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

By   /  August 19, 2014  /  Ethics, New Jersey, 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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Albuquerque school boss gets $350,000 buyout, taxpayers don’t get answers

By   /  August 18, 2014  /  Education, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, Open Records, Transparency  /  No Comments

GOLDEN PARACHUTE: Winston Brooks resigned as the head of the Albuquerque Public Schools and received a $350,000 buyout. But taxpayers have not been told why he's leaving.

Winston Brooks resigned as the head of the Albuquerque Public Schools and received a $350,000 buyout. But taxpayers have not been told why he’s leaving.

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

By   /  August 18, 2014  /  Ethics, New Jersey, 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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$15 billion in unfunded county debts go dark in Virginia

By   /  August 15, 2014  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, Local Government, News, Open Records, Virginia  /  No Comments

LICENSE TO PRINT MONEY:  Virginia's auditing agency is no longer disclosing the unfunded debt of counties and municipalities. At last report, the figure topped $15 billion.

By Kenric Ward | Virginia Bureau
RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia has stopped reporting billions of dollars in unfunded county debts, leaving the public in the dark about the depth of the red ink.
The last online report by the state Auditor of Public Accounts showed that Virginia’s 95 counties had piled up $15.4 billion — $15,474,494,443 to [...]

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Judge gives Christie a pass in travel records lawsuit

By   /  July 30, 2014  /  Ethics, New Jersey, Open Records  /  No Comments

FREE PASS: Gov. Chris Christie avoids disclosure on who pays for travel

By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog
The question of whether Gov. Chris Christie must obey New Jersey state travel rules was left unanswered by a decision Tuesday in Mercer County Superior Court.
Judge Mary C. Jacobson dismissed a lawsuit by a New Jersey Watchdog reporter seeking records of who paid for Christie’s unofficial out-of-state trips. She [...]

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Dispute over Christie travel records takes trip to court

By   /  July 25, 2014  /  New Jersey, Open Records, State Government  /  No Comments

GOV RUNS, BUT CAN'T HIDE: Chris Christie can't duck travel records dispute

By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog
Gov. Chris Christie’s lawyers won’t be allowed to escape a court date next week in a lawsuit brought by a New Jersey Watchdog reporter over records of the governor’s travel paid by outside organizations.
Judge Mary C. Jacobson denied the state’s request Thursday to reschedule or consolidate the case with other public [...]

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