NREL: What secret gov’t agencies do when its employees threaten to kill reporters

By   /  April 23, 2014  /  Colorado, Energy, Environmental, National, News, Public records  /  No Comments

WHO IS THE VICTIM?: Crosby launched an attack on Watchdog reporters.

A secret government energy lab here went on heightened alert after one of its employees used Twitter to threaten mass murder against Watchdog reporters, according to internal memos and emails received under the Freedom of Information Act.

But the added security measures utilized by the National Renewable Energy Lab weren’t to isolate and chastise staffer Kerrilee Crosby, who used Twitter in late 2012 to advocate what she called “a murderous rampage.”

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Who pays for Christie’s trips? Watchdog sues NJ for records

By   /  April 11, 2014  /  2016 Presidential Primary, campaign fundraising, Ethics, New Jersey, News, Public records, State Government  /  No Comments

Christie in Delaware

By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog
Who really pays for Gov. Chris Christie’s frequent trips away from New Jersey?
A New Jersey Watchdog reporter is suing the governor’s office in Mercer County Superior Court for records of third-parties who pay for the out-of-state trips taken by Christie and his senior staff.
“There is the public interest in [...]

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VT lawmakers: Shumlin hiding information about single-payer plan

By   /  April 3, 2014  /  Accountability, Affordable Care Act, Capitalism, Ethics, Finances, Governor, Health Care, Issues, Legislature, News, Obamacare, Public records, State Budgets, State Politics, Taxes, Transparency, Vermont  /  No Comments

BUDGET BATTLES: Gov. Peter Shumlin's fiscal year 2015 budget proposal faces intense scrutiny

By Bruce Parker | For Vermont Watchdog
MONTPELIER, Vt. – State lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are accusing Gov. Peter Shumlin of hiding critical information about financing single-payer health care in Vermont.
“We have a governor who is violating the law,” state Sen. Joseph Benning, R-Caledonia, told Vermont Watchdog.
Benning, the Senate minority leader, said state [...]

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Watchdog.org reporter files FOIA request for personal license plate data

By   /  April 2, 2014  /  News, Public records, State Government, Technology, Virginia  /  No Comments

open records

By Kathryn Watson | Watchdog.org, Virginia Bureau
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — After this Watchdog.org reporter learned some local Northern Virginia police departments are randomly scanning — and storing — the date, time and location of license plates, I decided to file a records request for my own data in my own city.
Sometimes, understanding a story means being [...]

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Virginia hides public records behind third-party contract

By   /  March 28, 2014  /  News, Public records, Transparency, Virginia  /  No Comments

TANF TRANSPARENCY? No way. Not even the state can track the use of welfare dollars to make sure nothing illegal is happening.

A two-month Watchdog.org investigation has made one thing clear — Virginia’s contract with a third-party company to manage welfare transaction data means no one can check to see if people are breaking the law.

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