Governors Race

A whistleblower’s story: Taking on a ‘hyper-partisan’ district attorney

By  |  September 29, 2014  |  No Comments

MADISON, Wis. – Glee.

That’s the word Michael Lutz uses to describe the mood of Milwaukee County prosecutors at the power they held over a woman charged in the first iteration of the politically charged John Doe investigations.

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Hello, goodbye: PA House returns, starts farewells with plenty of work left

Pennsylvania  |  September 29, 2014

Pennsylvania lawmakers have plenty of work left to finish this fall. So why are some state representatives already saying their goodbyes?

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Obamacare insurance navigator with sketchy history gets even more taxpayer money

Tennessee  |  September 29, 2014

The federal government is giving an Obamacare insurance navigator, Seedco, which has a reported history of fraud, $1.4 million to operate in Tennessee this fiscal year

MEDICAL POT AND OBAMACARE: Is it okay to oppose the federal government interfering in health care decisions while supporting state efforts to limit those same decisions? It's a question Republicans have to answer as the national debate on medical marijuana continues.

PA Senate approves Medical marijuana; future in House uncertain

Pennsylvania  |  September 29, 2014

Pennsylvania is one step closer to legalizing medical marijuana, but time is running short for the legislation this year.

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Do Nebraska lawmakers need staffers all year long?

Nebraska  |  September 29, 2014

Nebraska lawmakers may be paid little, but the cost to provide each with at least two staffers year-round has increased 30 percent in the past decade.

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Former KiOR board member says biofuel company could still succeed

Mississippi  |  11:10 am

A former KiOR board member says management, not technology, is the reason for green-energy company’s struggles

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Ohio candidate helped write book comparing Republicans to Nazis

Ohio  |  9:13 am

Euclid Democrat Kent Smith touts his 2008 book, Please God Save Us, as proof of his qualifications to serve in the Ohio House.

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Conservative O’Keefe seeks investigation into John Chisholm and his John Doe

Wisconsin  |  11:03 am

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter

MADISON, Wis. – The man who sued the prosecutors of a secret John Doe investigation into dozens of conservative groups now wants the lead prosecutor investigated on charges of feloniously using his office for political persecution and personal reward.

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NJ Watchdog fights for Guadagno pension probe records in appeals court

New Jersey  |  5:00 am

 
By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog
The mystery of what happened in a criminal investigation of an alleged $245,000 pension fraud implicating Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno may finally be solved in a New Jersey appeals court.
A New Jersey Watchdog reporter is appealing a lower court’s decision to not release three key documents that include the [...]

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The Uber Effect: Why cab companies hate ridesharing

New Mexico  |  1:00 pm

Taxi cab and limousine companies are fighting against ridesharing startups such as Uber and Lyft, fearing they are cutting into their businesses.

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Hawaii House leader fined a record $50,000 for ethics violations

Hawaii  |  11:18 am

By Malia Zimmerman | Watchdog.org
HONOLULU – State House Majority Whip Romy Cachola, a Democrat from Kalihi, has been fined $50,000 by the Honolulu Ethics Commission for alleged ethics violations after settling his case with the panel.
Chuck Totto, the commission’s executive director and legal counsel, said this is the largest civil fine approved by the commission.
“Public corruption [...]

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Even Jon Stewart thinks Obama’s reaction to world crises is terrible

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PLAIN ENGLISH: While Gov. Sam Brownback has been characterized as uncaring in his opposition to Obamacare, the governor says it's a simple matter of fiscal prudence for those who realize the federal government doesn't always keep its promises.

Video: Brownback states plainly why Medicaid expansion hurts Kansas

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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.

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Leawood throws the book at Little Free Library

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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

 |  Montana

By Josh Kaib | WatchdogWire.com
Montana had the largest increase in student homelessness among the states for the 2012-2013 school year, according to data released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Education.
The report cites a 45 percent increase in homelessness, which in real terms means over 2,500 students are classified as homeless.
Anna Edwards, family-school services coordinator [...]

Homelessness among students on rise in Montana

 |  Ohio

By Josh Kaib | WatchdogWire.com
Ohio is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to resolve its court battle over early voting.
Attorneys for the state asked the court Thursday to delay early voting hours forced upon the state by a federal judge. The day prior, a federal appeal court upheld the initial order, made Sept. 4 by U.S. District Judge Peter [...]

Ohio wants to take its early voting case to U.S. Supreme Court

 |  New Jersey

By Brad Matthews | WatchdogWire.com
Gov. Chris Christie’s friend and pensions overseer Robert Grady invested New Jersey money into a fund this his own private firm also invested in, according to the International Business Times, raising concerns about a conflict of interest.
In 2010, Christie appointed friend, former executive and GOP power broker Robert Grady to be the head [...]

New Jersey pension czar funnels money into fund his firm invests in without disclosing ties

 |  Texas

By Brad Matthews | WatchdogWire.com
A new immigrant detention center is opening in Dilley, Texas, in November, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials announced Monday.
The South Texas Family Residential Center will be the fourth built in Texas in recent months in response to the surge of undocumented families in the United States.
Initial capacity at the center will be [...]

Texas to build new immigration detention center

 |  California

By Katy Grimes | WatchdogWire.com
On the eve of the United Nations climate summit this week, Gov. Jerry Brown signed six bills to make California the biggest electric vehicle market in the nation.
Brown’s goal is to have  1.5 million zero-emission cars on the road by 2025.
The new laws expand the number of clean-air vehicles with access to carpool [...]

Gov. Jerry Brown signs ‘transportation justice’ bills

 |  Nevada

By Chantal Lovell | WatchdogWire.com
Randy and Kathalynn Thwing may have to pick up their lives and move out of the state they’ve called home since the ‘80s if Nevada voters approve the margin tax this November, even though their long-time business wouldn’t be directly subjected to the tax.
The pair owns and operates New Standard Manufacturing, a [...]

Mom-and-pop business worries about indirect impacts of margin tax