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Burke now says she was downsized by her family-owned Trek Bicycle Corp.

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By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter

MADISON, Wis. – Responding Wednesday to allegations she was fired from her family’s firm in the 1990s, Mary Burke now says she was a victim of downsizing at Trek Bicycle Corp.

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Three in four NJ sheriffs double-dip millions via pension loophole

New Jersey  |  4:00 am

Three-fourths of New Jersey’s county sheriffs are two-timing taxpayers and state pension funds.

WALLOPS, WE HAVE A PROBLEM: The explosion of a private rocket seconds after liftoff could have long-last financial repercussions for Virginia.

Virginia braces for aftershocks from Wallops explosion

Virginia  |  4:00 am

The failed launch and fiery explosion at the Wallops Island spaceport this week could blow up Virginia’s projected financial windfall at the commercial site.

WORTH IT: Hutchison says NASA must be supported by the taxpayers.

Hutchison pulled strings for friends’ kids and grandkids at UT

Texas  |  4:00 am

Former U.S. senator Kay Bailey Hutchison sits on a committee tasked with finding the next president of the University of Texas, after Bill Powers submitted his resignation in July amid a scandal over favoritism shown to lawmakers in the admissions process.

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Verizon doubles down, says it’s not interested in “fast lanes”

National  |  4:00 am

Internet “fast lanes” are a “phantasm,” Verizon told a top senator Wednesday.

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Taxpayers can’t get a ‘break’ with St. Paul’s artsy stop signs

Minnesota  |  4:00 am

St. Paul may be predictably progressive, but the powers at City Hall enthusiastically embrace the “1 percent.”

The 1 percent, that is, of costs automatically taken off the top of local government construction projects, under a city ordinance mandating taxpayer-funded public art.

Form counts as much as function in city infrastructure projects.

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County forms audit finance committee, but committee never meets

Tennessee  |  4:00 am

Officials in one Tennessee county formed an audit committee in 2013, but committee members haven’t bothered to meet, according to an audit state Comptroller Justin Wilson released Wednesday.

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Trek sources: Mary Burke’s family fired her for incompetence

Wisconsin  |  October 28, 2014

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter

MADISON, Wis. – In attempting to explain her two-year work hiatus in the early to mid-1990s, Democratic candidate for governor Mary Burke has said that she was just burnt out after an intense period of leading European operations for Trek Bicycle Corp., her family’s Waterloo-based company.

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Millions flow to four senate hopefuls after billionaires’ White House meeting

National  |  October 29, 2014

 
By Tori Richards and Earl Glynn | Watchdog.org
One day after billionaire Tom Steyer welcomed the Democratic Party elite into his home for a $400,000 fundraiser, he was jetting cross-country to meet with fellow billionaire George Soros and a top Obama aide in the West Wing of the White House.
It was Feb. 20, and the two-hour [...]

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Grammy museum in Mississippi gives U.S. taxpayers more blues

National  |  October 29, 2014

The Grammy Museum Mississippi received $1.2 million in federal and $6 million in state funds to build an $18 million museum in Cleveland, Miss.

Photo by Rob Nikolewski/NM Watchdog

Confusing wording could sink New Mexico amendment

New Mexico  |  October 29, 2014

The wording of an amendment to the New Mexico Constitution has supporters worried about its passage.

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The city of Leawood is using the full power of the law to protect property values from the threat of, uh, free cabinet-sized libraries.

A municipal statute designed to ban all detached structures is being levied against Leawood residents Brian and Sarah Collins after their 9-year-old son, Spencer, worked with his dad and grandpa to build the Little Free Library as a Mother’s Day gift.

WATCHDOG CITIZEN NEWS

 |  Nevada

Nevada Taxicab Authority officials cited Uber drivers and the AG obtained a court order to stop the company from offering its innovative service in Nevada.

Nevada taxi cartel teams with regulators, attorney general to shoot down Uber launch

 |  California

A bill was signed permitting California community colleges to award bachelor’s degrees in vocational fields which typically only offer associate degrees.

Four-year degrees pushed at California community colleges

 |  Ohio

Brad Matthews | WatchdogWire.com
Embattled Judge Tracie Hunter was suspended without pay from her position Tuesday, by the Ohio State Supreme Court after her conviction on Oct. 14 on charges of unlawful interest in a public contract.
She had been suspended with pay in January, when her she was indicted.
While the jury returned a decision on the unlawful interest [...]

Ohio Supreme Court suspends judge

 |  Pennsylvania

Bill Clinton uses the same message he has used for other candidates, personalizing his speech to Tom Wolf, and keeping in step with his folksy brand.

In Pennsylvania, Bill Clinton supports Tom Wolf’s taxing agenda

 |  North Carolina

Democrats at the state fair in North Carolina put up a deceptive poster showing a decline in teacher pay by leaving out the last three years of an upswing.

Democrats’ display at state fair deceive public on teacher pay

 |  Washington

A secret Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife map obtained by Watchdog Wire purports to show locations of the newly federally protected pocket gopher.

Secret gopher map reveals Washington agency’s power

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