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Cuomo, lawmakers pull not-funny prank on NY voters

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York’s legislative leaders apparently have decided that April Fools is the perfect day for a not-at-all-funny prank on Empire State voters. After months extolling the virtues of a “Fair Elections” public financing plan for New York’s scandal-plagued elections, and even including money for it in his annual budget proposal, Cuomo […]

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Secrecy at the MBTA Pension Fund

(This post was originally published on the New England First Amendment Coalition blog, click here.) The MBTA Retirement Board recently voted to deny a request to turn over records relating to a controversial deal that cost the pension fund $25 million. The vote was tied 3-3 with directors loyal toGovernor Deval Patrick voting in favor of making the […]

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Taking a stand when it matters

When doing the right thing comes at a political cost, politicians show their true colors

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Ethics panel probing congressman’s continuing ties to former aide

Watchdogs in the House Ethics Committee are sniffing something funny in the office of Illinois Rep. Luis Gutiérrez. According to reports, Gutiérrez paid his former chief of staff, Doug Scofield, approximately $500,000 – about $4100 per month — in taxpayer funds over 10 years to train staff, review and draft news releases, and help publicize […]

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What We’re Reading This Week – 3/21/2014

This week — public financing, the Koch Brothers double down, and the People’s Pledge

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