By Benjamin Yount | Watchdog Radio
It is no longer a question of how much government Americans want. The only question is how much government Americanscan afford.
And the former Republican vice presidential candidate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said the answer is becoming clear.
“I talk about this in the book,” Ryan told Watchdog Radio Monday. “About [...]
By Shalva Ginsparg | Watchdog.org
About a year before the birth of Obamacare, Dr. Keith Smith, director of the Surgery Center of Oklahoma, posted all the prices for his center’s surgeries online.
Today, he’s in expansion mode, looking to build two more operating rooms. His fastest-growing group of patients? Obamacare enrollees.
Though armed with Obamacare health insurance plans, [...]
A court ruling that increases liability for drug manufacturers solidifies Alabama’s reputation as a legally dangerous state for free markets, argue some policy experts.
Pittsburgh’s drawn-out process to find a new chief of police – since the last one is now in federal prison – is nearly complete. After community meetings, a screening committee is now reviewing applications and the selection should be made by the end of September.
Want a real-life example of voter fraud? Fairfax County election officials say they have 17 — and they’re providing names to local, state and federal authorities for prosecution.
Montana Democrats needed a savior to help them score an unlikely victory for one of the state’s U.S. Senate seats.
By Johnny Kampis | Watchdog.org
CULLMAN, Ala. — Got $14,000 in your couch cushions? Then you’ll be able to pay your share of Alabama’s debt.
Truth in Accounting, a Chicago-based fiscal government watchdog, recently released its annual Financial State of the States report examining each state’s finances.
The figures aren’t pretty.
The numbers of this study are always more eye-popping [...]
By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — Internal Revenue Service officials must enforce a new Obamacare tax designed to collect money from medical device manufacturers, but they’re losing money because they don’t know which companies even qualify for the tax, a new audit shows.
On top of that, the IRS wrongly penalized more than 200 of these companies [...]
Not too far from the Hampton Roads region and the North Carolina border, the quiet, 8.75-square mile city of Franklin, Va., is home to farmlands, 8,582 people — and one military-grade, mine-resistant vehicle.
Minnesota Vikings bird-loving fans are flustered the NFL franchise won’t ante up a million bucks for bird-safe glass at the stadium now under construction.
“Blatant refusal to replace the glass because birds will die crashing into the windows has now convinced me this project is an embarrassment and horror to our Flyway and to our State. Conceit and greed is now painfully obvious and everyone involved should be ashamed,” wrote Mary Madeco-Smith on City Pages website.
Critics flocked to post online comments on news sites following reports that $46 million in newly announced stadium upgrades will not include $1.1 million for bird-friendly glass.
Your $100 goes further in Ohio than in 42 other states, according to a new map from the Tax Foundation.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has been on the business end of numerous barbs and critiques for taking a stand against Obamacare and Medicaid expansion in the Sunflower State.
Those with unwavering faith in the federal government have characterized the conservative governor as an uncaring obstructionist for his opposition, but in an exclusive interview with the Daily Signal, Brownback laid out the argument against Obamacare in his own words.
The city of Leawood is using the full power of the law to protect property values from the threat of, uh, free cabinet-sized libraries.
A municipal statute designed to ban all detached structures is being levied against Leawood residents Brian and Sarah Collins after their 9-year-old son, Spencer, worked with his dad and grandpa to build the Little Free Library as a Mother’s Day gift.
WATCHDOG CITIZEN NEWS
Connecticut mom Tanya McDowell will spend 12 years in prison after she was sentenced on a number of criminal charges, including “stealing” nearly $15,000 in “educational services” for her son.
A Bloomberg-backed group is back with a petition drive to revive a background check initiative for Nevada’s 2016 ballot.
Families like the Currans that have critical needs are feeling the brunt of higher deductibles, out-of-pocket expenses, co-pays and premiums from ObamaCare.
By Jackie Moreau | WatchdogWire.com
Colorado’s most recent legislative session was one of “unexpectations.”
Gov. Hickenlooper unexpectedly vetoed a finance-reform bill that kept unexpected fundraisers satisfied, Watchdog Wire’s Joshua Sharf reports.
House Bill14-1375, which passed with bipartisan support, targeted Tax Increment Financing and developers who have been able to subvert costs of development projects from its revenue. TIF [...]
By Melissa Genson | WatchdogWire.com
Does size really matter? According to the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife and U.S. Fish and Wildlife, it sure does.
The odd claims of state and federal officials have been enough to earn a small group of this incredibly prolific and destructive rodent an Endangered Species Act listing, based on a 36-year-old loophole in the [...]
By Joshua Sharf | WatchdogWire.com
U.S. Sens. Mark Udall, D-Colo., and Michael Bennet, D-Colo., in 2011 successfully pushed for the Patent and Trademark Office to open satellite offices, including one in Denver, even as paralegals at the agency were being paid to loaf – and receiving stellar performance reviews for doing so.
As part of the patent [...]
By Melissa Genson | WatchdogWire.com
Washington Department of Ecology’s Ben Penhale, who compares citizens to a hunter’s prey, can keep his job, benefits and authority, the department says.
The brouhaha started on Dec. 7, 2012, when Penhale was asked to clarify regulatory jurisdiction to San Juan County Planner Colin Maycock.
Instead, he wrote a bizarre, rambling email where [...]