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Colorado’s judicial discipline, agency budget mostly secret

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By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org
Since its inception nearly 50 years ago, the Colorado Commission on Judicial Discipline has only made three disciplinary cases against judges public, and the director told Watchdog.org that even the commission’s budget is a state secret.
Colorado, whose judicial discipline secrecy is enshrined in the state constitution, is one of only a [...]

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PA teacher unions use dues for blatant Democratic political advertising

Pennsylvania  |  4:00 am

In the remaining weeks of the heated gubernatorial battle for the Keystone State, Pennsylvania’s teachers’ unions have been incredibly vocal and outright blatant about which candidate they prefer in the Governor’s Mansion.

HEY, LOOK AT ME! Joe Biden whistles for attention at a political rally. A Pew study found that 41 percent of surveyed Americans could not identify the current vice president.

On Election Eve, voters snooze through duopoly game

New Hampshire  |  4:00 am

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org
In their ignorance, voters this Tuesday will make a case for smaller government, a George Mason University law professor predicts.
Ilya Somin, author of “Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government Is Smarter,” says most voters put more time into researching the type of TV they buy than into the political candidates they [...]

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Billionaire Steyer spends $15M pushing low priority climate change message in FL

Florida  |  4:00 am

In an effort to oust Gov. Rick Scott, billionaire activist Tom Steyer has underwritten a nearly $15 million campaign focusing on climate change, an issue one poll says few Florida voters care about.

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From police militarization to crony capitalism, lost bipartisan issues of 2014

Virginia  |  4:00 am

Amid all the talk about Obamacare, the economy, Obamacare, the “War on Women” and Obamacare — to name a few hot-button topics — some potentially bipartisan issues are getting left in the dust.

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Democratic control on the line in Minnesota on Election Day

Minnesota  |  4:00 am

By Tom Steward | Watchdog Minnesota Bureau
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Regardless of whether Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton holds on to his job next week as polls suggest, Minnesota voters appear poised to topple one party rule in St. Paul on Tuesday.
Even as Governing magazine moved the race for control of the Minnesota House of Representatives into [...]

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Hagan touts ‘most moderate’ status, but is she running from Obama?

North Carolina  |  4:00 am

In a N.C. Senate race characterized by seemingly ubiquitous and accusatory ads, Democrat Kay Hagan touts herself as a moderate lawmaker willing to compromise and capitulate.

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Libertarian Feliciano the anti-Shumlin candidate in VT governors race

Vermont  |  4:00 am

Of all the candidates seeking to become governor of Vermont, Libertarian Dan Feliciano arguably represents the starkest contrast to the policies of Gov. Peter Shumlin. In this interview with Vermont Watchdog, Feliciano pulls no punches in discussing Shumlin’s record, and he warns Vermonters of the economic consequences of adopting single payer health care.

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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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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.

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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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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

 |  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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