Conflicting rules create ethics conundrum for mortuary inspector

By   /  August 22, 2014  /  Accountability, Ethics, News, Pennsylvania, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

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Pennsylvania mortuary inspector caught up in conflicting regulations that left her at odds with the ethics commission. Why hiring practices need to conform to specific fields, to prevent these issues.

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Confidential report says discrimination, retaliation claims ‘lack merit’

By   /  August 22, 2014  /  Colorado, Ethics, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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By Arthur Kane |
The former CFO for Colorado’s controversial Secretary of State Scott Gessler is claiming a hostile work environment and that she was demoted because she testified against her boss at an ethics hearing and in front of a grand jury.
But an outside investigation, obtained exclusively by, determined that Heather Lizotte is [...]

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Indicted NM sheriff under pressure to quit, but will he?

By   /  August 21, 2014  /  Ethics, Local Government, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News  /  No Comments

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The Rio Arriba County commission wants embattled sheriff Tommy Rodella to resign but there’s little indication that Rodella will step down.

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New York Press Club blasts Gov. Christie’s blacklist tactic

By   /  August 19, 2014  /  Ethics, New Jersey, New Jersey Big Stories, New Jersey Watchdog, Open Records  /  No Comments

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The New York Press Club is publicly criticizing Gov. Chris Christie and his staff for blacklisting New Jersey Watchdog.

The journalists’ organization “expresses its outrage over the Christie administration’s apparent ‘blacklisting’ of New Jersey Watchdog, in an effort to prevent the news outlet from receiving press advisories and official announcements from the governor’s office,” Press Club President Larry Seary said.

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No news for you! Gov. Christie ‘blacklists’ New Jersey Watchdog

By   /  August 18, 2014  /  Ethics, New Jersey, New Jersey Big Stories, News, Open Records  /  No Comments

PLAYING RUFF -  Gov. Chris Christie tries to curb New Jersey Watchdog

By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog
To fight selective government secrecy, New Jersey Watchdog is trying to obtain news releases from Gov. Chris Christie under the state public records law.
Christie’s staff has not responded to the news site’s requests to be added to the list of news outlets receiving press advisories, official announcements and daily schedules from [...]

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They bought what?! Top 5 ridiculous Kansas campaign cash purchases

By   /  August 5, 2014  /  Elections, Ethics, Kansas, News  /  No Comments

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When it comes to wielding the power of campaign contributions, state law gives Kansas political candidates a fair amount of wiggle room.

Statute permits those vying for public office to use political funds for any “legitimate” campaign purpose or expense associated with holding their elected position. As you can imagine, that leaves a gray area about a mile wide.

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