Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office issues gag order on staff

By   /  May 22, 2015  /  News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Watchdog

MADISON, Wis. – The people who brought you political John Doe investigations and repressive secrecy orders now want to slap a gag order on their own department.

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Will Wisconsin see the return of the ‘Liquor Wars’ through sneaky bill?

By   /  May 22, 2015  /  News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Watchdog

MADISON, Wis. – The nation’s liquor makers are worried Republican leadership are about slip a Mickey to Wisconsin’s three-tier alcohol distribution system.

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FBI flip-flops on disclosing cell phone surveillance tech

By   /  May 22, 2015  /  Accountability, Federal Government, Issues, Judiciary, National, News, Open Records, Power Abuse  /  No Comments

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The FBI is trying to reassure everyone that they weren’t secretly spying on your cell phone, and certainly wasn’t telling local cops to keep it secret.

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Sports marketer refuses to cough up records for Texas A&M, risks losing deal

By   /  May 22, 2015  /  News, Open Records, Texas, Transparency  /  No Comments

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By Steve Miller | Watchdog.org
Secrecy goes before a fall in the world of open records.
When Learfield Sports signed a marketing deal in 2006 with Texas A&M, it included the provision that all information derived from the dealings between the two is “subject to the Texas Public Information Act.”
When a San Antonio newspaper came knocking at […]

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Prevailing wage backers attack with robocalls

By   /  May 22, 2015  /  News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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First the “misleading” issue ads, and now the robocalls.

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Herring’s bill: $19,501 for Sweet Briar College FOI

By   /  May 22, 2015  /  Education, News, Open Records, Virginia  /  No Comments

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Attorney General Mark Herring’s office wants $19,501.50 to fulfill a Freedom of Information Act inquiry into his lawyers consulting with Sweet Briar College officials in the months leading up to the decision to close the women’s school.

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