Archive for the ‘Government Accountability/Reform’ Category

Georgia University Warning About HIV-Positive Man Transmitting HIV Comes Under Fire

Posted on: September 5th, 2013 by Todd Heywood 6 Comments

On a Tuesday in August, Georgia Southern University issued an alarming “health alert” to its students. A “dominant” black man was “intentionally and knowingly” transmitting HIV. School officials warned the press, too. But weeks later, amid denials by state health officials that they authorized or distributed the alert, the school has quietly removed it from its website. A lot of people are demanding to know why it was posted in the first place. (more…)

Six Flags Trade Group Routinely Lobbied Against Federal Oversight of Amusement Park Rides

Posted on: July 24th, 2013 by Sofia Resnick 11 Comments
The Texas Giant roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas, taken May 23, 2009 (Flickr/Kristy aka agingdragqueen).

The Texas Giant roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas, taken May 23, 2009 (Flickr/Kristy aka agingdragqueen).

The trade association that represents the interests of amusement parks such as Six Flags Entertainment Corporation – which recently experienced a fatal roller coaster accident– has lobbied against efforts to impose federal safety regulations at amusement parks for years, lobbying records show. (more…)

Meet the American Enterprise Institute’s Secret Foreign Donor

Posted on: June 27th, 2013 by Eli Clifton 10 Comments
Taiwan President Ma Ying-Jeou speaking to survivors of a disaster in Pingtung County, Taiwan, on Aug. 16, 2009. (Shutterstock/Shi Yali)

Taiwan President Ma Ying-Jeou speaking to survivors of a disaster in Pingtung County, Taiwan, on Aug. 16, 2009. (Shutterstock/Shi Yali)

This story was first published by The Nation.

The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) has emerged as one of the Beltway’s most consistent advocates for the sale of advanced fighter jets to Taiwan. Previously undisclosed tax filings reveal that while issuing research reports and publishing articles on U.S.-Taiwan relations, AEI received a $550,000 contribution from the government of Taiwan, a source of funding the think tank has never publicly acknowledged. (more…)

Amendment to National Defense bill would require feds to review HIV crimes

Posted on: June 13th, 2013 by Todd Heywood 2 Comments

This article has been updated.

A bipartisan amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act would require the Department of Defense to conduct an internal review of policies and prosecutions related to military members living with HIV. (more…)

Colorado ‘treatment’ center held mentally disabled teen in solitary for 25 days

Posted on: May 10th, 2013 by Susan Greene 1 Comment

This story was originally published by The Colorado Independent.


Fourteen-year-old Kiondre Davison had a habit of acting up in school and running away from home. Social services officials stepped in to help. They sent him to El Pueblo Boys and Girls Ranch, a teen treatment center in Pueblo, Colo., that touts its “environment of safety and loving care.” (more…)

Colorado county board renews decision to ban Plan B at health clinics

Posted on: May 9th, 2013 by John Tomasic 3 Comments

This story was originally published by The Colorado Independent.

Colorado’s Weld County Board on Monday renewed a 2010 policy that prevented county health clinics funded by the federal Title X women’s health program from dispensing Plan B emergency contraception to their mostly young and low-income patients. (more…)

Michigan Supreme Court upholds partner benefits for unmarried state workers

Posted on: May 6th, 2013 by Todd Heywood 1 Comment

LANSING – State employees in Michigan can continue to receive health benefits for their significant others, even if they’re not married, and even if they’re gay. That’s because the Michigan Supreme Court on Thursday declined to hear an appeal from the attorney general’s office, which has been challenging a local body’s decision to offer health-care benefits to unmarried state employees, saying it violates the state’s anti-gay-marriage statute. According to Attorney General Bill Schuette, the policy treats married and unmarried couples differently. (more…)

Mich. health dept. denies media access to training on controversial HIV database* UPDATE

Posted on: March 5th, 2013 by Todd Heywood 4 Comments

This article has been updated, below the original story, to reflect that The American Independent has been authorized to attend Wednesday’s meeting.

LANSING, Mich. – Dozens of agencies and local health departments will be attending a mandatory meeting Wednesday in Lansing to review grant-fulfillment requirements related to HIV funding, but the media is not invited, or allowed. (more…)