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CAMPAIGN DISCLOSURE FORMS REVEAL XEROX’S TIES TO ANTHONY BROWN CAMPAIGN

When Maryland voters decided to elect Larry Hogan for Maryland governor, they didn’t just reject Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and the ossified Maryland Democratic establishment.

Watchdog Wire’s Brad Matthews reports they also rejected that establishment’s deep ties with Xerox—a company that has been involved in Maryland politics, health care, and their ever-hated speed cameras.

PROPOSED RECIDIVISM DEFINITION COULD HAVE CONSEQUENCES FOR CALIFORNIA JAILS

Last month, in an effort to develop and standardize “best practices throughout California,” Attorney General Kamala Harris proposed an official definition of the term “recidivism” — commonly understood as a felon who has been released from prison, committed another felony, and returned to prison — as part of the Department’s Division of Recidivism, Reduction and Re-Entry (DR3) program which began in November, 2013.

Watchdog Wire California Editor Veronica Petersen breaks it down.

EARLY VOTING STATS SHOW VOTER SUPPRESSION DIDN’T HAPPEN IN NORTH CAROLINA

The results from early voting are in: blacks voted at higher rates than in the 2010 midterms. Voter suppression, the rallying cry of the left including the NC NAACP, doesn’t appear to have played a part.

Watchdog Wire North Carolina Editor Ann Kane has details.

AMERICAN EDUCATION REPORT CARD SCHOOLS NEVADA ON WHAT AILS PERFORMANCE

In local and national news stories alike, the watchwords on the topic of education are reform, transparency, and parental choice. These ideas were explored and further explained in a report released last week by the American Legislative Exchange Council entitled Report Card on American Education.

Nevada Watchdog Richard MacLean examines the report’s findings.

AUGUSTA COMMISSIONERS ORDER CITY TO FIND MORE FUNDS FOR BROKE HYDE PARK PROJECT

The Augusta Commission addressed the financial problems with the Hyde Park project Tuesday night.

Watchdog Wire Assistant Editor Josh Kaib has the latest on this Georgia town’s controversial project.

ANTI-TOLL CANDIDATES SWEEP KEY RACES IN TEXAS

Texas taxpayers have been tormented for more than a decade when it comes to transportation and toll roads, and their torment is finally coming to an end.

Texas Watchdog Terri Hall examines the election results in her state.

GOVERNMENT CLAIMS ABOUT POCKET GOPHER PROTECTION REMAIN FLAWED

Watchdog Wire’s Melissa Genson continues her investigation into the Endangered Species Act’s effects in her county.

Here’s part six of her look at the pocket gopher in Thurston County.

VIDEO: DETROIT POLICE CLEAR OUT OBAMA PROTESTERS DURING CAMPAIGN EVENT

Police stated that the publicly tax-funded Wayne State University was declared “federal property” by the Secret Service for Obama’s campaign event for Congressman Gary Peters, and they were acting on federal orders.

Michigan Watchdog Allen Elya has the stunning video.

DENVER’S REAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE MIRRORS COLORADO’S

We’ve been keeping track of Colorado’s real unemployment rate, adjusting for the state’s increasing population and decreasing labor force participation rate.  The situation is even more disconnected in Denver.

Watchdog Wire Colorado Editor Joshua Sharf exposes the real unemployment figures.

OREGON’S VOTING INTEGRITY IN QUESTION AHEAD OF ELECTION DAY

Could Oregon’s elections be decided by illegal voters?

Prior to the election, Oregon Watchdog Janice Dysinger sounded the alarm bells with this report.

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