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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Judge orders release of Guadagno pension-probe records

By   /  February 6, 2014  /  Ethics, Fraud, New Jersey, News, Pensions, Pensions, Politics, Power Abuse, Public records, State Government, State Politics, Transparency  /  No Comments

Cabinet Meeting

By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog
A New Jersey Watchdog reporter has won the latest round in a three-year battle for public records surrounding the state’s hush-hush investigation of an alleged pension scheme implicating Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno.
Administrative Law Judge Linda M. Kassekert ordered the state Treasury to release 25 of 26 documents the Christie [...]

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