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Friday
Oct312014

Watchdog - Fired by her own family!

 

Trek sources: Mary Burke’s family fired her for incompetence

 

Wisconsin Democrat gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke didn’t get “burned out” from her overseas job, apparently she was fired by her family.

 
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Millions flow to four senate hopefuls after billionaires’ White House meeting

 
After billionaire Tom Steyer met with fellow billionaire George Soros and a top Obama aide in the West Wing of the White House, millions flowed from Steyer to several liberal U.S. senate candidates.
 
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The bottleneck for BP spill claims: The Freeh group

 
The BP Deepwater Horizon spill has cost taxpayers and businesses tens of billions of dollars. The company has put up more than $30 billion to compensate for the damage caused but it's not reaching the people who need it most.
 

 

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Nevadans’ voting habits may change, but participation is another story

 
Although Nevadans are taking advantage of early voting, this trend may not mean an increase in the total number of those voting.
 
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Maryland can’t verify vote flips helped Dems
 
Maryland election officials were forced to remove five glitching voting machines, but state officials say two other touch screens malfunctioned during early voting, too. Now the Maryland Republican Party is calling for an investigation.
 
 

 

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Gender inclusiveness training handouts removed from Nebraska school
 
After parents pushed for action on controversial gender sensitivity training at a Nebraska middle school, the superintendent said he’s ordered the materials removed from schools.
 
 

 

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FTC sues AT&T; claims it’s throttling data speeds
 
The Federal Trade Commission announced that it was suing AT&T for deceptively slowing down speeds for unlimited data subscribers.
 
 
 
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Thursday
Oct302014

Franklin Center - Hot on the Trail  

Hot on the trail: Watchdog.org drives 2014 election coverage

Voting machines that force you to vote Democrat, candidates stonewalling reporters, 78-year-old grandmas banned from poll observing, labor unions spending tens of millions of dollars in mandatory dues on politics. Clearly, it's been an eventful election season.

Watchdog.org's coverage of the midterms serves as a prime example of what we strive to do: Counter the unquestioned narrative of establishment media with local, fact-based stories that otherwise would go untold. 

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A Note From Our President

Dear Reader,

As we approach the midterm election, I'm reminded of how elections are much more than an opportunity to choose our representatives--though that is critically important. Aside from the pros and cons of candidates, election season gives rise to debates over the influence of money in politics, the integrity of the voting process, and our First Amendment right to criticize and fact-check politicians. 

Just as in past election years, Watchdog.org has been on the ground and out in front of the debate. We've covered reports of "calibration issues" in voting machines, exposed the tens of millions of dollars that unions spend on political activities, and examined how ballot initiatives that the local media often overlooks will affect your community.

Best regards,

Jason Stverak
President, Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bill Clinton Supports Tom Wolf’s Taxing Agenda

Sound bites echoed throughout Pittsburgh on Monday as the notorious former Democratic President Bill Clinton stumped for his party’s Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf.

VIDEO: Sen. Hagan Blasts ‘Out-of-State Billionaires’ for Election Funding

Senator Kay Hagan touted the virtues of grass roots support over "out-of-state billionaires," but she's benefited from more than $37 million in outside spending this election."

 

 

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Wednesday
Oct292014

Watchdog - As election looms, problems emerge with voting machines  

‘Calibration issue’ pops up on voting machines

 

Several voters are reporting their voting machines switched Republican votes to Democrats.

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 Group sues over ‘illegal’ voters

 



An election watch group is suing the state of Maryland over the presence of illegal immigrants on the state's voter rolls.

 

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Teachers squeezed for $27 million in union political spending


The American Federation for Teachers poured more than $27 million in members dues into political activism during the 2014 fiscal year.

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Thursday
Oct162014

Franklin Center - Covering tech policy: From D.C. to your Wi-Fi router  

 

Covering tech policy: From D.C. to your Wi-Fi router

In today's busy and complex world, technology pervades nearly every bit of modern life, making it critical for Americans to stay informed about tech issues and the government’s response to them. That's where Watchdog.org tech reporter Josh Peterson comes in.

If there’s one thing Peterson consistently stresses in his stories, it’s depth. On a beat where terms and details of technology policy can be difficult to decipher, it's hard to overstate the value of reporting that goes beyond a surface level he-said/she-said coverage.

Read more about how Watchdog.org is keeping you informed about how the government's treatment of tech issues affects you.

 

A Note From Our President

Dear Reader,

Technology policy probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind when we think of state-level reporting, but as a news organization founded online, we understand the need to keep Americans informed about internet freedom and other tech issues that could drastically change the way we communicate. In a world where technology permeates every aspect of our lives, government's handling of Internet regulation, cybersecurity measures, and the threat of EMP attacks needs more public scrutiny than ever. 

That's why the Franklin Center has made a point of stressing tech coverage by our reporters at Watchdog.org and in our outreach to bloggers and citizen journalists. Their stellar work from across the nation has helped our readers keep up with the latest tech policy debates and guided them through complicated issues like the government's proposed "Net Neutrality" regulations. I hope you'll take a moment to read more and see how decisions made by federal bureaucrats affect the technologies you use every day.

Best regards,

Jason Stverak
President, Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday
Oct152014

Watchdog - The lawbreaking presidency of Elizabeth Warren  

 

Secret recordings reveal Elizabeth Warren would be Regulator-in-Chief

 

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has played it cool, denying she’ll run for president in 2016 in a way that seems designed to boost expectations she will.

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 Chinese institute spreads across U.S., but some say it also spreads propaganda

 



During the past decade, the Confucius Institute has established itself at nearly 500 universities and K-12 schools in the United States, and at roughly another 500 around the world.

 

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Campaign spokesman threatens reporter with arrest for asking for documents


The campaign spokesman for Gov. John Hickenlooper threatened this reporter with arrest and called police when the reporter attempted to get the candidate’s tax returns, which were distributed to other Colorado media weeks ago.