Baldwin aide breaks silence, alleges senator engaged in ‘coverup’

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Surprised solar customers find themselves with liens

By   /  April 15, 2015  /  Arizona, California, Energy and Environment, National, News  /  No Comments

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Jeff Leeds says installing SolarCity’s panels on the roof of his home in the Northern California city of El Granada was the sorriest day of his life.

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LA School District violates charter school law, high court finds

By   /  April 10, 2015  /  California, Education, News  /  No Comments

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Charter Schools won a victory against the Los Angeles Unified School District when the California Supreme Court ruled Thursday the district failed to give charters enough space.

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Whistleblower says senator’s visit won’t change anything at embattled VA

By   /  March 31, 2015  /  Louisiana, National  /  No Comments

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Part 12 of 12 in the series Veterans Affairs

By Tori Richards | Watchdog.org
The whistleblower who revealed secret waiting lists at a Louisiana veterans hospital plagued by supply shortages and shoddy care expressed skepticism that a U.S. senator’s visit Monday would change anything.
Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., said he toured the facility in response to stories by Watchdog.org […]

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The FBI and CIA: What’s a FOIA?

By   /  March 20, 2015  /  Censorship, National, Open Records, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Part 10 of 9 in the series Sunshine Week

By Tori Richards | Watchdog.org
This may be Sunshine Week for anyone seeking transparency in government, but for the feds — especially the intelligence agencies — it’s anything but.
With a stroke of a pen, President Obama made it official that his office is exempt from information disclosure. And former Secretary […]

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Watchdog.org goes inside Veteran Affair’s secret wait list system

By   /  March 17, 2015  /  Louisiana, National  /  No Comments

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Shea Wilkes had a problem. The performance goals he faced as a Veterans Affairs employee in Shreveport, La., required him to meet rising demand for health care with an increasingly outnumbered staff.

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Veterans Affairs submits whistleblower to criminal investigation; US Special Counsel steps in

By   /  March 12, 2015  /  Louisiana, National, News  /  1 Comment

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The U.S. Office of Special Counsel is now investigating the claims of a whistleblower who revealed the use of a secret appointment wait list at the Shreveport VA hospital — including 37 veterans who died awaiting care.

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