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August 22, 1864: The Diary of Mary Boykin Chesnut

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Bob McDonnell doesn’t care how many lives he ruins, as long as he stays out of jail

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Maureen McDonnell and Sexism

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Confidential report says discrimination, retaliation claims ‘lack merit’

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NO FOUL: An investigation into claims that Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler improperly treated the chief financial officer in his department have been found to lack merit. By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org The former CFO for Colorado’s controversial Secretary of State Scott Gessler is claiming a hostile work environment and that she was demoted because she testified against her boss at an ethics hearing and in front of a grand jury. But an outside investigation, obtained exclusively by Watchdog.org, determined that Heather Lizotte is using her claim “to dissuade the Department of State from holding her accountable for her performance.” “With most of her allegations, Ms. Lizotte offers an exaggerated perspective of isolated incidents as support for her general claims,” Mountain States Employers Council workplace investigator Lori Karl wrote. “There is ample information to suggest that Ms.

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The cynical strategy focused on driving down the vote in Pennsylvania

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By Eric Boehm | PA Independent In Pittsburgh last month, Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, D-Allegheny, laid out part of the Democratic strategy for swinging control of the Pennsylvania Senate in this year’s election. That strategy includes making sure t Republican voters stay home on Election Day by tying GOP candidates to unpopular Gov. Tom Corbett and thus driving down enthusiasm among Republicans. YOUR VOTE COUNTS: But both political parties try to drive down enthusiasm when it comes to elections. They cynics might be winning in Pennsylvania this year.

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Pay raise worth even more to Mississippi teachers

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MAGNOLIA STATE RULES IT: Your dollar goes farther in Mississippi than it does anywhere else in the nation, according to the Tax Foundation. By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog As Mississippi students head back to school, their teachers are taking home a healthy pay raise. And those extra Benjamins are going a lot farther. The pay raise, passed by the Legislature in last year’s session, gives a starting teacher with a bachelors degree a yearly salary of $33,390. That’s up $2,490 from last year, an increase of more than 8 percent

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Iowa agency issues extra unemployment checks; tries to keep it quiet

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WAIT JUST A MINUTE: Iowa state Sen. Janet Petersen, D-Des Moines, is taking issue with the state issuing unemployment checks to people who may not have been eligible. By Paul Brennan | Iowa Watchdog DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa Workforce Development may have trouble managing money, but at least its management understands the importance of politeness. In early March, the agency, which oversees unemployment claims in the state, issued unemployment benefits to 85 people who didn’t ask for them. According to a March 13 email sent by Regional Operations Manager David Eklund, the plan to recover the improperly issued benefits was simple: Don’t contact any of the lucky 85, just wait to see if anyone voluntarily returns the money

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School bus camera company gets red light in Virginia county

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By Kaitlyn Speer | Watchdog.org, Virginia Bureau Redflex Traffic Systems gets red light in Rockingham County ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Redflex Traffic Systems is getting the red light in Rockingham County. Just a little over a month after Watchdog.org reported Redflex said it planned to fix the controversial way it runs its school bus camera operation and violation tickets in the northern Virginia county, Rockingham County Public Schools decided to table its partnership with the scandal-ridden company. It was the first school district in Virginia to implement the program, according to Redflex spokesperson Jody Ryan.

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Omaha Mayor’s ‘very modest’ tax cut appears safe

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Joe Jordan | Nebraska Watchdog Mayor Jean Stothert OMAHA—It’s looking more and more like Mayor Jean Stothert’s “very modest” property tax cut will survive. One of the key Democrats on the city council, President Pete Festersen tells Nebraska Watchdog,“It’s a small property tax cut that I’m willing to support.” DON’T CUT THE TAX CUT: City Council President Pete Festersen, a Democrat, tells Nebraska Watchdog he’s ready to back Republican Mayor Jean Stothert’s tax cut. Moves to eliminate or slim down the two percent cut—$15 a year on a $150,000 house—need five votes to override Stothert’s promised veto. Without Festersen’s vote those five votes will be hard to come by. According to Festersen (see video below), he wants more money for libraries, the “alternative traffic position” (aka bike czar) and police services

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2016 seems OPEN to me and I think that’s POTENTIALLY GOOD NEWS for AMBASSADOR JOHN BOLTON!

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I am seeing an interesting occurrence:  No one of the 2016 favorites are catching fire with the GOP voters or the electorate at large.  Governor Rick Perry was indicted – actually indicted!  (Talk about overcriminalization!)  Governor Scott Walker was attempted to be smeared by what seems to be rogue prosecutors, Governor Chris Christie has not totally escaped the “bridgegate” issue and Senator Rand Paul, although he has some interesting things to say, seems to not be totally trusted in his own party.  My other hero, Governor Jindal, has not lit a fire under anybody.  And former Governor Jeb Bush

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Bob McDonnell’s Sad Letter To His Wife

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As part of his defense, former Governor Bob McDonnell read the email below in court yesterday.  How sad that a marriage of 38 years had reached this point.  The Governor continues to sound clueless about what’s going on around him, in his home and in his marriage.  That appears to be his defense, complete ignorance of what his wife is feeling and doing.

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AMERICANS flee to CHILE? NOT FOR ME but I sure HOPE a few FOLLOWERS of JESUS are AMONG THEM!

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I was fascinated with this post from an American who is moving or has moved to Chile.  Here it is from the Daily Paul (if you have not given to the Daily Paul, consider doing so!) and I give a few highlights: Why did he choose to leave the USA: My attitude is that America holds a place alone in the world, shared with no other country. The foundations upon which America was formed were not through common ethnic or linguistic backgrounds, or homogeneous religious underpinnings, or the benevolent, iron fist of a monarch, or careless nation-building and border-drawing by generals and surveyors from far-off lands, or common fear of an outside aggressor. Instead, America is the only country that can claim to have been conceived based on the rule of law and the concept that rights are innate to the people – rights that the government can neither claim to give, nor assume to take away. As a result, America is a concept, not a geographic entity

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America’s Fading Glory (reblogged)

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Obama Appalled At Beheading — But

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John Foust says Barbara Comstock has never had a “real job”

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I’ll just come out and say it: John Foust is a sexist jerk. The latest installment? Foust says his opponent for the 10th District Congressional seat, Barbara Comstock, has never had a “real job.” That’s right…the lawyer who mothered her kids while she attended law school at Georgetown, the former Justice Department official and senior partner in a DC law firm, former Congressional aide (in which role Democrats accused her of working too much), has never had a real job. Would Foust ever think to say that about a male opponent? Of course not

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Until this weekend

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Bob McDonnell to resume testimony Friday

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Indicted NM sheriff under pressure to quit, but will he?

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HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE TOMMY?: The Rio Arriba County commission wants embattled sheriff Tommy Rodella to resign but there’s little indication that Rodella will step down. By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog ESPAÑOLA, N.M. – The three members of the Rio Arriba County Commission on Thursday morning unanimously called for county sheriff Tommy Rodella to resign. But whether Rodella will step aside is another matter. Rodella and his son, Tommy Jr., were arrested Friday by FBI agents and have been indicted on charges in connection to a traffic stop in which a local motorist was arrested and claimed the older Rodella assaulted him. 

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Term-limits group running out of options, urging Supreme Court action

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SPRINGFIELD – The effort to place a term-limits referendum on Illinois ballots took another blow this week, but supporters aren’t quitting just yet. Wednesday the 1st District Appellate Court upheld the ruling of the lower Cook Co. Circuit Court that the proposed amendment to the Illinois Constitution that would limit state lawmakers to eight years in office doesn’t pass constitutional muster and therefore would not receive ballot placement this November. Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner, who chairs the Committee for Legislative Reform and Term Limits, is pushing the effort toward the only place that can give it life again: the Illinois Supreme Court. “Time is running out — the Illinois Supreme Court needs to take the case,” Rauner said in a statement

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Appeals court orders release of some John Doe documents

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Part 107 of 106 in the series Wisconsin's Secret War By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter MADISON, Wis. — A ruling by the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals maintaining some documents under seal and opening up others for public consumption is a “vindication” of conservatives’ charges of prosecutorial abuse in Wisconsin’s politically charged John Doe investigation, according to an attorney for targets of the probe. The appeals court on Thursday granted in large part motions by conservative activist Eric O’Keefe and Wisconsin Club for Growth to seal several documents involved in the case, while denying the sealing of others

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Student-teachers union takes stand against Israel as anti-Semitism concerns arise

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ON DUTY: Israeli soldiers hold their weapons during clashes with Palestinians Aug. 15 in Gaza. By Paul Miller As Israeli soldiers and Hamas fighters confront one another in a deadly battle over Gaza, an alliance of watchdog organizations asked University of California President Janet Napolitano to monitor the rise of anti-Semitic speech in the nine-campus system, citing “a scathing anti-Semitic statement released by the Union of Student Workers promoting the boycott of Israel.” The organizations, including the AMCHA Initiative, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America and StandWithUs, said they are “deeply concerned with the serious and growing problem of hate-filled rhetoric about Israel that sometimes rises to the level of anti-Semitism on campuses across the country, including at the University of California.” Teaching assistants, tutors and other student-workers at the University of California are represented by UAW 2865. The union recently announced its intention to seek a membership vote in support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against the Jewish State. “The Joint Council of the UAW 2865, a body made up of 83 elected officers who oversee the affairs of the 13,000 member-strong student-worker union at the University of California, is publishing this open letter that outlines our intent to support the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement.” In their letter to Napolitano, the Israel advocates said they “support the right of every member of UAW 2865 to exercise his or her freedom of speech outside of the instructional setting.” It’s the “hateful rhetoric” that has the 12 organizations concerned.

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Fraud Care Plan

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Health care professionals rely on individualized care plans to successfully treat patients. (These plans can provide details on medical or home health care treatment recommendations and prescriptions.) Medical certificates are issued by physicians or health care providers to provide evidence of a health condition. (For example, John was in a car wreck and will need physical therapy for whiplash.) As you can imagine, these documents are extremely valuable to patients needing appropriate treatment as well as to fraudsters who need them to commit fraud. An article published by Home Health Care News attests that four patient recruiters were paid kickbacks and bribes by their home health care agency for delivering Medicare-eligible patients and their health care plan information. Their efforts enabled their employer to bilk Medicare of $20 million.

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A Piece of the Pizza Pie

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No matter how you slice it, pizza is one of America’s favorite meals. It’s easy to make a phone call to a pizza delivery service or bake a frozen pizza pie when time is short. And let’s not forget that a cold piece of pizza in the morning is quite scrumptious. (OK, so can you tell how much I like pizza?) Well, it appears that fraudsters like pizza too.

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AG Settlement to put $200M back into Illinois pension systems

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BY BRADY CREMEENS | Special to Watchdog.org CHICAGO — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced Thursday that her office has reached a settlement agreement with Bank of America that will provide $200 million in relief for Illinois’ pension systems. This settlement, however, will have little impact on Illinois’ overall unfunded pension liabilities. “Bank of America’s misrepresentations cost large government investors such as Illinois’ pension systems to suffer significant losses,” she said during a press conference. “Of the $300 million I have secured in Illinois’ settlement, $200 million will fully cover the losses Illinois’ pension systems incurred for investing in Bank of America’s residential mortgage-backed securities.” Madigan sued Bank of America after an investigation revealed that between 2006 and 2008 the bank participated in marketing misconduct and the sale of risky residential mortgage-backed securities. This month, her office reached the settlement agreement, which totaled $300 million.

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Bob McDonnell and Wife Not Living Together–Marriage Is ‘On Hold’

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This trial just gets worse and worse.  We are now in full Soap Opera mode.  Today’s episode entitled “As the Marriage Fails”.   Bob McDonnell says the marriage is “basically on hold”, whatever that means.  In court this morning McDonnell testified about the state of his marriage, admitting that the couple is not currently living together.

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McDonnell on stand: Calm and confident, but sometimes emotional

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Perry’s not guilty of coercion, but I sure am

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By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org Gov. Rick Perry is clearly not guilty of the charges in his indictment. I sure am, though. Anybody want to indict me? PERRY: Just about anybody could get hit with the accusations being lobbed at Gov

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Can Virginia Democrats Take Back the State Senate in 2015?

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Gillespie’s First Television Ad Is On The Air

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Ed Gillespie’s first television ad has been released.  There will be many more television ads over the next 75 days leading up to the election on November 4th.  The message is a good one, economic growth, but the ad is rather uninspiring and lackluster.  It’s not grabbing me.

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Virginia’s Entrepreneurial Vitality

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Political group alleges Dane County DA violated campaign finance laws

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By Adam Tobias | Wisconsin Reporter MADISON, Wis. — The Citizens for Responsible Government Network didn’t want to sit on its hands and wait for a politically charged John Doe investigation that likely would never come. So the Milwaukee grassroots political watchdog has filed a petition of enforcement with the Wisconsin Department of Justice alleging one of the area’s top law enforcement officials has violated state campaign finance laws. ALLEGATIONS: A political group in Milwaukee has filed a petition against Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne, alleging he violated several state campaign finance laws while running for Wisconsin Attorney General.

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By the numbers: Military hardware in the hands of Kansas cops

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By Travis Perry │ Kansas Watchdog OSAWATOMIE, Kan. — The federal government’s now-infamous 1033 program has played a huge part in placing military surplus equipment in the hands of local law enforcement. But while the ramifications of such actions are on full display in Ferguson, Mo., the Sunflower State isn’t immune from the trend of police militarization. A database compiled by the Detroit Free Press details, by county, what kinds of military hardware have been shipped from the U.S. Armed Forces to your local law enforcement agency.

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Philly’s school problems a cautionary tale of federal stimulus

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FEDERAL STIMULUS: Thanks to the federal stimulus program, local school districts in Pennsylvania got a quick boost of cash. But with the money now gone, the districts have had to try to keep up the same level of funding. By Yaël Ossowski | Watchdog.org As financial problems plague the Philadelphia city public school system and politicians at the state level cast blame, the specter of federal stimulus has come to bear. At the end of last week, parents and students across Philadelphia County were relieved to hear classes would not start later because of an $81 million budget shortfall, as school officals discussed. Instead, schools will open as planned Sept

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Polling places could stay in Greendale schools — for now

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By Adam Tobias | Wisconsin Reporter CASTING A BALLOT: The Greendale Village Board of Trustees has asked the village’s school board to rescind a letter asking for polling places to be taken out of schools. GREENDALE, Wis. — The Greendale Village board of trustees very much wants to rid itself of a request to remove polling places from schools. It wants the school board’s idea, which progressed to a referendum approved in July, to simply disappear. To go poof, like a puff of air

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Former Gov. Bob McDonnell set to retake the stand

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In June, U.S. House could have defunded Defense Department program that militarizes police

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By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org The nightly clashes between police and protesters in Ferguson, Mo., have prompted a national conversation about the militarization of small town cops. Much of that militarization — at least in terms of equipment, if not tactics — is the direct result of the 1033 Program, which allows the Defense Department to transfer military surplus equipment to law enforcement agencies. The program was approved by Congress in 1990, but since the beginning of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the amount of equipment transferred has ramped up. According to the Department of Defense, more than $5.1 billion in equipment has been handed out to local authorities, including more than $449 million worth of supplies in 2013 alone. GETTING THE GOODS: Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles like this one in Arizona are becoming commonplace in increasingly militarized local law enforcment agencies

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Senator from WV lives like a Rockefeller, but bills costs to taxpayers

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By Luke Rosiak | Washington Examiner Sen. Jay Rockefeller comes from one of America’s wealthiest families and represents a state only 60 miles from the District of Columbia, yet he travels home almost exclusively via private charter plane at $4,400 per trip and sends the bill to taxpayers. There are as many as six commercial flights a day between D.C. and Charleston, W.Va., the city Rockefeller flies to and from. A round-trip ticket for the one-hour flight costs as little as $206.

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VA Republicans’ Senate win could embolden General Assembly, governor

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RICHMOND POLITICS: Don’t expect things to get any prettier in Richmond. By Kathryn Watson | Watchdog.org, Virginia Bureau ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Now that Republicans firmly control the General Assembly with their big win this week in coal country’s Senate District 38, Virginia can expect blissful compromise between state legislators and the Democratic executive branch, right? Hardly. It’s safe to expect more tough legislative pushes from Republicans — and more uses of executive power from Democratic Gov.

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Union continues deceptive practices to keep home care workers

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By Maxford Nelsen | Freedom Foundation The drama surrounding the implementation (or lack thereof) of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Harris v. Quinn decision in Washington continues to unfold. In its decision, the court ruled that Illinois home health care aides receiving state Medicaid subsidies and represented by the SEIU could no longer be forced to pay union dues against their will.

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GOP’s Lee Terry worries voters won’t forgive ‘nice house’ gaffe

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Joe Jordan | Nebraska Watchdog Locked in what both sides see as a race that will go down to the wire, GOP Congressman Lee Terry tells Nebraska Watchdog he worries voters will hold a nearly year-old gaffe against him. A blunder so big that Terry (see exclusive interview above) now calls it, “One of the few moments in life I wish I had over again.” Congressman Terry (NE-R) says his 2013 gaffe was a “horrible moment” in his life. That moment came in early October, 2013 when  arts of the U.S. government were shutdown. Asked by an Omaha World-Herald reporter (Joe Morton) if he’d continue collecting his paycheck during the shutdown Terry, in no uncertain terms, said yes

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MD county sheriff among many who won’t enforce gun bans

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By News 21 Staff Sheriff Mike Lewis considers himself the last man standing for the people of Wicomico County. “State police and highway patrol get their orders from the governor,” the Maryland sheriff said. “I get my orders from the citizens in this county.” With more states passing stronger gun control laws, rural sheriffs across the country are taking the meaning of their age-old role as defenders of the Constitution to a new level by protesting such restrictions, News21 found. Some are refusing to enforce the laws altogether. Sheriffs in states like New York, Colorado and Maryland argue that some gun control laws defy the Second Amendment and threaten rural culture, for which gun ownership is often an integral component

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Early release from California prisons now a flood

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By James Poulos | Cal Watchdog Spurred by a series of court decisions ruling the state’s prison crowding unconstitutional, Gov. Jerry Brown’s ongoing “realignment” effort sought to make adequate room for the state’s worst convicts by diverting lesser criminals to county jails. There, however, the changes have caused a snowball effect. A recent Los Angeles Times investigation has shown that newly encumbered counties turned to early release to lighten their own load — sending serious offenders back out on the streets with only a fraction of time served.

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Mother sentenced to 12 years for ‘stealing’ son’s education

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By Kira Davis | WatchdogWire.com Connecticut mom Tanya McDowell was to 12 years in prison for a number of criminal charges, including “stealing” nearly $15,000 in “educational services” for her son. HARD TIME: A Connecticut mom was sentenced to 12 years after enrolling her child in a better school district. McDowell, in an attempt to avoid the sub-par public schools in her Bridgeport, Conn., district, fraudulently registered her son in a wealthier neighboring district using her babysitter’s home address in Norwalk, Conn.. When the fraud was discovered, McDowell was arrested and the case drew the attention of national civil rights leaders who decried the inherent unfairness of the charge and the injustice of a system that condemns black children to failing schools and then makes their parents criminals when they use any means necessary to escape those schools. What angers me most about this case isn’t McDowell’s sentence.

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Los votantes de Miami decidirán el destino de la expansión de Bayside Marketplace

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Por Marianela Toledo | Florida Watchdog MIAMI —A los votantes aquí, se les está pidiendo que decidan el martes si Bayside Marketplace debería ampliarse para, posiblemente, traer más dinero a las arcas municipales. NEGOCIO REDONDO? El Bayside Marketplace, la zona comercial frente al agua, de ocio, situado justo en el codiciado centro de Miami ha gozado de un alquiler por debajo del valor del mercado desde hace casi 30 años.(Photo source: Flickr.com) Pero durante los últimos 30 años, la zona comercial frente al mar, de ocio y con restaurantes, justo en medio del codiciado centro de Miami ha estado pagando un alquiler por debajo del costo del mercado por su excelente ubicación. El acuerdo con Bayside Marketplace originalmente fue diseñado para generar ingresos para que la ciudad pueda comprar más zonas verdes a lo largo de la Bahía de Biscayne y el río de Miami. Pero como Bayside sólo paga cerca de un tercio del precio del mercado por el alquiler – $ 1 millón al año – el acuerdo de 30 años de antigüedad, genera sólo $ 74.000 anuales – un 7,4 por ciento de la renta bruta – para comprar nuevos terrenos para parques.

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McDonnell on the Stand

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Teachers pay price for leaving union

Posted by Mary C. Tillotson

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I DON’T WANT TO PAY: Rebecca Friedrichs doesn’t want to pay for collective bargaining. By Mary C. Tillotson | Watchdog.org A California teachers who want to opt out of supporting the teachers union’s political lobbying is now without professional liability insurance or a contract vote, even though those provisions are part of collective bargaining. “There’s this undercurrent of fear and intimidation. If you’re not in step with what the union’s doing, if you stand against it, you’re not a part of the club.

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21Aug/14Off

If convicted, McDonnell will likely lose hundreds of thousands in retirement benefits

Posted by Kathryn Watson

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CORRUPTION TRIAL: Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, center, surrounded by his legal team and reporters, is the subject of a federal corruption trial. / Photo by Kathryn Watson By Kathryn Watson | Watchdog.org, Virginia Bureau ALEXANDRIA, Va. — If the jury in former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s federal corruption trial finds him guilty, he’ll probably lose his cushy retirement benefits thanks to a law that he helped enacted

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Obama begs for donations as he expresses disgust over beheading

Posted by M.D. Kittle

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By M.D. Kittle | Watchdog.org MADISON, Wis. – They say life goes on. Apparently so does campaigning.

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