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Bo, an Australian Shepherd dog belonging to Kim Leeds, walks on cement in Phoenix wearing special booties made for dogs on Sunday, June 19, 2016. According to the National Weather Service, the high temperature in Phoenix has already surpassed the previous record for June 19 set in 1968 of 115 degrees. (Kim Leeds via AP)

Nanny State of the Week: Common sense goes to the dogs in Phoenix

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Phoenix wants you to be smarter about walking your dog in extreme heat. Kind of. Sort of. The City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Board voted late last month to ban hikers from taking their dogs on city trails in temperatures over 100 degrees. In the average year, highs in Phoenix surpass 100 degrees on 107 days […]

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Published on: July 25, 2016

Baldwin: Wasserman Schultz was right to step down

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"It will keep the focus where it belongs, on Hillary,” Baldwin said.
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Published on: July 25, 2016

Dueling solar amendments determine who will pay

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Sunshine may be free and abundant in the Sunshine State but there’s no free lunch when it comes to paying for solar en ...
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Published on: July 25, 2016

THIS JUST IN

WINE IN SUPERMARKETS: It's legal now in the state of Tennessee, but Tennessee still has a strange mixture of protectionist laws.

Sorting out Tennessee’s new liquor laws

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You can now buy wine in Tennessee grocery stores, but the state still has a complicated set of laws regulating the sale of alcohol ...
Published on: July 25, 2016
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Commercial lawsuits blow back on Texas taxpayers

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Lawsuits over commercial property appraisals are on the rise in Texas, and taxpayers are footing an ever-bigger legal bill. The ti ...
Published on: July 25, 2016
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Vermont’s revenue forecast downgraded by $28 million

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State economists project that Vermont’s tax revenues will be $28 million lower this fiscal year than originally forecast in Janu ...
Published on: July 22, 2016
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Indiana teachers union uses baseball to entice protesters to anti-ALEC rally

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Indiana State. Rep. David Wolkins, a Republican who represents the Hoosier State’s 18th District, said the union has issued a po ...
Published on: July 21, 2016
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Report: Public-private partnerships may be better for broadband deployment

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While the Institute for Local Self-Reliance advocates for cities to break up monopoly control of the local internet marketplace an ...
Published on: July 21, 2016
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Philly embraces rideshare free market just in time for congested Dem convention

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The Bernie Sanders brigade may be at open war with the Democratic National Committee and the Dems’ presumptive presidential nomi ...
Published on: July 25, 2016
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One-percenters: Rich EB-5 immigrants get free service at taxpayer expense

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The Obama administration’s fetish for wealthy foreign nationals — expressed through relentless promotion of an immigrant inves ...
Published on: July 21, 2016
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D.C. school gains autonomy with localized charter management

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Scholar Academies, which runs schools in D.C., Philadelphia and Trenton, N.J., and soon in Memphis, is dissolving into locally bas ...
Published on: July 21, 2016
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Mississippi provides little transparency for civil asset forfeiture

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A survey of semiannual audits revealed Mississippi counties earned more than $36 million in fines and forfeitures.
Published on: July 22, 2016

TRENDINg

Natural Resources Defense Council perpetuates ‘toxic coal ash’ myth in ad

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As Gov. Pat McCrory mulls over a bill to advance coal ash cleanup in North Carolina, an ad aimed at prompting his veto i ...
Published on: July 12, 2016

Harry Reid blocks vote on Whistleblower Protection Act

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"Senator Reid prefers to play election-year politics, using the finest among us as a political football,” Johnson said ...
Published on: July 14, 2016

Red light cameras, kicking and screaming

Red light cameras are taking a beating in Texas, but don't expect cities to just let go.

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Red light cameras are in trouble in Texas, but don’t expect cities hooked on the revenue they generate to give up with ...
Published on: July 13, 2016

REGULATIONS

Jackson is closer to reforming restrictive taxi ordinance

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While a new ordinance wasn't forthcoming, agreement among Jackson City Council members on a taxi ordinance framework cou ...
Published on: July 19, 2016

Wisconsin’s 80-year-old ‘Tied House’ rules strike again

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Wisconsin is home to 121 craft breweries and over 80 wineries, all of which are being regulated by a three-tier system a ...
Published on: July 19, 2016

Nanny State of the Week: Get out of the pool!

NO SWIMMING:

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Vacationers to the picturesque resort town of Rehoboth, Delaware, very nearly got a rude surprise from the town governme ...
Published on: July 18, 2016

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Judge extends restraining order for East Detroit Schools

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A judge has extended a restraining order that prevents Gary Jensen from taking control of four East Detroit Public Scho ...
Published on: July 18, 2016

Indianapolis may close low-enrollment high schools

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Indianapolis secondary schools have only half as many students as open seats, and the city is planning to remove middle ...
Published on: July 18, 2016

Number of LA teachers in detention on the rise, as taxpayers foot ‘prohibitively expensive’ bill

Eighteen percent of Pittsburgh teachers were chronically absent last year.

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A year ago, the Los Angeles Unified School District said it was taking steps to reduce the number of teachers relegated ...
Published on: July 18, 2016