Colorado judiciary long on taxpayer money, short on transparency

By   /  November 21, 2014  /  Accountability, Colorado, judicial accountability, Judiciary, Open Records, State Government, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

Photo by Arthur Kane

Colorado Court Administrator Gerald Marroney barreled down the hallway of the judicial building a recent afternoon, looking straight ahead and ignoring my questions.

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Brand-new PA House member faces AG investigation

By   /  November 10, 2014  /  Elections, Local News, News, Pennsylvania, State Government, Uncategorized, Voter Registration  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of the Ortitay campaign.

One newly-elected member of PA’s House of Representatives is facing an investigation by the state attorney general’s office. The complaint alleges that Jason Ortitay did not live at the address he declared on his voter registration form. The local district attorney has referred the case to the AG’s office, perhaps because of contributions to the candidate.

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Move over 2014, 2016 Omaha House race is off and running

By   /  November 5, 2014  /  Nebraska, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

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Never mind that the 2014 Omaha House race isn’t officially over—it’s this year’s version of the hanging chad— the 2016 fight has already begun.

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Gov. Christie has no records of who pays for travel, staff claims

By   /  November 3, 2014  /  Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Jersey Big Stories, New Mexico, Ohio, Open Records, Pennsylvania, Politics & Elections, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Uncategorized, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog
While Chris Christie has been vocal during a 19-state campaign trip that ends today, his staff has little to say about who pays for the New Jersey governor’s extensive political travels.
Christie’s office claims it has no records, emails or correspondence concerning the trips, and that it is exempt from […]

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Taxpayers can’t get a ‘break’ with St. Paul’s artsy stop signs

By   /  October 30, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, Government Waste, Local Government, Minnesota, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

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St. Paul may be predictably progressive, but the powers at City Hall enthusiastically embrace the “1 percent.”

The 1 percent, that is, of costs automatically taken off the top of local government construction projects, under a city ordinance mandating taxpayer-funded public art.

Form counts as much as function in city infrastructure projects.

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OK state workers worry over natural gas vehicles

By   /  October 28, 2014  /  Accountability, Colorado, Oklahoma, State Budgets, State Government, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

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Some Oklahoma state employees are concerned their new compressed natural gas vehicles will be difficult to fill up, won’t have enough room for needed equipment and might even explode, emails obtained by Watchdog.org show.

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