Auditor’s report raises issues on MAEP formula

By   /  October 22, 2014  /  Audits, Budget + Tax, Budget and Spending, Mississippi, News, Politics, State Elections, State House, State Lobbying, State Politics, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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The MAEP formula might be an even bigger fiscal drain on Mississippi, according to a brief by the state auditor.

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Cylvia Hayes admits she once bought land to illegally grow marijuana

By   /  October 20, 2014  /  News, Oregon, State Politics, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes was, in addition to her other scandals, involved in an illegal marijuana growing operation in 1997-1998.

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State bans purchase of most SUVs but governor, family still chauffeured in them

By   /  October 20, 2014  /  Accountability, Colorado, News, Politics & Elections, State Politics  /  No Comments

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By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org
Last year, the Colorado Department of Personnel & Administration, in an attempt to improve the state fleet’s environmental friendliness, issued a policy that prevents most departments from buying all-wheel-drive sports utility vehicles.
Yet, Gov. John Hickenlooper and his family are still chauffeured around in two SUVs, which according to government figures get [...]

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Colorado governor supports most tax votes, but refuses to release his own tax info

By   /  October 15, 2014  /  Accountability, Colorado, IRS, Journalism, State Government, State Politics, Taxes, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

Gov. John Hickenlooper hasn't taken a clear position on Hancock's plan to allow Denver voters to strip key provisions from the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR), but only as those provisions apply to the city.

By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org
When you’re a millionaire, even giving to charity apparently is complicated.
Watchdog.org has confirmed from two media outlets in Denver that Gov. John Hickenlooper did not provide his charitable contributions when releasing his tax returns to some Denver media. Representatives of one outlet said he didn’t provide the contributions until asked and [...]

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California senator investigates millions in Obamacare exchange contracts

By   /  October 15, 2014  /  California, National, News, Obamacare, State Politics, Transparency, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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California’s beleaguered Obamacare exchange is one again in the crosshairs of a state senator who is demanding answers following reports that millions in contracts never went out to bid and instead were awarded to friends of the agency’s director.

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Oregon’s first lady admits to past ‘green-card marriage’ with 18-year-old

By   /  October 10, 2014  /  Elections, Ethics, Northwest, Oregon, Politics & Elections, State Government, State Politics, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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By Josh Kaib | WatchdogWire.com
Talk about an October surprise!
The first lady of Oregon — though she’s technically not married to the governor yet —tearfully admitted Thursday that she once married an 18-year-old Ethiopian immigrant in exchange for around $5,000 so he could get a green-card.
Cylvia Hayes was forced to come clean after the the Willamette Week, an alternative newspaper, began [...]

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