By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org
You can find the truth about “dark money” just outside Denver, in the unincorporated neighborhood of Parker North, Colorado, home to a records management consultant named Karen Sampson.
Sampson is no shadowy billionaire political puppet master, but she got ensnared in an anti-dark money rule a few years before dark money was even a catchphrase.
If it’s truly better to give than to receive, please consider Ballotpedia’s analysis of how much you’ve given your top officials — not just governors, but also lieutenant governors, attorneys general and secretaries of state.
Big applause for Ballotpedia, the data geniuses behind the information that Watchdog Data’s lab-coated geeks used to create our own data visualization. […]
In the spirit of being a true watchdog, you really must keep a sharp eye on certain Tennessee government officials in 2015.
In the almost twenty-five years school choice programs have existed, there’s never been a year without controversy, lawsuits and plenty of heated anti-choice rhetoric.
It won’t arrive in time for Christmas, but a $33 million drone airport is in the U.S. Army’s bag of goodies
Do you believe in miracles? Ask Greg Hall, whose company supplied technology and know-how that helped rescue 33 Chilean miners trapped underground for more than two months in 2010.
Almost as miraculous, Hall’s American Manufacturing Company just received a permanent federal exemption from provisions of the Affordable Care Act that contradict the Catholic deacon and businessman’s religious convictions.
Political donations by wealthy pro-democracy Cuban-Americans are the lowest they’ve been in recent memory.
To tax or not to tax: both opponents and proponents of a severance tax on fracking in Pennsylvania are not being shy in making sure the public understands their positions and have access to research on the topic.
It’s easy to spend someone else’s money.
Officials in Brownsville recently used $20,000 of taxpayer money to honor Tina Turner, who relinquished her U.S. citizenship last year and now lives in Europe.
The Philadelphia teachers union says making teachers pay for part of their health benefits isn’t the way to plug the city’s hemorrhaging public school budget, and the district should look elsewhere for relief.
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As #Grubergate continues to unfold, Reason.com’s Remy offers up a new video revealing just how President Obama’s administration discussed selling Obamacare to the American people.
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By Izzy Lyman | WatchdogWire.com
Charlie LeDuff, a Fox 2 reporter known for his offbeat exposés, went mano a mano with a Wayne County squatter.
Lynn Arthur Williams Jr., on probation for a felonious assault with a deadly weapon, had taken up residence in a single-family Detroit home bought by Sarah Hamilton-Gilmer.
Hamilton-Gilmer planned on a third-party short sale […]
On the 19th edition of ALEC’s Report Card, Colorado education performance and policies ranked highly among states, with many improvements still to be made.
Denver’s real unemployment rate, like Colorado’s is much higher than the official published figured would indicate.
Westminster, MA will hear public comment to make the town the first municipality in the US to ban the sale of all tobacco products within its borders.
Huntsville schools paid an ex-FBI agent $157,000 to oversee security reforms, including monitoring the social media accounts of the district’s students.
Nevada Republicans made history in the midterm elections, controlling both houses of the Legislature and Governor’s office for the first time since 1929.