Christie staff caught misleading NJ court in travel records dispute

By   /  October 20, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Ethics, New Jersey, News, Open Records, Power Abuse  /  No Comments

Governor's Office/Mykwain Gainey

 
By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog
What happens when Gov. Chris Christie’s staff is caught lying to a New Jersey court about the existence of public records?
That legal bombshell may explode in Mercer County Superior Court this week in the governor’s battle with a New Jersey Watchdog reporter over travel expense accounts.
Documents surfaced that directly [...]

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County manager says taxpayers done paying convicted sheriff UPDATE: New sheriff selected

By   /  October 1, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Local Government, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News, Power Abuse  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of KOB-TV

Sheriff Tommy Rodella refuses to resign after a conviction in federal court but the county manager says taxpayers in Rio Arriba County are through paying his salary.

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Government employees and politicians get special status from TSA

By   /  September 26, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Accountability, Federal Government, National, News, Power Abuse  /  No Comments

AIRPORT SCREENER:

Government employees and politicians get preferential treatment from the Transportation Security Administration simply for being government employees and politicians.

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Appeals court reverses John Doe injunction, but Wisconsin’s secret war far from over

By   /  September 24, 2014  /  National, News, Open Records, Politics & Elections, Power Abuse, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

AP file photo

Expressing deep concerns and respect for states’ rights, the U.S.Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit on Wednesday reversed a lower-court injunction that had shut down a politically charged John Doe investigation into dozens of conservatives groups.

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‘Bonusgate’ attorney disbarred, seven years after legislative scandal hit

By   /  September 22, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Accountability, Ethics, Fraud, Government Waste, Legislature, News, Pennsylvania, Politics, Power Abuse, State Government, State House, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

Photo from Pennsylvania Department of Corrections webpage

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court finally disbarred lawyer Jeff Foreman, seven years after “Bonusgate” exploded into the public eye. Governor Tom Corbett was then attorney general, and his office investigated nearly $4 million worth of bonuses paid to legislative staffers in the Pennsylvania General Assembly and other misuse of public funds. Several legislators and staff — including Foreman — spent time behind bars in one way or another.

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NJ Watchdog appeals denial of Christie travel records

By   /  September 17, 2014  /  New Jersey, New Jersey Big Stories, New Jersey Watchdog, News, Open Records, Power Abuse  /  No Comments

Tim Larsen, Governor's Office

Gov. Chris Christie’s attempt to flout state travel rules will be contested in New Jersey appeals court. The case pits the governor’s power versus transparency in government – a cause Christie once championed.

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