Part 80 of 80 in the series Obamacare
By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org
Obamacare is striking out with young people — those healthy folks who are suppose to actually make it work.
Young people are perhaps the most important demographic to the success of the Affordable Care Act, but most Americans under 30 are opposed to the law. They [...]
Part 36 of 37 in the series Educating America
By Mary C. Tillotson | Watchdog.org
Poor kids can learn. That’s what some school and education activists are shouting from on high after the results of an international test showed American students performing at mediocre levels.
While some blamed the stagnant scores on poverty, others point out that impoverished [...]
Pennsylvania is running out of chips, and it needs taxpayers to help build its stack.
By Yaël Ossowski | Watchdog.org
In July of this year, Vermont lawmakers took a bold step.
They removed criminal penalties for those caught with small amounts of marijuana.
Now, 5 months later, decriminalization of pot is generally judged to be a great success in the Green Mountain State, a sentiment which could push Vermont to be the third [...]
By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
RICHMOND, Va. — “Human connections” will prevent Virginia Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe from adhering to his $100 limit on gifts, a veteran legislator says.
“Does anyone think he won’t go around the country helping Hillary (Clinton)? If he goes on one trip, does he think he won’t violate his own rule?” asks [...]
William Patrick | Florida Watchdog
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Consuming marijuana as medicine could be legal in Florida in less than a year.
But first, the Florida Supreme Court has to approve the language contained in a proposed ballot initiative that, with enough petition signatures, voters would see at the polls next November.
Florida’s high court heard oral arguments Thursday [...]
Adam Peters has lost out on $625 each of the past three months
Part 79 of 80 in the series Obamacare
By Travis Perry │ Kansas Watchdog
OSAWATOMIE, Kan. — The winner of an Obamacare video contest put on by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is either completely oblivious or participating in the most obvious misdirection campaign we’ve ever seen.
Entitled “Forget About the Price Tag,” the video [...]
The Goldwater Institute has appealed a court ruling that would allow the federal government to regulate a Louisiana scholarship program that allows low-income students to attend private schools if their local public schools are failing.
By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE, N.M. — Manny Aragon, the former Democratic state Senate leader who had one of the most spectacular falls from grace in New Mexico political history, is out a Colorado federal prison.
There are reports that the 66-year-old Aragon his heading back to the Albuquerque area after his release Thursday. [...]
Joe Jordan | Nebraska Watchdog
OMAHA—Former State Sen. Brenda Council was sentenced in federal court Thursday to three years probation and fined $500.
Council, a lawyer, pleaded guilty in September to one count of wire fraud in connection with misusing— gambling— $63,000 in campaign funds.
During sentencing Council told the judge she has accepted full responsibility for her [...]
By Adam Tobias | Wisconsin Reporter
MADISON, Wis. – The lampoons keep coming.
The problematic rollout of Obamacare has provided plenty of low-hanging fruit to late-night talk show hosts, and Jimmy Kimmel was the latest to take advantage during his opening monologue Tuesday evening.
And to top it off, he also took a few jabs at Congress’s productivity [...]
By Travis Perry │ Kansas Watchdog
The feds can’t seem to catch a break these days.
Even after getting the beleaguered HealthCare.gov on its feet – a full two months after its initial launch – federal officials and the Obama administration are still feeling the business end of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s razor-sharp wit.
The debacle that has [...]
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 [...]
The Discovery Channel may never have featured print journalism on its hit series “Dirty Jobs,” but according to data compiled by CareerCast.com, newspaper reporters have the “worst” job in America, beating out garbage collectors, meter readers, dock workers, and even dishwashers.
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 Maxford Nelsen | Freedom Foundation
People deserve to know their vote makes a difference, and all citizens have the right to expect that elections be free of coercion. Unfortunately, special interests too often muffle the voice of the people and distort the democratic process.
The recent state Senate race between Democrat Nathan Schlicher and Republican challenger [...]
By Nic Horton | The Arkansas Project
I wrote last week about Senator Alan Clark’s discovery that 49 state agency heads have received substantial raises — as much as $18,300 in some cases. Clark said he didn’t know who had authorized the raises. Now we know.
Liberal bloggers — for example, David Ramsey at the Arkansas Times — were quick to dismiss Clark’s discovery as [...]
By Adam O’Neal | Cal Watchdog
Last Sunday, a Metro-North train in New York derailed, killing four passengers and injuring 67 others. Apparently the train engineer had been “nodding off” and was unable to slow the train before it hit a curve on its route, causing it to derail. The tragedy is shining a new light on rail [...]
By Tom Gantert | Michigan Capitol Confidential
More than half of the third graders at Three Lakes Academy in the Upper Peninsula failed to score proficient on the state reading test in 2010-2011.
But none of the school’s 14 third-graders were held back.
At Howell Public Schools, none of the 35 third-graders who didn’t rate proficient at reading [...]
By Rick Brundrett | The Nerve
The South Carolina Department of Education is seeking repayment of $52,046 awarded to the South Carolina Autism Society after conducting an audit of the nonprofit organization’s financial records for the grants.
The audit was done after The Nerve revealed in August that Craig Stoxen, 48, the longtime president and CEO of the West Columbia-based nonprofit, shot [...]
By Brendan Bordelon | The Daily Caller
MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry suggested the term “Obamacare” and the N-word are interchangeable, claiming both were “conceived by a group of wealthy white men who needed to . . . render [a black man] inferior and unequal and diminish his accomplishments.”
Harris-Perry opened her show Sunday morning with a sober monologue [...]
By Steven Greenhut | Reason
SACRAMENTO — One longtime critic of federal transportation spending once concluded that it would be less expensive for the government to buy every new transit rider a Jaguar XJ8 than it would be to build certain new rail systems. Unfortunately, California officials may not have realized that the idea of buying people new cars wasn’t [...]
President Obama rejected the notion that the IRS’ targeting of tea party groups was illegal — or even improper — during his interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on Thursday.
Although he’s a funeral home director and owner, S.C. Rep. John King doesn’t see any conflict of interest in sponsoring legislation that would allow funeral homes to keep the bodies of families’ loved ones until their funeral tabs are paid.