Raid and shoot: This ain’t your grandpa’s PD

By   /  April 15, 2014  /  law enforcement, Local Government, National, New Mexico, News, Public Safety  /  No Comments

SHOCK AND AWE: The Hobbs, N.M., Police Department is looking for a few bad asses to join their ranks.

 
By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE, N.M. — It’s a commercial that’s been playing across New Mexico for weeks now: A 30-second spot encouraging people to apply to the Hobbs Police Department, offering high pay and good benefits.
But the images in the commercial — of  cops shooting guns, helmeted officers bursting into a home, an [...]

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Johnstown hands out excessive pensions as it deals with $24M in debt

By   /  April 14, 2014  /  Accountability, Featured, Finances, Issues, Local Government, News, Pennsylvania, Pensions, Pensions, State Government  /  No Comments

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By Eric Boehm | PA Independent
Johnstown is deep in pension debt, but is handing out retirement payments in excess of what is allowed under state law.
A recent audit of the city’s four pension funds found more than $24 million in unfunded liabilities. Collectively, the four retirement accounts for the city’s police officers, firefighters, sewage workers [...]

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Court sides with ‘The Elephant Man’ in public meetings dispute

By   /  April 10, 2014  /  Education, Featured, Local Government, New Mexico, News, Transparency  /  No Comments

"ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM": Ched MacQuigg wearing an elephant mask that he refused to remove while attending a 2008 Albuquerque Public Schools meeting. Photo courtesy of Mark Bralley.

He’s been called a gadfly, he may annoy the heck out of the Albuquerque Public School’s Board of Education, and he even attended one public meeting wearing an elephant mask.

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Support for ‘paycheck protection’ growing in Republican-led county governments

By   /  April 3, 2014  /  Issues, Local Government, News, Pennsylvania, State Government  /  No Comments

BLAIR COUNTY COURTHOUSE: Officials in Blair County added their names to a growing list of Republican-led local governments who want to see the Republican-led state government pass so-called 'paycheck protection' legislation. Opponents see the effort as a move to crush public sector unions.

By Eric Boehm | PA Independent
A conservative effort to end automatic union dues deductions from public workers’ paychecks is gaining some stream in Republican-controlled county governments across Pennsylvania.
Last week, Blair County in western Pennsylvania became the eighth county in the state to approve a resolution in favor of so-called “paycheck protection” legislation that would prohibit [...]

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ACLU to Virginians: How much does your police department know about you?

By   /  April 1, 2014  /  Local Government, News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

SPY COPS: Court records show the Tallahassee Police Department has been secretly spying on cell phone users.

By Kathryn Watson | Watchdog.org, Virginia Bureau

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — They’re watching you. At least, they sure could be.

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