Wilkes-Barre could be test case for more ACLU action against one-strike ordinances

By   /  January 29, 2015  /  Local Government, Local News, News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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By Andrew Staub | PA Independent
Adam Peters lost thousands of dollars when the city of Wilkes-Barre shuttered one of his rental properties for six months using a controversial one-strike ordinance.
The same law cost Elizabeth Mattern and her 4-year-old daughter even more — their home.
Now, Peters and Mattern are part of a small group of landlords and […]

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Rejected fracking ban may cost NM county ‘hundreds of thousands’ in legal fees

By   /  January 29, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Finances, Local Government, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News  /  No Comments

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After seeing its controversial fracking ban tossed out of court, the taxpayers of Mora County may be on the hook for thousands of dollars in legal fees

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New Mexico lawmaker: State, not feds, should manage its land

By   /  January 28, 2015  /  Federal Government, Local Government, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News, State Government, Washington  /  No Comments

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State Rep. Yvette Herrell, R-Alamogordo, thinks New Mexico can do a better job managing its land than the federal government can. Later this week, she will file a bill creating the New Mexico Land Management Study Committee to study whether New Mexicans would be better served by managing their own land.

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Hattiesburg councilmen sue to force mayor to reappoint positions

By   /  January 23, 2015  /  Abuse of power, Local Government, Mississippi, News, Politics & Elections  /  No Comments

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Two Hattiesburg city councilmen filed a motion to modify a judge’s order to force Mayor Johnny DuPree to reappoint several city administrative positions.

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NM tops list of high crime states, with high cost for taxpayers

By   /  January 20, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Local Government, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News  /  No Comments

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Every year from 2004 to 2013, New Mexico’s rate has been higher than the national average. The human costs of crime can’t be quantified but the fiscal costs can.

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Former Pennsylvania township official hit with 500 criminal charges

By   /  January 16, 2015  /  Abuse of power, Accountability, Local Government, Local News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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The former secretary/treasurer of one Pennsylvania township was charged on Wednesday with exactly 500 criminal charges related to the theft of nearly $800,000. The township hasn’t exactly increased its oversight, however. One of the township’s three supervisors has now filled that role as well.

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