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 News for elected officials, candidates and citizensNewsletter Archives August 1, 2006
August 1st, 2006 Issues and articles for public officials and the people who elect them
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Retired government employees asked to repay $28,000 each

Approximately 1,900 retired government employees will be asked to repay an average of nearly $28,000 each because their pension board put too much money into benefit accounts in 1999.

But a class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) retirees . .


Alleged Identity Thief Used Stolen Identities of Children to Purchase Homes

Researchers have identified children's Social Security numbers, dates of birth and other personal identifiers displayed on county and state websites throughout the country.

A Maryland grand jury has indicted Ronald Steven Williams, II, 32, of Ann Arundel County, Maryland, for using the stolen identities of children to fraudulently purchase homes. . .


Illegal Aliens, State Troopers Exchange Fire in Tyler, TX

Illegal aliens equipped with body armor, assault rifles, hand guns and silencers attacked Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Steven Stone and thirteen Tyler police officers.

 

Mexican drug cartels rig elections to take over U.S. cities

Richard Valdemar, a retired sergeant with the L.A. County sheriff's department and a longtime member of a federal task force investigating gang activity cited first-hand experience in investigating attempts to take over seven cities in Los Angeles County – Southgate, Lynwood, Bell, Bell Gardens, Cudahy, Hawaiian Gardens and Huntington Park.

He has since become aware of similar efforts throughout the Southwest – in New Mexico, Arizona and Texas. . .


U.S. lawmen outgunned along Mexican border

Hundreds of rounds of automatic-weapons fire rained down on South Texas sheriff's deputies and Border Patrol agents from the Mexican side of the border as they investigated a horror story told by two American brothers who fled across the Rio Grande fearing for their lives.


Suffolk County, NY Taxpayers Privacy Petition

You may have heard of the Suffolk County Clerks website. This website has been taken offline once already due to Social Security Numbers posted on it. The County Clerk is now saying . . .


Comparison Shopping For Campaign Literature

Campaign printing can be one of the most expensive parts of any election campaign.

We've shopped the Internet for you and found some printers that offer heavy discounts and even free campaign postcards, yard signs, brochures door hangers and and easy-to-use templates.


Tech Trouble in the Voting Booth

Last year, a report called "Asking the Right Questions About Electronic Voting" took a look at the issues surrounding the move by most of the country's election jurisdictions to electronic voting machines. The report's theoretical approach contrasted with the often bitter dispute about the security of the technology between activists and voting-machine vendors. . . .


Grand Jury asks officials to warn taxpayers

Thieves aren't just after your wallet these days. Some are angling to take title to your home.

That's the message the Orange County Assessor's Office sent to about 820,000 property owners this month.

County Assessor Webster Guillory said the alert was issued in response to a grand jury report last winter recommending that county officials do more to protect property owners from real estate fraud. . .


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