Wisconsin Reporter file photo

More taxpayer resources needed for SEIU ‘political retribution’ audit

By  |  September 19, 2014  |  No Comments

Milwaukee County Supervisor David Bowen is calling it a compromise, but he’s still getting his “political retribution” while hitting taxpayer resources three times as hard.

SEEING DOUBLE: An election-watch group says 14,646 people hold voter registrations in Maryland and in Fairfax County, Va.

Florida’s 26th Congressional District has a short, but jaded, past

Florida  |  4:00 am

Florida’s 26th Congressional District has been plagued with political scandals since its inception four years ago. Now it may add another to its record.

DAVID TOSCANO: Democratic Delegate David Toscano of Charlottesville says Virginia needs to take a good, hard look at tax preferences.

VA Democrat urges governor, legislators to scrutinize tax preferences

Virginia  |  4:00 am

Virginia’s Democratic House Minority Leader David Toscano has a solution for Virginia’s current fiscal crisis — try eliminating some tax preferences that don’t work.

Photo courtesy of Flickr.

Hospitals making millions off 340B federal program meant to help needy

Tennessee  |  4:00 am

Hospitals and clinics across Tennessee and the United States are reportedly using revenue from one failing federal entitlement, known as the 340B program, to subsidize two other failing government programs — Medicare and Medicaid.

.Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Father fights for son’s education in troubled St. Louis-area schools

National  |  4:00 am

Paul Davis doesn’t know how he’s going to make ends meet, but he knows he will never send his son to Normandy High School in St. Louis.

Chart from auditor general's May 2014 special report

Charter school in uncharted territory, says audit

Pennsylvania  |  4:00 am

A recent audit highlights significant problems with Erie charter school, and the progress the school has made in trying to fix those problems. The school district will vote soon on whether to renew the school’s charter. The case also highlights the struggles between traditional public schools and charter schools.

"for goodness sex" by Al Vernacchio helps parents prepare for the talk.

Ready to have the talk? There’s help for parents

Pennsylvania  |  4:00 am

By Stacia Friedman | Watchdog.org
PHILADELPHIA — These days, “the talk” with your children isn’t just about the birds and bees. It’s about Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and — OMG — sexting!
Parents nervous about speaking with their kids about sex should get their hands on “For Goodness Sex,” by Philadelphia sex educator Al Vernacchio.
“I couldn’t find a text book that [...]

Photo courtesy US Attorney

Oahu defense contractor sentenced on espionage charges

Hawaii  |  4:00 am

Benjamin Pierce Bishop, 60, a one-time respected retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and civilian contractor, will spend more than seven years in federal prison after a conviction on espionage charges.

Shutterstock image

Penn State clamps down on free-speech event because of table

Pennsylvania  |  3:46 pm

Jolie Stuart-Davis and other members of Penn State’s chapter of Young Americans for Freedom spent Wednesday, Constitution Day, protesting university rules that name 12 locations as “areas suitable for expressive activity” — or free-speech zones, as they’re sometimes derisively called.

Photo by Mississippi Department of Health

Proposed rules require kitchens for Mississippi child-care centers

Mississippi  |  September 18, 2014

A new regulation being considered by the Mississippi Department of Health might require Mississippi child-care centers to have full-service kitchens.

Slyomovics

Audit finds U.S. Higher Education Act funding anti-Semitism at UCLA

National  |  September 18, 2014

A high-profile academic center used federal funds to promote anti-Semitism on the campus of the University of California Los Angeles, a watchdog says.

SPECIAL REPORT

VIDEOS

Jon Stewart

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

By  |  No Comments

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

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

By  |  No Comments

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.

little free library

Leawood throws the book at Little Free Library

By  |  No Comments

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

By Michael Chamberlain | WatchdogWire.com
City officials in Las Vegas are defending a proposal for public financing of a downtown soccer stadium, but questions remain unanswered and new ones emerged at the first of a series of town hall meetings to discuss the plan.
The meetings, to be held in each of the city’s six wards, are designed [...]

Las Vegas officials defend stadium proposal, but still no plug for $4M hole

 |  New York

Police Officer Tony Morronè shares his opinion on the state of affairs in New York, the country, and his negative experience with the NY SAFE Act.

NY police officer: ‘I will refuse to enforce the SAFE Act’

 |  Colorado

An EPA community “listening” meeting in Craig on September 10th on proposed carbon regulations left many in attendance frustrated and feeling unheard.

EPA gets earful over new carbon regulations

 |  Louisiana

Gov. Bobby Jindal made headlines across the political blogosphere Tuesday by releasing an energy plan that he says will make America an energy superpower.

Could Bobby Jindal ride the energy boom to the White House?

 |  Washington

Thurston County Sheriff Snaza has called on citizens to help fight more budget cuts by commissioners, following the $1.2 million reduction in their budget.

Sheriff rallies citizens to fight commissioners’ budget cuts

 |  New Jersey

New Jersey’s Senate Transportation Committee won’t take up a bill to renew the state’s red-light camera program. A senator who is also a mayor is vocally against them.

NJ Senate Transportation Committee won’t consider renewing red-light cameras