YouTube moment for Christie backfires in court

By   /  May 28, 2015  /  Governor, investigations, New Jersey, News, Open Records, Power Abuse, State Government  /  No Comments

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A New Jersey judge is giving Gov. Chris Christie one more chance to explain why his office should not disclose nearly $1 million in American Express bills his state police protectors have charged to taxpayers.

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Lawmakers express surprise and frustration at North Dakota Game & Fish payments to nonprofits

By   /  May 28, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Issues, News, North Dakota, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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By Rob Port | Watchdog.org North Dakota Bureau
BISMARCK, N.D. -Taxpayers are helping to fund the activities of two nonprofits that have pressed for the state to spend more tax money on conservation effort.
An open records request filed by Watchdog has uncovered significant amounts of money flowing from the North Dakota Game & Fish Department to […]

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3 things to know about raising Pennsylvania’s 911 surcharge

By   /  May 27, 2015  /  News, PA Independent, Pennsylvania, State Government  /  No Comments

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One of those pesky surcharges on your phone bill could be on the rise if state lawmakers pass a bill to increase funding for 911 call centers.

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On eve of high court hearing, Sweet Briar records bare new story

By   /  May 26, 2015  /  Education, News, Open Records, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

END OF THE TRAIL? Sweet Briar College, an all-women's school, exhibited the trappings of prosperity -- before it didn't.

In a curious twist to the closing of Sweet Briar College, records show the school’s financial position was more precarious a decade ago.

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Bills designed to protect individuals, businesses fail this session

By   /  May 26, 2015  /  Accountability, Colorado, Judiciary, News, Power Abuse, State Government  /  No Comments

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Bills that would have prevented police seizures of money and property without a criminal charge and helped people who say court receiverships ruined their businesses failed in this year’s Legislature.

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Bakken oil pipeline faces decisive MN hearing

By   /  May 25, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Government Regulation, Minnesota, State Government, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

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After months of delays, Minnesota got a go-ahead from an administrative law judge to go with the flow of Bakken oil from North Dakota.

The proposed 610-mile Sandpiper pipeline would connect the Bakken oil shale fields in western North Dakota to refineries in Clearbrook, Minn., and Superior, Wis. Environmental opponents have vowed to fight the project down to the wire.

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