Anderson: Privacy caucus will probably address police cell phone data collection

By   /  October 22, 2014  /  Abuse of power, News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?  Corrections officials confiscate cell phones smuggled into prison due to the potential for criminal activity and harassment. Government Accountability Office photo.

It looks as if members of the Ben Franklin Privacy Caucus have more work to do.

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Virginia’s elected officials step up — or don’t — over Ebola concerns

By   /  October 21, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

Photo by Center for Disease Control

Confidence in the Obama administration to handle the threat of Ebola is so low that even members of Congress are trying to fill the gap.

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Virginia lawmaker targets police asset seizures

By   /  October 17, 2014  /  Abuse of power, National, News, Virginia  /  No Comments

TAKING ON THE LAW: Delegate Mark Cole wants to curb asset forfeiture abuses.

Blasting a “fundamentally un-American” seizure of assets from citizens, a state lawmaker wants to rein in police powers in Virginia.

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Buzz kill? Richmond puts brewery on public tab

By   /  October 16, 2014  /  California, Local Government, News, Ohio, Virginia  /  No Comments

Terry McAuliffe, Richard F. Sliwoski

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
RICHMOND, Va. — Thirsty for jobs and good times, the city of Richmond is vowing to build a brewery on the James River.
The estimated $36 million tab includes $5 million from Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s “Opportunity Fund.”
If approved by the City Council, most of the money will be raised with a general [...]

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Federal workers abuse purchase cards at public expense

By   /  October 15, 2014  /  California, Congress, Florida, Government Waste, National, News, Virginia  /  No Comments

PUBLIC HOLD-UP: Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., calls the level of Government Purchase Card spending is "startling." Two years after Congress tried to curb the practice, auditors report that purchases of personal items and services continues on the public dime.

Federal employees are running amok with government credit cards, making thousands of personal purchases at the public’s expense.

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Audit: VA community college wasted up to $1.3 million on sketchy contracts

By   /  October 14, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

Courtesy of NVCC

At least one of Virginia’s 23 community colleges has some serious shaping up to do, a recent state audit revealed.

Northern Virginia Community College, called NVCC or NOVA for short, paid $1.3 million in hourly rates of up to $290 to a firm it didn’t even hold accountable to make good on its contracts, an audit from the state’s Auditor of Public Accounts on the community college system reveals.

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