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ALG's Daily Grind - Internet giveaway hangs in balance in December 


Nov. 13, 2014

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Internet giveaway hangs in balance in December
If the federal government is fully funded through fiscal year 2015 which ends on September 30, 2015, you can pretty much kiss Commerce Department oversight of the Internet governance goodbye.

From the battlefield to the oilfield, it is all about employing veterans
As troops return home, they face a new fight: finding a job in a competitive labor market that doesn't understand how their military experience translates into employees with discipline, organization, and motivation.

Obamacare Architect: "You are stupid!"
In a YouTube video from last October, Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber asserted "the stupidity of the American voter" enabled Obama and his allies to conceal the true cost of the socialized medicine monstrosity.

Feldman: Obama isn't in charge of net neutrality
FCC with Obama's blessing claims unilateral authority to change law and regulate broadband Internet as a utility.


Watchdog - Stupid American voters?


ObamaCare guru misleads ‘stupid American voters,’ gets paid $400K to advise ShumlinCare


The Obamacare architect who admitted using misinformation to exploit “the stupidity of the American voter" is now making $400,000 to advise the governor of Vermont.

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Corporate tax deals soak Virginians

House of Delegates Speaker Bill Howell has vowed to curb tax incentives for selected businesses which are driving Virginia deeper into debt.
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10 times the government stonewalled requests for information

The team has compiled a list of ten times the government has refused to be transparent.


Citizen News

Bathrobe-wearing watchdog turns tables on Detroit squatter

Although Detroit has been bailed out, the city remains fraught with problems like squatters, but one watchdog decided to take matters into his own hands.
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MN wind and solar mandate would mean costly grid upgrade
A new report released by the Minnesota Commerce Department lays the technical groundwork for ramping up one of the nation’s highest state renewable energy mandates from 30 to 40 percent by 2030.


Nanny of the Week
Florida growls at craft breweries’ growlers
A 64-ounce reusable jug of beer, known as a growler, is legal in 47 states – but not in Florida.


TN county employee allegedly steals nearly $145,000 to pay off credit card
A former agent with the Jefferson County Finance Office in Tennessee reportedly took nearly $145,000 from taxpayers to pay off her sizable credit card debt.

CEI Today: Jonathan Gruber, biofuel bankruptcy, union release time, and congressional earmarks 

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
In the News Today



Obamacare: Cert Granted on Friday, and Gruber II on Saturday
Shortly after noon last Friday, the Supreme Court announced that it would review our Fourth Circuit Obamacare challenge, King v. Burwell. Saturday brought another surprise—yet another rediscovered Jonathan Gruber video:

And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical to get the thing to pass.” So, the only way to get it to pass was to not call it what it was and to not let the American people know what it really was.
 > Read more


Cellulosic Ethanol: KiOR Files for Bankruptcy

KiOR, Inc., a biofuel company backed by billionaire Vinod Kohsla, missed a $1.8 million loan payment to the state of Mississippi, now owes more than $312 million, and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. EPA once pinned its hopes on KiOR to supply 9 million of the agency’s 17 million gallon 2014 cellulosic biofuel quota. More proof, if any were needed, that the point of central planning is not to accomplish its stated purposes but to amass power, rig markets, and (in democratic countries) buy votes. > Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis



Miami-Dade Contracts Keep Paying Government Employees to Perform Union Business

Why would a county attorney recommend against holding a government employee accountable for not coming to work? A practice known as union release time, whereby members of government unions don’t come to work and perform union business—on the taxpayer’s dime. The union subsidy is agreed upon in collective bargaining agreements between the union and county government. > Read more

> Interview Trey Kovacs


Daily Caller: Watch For The Return Of Congressional Earmarks


What will it take to keep Congress from reverting to form trying to buy its way back into Americans’ good graces. A clear sign that the answer to the question above is “nothing” will be when the new Congress officially repeals the inconvenient moratorium on the dispensation of legislative earmarks. > Read more

> Interview Bill Frezza

Q & A: Marc Scribner of the Competitive Enterprise Institute

Part One
& Part Two

Analyst Marc Scribner at the Competitive Enterprise Institute examines transportation policy from a staunchly pro-market standpoint. > Read the interview

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Daily Signal - Two More States Eye Repeal of Common Core 

The Daily Signal


November 12, 2014

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Two More States Eye Repeal of Common Core

On the heels of Republican victories last week, attempts to replace Common Core with homegrown standards are resurfacing in states across the nation.

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Government's Proposed Water Rule Could Put Your Property Rights at Stake

A single missing word could turn a water law into a government land grab so horrendous even a U.S. Supreme Court justice warned it would "put the property rights of every American entirely at the mercy of Environmental Protection Agency employees."

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How Police Officers Are Trained to Know What Belongings Are Most Worth Seizing

Daily Policy Focus: The jackpot items are televisions, cash and cars—jewelry just doesn’t pay, and neither do drugs.

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Franklin Center - How well does the government practice transparency?  

10 times the government stonewalled requests for information

At the center of's mission is the goal of keeping citizens informed about what their government is up to. Doing that, however, often requires access to documents and data that the government isn't always happy to share.

In our investigations into government shenanigans, the team has often encountered the harsh wall of bureaucracy. The list of opaque agencies goes on - the IRS, public universities, Immigration and Customs, and many more.

Here are 10 times the government stonewalled requests for information.


A Note From Our President

Dear Reader,

As advocates for a free press and an informed citizenry, we believe that one of the core values of the American experiment is the idea of transparency. The people have a right to know what their government is up to. They should be able to find out how their tax dollars are being spent, what public servants do while on the job, and why government makes certain decisions that affect their communities.

Sadly, this ideal of government transparency is not put into practice by our public servants all too often. Our reporters have repeatedly run smack into the dead-end wall of bureaucracy. But even if they didn't get the information they wanted, these stories are still worth highlighting. After all, sometimes the refusal to hand over information is more telling than the information itself. 

Best regards,

Jason Stverak
President, Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity







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