Stimulus award to Denver Post’s $50K bike tour goes unreported

By   /  October 20, 2014  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, Colorado, Federal Stimulus, Journalism, Open Records, State Government, Stimulus, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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The Denver Post’s inaugural 2012 “Pedal the Plains” bicycle tour may have received $50,000 in Stimulus funds from Gov. Hickenlooper, unreported by the paper.

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Ohio ranks 12th for cronyist state

By   /  October 20, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Business, Jobs + Growth, State Government, Wasteful spending, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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By Stephanie Kreuz | WatchdogWire.com
Does Ohio play fair? Or smart? When it comes to the number of dollars spent in subsidies, Ohio ranks the 12th cronyist.
The Mercatus Center recently illustrated how states rank in providing benefits to particular companies, rather than providing better opportunity for all companies.
 
Ohio’s neighboring states ranked fourth (Michigan), fifth (Kentucky), seventh (Indiana), and 11th (Pennsylvania) in [...]

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Denver’s paperwork burdens women-owned businesses

By   /  October 20, 2014  /  Business, Colorado, Economy, Jobs + Growth, Spying, State Government, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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By Joshua Sharf | WatchdogWire.com
Denver’s process for certifying women-owned small businesses not only duplicates the federal paperwork, it includes several provisions that are significantly more intrusive, and puts potentially sensitive information in the hands of government employees.
The federal Women-Owned Small Business certification process is administered by the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce, while the City [...]

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Maryland health care exchange keeps documents secret

By   /  October 20, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Accountability, Health Care, Maryland, Open Records, Politics, State Government, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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The state health care exchange is using the disclosure clause the Maryland Public Information Act to justify its own secrecy regarding its documents.

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Cylvia Hayes admits she once bought land to illegally grow marijuana

By   /  October 20, 2014  /  News, Oregon, State Politics, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes was, in addition to her other scandals, involved in an illegal marijuana growing operation in 1997-1998.

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How ‘Fight for 15′ will lead to ‘Smart Dining’ and fewer jobs

By   /  October 15, 2014  /  Business, Economy, unions, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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By Melissa Genson | WatchdogWire.com
With President Obama’s blessing, organized labor unions have focused their ‘Fight for 15′ minimum wage movement on food service workers in large corporations.
Across the country, support has been growing.
Ironically, those big corporations are the most prepared to compensate for increased labor costs with “Smart Dining” — replacing workers with machines.
Restaurant chains [...]

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