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McDonnells to Call the Courtroom “Home” through Labor Day

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Richmond Federal CourthouseIn one week Former Governor McDonnell and his wife go on trial for alleged corruption charges in a politically motivated waste of prosecutorial and judicial resources. Be prepared for a circus, and an uninspiring outcome. The trial begins On July 28, 2014 in the courtroom of Judge Spencer in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Richmond Division, former Governor McDonnell and his wife will begin their criminal trial for alleged corruption. Expect a couple of days of jury selection and then a couple of days of opening statements before we get to any testimony.

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University of North Dakota will continue debit card partnership despite ‘unconscionable’ activities

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By Rob Port | Watchdog.org North Dakota Bureau DECEPTIVE PRACTICES: This ad promotes the UND Pride card, a debit card for excess financial aid dollars issued in partnership with HigherOne. That company has settled a class-action lawsuit over excessive fees and deceptive practices in dealing with students, and a partner bank has been sanctioned for those practices in Illinois. GRAND FORKS, N.D. — In 2009 the University of North Dakota decided, over protests from students, to partner with HigherOne to distribute excess financial aid dollars to students on debit cards. Now a $15-million settlement of class=action lawsuit has one student leader saying “told you so” even as the school’s administration says they’ll continue their partnership with the company

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How Planners Can Rescue Virginia from the Fiscal Abyss

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The US needs a real plan to fix immigration crisis

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MAD AS HELL: Demonstrators in Indianapolis hold signs from an overpass during a protest Friday against people who immigrate illegally. By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog Back in 1994, the United States dealt with a different immigration crisis. Instability in Haiti led to thousands riding on everything that would float to head north. I was a youngster, fresh out of high school, on a Coast Guard cutter loaded with hundreds of migrants we’d rescued from a primitive sailing vessel that barely managed to stay afloat in a light chop. The administration of Bill Clinton dithered on deciding whether the migrants should be taken to Miami or Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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Rubio: Clinton ‘extremely vulnerable on her record’

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By Washington Free Beacon staff Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., told NPR Hillary Clinton is “extremely vulnerable on her record.” Asked how strong a candidate for president Clinton would be, Rubio said, “The truth of the matter is she was the secretary of state during an administration that has had virtually no successes on foreign policy.” “She’ll have to answer for that,” Rubio predicted. Rubio then called Clinton “a 20th century candidate”, saying, “I think she does not offer an agenda for moving America forward in the 21st century, at least not up till now.” As for his own presidential ambitions, Rubio said he would make his decision on whether to run “in the next few months”, by the end of the year. “There’s a lot of work to be done if you’re going to run for president, or if you’re going to run for re-election in a state as big as Florida,” he explained. Read more at Washington Free Beacon.

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Dodd-Frank and the age of endless regulation

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By Peter Suderman | Reason Welcome to the age of endless regulation. Four years after the passage of Dodd-Frank, the sweeping financial legislation championed by President Obama and passed by congressional Democrats in the wake of the 2009 financial crisis, just half of its rules and regulations are finished.According to law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, whichtracks implementation of the law, only 52 percent of its nearly 400 rulemaking requirements are complete. At the Securities and Exchange Commission, which is chiefly responsible for implementation of the law, just 44 percent of the required rules are finalized or close. Read more at Reason.

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Top House Democrat calls for end of ‘harassment’ of IRS chief

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By Susan Ferrechio | Washington Examiner The top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform panel is objecting to a plan to call the Internal Revenue Service commissioner to testify for a third time in a matter of weeks, calling it “public harassment of an agency head.” Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., sent a letter Monday to Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., objecting to a decision to call Commissioner John Koskinen to testify at a hearing on Wednesday. It would be the third time Koskinen appeared before the panel in the past month, Cummings noted. “Requiring Commissioner Koskinen to testify again this week not only takes him away from the day-to-day duties of operating an agency with 90,000 employees, but it also diverts our Committee from conducting responsible oversight on many key areas that traditionally have been part of our jurisdiction,” Cummings said in the letter. Read more at Washington Examiner.

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California’s teacher firing reforms a mixed bag

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By James Poulos | Cal Watchdog In some respects, it’s now easier to fire teachers in California. In others, it’s more complicated. That’s the verdict on AB 215, the version of several different firing reform bills that cleared the Legislature and received Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature late last month. In the wake of the Miramonte Elementary School sex abuse scandal, where a Los Angeles teacher’s conviction on 23 felony counts of molestation and lewd conduct led to some $30 million in damages paid to his victims, Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, introduced AB 375

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Grassroots activism to raise L.A.’s minimum wage isn’t all local

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By Bre Payton | Watchdog.org NOT ALL LOCAL: Jose Vanderburg of Seattle’s 15 Now said he would work to bring a higher wage to LA. A grassroots campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour in Los Angeles reaches beyond city borders. The Los Angeles Workers Assembly on Saturday hosted a town-hall-like forum at Los Angeles Trade Technical College to talk about getting their initiative on the ballot. Speakers and activists from towns such as Seattle and San Diego, which recently increased the minimum wage, spoke in support of a similar move in Los Angeles. “We’ve been sent down here” to bring $15 an hour to LA, said Jose Vanderburg from 15 Now, the activist group that worked with Socialist Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant. 

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Proposed minimum wage hike in Milwaukee could cost taxpayers $365K

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By Adam Tobias | Wisconsin Reporter MILWAUKEE — A proposed minimum-wage hike in Milwaukee could cost city taxpayers as much as $365,000 over the next year and a half. MAN WITH A PLAN?: Milwaukee Alderman Ashanti Hamilton is proposing a minimum wage increase that is expected to cost taxpayers close to $365,000. But it’s unclear how the lead sponsor of the ordinance implementing the wage increase plans to fund the proposal. Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, who’s spearheading the effort to raise Milwaukee’s hourly “living wage” from $9.51 to $11.47, did not respond to questions from Wisconsin Reporter on how the city would cover the added costs. “The money to pay for the increased wage does not fall from space,” said Anthony Davies, a Mercatus Center-affiliated senior scholar at George Mason University and an associate professor of economics at Duquesne University.

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Her numbers were shot down

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The Top Ten Positive, Sustainable Effects of Congestion Pricing

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Don Shaw to Run for 13th HOD Seat Against Bob Marshall

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County protects privacy of accused at the peril of public records

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By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter MADISON, Wis. — As Paul Harvey used to say, “Here is a strange.” The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department has been cagey about a releasing information involving a disorderly conduct ticket reportedly issued to a Germantown teacher after she allegedly damaged political signs at the Jefferson County Republican Party tent. The incident, sources say, occurred nearly two weeks ago during the opening evening of the Jefferson County Fair.

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The Check is Not in the Mail

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Unemployment insurance fraud is big business – if it’s successful. The State of New Jersey is winning the battle against unemployment insurance fraudsters thanks to new technology. According to an article posted on NJ.com, there are between 1,600 to 2,000 attempts to bilk the system each week. But, with the new technology (Full disclosure: my company, LexisNexis, provides some of the technology), state authorities are now better able to track down creative perpetrators who have applied for benefits for which they do not qualify, nor deserve.

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Boomer….Wha?

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Forum: What Will Be The Most Significant Technological Development of the Next Decade?

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Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question: What Will Be The Most Significant Technological Development of the Next Decade? The Razor: There are two game changers I see on the horizon, although the timing is probably much longer than a decade. The first is driverless cars.

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The Saints come marching in

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Read ‘City of Angeles’ now!

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11th District Race Worth Watching

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Interesting things that make you say…..UMMMM!

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Reader Submitted. Happiness………….. They’re not happy in Gaza .. They’re not happy in Egypt .. They’re not happy in Libya ..

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We WILL NOT CONFORM to COMMON CORE!

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BEGINS JULY 22nd at MOVIE THEATHERS EVERYWHERE! Glenn Beck and Fathom Events invite you to your local movie theatre to experience a live national night of action against Common Core. WE WILL NOT CONFORM is a chance for anyone who’s tired of sitting idly by as the federal government continues its takeover of our schools to come together and do something about it. WE WILL NOT CONFORM isn’t a typical show, it’s an interactive experience where theatregoers will work with experts like Michelle Malkin, David Barton and others in pursuit of real, tangible strategies to wake up our friends and neighbors and make our voices heard.

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Jesus is involved in Politics!

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Nebraska Senate candidates have different takes on border crisis

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By Deena Winter | Nebraska Watchdog LINCOLN, Neb. — Before the primary election, Republican Senate nominee Ben Sasse’s opponents made a last-ditch effort to question his stance on immigration, but their hits made nary a dent as he cruised to victory, garnering more than twice as many votes as the runner-up. Before the primary, Sasse said he opposed amnesty and a pathway to citizenship. He blamed the Obama administration for paying lip service to illegal immigration when its real goal is to turn Texas into a “blue or purple state.” But some conservatives were suspicious because he accepted $2,600 from pro-amnesty businessman Mike Simmonds – the maximum he could give before the primary.

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Budget blues: Moody’s downgrades Pennsylvania’s bond rating

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By Andrew Staub | PA Independent That didn’t take long. Just weeks after Pennsylvania lawmakers passed a patchwork budget and skipped town without addressing pension reform, Moody’s has downgraded Pennsylvania’s general obligation bond rating. It dropped the state fom Aa2 — its third-highest rating — to Aa3. The move comes after the three major rating agencies issued warnings to the state in advance of the budget season. Among the reasons Moody’s cited

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From Miami to Minnesota, protests call attention to immigration crisis

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ACROS THE COUNTRY: Demonstrators for the National Day of Protesting Against Immigration Reform Amnesty and Border Surge, showcase American Flags and signs Saturday on the Main Street bridge at Interstate 15 in Hesperia, Calif. By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org Along East Seventh Street in the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood of St. Paul, Minn., more signs are in Spanish than English, advertising everything from used cars to groceries. That backdrop certainly made Larry Dalin’s sign stand out. Holding a sign that read “In Mexico, illegals are jailed,” Dalin was a lone sentry outside the Mexican Consulate on Friday afternoon, part of a national protest against illegal immigration and the Obama administration’s response to the on-going crisis at the nation’s southern border.

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Expired ID? Cast your vote here

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IS IT VALID?: Virginia election officials are trying to decide if an expired photo identification is valid at the polls. By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau RICHMOND, Va. — A battle over what constitutes a “valid” voter ID has gone online — and the loosest interpretation is winning. The public has until 11:30 p.m. on Aug.

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Want to end border surge? Stop flow of money to Central America, experts say

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MAD AS HELL: Demonstrators in Indianapolis hold signs from an overpass during a protest Friday against people who immigrate illegally. By Marianela Toledo | Florida Watchdog MIAMI — One solution to the illegal immigration crisis griping the nation’s southern border may be as simple as stopping U.S. aid to Central American governments. “It’s cheaper to take care of them in their own country instead on the other side of the boarder, on the U.S. side, because they become a burden on social services, which is more expensive to handle in the U.S

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DNC 2016 in Birmingham? Bring it on, state GOP says

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By Johnny Kampis | Watchdog.org CULLMAN, Ala. — The Alabama Republican Party welcomed a site selection team for the 2016 Democratic National Convention to Birmingham on Monday with faux open arms. Alabama’s largest city is one of five finalists for the honor, and the first to receive a visit by the committee, which will hear a pitch from state Democrats on Monday and Tuesday. ALGOP Chairman Bill Armistead wrote on his blog Monday the party supports Birmingham’s bid for the convention, but not so much in an altruistic fashion.

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Risky business: Naming buildings after New Mexico politicians

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WHAT’S IN A NAME?: A gigantic New Mexico state office building is named after a former governor who just got in big trouble with the Security and Exchange Commission. By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog SANTA FE, N.M.  – Former New Mexico Gov. Toney Anaya is awaiting potential financial penalties after settling last week with the Securities and Exchange Commission over fraud charges involving a water company for which Anaya worked. But while Anaya is the latest in a string of New Mexico political officials who have run afoul of the law, state employees still go to work every day in the sprawling, 100,000-square foot Toney Anaya Building on Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe

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Cuccinelli Endorses Constitutionality of Gov. Rick Perry’s Defense of Texas Border

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Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX)Texas Governor Rick Perry said earlier today that he is beginning deployment of up to 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the border with Mexico to address the growing surge of illegal border crossings. Texas leaders say the current wave of unaccompanied minors making the crossing is tying up existing federal resources, allowing drug cartels and other criminal elements to exploit wider gaps in Border Patrol coverage. As we’ve written previously, Gov. Perry has been a vocal critic of the Obama administration’s handling of this crisis, going back at least to May 2010, when he warned the president of the dangers of encouraging additional unlawful entry by unaccompanied minors

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National guru: GOP’s Lee Terry “unable to solidify” his seat

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Joe Jordan | Nebraska Watchdog OMAHA—Arguing that the GOP’s Lee Terry is “unable to solidify” his hold on the 2nd District Congressional seat, a national political expert is upping Democrat Brad Ashford’s chances of winning in November. Rep. Lee Terry Not long ago the Rothenberg Report listed the race as “Republican Favored” but has moved the contest to “Toss-Up/Tilt Republican.” Brad Ashford The jump comes despite the latest campaign cash reports which find Terry with $681,000 in the bank compared to Ashford’s $186,000. So why the Ashford upgrade? According to Rothenberg: Chip Maxwell.

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Seven “crashed” Hard Drives, #IRS? SEVEN??? Puh-leeeeeease….

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July 21, 1864: "Digging, apparently at some depth, was heard . . .

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A GREAT COMMENT!

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21Jul/14Off

Starting the death watch

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County officials now have clear authority to remove appointees

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Brady Cremeens Illinois News Network 7/21/14 Some Illinois county governments will soon see new measures in accountability, thanks to legislation signed by Gov. Quinn Monday. The legislation, which passed the Illinois Senate and House chambers this past spring, enabled county boards to create and adopt a code of conduct regarding the behavior of county appointees. According to a press release from the governor’s office, the code may pertain to fiscal responsibility, procurement authority, transparency and ethical matters.

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Thank You Ken Cuccinelli for Working to Ensure a Democratic U.S. Senate in 2015!

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Illinois sees worst workforce depletion in state history

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Brady Cremeens Illinois News Network 7/21/14 CHICAGO-Last month the state of Illinois recorded its largest monthly workforce loss in recorded state history. Nearly 22,000 Illinoisans left the workforce in June, a greater number than even the 17,500 who quit looking for work during 2008’s “Great Recession,” according to a report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Illinois has seen a decrease in the unemployment rate in recent months and Gov.

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Illinois could learn a lot from the Lone Star State

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Scott Reeder Illinois News Network 7/21/14 PORT ISABEL, TEXAS — I like to eat at blue-collar diners and cafés, particularly when I’m vacation. It’s a chance to step beyond the homogenized national chains and experience a bit of local flavor. And being a reporter, I like to chat up local folks to find out a bit about their community. This past week, I took my family to Texas.

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U.S. Sen. Udall fails on pay equity

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By Joshua Sharf | WatchdogWire.com Despite heavy reliance on the “War on Women” theme during his tough re-election campaign, including pay equity, U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., pays his full-time women staffers considerably less than the men who work for him, an analysis by Watchdog Wire shows. OOPS: U.S. Sen.

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Poke at Palin was uncalled for?

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Photo: Robot army is coming for your minimum wage job

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By Bre Payton and Dustin Hurst | Watchdog.org This billboard predicting that workers will be replaced by iPads was spotted over the weekend in San Francisco. The organization behind it is the Employment Policies Institute, a Washington, D.C., based nonprofit that has been focusing on minimum wage hikes in California. New SF billboard warns workers they’ll be replaced by iPads if they demand a fair wage http://t.co/DwyLdrWgvH pic.twitter.com/NdeQc1M8um — Hartley Brody (@hartleybrody) July 21, 2014 Its’ website that’s featured in the billboard, titled: “Bad Idea California,”  tells of problems with San Jose’s minimum wage hike. In a survey of 163 restaurant owners in San Jose, 66 percent said they raised their prices, 45 percent reduced employee hours, and 42 percent reduced staff, EPI stated.

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Ben Yount Discusses Governor’s Race in Illinois

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Pat McGuigan Discusses Native American land infringement

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Remote Area Medical Treats America’s Other World

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Inside Omaha public schools’ $683K bond issue

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Joe Jordan | Nebraska Watchdog Looking to be the biggest public works project in state history, the OPS bond issue should be before the voters in November. Folks on both sides of the Omaha Public Schools big bond issue debate admit the size, scope and price-tag is tough to swallow. Over the past 17 years Nebraska voters have OK’d many major school bond issues—totaling $645 million. The list includes Omaha’s $254 million in 1999, Lincoln’s $153 million in February, Millard’s $80 million last year. Add in Hasting’s $21 million in May, Papillion’s $60 million in 2012, Elkhorn’s $50 million in 2011 and Westside’s $27 million in 1997 and you have taxpayers shelling out $645 million.

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Critics of wind power blame feds for killing, ‘chopping up’ eagles, other birds

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By Tom Steward  | Watchdog Minnesota Bureau Wind industry insiders call it a “turbine collision,” though the feds prefer “non-purposeful take.” But critics such as Sharon Klemm get real on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife website: “Why don’t you call it what it is? Shooting eagles. Killing Eagles. Murdering Eagles.” The backlash over a controversial 2013 USFWS rule exempting wind farms from prosecution for the unintentional deaths of bald and golden eagles — for up to three decades — continues to play out in emotional online comments

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Whose right is it to cover state government?

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By Mark Lisheron | Watchdog.org Readers of the Capital Times in Madison, Wis., had to be wondering why it swallowed up a canyon of space Friday explaining how tough it was for a couple of lefty groups to get Capitol press credentials. They needn’t wonder. Nothing is quite as fascinating or as important to journalists as the concerns of journalists. I ought to know, having written about journalists and their concerns for nearly 20 years.

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The truth about violence in Chicago

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By Steve Chapman | Reason Living in a city that had 82 shootings over the Fourth of July weekend, Chicagoans could be forgiven for envying the residents of Indianapolis. Imagine living in a place where homicides have been reduced by more than half in the past two decades, where robberies are less common than they’ve been in nearly half a century, where car theft is at levels not seen since “The Dick Van Dyke Show” was still in production. Actually, that’s where Chicagoans do live. I was only pretending to talk about Indianapolis. Those developments have all occurred right here.

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