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Want to be a state lawmaker? Take a drug test, rep says


One state representative believes all candidates running for state-level elected office should be subject to a drug test, and he is floating legislation that would require it.

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Seven union front groups fighting labor reform this year

It's obvious that not much has changed in the new year. Union bosses will likely keep fighting state labor reforms using pseudo-grassroots front groups this year, though the tactic has seen mixed results.
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Will 2015 be like 2014?

Although Republicans swept into control of Congress and solidified their hold on many state governments in 2014, the new year will look a lot like the old in most places.



Vermont parent to be paid $150,000 in lawsuit over ban from school meetings

A Vermont parent was awarded nearly $150,000 after winning a lawsuit against the Addison Rutland Supervisory Union. He had been banned from all school grounds in the district because school officials were frightened of him.
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Fracking supporters in New York aren’t giving up
Hydraulic fracturing has been banned in New York, but that doesn't mean the battle is over. More than 200 people showed up to protest the decision by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to ban fracking in the state.


Federal taxpayers help Virginia make $2-million health care advertising push
Federal taxpayers are shelling out $2 million for a marketing campaign to make sure Virginians are eligible for government subsidized health care and know how to enroll.


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Hollywood studios gave big to Bruning as part of war against Google
Confidential emails and campaign finance records indicate Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning accepted thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the movie and music industry after taking up their cause in fighting Google.