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Time to move? California has already passed legislation that will require homeowners to spend an average of $58,000 to retrofit each and every home and rental, new or existing, over the next few years.

on September 14, 2015, 9:29 AM / in National News, Opinion, State News

Special Thanks To Kirk for the Heads Up…..

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Alabama teachers union sends $1.8M to mysterious Tennessee address

Alabama teachers union sends $1.8M to mysterious Tennessee address

on September 14, 2015, 8:32 AM / in State News

By Chris Butler  /  Alabama Watchdog A PAC affiliated with the Alabama Education Association, that state’s largest teachers union, last year sent nearly $1.8 million last year to a post office box in Brentwood, Tennessee. Postal officials won’t identify the owner of the mailbox — No. 1292 — but he or she is affiliated with an organization known as the National Research Services […]

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To avoid sexual assault charges, students at Ohio State must be able to agree on ‘why’ they had sex

To avoid sexual assault charges, students at Ohio State must be able to agree on ‘why’ they had sex

on September 14, 2015, 8:27 AM / in National News, State News

Editor’s note: We might suggest you read this with your children at a time when it is appropriate… unless you wish to bail them out of jail. By Hans Bader  /  Liberty Unyielding Years ago, there was a show on television called “The Newlywed Game.” The purpose was to find out how well competing recently married couples knew each other. […]

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Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Says She Won’t Stop Deputies on Marriage Licenses

Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Says She Won’t Stop Deputies on Marriage Licenses

on September 14, 2015, 8:19 AM / in National News, State News

NBC News The Kentucky county clerk who was jailed for refusing to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples returned to work Monday and said she would not stop her deputies from issuing them. But the clerk, Kim Davis, said the licenses would not carry her authority, and she questioned their validity. The county attorney and the governor’s office have previously […]

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School district strips Christian, Jewish holidays from calendar after Muslims complain

School district strips Christian, Jewish holidays from calendar after Muslims complain

on September 12, 2015, 8:05 AM / in National News, State News

The Jewish New Year starts this weekend, and the week after, Jews will fast for 24 hours as they reflect on their sins during Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Jewish families living in Montgomery County, Md., can choose to have their children observe this holiest of days by attending services with them at their local synagogue, though they will need to write notes […]

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Just say no? For Mississippi voters, it may be the simplest choice

Just say no? For Mississippi voters, it may be the simplest choice

on September 11, 2015, 8:49 AM / in State News

By Steve Wilson /  Mississippi Watchdog In November, voters would do well to scroll to the bottom of Mississippi’s general election ballot. On it are a ballot initiative that would open the doors to lawsuits over K-12 funding and a Legislature-approved alternative, which would allow it to maintain control of funding. It’s all quite confusing, so much so that even the author of the 42-A, Mississippi House Speaker Pro Tem Greg Snowden, R-Meridian, […]

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Tennessee taxpayers pay for Williams’ film focusing on male hustlers, pimps

Tennessee taxpayers pay for Williams’ film focusing on male hustlers, pimps

on September 10, 2015, 8:48 AM / in Opinion, State News

By Chris Butler  /  Tennessee Watchdog The movie “Boulevard,” opens with its star, Robin Williams, driving aimlessly at night until he finds a male prostitute. The movie was filmed in Nashville in 2013 and cost Tennessee taxpayers $302,000. It’s now available on DVD and streaming services, after a limited theatrical release in July. Williams’ character, Nolan, picks up the male hustler, Leo, […]

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Another notch in Jim Wrye’s belt

Another notch in Jim Wrye’s belt

on September 10, 2015, 7:53 AM / in Opinion, State News

By Rockytop The problems keep coming for the TEA and Mr. Wrye. From Education Intelligence Agency: NEA’s Memphis Blues Written By: Mike Antonucci – Sep• 08•15 September 8, 2015 NEA’s Memphis Blues. I thought I was long past the time when I would be writing about issues related to Tennessee and secession, but recent events in the Memphis-Shelby County Education Association […]

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The Perils of Biased Journalism

The Perils of Biased Journalism

on September 9, 2015, 8:38 AM / in Opinion, State News

by Rocktop The now “retired” Knoxville News-Sentinel reporter, Tom Humphrey, has been a fixture at the state legislature for years, roaming the halls looking for stories. He wrote aticles that were generally considered fair, willing to give both political parties a whack on the behind. Whatever liberal biases he may have, he seemed to keep in check for the most […]

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“Desperate” Chicago Schools Need Half Billion To Avoid Mass Layoffs, Partial Shutdown

“Desperate” Chicago Schools Need Half Billion To Avoid Mass Layoffs, Partial Shutdown

on September 9, 2015, 8:22 AM / in Opinion, State News

by Tyler Durden  /  Zero Hedge Last month, we noted with some incredulity that Illinois is now paying lottery winners in IOUs. Long story short, the state’s inability to pass a budget means big winners will have to wait on their prize money, a ridiculous situation which prompted one Illinoisan to remind state officials that “if we owed the state […]

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on September 9, 2015, 8:02 AM / in National News, Opinion, State News

“The war against homeschooling is…not a fight to make sure children are safer/better educated” [Bethany Mandel, Acculturated, reacting to ProPublica/Slate piece raising alarms about how, e.g., 48 states don’t make parents go through background checks before being allowed to homeschool their kids] ProPublica also complains that parents with criminal records are allowed to homeschool; did they run this by the […]

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Virginia ordinance: county can order firing of ex-offenders

on September 9, 2015, 7:58 AM / in State News

It’s like some weird inversion of the (itself bad) big-city trend toward “ban-the-box” laws restricting private employers’ right to ask about criminal records: Amherst County, Virginia, has passed a law under which the county can revoke the business license of any business that employs a convicted felon, or one convicted of a misdemeanor involving “moral turpitude.” [Eugene Volokh] “So if […]

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College Promises To Punish Students Who Heckled Mandatory Play

College Promises To Punish Students Who Heckled Mandatory Play

on September 9, 2015, 7:53 AM / in National News, State News

A liberal arts college in North Carolina is pledging to identify and potentially punish students who heckled a play about sexual assault the college forced them to attend. “It Stops Here,” an original play produced by students at Greensboro College, was first performed last Wednesday before a crowd of students, but the performance didn’t go as planned. According to people […]

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Clerk who denied same-sex marriage licenses freed from jail

Clerk who denied same-sex marriage licenses freed from jail

on September 9, 2015, 7:41 AM / in National News, State News

Rowan County, Kentucky, Clerk Kim Davis was released from jail on Tuesday. U.S. District Judge David Bunning found Davis in contempt of court Thursday for refusing to comply with an order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, citing her religious objections to gay marriage. Davis stopped issuing marriage licenses in June after the Supreme Court said same-sex couples had […]

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Freddie Gray’s family settles with city for $6.4M

Freddie Gray’s family settles with city for $6.4M

on September 9, 2015, 7:00 AM / in National News, State News

BALTIMORE (AP) — The parents of Freddie Gray reached a tentative $6.4 million settlement with the city of Baltimore, nearly five months after their 25-year-old son was critically injured in police custody, sparking days of protests and rioting. The deal announced Tuesday appeared to be among the largest settlements in police death cases in recent years and happened just two […]

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Lawsuit challenges Obama Administration’s new “waters of United States” power grab

Lawsuit challenges Obama Administration’s new “waters of United States” power grab

on September 9, 2015, 6:56 AM / in National News, State News

PLF lawsuit on WOTUS Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) lawsuit challenges Obama Administration’s new “waters of United States” power grab ————————— SACRAMENTO, CA; July 15, 2015: On behalf of a number of landowners and major organizations representing landowners, including the state cattlemen’s associations of California, Washington, and New Mexico, Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) sued the Obama Administration today over its vast […]

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Dead presidents: Don’t punish Columbia taxpayers to spark interest in Polk

Dead presidents: Don’t punish Columbia taxpayers to spark interest in Polk

on September 8, 2015, 10:49 AM / in State News

By Chris Butler  /  Tennessee Watchdog Tennessee native and former U.S. President James Polk has had a lot more influence over your life than you might think. Without James K. Polk, Mexico might take up most of California, Utah, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico, giving Donald Trump something else to gripe about. The Mexican government might have a monopoly on the […]

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WOMAN CARRIES FIGHT TO COURTROOM TO STOP GOVERNMENT FROM KILLING ORPHANED DEER

WOMAN CARRIES FIGHT TO COURTROOM TO STOP GOVERNMENT FROM KILLING ORPHANED DEER

on September 8, 2015, 9:05 AM / in State News

This page has been updated September 11, 2015 By Sarah Foster  / Newswithviews CHITTENANGO, N.Y. — The legal battle of a state-licensed wildlife rehabilitator, who is challenging an order by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) that she either euthanize or release two female deer she rescued, moves to a courtroom in Syracuse where her case will be […]

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Another KY clerk vows to not issue same sex marriage licenses

Another KY clerk vows to not issue same sex marriage licenses

on September 8, 2015, 8:44 AM / in National News, State News

As Reported By WAVE 3 NEWS: Casey Davis, the Casey County Clerk, said he has not issued any same sex marriage licenses so far. His plans don’t seem to be changing anytime soon. ROWAN COUNTY, KY (WAVE) – Two clerks, one message. wave3.com-Louisville News, Weather Casey County Clerk, Casey Davis, vows to join his now famous colleague from Rowan County, Kim Davis. […]

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Kentucky clerk asks governor to free her

on September 8, 2015, 8:09 AM / in National News, State News

Kim Davis on Monday asked Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear to free her from jail, where she had spent five days and counting after being found in contempt of court for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples as clerk of Rowan County. One of her lawyers said Davis wants the state to provide “sensible accommodation so she can do […]

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