Nationals’ farm club quick-pitches Virginia county

By   /  May 4, 2015  /  Local Government, News, Virginia  /  No Comments

MAKING A PITCH: Stephen Strasburg rehabilitated his arm with the Hagerstown (Md.) Suns. Now the minor league team wants to move to Spotsylvania, Va.

A Washington Nationals minor-league franchise wants Spotsylvania County to pony up $42 million for a stadium and parking garage — and the team is looking to score on Tuesday night.

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New documents expose GAB’s ‘parallel’ probe expenditures

By   /  April 2, 2015  /  First Amendment, News, Politics & Elections, Power Abuse, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Watchdog

MADISON, Wis. – Critics of the state Government Accountability Board have characterized the speech regulator as a rogue agency operating outside the law in its pursuit of conservative groups in a politically charged John Doe investigation.

Now documents obtained by Wisconsin Watchdog seem to substantiate such descriptors.

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Sunshine dims in Hanover County bond deal

By   /  March 18, 2015  /  Accountability, Local Government, News, Transparency, Virginia  /  No Comments

WINDING ROAD: A Bass Pro Shop sign signals Hanover County's increasingly costly commercial development at Winding Brook.

Unelected committees are doing economic-development deals without the public’s input or consent, complains a Hanover County citizens group.

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Reform bill would open up the John Doe books to taxpayers

By   /  March 12, 2015  /  First Amendment, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter

MADISON, Wis. – When Wisconsin Reporter asked the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office in May 2013 how much taxpayers paid for the agency’s first long and meandering John Doe investigation into Gov. Scott Walker’s former aides and associates when Walker was Milwaukee County executive, the official response was a shrug of the shoulders.

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D.C. charter board closes school for mismanaging taxpayer money

By   /  February 20, 2015  /  Education, National, News  /  No Comments

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The D.C. Public Charter School Board voted unanimously Thursday to revoke the charter of Dorothy I. Height Community Academy Public Charter School after finding the school’s board had mismanaged more than $13 million of public money.

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Supreme Court to rule on employee benefit case with big taxpayer impact

By   /  February 10, 2015  /  News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Supreme Court this week will issue a ruling on a case that could have significant impact on Milwaukee County taxpayers and, ultimately, taxpayers around the state.

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