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Rogue agency defied judges to carry out partisan probe of Wisconsin conservatives

Rogue agency defied judges to carry out partisan probe of Wisconsin conservatives

Part 155 of 156 in the series Wisconsin’s Secret War CENTER OF CONTROVERSY: Documents show Kevin Kennedy’s Government Accountability Board, the agency charged with monitoring Wisconsin politics, operated an off-the-books probe of political opponents. (2012 photo) By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter MADISON, Wis. – Agents for the embattled state Government Accountability Board continued a

ACLU and NAACP suing Ferguson school district for having ‘unfair’ election practices

MICHAEL BROWN CASE AFTERMATH: The ACLU and NAACP are suing a Ferguson School District, alleging that at-large elections prevent black candidates from getting elected. By Brad Matthews | Watchdog Arena The ACLU and NAACP announced a lawsuit Thursday morning against the Ferguson-Florissant School District, on allegations that the use of at-large elections prevent black candidates

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Add a right to all those lefts hitting Keystone XL pipeline

Joe Jordan | Nebraska Watchdog Experts debate the future of the Keystone XL pipeline as Omaha’s prices head for $2.00 a gallon. In addition to years of slings and arrows from the liberal left and new concerns from President Barack Obama, the controversial Keystone XL pipeline is suddenly getting flack from its friends on the

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‘Outside the … law’: Lawmakers call for investigation of GAB

Part 157 of 156 in the series Wisconsin’s Secret War By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter MADISON, Wis. – In an ironic turnabout, Wisconsin lawmakers are calling for an investigation of the high-profile agency that is supposed to investigate politicians. Sen. Tom Tiffany, R-Hazelhurst, is calling for a legislative panel to investigate the state Government

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Transit should stay on the road

By Baruch Feigenbaum The Georgia General Assembly is expected to tackle transportation reform in this legislative session. Many want lawmakers to address roadways and public transit and it appears they will. At a recent transportation industry gathering, state leaders including Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle detailed the importance of transit. Unfortunately, Metro Atlanta has one of

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U.S. should respond aggressively to cyber attack, expert says

FBI Director James Comey says stopping cyber terror and cyber espionage are top priorities for his agency.. He is with Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha at FBI Headquarters in Honolulu By Malia Zimmerman | HONOLULU — The attack on Sony Pictures and threats to the movie industry cannot be tolerated, one of the nation’s

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Is Ohio’s roaring economy paying for Medicaid expansion?

By Jason Hart | Ohio Watchdog Ohio’s roaring economy is covering the cost of nearly 500,000 new Medicaid recipients, according to Gov. John Kasich. The Republican governor’s Obamacare Medicaid expansion message has gotten national attention, and other governors have borrowed it, but Kasich’s rhetoric is at odds with reality. Preliminary numbers peg employment in Ohio

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Western PA police chief gets lucrative buyout, despite scathing report

By Rachel Martin | PITTSBURGH — The Brentwood Borough Council voted to give police chief Robert Butelli a lucrative settlement package, worth more than $200,000, in exchange for his retirement. BUYOUT BOONDOGGLE: The police chief of one Pittsburgh suburb has accepted a settlement worth over $200,000 in exchange for retiring. The deal will reportedly

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Don’t count out Tom Steyer yet

By Tori Richards | I’M STILL HERE: Mogul Tom Steyer still plans on being a big political player, if his PAC funds are any indication. Billionaire green energy activist Tom Steyer may have been shut down in his bid to elect a slate of hand-picked governors and U.S. senators, but don’t count him out

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Advocates claim Mississippi K-12 education is chronically underfunded

PAINFUL EQUATION: The Mississippi Adequate Education Program funding calculation is not exactly easy to figure. By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog The fight over funding for Mississippi K-12 education is heating up. There’s a ballot initiative and a lawsuit on deck, along with bumper stickers and pithy slogans. On one side, advocates for higher spending