The Latest: Trump signs orders on energy projects
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's trip to Texas (all times local):
President Donald Trump has signed two executive orders that he says will accelerate...
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A government watchdog group says candidates and special interest groups together spent a record $35.8 million on Wisconsin legislative races last year.
Oklahoma campaign spending reaches $33M
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma candidates have spent $33 million running for state offices so far in this election cycle, with nearly half of the money going toward the governor's race.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Austin school board president Kendall Pace has resigned from the board after text messages she sent disparaging community activists outraged the school district teacher's union.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — In just three months, companies and special interest groups spent more than $8.4 million trying to influence Kentucky lawmakers, the third straight year lobbying spending has broken records in the Bluegrass State.
But some of the biggest spenders had little to show for their efforts as lawmakers either passed laws they opposed or did not act on legislation they supported.
The Bethel Board of Finance’s public hearing on its proposed budget perfectly illustrates why government spending on all levels can only increase.
While a well-organized group of turf field supporters filled the auditorium, Bethel’s property and business owners opposed to endless tax hikes were conspicuously absent.
Previously, we discussed the outcome of an unlikely situation that is postulated by many as a defense for individuals to carry Armalite rifles and other firearms that are more than necessary for self defense from an impossible enemy. Next, it is important for us to take a look at how the nation has viewed the Second Amendment before the NRA became the largest special interest group in Washington, affecting our laws forever.
Republicans and Democrats sparred over which party emerged victorious from the $1.3 trillion spending bill fight, but the real winners are thousands of interest groups including wealthy foreign investors, striped bass fishing enthusiasts and cranberry researchers to whom the bill doles out some serious assistance.
Sean Lansing: Judge Rebecca Dallet has a long history of saying one thing, doing another
Oh, the irony.
Governor rejects increased pet food fees for spay, neuter programs
If the price of dog and cat food goes up in the near future, it won’t be because of state government.
Gov. Susana Martinez on Thursday vetoed House Bill 64, which would have imposed a new fee on pet food to help pay for spay and neuter programs to control animal populations.
County commissioners in Teton Valley, Idaho, have jumped into the fray of the Wyoming Public Lands Initiative at the behest of a special interest group.
Think Tanks: Blurred lines of fact, fiction, interest groups
CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) — Alliances, coalitions, associations, centers, foundations, networks. The names of special interest groups and think tanks may differ, but many have one goal: reaching an audience with information they produce or push.
With social media helping these groups put information at the fingertips of the public, it's never been easier to learn more about any range of topics from education to economy to public policy.
Richardson puts $1M into his Oklahoma governor’s bid
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Tulsa attorney Gary Richardson says he's putting $1 million of his own money into his race for the Republican nomination for Oklahoma governor in 2018.
Richardson said in a news release during the weekend he's making the personal loan to his campaign in part because he refuses to be "beholden to the special interest groups."
Alaska seniors look to revive sales tax issue
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A group of Juneau seniors has registered as a special interest group with the Alaska Public Offices Commission in an effort to make a difference in the Oct. 3 election.
The aim of Juneau Seniors Supporting Seniors is to get the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly to restore full senior sales tax exemptions, as restrictions have been in effect for two years, group treasurer Ron Somerville said.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democrat Fred Hubbell says he's raised more than $1 million for his gubernatorial campaign.
The Iowa businessman announced in a Monday press release that the haul came from individual donors in the state. He did not disclose specific details about the donors or how many contributed, though he said none of the money came from special interest groups or self-financing.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says a Taiwanese technology company wants to build a plant in Wisconsin that would create thousands of jobs.
Vos said in a letter to special interest groups and businesses Wednesday that Foxconn has indicated its desire to locate in southeastern Wisconsin with up to 10,000 jobs but work on improving Interstate 94 from Racine to Kenosha counties remains delayed. He didn't elaborate.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Assembly Speaker Robin Vos is challenging special interest groups and businesses to solve Wisconsin's road funding shortfall by Monday.
Assembly Republicans last week proposed a fee on heavy trucks. Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce complained the fee would drive up business costs and a group of Senate Republicans refused to support the proposal.
Pressure on Oregon lawmakers to act in final weeks
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — As new developments this week continue shrouding the 2017 legislative session in uncertainty, local leaders and special interest groups are trying to pressure Oregon lawmakers to pass a transportation measure and changes to the corporate tax structure in the final weeks.
One of America’s biggest special interest groups spent far more money than any other organization in the weeks after this year’s regular legislative session to push for a bill that Gov. Susana Martinez ultimately vetoed.
The money was not flowing from an industry or chamber of commerce. The last-minute push came from retirees.
In the wake of back-and-forth advertising campaigns pushing and panning the 11 specific purpose excise tax initiatives on the May 2 ballot, Jackson Town Councilman Jim Stanford organized a “debate” Thursday between public officials and special interest groups.
“Our community needs a conversation, not attack ads,” Stanford said. “This is really important.”
Emails: EPA’s Pruitt cozy with fossil fuel industry
WASHINGTON (AP) — While serving as Oklahoma's attorney general, new Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt coordinated closely with fossil-fuel companies and special interest groups working to undermine federal efforts to curb planet-warming carbon emissions, newly released emails show.
Barrasso looks to limit environmental groups’ access to legal funds
Wyoming’s congressional delegation introduced a bill last week designed to prevent funds appropriated by the Equal Access to Justice Act from going to large environmental groups and other special interest groups that challenge the federal government in court.
Trump DC hotel attracting foreign envoys and controversy
NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump's new luxury hotel in Washington, D.C., has been attracting foreign envoys, special interest groups — and a bit of controversy.
One of the latest groups to book the hotel is the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank whose big donors gathered there Tuesday night for a speech by Vice President-elect Mike Pence. Pence spoke on Trump administration priorities.
The Heritage Foundation said its decision to use the hotel was driven by space needs.
As an engaged Montanan, I have come to expect a certain level of genuineness and honesty from our state's representatives. Rep. Ryan Zinke has failed this test yet again and voted against hard-working Montanans when he backed a plan enabling dark money to continue flowing into our campaigns.
US Rep. Diane Black takes aim at primary challenge
GALLATIN, Tenn. (AP) — Incumbent U.S. Rep. Diane Black isn't going to let a barrage of attacks from her challenger go unreturned in the Republican primary campaign for Tennessee's 6th Congressional District.
Black in a campaign speech Tuesday specifically turned back claims by former state Rep. Joe Carr that she had had a hand in redrawing the district to exclude him and that she received contributions from special interest groups.
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