Safeguarding rights to privacy behind proposed MN commission

By   /  April 18, 2014  /  Minnesota, News, Open Records, Power Abuse, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

PRIVACY AND PERSONAL DATA RIGHTS AND WRONGS:  Copyright MN House of Representatives. Photo by Paul Battaglia.

To see why a commission to safeguard Minnesotans’ rights to privacy and access to public data may be a slam dunk at the Capitol, check out the complex questions posed to state officials at Open Secrets MN.

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Watchdog report spurs Wichita police spending scrutiny

By   /  April 17, 2014  /  Kansas, law enforcement, Marijuana, News, Open Records, Taxes  /  No Comments

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The Wichita Police Department can’t seem to catch a break.

Only hours after Kansas Watchdog revealed yesterday the law enforcement agency’s massive spike in drug tax revenue – the spending of which Capt. Doug Nolte said the police department doesn’t track – local media pounced.

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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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Report lauds Vermont for leap forward in online transparency

By   /  April 9, 2014  /  Accountability, News, Open Records, Transparency, Vermont  /  No Comments

Attorney general in Iowa faces conflict of interest over dueling roles.

A new report from a national federation of consumer advocacy groups ranks Vermont among the nation’s best in providing online transparency for spending. The U.S. Public Interest Research Group on Tuesday released its fifth annual report comparing spending transparency online across all 50 states.

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Six places you probably didn’t know are getting your tax dollars

By   /  March 31, 2014  /  Open Records, SNAP, Taxes, Transparency, U.S. Senate, Vermont  /  No Comments

Thai food

By Jon Street | Vermont Watchdog
BURLINGTON, Vt. — We’re living in a “very ugly moment in American history.”
Just ask Vermont’s U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who continues to use “massive income inequality” to rail against cuts to food stamps.
“It is astounding to me, from a moral perspective, that folks in the Republican Party stay up nights [...]

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