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Politics & Elections

For-Profit Colleges Under Pressure

CALIFORNIA AND FOR-PROFIT SCHOOLS[1] The Department of Veterans Affairs is working to strip California of its contract to regulate GI Bill benefits, denying the state the ability to investigate alleged abuses by for-profit colleges and to penalize for such abuses. The federal VA and California have been at odds over how the state has used its authority to regulate a federal program that sends billions of dollars every year to […]

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LOUSIANA ELECTION JUNGLE ELECTION

GUBERNATORIAL RESULTS[1][2] Louisiana held what is referred to as a “jungle” primary yesterday – an election where all candidates from all parties run on the same ballot. In a jungle primary, if a candidate secures more than 50% of the vote, he or she is declared the winner and a general election is not needed. If that is not met, the top two vote getters move on to the general […]

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HUD Updates Rules

On August 14, 2019, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released the final rule on project approval for single-family condominiums insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). The final rule goes into effect on Oct. 15. The finalized changes ease restrictions on FHA financing for condominiums. Single Unit Approval HUD suspended the ability of FHA borrowers to obtain financing for a condominium purchase in a non-FHA approved property. […]

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Infrastructure Updates: Florida, California, Texas

FLORIDA BLUE-GREEN ALGAE AND SEPTIC TANKS[1] In response to concern over Florida’s water systems, Governor Ron DeSantis issued an executive orde that created the Blue-Green Algae Task Force after state-wide outbreaks of toxic algae and red tide. The problems drew attention to the state’s Southeast and Southwest regions. Algae plagued water bodies, such as the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers, and red tide caused fish kills – compromising local tourism […]

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