Rogue agency defied judges to carry out partisan probe of Wisconsin conservatives

State policy changes endanger juvenile detention staff, former workers say

By   /  December 19, 2014  /  Colorado, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Colorado Department of Human Services administrators have “coddled” inmates and led to the increase in attacks on staff with a series of policy and procedural changes, former employees told Watchdog.org.

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Lawmakers grill human services supervisors after Watchdog.org story

By   /  December 16, 2014  /  Colorado, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Part 3 of 3 in the series Juvenile Justice in Colorado

By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org
Colorado lawmakers, in sometimes testy exchanges, questioned the state human services executive director about safety in the state’s juvenile detention facilities after a series of Watchdog.org stories that exposed increases in attacks on staff.
“I mean people aren’t safe, kids aren’t safe, staff […]

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Committee questions Hickenlooper’s alternative fuel policy

By   /  December 12, 2014  /  Colorado, Government Waste  /  No Comments

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By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org
DENVER — State lawmakers said the administration likely will have to take a “budget holiday” from a key initiative of buying new Compressed Natural Gas vehicles after a series of Watchdog.org stories questioned whether the program complies with state law.
Department of Personnel & Administration, Department of Natural Resources and the Colorado […]

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Gruber model errs in Colorado as Vermont prepares to rely on data

By   /  December 12, 2014  /  Colorado, Health Care, Issues, News, Transparency, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Jonathan Gruber’s health care forecasting is failing in Colorado as Vermont’s Gov. Peter Shumlin prepares to use the economist’s math for single-payer health care.

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Repeat offenders target juvenile hall staff

By   /  December 10, 2014  /  Colorado, News, State Budgets  /  No Comments

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Part 2 of 3 in the series Juvenile Justice in Colorado

By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org
DENVER — Zachary Curtis Oliver, the youth charged with attempted murder in the bludgeoning of a detention staffer with a rock-filled pillowcase at Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center, was arrested or investigated three times in 2012, records obtained by Watchdog.org show.
The arrests include suspicion […]

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Colorado lawmakers question juvenile jail budget request after Watchdog.org story

By   /  December 9, 2014  /  Colorado, State Government  /  No Comments

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By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org
DENVER — Colorado Joint Budget Committee members were skeptical of a nearly $10 million request to increase staffing at juvenile detention facilities despite the Colorado Department of Human Services saying increased staff was a way to stem violence.
Watchdog.org on Monday broke the story of skyrocketing attacks on staff at CDHS run […]

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