Watchdog Podcast: Behind The Headlines — Connecting the dots between lobbyists and members of Congress

By   /  April 15, 2015  /  Accountability, Issues, Podcast, Politics, Politics & Elections, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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By Eric Boehm | Watchdog Radio
This is Behind the Headlines, Watchdog.org’s podcast that takes a deeper look at the political news of the day.
In this week’s episode, host Eric Boehm sits down with Sarah Rosier of the Lucy Burns Institute to talk about its new report, an attempt to connect the dots between deep-pocketed lobbyists […]

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The case for a new holiday: Inside the first ever Freedom Day celebration

By   /  April 14, 2015  /  Accountability, Federal Government, First Amendment, Free Speech, National, News, Politics & Elections, State Government  /  No Comments

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With apologies to Sara Lee: nobody doesn’t like freedom.

But do Americans appreciate and understand their freedom enough? Frayda Levy thinks not, and wants to make sure people take time, once a year, to appreciate the uniquely American experience of it all.

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Federal court: no liability for PA judge who made up criminal charge

By   /  April 13, 2015  /  Accountability, First Amendment, judicial accountability, Judiciary, Local Government, Local News, News, Pennsylvania, Power Abuse  /  No Comments

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The 3rd Circuit told a Lawrence County woman last week that she is simply out of luck and can’t sue local officials, including a Common Pleas judge who made up a criminal charge. A judge has near-absolute civil immunity, even if the action “was in error, was done maliciously, or was in excess of his authority,” the court ruled. And so there’s no liability for a judge who seems to have created his own procedure to use electronic monitoring in civil cases, here to essentially play collection agency for an attorney.

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Slush fund? Santa Fe can’t account for $30 million in bond money

By   /  April 9, 2015  /  Accountability, Ethics, Finances, Local Government, New Mexico, News  /  No Comments

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“We really have no idea if there was fraud or embezzlement,” Booth said. “We don’t know how many millions of feet of pipe came in and where it went. My feeling is a lot of stuff walked away, especially now that we know there were absolutely no controls.”

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Colorado taxpayers pay high salaries and more money to teach on state time

By   /  April 8, 2015  /  Accountability, Colorado, Finances, Government Waste, judicial accountability, Judiciary, News, Open Records  /  No Comments

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Taxpayers paid state Supreme Court Chief Justice Nancy Rice nearly $148,000 plus generous government benefits last year. But, since 2007, she collected more than $100,000 in public money teaching University of Colorado law school classes that began during normal judicial business hours, Watchdog.org has found.

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Emails reveal cozy relationship between Boeing, Ex-Im Bank

By   /  April 3, 2015  /  Accountability, Federal Government, Finances, Issues, National, News  /  No Comments

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Emails obtained by lawyers for Delta Airlines and published this week by the Washington Times provide a glimpse inside the cozy relationship between the federal Export-Import Bank and its biggest beneficiary.

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