By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org
“Sunlight,” Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once wrote, “is said to be the best of disinfectants.”
You’ll find the quote in the first sentence of the latest federal appeals court ruling on political speech, like many before it. The Supreme Court has said that it is politicians who need disinfecting. The danger […]
What? Jonathan Gruber, the best person of the year?
In a year of videotaped beheadings, school shootings, Russian invasions and annexations of eastern Ukraine (or, as Valdimir Putin calls them, staycations), Ebola, deadly Mexican cops, deadly American cops, Bashar al-Assad’s readiness to kill his Syrian fellows, Kim Jong Un’s funny/creepy hack of Sony Pictures, the release of those emails revealing that (a) Sony Pictures executives are closet racists and (b) (when they pulled the offending comedy film that irritated KJU) public cowards — in a year like this one, we’re saying, it’s easy to overlook the myriad outrageous acts of your local government bureaucrats. We’re not saying all those in government service are evil, nor even many of them. But they’re out there, the bad or merely incompetent. Watchdog.org’s national network of reporters find them.
Tulsa, Okla., City Manager Jim Twombly apparently doesn’t know how much taxpayers pay to retiring workers in accrued sick and vacation leave each year, and he has ignored an open records request on city salaries for more than a month.
The flawed formula Pennsylvania uses to fund its school districts forces some of its best and brightest to do more with less.
Virginians who try to sell homemade food from their kitchens are feeling the heat from state and local inspectors.
By M.D. Kittle | Watchdog.org
MADISON, Wis. – A recent audit showing the Internal Revenue Service handed out $14.5 billion in improper earned income tax credits in 2012 came as little surprise to budget watchers like Alan Cole.
By Malia Zimmerman | Watchdog.org
HONOLULU — With its strategic location in the Pacific and substantial military assets, Hawaii has been a prime target of foreign governments seeking U.S. intelligence.
The way to stop intelligence breaches, FBI Director James Comey during a recent trip to the 50th state, is to “know your people” and “who has access to […]
In the age of Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat, Pennsylvania is stuck in the past century when it comes to voter registration.
If it’s truly better to give than to receive, please consider Ballotpedia’s analysis of how much you’ve given your top officials — not just governors, but also lieutenant governors, attorneys general and secretaries of state.
Big applause for Ballotpedia, the data geniuses behind the information that Watchdog Data’s lab-coated geeks used to create our own data visualization. […]
In the spirit of being a true watchdog, you really must keep a sharp eye on certain Tennessee government officials in 2015.
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As #Grubergate continues to unfold, Reason.com’s Remy offers up a new video revealing just how President Obama’s administration discussed selling Obamacare to the American people.
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By Izzy Lyman | WatchdogWire.com
Charlie LeDuff, a Fox 2 reporter known for his offbeat exposés, went mano a mano with a Wayne County squatter.
Lynn Arthur Williams Jr., on probation for a felonious assault with a deadly weapon, had taken up residence in a single-family Detroit home bought by Sarah Hamilton-Gilmer.
Hamilton-Gilmer planned on a third-party short sale […]
On the 19th edition of ALEC’s Report Card, Colorado education performance and policies ranked highly among states, with many improvements still to be made.
Denver’s real unemployment rate, like Colorado’s is much higher than the official published figured would indicate.
Westminster, MA will hear public comment to make the town the first municipality in the US to ban the sale of all tobacco products within its borders.
Huntsville schools paid an ex-FBI agent $157,000 to oversee security reforms, including monitoring the social media accounts of the district’s students.
Nevada Republicans made history in the midterm elections, controlling both houses of the Legislature and Governor’s office for the first time since 1929.