Citizen’s arrest: Activist pulls over cop for driving an unmarked car

By   /  October 22, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Accountability, Local Government, News, State Government, Transparency, Washington, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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Libertarian activist Gavin Seim pulled over a cop in his home state of Washington to draw attention to unlawful traffic stops by police impersonator.

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Two New Mexico towns hope to avoid repeat Election Day controversies

By   /  October 22, 2014  /  Elections, Local Government, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News, State Elections  /  No Comments

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Election officials say they’re confident there will be no replays of the election controversies that hit Rio Rancho and Chaparral in 2012.

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Buzz kill? Richmond puts brewery on public tab

By   /  October 16, 2014  /  California, Local Government, News, Ohio, Virginia  /  No Comments

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By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
RICHMOND, Va. — Thirsty for jobs and good times, the city of Richmond is vowing to build a brewery on the James River.
The estimated $36 million tab includes $5 million from Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s “Opportunity Fund.”
If approved by the City Council, most of the money will be raised with a general [...]

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National Parks ‘listening sessions’ cost $38,320 and filter free speech

By   /  October 15, 2014  /  Censorship, Colorado, Energy and Environment, Free Speech, Local Government, Local News, Regulations, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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‘Listening sessions’ seeking public comment on the plan to prohibit certain vehicles from Monument Road are costing taxpayers money and stifling speech.

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Is a school system’s campaign for a ballot referendum legal?

By   /  October 14, 2014  /  Budget + Tax, Education, Elections, Lobbying, Local Government, North Carolina, Taxes, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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When a school system campaigns for a sales tax referendum in an upcoming election, is this overstepping North Carolina law?

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St. Paul bills businesses thousands for light rail work

By   /  October 14, 2014  /  Business, Government Regulation, Local Government, Minnesota, News, transportation  /  No Comments

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Just as St. Paul retailers began recovering from an average 30 percent loss in sales during the new $1 billion light rail line’s construction, dozens of businesses received a bill from the city’s Office of Financial Services for street improvements tied to the construction of the 11-mile-long line.

“I think it sucks, but you have to pay for it, you know?” said Evangelos Hatzistamoulos, who received a $1,585.82 tax notice for the curbside work outside the Best Steak House.

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