The federal government has taken over the case of an FBI employee involved in a fender bender.
The battle over public pensions isn’t just some amorphous thing at the federal and state levels — it’s playing out in Virginia schools.
About a quarter of Tennessee’s public school districts, 33 in all, spend more on administrative costs — such as principals and school directors — than the statewide average of 10.5 percent, according to a new Comptrollers’ report.
One year and five months — that’s how long bipartisan legislation that would eliminate school property taxes in Pennsylvania has been stuck in the Pennsylvania Senate’s Finance Committee.
U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, was declared the winner of the Democratic primary Friday in a hard-fought political battle that divided the party by race, loyalties and tradition.
By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog
The New York Press Club is publicly criticizing Gov. Chris Christie and his staff for blacklisting New Jersey Watchdog.
The journalists’ organization “expresses its outrage over the Christie administration’s apparent ‘blacklisting’ of New Jersey Watchdog, in an effort to prevent the news outlet from receiving press advisories and official announcements from the governor’s [...]
After an anti-Obama Norfolk parade float attracted unflattering national attention and a visit from the U.S. Department of Justice, a Nebraska town is responding by organizing a group to discuss diversity issues.
Uber is one of the ridesharing companies facing regulatory scrutiny in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. But drivers tout the program, given its efficiency and flexibility – and the problems with more traditional transportation.
By M.D. Kittle | Watchdog.org
MADISON, Wis. – Keep your mouth shut.
That’s what the New York State Board of Elections is effectively demanding with the enactment of its “emergency regulations,” rules wearing the guise of increased campaign disclosure while slitting the throat of free speech, according to a national campaigns and elections expert.
And while New York’s restrictions on free speech may be among the more egregious, they are merely part of a national effort to control who says what, according to Scott Blackburn, research fellow at the Center for Competitive Politics.
By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter
MADISON, Wis. – When does a gift look more like an obligation?
Usually when the federal government is involved.
If the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi has its way, the flow of military-grade armored vehicles from federal surplus to local law enforcement will replicate one of Elvis Presley’s hits.
Return to sender.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has been on the business end of numerous barbs and critiques for taking a stand against Obamacare and Medicaid expansion in the Sunflower State.
Those with unwavering faith in the federal government have characterized the conservative governor as an uncaring obstructionist for his opposition, but in an exclusive interview with the Daily Signal, Brownback laid out the argument against Obamacare in his own words.
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.
By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – State Delegate Barbara Comstock is inflating her energy record to pump up her congressional bid.
The McLean Republican’s congressional campaign webpage declares that she “authored Virginia’s law to allow for offshore exploration of energy.”
In fact, Comstock’s “major legislation” did no such thing. Her 2010 bill, HB 900, [...]
While taxpayers were picking up the tab for intensive, outpatient care for mentally ill patients, those patients were playing games and watching movies.
By Josh Peterson | Watchdog.org
State public utilities regulators are calling for an easy way for consumers to compare complaints against the nation’s phone companies.
Currently, consumers can file complaints about their telecommunications service with the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission, but those complaints aren’t publicly available in an online format for consumers.
On Wednesday, Chris [...]
Pennsylvania has saved almost $2 billion staving off welfare fraud, waste and abuse under Gov. Tom Corbett, said Beverly Mackereth, the secretary of the state’s Department of Public Welfare.
By Dustin Hurst | Watchdog.org
For some, ignorance is bliss, but for Democrat Jon Tester, it’s an important campaign tactic.
Sure, the second-term senator from Montana isn’t up for re-election until 2018, but that won’t stop him from using disingenuous attacks on the wealthy to scare his constituents into sending him campaign cash.
“Today, it looks like the billionaire Koch [...]
It comes down to trust.
With no debate and a nearly party-line vote, the state House passed a bill that eliminates a loophole in the law state defining the crime of stalking.
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By Susan Crabtree | Washington Examiner
Fear that body cameras would infringe privacy rights may thwart congressional efforts to reform policing in the wake of riots in Ferguson, Mo.
A key Democratic author of legislation to reduce the militarization of police forces says dashboard cameras for police are OK, but worries that body cameras may go too far.
After protests over [...]
By News 21 Staff
Twenty months after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, some would say little has changed when it comes to guns in America.
Others would say everything has.
Flurries of gun-related legislation and renewed national attention on the topic have not been enough to change federal gun laws. The National [...]
By Mark Kilmer | The Arkansas Project
When you think of unsafe children’s products, you probably don’t think of books. Outside of our one-year-old smacking me in the head with one of his board books, I have a difficult time imagining a less threatening product than a children’s book. Why, then, did Senator Mark Pryor’s child safety legislation [...]
By Tom Gantert | Michigan Capitol Confidential
Nearly four out of five students in the bottom 5 percent of schools in the Michigan Department of Education’s Top-To-Bottom Ratings for 2013-14 were eligible for the federal governments free or reduced-price lunch program.
Only about 11 percent of the students in the top 5 percent of schools in those rankings were [...]
By Kathy Hamilton | Cal Watchdog
On Aug. 14, the three litigants in the case to halt California’s high-speed rail project, Kings County and two local residents, filed a Petition for Rehearing. They challenged the July 31 ruling against them by Sacramento’s 3rd District Court of Appeal. The ruling, which reversed a lower-court decision, greenlighted the [...]
By Rick Brundrett | The Nerve
In announcing Saturday that South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson had handed over his case to 1st Circuit Solicitor David Pascoe, House Speaker Bobby Harrell said he just wanted “an independent prosecutor free of political motives and influence.”
But what the Charleston Republican didn’t mention in his written statement or in his [...]
By Jack Spencer | Michigan Capitol Confidential
The 96 years of measuring the water levels of the Great Lakes done by the Army Corps of Engineers represents a relative sliver of time compared to the thousands of years prior to 1918 when no one was keeping track of these levels. Nonetheless, in recent years global warming adherents were [...]
By Maxford Nelsen | Freedom Foundation
Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Harris v. Quinn, which found that it was unconstitutional for individual home health care providers to be forced to pay union dues or fees against their will, SEIU 775 in Washington quietly began ceasing the dues deductions for providers who asked them to do so.
So far, [...]
By Caleb Taylor | The Arkansas Project
We wrote a couple weeks ago about Little Rock City Director Joan Adcock’s ongoing crusade to ban (or regulate out of existence) innovative ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft that may soon be operating in Little Rock.
Our friends at the Center for Local Governance at the Texas Public Policy Foundation recently released a video about one Detroit driver who used her employment by [...]