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While "Arkansas seniors depend on Social Security and Medicare," Sen. Mark Pryor supports an overhaul so they "couldn’t get Social Security until they turn 68 or 69."
Says his "Act 10 reforms" have "saved the taxpayers some $3 billion."
In Ferguson, Mo., "you've got three black officers and 50 white officers with a town that is 67 percent African-American."
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- Wisconsin — Wisconsin is "38th in the country in terms of proficiency standards" in student testing. — Mary Burke
- Georgia — David Perdue led efforts to ship thousands of jobs overseas. — Democratic Party of Georgia
- PunditFact — "More whites than blacks are victims of deadly police shootings." — Michael Medved
- PunditFact — Because of President Barack Obama’s failure to "push job creation," the black unemployment rate in Ferguson, Mo., is three times higher than the white unemployment rate. — Lou Dobbs
- Texas — Texas prosecutor Rosemary Lehmberg purchased "72 bottles of vodka in just one store alone, in just over a year." — Sarah Palin
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