25-year-old ‘test program’ shields federal contract data, blocks fines

By   /  January 20, 2015  /  California, Congress, Federal Government, Georgia, Maryland, National, News, Virginia  /  No Comments

BAD DEAL: Lloyd Chapman of the American Small Business League says a “test program” is failing U.S. taxpayers by stifling competition for defense contracts.

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org
While government agencies snoop into the private lives of Americans, Congress maintains a stone wall around trillions of dollars in public contracts.
Just before their Christmas break, lawmakers quietly renewed the Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test Program, a oxymorically titled law that blocks disclosure of Pentagon spending.
The only thing “comprehensive” about the program […]

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School choice goes to court: The year’s most important lawsuits

By   /  December 23, 2014  /  Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Education, Florida, Georgia, National, New Hampshire, News, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Washington, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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As inevitably as night follows day, lawsuits follow the establishment or expansion of school choice programs.

This year proved no exception.

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Gov. Christie has no records of who pays for travel, staff claims

By   /  November 3, 2014  /  Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Jersey Big Stories, New Mexico, Ohio, Open Records, Pennsylvania, Politics & Elections, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Uncategorized, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog
While Chris Christie has been vocal during a 19-state campaign trip that ends today, his staff has little to say about who pays for the New Jersey governor’s extensive political travels.
Christie’s office claims it has no records, emails or correspondence concerning the trips, and that it is exempt from […]

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Stuck in the 90s: Tri-state water wars over ACF Basin may be delayed

By   /  September 30, 2014  /  Alabama, Energy and Environment, Florida, Georgia, Supreme Court, Watchdog Arena  /  No Comments

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Solicitor General Verrilli recommends to SCOTUS that 2013 ACF Basin lawsuit be delayed until Army Corps of Engineers revises its manual on water use there.

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Augusta Commission approves more funding for broke Hyde Park project

By   /  September 19, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, Georgia, Local Government, Local News, Watchdog Arena  /  No Comments

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Last night the Augusta Commission voted to approve an additional $630,000 to the financially troubled Hyde Park drainage project.

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Election monitor argues strict photo ID laws won’t oppress transgender voters

By   /  September 12, 2014  /  Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, National, News, Politics & Elections, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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A voter integrity watchdog says a study arguing transgender voters could be disenfranchised by strict voter ID laws is overblown.

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