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Shining a light on Texas’ pile of debt — and shadowy bond votes

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“Alarming levels” of local government debt are spurring Texas lawmakers to bring more transparency and accountability to bond elections. Here are three modest reforms.

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Published on: September 23, 2016

What if? Report looks at life without U.S. ‘energy renaissance’

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Without the energy renaissance, America would not have created some 4.3 million jobs and would not have realized an esti ...
FRACKING IMPRESSIVE: The U.S. economy would have been hundreds of billions of dollars poorer with more than 4 million fewer jobs without the U.S. energy boom of the past several years, a new U.S. Chamber of Commerce report finds.
Published on: September 23, 2016

Two years later, corrupt Florida city corrects 3 of 31 violations

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State lawmakers nearly disbanded the small, corrupt city of Hampton, Fla., after an audit revealed 31 violations of loca ...
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Published on: September 22, 2016

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Colorado’s largest charter school pushing creativity in new facility

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“We want to make sure the first question [teachers] ask and the last question they ask is what’s best for the students,” Coc ...
Published on: September 22, 2016
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Mayor gets sweeping authority over Rutland from a comma

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Rutland’s charter says the Board of Aldermen has governing authority over all affairs of the city, but a creative interpretation ...
Published on: September 22, 2016
NEW VENTURE: The left-leaning New Venture dumped a lot of cash into the fight over a school funding initiative.

Legislators to Evers: Worry more about students, less about dollars

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State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers says Wisconsin schools need more money. His critics say he should spend les ...
Published on: September 22, 2016
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Vermont town clerk not told about vote tabulator machine vulnerabilities

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Vote tabulation machines can be hacked to switch votes without officials knowing it, but one town clerk in Vermont says she's neve ...
Published on: September 22, 2016
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HCC boss to visit Cuba on taxpayers’ dime

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Chancellor Cesar Maldonado of HCC is taking a three-day junket to Cuba, with taxpayers covering the $6,000 bill.
Published on: September 22, 2016
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New book shines light on high-performing charter schools

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"It’s important that stories like the ones in 'The Founders' are told, and more important that they are shared, as reminder of w ...
Published on: September 22, 2016
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Poof! Hays County school zone cameras gone

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With little discussion -- except to defend its motives -- the Hays County Commissioners Court on Tuesday morning abruptly ended it ...
Published on: September 20, 2016
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Federal agents stepping up investigation into troubled Social Security offices

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“Now, the Social Security Administration is taking those allegations seriously and a number of investigations and reviews have b ...
Published on: September 21, 2016
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McAllen dropout school costs $48,788 per student

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A “dropout recovery school” in McAllen is costing taxpayers $48,788 per pupil — more than five times district and state aver ...
Published on: September 22, 2016

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Nanny State of the Week: No property rights without paperwork

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In early February, government workers with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission made a truly stunning and ho ...
Published on: September 19, 2016

Houston mayor offers half-serious pension plan

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The pension plan that Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced this week is about as realistic as Houston can handle rig ...
Published on: September 19, 2016

More evidence points to prosecutors, investigators as source of John Doe leaks

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“There is also evidence to suggest the perpetrator or perpetrators worked closely with outside interests to select the ...
Published on: September 20, 2016

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What if? Report looks at life without U.S. ‘energy renaissance’

FRACKING IMPRESSIVE: The U.S. economy would have been hundreds of billions of dollars poorer with more than 4 million fewer jobs without the U.S. energy boom of the past several years, a new U.S. Chamber of Commerce report finds.

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Without the energy renaissance, America would not have created some 4.3 million jobs and would not have realized an esti ...
Published on: September 23, 2016

Legislators to Evers: Worry more about students, less about dollars

NEW VENTURE: The left-leaning New Venture dumped a lot of cash into the fight over a school funding initiative.

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State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers says Wisconsin schools need more money. His critics say he should ...
Published on: September 22, 2016

Federal agents stepping up investigation into troubled Social Security offices

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“Now, the Social Security Administration is taking those allegations seriously and a number of investigations and revi ...
Published on: September 21, 2016

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Colorado’s largest charter school pushing creativity in new facility

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“We want to make sure the first question [teachers] ask and the last question they ask is what’s best for the studen ...
Published on: September 22, 2016

New book shines light on high-performing charter schools

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"It’s important that stories like the ones in 'The Founders' are told, and more important that they are shared, as rem ...
Published on: September 22, 2016

HCC boss to visit Cuba on taxpayers’ dime

The Hotel Saratoga in Old Havana offers suites to international travelers starting at $516 per night.

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Chancellor Cesar Maldonado of HCC is taking a three-day junket to Cuba, with taxpayers covering the $6,000 bill.
Published on: September 22, 2016