For the last few weeks, much of former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s defense in his federal corruption trial has been pretty simple — what he did for businessman Jonnie Williams, and what Williams did for him, was all just business as usual. And in arguing his innocence by showing the jury that his relationship with Williams was perfectly normal, McDonnell and his defense team are also pinpointing how detrimental it can be to Virginia when the governor views it as part of his job description to privilege particular firms and has the power to do so, one economist says.Read More →
Did you know you don’t have to prove any law enforcement expertise to become a county sheriff in New Mexico?Read More →
The gifts scandal, turned indictment, turned trial of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife hasn’t deterred spending by Virginia lobbyists.Read More →
With a little more than two months remaining before voters go to the polls, Gov. Tom Corbett has a lot of work to do if he wants to win a second term in office.Read More →
After years of organizing home-care workers and waging a divisive 2013 legislative battle, the Service Employees International Union prevailed this week in the largest public-sector union election in Minnesota history.
The victory, certified by the Minnesota Bureau of Mediation Services, came with asterisks that will determine the ultimate effect of the outcome.Read More →
By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
RICHMOND, Va. — Plans to expand Medicaid in Virginia may not be dead on arrival at the General Assembly, but they’re struggling for life support.
“It’s such a big new entitlement at a time when we need to be looking hard at the cost of entitlements,” House Speaker William Howell told [...]