Report: Donations to Clinton Foundation may have influenced State Department policy

By   /  April 10, 2015  /  Federal Government, Issues, National, News, WatchBlog  /  No Comments

Photo credit: Hillary Clinton, via Twitter

By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org
Massive donations from an oil magnate to the Clinton Foundation may have influenced the United States’ decision to turn a blind eye to human rights abuses carried out in the nation of Colombia, according to an explosive investigation published Thursday by the International Business Times.
The report says that union leaders and […]

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The closest high-speed rail will come to Sacramento?

By   /  February 24, 2015  /  California, Commentary, Uncategorized, WatchBlog  /  No Comments

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The contractor for California’s high-speed rail system is having an event on the Capitol grounds, featuring a model car that is “Connectin Cities at 220 miles per hour.”
For $68 billion, they ought to be able to afford a “g” (in connecting). Furthermore, this train will never go 220 mph — not with a blended route that […]

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Three things to know: New poll shows Corbett trailing Wolf by 25 points in PA gubernatorial race

By   /  August 28, 2014  /  Issues, News, Pennsylvania, Politics & Elections, State Government, WatchBlog  /  No Comments

RUNNING AWAY: York County businessman Tom Wolf, left, leads Gov. Tom Corbett, right, by 25 points in a new statewide poll released Thursday.

With a little more than two months remaining before voters go to the polls, Gov. Tom Corbett has a lot of work to do if he wants to win a second term in office.

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House arrest for Philly cop who dangled man from 18th story balcony

By   /  August 14, 2014  /  Issues, News, Pennsylvania, Power Abuse, WatchBlog  /  No Comments

CORRUPT COPS: Six officers working as part of a narcotics unit in Philadelphia were threatening, abusing and robbing drug dealers - then reselling the drugs, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. (Photos provided by the Philadelphia Police Department)

By Eric Boehm | PA Independent
Three Philadelphia narcotics cops who were charged with a variety of federal crimes committed while on-duty were released and confined to house arrest this week as they await trial.
Among them is Linwood Norman, who allegedly lifted a suspect off his feet and “leaned him over a balcony railing on the […]

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‘Ghost employee:’ Corbett aide Tomalis to resign amid allegations

By   /  August 13, 2014  /  Education, Issues, News, Pennsylvania, State Government, WatchBlog  /  No Comments

TOMALIS: Ron Tomalis stepped down as Secretary of Education in 2013 and accepted a new position as a special adviser to the new department head, while keeping a $115,000 annual salary.

Former Secretary of Education Ron Tomalis will resign from a job that he may not have been doing in the first place.

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House ends pension debate by sending bill back to committee

By   /  July 2, 2014  /  Pennsylvania, Pensions, WatchBlog  /  No Comments

DIGIROLAMO ON THE HOUSE FLOOR WITH THE MOTION TO RE-COMMIT: State Rep. Gene DiGirolamo killed the state House's effort to overhaul Pennsylvania's public pensions - though he merely delivered the fatal blow to a proposal that seemed unlikely to survive.

By Eric Boehm | PA Independent
Fifteen Republicans broke ranks and voted with a unanimous block of House Democrats to shut down debate on a pension bill Tuesday afternoon and send it back to committee.
It was an inglorious end to a two-week push from some House Republicans and Gov. Tom Corbett, who wanted to see changes […]

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