Secret gopher map reveals Washington agency’s power

By   /  October 23, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, Open Records, State Government, Transparency, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

A secret Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife map obtained by Watchdog Wire purports to show locations of the newly federally protected pocket gopher.

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Voting officials scoff at a recount, so citizen groups take action

By   /  October 23, 2014  /  Elections, Nevada, News, Politics & Elections, Transparency, Voter Fraud  /  No Comments

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By Carlo Maffatt | Watchdog.org
LAS VEGAS  — Your next representative in Congress could end up being, well, somebody like Mike Monroe, if something isn’t done about the electoral system, critics say.
Fed up with voting machine discrepancies, some folks are taking matters into their own hands and are organizing grassroots efforts to reduce voter fraud and electoral [...]

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Citizen’s arrest: Activist pulls over cop for driving an unmarked car

By   /  October 22, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Accountability, Local Government, News, State Government, Transparency, Washington, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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Libertarian activist Gavin Seim pulled over a cop in his home state of Washington to draw attention to unlawful traffic stops by police impersonator.

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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

Ted Gaines

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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Mississippi’s property tax system barely gets a passing grade

By   /  October 14, 2014  /  Louisiana, Mississippi, News, Taxes, Transparency  /  No Comments

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The administration of Mississippi’s property tax system was given a grade of C by a Washington think tank.

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FOIA reform languishes in Michigan Senate

By   /  September 24, 2014  /  Accountability, First Amendment, Michigan, Transparency, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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By Jack Spencer | WatchdogWire.com
A measure aimed at assuring that government entities can’t use artificially inflated costs to stifle the public’s ability to obtain information is buried in a Senate committee.
It is believed that if House Bill 4001 were to be voted on by the full Senate, it would stand a good chance of passing, but with [...]

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