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Former Walker aide to file civil rights lawsuit against John Doe prosecutor

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Part 214 of 214 in the series Wisconsin's Secret War By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Watchdog MADISON, Wis. – Cindy Archer was once made to beg sheriff’s deputies and FBI agents not to shoot her dogs during an early-morning raid on her Madison home. Now the former aide to Gov. Scott Walker who has never been charged with a crime in the Democrat-launched John Doe investigation is fighting back in court.

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‘I fear I will never get justice’

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Part 213 of 213 in the series Wisconsin's Secret War By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Watchdog MADISON, Wis. – Kelly Rindfleisch’s roller-coaster ride to justice got rougher Tuesday. Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman withdrew the motion he filed late last week asking the court to reconsider its denial of Rindfleisch’s Fourth Amendment appeal. In a brief letter filed in the court Tuesday, Gableman said Rindlfleisch will nevertheless “have the benefit of review by the entire Court” because she has also asked the U.S

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TWO POSTS AT “THE LIFE PROJECT”

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Worst thing for women’s soccer

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30Jun/15Off

The family business

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Oklahoma Supreme Court Has Ruled The Ten Commandments Must Be Removed From the State Capitol

Posted by Sally C. Pipes

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled that a 6 feet tall granite monument inscribed with the Ten Commandments must be removed from the grounds of State Capitol because it somehow benefits Christians and Jews.  This overturns a 7-2 district court ruling saying the monument could stay.  More on the story here and here. 

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30Jun/15Off

Five Ways To Make A Difference in Politics

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If you are scouring Virginia Right this evening, or tomorrow morning, I can assume two things: First, that you are interested in politics. Second, that you tend toward a more conservative political philosophy. So rarely do we get to celebrate victories on our nations’ conservatives blogs, and yet so long as the fight continues, people will still read, still hope, still pray, still desire to have an impact, for the better, on our nations’ political landscape. I’m glad I’m here. I’m glad you are here.

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30Jun/15Off

Dave Brat’s Advisor Phil Rapp Retires (Again!)

Posted by Tom White

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Phil RappPhoto by ALEXA WELCH EDLUND I hate to call Dave Brat’s Advisor Phil Rapp the Bret Favre of Politics, but the shoe almost fits. Bret may have one up on Phil. But suffice it to say that Phil Rapp plans to make this his last retirement and he plans to enjoy the life of leisure he earned after a lifetime of work. I caught up with Phil by phone the other day to see what he plans to do now that he is really, really going to retire. Phil recalled a wet, drizzly day back in April 2009 standing with a crowd of people at the first Tax Day rally in Downtown Richmond

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Everything turn, turn, turn

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Christie promises to ‘tell it like it is,’ but hides truth in New Jersey

Posted by Mark Lagerkvist

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announces his bid for the Republican nomination for president By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog Chris Christie declared his candidacy for president Tuesday, promising America that he would “tell it like it is.”  But his track record in New Jersey shows the governor has often gone to great lengths to hide the truth from taxpayers. “We are going to tell it like it is,” Christie proclaimed in a gymnasium packed with supporters at Livingston High School. “The truth will set us free.” In contrast, New Jersey Watchdog and other news outlets have gone to court on numerous occasions to try to win release of public records the governor and his administration have refused to disclose. Judge Mary C

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30Jun/15Off

Thunder in the Pulpits!

Posted by gstone

It’s a debate that can never meet anywhere; orthogonal in nature and incapable of resolution. [Note: In light of the war declared by the Supreme Court on both freedom of religion and free speech, it seemed an appropriate time this Independence Day to revisit some of the heroes of our Founding – the Patriot Pastors […]

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30Jun/15Off

The EPA says this substance is deadly, yet it’s pumping people full of it

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HOT AIR: The EPA says a substance is deadly, yet it is exposing people to it for research purposes without saying that it is deadly. So is it really a threat? By Sarah Chavey | Watchdog Arena If a particular substance can be deadly even with minimal exposure, it seems obvious that subjecting people to high amounts of that substance would be imprudent, even for the sake of science. According to JunkScience.com founder Steven Milloy, however, the EPA does just that. The substance is an air pollutant called Particulate Matter up to 2.5 micrometers in diameter, better known as PM2.5.

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30Jun/15Off

Kentucky’s dropout law’s unintended consequences

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By Richard Innes | Watchdog Opinion No, I didn’t write the recent Kentucky Enquirer article with this title, “Kentucky’s dropout law has unintended consequences.” I didn’t even talk to the reporter who wrote it. But, we’ve been pointing out problems with the idea of forcing the unwilling to stay in school until they reach 18 years of age for several years. Now, it looks like some chickens are coming home to roost with this dubiously crafted Kentucky law. One specific problem at issue in the news article is forcing students who dropped out under the old Age 16 rule to now return to school until they reach Age 18. These kids are now way behind and probably won’t be able to make up what in many cases is a crushing credit hour deficiency

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Amtrak – A runaway train

Posted by Frank Mazur

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By Frank Mazur | Watchdog Opinion Amtrak service to Montreal was promised by Gov. Shumlin back in 2011 and promoted by the Vermont Rail Action Network. Sen. Leahy said the service would be used by “relatives and friends on both sides of the border.” This is a dream for rail advocates as long as someone else pays the bill.

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Georgia’s civil asset forfeiture reform to go into effect

Posted by Jay Caruso

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REFORM HAS ARRIVED: After several battles in the Legislature, Georgians will finally see civil asset forfeiture reforms go into effect on July 1. By Jay Caruso | Watchdog Arena While Georgia has seen some of the most draconian civil asset forfeiture laws in the country, the state is finally showing steady promise in reform, with their latest reforming going into effective July 1. Unlike criminal asset forfeiture, under civil forfeiture laws, the owner of the property being seized does not even have to be charged with a crime. Money, cars, homes, and other property can be seized without even filing charges against the alleged perpetrator. Here’s how those laws have worked in Georgia: The government only has to establish probable cause or show that a preponderance of the evidence that the property was connected to illegal activity to forfeit it.

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30Jun/15Off

Reconsidering Trump 2016 AND Convention of States

Posted by Tom White

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Donald Trump? When Donald Trump started making noises again that he was going to run for president, I laughed him off. Just a publicity stunt, he’ll never actually run. Trump could never be a serious candidate, could he? Besides, I have said many times that while on the surface it makes sense to have someone run the country with a proven business background like Trump, do we really want a guy in the White House that believes his word is the final answer?

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30Jun/15Off

The Cost Of Egg’s And All Corn-based Things

Posted by Lars Hagen

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30Jun/15Off

Haupt’s Take: Is cheap money a fix or a fool’s paradise?

Posted by William Haupt III

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Governor, Lisa Madigan differ on legality of payroll without budget

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30Jun/15Off

North Dakota leaders on Supreme Court ruling: ‘The EPA already won’

Posted by Rob Port

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30Jun/15Off

RVA Going Places: A Complete Streets Professional Plan

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SCOTUS will hear Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case

Posted by Evan Grossman

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30Jun/15Off

Can Polygamy Solve the Racial Divide?

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What It Takes to Power the Cloud

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30Jun/15Off

A Week of Hiding and Bigotry from Senator Dick Black

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Dylann Roof and a Culture that Turns the Truth on Its Head

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30Jun/15Off

Why Hasn’t Virginia Expanded Medicaid?

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City has ‘no idea’ how Philadelphia schools spend its taxes

Posted by Evan Grossman

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By Evan Grossman | Watchdog.org The Philadelphia City Council gives schools millions in taxpayer dollars, but where does it go? CASH VAULT: City officials want a better understanding of how the School District of Philadelphia spends taxpayer money. The council approved up to $70 million in new, recurring funding for public schools — on top of the more than $1.2 billion the district already receives from local taxes. “We don’t know what the money is for,” Councilman At-Large David Oh (R) told Watchdog.

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Altered pension bill would save PA $11 billion over long term, analysis finds

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By Andrew Staub | PA Independent HARRISBURG, Pa. — Changes to a pension reform bill poised to reach Gov. Tom Wolf this week might alleviate some concerns about a legal challenge, but it will cost the state billions of dollars of savings, according to an actuarial analysis released Monday afternoon. Instead of netting up to $18 billion in savings by revamping retirement benefits for state workers and public school employees, the Public Employee Retirement Commission projected the state will net long-term savings of about $11 billion after a House committee tweaked Senate Bill 1. REDUCED SAVINGS: An altered pension reform bill would still net $11 billion in long-term savings, but changes have cut into that number

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30Jun/15Off

Those are some hot-selling chickens

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Those are some hot-sellling chickens

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30Jun/15Off

Beginning of chaos or end of days

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30Jun/15Off

National Bankruptcies: Neither A Borrower Nor A Lender Be

Posted by Lars Hagen

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30Jun/15Off

Audio: David Roberts of Vox Demolishes the Post-Partisan Fallacy

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30Jun/15Off

You are not alone

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30Jun/15Off

What a Rip-off

Posted by Larry Benson

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There is no shortage of fraudsters trying to rip off government benefits programs. Add in a natural disaster and the number of criminals lining up to take what is not theirs gets even longer. An article published in Convenience Store and Fuel News reports on two Long Island, New York store owners who stole more than $1.6 million in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, including assistance provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture after Hurricane Sandy struck the area. One fraudster profiled in the story owned a convenience store and a gas station.

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Bad for business: Virginia’s tax structure, reliance on D.C. discourages growth

Posted by Kathryn Watson

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Bad for business: Virginia’s GDP growth for the last year was zero percent. Not the best for business rankings. By Kathryn Watson | Watchdog.org, Virginia Bureau ALEXANDRIA, Va.— In 2011, CNBC ranked Virginia first in the nation for business. This year, plummeting for the fourth year in a row, Virginia was 12th.

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No gas tax increase until Tennessee cuts wasteful spending, legislators warn

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By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Haslam spends too much gas tax revenue on things besides roads, and he might not get a gas tax increase for that reason, two state legislators suggest. Officials with the Tennessee Department of Transporation, as they complain of a possible shortage of $24 million for needed roadwork, spend hundreds of millions of dollars on bike trails and greenways. Haslam told the Associated Press last week his still-unspecified gas tax increase would also pay for public transit needs.

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Wireless industry wants FCC help

Posted by Josh Peterson

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Mobile data traffic is expected to increase by six times its current rate over the next four years, and the wireless industry is asking the Federal Communications Commission to help meet the demand. DATA DEMANDS: In order to meet the explosive growth for mobile data traffic over the next five years, the wireless industry estimates it will need at least 50 percent more spectrum. At issue are the strains consumer demand for mobile data services is placing on the wireless industry’s supply of available spectrum – the radio frequencies used to transmit TV and radio signals over the air, GPS signals from space, and cable broadband signals over fiber. “As a nation, we still have a long way to go to satisfy currently projected demand,” said CTIA-The Wireless Association said in a recently published white paper

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With great pork should come great transparency

Posted by Maggie Thurber

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By Maggie Thurber | For Ohio Watchdog PORK: Ohio’s new biennial budget contains millions in pork spending, but can taxpayers tell how it got there? The Boys & Girls Club of Massillon will reap $100,000. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio shall receive $1 million. Legislators call them earmarks, but taxpayers prefer to call them pork — and Ohio’s budget for the next two years contains millions of dollars for them. Oink.

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30Jun/15Off

Is Supreme Court EPA ruling no big deal or something much larger?

Posted by Rob Nikolewski

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SMACKDOWN? In a 5-4 decision the Supreme Court ruled EPA’s regulation to limit emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants from coal-fired power plants went too far by not taking the costs of the regulation into effect when the agency made its initial determination. By Rob Nikolewski │ Watchdog.org Was it a smackdown or just a tweak? Within hours of the U.S.

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30Jun/15Off

Green energy projects in Mississippi fail to meet job-creation goals

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SUNNY SIDE UP: Stion Solar will be building solar panels for Entergy, which plans to add solar to its power portfolio in Mississippi. By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog Stion, a taxpayer-funded solar panel plant in Mississippi, has failed to meet job-creation goals four years after getting a $75 million loan to build a factory in Hattiesburg. Frank Yang, Stion’s vice president of business development, told Mississippi Watchdog via email the plant employs only 120 workers and is working at half-capacity because of “equipment bottlenecks.” When the plant was announced, it was supposed to employ at least 1,000. That’s about $625,000 per job, and it’s too much, says Patrick J.

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Vermont business groups question $100,000 awarded to Burlington-based chamber of commerce

Posted by Bruce Parker

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BACKROOM: Patricia Moulton, secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, left, and Tom Torti, CEO of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, are at the center of a $100,000 controversy over a business outreach to Quebec planned by the Gov. Peter Shumlin administration. By Bruce Parker | Vermont Watchdog Business development groups in Vermont are demanding to know how a $100,000 appropriation for fostering business with Quebec was awarded exclusively to Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, according to emails obtained by Vermont Watchdog. At a May 20 news conference in Burlington, Gov.

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30Jun/15Off

Look to the skies

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30Jun/15Off

Why Biden likes Amtrak

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30Jun/15Off

Whiff

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29Jun/15Off

We Couldn’t Agree More, Virginia GOP

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29Jun/15Off

‘Did they get me?’: Docs reveal long-time John Doe spying operation

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Part 213 of 212 in the series Wisconsin's Secret War By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Watchdog MADISON, Wis. – Democrat Milwaukee County prosecutors tapped the email and text communications of conservative activists as part of a five-year probe aimed at bringing down Republican Gov. Scott Walker, affidavits reviewed by Wisconsin Watchdog reveal. One target of the spying operation told Wisconsin Watchdog the methods used to keep tabs on Wisconsin residents were like those of the National Security Agency’s domestic spying program.

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29Jun/15Off

Urgent Call for All 7th District Citizens

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29Jun/15Off

Where home-sharing loses, rent control and special interests prevail

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ANTI-COMPETITION IS TRENDING: As home-sharing becomes a more competitive choice for consumers, a trend is emerging in major cities that implement rent control. By Nick Xavier | Watchdog Arena Airbnb has developed a vast, loyal following  by providing a listing service that allows people to make extra money by renting out their unused rooms and properties, resulting in a cheap alternative to hotels. It has also become a contentious issue among some major U.S. cities – especially New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles – leading to aggressive measures against home-sharing services. Earlier this month, the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Monica began enforcing the toughest of these regulations in the country.

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