Christie promises to ‘tell it like it is,’ but hides truth in New Jersey

By   /  June 30, 2015  /  New Jersey, Open Records, Politics & Elections  /  No Comments

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Chris Christie declared his candidacy for president Tuesday, promising America that he would “tell it like it is.” But his track record in New Jersey shows the governor has often gone to great lengths to hide the truth from taxpayers.

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Vermont business groups question $100,000 awarded to Burlington-based chamber of commerce

By   /  June 30, 2015  /  Accountability, Governor, Issues, Misuse of funds, News, Open Records, Transparency, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Business development groups in Vermont are demanding to know how a $100,000 appropriation for fostering business with Quebec was awarded exclusively to Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, according to emails obtained by Vermont Watchdog.

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Colorado judicial agencies take different positions on death penalty cost records

By   /  June 25, 2015  /  Colorado, judicial accountability, Judiciary, News, Open Records  /  No Comments

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The Colorado public defender’s office declined to provide defense costs of the death penalty trial for Aurora theater shooting defendant James Holmes, citing client confidentiality, but a different Colorado Judicial Branch agency provided some information for another high-profile death penalty case.

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Christie challenges court order to release public record

By   /  June 22, 2015  /  Governor, New Jersey, Open Records, Politics & Elections, Power Abuse, State Government  /  No Comments

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In a bizarre appeal, Gov. Chris Christie is challenging a court order for his office to release a high-tech media list, assembled at taxpayers’ expense, as a public record.

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Resident has concerns, but Mississippi Board of Mental Health doesn’t want to hear about them

By   /  June 19, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Ethics, Government Regulation, Government Waste, Mississippi, News, Open Records, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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The Mississippi Board of Mental Health didn’t have five minutes for a taxpayer to hear her concerns about taxpayer-funded halfway houses.

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Texas Department of Public Safety retracts TrapWire arrests claim

By   /  June 15, 2015  /  National Security, News, Open Records, Texas  /  No Comments

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The Texas Department of Public Safety on Thursday backed off its statement that the citizen monitoring program TrapWire has resulted in 44 arrests after a Texas Watchdog inquiry, the second time since May the department has publicly misrepresented the agency’s accomplishments.

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