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CALIFORNIA’S $12.3 BILLION IN PROPOSED SCHOOL BONDS: BORROWING VS. REFORM

Ed Ring of the California Policy Center explains how politicians can renege on the language of bond proposals- and how the state is borrowing even more money to fix deferred maintenance issues in schools. He also explains how powerful state teachers unions and construction contractors play into these ever-rising costs for taxpayers.

CO: MEDIA OBSERVERS NOT WELCOME IN OFF-SITE POLLING?

Police and others prevent a media observer from performing her duties in an offsite polling place in Colorado. Nancy Wenlock explains her story.

OUT-OF-STATE CONTRIBUTIONS AT PLAY IN COLORADO GOVERNOR’S RACE

Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper has outraised challenger Bob Beauprez $5.3 to $1.7 million. This disparity is helped in part by the fact that while over 90 percent of Beauprez’s funding comes from inside Colorado, nearly 19 percent of Hickenlooper’s funding comes from outside the state.

Colorado Watchdog Co-Editor Joshua Sharf has the scoop on the money trail for this election.

REPORT: MICHIGAN FINISHES DEAD LAST IN EDUCATIONAL PROGRESS

Michigan is the only state to make zero progress in 8th grade math and reading levels in the past decade, according to the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Report Card on American Education. Using data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, this report shows the utter lack of advancement Michigan’s pupils have had through the state education system.

Dick Manasseri delivers the grades on Michigan’s state school system.

ANTI-DISCRIMINATION AMENDMENT HEATS UP MICHIGAN STATE SENATE RACE

Some Michigan Democrats want to update the 1976 Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act to prohibit discrimination of any kind whatsoever. This broad reach has raised concerns that perhaps such a change would be too broad- and others want to ensure the protection of personal conscience and faith as a protective corollary to the law. These concerns and others were raised a videotaped debate between candidates at North Central Michigan College.

Michigan Watchdog Editor Izzy Lyman has the story and the video.

MARYLAND BALLOT QUESTION PROVIDES WEAK PROTECTION FOR TRANSPORTATION TRUST FUND

Question 1 on the 2014 ballot, dealing with the Transportation Trust Fund, will just create another special fund “lockbox” for the state government to pillage when the regular budget has shortfalls.

Maryland Watchdog Editor Mark Newgent lays down the details of Question 1.

NEVADA TAXI CARTEL TEAMS WITH REGULATORS, ATTORNEY GENERAL TO SHOOT DOWN UBER LAUNCH

An alliance of taxi drivers and government officials conspired to stop Uber on its launch in Nevada on Oct. 24. Cars were impounded and service was affected as big government sought to protect pre-existing taxi cartels.

Nevada Watchdog Editor Mark Chamberlain exposes the seedy collusion between the taxi lobby and the state.

NEW JERSEY HAS THE WORST BUSINESS TAX CLIMATE

Inheritance and estate taxes, combined with badly structured income tax and crushing property taxes, combine to make New Jersey’s business tax climate one of the most hostile in the nation.

Assistant Editor Josh Kaib elucidates on the Tax Foundation’s report.

BILL CLINTON SUPPORTS TOM WOLF’S TAXING AGENDA

Former President Clinton campaigned for Democratic candidate Tom Wolf on the trail, and also expressed support for Wolf’s agenda on raising new taxes on Pennsylvanians.

Pennsylvania Watchdog Editor Jana Benscoter has the story.

PA GOVERNOR’S RACE: WOLF DUCKS EQUAL TIME ON HOMETOWN RADIO SHOW

A radio station not far from where Democratic gubernatorial candidate grew up has tried to arrange for Wolf to be on one of its shows in compliance with equal time laws. Governor Tom Corbett has already been interviewed and wants to be interviewed on Election Day- but Wolf won’t play ball with attempts to have equal time for the two candidates.

Todd Keefer reports the story.

2015 BILL IN VIRGINIA REQUIRES CONVICTION FOR CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE

A Virginia delegate has written a bill with bipartisan support to amend the state’s civil asset forfeiture law so that police can only keep property taken from those criminally convicted. Currently, the police can keep property from those who have only been accused as well.

Joan Bishop has the scoop on this bipartisan effort to rein in police power over property.

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