Nanny State of the Week: Vague nuisance laws let officials mandate mowing

By   /  July 27, 2015  /  Accountability, Issues, Nanny State of the Week, News, Ohio, Power Abuse  /  No Comments

A REAL NUISANCE:

Citing vague and ill-defined nuisance laws, local officials in St. Alban’s Township, Ohio, are trying to force two residents to mow their lawn and destroy two years’ worth of work on a small-scale nature preserve.

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Watchdog Podcast: California won’t get broken up, Tesla gets paid for doing nothing and Houston is the next Detroit

By   /  July 24, 2015  /  Accountability, Alaska, California, Federal Government, First Amendment, Issues, National, Pennsylvania, Podcast, Politics & Elections, State Budgets, State Government, Texas, WatchBlog  /  No Comments

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Watchdog Podcast: [Ep 93] California won’t get broken up, Tesla gets paid for doing nothing and Houston is the next Detroit

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Colorado senator says he has no records on his lobbyist-written elderly care bill

By   /  July 24, 2015  /  Accountability, Colorado, News, Open Records, State Government  /  No Comments

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The state senator who carried a lobbyist-written bill this session on elderly care changes contends he has no records about his interaction with special-interest lobbyists on the topic, highlighting what critics say is a major problem in legislative transparency.

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Watchdog Podcast: A political witch hunt in Wisconsin comes to an end

By   /  July 17, 2015  /  Accountability, Commentary, Finances, First Amendment, Issues, Judiciary, Podcast, Politics & Elections, State Budgets, State Government, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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The Wisconsin Supreme Court brought an end to the three-year John Doe saga – a politically-motivated witch hunt in the Badger State targeting conservative individuals and groups that backed Gov. Scott Walker during his recall campaign in 2012.

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Wisconsin Supreme Court shuts down John Doe investigation, affirms First Amendment

By   /  July 16, 2015  /  Accountability, First Amendment, Free Speech, Issues, Judiciary, News, State Government, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

FILE - In this July 14, 2015 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, speaks during a campaign event at a Harley-Davidson dealership in Las Vegas. The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday ended a secret investigation into whether Republican Gov. Scott Walker's campaign illegally coordinated with conservative groups in winning his 2012 recall election. (AP Photo/John Locher)

In a ruling issued Thursday morning, the high court ordered an end to the politically-motivated investigation into conservative groups in Wisconsin that has been dragging on for more than three years.

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Wisconsin Supreme Court shuts down John Doe investigation

By   /  July 16, 2015  /  Accountability, Issues, Judiciary, News, Politics & Elections, State Government, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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In a ruling issued Thursday morning, the high court ordered an end to the politically-motivated investigation into conservative groups in Wisconsin that has been dragging on for more than three years.

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