Wolf bans gifts for executive branch first day as PA governor

By   /  January 21, 2015  /  Ethics, Legislature, Lobbying, News, Pennsylvania, State Government  /  No Comments

Andrew Staub/PA Independent

Not long after taking the oath of office, Gov. Tom Wolf made good on promises to instill two good-government protections.

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Don’t count out Tom Steyer yet

By   /  December 22, 2014  /  California, Energy and Environment, Florida, Lobbying, National, Politics, Politics & Elections  /  No Comments

TRUE BLUE?: Former hedge fund manager Tom Steyer bankrolls Democrats and is scheduled to go behind closed doors with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

Billionaire green energy activist Tom Steyer may have been shut down in his bid to elect a slate of hand-picked governors and U.S. senators, but don’t count him out just yet.

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Study says Mississippi corruption isn’t nation’s worst

By   /  December 11, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, Legislature, Lobbying, Local Government, Mississippi, Misuse of funds, Politics, Transparency, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

Photo by the state of Mississippi

Perception is reality, and when it comes to Mississippi corruption, the state’s not immune.

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‘Green’ lobby pushes to extend lucrative tax breaks

By   /  November 28, 2014  /  Congress, Lobbying, National, Nevada, News, Virginia  /  No Comments

POLITICAL POWER: The world's largest solar array is in Nevada, Sen. Harry Reid's home state. Solar projects receive the biggest federal tax subsidies per megawatt of any form of energy.

As the lame-duck Congress limps to the finish line, billions of dollars in dubious federal energy subsidies remain in limbo.

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Mississippi campaign finance laws burdensome to some, not others

By   /  November 19, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Free Speech, Government Regulation, Lobbying, Mississippi, Politics, Regulations  /  No Comments

Photo by the state of Mississippi

A federal court upheld Mississippi’s campaign finance regulations on “political committees.”

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Report on Kemper Project casts embattled power plant in poor light

By   /  November 5, 2014  /  Economy, Energy and Environment, Jobs + Growth, Lobbying, Mississippi, Politics, Regulations, Technology  /  No Comments

STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION: The Kemper Project, a first-of-its-kind power plant that converts pulverized coal dust into natural gas-like syngas to fuel power-generating turbines, has ballooned from an original cost of $2.4 billion to nearly $5 billion. The plant is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of this year, according to the Southern Company. PHOTO BY: THE SOUTHERN COMPANY

Imagine a first-of-its-kind power plant that costs $3.6 billion more than originally planned, with safety issues that required expensive, late fixes and a management team that denied delays and cost overruns until papering them over was no longer an option.

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