Still no word why Albuquerque school boss received a $350,000 settlement

By   /  August 27, 2014  /  Education, Local Government, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Winston Brooks resigned as the head of the Albuquerque Public Schools and received a $350,000 buyout. But taxpayers have not been told why he’s leaving.

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Political group alleges Dane County DA violated campaign finance laws

By   /  August 21, 2014  /  Campaign Finance, Elections, Finances, News, Transparency, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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The Citizens for Responsible Government Network didn’t want to sit on its hands and wait for a politically charged John Doe investigation that likely would never come.

So the Milwaukee grassroots political watchdog has filed a petition of enforcement with the Wisconsin Department of Justice alleging one of the area’s top law enforcement officials has violated state campaign finance laws.

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Some city halls working for the (long) weekend

By   /  August 20, 2014  /  Accountability, community, Local Government, Minnesota, News, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Nine western Twin Cities suburbs might as well post a ‘gone fishing’ sign on City Hall doors each Friday afternoon during summer. Closed for business. Come back Monday. Took dog to vet.

“The justification for summer hours was to make our city hall hours comparable with surrounding lake communities and due to the fact that Fridays have always historically been quieter days in terms of residents calling or stopping by city hall,” Dana Young, city administrator, clerk and treasurer for Deephaven, said in an email.

“Obviously, our administrative staff has also come to love summer hours, so that it has also evolved into somewhat of an employee benefit.”

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Albuquerque school boss gets $350,000 buyout, taxpayers don’t get answers

By   /  August 18, 2014  /  Education, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, Open Records, Transparency  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of Albuquerque Public Schools

Winston Brooks resigned as the head of the Albuquerque Public Schools and received a $350,000 buyout. But taxpayers have not been told why he’s leaving.

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Gopher wins ESA listing based on genitalia size

By   /  August 11, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, Local Government, Northwest, Transparency, Washington, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

SIZE MATERS:

 
By Melissa Genson | WatchdogWire.com
Does size really matter? According to the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife and U.S. Fish and Wildlife, it sure does.
The odd claims of state and federal officials have been enough to earn a small group of this incredibly prolific and destructive rodent an Endangered Species Act listing, based on a 36-year-old loophole in the [...]

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WI lawmaker not paying ‘absurd amount’ for records on child immigrants

By   /  August 11, 2014  /  News, Transparency, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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State Rep. David Craig would have to pay Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett’s office close to $50 an hour to comply with an open records request to determine local plans for hundreds of undocumented child immigrants that soon may be coming to Wisconsin — and others that are already here.

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