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InsiderOnline Blog: March 2012

To Do: Start Tracking Bribery

• Start tracking bribery online. Bribery-tracking Web sites have sprung up in a number of countries around the world, including Bangladesh, India, Kenya, and Pakistan, reports the New York Times (“Web Sites Shine Light on Petty Bribery Worldwide,” March 6, 2012). The trend started with IPaidaBribe.com in India, which has made its code available to others who track bribery in their countries. The sites allow users to report anonymously requests for bribes that they have received. According to the Times, the Indian site prompted officials in Bangalore to reform the state’s department of motor vehicles.

• Support a museum that has something important to teach about American government: The Museum of Government Waste. Right now it’s just a film about the culture of corruption in Congress, but it needs a little financing—because it couldn’t get its own earmark!—to be completed. But the filmmakers also aspire to build an actual Museum of Government Waste, too.

• Find out whether nuclear power is the answer to the country’s energy needs: Watch the new Heritage Foundation documentary, Powering America. It’ll be on the Documentary Channel, March 11, 17, and 25; and April 2, 6, and 10.

• Bookmark StateCourtsGuide.com, a comprehensive guide to how judges are selected in all 50 states. Some states have elections, other states have appointments, and still others have a hybrid set-up. Want to figure out which system works best? Want to change your state’s judicial makeup? Start by getting the facts on how the process works with this resource from the Federalist Society.

Posted on 03/07/12 05:37 PM by Alex Adrianson

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