Iowa state House lawmakers’ salaries and perks: Searchable list

By   /  March 15, 2013  /  Iowa, News  /  No Comments

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How much do Iowa state House members earn? View our searchable online database.

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Searchable list: Click here to explore the Missouri $100K club data

By   /  February 15, 2013  /  Missouri  /  No Comments

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By Lee Ann O’Neal and Johnny Kampis | Missouri Watchdog
At least 574 employees on the Missouri payroll made $100,000 or more in 2012, a 5 percent increase from 2011, Watchdog found in crunching state records.
Check out who’s in that $100K club here. Search by state agency name (see a full list here), by position/title or by employee name. The […]

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TX: Dimmit Co. sheriff waffles on deal to resign over outside work

By   /  December 10, 2012  /  Local Government, Local News, News, Texas  /  No Comments

OFF-DUTY: Dimmit County Sheriff Joel Gonzalez says he's not resigning over a misdemeanor chart of running a security firm without a license.

By Lee Ann O’Neal | Texas Watchdog
HOUSTON — You know it’s rough when the sheriff has a probation officer.
That’s how things stand in Dimmit County, where Sheriff Joel Gonzalez is under pressure to resign over complaints he neglected his duties while running a security firm without a license, the San Antonio Express-News reports.
The charge against […]

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TX: Six-figure drone, hog snares spotlighted in homeland security report

By   /  December 6, 2012  /  Local Government, News, Texas  /  No Comments

'DISSERVICE': Sen. Tom Coburn derided Homeland Security Committee Democrats for advancing Alejandro Mayorkas' nomination without waiting for an Inspector General's report.

By Lee Ann O’Neal | Texas Watchdog
HOUSTON — Thanks to the Urban Areas Security Initiative there are two feral hog catchers at the ready to make Liberty County, Texas, a safer place to live.
Like the $65 for the brace of hog snares, the Department of Homeland Security has little idea whether the $7.1 billion it […]

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TX: Windstorm agency withholds records on consultant

By   /  December 5, 2012  /  News, Regulations, State Government, Texas  /  No Comments

WINDSTORM AGENCY: Texas’ insurer of last resort has refused to release to the public invoices for an outside consultant.

By Lee Ann O’Neal | Texas Watchdog
HOUSTON — A state agency so troubled that regulators took it over is complaining the costs of that oversight have become burdensome.
The $6.4 million a year, in part for outside consultants charged with helping turn around the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, is a “sore subject” for board members of […]

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TX: Elections fumble hits region plagued by fraud

By   /  November 16, 2012  /  2012 General Election, Education, Elections, News, Texas, Voter Fraud  /  1 Comment

NOVEMBER VOTE: The election of Norma Garza-Torres to a South Texas school board was marred by an elections department error.

By Lee Ann O’Neal | Texas Watchdog
HOUSTON — An elections error in South Texas may have cost the election, and it has surely dented public trust.
The Elections Department in Hidalgo County, nestled along the Rio Grande border with Mexico, allowed 61 voters not residing in the Hidalgo school district to help elect a new board […]

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