Elvis Presley’s birthplace, Jackson Zoo could get more state money

By   /  March 4, 2015  /  Economy, Legislature, Lobbying, Mississippi, News, Politics, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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Without state money, a couple of tourist attractions in Mississippi may be headed to the “Heartbreak Hotel.”

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Dueling tax-cut plans set up showdown in Mississippi Legislature

By   /  March 2, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Jobs + Growth, Legislature, Lobbying, Mississippi, News, Politics, Taxes  /  No Comments

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Three Mississippi tax cut plans are competing for passage, with one of them phasing out the state’s income tax and the other the corporate franchise tax.

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Mississippi lawmakers may give terminally ill patients ‘right to try’ experimental drugs

By   /  February 26, 2015  /  Government Regulation, Legislature, Lobbying, Mississippi, News, Politics, Regulations  /  No Comments

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Terminally-ill patients in Mississippi might gain the “Right to Try” experimental medication if a bill in the Mississippi Senate is signed into law.

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So far, no green hangover in Oregon

By   /  February 19, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Ethics, Lobbying, National, News, Oregon, State Government  /  No Comments

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Despite an investigation into the former governor of Oregon and his fiancée and their involvement with green energy groups, key environmental legislation is still on track.

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Lobbyists see little love from Pennsylvania’s Ethics Commission

By   /  February 19, 2015  /  Accountability, Lobbying, Open Records, Pennsylvania, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Ten organizations will see their pockets a little lighter after fines announced by the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission this month, for violations of the state lobbying disclosure law. “In the last two years, (these penalties) averaged over $100,000 a year,” said Rob Caruso, executive director of the commission.

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Housing nonprofit hoards millions of dollars collected in anti-discrimination case, docs show

By   /  February 12, 2015  /  Lobbying, National, New York  /  No Comments

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By Tori Richards | Watchdog.org
An anti-discrimination housing group that pocketed $10 million in a civil-rights lawsuit against a wealthy New York county five years ago hasn’t spent any of it to help downtrodden communities it claims to represent, according to government filings obtained by Watchdog.org
The Anti-Discrimination Center of Metro New York – which has only […]

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