By Eric Boehm | Watchdorg.org
Americans who buy health insurance through the federal Obamacare exchange website could have their personal information stolen by hackers and never even know it.
Most of the state-run health exchange websites will be covered by state laws that require notification when government databases are breached by hackers. But there is no law [...]
By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
RICHMOND, Va. — While Virginia boasts the highest percentage of federally funded private-sector jobs in the nation, “real” private enterprise in the commonwealth ranks second to last, a new report says.
Only 70.2 percent of Virginia jobs are free of government purse strings — coming in just ahead of New Mexico’s 68.1 [...]
Florida got $1 billion from the federal government to help struggling homeowners, but just 13 percent of that money has gone toward helping them.
By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — From his three-bedroom apartment, filmmaker Steven Knapp has one of the best views of downtown Nashville. Even the jumbotron at nearby LP Field, where the Tennessee Titans play, reflects off his living room wall.
Knapp, who lives alone in the two-floor domicile, pays a mere $850 per month in [...]
By Tom Steward | Watchdog Minnesota
ST. PAUL, Minn. — There’s a new state lottery kicking off on Jan. 1 that might just offer better odds of a payoff than the scratch cards, Gopher 5 and Daily 3 games already out there.
The “Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive” lottery comes with a $150 million jackpot — $15 million [...]
High standards are the keys to academic sucess in Massachusetts, the state says.
It is contradictory for Ohio Gov. John Kasich to push for a federal balanced budget amendment and then take millions of federal dollars to expand Medicaid, two groups say.
By Tori Richards | Watchdog.org
MADISON, Wis. — Two weeks ago, the liberal Center for Media and Democracy kicked off a national campaign to reveal the identities of anonymous contributors to conservative groups in an effort to unseat the GOP governor here.
Now the group may have to answer embarrassing questions about its own anonymous donors.
A Watchdog.org review of [...]
By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE, N.M. — Open government may be a promise to be expected but, apparently, it’s merely a wish when it comes to getting detailed financial data from the New Mexico Supreme Court.
In a report card of every high court in all 50 states, New Mexico received an “F” when it came [...]
Hawaii’s health exchange violates the National Voter Registration Act, says the state’s League of Women Voters.
Economic reality for Pennsylvania school districts has brought teacher seniority up for debate.
Part 56 of 78 in the series Obamacare
By Joe Jordan | Nebraska Watchdog
He asked and asked and asked again, but never got the answers he wanted.
Nebraska Republican U.S. Rep. Lee Terry’s repeated attempts to wrangle Obamacare information out of the president’s point person on health care went nowhere Wednesday.
Time and again Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of [...]
By Dustin Hurst | Watchdog.org
The hits keep coming for President Barack Obama.
Night after night, late-night comedians continue to take shots at the president’s aloof nature and the failures of his signature achievement, Obamacare.
Last night, funnyman Jon Stewart opened his show knocking the president for not knowing that America has been spying on numerous world leaders for [...]
By Ryan Ekvall | Wisconsin Reporter
MADISON – It’s been a wild week of activity for the Kenosha Unified School District Board of Education.
Thirty-six hours after the board postponed a vote on a new collective bargaining contract until Nov. 26, members called a special meeting for Friday, Nov. 15, to amend that motion and vote immediately [...]
Whether the school district will get what these old and empty buildings are worth is questionable, but one thing is for certain: A property sale barely begins to fix the budget problems in Philadelphia’s schools.
By Eric Boehm | PA Independent
After years of effort, a proposal to expand so-called “small games of chance” in bars and taverns across Pennsylvania appears headed for final passage.
As of Wednesday, only 346 Oklahomans had successfully maneuvered the healthcare.gov website to select a plan through
By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — Why is U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, telling his constituents that federal officials have resolved many of the problems associated with the Obamacare insurance marketplace website when, in fact, those problems are still ongoing?
Dr. Gary Thompson, a child psychologist from Utah, has a blunt question for Sen. John Lehman, D – Racine: “What the hell is wrong with you?”
By Travis Perry │ Kansas Watchdog
OSAWATOMIE, Kan. — Here’s a head-scratcher: according to the results of a recent survey, Western Kansans and Eastern Coloradans really like the thought behind Amtrak and government-supported passenger railway.
They’re just not actually willing to use it.
FROM AROUND THE WEB
By Adam O’Neal | Cal Watchdog
Most of the criticism of the Affordable Care Act rollout has been aimed toward rate shocks, canceled insurance policies and the disastrous federal exchange website. But one area in which the law is succeeding — particularly in the eyes of its creators — is Medicaid expansion.
This October, more than 70,000 Californians [...]
By Elizabeth Harringto| Washington Free Beacon
Incompetence at the Social Security Administration (SSA) has cost taxpayers millions, according to a new report that highlights cases of easily identifiable fraud in the program.
The report, released Tuesday by the nonprofit advocacy organization Our Generation, documented 10 examples of fraud in the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program, totaling $8,321,190.
By David Roland | for Freedom Foundation
Lately, a disturbing trend has emerged in which American cities have attempted to ban certain forms of private charity. And it’s spreading to Washington State.
The Freedom Foundation first noted this pattern a year ago when Seattle attempted to prevent Bread of Life Mission from providing food to homeless people [...]
By Breanna Deutsch | The Daily Caller
Does raising the minimum wage actually harm the poor?
According to a study conducted by the conservative American Action Forum, increasing the minimum wage doesn’t fight poverty or close income gaps.
Supporters of raising the minimum wage argue that workers can’t live off a federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, which translates into [...]
By Neal Munro | The Daily Caller
Economic inequality and poverty have grown for the last few decades. The solution? Even more federal spending, more federal regulations, more poor immigrants and more progressive government, President Barack Obama told supporters on Wednesday.
“That’s our generation’s task, to rebuild America’s economic and civic foundation to continue the expansion of opportunity [...]
By Jarrett Skorup | Michigan Capitol Confidential
Michigan has the strongest restrictions on branded barware in the nation and the Legislature is considering whether it should turn those administrative rules into law.
When politicians are voting on a bill that would forbid bars and restaurants from receiving products with brand logos on them, it is easy to understand the cynicism [...]
By Josh Peterson | The Daily Caller
Things certainly just got much more awkward for the National Security Agency.
“The National Security Agency is gathering nearly 5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cellphones around the world,” The Washington Post reports.
The collected data allows analysts to map previously unknown relationships of terrorists and foreign agents.
The NSA’s collection of [...]
By Glynis Kazanjian | Maryland Reporter
Enforcing Montgomery County’s new minimum wage law raising it to $11.50 an hour over several years may be much trickier than the council bargained for when it rushed through passage of the bill last week.
The Montgomery County Council provided that the county’s Office of Human Rights could enforce an area [...]
By Audrey Spaulding |
Two months after news coverage spurred a bidding war on Eminem’s childhood home, a Michigan government agency demolished it.
More than 120 bids were made on the former home of the Michigan native and entertainer. One fan wanted to turn it into a museum, according to an article on MLive.
Unfortunately, the Michigan Land Bank failed to sell the property and failed to protect [...]