IL city embodies divide among rich, poor states

By   /  April 22, 2014  /  Featured, Illinois, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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Bloomington is a fine community, halfway between Chicago and St. Louis, home to nearly 120,000 people and the embodiment of the latest “Rich States, Poor States” report.

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Militarized police may be in a town near you

By   /  April 22, 2014  /  Arkansas, California, Featured, Georgia, Local Government, Minnesota, National, New Mexico  /  No Comments

ROLLING OUT IN ST. CLOUD: A retrofitted armored military vehicle is in use by the police department in the town of St. Cloud, Minn. Photo by Jim Maurice of  WJON.com.

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE, N.M. — A New Mexico Watchdog story about a 30-second commercial for the police department in Hobbs has drawn national attention, with a well-known author and civil libertarian criticizing the ad running on television stations across the state emphasizing aggressive, military-style policing.
But Radley Balko points out the Hobbs video isn’t unique. In [...]

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Two NM senators getting plenty of green from environmentalists

By   /  April 21, 2014  /  campaign fundraising, Environment, Environmental, Featured, New Mexico, News  /  No Comments

GETTING SOME GREEN FROM THE GREENS: Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich finish high in a list of top recipients from environmental groups.

As Earth Day celebrates its 44th birthday, the environmental movement has become an increasingly larger presence in Washington, D.C.

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Heavy-handed police bring ‘Minority Report’ to life

By   /  April 18, 2014  /  Accountability, Arizona, Featured, Issues, law enforcement, National, National News, New Jersey, News, Power Abuse, State Government  /  No Comments

PRE-CRIME: With police targeting those who intend to commit crimes, is "pre-crime" going to be the next thing to make the leap from science-fiction to reality?

From coast-to-coast, police departments are starting to crack down on individuals considered “likely” to commit a crime, even if they have yet to do so.

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Illinois lawmakers again look to Chicago casino as revenue jackpot

By   /  April 17, 2014  /  Featured, Illinois, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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By Benjamin Yount | Illinois Watchdog
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — When you’re hungry, even a three-day-old banana and sardine sandwich looks good. And when you are as broke as Illinois, the promise of billions of dollars from a Chicago casino looks amazing.
“Macau, I believe, is the gaming capital of the world. If I’m not mistaken their revenues last [...]

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