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Lone alderman in on refugee secret ‘stunned’ at speed of decision

By   /  July 26, 2016  /  Accountability, Immigration, Issues, News, Power Abuse, Transparency, Vermont  /  No Comments

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A secret plan to make Rutland a permanent refugee resettlement community has divided residents and put the mayor’s political future in doubt. But at least one member of the Board of Aldermen knew about the secret, and that official told Watchdog he is “stunned” at how fast the plan was carried out.

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Commercial lawsuits blow back on Texas taxpayers

By   /  July 25, 2016  /  News, Taxes, Texas, Transparency  /  No Comments photo

Lawsuits over commercial property appraisals are on the rise in Texas, and taxpayers are footing an ever-bigger legal bill. The tide of lawsuits comes as large commercial entities contest double-digit increases in property values that produce correspondingly bigger tax bills.

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Libertarians, law enforcement debate civil asset forfeiture in Mississippi

By   /  July 21, 2016  /  Criminal Justice, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Members of the Civil Asset Forfeiture Task Force head from experts, a prosecutor and law enforcement about proposed reforms in Mississippi.

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Transparency at issue as Fair Park privatization nears

By   /  July 18, 2016  /  News, Texas, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Tammy Johnston, one of nine people named last week as potential overseers of the new Fair Park Texas Foundation, is calling for the foundation to subject itself to the Texas Public Information Act.

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Natural Resources Defense Council perpetuates ‘toxic coal ash’ myth in ad

By   /  July 12, 2016  /  Energy and Environment, News, North Carolina, Transparency  /  No Comments

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As Gov. Pat McCrory mulls over a bill to advance coal ash cleanup in North Carolina, an ad aimed at prompting his veto is playing heavy on emotions and loose with the facts.

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Watchdog Podcast: Accountability, deception and Hillary Clinton

By   /  July 8, 2016  /  Accountability, Commentary, Federal Government, Issues, National, Podcast, Politics & Elections, State Budgets, State Government, Texas, Transparency, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments


The FBI says Hillary Clinton should not face criminal charges despite a long history of reckless behavior with sensitive and classified government information.

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