Florida’s 26th Congressional District has a short, but jaded, past

By   /  September 19, 2014  /  Elections, Florida, News, Politics, Politics & Elections  /  No Comments

SEEING DOUBLE: An election-watch group says 14,646 people hold voter registrations in Maryland and in Fairfax County, Va.

By Marianela Toledo | Florida Watchdog
MIAMI — Florida’s 26th Congressional District has been plagued with political scandals since its inception four years ago. Now it may add another to its record.
Florida Democratic Chairwoman Allison Tant is asking the U.S. Justice Department to investigate GOP candidate Carlos Curbelo for not publicly disclosing the clients of his public relations, [...]

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New Mexico tied for first among states reliant on federal dollars

By   /  September 19, 2014  /  Economy, Jobs + Growth, Mississippi, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News, State Government, State Politics  /  No Comments

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A study shows that New Mexico is tied with Mississippi as the states most reliant on money from the federal government.

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VA Democrat urges governor, legislators to scrutinize tax preferences

By   /  September 19, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

DAVID TOSCANO: Democratic Delegate David Toscano of Charlottesville says Virginia needs to take a good, hard look at tax preferences.

Virginia’s Democratic House Minority Leader David Toscano has a solution for Virginia’s current fiscal crisis — try eliminating some tax preferences that don’t work.

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Hospitals making millions off 340B federal program meant to help needy

By   /  September 19, 2014  /  News, Tennessee, Tennessee Watchdog  /  No Comments

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Hospitals and clinics across Tennessee and the United States are reportedly using revenue from one failing federal entitlement, known as the 340B program, to subsidize two other failing government programs — Medicare and Medicaid.

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Oahu defense contractor sentenced on espionage charges

By   /  September 19, 2014  /  Hawaii, News  /  No Comments

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Benjamin Pierce Bishop, 60, a one-time respected retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and civilian contractor, will spend more than seven years in federal prison after a conviction on espionage charges.

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Charter school in uncharted territory, says audit

By   /  September 19, 2014  /  Accountability, Audits, Education, Finances, Government Regulation, Local News, News, Pennsylvania, School Choice  /  No Comments

Chart from auditor general's May 2014 special report

A recent audit highlights significant problems with Erie charter school, and the progress the school has made in trying to fix those problems. The school district will vote soon on whether to renew the school’s charter. The case also highlights the struggles between traditional public schools and charter schools.

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