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Whew! Arbitrary 21 Day Incubation Period Reached and Ebola Scare Has Ended. Sequestered Individuals Released.

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Flip Benham harasses gay weddings in NC

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Does your boss make you sick? (literally)

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Does your boss make you sick? (literally)

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Majority of Illinoisans support minimum wage hike

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SPRINGFIELD — A recent study reveals what most Illinoisans think about increasing the state’s minimum wage: they’re all for it, and they’ll have a chance to say so on November 4th. The survey, conducted by public opinion polling company Public Policy Polling (PPP), asked more than 800 likely Illinois voters if they believed the state should raise its minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. Sixty one percent of respondents said they do support the measure to increase the minimum wage, while 33 percent responded with opposition. The remaining 6 percent were unsure. The effort to increase the wage has support across party lines, with 85 percent of Democrats, 57 percent of independents and 29 percent of Republican respondents in support of the increase.

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A blog – a place for my stuff

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Perfect golf partner for Obama

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Video: Barbara Comstock Dishonest…in ANY Language!

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Stimulus award to Denver Post’s $50K bike tour goes unreported

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NO ACCOUNTING FOR AWARDS: The Denver Post’s inaugural 2012 “Pedal the Plains” bicycle tour may have received $50,000 in Stimulus funds from Gov. Hickenlooper, unreported by the paper. By Joshua Sharf | WatchdogWire.com The inaugural “Pedal the Plains” bicycle tour, held in 2012, received $50,000 in stimulus funding from Gov. John Hickenlooper’s office, an award that went unreported by one of the tour’s major sponsors, The Denver Post. The sub-award  was part of more than $8 million in sub-awards from a $138-million stimulus grant from the Department of Education earmarked for education-related projects

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Ohio ranks 12th for cronyist state

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‘BENEFITS’ IN THE BUCKEYE: When it comes to the number of dollars spent in subsidies, Ohio ranks the 12th most cronyist state. By Stephanie Kreuz | WatchdogWire.com Does Ohio play fair? Or smart? When it comes to the number of dollars spent in subsidies, Ohio ranks the 12th cronyist. The Mercatus Center recently illustrated how states rank in providing benefits to particular companies, rather than providing better opportunity for all companies

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KMTV mentions Nebraska Watchdog’s story on Gov. Dave Heineman

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Denver’s paperwork burdens women-owned businesses

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TREAT HER LIKE A LADY: Denver’s paperwork for certifying women-owned small businesses duplicates the federal process and asks intrusive questions for sensitive information. By Joshua Sharf | WatchdogWire.com Denver’s process for certifying women-owned small businesses not only duplicates the federal paperwork, it includes several provisions that are significantly more intrusive, and puts potentially sensitive information in the hands of government employees. The federal Women-Owned Small Business certification process is administered by the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce, while the City and County of Denver administers its own process.

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Maryland health care exchange keeps documents secret

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AVOIDING DISCLOSURE: A report on Maryland’s health exchange admits that due to the amount of documents and the redaction of the documents, very few conclusions could be made on accountability. By Brad Matthews | WatchdogWire.com The state health care exchange is using the disclosure clause the Maryland Public Information Act to justify its own secrecy regarding its documents. The exchange is so reticent to share its information, that, in an April report by the Office of Legislative Audits, it was noted that around 26 percent of documents were redacted, and the documents relating to procurement and contracting were very heavily redacted. To be clear, this report is separate and distinct from the audit being done of the state health care exchange.

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Waterfront homeowners can’t build docks in FL coastal community

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By William Patrick | Florida Watchdog TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — For more than 20 years, waterfront homeowners living along the city of Sanibel, on Florida’s San Carlos Bay, have been barred from building boating docks. BANNED: The city of Sanibel, Florida banned residential docks 20 years ago along the San Carlos Bay, from Dixie Beach to the city lighthouse, above. But reason why, doesn’t hold water, according to some residents.

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Cylvia Hayes admits she once bought land to illegally grow marijuana

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ANOTHER NOTORIOUS AFFAIR: Oregon ‘First Lady’ Cylvia Hayes was, in addition to her other scandals, involved in an illegal marijuana growing operation in 1997-1998. By Brad Matthews | WatchdogWire.com Cylvia Hayes, the scandal-wracked fiancee of Oregon Gov. Kitzhaber, already has had to admit that she once married an Ethiopian man for money so he could get a green card. But that wasn’t the only illegal green she’s been involved with. Four months after her “marriage,” Hayes and her boyfriend at the time bought a remote property in Okanogan, Wash., for $245,000 with a $15,000 down payment

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More ‘Walker is Hitler’ rhetoric appears from the left

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By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter MADISON, Wis. — Here we go again — another roadside sign comparing Republican Gov. Scott Walker to Adolf Hitler. “WALKERS MOTTO DIVIDE & CONQUER SO WAS HITLERS,” proclaims the grammatically challenged, hand-written sign pinned to posts just off of Mariner Road near Wisconsin Highway 83 in Hartland

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ND Democrat criticizes gender, skin color of Republican candidates

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By Rob Port | Watchdog.org North Dakota Bureau RACE MATTERS: Kris Wallman, a Democrat candidate for state House in North Dakota’s District 11 pictured here with running mates Ron Guggisberg and Tim Mathern, criticized two male Republicans running in District 21 for being white and male. FARGO, N.D. — A Democrat candidate for the state Legislature has criticized two Republican candidates in another district for their race and gender, but the Republicans say those things shouldn’t matter. Kris Wallman, running for the state House unopposed in District 11, posted a comment on a Facebook page set up for District 21 Republican House candidate Robert Lauf’s campaign.

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20Oct/14Off

What Ebola and Global Warming Have In Common

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What Ebola and Global Warming Have In Common

20Oct/14Off

Excited Yet?

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South Burlington teachers to make even more money than average Vermonters

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TEACHER GREED: Teachers in South Burlington walked out on school kids last week as a way to obtain pay far beyond what average Vermonters make. By Bruce Parker | Vermont Watchdog SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. — While details of an agreement reached Saturday between striking teachers and the South Burlington school board weren’t immediately disclosed, average Vermonters can be certain of one thing: South Burlington public school teachers are going to make even more money than they do. Mediator Joseph McNeil announced Saturday the South Burlington School Board and the South Burlington Educators Association reached a tentative agreement over wages and benefits. While details won’t be released ahead of key votes Monday by the teachers union and the board, the announcement means kids held hostage in last week’s teachers strike will be able to return to classroom learning.

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Conservative Dan Frei hits GOP and Team Terry over Nikko Jenkins TV ad

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Joe Jordan | Nebraska Watchdog He gave Congressman Lee Terry fits in the GOP’s May primary election and Dan Frei isn’t done yet. Dan Frei blasts Team Terry’s Nikko Jenkins ad as the “politics of personal destruction.” This time he’s taking Team Terry to task for the controversial Nikko Jenkins TV ad. “Is this what the Republican Party has become?,” asks Frei on his Facebook page. Rep. Lee Terry “We should expect more from our party than the strategy of negative campaigning and the politics of personal destruction.” On Friday the National Republican Congressional Campaign launched an attack ad tying Terry’s Democratic opponent, Brad Ashford, to Jenkins—the man who walked out of prison last year and wasted no time killing four people in Omaha

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Election observers face more restrictions this year

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By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter MADISON, Wis. — The same election commission that banned a 78-year-old poll monitor from observing next month’s election is pushing a policy that would keep election observers farther away from voters. In a letter obtained by Wisconsin Reporter, the City of Milwaukee Election Commission receives guidance from the city attorney on how to comply with a provision in a new state law involving election observers. Wisconsin Act 177, which into effect in April, allows the chief election inspector or municipal clerk to restrict the viewing area of poll observers to an area “not less than three feet nor more than 8 feet from the table at which electors announce their names and addresses to be issued a voting number a polling place …” Before the revised law, there was no specific designation of distance involving observers.

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Could Surry Be an 80-Year Nuke?

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October 20, 1864: Abraham Lincoln’s "Proclamation of Thanksgiving"

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Very interesting

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Prescription for Disaster

Posted by Larry Benson

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It must be fun to be an undercover agent. They get to pose as a variety of characters to get sufficient evidence to convict criminals. Sometimes the job is dangerous and involves disguises, but at other times they can pose as a normal person without risking life or limb to get evidence. A story published in the Chicago Sun Times tells about an undercover agent who busted a doctor for prescribing a controlled substance that was not needed. The article reports that the physician got into trouble by prescribing oxycodone, a powerful pain medication, to a healthy undercover agent posing as a Medicare beneficiary with shoulder pain from a previous injury.

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Christie staff caught misleading NJ court in travel records dispute

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HEY, BIG SPENDER – Gov. Chris Christie’s office is hiding state credit card bills for his travel By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog What happens when Gov. Chris Christie’s staff is caught lying to a New Jersey court about the existence of public records? That legal bombshell may explode in Mercer County Superior Court this week in the governor’s battle with a New Jersey Watchdog reporter over travel expense accounts. Documents surfaced that directly contradict the claims of Christie’s lawyers that the governor and his staff do not use state credit cards for travel and don’t have any records.

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State bans purchase of most SUVs but governor, family still chauffeured in them

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By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org Last year, the Colorado Department of Personnel & Administration, in an attempt to improve the state fleet’s environmental friendliness, issued a policy that prevents most departments from buying all-wheel-drive sports utility vehicles. Yet, Gov. John Hickenlooper and his family are still chauffeured around in two SUVs, which according to government figures get about 22 miles a gallon highway and 16 mpg in city driving in the six cylinder version. The mileage drops to 17 and 12 if the vehicles use E85 fuel, according to www.fueleconomy.gov. The DPA policy exempts law enforcement vehicles from the SUV ban, and state officials argue that the governor’s SUVs are law enforcement because he, and his family, are driven around by state troopers

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Audit: Taxpayer-funded Memphis housing project has dangerous safety hazards

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By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — Taxpayers evidently aren’t getting their money’s worth out of a U.S. Housing and Urban Development-funded housing project in Memphis, a long-troubled one, which, according to federal auditors, has many dangerous safety violations. In a new audit, officials with the federal Office of Inspector General said the Memphis Housing Authority’s Housing Choice Voucher program had problems with mold, exposed electrical wiring and missing locks, among countless other things. The MHA receives $40 million in yearly government funding, according to the audit. Auditors inspected 90 program units and found major violations with 77 of them

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Rugged ranchers or welfare cowboys? Dispute over grazing fees on public land rages on

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COWBOY CONTROVERSY: Critics say taxpayers lose $120 million in federal grazing fees that are too low. But defenders say the figures are misleading. By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog SANTA FE, N.M. — The accusation is a blunt one: That ranchers who hold permits from the federal government to graze their cattle on public land are little more than welfare recipients. The response is just as blunt: Like hell we are

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Union takes mandatory dues, calls Walmart owners robbers

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SAME SONG, DIFFERENT DAY: In November 2013, Colorado Walmart employees and supporters joined nationwide protests calling for higher wages. By Jason Hart | Watchdog.org Accusing Walmart’s owners of “robbing America,” a labor union fueled by workers’ mandatory dues led protests recently demanding full-time hours and $15 hourly wages for the mega-retailer’s employees. Walmart’s corporate headquarters, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., says the company has more than 1.3 million employees and in 2013 promoted 170,000 “to jobs with more responsibility and higher pay.” This summer, The Wall Street Journal reported on a study concluding Walmart store managers are paid an average of $92,462. Waltons are robbing America!

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Nanny of the week: Maybe this time it will be different for Chicago

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Part 24 of 24 in the series Nanny State of the Week By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org Chicago is home to some of the toughest gun control rules in the country. It’s also home to some of the most frequent gun violence in the country. IF ONLY IT WERE SO EASY: Chicago has tough gun laws, but they haven’t done much good. The obvious solution is more gun laws But officials in the Windy City are not giving up hope just yet — surely, one more go at tougher gun laws is all the city needs to tip the scales in the other direction and turn Chicago into a modern day Miranda, free from any and all violent thoughts or actions. That’s why there will be not one, but two gun control issues on voters’ ballots in Cook County on Nov

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New Mexico knocked for slow pace of financial data

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GIDDY UP: A state accounting watchdog group rapped New Mexico for its slow response time for financial data but the state says the criticism is unfair. By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico is a slow poke when it comes to turning in its financial disclosures, but the state agency in charge of the data argues a sarcastic award from a fiscally conservative accounting group is unfair. “Truth in Accounting is bestowing the annual Tortoise Award on New Mexico — again,” wrote Sheila Weinberg, CEO and founder of Truth in Accounting, last week. Based in Chicago, Truth in Accounting bills itself as a resource for taxpayers to understand what it calls “the truth about government finances.” Earlier this year, Truth in Accounting produced a report illustrating New Mexico’s overreliance on federal dollars.

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20Oct/14Off

Helping paranoia grow

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20Oct/14Off

King Solomon Upside Down

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20Oct/14Off

Larry Hogan approves this story

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19Oct/14Off

God changes the game

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19Oct/14Off

October 19, 1864: "Sheridan’s Ride"

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Video: 2nd Congressional District forum

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Voter ID ~RightsideVA~

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19Oct/14Off

So mad I’m hitting the ball really hard

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19Oct/14Off

Ranking Virginia’s Elections, 2005-2014

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October 19, 1864: The Battle of Cedar Creek

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The Bill O’Reilly/Jon Stewart Brouhaha: Denial is a River in the Right-Wing Mind

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19Oct/14Off

ERRING ON THE SIDE OF CAUTION

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19Oct/14Off

Fastest Growing Cities and Towns in Virginia

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A list of the 591 fastest growing cities and towns in Virginia.  Who knew that Short Pump would the fastest growing town and little Purcellville would rank 17th? Even the very small Lovettsville is number 28 with a growth rate over 89%!  A map of these cities and towns can be found here. 

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18Oct/14Off

What to worry about

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18Oct/14Off

"This wouldn’t be happening if I were president"

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18Oct/14Off

Dissecting Virginia Republicans’ Logic 101 #FAIL

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18Oct/14Off

Evidence from Ferguson

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18Oct/14Off

Yes Virginia, We Have a Senate Race!

Yesterday’s excellent new television ad from the Gillespie campaign shows a new turn in the campaign and a welcome one. Ed has a good message, a great message, but more voters need to hear it. Kimberley A. Strassel has written an excellent piece for the The Wall Street Journal on the Gillespie campaign.

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