Week in Review: Twice-registered voters and a debt-ridden county

By   /  August 22, 2014  /  Virginia  /  No Comments


There’s nothing like a former governor’s federal corruption trial, a debt-ridden county, special elections and doubly registered voters to keep things interesting in these last dog days of summer.

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Citizen goes extra mile for justice, while government hides suspect

By   /  July 23, 2014  /  News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments


By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter

MADISON, Wis. – Roxane Stillman is a 62-year-old kidney cancer survivor with a heavy sense of right and wrong.

With her righteous indignation driving her on, the rural Madison woman two weeks ago found herself chasing down an alleged vandal perhaps more than 30 years her junior at the Jefferson County Fair.

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Open data pioneer: ‘I didn’t ask Congress, I just did it’

By   /  July 21, 2014  /  Accountability, Ethics, News, Open Records, Transparency, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo Credit: Daniel X. O'Neil

Waldo Jaquith didn’t set out to be a pioneer of government accountability. But after years of experimenting with government data for fun, the director of the U.S. Open Data Institute and creator of finds himself at the forefront of a transparency revolution.

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Week in review: Backroom meetings and stalled reform in PA

By   /  July 18, 2014  /  Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

LOOKING BACK: Gov. Tom Corbett is still pushing pension reform, but GOP lawmakers have struggled to push forward a conservative agenda.

Pennsylvania’s Capitol has finally settled down after a rocky budget season that saw Gov. Tom Corbett sign a $29 billion spending plan 10 days late — but not without axing more than $72 million in legislative funding and earmarks.

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Hall impeachment crew is winding down

By   /  July 17, 2014  /  Commentary, Texas  /  No Comments

Last fall, Ferdinand Frank Fischer, III said Wallace Hall's failure to tolerate accounting fraud is grounds for impeachment.

By William Murchison | Special to
The surprise announcement of Bill Powers’ slow-motion, let’s call it leave-taking, from the University of Texas presidency finally may have broken the Austin heat, like a mid-summer thunderstorm.
Hardly anyone from the university itself, or the Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operation, seemed worked up Wednesday over some [...]

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Texas lawmaker: Pay attention to the UT law school favoritism

By   /  July 9, 2014  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments


There was a time when state Rep. Giovanni Capriglione might have been surprised at the way the political establishment and much of the Texas press responded to the discovery of widespread political favoritism at the University of Texas School of Law.

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