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MT: BAUCUS PRAISED ‘UNBIASED’ MIT PROFESSOR’S EXPERTISE ON OBAMACARE

We have a partial transcript of the former senior Sen. Max Baucus citing the now-infamous Jonathan Gruber while speaking on the floor of the U.S. Senate on Dec. 9, 2009.

Watchdog Wire Montana Editor Michael Mattson reports.

TEST SCORES RISE FOR MARYLAND SCHOOLS, BUT ACHIEVEMENT GAPS REMAIN

Test-score performance is up among all Maryland students over the last decade, including low-income students. However, while all students are doing better on test scores, disparity gaps—the difference in test scores between low-income students and their peers—remain stubbornly high.

Watchdog Wire Maryland Editor Mark Newgent breaks it down.

BATHROBE-WEARING WATCHDOG TURNS TABLES ON DETROIT SQUATTER

Charlie LeDuff, a Fox 2 reporter known for his offbeat exposés, went mano a mano with a Wayne County squatter.

Watchdog Wire Michigan Editor Izzy Lyman has the hilarious video!

IS NEW JERSEY CONSIDERING RAISING THE GAS TAX?

Due to over-borrowing during the past four years, New Jersey’s Transportation Trust Fund, which provides $1.6 billion a year in state funding for highway, bridge, and mass-transit construction projects, will be nearly $800 million short for the upcoming budget year.

New Jersey Watchdog Damien Salamacha says this could mean an increase in the state’s gas tax.

UN OFFICIAL SAYS STATE MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION VIOLATES INTERNATIONAL LAW

The UN anti-narcotics chief says that the legalization of marijuana in several US states violates international laws on the subject and that he intends to discuss the issue with officials in Washington next week.

Watchdog Wire’s Brad Matthews has the details.

WERE TOWN HALLS ON THE CONVENTION OF STATES ONE-SIDED IN NORTH CAROLINA?

Lt. Governor Dan Forest of North Carolina is holding a series of “town hall style events” in promoting the message of the Convention of States Project (COSP), a non-profit organization that is aggressively lobbying the North Carolina legislature and other state legislatures to apply to Congress for an Article V Convention of States (COS).

North Carolina Watchdog Wynne Coleman analyzes the situation.

RED TSUNAMI HITS NEVADA

Republicans won historic victories in Nevada last week, achieving a level of power in state government they have not enjoyed in at least 85 years. A lack of enthusiasm on the part of Democrats helped turn many blue districts, and state offices, red in the midterm elections.

Watchdog Wire Nevada Editor Michael Chamberlain explains.

WESTMINSTER, MASS. MULLING PROPOSAL TO BAN THE SALE OF ALL TOBACCO PRODUCTS

The Board of Health for the Massachusetts town of Westminster will hear public comment on a proposal to make the town the first municipality in the United States to ban the sale of all tobacco products within its borders. This proposed ban would include smokeless tobacco, pipe tobacco, cigars, cigarettes and e-cigarettes.

Watchdog Wire’s Brad Matthews reports.

REPORT: NORTHERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY ENTERED SECRET, POSSIBLY ILLEGAL, DEAL WITH STARBUCKS

“A few weeks ago my stepdaughter Molly came home from Northern Michigan University for a weekend to visit. I had given her a Starbucks gift card to celebrate her October birthday. Struggling college students need their caffeine, and I know she loves Starbucks coffee. In return she brought me an interesting article from Northern’s campus paper, The North Wind.”

Michigan Watchdog Gena Rinckey tells her story of investigating caffeinated corruption.

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