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


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

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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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Nanny of the Week: School bans lip balm, 11 year-old girl fights back

By   /  September 12, 2014  /  Abuse of power, National, News, Power Abuse  /  No Comments

FEELING CHAPPED: School board nannies in Virginia say Chapstick and other forms of lip balm are not allowed in schools because they could be a danger to students with allergies.

Part 20 of 22 in the series Nanny State of the Week

By Eric Boehm |
When even the kids know the nanny state has gone too far, well, you know its really gone too far.
The Augusta County School Board in Virginia was scolded this week by an 11-year old girl who takes issue with the [...]

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Homeowners file injunction against Philly law enforcement over forfeiture

By   /  September 9, 2014  /  Accountability, Issues, News, Pennsylvania, Power Abuse  /  No Comments


A group of Philadelphia homeowners has asked a federal judge to stop the city’s law enforcement from confiscating homes, cars and other property.

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