NM judges to decide on pay raises … for themselves

By   /  April 16, 2014  /  Ethics, Judiciary, Judiciary, New Mexico, News, State Government  /  No Comments

CONFLICT OF INTEREST?: The five justices of the New Mexico Supreme Court have a case before them that would grant all judges in the state an 8 percent raise.

The five justices of the New Mexico Supreme Court may find themselves in a position most American workers can only dream of: giving themselves a raise.

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Judge gives NJ one last chance to keep ‘Doublegate’ secrets

By   /  April 14, 2014  /  Ethics, Fraud, New Jersey, News, Open Records, Pensions, Pensions, State Government  /  No Comments

Confidential

A judge is giving the state’s Division of Criminal Justice one final chance to argue why an index of records from a hush-hush criminal investigation involving Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno should not be released to a New Jersey Watchdog reporter.

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Who pays for Christie’s trips? Watchdog sues NJ for records

By   /  April 11, 2014  /  2016 Presidential Primary, campaign fundraising, Ethics, New Jersey, News, Public records, State Government  /  No Comments

Christie in Delaware

By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog
Who really pays for Gov. Chris Christie’s frequent trips away from New Jersey?
A New Jersey Watchdog reporter is suing the governor’s office in Mercer County Superior Court for records of third-parties who pay for the out-of-state trips taken by Christie and his senior staff.
“There is the public interest in [...]

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Poll: NJ Gov. Christie’s credibility is casualty of Bridgegate scandal

By   /  April 9, 2014  /  2016 Presidential Primary, Ethics, Governor, New Jersey, News, Power Abuse, State Government  /  No Comments

Christie at podium

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s credibility may be the biggest casualty of the Bridgegate scandal, according to a new Rutgers-Eagleton public opinion poll.

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Corbett, Democratic opponents try to top one another with calls for gift ban

By   /  April 4, 2014  /  Accountability, Elections, Ethics, Issues, News, Pennsylvania, State Government  /  No Comments

FOLLOW THE MONEY: Legislators and other state officials in Pennsylvania can accept as many gifts as lobbyists are willing to give them. The state is one of 10 with no restrictions on political gift-giving, beyond an obligation to report gifts exceeding $250 in value.

By Eric Boehm | PA Independent
The next governor of Pennsylvania might have to look the gift horse in the mouth.
After a string of apparent ethics violations across two branches of state government, Gov. Tom Corbett and the various Democratic candidates hoping to defeat him in November are speaking out in favor a gift ban and [...]

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