AP file photo

Harvard Law mum on invite to controversial lawyer

By  |  April 16, 2015  |  No Comments

Controversial lawyer Steven Donziger will appear as a panelist Friday at Harvard Law School.

Watchdog Photo

State owes Minnesotans millions, if they only knew it

Minnesota  |  April 17, 2015

It’s like winning the lottery without buying a ticket. But, odds are, you may never see the payout.

The Minnesota Commerce Department holds a $650 million jackpot of unclaimed property — mainly lost funds held by the state — waiting for tens of thousands of Minnesotans to redeem.

It’s not the government’s money. State law requires the unclaimed cash to be kept in perpetuity for the rightful owner. The state contracts with the Missing Money website to connect people with their unclaimed money, but few Minnesotans hear about it.


Disgraced Illinois congressman still costing taxpayers

Illinois  |  April 17, 2015

Add an election that could cost in the millions to the taxpayer tab from Aaron Schock’s fall from grace.

CLOSING THE GAP: A proposed Richmond charter school aims to prepare more African American males for college.

Richmond charter sees ‘crisis’ in education

Education  |  April 17, 2015

Amid aging campuses and sagging performance, Virginia’s capital city could add its third and largest charter school next year. The Metropolitan Preparatory Academy won provisional approval from the Richmond School Board to launch a charter for African-American males in grades 6-12.


Penalized Virginia drivers file class-action lawsuit against Express Lanes operator

Virginia  |  April 17, 2015

A private company is operating many of Virginia’s thoroughfares, but that doesn’t mean it can charge drivers thousands of dollars in unexpected fines and penalties.

Photo via ND.gov

ND state trooper says he resigned over quota policy

North Dakota  |  April 17, 2015

An attorney for a North Dakota Highway Patrol trooper who resigned earlier this week amid accusations he was faking tickets says an arrest and ticket quota policy is to blame, but the law enforcement agency says that policy doesn’t exist.

Photo by Milwaukeenns.org

Success breeds funding disparity for Wisconsin’s charter schools

Wisconsin  |  April 17, 2015

We know Milwaukee charter school students are outperforming their traditional public school peers.

So why are charter schools, which really are public schools, being funded at significantly lower rates than traditional schools in the Milwaukee Public Schools system?


Book-starved Philly schools forced to fend for themselves

Education  |  April 17, 2015

By Evan Grossman | Watchdog.org
The School District of Philadelphia does not have enough books for students.
And it doesn’t seem to care.
The district does not supply some schools with basic necessities like toilet paper and textbooks. Yet it does nothing to direct tens of thousands of books donated to Philly schools each year to places where […]

Wikimedia Commons photo

Stigmatization of mentally ill front and center in Vermont gun control debate

Vermont  |  April 17, 2015

A gun control bill that began as universal background checks on firearm purchases has morphed into a controversial measure about stigmatizing mentally ill Vermonters.

AP file photo

McAuliffe: There is ‘no personal data’ in a license plate

Virginia  |  April 16, 2015

Yet again, the fate of police surveillance in Virginia rests in the hands of Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe, and he’s made it clear he sides with law enforcement over civil liberties advocates.


Mississippi board rules 89-year-old Edwards doctor can still make house calls

Mississippi  |  April 16, 2015

An 89-year-old Edwards doctor who was threatened with the loss of his medical license for practicing medicine out of his car will keep his license.




Jon Stewart obliterates ‘slimy’ Democrats over Gruber

By  |  No Comments

The Daily Show
Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,The Daily Show on Facebook,Daily Show Video Archive

Photo by Steve Wilson

West Rankin Utility Authority wins key battle in fight to build new treatment plant

By  |  No Comments

The West Rankin Utility Authority won a key battle Tuesday in its fight to build a new wastewater treatment plant and leave Jackson’s aging facility.


Join other concerned citizens who get the latest updates from Watchdog.org on government waste, fraud, or abuse.

Read stories like:

Enter your email and stay on top of the news that matters.