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Sunday
Sep072014

Watchdog - Teacher placed on leave after GOP rampage  

Wednesday
Sep032014

Watchdog - Why are teachers boycotting Staples?  

Colorado buys natural gas vehicles for facilities with no nearby fueling stations

 

Colorado has so far spent $8 million in taxpayer money on nearly 240 compressed natural gas vehicles, with dozens of them stationed in places where there is no compressed natural gas filling stations, Watchdog.org has learned.And the state expects to buy more CNG vehicles, costing $7,000 to $11,000 more than comparable gasoline-fueled vehicles, in the 2015 fiscal year. Many of them are destined for state facilities that also have no current CNG filling station nearby, state records show.

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 Stamps prompt teachers to boycott office-supply store

 



The American Federation of Teachers, one of the country’s largest teachers unions, has called for a boycott of Staples, an office-supply store. Why? Because Staples now sells stamps.Terrifying, I know. The U.S. Postal Service plans to expand its nefarious stamp-selling scheme to Staples’ 1,500 stores, and innocent American citizens wishing to send letters and postcards will now have the option of buying stamps from people who don’t belong to the American Postal Workers Union, if they choose not to buy stamps at the post office.

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In the hole: Minnesota residents, businesses charged monthly fee to fix city streets

You quickly get a clue about the scope of Duluth’s street repair problem by logging onto the city website. People who click on the “Duluth Progress” tab to view a list of street-improvement projects soon run into a dead-end link. A “404” error message pops up on the face of a “Do Not Enter” wrong-way sign — at the time of this writing, Friday afternoon. No wonder many Duluth taxpayers have communicated their own “404” error message to the city over a new street improvement fee on August utility bills.

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Friday
Aug292014

NH Rep O'Brien - Supreme Court decision on Duncan v. State of New Hampshire 

In 2012 the New Hampshire legislature overrode Democrat Gov. Lynch’s veto and passed the Opportunity Scholarship Act, a law intended to give the children from poor and medium income families the opportunity to get the same educational opportunities that the children of Gov. Lynch and so many of his well-heeled political and union boss friends enjoy.  This pro-educational choice law allows businesses to give a very limited amount of their pretax dollars to private charities set up to give all but a small percentage of the funds they receive to educate children from families earning no more than 300% of the federal poverty line.
 
Ever since this law came into effect, vested educational industry interests, led by those who do not have to send their children to failing schools, have tried to reverse Gov. Lynch’s failed gubernatorial veto with a judicial veto.  They forum-shopped for a favorable judge.  They had that judge issue a decision limiting the law based on premise that would make any liberal smile: he said, in effect, that all your money first belongs to the government, so if government leaves some to you after taxes with the knowledge that you might spend it on a religious-based education, then government is supporting religion.
 
This trial court decision has now been subject to review in the New Hampshire Supreme Court and fortunately, it was reversed.  The decision found the plaintiffs lack standing to be in court challenging this law.  As a consequent, the Supreme Court overturned this clearly erroneous decision. 
 
The Supreme Court today rejected the trial court’s decision that in effect would have told the NH Legislature to be hostile and not neutral toward religions.  Our state constitution does not lay the foundation for such a radical and harmful government.
   
New Hampshire scholarship students will be able to attend the schools of their choice.  They and their parents will decide and if their decisions are for religious schools or secular schools, it will be up to them and not up to vested education industry interests trying to corral all students into failed government schools.
 
Decades of union and liberal tinkering and reforms have tainted the splendor of what was a public education system that was the envy of the world.  We must do better for our children.  We must expand the education choices available to all families, even those not as rich as the present and past New Hampshire governors opposing educational choice and the lead plaintiff in the Duncan case.  The journey to a better education for our children must and will continue.
 

Friday
Aug292014

NHDP Statement on NH Supreme Court's Decision Not to Rule on Reckless Education Voucher Law 

Manchester, NH – After the New Hampshire Supreme Court decided earlier today not to rule on the constitutionality of the reckless and irresponsible education voucher law, New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley issued the following statement:

“It is disappointing that the New Hampshire Supreme Court refused to rule on the reckless, fiscally irresponsible and unconstitutional education voucher law that could dismantle New Hampshire public schools.

“Already, two lower courts have found the law to be in violation of the state's constitution.

“This disastrous education voucher law funnels public funding to unaccountable out of state right-wing groups bent on destroying our public education system and hampers our state's ability to provide Granite State students the education they deserve.

“The education voucher law also irresponsibly shifts burdensome costs to local communities and forces property tax payers to foot the bill.

“Republicans like Walt Havenstein and Andrew Hemingway who support this misguided and right-wing education voucher law will have to answer to Granite State voters why they want to raise their property taxes and undermine their public education.”

Sunday
Aug032014

Watchdog - Michigan union tricks teachers into prolonging membership