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Bruce Parker is a reporter and editor for His stories have been featured at, Bloomberg, Politico, The Daily Caller, the Washington Times, Human Events and Thomson, among other outlets. Contact him at [email protected]

Lone alderman in on refugee secret ‘stunned’ at speed of decision

By   /  July 26, 2016  /  Accountability, Immigration, Issues, News, Power Abuse, Transparency, Vermont  /  No Comments

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A secret plan to make Rutland a permanent refugee resettlement community has divided residents and put the mayor’s political future in doubt. But at least one member of the Board of Aldermen knew about the secret, and that official told Watchdog he is “stunned” at how fast the plan was carried out.

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Vermont’s revenue forecast downgraded by $28 million

By   /  July 22, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Issues, News, State Budgets, Taxes, Vermont  /  No Comments

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State economists project that Vermont’s tax revenues will be $28 million lower this fiscal year than originally forecast in January, mostly due to technical adjustments and a slightly weakening economy.

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Aldermen dispute mayor’s claim that refugee resettlement application was made public

By   /  July 20, 2016  /  Accountability, Immigration, Issues, News, Power Abuse, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Members of the Board of Aldermen say they haven’t seen the city’s refugee resettlement application despite a claim by the mayor that the document’s availability proves he’s being transparent on the issue.

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Vermont candidates defend Black Lives Matter following deadly violence against police

By   /  July 12, 2016  /  Criminal Justice, Issues, News, Politics & Elections, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Candidates running for top offices in Vermont are voicing support for Black Lives Matter following the murder of five police officers in Dallas and attacks on 21 police in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Natural Resources Defense Council perpetuates ‘toxic coal ash’ myth in ad

By   /  July 12, 2016  /  Energy and Environment, News, North Carolina, Transparency  /  No Comments

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As Gov. Pat McCrory mulls over a bill to advance coal ash cleanup in North Carolina, an ad aimed at prompting his veto is playing heavy on emotions and loose with the facts.

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Vermont Health Department begins releasing stats on refugees with active TB

By   /  July 8, 2016  /  Health Care, Issues, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

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The Vermont Department of Health has begun releasing statistics on active tuberculosis among refugees following Watchdog’s reporting on the issue.

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