Fully funded ed program would strain Mississippi budget

By   /  September 24, 2014  /  Budget + Tax, Budget and Spending, Economy, Government Waste, Legislature, Lobbying, Local Government, Mississippi, News, Politics, Regulations, School Choice, State House, State Lobbying, State Politics, Taxes, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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If the legislature is forced to fully fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, the state’s budget will be in disarray.

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Mississippi radio group has gotten $8 million from taxpayers

By   /  September 3, 2014  /  Earmarks, Government Waste, Lobbying, Mississippi, News, Regulations, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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A Mississippi radio group is an all-too-frequent feeder at the state trough.

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Maryland senator votes in favor of his lobbyist wife’s client

By   /  September 2, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Legislature, Lobbying, Maryland, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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A Maryland senator voted against a bill which would have been harmful to the client whom his lobbyist wife represented during the 2014 legislative session.

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Taxpayers foot bill for state’s two baseball stadiums

By   /  August 28, 2014  /  community, Economy, Government Waste, Lobbying, Local Government, Mississippi, Misuse of funds, Politics, Taxes  /  No Comments

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If you say “play ball” in Mississippi, taxpayers pick up the tab.

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Congresswoman asks Reddit users to help her donors ‘rebrand’ net neutrality

By   /  August 25, 2014  /  Campaign Finance, Lobbying, National, News, Politics, Regulations, Technology  /  No Comments

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One of Silicon Valley’s congresswomen is appealing to Reddit users to help her protect the bottom lines of her largest campaign contributors, including Google, as she seeks to become the top Democrat on one of the oldest and most powerful committees in Congress.

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$5.53 billion Kemper Project’s genesis a tangled path

By   /  July 28, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, Government Regulation, Lobbying, Mississippi, News, Politics, Public Utilities, State House, State Senate, Technology  /  No Comments

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By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog
It’s a $5.53 billion sentinel, rising above and overlooking the pine forests north of Meridian, Miss., in Kemper County.
How did it get here, this enormous steel structure, called at the same time the state’s biggest boondoogle and a great technological leap forward, a force capable of supplying the state’s energy needs for the [...]

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