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VIRGINIA 6TH DISTRICT GOP WEB HACKED BY CYBER ARMY

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Many think terrorism is far away. In the Middle East or elsewhere outside of America's borders. What many were astonished to see is a recent cyber attack right here in the Commonwealth of Virginia.As of today, a group called Middle East Cyber Army of Mecca has hacked the Republican website of Virginia's Sixth Congressional District. Several images were seen on the site claiming credit for the hack. And, an image appeared with explicit message to Israel and the West.What Virginians quickly discovered is terrorism has no borders.

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3Mar/15Off

Hail to President Cuban

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2Mar/15Off

The extremist right wing hit job on Republican Supervisor Shawn Williams

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2Mar/15Off

Obama And His Pravda Press Denigrate Netanyahu

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March 2, 1865: The Diary of John B. Jones

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Obama’s minimum wage agenda lives short life in Idaho Capitol

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President Barack Obama called for a minimum wage hike in early 2014, but it’s not going to happen in Idaho in 2015. By Dustin Hurst | IdahoReporter.com A little more than 12 months ago, President Barack Obama stood before Congress and called for a higher minimum wage, which set the political narrative for the year. Friday in the Idaho Capitol, Boise Democrat Mat Erpelding carried forward Obama’s call, asking state lawmakers to raise the minimum wage to help low-income workers. That’s probably the last time anyone will see the idea in the Capitol in 2015, another setback for Obama’s agenda. Erpelding, a two-term veteran of the House, told Senate State Affairs Committee members Friday the increase would help low-wage workers catch up on basic expenses

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2Mar/15Off

It’s time to fix a flawed tax shift

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Photo by: Shutterstock By D. Dowd Muska | Watchdog Opinion On January 1, 2005, food bought at New Mexico’s grocery stores was excluded from the gross receipts tax, or GRT. In exchange for the break, the GRT was hiked on all other purchases. A decade later, it’s clear that the tax shift was a mistake. With several proposals before the legislature to reinstate the GRT on food, it’s time for an honest examination of how and why the well-meaning exemption failed

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Parental rights are sacred … except when they’re not

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Photo by: Shutterstock By Wayne Hoffman | Watchdog Opinion Parents have rights, by golly, and state lawmakers are working tirelessly to uphold those rights. Well, sort of. Truthfully, state lawmakers would like you to know parents have rights. Except for when they don’t. The state House of Representatives voted 37-31 Wednesday in favor of House Bill 113, which says parents and legal guardians have rights to make decisions about their kids.

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Reality check for the do-everything state

Posted by John McClaughry

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By John McClaughry | Watchdog Opinion The House and Senate Appropriations Committees are struggling valiantly to report a balanced General Fund budget for Fiscal Year 2016. The presently estimated shortfall is about $130 million, eight percent of the proposed General Fund budget. This is a result of the chronic tendency of legislatures to find ever more things to spend money on, and state revenues currently coming in well under the projections of funds available. Raise taxes? It was eight years ago that the present governor declared, repeatedly, that “Vermont has no remaining tax capacity”

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Blast from the Past: 1990s "Clintonian Triangulation" Returns to 2015 Virginia?

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2Mar/15Off

Dallas Nash Drops Out of Supervisor Race in Catoctin District of Loudoun

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And then there were two. Only two Republican incumbents will face challengers in the Loudoun Republican Convention on May 2nd. Dallas Nash has withdrawn his challenge to Supervisor Geary Higgins in Catoctin District. In the Ashburn district Supervisor Ralph Buona will be challenged by Joe Scalione. The current Sheriff, Mike Chapman, is facing a challenge […]

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Oregon’s ‘kicker’ reimbursement policy a target among tax-hungry Legislature

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By Chana Cox, Ph.D. | Watchdog Arena Oregon’s dismal economic recovery has picked up thanks in large part to lower energy prices, and the state’s revenues have increased well beyond projections. By law, when collected state revenue exceeds the forecast by 2 percent or more, the excess is returned to Oregon’s taxpayers in what is called a “kicker.” The kicker this year is forecast to be $349 million. HERE’S THE KICKER: With a bevy of bills looking to increase taxes this session, Oregon lawmakers are finding ways to kill Oregon’s ‘kicker’ which returns money to taxpayers if collected revenue exceeds the forecast by 2 percent or more. Far from being content with its increased revenue projections for next year, the majority party is determined to impose myriad new taxes on Oregonians – the burden of which will fall on the middle class

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Is John Doe special prosecutor still working with partisan DA, GAB?

Posted by M.D. Kittle

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Part 176 of 175 in the series Wisconsin's Secret War By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter MADISON, Wis. — It seems the special prosecutor in a politically charged John Doe investigation into dozens of conservative groups and Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign just can’t quit his old prosecutor pals. Contacted by Wisconsin Reporter last week, Francis Schmitz said he stops into the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office “every so often.” He likes to pop in to the state Government Accountability Board’s Madison office, too

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Warmest Winter Records Shattered in West, But Reporters Won’t Say Climate Change

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Latest batch of opinions focuses on the law of lawyering

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Can they harness wind from lawyers?

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Why Is Everyone Scared of Netanyahu Talking To U.S. Congress?

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2Mar/15Off

March 2, 1865: The Diary of John B. Minor

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Proposal: $3 billion more for Pennsylvania schools

Posted by Evan Grossman

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By Evan Grossman | Watchdog.org PHILADELPHIA — Opponents in the contentious Philadelphia education debate agree on very little. But the rivals do share common ground on one thing: Pennsylvania must develop a new funding formula for its public schools. EDUCATION BILLS: A coalition of school advocates wants Pennsylvania to spend an additional $3 billion to fund the state’s public school system. Strong-willed school advocates on both sides of the debate such as Action United, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, PennCAN and the Pennsylvania Coalition of Charter Public Charter Schools have put down their battle axes and stand together in support of a Campaign for Fair Education Funding proposal to invest more than $3 billion in Pennsylvania public schools. “The diverse groups in this coalition have been able to come together under the shared belief that all public schools — charter and traditional — need sufficient resources to meet the needs of their students,” said Jonathan Cetel, the director of PennCAN, a school reform advocacy group that supports charter expansion.

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2Mar/15Off

Will push to slow campaign corruption come up toothless?

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Joe Jordan | Nebraska Watchdog Will a push to slow campaign corruption in Nebraska come up short and put a largely “toothless” bill on the books? Following a series of reports by Nebraska Watchdog and a recent legislative public hearing, the state’s two largest newspapers have endorsed a bill (LB166) aimed at stopping outright fraud. Will it fly? That’s the fear of those backing the latest effort to shine more light on campaign contributions in order to stop scandals before they start. Following a series of reports by Nebraska Watchdog and a recent legislative public hearing, the state’s two largest newspapers have endorsed a bill (LB166) aimed at stopping outright fraud.

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Liquor privatization faces uncertain future in Pennsylvania

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By Andrew Staub | PA Independent HARRISBURG, Pa. — For the second straight legislative session, state House Republicans say it’s time to privatize liquor and wine stores. One key lawmaker is proclaiming the government monopoly on adult beverages is destined to fall. “There is an inevitable feeling about this right now, that we’re relentlessly moving toward privatization,” said state Rep.

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Podcast: Sit Down, Shut Up – Are schools really unable to afford toilet paper?

Posted by Eric Boehm

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This is “Sit Down And Shut Up,” Watchdog.org’s podcast examining education issues at the national, state and local levels. Hosts Ben Yount and Bre Payton take a critical look at the education establishment, the growth of school choice and the ways free markets can be a part of fixing America’s broken school system. In this week’s episode, our hosts take a look at the climbing cost of college in America. Then, Watchdog reporter Evan Grossman joins the show to talk about the financial problems in the Philadelphia school district, where the state of Pennsylvania spends more than $5 billion annually but yet some schools don’t have even basic necessities  like toilet paper.

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A Matter of Status

Posted by Larry Benson

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When applying for government benefits, it’s important to be honest about your status. (The government doesn’t take kindly to lying.) An article published in The Virginia Gazette tells about how a woman was able to collect Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits by lying on her application form. The article states that the woman made false statements and provided false documentation to the Department of Social Services in order to receive $6,196 in food stamp benefits. She indicated that her children were living with her during the time she was receiving the benefits. In reality, she was incarcerated.

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2Mar/15Off

He was a cut above

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Tennessee legislator wants to close online charter school

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By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — Each school day, 12-year-old Lily Painter of Franklin wakes up and prepares for class, in a school that’s some 220 miles away in Union County. Lily has a computer and a web cam, so she’s all set. Lily is a student at the Tennessee Virtual Academy, a charter school that her mother Christy says is far more accommodating to her needs than any traditional brick-and-mortar public school. Lily Painter, ready for another day of school. Lily excels at math and extracurricular activities and is already ahead of many students her age

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NJ Watchdog sues Christie to disclose $800,000 in credit card records

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SKY HIGH: New Jersey’s Gov. Chris Christie seeks a big travel upgrade. By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog A New Jersey Watchdog reporter is suing Gov. Chris Christie for records of nearly $800,000 in expenses charged to American Express credit cards for the travel costs of the governor’s state police security detail. The public records lawsuit was filed Friday in Mercer County Superior Court.

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Dueling tax-cut plans set up showdown in Mississippi Legislature

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TAX CUT FIGHT: A big fight is shaping up over competing Republican tax cut plans. By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog It’s the election-year shootout at the Tax-Cut Corral, or Mississippi’s version of “High Noon,” tax-cut style. Whatever you call it, the Mississippi House has its own entry in what’s shaking up as a three-way battle of the tax plans, and this may bring the biggest salvo yet. A plan by Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, to eliminate the state’s income tax over a 15-year span passed in the House.

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How much oil does the world consume every day? This much

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IT KEEPS ON FLOWING: Refineries are busy turning oil into gasoline and other products to feed the world’s demand. By Rob Nikolewski │ Watchdog.org HOUSTON — The world keeps consuming more oil. That’s not a real surprise, but one unconventional look at the numbers gives you a better idea of the dramatic extent of the global demand. World consumption has been on a steady rise for decades and neared 94 million barrels a day in 2014.

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Runoff elections ensure majority rule

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MANDATE TO GOVERN? Sen. Mark Warner and Gov. Terry McAuliffe won their elections with less than a majority of votes cast.

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Discrimination Against Asians in College Admissions

Posted by Rob McKenna

We have known for some time that colleges favor some races in their admissions and penalized other races. Now there is evidence. According to a study by Princeton University of 124,374 college applicants there is blatant racial discrimination. Ann Lee, a college admission counselor explains it to a group of Asian parents:  Let’s talk about […]

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2Mar/15Off

Haupt’s Take: School choice is common sense; Common Core is nonsense

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By William Haupt III | Watchdog Arena “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Since LBJ’s failed experiment in Social Darwinism, America has been suffocating from cradle to grave, spoon fed federalism. Johnson’s Great Society and subsequent War on Poverty have been dismantling states’ rights and individual choice, one entitlement program after another.

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We must maintain the mistake

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ANSWERING FOLLY: WHEN AND HOW DO WE DEBATE A FOOL? — PART 3

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2Mar/15Off

Big day for the Pig

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1Mar/15Off

March comes in like…

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1Mar/15Off

"Paint is Paint"

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March 1, 1865: The Diary of John B. Minor

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Obama Managing Your 401-IRA Retirement

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Roanoke Times March 1st: A Potpourri Of Slanted-Information

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Virginia Supreme Court Blunder

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Best thing about Netanyahu speech

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1Mar/15Off

Be like Lileks

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"The Amaryllis"

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Going from illegal to legal

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March 1, 1865: The University of Virginia prepares to surrender

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VA Sierra Club: "No. 1 threat to our democracy and to our environment in Virginia is Dominion"

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Settled Science, with links

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Rand Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll, Again

Posted by James Young

For the third year in a row, Rand Paul won the straw poll conducted at CPAC.  Scott Walker came in second, booting Ted Cruz to third place. Ben Carson was next followed by Jeb Bush in fifth place. When Bush’s name was announced he was booed by some in the audience.  More than 3,000 activists […]

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DECIPHERING A LOVE STORY

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He’s coming to your city

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