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"Do Not Enter"

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The Blizzard of 2015: No More Buying Time

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How the Democrats Let America Down in the Shameful 2014 Elections

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Two cheers for legislators on licensing

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Photo by: Shutterstock By Jarrett Skorup | Watchdog Opinion One important but under-the-radar public policy issue is occupational licensing — state rules that require residents to complete certain procedures (and pay for them) before they are legally allowed to work. Rolling back licensing laws requires taking on groups with a vested interest in maintaining these limits on other people’s opportunities. But to its credit, the Michigan Legislature did some good work last term. In a bipartisan manner, legislators eliminated rules having to do with dieticians and nutritionists, interior designers, auctioneers,community planners, carnival workers, ocularists, school solicitors and immigration clerical assistants.

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Health exchanges, executive fiats and the Constitution

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Photo by: Shutterstock By Jim Waters | Watchdog Opinion According to the Chinese zodiac, 2015 is the year of the goat. According to the Kentucky Constitution, it’s also the year that the Bluegrass State gets a new governor. Since governors must hit the ground running in order to present a biennial budget to the General Assembly shortly after Election Day and the beginning of a new legislative session – as required by state statute – it’s helpful, if also a bit odd, that the state constitution deems the inauguration be held in December. Section 73 directs: The Governor and the Lieutenant Governor shall commence the execution of the duties of their offices on the fifth Tuesday succeeding their election, and shall continue in the execution thereof until a successor shall have qualified.

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28Jan/15Off

VA State Senate Moves in Wildly Wrong Direction on Campaign Finance

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Methane deceptions

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Photo by: Shutterstock By Paul Drissen | Watchdog Opinion First they came for the coal mining and power plant industry, and most people did not speak out because they didn’t rely on coal, they accepted Environmental Protection Agency justifications at face value, or thought EPA’s war on coal would benefit them. In fact, Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon gave the Sierra Club $26 million, and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave the Club $50 million, to help it wage a Beyond Coal campaign. The Sierra Club later claimed its efforts forced 142 U.S. coal-fired power plants to close, raising electricity rates, threatening grid reliability, and costing thousands of jobs in dozens of states.

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Teachers benefit from school choice

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Photo by: Shutterstock By Gary Beckner | Watchdog Opinion School choice policies are already making daily headlines in 2015. But while the successes of individual schools and students are often highlighted, teachers are largely left out of the broader conversation of school choice As we recognize National School Choice Week with celebrations nationwide, we simply cannot forget to recognize some of the most essential contributors of this growing education movement: our teachers. District schools, private and parochial schools, public charter schools, virtual schools – these are all choices in action. As our nation’s educational system evolves to accommodate a changing economy and diverse public, tens of thousands of teachers educating millions of students nationwide are embracing these new teaching environments.

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Gov. Inslee’s green policies spoil the urban elite and harm the rural poor

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INTERNATIONAL GREEN MACHINE: Gov. Jay Inslee expects the citizens who are hurt the most by his policies to carry out his mission of Washington State as the undisputed green world leader. By Melissa Genson |Watchdog Arena What happens when a governor’s personal ambitions supersede his campaign promises? With a governor pursuing those ambitions by lavishing tax breaks and perks on wealthy urban citizens, and burdening low-income and rural citizens with oppressive regulations and regressive taxes, Washington State is about to find out.

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Lawmakers look to emancipate students with school choice in the ‘Land of Lincoln’

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LET THE STUDENTS GO: Lawmakers and activists continue to fight for school choice in Illinois in spite of powerful teacher’s unions. By Fran Eaton and Dennis LaComb | Watchdog Arena Even if it’s not yet on the state’s law books, the school choice movement is alive and well in Illinois. In fact, it’s growing. Sunday afternoon in Chicago’s affluent western suburb of Wheaton, Illinois, parents, students, school board members, teachers, education activists and a member of the Illinois General Assembly met at a neighborhood bowling alley.

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Arlington County Board Member Walter Tejada Announces He Will NOT Run for Reelection

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Is President Obama ‘pulling a Homer’ on energy, or is he smarter than that?

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By Peter Ingemi | Watchdog Arena “To pull a Homer”: to succeed despite idiocy. In “Homer Defined,” a 1991 episode of The Simpsons, the Springfield nuclear power is going into meltdown.  Homer Simpson (the inept lead character of the series) manages to save the day by choosing the right button to prevent the meltdown. He is celebrated as a hero until it’s revealed that his choice of which button to press was just pure incompetent luck (eeny, meeny, miny, moe).

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Obama administration suggests oil tradeoff: drilling access to the Atlantic, but new restrictions in Alaska

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DRILL BABY DRILL?: The President has proposed a new five-year lease plan for oil drilling. It’d be allowed for the first time in the Mid-Atlantic, but it would be further restricted in Alaska. By Brad Matthews | Watchdog Arena The Obama administration has come up with the blueprints for the next congressionally-mandated five-year plan on oil drilling. For the first time, oil and gas exploration would be allowed off a wide swathe of American waters off the southern Atlantic coast, touching Virginia, the Carolinas and Georgia. This plan expands upon the 2010 plan that allowed drilling off the coast of Virginia, where a lease sale was cancelled after the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico

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Advocates celebrate school choice week on Capitol Hill

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SCHOOL CHOICE: Sen. Tim Scott rallies supporters at a school choice event in D.C. More than 200 students, parents, teachers and school choice advocates celebrated National School Choice Week at the nation’s capitol this morning. House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) praised the value of education in his own life, noting that “education is the great equalizer of America.” Rep. 

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28Jan/15Off

Unsportsmanlike conduct in legal research

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"Stop the Surveys" Lobby Day Part of Effort to Counter Dominion’s Money, Lobbyists, etc.

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Government overreach still tormenting home-school movement

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HORROR STORIES OF THE HOME-SCHOOLED: Real-word examples of government overreach are still impacting the home schooling families. By Izzy Lyman | Watchdog Arena Whether it’s winning a Heisman Trophy, being a Hollywood A-lister, serving in Congress, winning the Miss America crown, or outscoring their conventionally-schooled peers on standardized tests, home-schoolers continue to shine in big ways. The National Home Education Research Institute reports that this educational choice is becoming increasingly popular with minorities as 15 percent of home-schooling families are now non-white/non-Hispanic. Despite the fact that the over two million students who eschew the brick-and-mortar educational model also save taxpayers billions of their dollars, shocking episodes of government overreach still haunt the movement. Consider three examples which range from the ridiculous to the horrifying.

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Vermont senate leader misfires with gun control pitch at massive gun rally

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GUN OWNERS RALLY: Throngs of gun owners from across Vermont braved the cold and snow of the nor’easter to say no to background checks on gun purchases. By Bruce Parker | Vermont Watchdog MONTPELER, Vt. — Speaking at a large pro-gun rally at the Vermont statehouse Tuesday, state Sen. John Campbell told law-abiding Vermonters they would need to undergo criminal background checks before buying guns.

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Bills would standardize college credits, improve transparency

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EDUCATION: Two bills in Virginia could streamline credit acceptance and make college data more transparent. By Kaitlyn Speer | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Two bills in Virginia could streamline credit acceptance and make college data more transparent. House Bill 1336, introduced by Delegate Steven Landes, R-Weyers Cave, calls for the State Commission on Higher Education for Virginia to develop a consistent standard for granting undergraduate course credits. The bill would not go into effect until July 2016.

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Idaho Senate chairman’s mistake highlights legislative transparency problem

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Trust folks: Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis trusts his chairmen to make wise decisions on live-streams. By Dustin Hurst | IdahoReporter.com A Senate chairman’s mistake highlights a legislative loophole that gives committee leaders the power to obscure some information from the public. During the Jan. 21 hearing of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, the panel’s live audio stream used to broadcast meetings to the public was shut off for an unknown reason.

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Idaho senators approve ‘big’ hikes in birth and death certificate costs

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Fee hike: State Sen. Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian, opposed the fee increases for numerous reasons. By Dustin Hurst | IdahoReporter.com Idaho families bringing a life into this world or mourning the loss of a loved one will soon have to pay more for vital state records that accompany those events. Last week, members of the Idaho Senate Health and Welfare Committee approved significant increases to the cost of birth and death certificates, along with higher prices for other services the state offers.

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Special Needs Bill could boost educational opportunities

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WHAT’S THE ANSWER?: Only 22 percent of children in Mississippi with special needs graduate from high school. By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog A bill that would create education savings accounts seeded with Mississippi taxpayer money for parents of children with special needs could open the door for more specialized educational opportunities. Senate Bill 2695 passed its first big test Tuesday after the Mississippi Senate Education Committee passed the bill to the Senate for a vote. The Special Needs Bill, authored by State Sen.

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NoVa Still Drives Virginia’s Population Growth

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School choice advocates challenge WI congressman’s call for federal review

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By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter MADISON, Wis. — Fearing a congressional request for a federal review of Wisconsin’s school choice program is driven more by politics than policy, a Milwaukee-based public interest law firm aims to set the record straight. Last month, U.S.

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School board intimidation in New Hampshire calls for motivated response

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UNDER ARREST: School boards in New Hampshire have used intimidation tactics against parents and concerned citizens, even calling the police on one man. By Steve Mac Donald | Watchdog Arena Many modern-day elected officials view public input as a burden and increasingly act to limit or even discourage the practice through intimidation.  In New Hampshire that is never more evident than when the public attempts to engage with their local school board. In May of 2014, William Baer went before the Gilford, NH school board to inquire about district policy on material his 14-year-old daughter was assigned.  The book, 19 Minutes by Jodi Picoult, includes graphic sexual content

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Addressing the Real Source of Voter Disenfranchisement

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Norfolk City Council votes for wards

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Teachers, staff at Columbus charter school want to form a labor union

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By Maggie Thurber | For Ohio Watchdog Teachers and staff at the Franklinton Preparatory Academy, a charter school in Columbus, want to form a union. Teachers and staff at the Franklinton Preparatory Academy, a charter school in Columbus, want to form a labor union. The group would be known as the Franklinton Preparatory Academy Educators Association, and would be affiliated with the Ohio Education Association. After the National Labor Relations Board receives the authorization cards, they will schedule a supervised election at the school. According to a press release from OEA, “the aspiring FPAEA members will press for comprehensive school safety, adequate educational resources for students, and professional respect.” The school won’t be the first charter in the state with a union

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Wisconsin treasurer fulfills campaign pledge by laying off staff

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By Adam Tobias | Wisconsin Reporter MADISON, Wis. — Newly elected state Treasurer Matt Adamczyk ran on a campaign pledge of cutting 80 percent from a $545,000 annual budget. A few weeks into his first and supposed only term, he has, through lay-offs, already gotten rid of his two-member staff. GOOD-BYE FOR GOOD?: Newly-elected state Treasurer Matt Adamczyk has laid off his staff as part of an overall plan to eliminate the state agency.

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Oak Ridge police officers leaving in droves over vindictive chief, complaint says

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By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — An Oak Ridge police officer must have felt awkward when he tried pulling over a blue Ford Explorer traveling 88 mph and learned the driver was his own police chief. According to a complaint that now former officer Christopher Bayless filed this month with the city, Police Chief James Akagi, at an unspecified date, was going 33 miles over the speed limit. That’s just one of many complaints Bayless alleges against Agaki in a 38-page document. The complaint argues this behavior is part of a pattern Akagi has of disregarding the rules by which he expects his officers to abide.

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Bad mouth: Sheffield bashes Boyd for ‘legitimizing’ Smart29 ‘lies’

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Democrat Brad Sheffield is not known for holding his tongue. In his short tenure as Albemarle County’s Rio District Supervisor, Sheffield often has addressed his constituents brashly and sometimes recklessly, exuding an air of superiority rather than a sense of understanding or compassion. While Supervisor Sheffield continues to double-down on the Grade-Separated Monstrosity (GSM) at 29 and Rio, a disenfranchised public—led by Rivanna District Supervisor Ken Boyd and an independent group known as Smart29.org—is pushing back. And, Sheffield is lashing out. When fielding a constituent’s email challenge regarding Albemarle County’s policy on the promotion of town hall meetings held by individual Supervisors, Sheffield snapped

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The Many Problems of Offshore Drilling

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January 28, 1865: Richmond Enquirer "Slaveholding Reconstructionists"

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AMERICAN SNIPER – Chris Kyle — FINAL SEND OFF!

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Reader submitted His Funeral procession was 200 miles long. His wife, Taya, rode the whole 200 mile stretch in the white hearse draped over his coffin. Funeral service was held in Dallas Cowboy’s Texas stadium: Short FINAL SEND OFF video: FINAL SEND OFF Photos: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2277726/Chris-Kyle-Americas-deadliest-sniper-buried-200-mile-funeral-procession-Texas.html SNIPER MOVIE Trailer: http://www.fandango.com/americansniper_177733/movieoverview What do Rick Perry, Anita Perry, Southwest Airlines, Nolan Ryan, Marriot, George W. Bush, Laura Bush and Jerry Jones have in common? This is why America will remain strong.

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Local Conservative Activist Responds to SOTU Address

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By Bob Shannon    The Presidents SOTU address of Monday January 19 2015 left me pondering how any elected official , let alone the U.S. President gets away with the things he said last Monday night.   While one expects certain liberties to be used for political purpose, rarely do we hear such blatant duplicity on full display. I listened to, and then read the full transcript twice, taking notes to narrow down the most egregious examples. What this particular politician does with words should serve as a  training manual for ambitious up & comers in the political arena.

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"Shockoe Bottom"

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Cashing In On Identity Fraud

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The idea behind a check cashing business is pretty easy to understand. If someone does not have a bank account, they can visit a check cashing store; endorse the check, and present identification to immediately receive cash back less a transaction fee. It’s also one way criminals can carry out their fraudulent schemes. An article posted on PilotOnline.com details the story of a check cashing business employee who accepted kickbacks for her part in a multimillion-dollar identity theft scheme. The story says that a former used-car salesman stole personal identification information and used it to file nearly 700 bogus income tax returns over a two-year period

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Watcher’s Council Nominations – Snowed In Edition

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Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council.Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning. Council News: The Council In Action! *Terresa Monroe-Hamilton of The Noisy Room was quoted quoted from coast to coast on Christian radio for a post at Right Wing News For God and country’ recruiting poster was ordered removed by the US Army; ‘God’ is a problem in Obama’s military *This week, Trevor Loudon, Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion, The Political Commentator and The Pirate’s Cove earned honorable mention status with some great articles. You can, too!

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New Mexico lawmaker says state — not feds — should manage its land

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FEDERAL LAND: In New Mexico, 35 percent of the land is under federal control. By Brigette Russell │ Watchdog.org SANTA FE, N.M. — State Rep. Yvette Herrell, R-Alamogordo, says New Mexico can do a better job managing its land than the federal government. She plans to file a bill creating the New Mexico Land Management Study Committee later this week

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Study finds school choice vouchers are saving Ohio money

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By Jason Hart | Ohio Watchdog School choice vouchers have saved Ohio taxpayers more than $500 million, according to a Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice study. SPALDING: Jeff Spalding is the Friedman Foundation’s Director of Fiscal Policy and Analysis State-funded private school vouchers save money by paying less than the per-pupil costs of the public schools students would have otherwise attended, Jeff Spalding, Friedman Foundation director of policy and analysis, explained in his report, released in the fall. Spalding found voucher programs have cut taxpayer costs in specific school districts as well as statewide, writing, “the design of school choice programs often results in the overall savings being shared between the state government and the public schools.” Ohio money is distributed to public school districts based on criteria including enrollment and local property values. Spalding reviewed spending on Ohio’s Autism Scholarship Program, Cleveland Scholarship Program and Educational Choice Scholarship Program from each program’s launch through the school year ending in 2011, determining net savings by subtracting the cost of vouchers from the public school savings resulting from having fewer students.

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Virginia lawmakers roll over for Mark Herring

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LAW OF THE LAND?: Attorney General Mark Herring’s ruling on in-state tuition for illegal immigrants has yet to be challenged by the General Assembly. By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau RICHMOND, Va. — Instead of challenging Attorney General Mark Herring’s edict that illegal immigrants are entitled to in-state college tuition, self-professed conservatives at the General Assembly look for ways to reimburse the schools. That’s how legislative sausage gets made, and why Richmond is behaving more like Washington, D.C., these days.

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OK lawmaker pushes for school choice savings accounts

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By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org An Oklahoma lawmaker is pushing for education savings accounts that will put a portion of per-student money into a fund parents can use for private schools, tutors and even higher education. State Rep. Jason Nelson, R-Oklahoma City, proposed a similar bill last session, but he believes it’s more likely to pass this session, which starts next month. CHOICE PROPOSAL: Oklahoma state Rep. Jason Nelson, R-Oklahoma City, plans to reintroduce his bill for education savings accounts

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Minimum-wage advocates gain surprise GOP ally

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LEADER OF THE BANDWAGON: State Sen. Christine Tartaglione, a Philadelphia Democrat, is pushing a bill to raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour by 2016. By Andrew Staub | PA Independent HARRISBURG, Pa. — State Sen.

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School district defiant about credit-card spending — but tweaks policy anyway

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By Rachel Martin | Watchdog.org PITTSBURGH — The superintendent of one Pittsburgh area school district is adamant that allegations about credit-card use were “slanderous,” “exaggerated” and “100 percent absolutely” raised for political reasons. He also maintains all the purchases were OK by district policy, but the district has made changes to the policy anyway. PENCILS READY: Officials of the West Mifflin Area School District had the “sharpened No. 2 pencils” you’d expect at the ready, at the Jan. 22 school board meeting

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DOJ ‘cloud’ hangs over Wisconsin’s school choice program

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By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter MADISON, Wis. — It’s like living under a cloud. That’s how Jim Bender, president of School Choice Wisconsin, feels about a seemingly never ending, “ongoing investigation” by the U.S.

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No license? No problem! MN tries alternative teachers

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By Tom Steward | Watchdog Minnesota Bureau As incubator of the nation’s first charter schools in 1991, Minnesota earned a reputation as an educational innovator. Twenty years later, however, the state still consistently reports one of the biggest achievement and graduation rate gaps for minority students in the nation. The Minnesota Board of Teaching cleared the way to shake up the status quo in 2014 by approving the first fledgling “alternative pathways to teaching” program at the University of Minnesota. “There are huge challenges in the K-through-12 public education system right now and a lot of criticism that things aren’t working, that we should be trying new things,” said Jean Quam, dean of the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development, in a UOM video.

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Machinists dues fund hefty union boss salaries, lefty politics

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By Jason Hart | Watchdog.org Union dues paid to International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers fund generous officer pay and left-wing politics, the union’s latest report to the U.S. Department of Labor reveals. BUFF PAY: IAM international president Tom Buffenbarger was paid $316,667 in 2013 IAM president Tom Buffenbarger was paid a gross salary of $258,104 in 2013. Including other disbursements, Buffenbarger received $319,667 from the union’s Maryland headquarters. IAM paid general vice president Rich Michalski, who retired in 2013, a total of $316,179 during the calendar year

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General Assembly Poised to Vote on the Con-Con

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Many of us believe the federal government has overstepped its boundaries in many areas, including regulations, debts, violating the rights of the states, ignoring the Constitution and the balances built into the system. Some people like Mark Levin and Mike Farris see the solution as a Constitutional Convention using Article V of the Constitution, The […]

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Nebraska education board to ask new member to resign over racist blog

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By Deena Winter | Nebraska Watchdog LINCOLN, Neb. – On Wednesday, Pat McPherson will attend his first board meeting since being elected to the State board of Education in November, and it’s likely to be awkward because the first order of business will be a resolution asking him to resign. Pat McPherson McPherson has been under fire since Nebraska Watchdog reported Jan. 12 that a blog he founded and co-edits, Objective Conservative, called President Obama a “half-breed” that day, and a half-dozen other times in recent years. The blog has since been shuttered, but it has hosted inflammatory posts for years, with posts suggesting tacos are good bait to catch illegal immigrants, saying modern-day people shouldn’t apologize or make reparations for past misdeeds against minorities and suggesting the Washington Redskins mascot be changed to the Washington Half-Breeds.

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Nebraska education board to ask new member to resign over racist blog

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Omaha Mayor to witnesses: Talk or murderers will ‘do it again’

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Joe Jordan | Nebraska Watchdog Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert has a tough love message for witnesses who refuse to come forward following a weekend shooting that left three people dead and seven others wounded. According to police, some 50 people were at a house at 34th and Parker on the city’s north side when gunfire erupted. “Many people are afraid of retaliation,” says Stothert. “But their fear should be greater of having these murderers out on the street because they’ll do it again.” The shootings raise several questions for police and the silent bystanders.

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Omaha Mayor to witnesses: Talk or murderers will ‘do it again’