Part 31 of 51 in the series Shutdown 2013
By Tori Richards | Watchdog.org
The U.S. Customs Service was established by the first Congress shortly after the Revolution, yet when their modern-day counterparts meet to hash over the budget impasse, they worry about emergency funding to national parks and Head Start – ignoring what men and women of George Washington’s era regarded as [...]
By Tom Steward | Watchdog Minnesota Bureau
MINNEAPOLIS — The relationship involving the Minnesota Orchestra and Twin Cities Music Union Local 30-73 is badly out of tune.
Can former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell help?
Mitchell isn’t a musician, nor does he play one on TV, yet the legendary special envoy to the Middle East and Northern Ireland has become entangled in a year-long labor lockout that’s proving to be [...]
By Carten Cordell │ Watchdog.org, Virginia Bureau
ALEXANDRIA — If there’s a political bandwagon to hop onto these days in Virginia, it’s ethics reform.
In the wake of the Star Scientific controversy, there’s been a cacophony of calls to amend the state’s gift disclosure laws, and even the old idea of establishing Virginia’s first ethics commission has [...]
Gov. Bob McDonnell’s apology Tuesday over loans and gifts from Star Scientific was about as big a mea culpa as you’ll ever see in state politics.Read More →