University of North Dakota will continue debit card partnership despite ‘unconscionable’ activities

By   /  July 22, 2014  /  News, North Dakota  /  No Comments

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By Rob Port | Watchdog.org North Dakota Bureau
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — In 2009 the University of North Dakota decided, over protests from students, to partner with HigherOne to distribute excess financial aid dollars to students on debit cards.
Now a $15-million settlement of class=action lawsuit has one student leader saying “told you so” even as the school’s [...]

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Grassroots activism to raise L.A.’s minimum wage isn’t all local

By   /  July 22, 2014  /  California, News  /  No Comments

NOT ALL LOCAL: Jose Vanderburg of Seattle's 15 Now said he would work to bring a higher wage to LA.

A grassroots campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour in Los Angeles reaches beyond city borders.

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Proposed minimum wage hike in Milwaukee could cost taxpayers $365K

By   /  July 22, 2014  /  News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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By Adam Tobias | Wisconsin Reporter
MILWAUKEE — A proposed minimum-wage hike in Milwaukee could cost city taxpayers as much as $365,000 over the next year and a half.
But it’s unclear how the lead sponsor of the ordinance implementing the wage increase plans to fund the proposal.
Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, who’s spearheading the effort to raise Milwaukee’s hourly [...]

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County protects privacy of accused at the peril of public records

By   /  July 22, 2014  /  News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter

MADISON, Wis. – As Paul Harvey used to say, “Here is a strange.”

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department has been cagey about a releasing information involving a disorderly conduct ticket reportedly issued to a Germantown teacher after she allegedly damaged political signs at the Jefferson County Republican Party tent. The incident, sources say, occurred nearly two weeks ago during the opening evening of the Jefferson County Fair.

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Risky business: Naming buildings after New Mexico politicians

By   /  July 22, 2014  /  Ethics, Local Government, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News, Politics & Elections, State Government  /  No Comments

WHAT'S IN A NAME?: A New Mexico state office building is named after a former governor who just got in big trouble with the Security and Exchange Commission.

Former New Mexico Gov. Toney Anaya is awaiting potential financial penalties after settling last week with the Securities and Exchange Commission over fraud charges involving a water company for which Anaya worked.

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DNC 2016 in Birmingham? Bring it on, state GOP says

By   /  July 22, 2014  /  Alabama, News  /  No Comments

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By Johnny Kampis | Watchdog.org
CULLMAN, Ala. — The Alabama Republican Party welcomed a site selection team for the 2016 Democratic National Convention to Birmingham on Monday with faux open arms.
Alabama’s largest city is one of five finalists for the honor, and the first to receive a visit by the committee, which will hear a pitch from [...]

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