Group finds duplicate voters around Virginia

By   /  April 23, 2014  /  Elections, Maryland, News, North Carolina, Transparency, Virginia  /  No Comments

DOUBLING UP: Virginia Voters Alliance has identified duplicate voters in Virginia and Maryland.

A crosscheck of voter rolls in Virginia and Maryland turned up 44,000 people registered in both states, a vote-integrity group reported Wednesday.

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States imposing online sales tax aren’t driving business back to Main Street

By   /  April 23, 2014  /  Economy, Featured, Issues, National, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

AMAZING AMAZON: Researchers found that consumers are shifting away from Amazon in states where online sales taxes are being enacted. But those consumers aren't going back to Main St. businesses, either.

By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org

MINNEAPOLIS — Rather than providing a level playing field or a lifeline for traditional retailers, new online sales taxes are driving consumers to other, non-taxed, online retailers.

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This land is whose land? Debate over federal land heats up in West

By   /  April 23, 2014  /  Federal Government, National, New Mexico, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog

SANTA FE, N.M. — Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy may have brought the fight to the forefront, but western states’ public officials for some time have battled to get control of federal lands back in the hands of the states.

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NREL: What secret gov’t agencies do when its employees threaten to kill reporters

By   /  April 23, 2014  /  Colorado, Energy, Environmental, National, News, Public records  /  No Comments

WHO IS THE VICTIM?: Crosby launched an attack on Watchdog reporters.

A secret government energy lab here went on heightened alert after one of its employees used Twitter to threaten mass murder against Watchdog reporters, according to internal memos and emails received under the Freedom of Information Act.

But the added security measures utilized by the National Renewable Energy Lab weren’t to isolate and chastise staffer Kerrilee Crosby, who used Twitter in late 2012 to advocate what she called “a murderous rampage.”

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Should courts control public money?

By   /  April 23, 2014  /  Education, National, News  /  No Comments

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By Mary Tillotson | Watchdog.org 
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has until Thursday to decide whether to increase funding for the state’s schools.
The decision comes after a March 7 court ruling, ordering the Legislature to fund public schools in the way the court sees as appropriate.
Justin Owen, chief executive officer of the Beacon Center, discussed the issue [...]

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