Economist: Cut VA governor’s ability to favor firms to prevent future scandals

By   /  September 1, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

'UNCONSCIONABLE': Gov. Bob McDonnell said the bipartisan budget failures in Washington, D.C. are a "pox on both houses."

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.

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Who can be a sheriff in NM? Just about anybody

By   /  September 1, 2014  /  Local Government, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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Did you know you don’t have to prove any law enforcement expertise to become a county sheriff in New Mexico?

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Medicaid expansion debate drives lobbyist spending in Virginia

By   /  August 29, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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The gifts scandal, turned indictment, turned trial of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife hasn’t deterred spending by Virginia lobbyists.

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Three things to know: New poll shows Corbett trailing Wolf by 25 points in PA gubernatorial race

By   /  August 28, 2014  /  Elections, Issues, News, Pennsylvania, State Government, WatchBlog  /  No Comments

RUNNING AWAY: York County businessman Tom Wolf, left, leads Gov. Tom Corbett, right, by 25 points in a new statewide poll released Thursday.

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.

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Home-care workers’ union election prompts new legal challenge

By   /  August 28, 2014  /  Minnesota, State Government, unions  /  No Comments

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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.

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VA House speaker: McAuliffe has Medicaid problem

By   /  August 28, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

HOUSE CALL: House Speaker William Howell and fellow Republican leaders in the GOP-dominated chamber remain staunchly opposed to Medicaid expansion.

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 [...]

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