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.


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

New Jersey  |  October 30, 2014

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

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NM congresswoman joins billionaire’s anti-Herbalife crusade

New Mexico  |  4:38 pm

A spokesman for Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., says she called for an investigation into Herbalife because of allegations the company targets Hispanics.

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

Hutchison pulled strings for friends’ kids and grandkids at UT

Texas  |  October 30, 2014

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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Money meant for undercover drug ops goes to ladies’ golf instead

Tennessee  |  1:02 pm

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — The Lewis County Sheriff’s Department gave confidential sums of money earmarked for undercover drug buys to the Ladies Golf Association and the American Legion Youth Program.
The transfers, budget deficits, cash overdrafts and a failure to follow county policies were among the findings of an audit of  Lewis County state Comptroller [...]

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

Minnesota  |  October 30, 2014

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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After making it to the top, billionaire Steyer wants to make life tougher for Americans

National  |  7:52 am

By Dustin Hurst |Watchdog.org
NEW ORLEANS — Sitting in a cavernous Mercedes-Benz Superdome in front of green builders and central planners, billionaire and climate crusader Tom Steyer denounced the pursuit of wealth once people have enough of it.
Easy enough for him to say.
Steyer, sandwiched between Maryland Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley and author Paul Hawken at last week’s 2014 Greenbuild [...]

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Accountability hard to enforce in school levy campaigns

Ohio  |  12:22 pm

Chris Finney knows a little something about accountability and making sure Ohio school districts follow campaign laws. As the lead attorney and one of the founders of COAST, he’s taken the Cincinnati Public Schools to court many times to get them to comply.

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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 [...]


After indictments, Ironworkers’ union staying mostly on electoral sidelines

Pennsylvania  |  11:31 am

Formerly a heavy-hitter in Pennsylvania politics, at least in Philadelphia and its suburbs, Ironworkers’ Local 401 has spent far less during the 2014 election cycle than any others in recent history.

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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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.


 |  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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