By Melissa Daniels | PA Independent
HARRISBURG — In Pennsylvania, the judicial system isn’t much different than the other two branches of government when it comes to worrying about money.
A 2013 State of the Commonwealth Courts report released this week shows the court system is working to cut its costs as it prepares for a slight decrease [...]
By Eric Boehm | PA Independent
HARRISBURG – Three former governors elected by Pennsylvania voters a total of six times over the past 34 years argued Monday that those same voters should not be trusted to choose the state’s highest-ranking judges.
Former Republican Govs. Dick Thornburgh and Tom Ridge were joined by former Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell [...]
By Patrick B. McGuigan | Oklahoma Watchdog
OKLAHOMA CITY — What a difference a month makes. In September, a meeting of state officials responsible for implementing new criminal justice legislation unfolded like a disastrous opening night for a poorly conceived Broadway show. It was such a mess that David Prater, the Oklahoma County district attorney, said “it would [...]
By PA Independent Staff
HARRISBURG — The controversy over Pennsylvania’s voter photo ID law is entering a new stage as the November elections approach.
Hundreds of protesters, who gathered Tuesday on the steps of the Capitol, said the Republican-driven law is a ploy to disenfranchise groups that tend to vote Democrat.
The following day, the Commonwealth Court held [...]
By Tori Richards | Special to Florida Watchdog
This year’s election cycle is an important one for the state of Florida, a place where approximately 80 percent of the political offices are up for grabs.
But after voters check their box for Barack Obama, Mitt Romney or someone else and then make their selections for Congress, another [...]