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HOW BUSINESS-FRIENDLY IS NEVADA? JUST ASK UBER AND DOTTY’S AND…

Nevada’s business climate often receives kudos from national publications, especially due to its friendly tax code. However, there is ample evidence that other aspects of Nevada’s legal and regulatory structure are far less friendly, especially to new businesses and those that challenge the status quo.

Michael Chamberlain takes a look at examples where the state’s regulations hurt businesses.

CAUGHT IN CLASS: TEXAS PROFESSOR COMPARES THE TEA PARTY TO THE NAZIS

A history class on the Nazi political party provoked a college student to turn on his camera phone after he allegedly heard the professor call Senator Ted Cruz, a favorite of the Tea Party, a bastard for using the last name “Cruz” to win the election.

Jackie Moreau reports on what happened next.

O’MALLEY MOVES FORWARD WITH $1.5 BILLION DEVELOPMENT IN BALTIMORE

As his term as governor winds down, Gov. Martin O’Malley is pushing ahead with the $1.5 billion State Center redevelopment project in Baltimore. The State Center project would turn a 28-acre piece of state-owned land in Baltimore into a mixed-use complex of buildings at high taxpayer expense.

Brad Matthews has more on this $1.5 billion project.

GAPS IN COLORADO REPORT ON SCHOOL ASSESSMENT DATA UNDER SCRUTINY

A $74,000 commissioned report detailing the costs and time of statewide school assessments is coming under scrutiny for data analysis, key omissions, and potential conflicts of interest.

Joshua Sharf examines the facts.

PUBLIC POLICY CONSENSUS EXPLAINS NEW JERSEY’S RISE IN POVERTY

A review of reports published over the course of 2014 on New Jersey would suggest that the Garden State take on some serious New Year’s resolutions.

Richard Miner examines poverty in the Garden State in part 1 of a series of reports. Also check out part 2, part 3, and part 4.

GA: AUGUSTA COMMISSION WON’T AUDIT HYDE PARK SPENDING AMID HOUSING DIRECTOR RESIGNATION

If a government project runs out of money before it can be completed, perhaps an audit is in order to see where the money went? Apparently not in Augusta, Ga.

Josh Kaib has the latest on the controversial Hyde Park project, which has residents concerned for their futures.

KANSAS UNIVERSITY RECORDS REQUEST SEEN AS POLITICAL ATTACK

A request for correspondence belonging to a Kansas University faculty member is a blatant attempt to squelch academic freedom and free speech.

Bob Weeks reports on how some people are going after a professor due to his free-market views.

HAUPT’S COMMENTARY: CITIZEN JOURNALISM IS NOT A REVOLUTIONARY CONCEPT

Those of us who experienced the Golden Age of Journalism remember when “beat-pounders” and gum shoes patrolled the streets, digging for news.

William Haupt III gives his take on the state of journalism in America and traces citizen journalism to the American Revolution.

FLORIDA COLLEGE SQUELCHES STUDENT’S EDITORIAL ARTICLE ON SAME-SEX RESTROOMS

A journalism student wrote a controversial story in her college newspaper. It didn’t sit well with some in the campus community.

Michael Gold reports that it was later removed from the website. But is there more to the story?

COMMENTARY: POLICE UNIONS IN AMERICA

Police union spokespersons often suggest that media coverage of police actions is invariably negative. Where are the reporters when a cop performs a good deed?

Ed Ring examines the situation in the wake of recent negative news about police actions.

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