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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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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