Tori Richards is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated reporter who has covered some of the biggest news in the world during her 25 years in the business. She has also won a dozen national and local writing awards for her coverage of the judicial system. Richards has worked for CBS News, Bloomberg, Reuters. Agence-France Presse, the NY Post, the NY Times and The Daily among others. Her work has also appeared on CNN.com, FoxNews.com and US News & World Report. Some of her biggest stories included the cases of OJ Simpson, Michael Jackson, the Aryan Brotherhood and the Night Stalker.

Is Orwell’s 1984 coming to Rhode Island?

By   /  November 25, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, Immigration, National, News, Power Abuse, Rhode Island  /  No Comments

Rhode Island: The first state to live in futuristic Epcot-style communities?

An Obama plan to move low-income and minority residents into government-funded “growth centers” has hit a snag in Rhode Island, first in seeking to enact such a statewide plan.

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SolarCity’s $750M tax gift shrouded in secrecy

By   /  November 10, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, National, New York, News, Open Records, State Government  /  No Comments

Photo: WIVB-4 News

By Tori Richards | Watchdog.org
New York taxpayers are footing the bill for a massive $750-million SolarCity manufacturing plant with a promise that the company will spend $5 billion there on product and development, but when a local TV station tried to find out contract details, they were told it was confidential.
Buffalo, N.Y., station WIVB-4 received […]

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Billionaire Steyer spends $15M pushing low priority climate change message in FL

By   /  October 31, 2014  /  California, Economy, Energy and Environment, Florida  /  No Comments

AP file photo

In an effort to oust Gov. Rick Scott, billionaire activist Tom Steyer has underwritten a nearly $15 million campaign focusing on climate change, an issue one important poll says few Florida voters care about.

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Millions flow to four senate hopefuls after billionaires’ White House meeting

By   /  October 29, 2014  /  Colorado, Economy, Energy and Environment, Iowa, Michigan, National, New Hampshire, News, Politics & Elections, U.S. Senate  /  No Comments

AP file photo

 
By Tori Richards and Earl Glynn | Watchdog.org
One day after billionaire Tom Steyer welcomed the Democratic Party elite into his home for a $400,000 fundraiser, he was jetting cross-country to meet with fellow billionaire George Soros and a top Obama aide in the West Wing of the White House.
It was Feb. 20, and the two-hour […]

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Two years later, feds still eyeing Steyer and Musk companies

By   /  October 21, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, Energy and Environment, Federal Government, National, News, Taxes, U.S. Senate  /  No Comments

Photo: Debby Wong/Shutterstock.com

Solar companies financed by billionaire entrepreneurs Tom Steyer and Elon Musk remain under investigation by the U.S. Treasury Department more than two years after subpoenas were served reportedly seeking evidence the companies inflated the value of solar systems in order to increase government payouts.

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California senator investigates millions in Obamacare exchange contracts

By   /  October 15, 2014  /  California, Health Care, National, News, Transparency, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

Ted Gaines

California’s beleaguered Obamacare exchange is one again in the crosshairs of a state senator who is demanding answers following reports that millions in contracts never went out to bid and instead were awarded to friends of the agency’s director.

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