‘Bonusgate’ attorney disbarred, seven years after legislative scandal hit

By   /  September 22, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Accountability, Ethics, Fraud, Government Waste, Legislature, News, Pennsylvania, Politics, Power Abuse, State Government, State House, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court finally disbarred lawyer Jeff Foreman, seven years after “Bonusgate” exploded into the public eye. Governor Tom Corbett was then attorney general, and his office investigated nearly $4 million worth of bonuses paid to legislative staffers in the Pennsylvania General Assembly and other misuse of public funds. Several legislators and staff — including Foreman — spent time behind bars in one way or another.

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‘Seven deadly sins’ of NJ pensions add up to $104 billion debt

By   /  September 22, 2014  /  New Jersey, Pensions, Politics, State Politics  /  No Comments

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The fiscal future of New Jersey and Gov. Chris Christie’s presidential ambitions hang in the balance as Trenton finally faces the $104 billion deficit in the state’s retirement system.

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Net neutrality fight sets stage for telecom law update

By   /  September 22, 2014  /  National, News, Politics, Public Utilities, Regulations, Technology  /  No Comments

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By Josh Peterson | Watchdog.org
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Federal lawmakers already are beginning to look beyond the 2014 midterm elections, and the fight to turn the Internet into a public utility could be setting the stage for a revamp of telecommunication law in the new Congress.
Talk of modernizing the Telecommunications Act of 1996, or ’96 Act, was on [...]

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Conservative group files elections complaint over fracking political ads

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

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By Paul Chesser
A conservative North Carolina think tank and government watchdog alleges two out-of-state environmental groups hid behind a nonexistent “shell” organization as it ran election ads against six Republican legislators.
The Raleigh-based Civitas Institute on Thursday filed a complaint with the State Board of Elections, charging that the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Southern Environmental [...]

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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.

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.

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NJ Senate Transportation Committee won’t consider renewing red-light cameras

By   /  September 18, 2014  /  New Jersey, Politics, Spying, State Government, transportation, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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New Jersey’s Senate Transportation Committee won’t take up a bill to renew the state’s red-light camera program. A senator who is also a mayor is vocally against them.

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