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Colorado media certification sparks ethics, First Amendment concerns

Colorado media certification sparks ethics, First Amendment concerns

on January 11, 2016, 10:08 AM / in Opinion, State News

By Arthur Kane  /  Colorado Watchdog Statehouse leaders affirmed a committee of journalists’ recommendation to reject press credentials for Watchdog.org, raising questions about both journalistic ethics and the First Amendment in the state’s vetting process, ethics experts say. In 2008, the state Legislature sought to limit access to the House floor to “bona fide” journalists because some political organizations were […]

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Gov. Inslee Won’t Answer Question About Bathroom Rule; Bryant Opposes

Gov. Inslee Won’t Answer Question About Bathroom Rule; Bryant Opposes

on January 9, 2016, 8:00 AM / in State News

by Joseph Backholm, FPIW.org On December 26th, a new rule went into effect that has generated a significant public response. The rule, which was passed by the Washington State Human Rights Commission, mandates that all schools and businesses in Washington State maintain open bathroom/locker room policies which will allow people to choose the facility they want to use based on their gender […]

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Conference Call Explaining Lawsuit Challenging Obergefell

Conference Call Explaining Lawsuit Challenging Obergefell

on January 9, 2016, 7:24 AM / in Announcements, State News

Advocates for Family, Life, and Religious Liberty Special, Limited Invitation to Conference Call Explaining Lawsuit Challenging Obergefell Purpose: Explain lawsuit FACT is filing to challenge the U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex “marriage” ruling When:  Monday, January 18th Time: 11:30 a.m. to noon (CST) or 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. (CST) RSVP: You must RSVP for this special call by registering through Eventbrite. Click […]

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Kemper power plant could face more delays

Kemper power plant could face more delays

on January 9, 2016, 7:15 AM / in State News

By Steve Wilson  /  Mississippi Watchdog More delays could loom for the oft-delayed Kemper Project “clean coal” power plant and two intervenors are asking the Mississippi Public Service Commission for a do-over on a Mississippi Power rate increase to help fund the plant’s construction. The plant, which converts lignite coal into a gas to fuel the facility’s electricity-generating turbines,  might not go […]

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Lights, cameras, moolah: Taxpayers lose on 2015 film incentives

Lights, cameras, moolah: Taxpayers lose on 2015 film incentives

on January 9, 2016, 6:50 AM / in State News

By Steve Wilson  /  Mississippi Watchdog Filmmakers received nearly $4 million in incentives from Mississippi taxpayers to bring their productions to the Magnolia State, but state taxpayers don’t benefit from the Hollywood glitz, according to records obtained by Mississippi Watchdog and a report by the state Legislature. The $3.9 million in incentives for movies and TV shows doled out in […]

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Alabama justice: Order against gay marriage still in place

Alabama justice: Order against gay marriage still in place

on January 7, 2016, 6:39 AM / in National News, State News

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore on Wednesday said state probate judges remain under a court order to refuse marriage licenses to gay couples even though a US. Supreme Court decision effectively legalized same-sex marriage more than six months ago. The outspoken chief justice, who previously tried to block gay marriage from coming to the Deep South […]

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Alabama chief justice says same-sex marriage licenses should not be issued

Alabama chief justice says same-sex marriage licenses should not be issued

on January 6, 2016, 5:30 PM / in National News, State News

(Reuters) – The chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court ordered the state’s probate judges on Wednesday not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, despite a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court last year legalizing gay marriage. Chief Justice Roy Moore said the U.S. Supreme Court decision is at odds with earlier opinions by the state’s highest court, resulting […]

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Tone Deaf.

Tone Deaf.

on January 6, 2016, 9:02 AM / in Opinion, State News

By RockyTop You can take the boy out of Beverly Hills, but you can’t take the Beverly Hills out of the boy. Now that Rocky Top has emerged from our “long winter’s nap” (induced by copious amount of Egg Nog and Jack Daniels) we were pleased to find that the Jolly Old Elf had left us one last Christmas present. […]

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Black Lawmakers Vow to Fight UT Diversity Program Cuts

Black Lawmakers Vow to Fight UT Diversity Program Cuts

on January 4, 2016, 7:11 AM / in State News

Press Release from the Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators, December 23, 2015: NASHVILLE- The Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators is condemning an “attack” on diversity programs in higher education by Republican lawmakers. Some conservative lawmakers have vowed to review funding for college diversity programming across the state after two recent controversies at the University of Tennessee. The Knoxville […]

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Tenn. not alone in sealing state police investigation records

Tenn. not alone in sealing state police investigation records

on January 4, 2016, 7:02 AM / in State News

By MARC PERRUSQUIA  /  Memphis Commercial Appeal The nationwide focus on police shootings is gradually forcing state and local authorities to confront another public concern that lingered for years in the margins of news pages: police secrecy. While the files of the FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies have been subject to public disclosure for more than 40 years, […]

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Tenn. legislators seek alternatives to gas tax hike

Tenn. legislators seek alternatives to gas tax hike

on January 4, 2016, 6:51 AM / in State News

By Tom Humphrey of the Knoxville News Sentinel NASHVILLE — While Gov. Bill Haslam continues to mull over the possibility of pushing for a gas tax increase in 2016, legislators have recently filed two bills that would add new money to the state’s highway construction and maintenance fund. State Sen. Mark Green, R-Clarksville, proposes in SB1451 adding $150 to the […]

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State audit raises questions about Haslam’s new merit-pay system

State audit raises questions about Haslam’s new merit-pay system

on January 4, 2016, 6:38 AM / in State News

by Andy Sher  /  Chattanooga Free Times NASHVILLE — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to eliminate across-the-board pay raises for 40,000-plus executive-branch employees and replace them with a merit-pay system is now a reality. But even as the state prepares to deliver the pay-for-performance raises this month, there is major disagreement between state auditors and top Human Resources Department officials […]

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TNInvestco almost out of money. Only $17 of $200 million left. Uncertain borrowed money will ever be repaid.

TNInvestco almost out of money. Only $17 of $200 million left. Uncertain borrowed money will ever be repaid.

on January 4, 2016, 6:29 AM / in State News

H/T to A Disgruntled Republican Yesterday’s Tennessean ran the first of a three part series that examines TNInvestco. TNInvestco was established with $200 million in state taxpayer funding to finance startup companies. It is almost out of money and it is difficult to determine what we got for our money.  Here are some excerpts from the article: Just $17 million […]

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State Squeezes Last Penny From Bakers Who Defied Lesbian-Wedding Cake Order

State Squeezes Last Penny From Bakers Who Defied Lesbian-Wedding Cake Order

on January 3, 2016, 7:33 AM / in National News, State News

By Todd Starnes   /   Patriot Post Melissa Klein was checking her bank accounts just a few weeks before Christmas when her face turned ashen. The money was gone — every single penny. Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries had confiscated all the cash in Mrs. Klein’s checking account and savings account as well as a special account set aside for […]

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“If it’s unwanted, it’s harassment”

“If it’s unwanted, it’s harassment”

on January 3, 2016, 7:14 AM / in Opinion, State News

Public service posters on the D.C. Metro proclaim the slogan “If it’s unwanted, it’s harassment,” which must have sounded good to someone but is entirely wrong as a legal matter by [David Post] Riders of the D.C. Metro will recognize the above poster, which appears on the side of Metro cars and on the walls of Metro stations. The text […]

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Black city councilman urges citizens to throw rocks, bricks, bottles at cops

Black city councilman urges citizens to throw rocks, bricks, bottles at cops

on January 3, 2016, 7:10 AM / in State News

By Ben Bowles  /  Liberty Unyielding After reading Kenric Ward’s description of Nebraska State Sen. Ernie Chambers, Jackson, Miss., Councilman Kenneth Stokes sounds comparatively tame. Whereas Chambers said he’d shoot a cop if he had a gun, Stokes is willing to settle for merely hurling deadly projectiles at police. And not just any police. Stokes’s main grievance is with officers from other jurisdictions who enter the city limits while pursuing […]

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Watchdog’s Scariest People of 2015 from 24 to 1…..

Watchdog’s Scariest People of 2015 from 24 to 1…..

on January 3, 2016, 6:25 AM / in National News, State News

Watchdog’s Scariest People of 2015: No. 1  Texas House Speaker Joe Straus Watchdog’s Scariest People of 2015: No. 2  Francis Schmitz Wisconsin special prosecutor Watchdog’s Scariest People of 2015: No. 3  Jagadish Shukla, director of the Institute of Global Environment and Society #RICO20 Watchdog’s Scariest People of 2015: No. 4  Nebraska Sen. Ernie Chambers Watchdog’s Scariest People of 2015: No. 5  […]

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Watchdog’s Scariest People of 2015: No. 25

Watchdog’s Scariest People of 2015: No. 25

on January 3, 2016, 6:23 AM / in State News

By Chris Butler  /  Watchdog Tennessee Now that Christmas is over and the New Year begining, it’s time for Watchdog.org’s annual parade of malfeasance and miscreants. The Scariest People of 2015 is a frightening list indeed, filled with bureaucrats and functionaries who, shall we say, do not share an affinity for liberty. No one can stop them from plying their […]

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ARMED Drones In Tennessee

ARMED Drones In Tennessee

on January 1, 2016, 8:14 AM / in Announcements, State News

Imagine Unmanned Aerial Vehicles – commonly called drones – patrolling the skies over your neighborhood, giving the state unfettered access to everything you do. Drones equipped with high-tech cameras can scan entire cities or zoom in and read your computer screen or paperwork sitting on your kitchen table. And there are thousands of them in the skies over America today. […]

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East Memphis man launches petition against TDOT after family dog’s death

East Memphis man launches petition against TDOT after family dog’s death

on December 31, 2015, 7:24 AM / in Local News, State News

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) – The son of an elderly East Memphis couple launched a petition against the Tennessee Department of Transportation this week. In July,  TDOT contractors removed a section of the chain link fence behind Melvin and Estaline Katz’s home. Their longtime greyhound, Kelly, got out. In July, TDOT had this response: “The land owners that use that fence received certified letters making […]

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