Open data pioneer: ‘I didn’t ask Congress, I just did it’

By   /  July 21, 2014  /  Accountability, Ethics, News, Open Records, Transparency, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo Credit: Daniel X. O'Neil

Waldo Jaquith didn’t set out to be a pioneer of government accountability. But after years of experimenting with government data for fun, the director of the U.S. Open Data Institute and creator of Ethics.gov finds himself at the forefront of a transparency revolution.

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Is a do-over imminent for Mississippi’s U.S. Senate GOP primary race?

By   /  July 3, 2014  /  Constitution, Mississippi, Politics, State Politics, Transparency, U.S. Senate, Voter Fraud, Voter Registration  /  No Comments

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Will there be a do-over in Mississippi’s Republican U.S. Senate primary race?

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State auditor: Mississippi working to erase ‘corruption’ label

By   /  July 1, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Legislature, Lobbying, Local Government, Mississippi, Misuse of funds, News, Politics, State Elections, State House, State Politics, Transparency  /  No Comments

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A recent study labeled Mississippi as the nation’s most corrupt state, but state auditor Stacey Pickering says it should get credit for its efforts to fight corruption.

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How’s that for irony: Well-funded lobbyists ‘taking on big money in politics’

By   /  June 25, 2014  /  Lobbying, News, State Lobbying, Transparency, Vermont  /  No Comments

GET THE MONEY OUT: One of the best-funded and most influential lobbying organizations in Vermont wants to 'take on big money in politics.'

The irony of one of Vermont’s most influential and well-funded lobbying organizations speaking out against lobbyists and political funding may be lost on some. For others, it’s impossible to miss.

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Election irregularities crop up on eve of GOP runoff in Mississippi

By   /  June 24, 2014  /  Mississippi, State Elections, Transparency, U.S. Senate, Voter Fraud, Voter Registration  /  No Comments

WELCOME, WHERE'S YOUR MONEY: Thoroughfares, including Interstate 20, i-59 and I-10 in Mississippi could have toll booths if a White House transportation bill passes, opening the way for tolls on America's interstates.

By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog
According to a pair of advocacy organizations for free and fair elections, Tuesday’s U.S. Senate GOP runoff in Mississippi might not meet that ideal.
The American Civil Rights Union has sent warning letters to five Mississippi counties — Clarke, Humphreys, LeFlore, Madison and Noxubee — to purge their voter rolls of ineligible voters or face [...]

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In these Kansas towns, driving a car makes you a potential criminal

By   /  June 19, 2014  /  Kansas, News, Transparency  /  No Comments

HANDS OFF: Police in Prairie Village, Lenexa and Overland Park won't hand out personal requests for automatic license plate reader data, citing a state exemption for "criminal investigation records."

Have you ever driven a car through Lenexa, Olathe, Overland Park or Prairie Village? Then congratulations! Local law enforcement considers you and me – everyone on the road – to be a potential criminal.

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