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Texas House Speaker calls for incentives reform, report says
Texas House Speaker Joe Straus thinks that state lawmakers need to overhaul the state's economic incentives programs, according to the Austin American-Statesman, which reported comments Straus made at a gathering of members of the Texas Taxpayers and Research Association Thursday. The comments made by the Republican from San Antonio come in the aftermath of the release of a report from the Texas State Auditor's Office that found that hundreds of millions of dollars of incentives from the Texas Enterprise Fund went to companies that submitted no applications or made no promises to create jobs, among other discrepancies. Austin Business Journal
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Tobacco Farmers Lose Longtime Safety Net
Tobacco growers are about to face a completely free market. This month, they'll receive their last checks from a government program meant to ease them out of a Depression-era tobacco-price-fixing system. That has left Stanley Smith, who grows about 60 acres of tobacco on his farm not far from Winston-Salem, N.C., feeling a little unsettled. "I've farmed all my life," Smith says. "I think the best way to sum it up is our safety net now is gone." NPR
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How did Rick Perry escape blame for the Texas Ebola outbreak?
epublicans have been blaming President Obama and Dr. Thomas Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), for allowing Ebola to gain a foothold in the United States. But if we're pointing fingers, it makes more sense to blame the governor of the first state where Ebola has spread: Texas. Yes, it would be the president's responsibility to order nationwide directives like banning U.S.-bound passengers from West Africa, assuming he even has that authority, and despite public health experts warning that such a ban would be counterproductive. But hospitals and public health are mostly a state issue; the CDC can't tell hospitals what to do, only advise them of best practices.
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SC STATE HOUSE DRAGNET: WHO’S NEXT?
A year ago, S.C. Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell – along with S.C. Sen. Hugh Leatherman – was one of the two most powerful men in the Palmetto State. Today? He’s out of a job … Fitsnews.com
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50% Increase in U.S. Cities Advancing Laws to Restrict the Sharing of Food with Homeless People
Every year, feeding the homeless is getting a little bit harder to do in the United States. Since 2010 there has been close to a 50% increase in the number of American cities that have passed or introduced laws imposing restrictions on the sharing of food with homeless people. Allgov.com
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South Carolina Among The 3 States Not Backing Down Against Gay Marriage
Three states are continuing their legal fight against same-sex marriage, despite rulings from federal appeals courts that oversee those states that concluded gay and lesbian couples have the right to marry. Governing.com
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POLLS: Dem Surges In Georgia Senate Race
New polls show Democrat Michelle Nunn with the edge in Georgia and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen hanging on in New Hampshire. The American public remains deeply disaffected with politics. And is anyone actually watching the candidates debate? Huffington Post
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The Democrats’ Closing Argument Needs to Be J-O-B-S
As Democrats mutter privately that their Senate majority is sinking beneath the waves, their leadership has sent out an SOS. It’s all hands on deck, unless those hands belong to the President of the United States. Because only Michigan Rep. Gary Peters among Democratic candidates for the Senate wants Obama in his state campaigning, the challenge of saving the Senate has fallen to another president. Daily Beast
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The Quiet, High-Stakes Battle To Restore Voting Rights For Millions Of Americans
Mercedies Harris strolls down the halls of the Hollaback and Restore Project, a felon rehabilitation center in rural Virginia, and points to a baby-faced 18-year-old with a timid gait. “This is a fine young gentleman who got into a little trouble,” he explains. “And we are working with him to try to stop him from being a statistic and being incarcerated and having a record. He’s going to learn to be a barista. And if he gets good, he’ll be known for it,” he chuckles. “People will be coming here to get his coffee.” Think Progress
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