breen told Illinois Watchdog Radio

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Meanwhile, Europe continues to fray at the edges

Posted by D.J. McGuire

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Walker’s jobs plan includes drug-testing for individuals on public assistance

Posted by M.D. Kittle

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By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter MADISON, Wis. — Three years ago, Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry Co. Inc. was begging for workers and struggling to hire candidates who could simply pass a drug test

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Settlement reduces Ohio teachers’ forced union fees

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By Jason Hart | Ohio Watchdog Ohio’s largest labor union will issue partial fee refunds and reduce mandatory “fair share” fees taken from teachers under a class-action settlement approved by a federal judge on Sept. 9. The settlement, which affects nonmembers of Ohio Education Association covered by the union’s contracts in public schools across the state, was more than three years in the making. Thousands of current and former teachers are eligible for refunds, and tens of thousands of future teachers could see fee reductions until 2040. National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation represented Green Local School District teacher Kathleen Thaxton and 13 other current and former teachers who declined OEA membership

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Lie of the Year Award goes to…

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Thus, the fantasy season ends

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The Republican Party’s Extraordinary Pattern of Destructiveness

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Another Injection Of “1984 Style” Class Warfare Serum

Posted by Lars Hagen

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"We’re Rural, Not Stupid" Part 3

Posted by Blue Virginia

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BRT to Nowhere?

Posted by James A. Bacon

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Just Dandy: Residents want rural county to ban farming

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BATTLEGROUND: Historic York County is facing a land war of a different kind as some residents seek to pre-empt Virginia’s right-to-farm law. By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau YORK, Va. — Attempting to pre-empt Virginia’s freedom-to-farm law, residents in a York County community want local officials to ban agricultural activity in their neighborhood. More than 130 Dandy residents have signed a petition asking the Board of Supervisors to ban commercial farming — a move to thwart state legislation restricting local government’s power to regulate agriculture and aquaculture.

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Countdown to #MedicaidCharade: Still No Plan from House Leadership

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"Conservatives" Want a Piece of Your Healthcare Money

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Heat on Susan Happ intensifies following scandal

Posted by M.D. Kittle

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UNDER FIRE: Susan Happ, Jefferson County district attorney and Democrat candidate for attorney general, has come under fire after revelations of her property deal with a man once charged by Happ’s office with sexual assault of a child. The man ultimately received a plea deal charging him with disorderly conduct. Critics, including the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Editorial Board, say Happ could have done more to avoid a conflict of interest. By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter MADISON, Wis.

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Keeping Options Open

Posted by jayanthi

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If you say that you are “keeping your options open,” that generally means that you’ll make a choice based on what is easiest or most enjoyable. For example, you can keep your options open when deciding on whether to take a day hike on a beautiful mountain or go see a movie with friends. Maybe a third option will come up that may be even more enjoyable than these two options, such as attending a gourmet dinner prepared by a neighbor. A story published in The Buffalo News tells about a man and his wife, who are guilty of food stamp fraud among other things. (They don’t appear to have the luxury of keeping their options open at this point in time.

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Ex-lawmaker’s crime and punishment spotlight campaign cash tricks

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Joe Jordan | Nebraska Watchdog She wasn’t the first but maybe, just maybe, former State Sen. Brenda Council will be one of the last to use a loophole in the law to pocket thousands of dollars in campaign cash. Former Sen. Brenda Council On Friday Council, a former partner in one of Omaha’s most prestigious law firms, was disbared by the Nebraska Supreme Court. The legal death penalty followed Council’s criminal convictions, two state misdemeanors and a federal felony, for in effect hiding the fact that she was using the campaign funds, $63,000 in all, to feed her gambling addiction.

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Adrian Peterson: Was it just a “good switching?”

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Video: New John Foust Ad Rips Barbara Comstock for Supporting "Transvaginal Ultrasound" Legislation

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Corbett’s hotel choices a secret, but costs are kept down

Posted by Andrew Staub

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By Andrew Staub | PA Independent Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett’s credit-card records show he usually doesn’t spend big on accommodations when official business takes him outside away from the state Capitol, but taxpayers will have to just assume he isn’t staying in luxury hotels on their dime. SECRET LOCATIONS: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett’s office won’t identify where he stays when traveling, saying it’s a safety concern. That’s because the state redacted the name and locations of the hotels where Corbett stays while traveling on official business

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September 15, 1864: The Diary of John B. Jones

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ICYMI: Weekend posts at LynnRMitchell.com

Posted by Lynn R. Mitchell

Posted at SWAC Girl - S.W.A.C. stands for "Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County" -- Republicans working to elect conservative, principled public officials in the picturesque Shenandoah Valley of Virginia ... with occasional photos of the Valley and musings about life happenings.

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In Nashville, taxpayers pay for ‘art’ few people want to look at

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By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — Let’s try making sense of this, shall we? Nashville officials offer subsidized housing to local artists on the pretense it’s the only way to keep artisans in the city. They live in the Ryman Lofts, in one of Nashville’s most expensive areas downtown. These same city officials have given away nearly $1.5 million in taxpayer money so out-of-state artists can create abstract art that only hard-core art connoisseurs may appreciate.

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Bloodletting could be in store for Mississippi drivers at DUI checkpoints

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JUST A LITTLE BLOOD: No refusal DUI checkpoints, like those run in Mississippi, can result in a blood test for intoxicants if a sobriety test is refused. By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog Vampire movies, books and TV series are all of the rage these days. Guess the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol wanted to get in on the act. Over the long Labor Day weekend, the patrol ran a no-refusal DUI checkpoint in Oxford, home of the University of Mississippi.

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Lawmakers say conservation measure could hurt tax relief efforts

Posted by Rob Port

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By Rob Port | Watchdog.org North Dakota Bureau MEASURE OBSTACLE: Rep. Scott Louser, a Republican from Minot, says a ballot measure creating a fund for conservation could make tax reforms difficult in the 2015 session. BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota lawmakers are divided over what sort of tax relief should come out of the 2015 legislative session, but one area of agreement is that a ballot measure could have a big impact on whether tax relief passes at all. Rep.

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No double dips: Candidate offers up his $90K NJ pension

Posted by Mark Lagerkvist

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DOLLARS AND SENSE: Double-dipping faces challenge at the polls in New Jersey By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog The election for sheriff in Mercer County has turned into a referendum on New Jersey’s costly tradition of double-dipping by public officials. With a campaign slogan of “One Sheriff, One Paycheck,” Republican challenger David C. Jones is targeting the dual incomes of Democratic incumbent Jack Kemper. Kemler collects $227,327 a year from public coffers – $142,499 in salary as sheriff plus $84,828 from pension as a retired county undersheriff.

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The Budget’s Back: GA debating Medicaid alongside the budget, again.

Posted by Christopher Finke

The special session of the Virginia legislature being reconvened this week has always been billed as the time when legislators would finally have a fair and open debate on Medicaid expansion without being held hostage to the budget. Now, we’ve learned that a new budget bill amending the budget just passed in June will be […]

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Tony Buffington To Run For Blue Ridge Supervisor

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Following Janet Clarke’s announcement that she will not run for re-election for Loudoun Supervisor she urged her supporters to support Tony Buffington of Brambleton in his bid for the Republican nomination to represent the district.    Supervisor Clarke said today, “I have just over another year of service in this capacity and remain dedicated to fulfilling my […]

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GRACE, TRUTH, AND WISDOM?

Posted by Citizen Tom

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WHY am I for SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE? It’s a LONG STORY!

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I would if I were voting Thursday vote YES for independence.  Not for many of the YES reasons:  I don’t believe in socialized medicine.  I am not a liberal.  I believe the leaders of Scotland are very comfortable with the EU mandates. 

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New Music Video – American Freedom Fighter

Posted by Tom White

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ISIS is a direct result of Barack Obama’s timidity in being Commander in Chief. How many people told him that if we announce our withdrawal date and if we pull out too soon, we will eventually be right back there cleaning up the mess Obama created. In truth, most of us thought it would take longer, perhaps into the next presidency. But Obama gave them such a head start by pretending the Muslim Brotherhood and other radical groups were benign.

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Not a fine whine

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Rose River Farm and Cabins in Madison County, Va

Posted by Lynn R. Mitchell

Posted at SWAC Girl - S.W.A.C. stands for "Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County" -- Republicans working to elect conservative, principled public officials in the picturesque Shenandoah Valley of Virginia ... with occasional photos of the Valley and musings about life happenings.

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Hey Obama, Stop pushing AMNESTY & Start securing the border!

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(Reader Submitted) 250,000 Numbers USA members from TX put together this awesome 30 second video demanding Obama SEURE THE BORDER. Article written by: LIBERTY

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Mark Warner scores F- on combatting illegal immigration

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(Reader Submitted) Overview of report card here: Article written by: Kenneth Hawk

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How about thinking about ISIS?

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14Sep/14Off

Obama The War Leader?

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Great news for Virginia! No budget shortfall!

Posted by James Bennett

The $2.4 billion shortfall that Governor Terry McAuliffe announced a few weeks ago is vanishing among positive economic news from his own Secretary of Finance Ric Brown. The news of increased tax revenues in Virginia is buttressed by corresponding parallel trends at the federal level, according to reports just released by the U.S. Department of […]

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85 years to go

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Holy Batman! Border Vigilantes Confront Scientists

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"We’re Rural, Not Stupid" Part 2

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“If We Keep Chickifying This Game We’re Going To Ruin It”

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Concord Monitor Nails Scott Brown’s Climate Science Flip-Floppery

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The Republican Party Limps Into November

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I am still hearing rumors about a “wave election” and the Republican Party taking back the Senate. The story goes, that President Obama’s increasing unpopularity and America’s dissatisfaction with the immigration crisis, foreign policy blunderings, and steady economic insecurity spells doom for the Democrats in November. That’s a realistic narrative, assuming there was an opposition party running against the Democrats in November. Is there?

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Janet Clarke Will Not Run for Re-Election In Loudoun

Posted by Dave Gaubatz

I was saddened to learn that Janet Clarke, Loudoun County Supervisor representing the Blue Ridge District, announced last night that she will not run for re-election next year.   The announcement came as surprise and disappointment to her many supporters.  We will miss her calm, conservative, common sense views and votes on the board.  No […]

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14Sep/14Off

HERE’S some items for the UKIP candidate in HEYWOOD and MIDDLETON to RALLY the FARAGE LABOURITES to VICTORY OCTOBER 9!

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Labour is the gift that keeps on giving!  Here and here are reports of an Agenda 21 idea that ought to be abhorrent to every voter in Heywood and Middleton:  Banning the individual ownership of cars.  That’s right:  Cars.  And it is I am sure of course to protect the climate! Dr Alan Whitehead, a Labour MP for Southampton Test and a member of the Energy and Climate Change select committee, said the increase in car ownership would lead to ‘something approaching a national traffic jam before 2040’

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LONDON EVENING STANDARD REPORTS: UKIP gains in POPULARITY and in TRUST among the BRITISH PEOPLE!

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This article in the London Evening Standard is great for UKIP and its chances in Clacton for its first MP win on October 9.  (Won’t Sandy be impossible that Thursday?  Thankfully we should know by close of business that day who wins in Clacton (and now apparently in Heywood and Middleton, too!) so victory lap or laps are possible. UKIP has come up to 15% of voters (The Tories lead by less than one percent over Labour – 34 to 33 percent and the Liberal Democrats are tanking at only SEVEN Percent!) for the popularity contest among parties.  This is not what was expected after the May EU and local elections

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LONDON EVENING STANDARD REPORTS: UKIP gains in POPULARITY and in TRUST among the BRITISH PEOPLE!

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THE SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER is OUT of CONTROL

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I am a lazy blogger sometimes.  But I had to reprint this from Tom DeWeese about the Southern Poverty Law Center. I would say, I once met Morris Dees.  He was a hero of mine in law school.  So much so, I did some unsolicited legal research on a kindergarten lottery (Alabama did not allegedly have enough money for every child to be in kindergarten but I’d bet they had more than enough administration in each school so that by attrition they could have raised the funds without raising taxes

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13Sep/14Off

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well, it is hard to attract them— because i’ve tried to get them to attend events in my county. heck, black high school students refuse to apply for our county GOP college scholarship. but then again, a big tent is not part of our current GOP policy.

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13Sep/14Off

Augusta County residents organize against pipeline

Posted by Lynn R. Mitchell

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