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Is Dominion CEO Thomas Farrell Skirting Lobbying Rules?

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21Dec/14Off

Mazel tov or Molotov

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21Dec/14Off

2014’s Most Popular Posts: Wind Wins, Pedestrians Lose

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Bad week for Russia

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PEC’er Gate Update: The Piedmont Environmental Council Has a New Theme Song – Check it Out!

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Those whacky pretend land conservationists have been busy. They needed a theme song that they could use at their Christmas Party this year and I think this is a winner for them! So what do these left wing PEC’ers do when they are caught harassing (in a video no less) property owners? Well, they blame the victim, what else. Here is an email from one of them

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‘The Season’s Upon Us’ by the Dropkick Murphys

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21Dec/14Off

Hard lessons for liberals

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A LITTLE BIT LIKE RHODESIA…IS this DEM FIREHOUSE PRIMARY in the 74th!

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I am appalled although not completely surprised about the decision of the 74th District Democrat Party committee to have an exclusive “firehouse primary” with a voter list of only about 100 voters!  Here’s the media’s quote of a Dem leader confirming exactly that: The nominating process, also called a firehouse primary, is open only to “party members in good standing” but not the general public, said Morgan Finkelstein, spokeswoman for the Democratic Party of Virginia. She said about 100 Democrats in the district fit the criteria. Here’s the official call with the official criteria listed here: Participation: Every voting member of a local Democratic committee in the 74th House District of Virginia is urged to attend and participate. Each participant must sign a written declaration the he or she: Is a member in good standing of the Henrico County Democratic Committee, Charles City Democratic Committee, or Richmond City Democratic Committee as of December 18, 2014, and not a member of any other political party; and Does not intend to support any candidate who is opposed to a Democratic nominee in the 74th House District Special Election; and Has not participated in and will not participate in the nominating process of any other party for the 74th House District Special Election; and Is registered to vote in the 74th House District.

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Winners and Losers: Virginia Politics 2014

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Our Police Facing: Raging Bulls, Maniacs, Sharptonites And Vile Politicians

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Add a right to all those lefts hitting Keystone XL pipeline

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Joe Jordan | Nebraska Watchdog Experts debate the future of the Keystone XL pipeline as Omaha’s prices head for $2.00 a gallon. In addition to years of slings and arrows from the liberal left and new concerns from President Barack Obama, the controversial Keystone XL pipeline is suddenly getting flack from its friends on the right. Plunging gas prices find even the Manhattan Institute, a free market East Coast think tank, having second thoughts about the 1,200 mile pipeline which would run from Canada to the Gulf Coast—right through Nebraska. Robert Bryce Robert Bryce, an energy expert with the conservative group, tells Nebraska Watchdog that oil sands producers—including those in Canada—are “under stress.” He told the L.A. Times, “The (Keystone XL) project is clearly very challenged right now.” But TransCanada officials are downplaying any doom and gloom

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Brooklyn: the flip side of Ferguson

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When It Rains it Pours on Governor McDonnell’s Family

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Governor Bob McDonnell is facing sentencing in January that could send him to jail for a decade or more. On Thursday, at 3:25 AM his son Robert, age 23, was charged with a DWI and refusal to take a blood test.  He was arrested in Virginia Beach near the family’s vacation home. In October 2013 […]

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21Dec/14Off

GOVERNED BY IMMATURE BOYS

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Director Barry Levinson Talks About Making ‘The Natural’

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21Dec/14Off

MASN’s Christmas treat

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The 12 Days of Christmas … Day 8: Celebration of Holiday Lights in Staunton’s Gypsy Hill Park

Posted by Lynn R. Mitchell

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Joe Morrissey Soap Opera Continues…Morrissey is "not going to be part of that process"

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20Dec/14Off

A miracle for Christmas

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20Dec/14Off

More Mob Rule in Charlottesville

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Santa Gives AGW Global Warming Alarmists And Roanoke Times Coal For Christmas

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Virginia’s 20 Craziest Politicians

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20Dec/14Off

A rather unpleasant character

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‘Outside the … law’: Lawmakers call for investigation of GAB

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Part 156 of 156 in the series Wisconsin's Secret War By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter MADISON, Wis. – In an ironic turnabout, Wisconsin lawmakers are calling for an investigation of the high-profile agency that is supposed to investigate politicians. Sen.

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To fill up, or not fill up

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20Dec/14Off

Governor appoints former aide as comptroller

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SPRINGFIELD — Jerry Stermer, a former budget director and chief of staff for Gov. Pat Quinn, will take over the office of Illinois comptroller until Jan. 12. Quinn announced Stermer’s appointment in a Chicago news conference Friday afternoon.

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Obama Attacks The Victims Of A Foreign Government Attack

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20Dec/14Off

Is all sexual regret now “rape?”

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19Dec/14Off

Transit should stay on the road

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By Baruch Feigenbaum The Georgia General Assembly is expected to tackle transportation reform in this legislative session. Many want lawmakers to address roadways and public transit and it appears they will.  At a recent transportation industry gathering, state leaders including Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle detailed the importance of transit. Unfortunately, Metro Atlanta has one of the most deficient transit systems of any major metro area in the country.

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Rogue agency defied judges to carry out partisan probe of Wisconsin conservatives

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CENTER OF CONTROVERSY: Documents show Kevin Kennedy’s Government Accountability Board, the agency charged with monitoring Wisconsin politics, operated an off-the-books probe of political opponents.  (2012 File Photo) By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter MADISON, Wis. – Agents for the embattled state Government Accountability Board continued a zealous campaign finance investigation into dozens of conservative groups even after judges who preside over the board voted to shut it down, according to documents unsealed Friday by a Waukesha County Circuit Court. The documents, from an updated complaint filed by conservative plaintiffs in a case against the GAB, appear to support claims that the campaign finance, ethics and election law regulator is a rogue agency.

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December 19, 1864: "The darkest and most dismal day . . ."

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"Child’s Host" State Senator: Torture Justified "no matter what body parts are lost in the process"

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ACLU and NAACP suing Ferguson school district for having ‘unfair’ election practices

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MICHAEL BROWN CASE AFTERMATH: The ACLU and NAACP are suing a Ferguson School District, alleging that at-large elections prevent black candidates from getting elected. By Brad Matthews The ACLU and NAACP announced a lawsuit Thursday morning against the Ferguson-Florissant School District, on allegations that the use of at-large elections prevent black candidates from getting elected in a district where the majority of students are black. Blacks are a minority among the area’s voting population. In a strategy successfully used in other parts of the country like California, the organizations are trying to instead switch elections to a localized system wherein elections would be based on a ward or sub-district. At-large elections, which draw from all wards, apparently make it more difficult for black candidates to get elected to the school board

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Red light cameras stopped in New Jersey, for now

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BATTLE ISN’T OVER YET: Though some New Jersey towns completely ended their involvement with the red light camera program, cameras across the state are still recording violations so the state can collect data. By Josh Kaib After months of uncertainty, all red light cameras in New Jersey have officially stopped ticketing drivers after the state legislature declined to renew a five-year pilot program. But this doesn’t mean they’re gone for good. The program expired Tuesday as red light cameras across the state were deactivated.

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Las Vegas City Council commits taxpayers to $100+ mil for soccer stadium, if city gets team

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PENALTY KICK FOR TAXPAYERS?: The Las Vegas City Council approved an agreement to use taxpayer funds to build a downtown soccer stadium contingent on Las Vegas securing a Major League Soccer team. By Michael Chamberlain The Las Vegas City Council, by a 4-3 vote, approved public financing potentially adding up to more than $100 million for a Major League Soccer stadium. The taxpayer-funded stadium and parking garage would be located in the Symphony Park area downtown. As the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports, Under the deal, the city would contribute $25 million as part of a $50 million stadium-parks bond toward construction of the 24,000-seat venue on 13 acres in Symphony Park. To pay off a $50 million bond, the city would have to borrow $90 million to pay the interest on the loan

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Week in Review: Kane under more scrutiny as DA charges two PA lawmakers

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By PA Independent Staff HARRISBURG, Pa. — Attorney General Kathleen Kane still can’t break free of the scrutiny. Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams this week cast doubt on Kane’s assertion a sting operation that ensnared Democratic politicians was flawed beyond prosecution, a development that fueled chatter about Kane’s future. While the ongoing saga with Kane continued to unfold, Republicans in the General Assembly tried to present controversial paycheck protection legislation in a more personal way, while — get this — an ecosystem has entered the fray over fracking waste. LOOKING BACK: Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane fell under more scrutiny this week as the Philadelphia district attorney charged two state lawmakers in a once-abandoned sting operation

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Presumed Guilty

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December 19, 1864: Searching for a Confederate Peace

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Mayor declares Tennessee town no speed trap, audit suggests otherwise

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By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — The mayor of Mount Carmel wants you to know his town is no speed trap, although one passage in a recently released audit from the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office strongly suggests otherwise. “Past employees of the municipality have stated that they were questioned, pressured, and had their continued employment threatened regarding their number (dollar amount) of traffic citations issued,” according to the audit. The audit reminds town officials that state law forbids them from measuring a town employee’s performance, or even rewarding them, based on the number of traffic citations issued. Are officials in Mount Carmel pressuring employees to give traffic citations? A new audit suggests that they are

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Supreme Court decision too late for Toledo red light, speed cameras

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By Maggie Thurber | For Ohio Watchdog HOME RULE: Writing for the majority, Justice Sharon Kennedy said a city’s administrative process for handling red light and speeding camera tickets is allowed under the home-rule authority. The Ohio Supreme Court has sided with the city of Toledo over the process used to adjudicate red light and speed cameras. But the ruling comes after the Legislature sent the governor a bill restricting the devices. Senate Bill 342, which Gov.

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The EPA’s Clean Power Plan: The 2015 Virginia General Assembly’s "ObamaCare?"

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Mobocracy and mayhem: Race-charged mob kills Charlottesville free speech

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An angry, race-charged mob shut down Charlottesville’s December 15 City Council meeting. The trouble commenced during “matters by the public,” where citizens have three minutes to address the council. When John Heyden, an older, white Charlottesville resident began to speak on the topic of factual racial dialogue, moans, whoops, hollers, chants, and cries of “racist” filled the council chambers. Reading from prepared remarks, Heyden repeatedly was interrupted by the mob so that his allotted time was severely curtailed. Mayor Satyendra Huja, meekly sought silence from the crowd on occasion, but his impotent requests were ignored by an increasingly agitated horde.

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GAB won’t say whether it has reauthorized its role in John Doe probe

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Part 155 of 154 in the series Wisconsin's Secret War By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter MADISON, Wis. — A spokesman for the Government Accountability Board refused Wednesday to say whether the retired judges who preside over the board have voted to reauthorize the GAB’s involvement in the politically charged John Doe investigation as required by law —  underscoring critics’ allegations the agency’s two-year probe has gone rogue. State law requires that the agency’s board must meet “at least once every 90 days” to review an investigation’s progress. The board must approve the reauthorization of the investigation or the probe is considered closed.

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Is McAuliffe Crying Wolf on the Economy?

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December 19, 1864: "CALL FOR 300,000 VOLUNTEERS"

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The 12 Days of Christmas … Day 7: Holiday offerings at the Augusta County Library

Posted by Lynn R. Mitchell

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Koch Brothers Launch Crusade Against Clean Energy, For Pollution in Virginia

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Mum’s the word on secret statehouse votes

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Joe Jordan | Nebraska Watchdog The Nebraska Legislature’s secret ballots for top posts at the capitol are not only under fire, they’re also a “touchy subject.” Despite recent noise from the Nebraska GOP calling for an end to some secret statehouse votes, the capitol’s top traffic cop doesn’t see it happening. Pat O’Donnell, Clerk of the Legislature for nearly 40 years, tells Nebraska Watchdog he’ll be “surprised” if the upcoming votes for committee chairmanships are made public. According to O’Donnell, the secret ballots—heavily criticized by a pair of top Republicans—have been on the books since the early ’70’s, and as lawmakers head into session right after the first of the year, not one of the 49 has contacted him about changing the rules. “I think there is interest but I don’t think it’s overwhelmingly strong interest,” says O’Donnell. At the same time Nebraska Watchdog has been nearly shutout in its attempt to get lawmakers to talk about what State Sen.

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19Dec/14Off

Staying Gone Is the Hardest

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19Dec/14Off

Nothing Is As It Seems

Posted by Larry Benson

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Appearances are hard to keep up. We can pretend that all is well by smiling on the outside, but most people – except those closest to you – don’t really know what you’re like on the inside. All others know about you is what they observe. According to an article published by Alaska Dispatch News, one woman put up a good facade to her co-workers who vouched for her, but in the end they didn’t really know her at all.

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