Mary Burke’s taxing resume problems

By   /  October 24, 2014  /  News, Politics & Elections, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

TAX GAP: Tax return documents obtained by Wisconsin Reporter indicate Burke was not listed in the state database as an income taxpayer that year, although her resume lists her working at her father's Wisconsin holding company.

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter

MADISON, Wis. – Mary Burke’s resume, much like the Democratic candidate for governor, has gone through a lot of changes – particularly over the course of her campaign.

And some new tax records obtained by Wisconsin Reporter beg more questions about Burke’s shifting employment record.

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FL Supreme Court says warrantless cell phone spying a no-go

By   /  October 24, 2014  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

SOLID: The Supreme Court upheld the governor's pension reforms which were heavily opposed by public employee unions.

Thanks to the Florida Supreme Court and a drug dealer, police can no longer spy on unsuspecting citizens through their cell phones without a warrant.

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Oklahoma State takes New Mexico State to court over an old cowboy logo

By   /  October 24, 2014  /  New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News, Oklahoma  /  No Comments

Logo from Oklahoma State University athletics website

Oklahoma State University has enlisted a Tulsa law firm to file suit against New Mexico State over the use of its cowboy logo.

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UNC scandal holds lessons for UT investigation

By   /  October 24, 2014  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

AP file photo

The University of North Carolina has uncovered a massive academic scandal stretching back two decades and involving more than 3,000 students, half of them athletes in the school’s premier sports programs.

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Workers stuck paying plush AFL-CIO union salaries

By   /  October 24, 2014  /  National, News, unions  /  No Comments

Trumka-featured

AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C. paid the union group’s officers and employees an average of $89,328 during the 2014 fiscal year.

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Tobacco commission’s millions go up in smoke

By   /  October 24, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

Photo from the Library of Virginia

More than $5.2 million in “tobacco” grants to Virginia communities have disappeared, leaving some of the state’s most depressed areas deeper in the red.

From July 2007 until October 2014, 22 localities defaulted on Tobacco Region Opportunity Fund (TROF) grants or owe the Virginia Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission money, said Ned Stephenson, the commission’s deputy director.

The county, ironically, is represented by Terry Kilgore, the chairman of the Virginia Tobacco Commission.

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