Transparency

University chancellor calls open records requests ‘politically motivated’

By   /  October 14, 2014  /  North Dakota  /  No Comments

TOO OPEN: Interim North Dakota University Chancellor Larry Skogen says the state's universities are receiving too many open records requests, and that some are "politically motivated."

Since 2010, the North Dakota University System has violated state open records and open meetings laws 17 times, according to records from the North Dakota Attorney General’s office. Now Interim Chancellor Larry Skogen is crying foul on some of those requests, saying they’re politically motivated.

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Mississippi’s property tax system barely gets a passing grade

By   /  October 14, 2014  /  Louisiana, Mississippi, News, Taxes, Transparency  /  No Comments

Photo by the state of Mississippi

The administration of Mississippi’s property tax system was given a grade of C by a Washington think tank.

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Keep politicians away from ethics commission, law expert says

By   /  October 8, 2014  /  Censorship, News, Politics & Elections, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of Governor's Office

Richard Kelsey, an assistant dean at George Mason University School of Law, wasn’t caught off guard when he read the Washington Post report that Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s chief of staff offered a job for then-state Sen. Phil Puckett’s daughter if the lawmaker stayed in office to keep Democratic control of the Senate.

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Freedom of the press isn’t a partisan issue

By   /  October 2, 2014  /  Commentary, National  /  No Comments

Michelle Obama

By Mark Lisheron | Watchdog.org
As Meg Kissinger found out Monday, it’s a much different world than the one she lived in when she went to work for her first newspaper 35 years ago.
Unless you live in Milwaukee or served on the dozens of panels who have showered awards on her, you wouldn’t know the reporter [...]

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NJ Watchdog appeals denial of Christie travel records

By   /  September 17, 2014  /  New Jersey, New Jersey Big Stories, New Jersey Watchdog, News, Open Records, Power Abuse  /  No Comments

Tim Larsen, Governor's Office

Gov. Chris Christie’s attempt to flout state travel rules will be contested in New Jersey appeals court. The case pits the governor’s power versus transparency in government – a cause Christie once championed.

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The Department of Education can’t even count

By   /  September 9, 2014  /  Education, National, News  /  No Comments

WHOOPS: The Department of Education don't know how many comments they've received on the "gainful employment" rule. But it's totally "less than 100,000," a spokesman stated.

The U.S. Department of Education doesn’t know for sure how many comments the public submitted to it nearly four months ago about the controversial “gainful employment” rule.

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