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Sunday
Aug232015

Watchdog - Same-gender schools are improving academic performance

Friday
Aug212015

Watchdog - Another EPA disaster  

 

 

Another EPA disaster, this time in rural Georgia

The Colorado disaster wasn't the only EPA-caused spill recently. An accident in Georgia earlier this year sent deadly sediment into a nearby creek, and even though it happened five months ago, the hazard continues.
 
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Vermont's affordability crisis causing exodus of retirees
 
Vermonters looking to retire soon are leaving the state in droves due to one significant factor: the state's majestically high taxes.
 
 

 

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Tennessee open records may get a little less open
 
Tennessee officials are contemplating a price hike for access to public records. They say they’re trying to limit the costs of serving people who abuse the state’s open records laws.
 
 

 

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NSA had close partnership with AT&T
 
A crucial partnership between AT&T and the NSA helped the agency with its mammoth task of collecting data on Internet traffic passing through the U.S., according to a new report based on documents leaked by Edward Snowden.
 
 

 

You’re hired! Donald Trump for school boss?

 
Donald Trump weighs in on education: “Our public schools have grown up in a competition-free zone, surrounded by a very high union wall. Why aren’t we shocked at the results?”
 
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EPA's gross negligence at Gold King

 

Anyone who follows mining, oil spill and power plant accidents knows the rhetoric of EPA and the Obama White House, but this time they've been strangely silent.

 

 

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Minor typing errors cost Medicaid millions in overpayments

 
Medicare is expensive and continues to eat up a growing share of the federal budget, and it doesn't help that millions of dollars in spending on the program are due to waste and mismanagement.
Friday
Aug142015

Watchdog - Town pleaded with EPA to stay away. They didn't.  

 

Months ago, Colorado town resisted allowing EPA tests that caused toxic disaster

Five months before the Animas River toxic spill disaster, leaders from the tiny Colorado mining town of Silverton pleaded with EPA officials to not perform tests that would declare the area a Superfund site.
 
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Hillary Clinton’s higher ed plan a Pandora’s Box like Obamacare, expert says
 
Hillary Clinton has a plan to provide “debt-free” tuition for students attending public colleges and universities. But it will cost taxpayers an extra $350 billion.
 
 

 

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Labor union bosses want a president who will ‘rewrite the rules’
 
Wanted: A presidential candidate who will help the AFL-CIO reshape America’s economy to better suit the labor coalition by making it easier for unions to organize and harder for workers to opt out of paying dues.
 
 

 

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Police made a mistake; I'm correcting it
 
When police make a mistake, even a small clerical error, it can be a life-altering event for the person on the other end. Innocent people’s lives are upended, their jobs and reputations jeopardized. But don’t expect a heartfelt apology.
 
 

 

Yabba Dabba Don't: Colorado's dino buses show problem with federal transit grants

 
Congress is struggling to fund repairs for our highways and transportation infrastructure, but somehow the feds found $25 million to front the cost of this "dino-bus" service.
 
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Food stamp work requirements hardly onerous

 

New Mexico Gov. Suzanna Martinez wants to reinstate rules limiting able-bodied people to three months of SNAP benefits unless they work, do volunteer work, or attend job training classes.

 

 

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Journalists charged with ‘crime’ 1 year after arrests in Ferguson

 
The arrests of these journalists in Ferguson happened a year ago. They were told at the time that there was no arrest report, so why are they now being charged with trespassing and interfering with the duties of a police officer?
 
 

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Thursday
Aug062015

Watchdog - Maine: Sometimes success takes time  

 

 

Watchdog's victory for accountability in Maine: Sometimes success takes time

Sometimes the wheels of justice turn slowly, but in the case of U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine, they would not have started turning at all had it not been for a Watchdog report from 2010. The investigation exposed an egregious case of influence-buying by Pingree, and now, five years later, the Federal Election Commission has finally ordered her to make amends for violating campaign finance law.  

 

Read more about how Watchdog reporting led to action from the FEC

A Note From Our President

Dear Reader,

Our Watchdog reporters have written many stories over the years that triggered immediate action, but sometimes the impact of our work to hold government accountable isn't seen right away.

This was the case recently with a Watchdog story from 2010 that resulted in a nearly $23,000 federal fine against a leading campaign finance reform advocate caught in a stunning act of hypocrisy. It started when Watchdog exposed Congresswoman Chellie Pingree catching luxury flights in her billionaire boyfriend's corporate jet, even as she railed against such abuses and attacked members of Congress for acting like "the fat cats of Wall Street." Now, five years later, the FEC has ordered Pingree - former president and CEO of the campaign finance reform advocacy group Common Cause - to pay for the flights and slapped her with a fine for violating the very campaign finance laws she supports.

Investigative journalism is often a long, arduous process, but this story is one of those encouraging reminders that we must always be vigilant in holding our elected officials accountable.

Best regards,

Erik Telford
President

Friday
Jan092015

Watchdog - Want to be a state lawmaker? Take a drug test.  

 

 

Want to be a state lawmaker? Take a drug test, rep says

 

One state representative believes all candidates running for state-level elected office should be subject to a drug test, and he is floating legislation that would require it.

 
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Seven union front groups fighting labor reform this year

 
It's obvious that not much has changed in the new year. Union bosses will likely keep fighting state labor reforms using pseudo-grassroots front groups this year, though the tactic has seen mixed results.
 
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Will 2015 be like 2014?

 
Although Republicans swept into control of Congress and solidified their hold on many state governments in 2014, the new year will look a lot like the old in most places.
 

 

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Vermont parent to be paid $150,000 in lawsuit over ban from school meetings

 
A Vermont parent was awarded nearly $150,000 after winning a lawsuit against the Addison Rutland Supervisory Union. He had been banned from all school grounds in the district because school officials were frightened of him.
 
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Fracking supporters in New York aren’t giving up
 
Hydraulic fracturing has been banned in New York, but that doesn't mean the battle is over. More than 200 people showed up to protest the decision by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to ban fracking in the state.
 
 

 

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Federal taxpayers help Virginia make $2-million health care advertising push
 
Federal taxpayers are shelling out $2 million for a marketing campaign to make sure Virginians are eligible for government subsidized health care and know how to enroll.
 
 

 

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Hollywood studios gave big to Bruning as part of war against Google
 
Confidential emails and campaign finance records indicate Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning accepted thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the movie and music industry after taking up their cause in fighting Google.
 
 
 
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