Kemper green-energy plant at risk as key contract deadline passes

By   /  June 12, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Mississippi  /  No Comments

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The Kemper Project integrated gasification power plant is in jeopardy as documents show that two oil-drilling companies are no longer contractually bound to purchase the plant’s CO2.

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Inside one more sketchy Sharpton-family nonprofit

By   /  May 29, 2015  /  National, New York  /  No Comments

POWER COUPLE: Activist and television personality Al Sharpton, Jr., right, and his daughter Dominique Sharpton, 2013.

New records reviewed by National Review show Sharpton’s daughter and her boyfriend, Marcus Bright, together run a shadowy nonprofit that shares corporate donors, board members, and office space with Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, and they won’t answer any questions about it.

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Elizabeth Warren, the real estate profiteer

By   /  May 27, 2015  /  National, Oklahoma  /  No Comments

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By Jillian Kay Melchior and Eliana Johnson | Special to
Nearly two years after Veo Vessels died, her daughter, 70-year-old Mary Frances Hickman, decided to sell the home her mother had left to her. A sprawling brick house in Oklahoma City’s historic Highland Park neighborhood, it was built in 1924, just a year after Mary’s birth.
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Can Philadelphia’s ‘Johnny Doc’ put his brother on state Supreme Court?

By   /  May 19, 2015  /  News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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As Ken Rocks ran for the executive board of Philadelphia’s International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98 last fall, one of its powerful bosses, John “Johnny Doc” Dougherty, mailed a letter to the thousands of electricians in the union attacking the candidate.

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NC businesses say Sierra Club tricked them into signing petition to close coal plant

By   /  May 6, 2015  /  News, North Carolina  /  No Comments

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By Jillian Kay Melchior | Special to
A leading national watchdog group monitoring nonprofits has put the Sierra Club on its watch list after reports that three western North Carolina businesses accused the green group of listing them without permission as co-signatories on a “businesses beyond coal” campaign letter.
The Sierra Club listed 80 businesses as co-signatories […]

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Tom Steyer clarification

By   /  April 7, 2015  /  Commentary  /  No Comments

Tom Steyer

CLARIFICATION: Wealthy environmental activist Tom Steyer has taken issue with Watchdog’s March 16, 2015 opinion piece “Oregon’s Kitzhaber scandal goes much deeper than his fiancée.” The column was intended to criticize the environmental policies that Mr. Steyer has supported.  It was not intended to – and did not – suggest that Mr. Steyer has acted illegally.

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