‘Activate Wichita’ outreach system may be echo chamber of positivity

By   /  October 1, 2014  /  Kansas, Local Government, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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By Bob Weeks | WatchdogWire.com
Activate Wichita is touted by Wichita city officials as an “online conversation about the future of the Greater Wichita metropolitan area.”
On Facebook, Activate Wichita is sold as “an innovative new way to be heard on the issues your passionate about. Whether your passion is local arts, the environment, or employment creation, you can log [...]

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Medical lobbyists spend over $1 million to influence VA legislators

By   /  October 1, 2014  /  Health Care, State Lobbying, State Politics, Virginia, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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By Joan Bishop | WatchdogWire.com
Medical lobbying groups have spent more than $1 million to influence politicians in Virginia.
The list of total expenditures by medical lobbyists for the period May 2013 – April 2014 includes:

VA Hospital and Healthcare Association – $474,963
Medical Society of Virginia – $162,858
Humana, Inc – $128,681
Bon Secours Health System (Virginia) – $127,350
VA Association of Health [...]

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Gun rights at NC State Fair not so fair

By   /  October 1, 2014  /  North Carolina, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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By Ann Kane | WatchdogWire.com
Grass Roots North Carolina has challenged Department of Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler to take down signs at the North Carolina State Fair that prohibit the carrying of guns onto the fairgrounds.
Troxler held a news conference on Tuesday to explain why his department will continue the ban on weapons at the fair, unless [...]

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California’s Brown bans plastic bags, taxes paper and encourages bacteria

By   /  October 1, 2014  /  California, Energy and Environment, Government Regulation, unions, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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By Katy Grimes | WatchdogWire.com
The deal between the California Grocers Association and United Food and Commercial Workers labor union paid off. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill to ban and tax plastic and paper grocery bags …  despite the fact that all types of plastic shopping bags can be recycled into new bags.
SB 270 by state Sens. [...]

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Ferguson officials charge inflated fees for access to public documents

By   /  September 30, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Journalism, Local Government, Local News, Missouri, Open Records, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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Press organizations investigating the Michael Brown incident are being charged incredibly high fees for public records by the city of Ferguson, Missouri.

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Obamaphone use up 100-fold in Maryland

By   /  September 30, 2014  /  Federal Government, Maryland, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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A new report claims that use of consumer subsidized Obamaphones in Maryland grew 100-fold in three years.

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