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Watchdog’s Scariest People of 2015: No. 4

By   /  January 1, 2016  /  Nebraska, News  /  No Comments

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If only he would put his considerable skills to use helping his constituents, then he truly might be worthy of Politico’s honor. Until then, we have another title for him: Scary.

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Watchdog’s Scariest People of 2015: No. 18

By   /  December 29, 2015  /  Nebraska, News, Taxes  /  No Comments

Hitchcock County News

Friends of this rural Nebraska county assessor had the benefit of a tax break, a state investigation found.

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Special districts — with power to tax — grow like weeds in Texas

By   /  December 25, 2015  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

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Ghost-like governments with the power to tax continue to proliferate in Texas, which has the third most special purpose districts in the nation, despite efforts to rein them in and make them more transparent.

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Denton scraps ordinance that muzzled council members

By   /  December 17, 2015  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

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The First Amendment scored a victory Tuesday in Denton, where after months of debate, the City Council unanimously voted to repeal an ordinance that criminalized their disclosure of information from the council’s private meetings.

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Denton councilman calls for inquiry into ‘anarchist’ environmentalists

By   /  December 15, 2015  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

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A Denton city councilman questions why a city recreation center was allowed to be rented by an environmental activist group that he says is “promoting anarchy in our city.” The group at issue, doesn’t deny it’s anarchist, but says the real danger is the councilman’s “witch hunt.”

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Fort Worth unveils the latest addition to massive public art collection

By   /  December 14, 2015  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

Fort Worth officials dedicated a $1 million sculpture Thursday, just one of the $11.74 million worth of publicly funded art projects it has in the pipeline.

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