Will donors punish GOP outliers on election law?

By   /  July 17, 2014  /  Alabama, Elections, Indiana, Michigan, National, New Jersey, News, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Supreme Court, Vermont, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

DUE DILIGENCE: Rep. Charles Dent took "great pains to make certain that nothing would penalize states."

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org
WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than two-thirds of the Republican co-sponsors of a controversial voter bill have gone silent.
They have good reason to lay low, says one election-law attorney.
U.S. Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., author of the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014, said he’s proud to work with the American Civil Liberties Union and [...]

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In New Jersey, a big chunk of your income goes to pay the state’s bills

By   /  July 16, 2014  /  New Jersey, News  /  No Comments

OUCH: Taxpayers  send an awful lot of their incomes to states just to pay the bills.

By L. Tierney | WatchdogWire.com
New Jersey’s new fiscal year began with a loan.
According to the state Treasury Department said that on July 1, New Jersey received a $2.6 billion loan from J.P. Morgan, the first day of the new state budget.
It’s common for states to take out bridge loans like this to manage cash flow. [...]

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Christie poses as action hero in NJ pension reform video

By   /  July 16, 2014  /  National, New Jersey, News, Pensions, State Government  /  No Comments

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: Chris Christie makes a cinematic effort to sell pension reform.

 
 
By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog
With a dash of high drama, Chris Christie is taking a Hollywood approach to pension reform in New Jersey.
The governor’s latest YouTube video — “No Pain, No Gain” — is a send-up of a movie trailer for an action thriller based on the state’s fiscal conflicts. Interspersed with ominous sound bites [...]

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NJ Watchdog sues Christie for travel expense records

By   /  July 15, 2014  /  New Jersey, News, Open Records, State Government  /  No Comments

WHAT REFORM? Gov. Chris Christie tries to avoid public disclosure of his travel expenses

As Chris Christie eyes a run for the White House in 2016, he’s en route to becoming the most prolific traveler in the history of New Jersey governors.

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7 reasons to be hopeful about America’s future

By   /  July 4, 2014  /  Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, National, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Northwest, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee Watchdog, Texas, Vermont  /  No Comments

lincoln

By Dustin Hurst and Andrew Collins | Watchdog.org
Things might be tough for America right now, but c’mon, there’s always hope. Though government continues to grow and invade personal and civil liberties by the day, we’re still America, the country founded on the idea of liberty, the nation with freedom enshrined in its founding documents.
So wipe those tears, [...]

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Christie signs budget as New Jersey faces ‘disaster’

By   /  July 1, 2014  /  New Jersey, News, Pensions  /  No Comments

Gov. Christie signed a new budget, slashing new taxes and the state's pension contributions.

 
 
By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog
New Jersey’s budget mess is so bad a judge last week ruled it a “disaster.”
It could be even worse in the new fiscal year that begins Tuesday.  At stake is a financial future of New Jersey, struggling under the weight of a $51-billion shortfall in the state retirement system.
Gov. [...]

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