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Mississippi provides little transparency for civil asset forfeiture

By   /  July 22, 2016  /  Accountability, Criminal Justice, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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A survey of semiannual audits revealed Mississippi counties earned more than $36 million in fines and forfeitures.

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Aldermen dispute mayor’s claim that refugee resettlement application was made public

By   /  July 20, 2016  /  Accountability, Immigration, Issues, News, Power Abuse, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Members of the Board of Aldermen say they haven’t seen the city’s refugee resettlement application despite a claim by the mayor that the document’s availability proves he’s being transparent on the issue.

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Official vows to stop Lone Star Rail in its tracks

By   /  July 20, 2016  /  Accountability, News, Texas, Transportation  /  No Comments

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Its designated route blocked, the faltering Lone Star Rail project could lose its funding lifeline next month. “To move forward is a waste of taxpayer money,” Hays County Commissioner Will Conley told Watchdog.org.

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State looks to curb tyranny of the local majority

By   /  July 20, 2016  /  Accountability, Immigration, News, State Government, Texas  /  No Comments

Mayor Sylvester Turner could be setting himself up by looking into a municipal identification card program aimed at illegal immigrants.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner this week auditioned for a starring role in a conservative effort in the next legislative session to curb local government overreach. Turner said he is reviewing a call from immigration activists in Houston to create a municipal identification program, an effort to skirt a Supreme Court deadlock that sank President Barack Obama’s effort […]

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Nanny State of the Week: Get out of the pool!

By   /  July 18, 2016  /  Accountability, Delaware, Issues, Nanny State of the Week, News, Power Abuse, Regulations  /  No Comments

NO SWIMMING:

Part 88 of 88 in the series Nanny State of the Week Vacationers to the picturesque resort town of Rehoboth, Delaware, very nearly got a rude surprise from the town government this year, as officials considered banning pools, of all things. For a town that literally survives by making vacationing tourists happy – Rehoboth has […]

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Watchdog Podcast: Why doesn’t anyone want to join the police?

By   /  July 15, 2016  /  Accountability, Commentary, Criminal Justice, Issues, Podcast, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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On this, the final episode of the Watchdog Podcast, hosts Eric Boehm and Matt Kittle take a look at how attitudes towards police are changing across America

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