Watchdog Podcast: Sanctuary cities, immigration reform and the out-of-control EPA

By   /  August 28, 2015  /  Accountability, Commentary, Federal Government, Immigration, Issues, National, Podcast, Power Abuse, State Government, WatchBlog, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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A look at some recent comments made by Republican governors about one key aspect of the immigration debate: what to do about sanctuary cities.

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Watchdog Podcast: Is there any accountability at the EPA?

By   /  August 21, 2015  /  Accountability, Commentary, Federal Government, Issues, National, Open Records, Power Abuse, State Government, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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In the aftermath of the EPA-caused catastrophe in Colorado, the Environmental Protection Agency’s top officials said they took “full responsibility” for the spill. What does that really mean?

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Members of Congress ask IRS to return money seized from dairy farmers

By   /  August 21, 2015  /  Accountability, Federal Government, Issues, National, News, Power Abuse  /  No Comments

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The IRS seized $67,000 in 2012 from a pair of Maryland dairy farmers, despite not charging them with any crimes. Now, some members of Congress are asking the Treasury to repay that money.

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University’s $70 million debt to state mysteriously disappears in a blur of lawmaking

By   /  August 19, 2015  /  Accountability, Education, State Budgets, State Government, Texas  /  No Comments

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The University of North Texas system will skate on a bill for $70 million in public money that it received and then spent on ineligible employee pay and benefits.
The university system collected the cash between 2004 and 2014 because of its poor accounting and other factors, state auditors said.
Though the auditor recommended repayment, the state […]

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Ethics complaint targets Kane; alleges she used public office for her criminal defense

By   /  August 18, 2015  /  Accountability, Issues, News, PA Independent, Pennsylvania, Power Abuse, State Government  /  No Comments

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Political activist Gene Stilp on Tuesday morning filing a complaint against Kane with the Pennsylvania Ethics Commission, alleging that Kane is using state office to aid her defense against criminal charges brought by Montgomery County district attorney Risa Ferman.

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Private toll road picks up speed south of Austin

By   /  August 14, 2015  /  Accountability, News, Texas  /  No Comments

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By Kenric Ward | Texas Watchdog.org
A rural Texas toll road run by a private company is adding traffic faster than a companion segment operated by the state Department of Transportation.
The southern section of State Highway 130 between south Austin and Seguin collected 1,744,921 tolls in the second quarter. That’s up 26.9 percent from the first […]

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