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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E-signatures just one concern, election integrity advocate says

By   /  October 13, 2014  /  News, Politics & Elections, State Government, Virginia, Voter Registration  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

The acceptance of electronic or e-signatures on voter registration forms from third parties poses risks, but there’s a lot more to be worried about leading up to Nov. 4, says one election integrity advocate.

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Virginia’s fork in road: Internet tax or gas hike

By   /  October 10, 2014  /  Congress, News, Taxes, Virginia  /  No Comments

RETURN TO SENDER: E-sales tax proponents estimate it will generate more revenue than the alternative — a 45 percent hike in the state’s gas tax.

Unknown to most, Virginians are about to be slapped with an $800 million-plus tax hike that one state lawmaker calls a game of “Three-Card Monte.”

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