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Mary Brister felt she had to anonymously share her story of misconduct at the federal agency where she works. She feared retaliation.

Last week, Brister says she got what she feared.
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Taking a page out of Gov. Kasich's playbook.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson's attempt at rebranding his state's Medicaid expansion under the 2010 federal health law paid off last week.
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ICYMI: More bark than bite...

Vermont is one of four states to have banned travel to Mississippi and North Carolina, but travel expense data show the state’s bark is worse than its bite.
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A network of attorneys general is now targeting conservatives based on their thoughts – thoughts deemed contradictory to the Obama administration climate change agenda.

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Federal law prohibits states from determining whether the families who receive their education services are in the country legally.

The state spends millions in federal tax dollars to track the education of migrant workers, but it ask if the families are here legally.
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Hydroelectric power - what a novel idea!

A chance to purchase 13 hydro dams on the Connecticut and Deerfield Rivers has come before the state again, this time by infrastructure giant TransCanada.
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Clark Neily thought he had seen government at its worst.
Then he started working on civil asset forfeiture cases, where police seize private property or cash based on mere suspicion of wrongdoing.
Clark Neily thought he had seen government at its worst. Then he started working on civil forfeiture cases.
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How, exactly, will government-issued permission slips for breastfeeding consultants help stamp out inequality?
While some states take a hard look at the cost of occupational license laws, Minnesota might mandate more government-issued permission slips.
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Environmentalists want to celebrate Earth Day by turning the Green Mountain State into the Solar Panels Everywhere State.

Solar panels will be front and center in speeches and gatherings across Vermont this Earth Day weekend.
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Attorney General Brad Schimel is confident that Wisconsin’s right-to-work law is constitutional and will be upheld.
Do you agree?
Attorney General Brad Schimel seeks a stay in court's ruling striking down right-to-work law
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ICYMI: California Gov. Jerry Brown understands that economically, a $15 minimum wage doesn’t make much sense for many parts of California.
But he still signed it into law.
Economically, a $15 minimum wage doesn’t make much sense for many parts of California. Gov. Jerry Brown knows this, but he signed the bill anyway.
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Everyone deserves to be paid a living wage. You cannot feed a family on $15/hr in California, but at least it helps.
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Alan Betts is one of 20 climate scientists calling on the Obama administration to use RICO laws to investigate corporate opponents of climate change regulations.
He doesn't see it as a violation of free speech. Do you agree?
As states investigate energy companies over an alleged coverup, Vermont “RICO 20” professor Alan Betts says backers aren't engaged in a witch-hunt.
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