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Sunday
Nov232014

Watchdog - Obama doubles down on tech-immigrant abuse  

Friday
Nov212014

Watchdog - King Obama?  

 

Critics say President Obama is setting himself up as king with amnesty fiat

 

This week in a Facebook video, President Obama declared that he would use his “lawful authority as president” to “start fixing our broken immigration system.”

 
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Vermont halts payments to Obamacare architect Gruber

 
After a series of videos showed Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber insulting voters and intentionally misleading the public, the state of Vermont has stopped payments on its $400,000 contract with him.
 
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Net neutrality would boost FCC’s budget by upping fees

 
If net neutrality is adopted, the FCC stands to gain $375 million in fee collections. With spending on some programs going up by 62 percent next year, according to FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, it’s anyone’s guess how much more the FCC will try to collect in additional fees.
 

 

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Massachusetts town may ban sale of all tobacco products

 
A town in Massachusetts has proposed a ban on the sale of smokeless tobacco, pipe tobacco, cigars, cigarettes and e-cigarettes. If passed, it would be the first town in the U.S. to ban the sale of all tobacco products within its borders.
 
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Rural Nebraskans hit with big Obamacare rate hikes
 
Obamacare enrollment has begun in Nebraska for the second year of the program, but people with existing plans have received letters from their insurance companies explaining rate increases.
 
 

 

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Obama doubles down on tech-immigrant abuse
 
As part of immigration reform, the Obama administration has expanded a controversial visa program that businesses are using to underpay and "handcuff" foreign workers.
 
 

 

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With election over, the hard work begins
 
Now that the elections are over, statehouse reporting has become more important than ever with the tremendous growth of government power.
 
 
 
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Friday
Nov142014

Watchdog - Stupid American voters?

 

ObamaCare guru misleads ‘stupid American voters,’ gets paid $400K to advise ShumlinCare

 

The Obamacare architect who admitted using misinformation to exploit “the stupidity of the American voter" is now making $400,000 to advise the governor of Vermont.

 
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Corporate tax deals soak Virginians

 
House of Delegates Speaker Bill Howell has vowed to curb tax incentives for selected businesses which are driving Virginia deeper into debt.
 
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10 times the government stonewalled requests for information

 
The Watchdog.org team has compiled a list of ten times the government has refused to be transparent.
 

 

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Bathrobe-wearing watchdog turns tables on Detroit squatter

 
Although Detroit has been bailed out, the city remains fraught with problems like squatters, but one watchdog decided to take matters into his own hands.
 
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MN wind and solar mandate would mean costly grid upgrade
 
A new report released by the Minnesota Commerce Department lays the technical groundwork for ramping up one of the nation’s highest state renewable energy mandates from 30 to 40 percent by 2030.
 
 

 

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Florida growls at craft breweries’ growlers
 
A 64-ounce reusable jug of beer, known as a growler, is legal in 47 states – but not in Florida.
 
 

 

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TN county employee allegedly steals nearly $145,000 to pay off credit card
 
A former agent with the Jefferson County Finance Office in Tennessee reportedly took nearly $145,000 from taxpayers to pay off her sizable credit card debt.
 
 
 
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Thursday
Nov132014

Franklin Center - How well does the government practice transparency?  

10 times the government stonewalled requests for information

At the center of Watchdog.org's mission is the goal of keeping citizens informed about what their government is up to. Doing that, however, often requires access to documents and data that the government isn't always happy to share.

In our investigations into government shenanigans, the Watchdog.org team has often encountered the harsh wall of bureaucracy. The list of opaque agencies goes on - the IRS, public universities, Immigration and Customs, and many more.

Here are 10 times the government stonewalled requests for information.


 

A Note From Our President

Dear Reader,

As advocates for a free press and an informed citizenry, we believe that one of the core values of the American experiment is the idea of transparency. The people have a right to know what their government is up to. They should be able to find out how their tax dollars are being spent, what public servants do while on the job, and why government makes certain decisions that affect their communities.

Sadly, this ideal of government transparency is not put into practice by our public servants all too often. Our Watchdog.org reporters have repeatedly run smack into the dead-end wall of bureaucracy. But even if they didn't get the information they wanted, these stories are still worth highlighting. After all, sometimes the refusal to hand over information is more telling than the information itself. 

Best regards,

Jason Stverak
President, Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday
Nov122014

Watchdog - Taxpayers are footing the bill for $750-million SolarCity  

Unions wasted millions in Wisconsin, Michigan governor races

 

Union bosses dumped more than $7.5 million into the Wisconsin and Michigan governor races only to see both states’ labor-reforming incumbents re-elected.

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 Obama calls for strict FCC net neutrality regulations while in China, Cruz likens to Obamacare

 



President Obama has called for the Federal Communications Commission to create strict rules banning the blocking, slowing down, and paid prioritization of Internet traffic.

 

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SolarCity’s $750M tax gift shrouded in secrecy


New York taxpayers are footing the bill for a massive $750-million SolarCity manufacturing plant with a promise that the company will spend $5 billion there on product and development.

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