Bakken oil pipeline faces decisive MN hearing

By   /  May 25, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Government Regulation, Minnesota, State Government, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

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After months of delays, Minnesota got a go-ahead from an administrative law judge to go with the flow of Bakken oil from North Dakota.

The proposed 610-mile Sandpiper pipeline would connect the Bakken oil shale fields in western North Dakota to refineries in Clearbrook, Minn., and Superior, Wis. Environmental opponents have vowed to fight the project down to the wire.

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A Memorial Day tradition

By   /  May 25, 2015  /  Commentary, Ohio, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

FLAGS: American flags line the street in Toledo, Ohio

On Memorial Day 2002, we drove up to our home to find someone had placed an American flag in our yard. But it wasn’t just our yard. Flags lined the street.

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Bills prompted by Watchdog.org stories have mixed results

By   /  May 15, 2015  /  Colorado, State Government, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

Photo By Arthur Kane

By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org
The 2015 Colorado legislative session was a mixed bag for measure prompted by Watchdog.org investigations. Lawmakers finally clamped down on welfare abuse at casinos, liquor stores and pot shops but failed to bring the Judicial Branch under open records laws.
At least four bills, proposed legislation or amendments were prompted by Watchdog.org stories […]

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Poor marks for MN teacher board lead to state investigation

By   /  May 13, 2015  /  Education, Government Regulation, Legislature, Minnesota, State Government, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

Copyright MN Hse of Rep. Photo by Paul Battaglia.

It’s responsible for ensuring public schools get quality teachers, yet the Minnesota Board of Teaching is getting progressively poorer marks from administrators, legislators, teachers and education advocates.

The board now faces its toughest exam — a 10-month investigation by the Office of the Legislative Auditor — the equivalent of going to the principal’s office.

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OU clears Confucius Institute but some question review

By   /  April 24, 2015  /  Education, Free Speech, News, Oklahoma, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

Photo Courtesy OU Website

The University of Oklahoma completed its review of their Confucius Institute, finding no wrong doing, but a critic of CI questioned the thoroughness of the investigation.

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Travel club: Cost of Christie cops continues to climb

By   /  April 20, 2015  /  New Jersey, News, Open Records, State Government, Transparency, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

Tim Larsen/Governor's Office

As Chris Christie pursues his political fortunes outside New Jersey, state taxpayers were squeezed for nearly a half-million dollars last year to cover the travel costs of his security details. The travel expenses for the state police Executive Protection Unit rose to a record $196,006 for the fourth quarter.

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