Four ways North Dakota could improve its open records laws

By   /  August 26, 2015  /  News, North Dakota, Transparency  /  No Comments

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North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has formed a task force to improve his state’s open records laws, and Watchdog reporter Rob Port who is serving on it has some ideas.

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Gone baby gone: Heineman emails nowhere to be found in Capitol

By   /  August 7, 2015  /  Nebraska, News  /  No Comments

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If you’re looking for public documents or emails about former Gov. Dave Heineman, don’t go looking for the state capitol. You won’t find them there.

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State officials wander around spousal disclosure rules with little direction

By   /  August 7, 2015  /  State Government, Texas, Transparency  /  No Comments


For years, State Comptroller Glenn Hegar failed to list his wife on his annual personal financial disclosure, during which time he served in both chambers of the statehouse. He told Texas Watchdog in 2009 that “anything that I have control over, which is what the requirements are, that’s what’s reported.” In February 2014, he had a change of heart.

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Travels with Pete: Nebraska governor racks up frequent flier miles

By   /  July 22, 2015  /  Nebraska, News  /  No Comments

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During his first seven-and-a-half months in office, Gov. Pete Ricketts has been out of state eight times — more than a month — for a mix of personal and official business ranging from a Chicago Cubs board meeting to a European trade mission.

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Assessing Rhode Island’s ‘sanctuary state’ status left to suspicion, anecdotes

By   /  July 21, 2015  /  Watchdog Arena  /  No Comments

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As one of only two states dedicated as a “sanctuary state,” Rhode Island’s lack of data leaves only anecdotes and inklings for any kind of analysis.

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Questions remain about D.C. school modernization funds

By   /  July 9, 2015  /  Education  /  No Comments

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The agency in charge of school modernization mismanaged money, an audit shows, and questions about ensuring financial transparency and accountability remain.

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