The Alabama Legislature is on track to pass a law this session outlawing bestiality in the state.
It comes down to trust.
A U.S. House committee wants to see documents related to charges the Obama administration is more concerned about protecting the wind-farm industry than eagles and other protected birds.
The state of Virginia is helping an agricultural giant sell non-genetically modified soybeans to South Korea — while reaping little value at home.
TOPEKA, Kan. — High cost estimates scuttled Rep. Stephanie Clayton’s vision of full-blown government transparency under the Kansas Capitol dome before it got a hearing.
By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE, N.M. — The popular image of the friendly forest ranger has taken a major hit after a drug sweep at the Taos Ski Valley angered skiers at the popular resort and infuriated a former governor of New Mexico.
By Paul Brennan | Iowa Watchdog
DES MOINES, Iowa — According to reports from the Iowa Department of Revenue, an obscure tax break, the Research Activities Credit, has allowed major corporations to receive millions in tax refunds from the state without paying a dime in state corporate income tax.
By Adam Tobias | Wisconsin Reporter
MILWAUKEE, Wis. — An ethics complaint was filed Thursday against Wisconsin Jobs Now for making campaign contributions to Milwaukee County board members who were instrumental in passing a union-boosting living wage ordinance, sources have told Wisconsin Reporter.
The complaint comes one day after Wisconsin Reporter first reported that county supervisors Marina Dimitrijevic [...]
By Benjamin Yount | Illinois Lawmakers
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois’ recently passed pension reforms are tied up in court, and lawmakers have no idea when (or if) the state will see any of its savings.
By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org
HOUSTON — State Sen. Kirk Watson says that if the University of Texas System Board of Regents wants “to hold someone accountable,” namely, UT President Bill Powers, the board must “assure that there are no external influences” on its decisions.
Yet when the board met in executive session Dec. 12 to decide Powers’ [...]
Hermina Morita could be out as chair of the State Public Utilities Commission.
Three Republicans responded to President Barack Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address. Here are the videos:
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (official Republican response)
Sen. Mike Lee (tea party response)
Sen. Rand Paul (independent response)
It comes down to trust.
By Shelby Sebens | Northwest Watchdog
Oregon’s public records law already includes a long list of exemptions, yet the state’s Legislature wants to add more.
Pennsylvania has saved almost $2 billion staving off welfare fraud, waste and abuse under Gov. Tom Corbett, said Beverly Mackereth, the secretary of the state’s Department of Public Welfare.
By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
RICHMOND, Va. – A letter from then-Gov. Bob McDonnell to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asserts that the governor has the power to expand Medicaid in Virginia – with or without General Assembly approval.
McDonnell’s March 5, 2013, letter declared: “As governor … the decision currently rests [...]
With no debate and a nearly party-line vote, the state House passed a bill that eliminates a loophole in the law state defining the crime of stalking.
By Josh Peterson | Watchdog.org
State public utilities regulators are calling for an easy way for consumers to compare complaints against the nation’s phone companies.
Currently, consumers can file complaints about their telecommunications service with the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission, but those complaints aren’t publicly available in an online format for consumers.
On Wednesday, Chris [...]
By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog
Despite a $52 billion public pension debt, the Democrat-controlled New Jersey Legislature has ruled out any new reforms to the state retirement system.
“If we stay the course the pension system will be fine,” said Senate President Steve Sweeney, in response to Gov. Chris Christie’s annual budget address. “It’s not [...]
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By Peter Suderman | Reason
Perhaps the biggest frustration with the administration’s Obamacare enrollment reports is that they’re not really enrollment reports.
Instead, the reports count the number of people who have “picked a plan.” But not all of those people have paid, which means not all of them are truly enrolled in health coverage.
How many haven’t paid? [...]
By Tom Gantert | Michigan Capitol Confidential
A list of workers that was posted at Hurley Medical Center and named people who opted out of their union has been reposted at the hospital less than three weeks after it had been taken down.
And it has a fifth name on it now.
The list, which was posted by the American Federation [...]
By Kathy Hamilton | Cal Watchdog
Monday marks the next critical date in legal action surrounding California’s high-speed rail project. By that date, the office of California’s Attorney General Kamala Harris, which represents the High-Speed Rail Authority, is expected to file a new appeal.
At issue before the Court of Appeal will be a March 4 ruling [...]
By Elizabeth Harrington | Washington Free Beacon
The government is spending over $30,000 for “beauty salon” equipment for a women’s federal prison, an order that includes “porcelain shampoo bowls,” eight nail stations, and four massage tables.
Minnesota’s Federal Correction Institution Waseca, which houses 1,030 inmates, put in an order on Thursday for multiple salon items.
The list includes eight “Jeffco Rocket Styling Chairs,” [...]
By Robert Arial and Ashley Landess | The Nerve
How does South Carolina’s energy market work? In a nutshell, it doesn’t. While other states are moving toward more open markets, South Carolina remains stubbornly lacking in competition. And as usual in our state, oversight of the utilities is controlled by legislators who appoint the board that [...]
By Jillian Kay Melchior | National Review Online
Tucked deep in a South Philadelphia neighborhood that decorates for St. Patrick’s Day the way other places do for Christmas, there stands a bar that’s locally notorious for underage drinking and random brutality.
On a sunny afternoon in March, I tried unsuccessfully to visit; conflicting hours were reported online, and [...]
By Anne Schieber | Michigan Capitol Confidential
GRAND RAPIDS — Moments before the Grand Rapids Board of Review was to hear testimony on the denial of tax exemption status for the nonprofit Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty the Grand Rapids City Assessor announced a new rule.
“The Board of Review is prohibiting recording equipment inside the hearing,” [...]
By David Roland | for Freedom Foundation
On Monday, eight of the nine U.S. Supreme Court justices responded to the U.S. government’s efforts to bully property owners by punching the bully square in the nose.
In 1976, the U.S. government granted Melvin Brandt a “land patent” giving him ownership of 83 acres of land in Wyoming. The land [...]
By Wayne Lusvardi | Cal Watchdog
Crises commonly produce compromise. That seems to be happening in the U.S. Congress with solutions to California’s drought.
In particular, Sen. Dianne Feinstein appears to be moving away from her San Joaquin River Restoration Act of 2009, which was a response to a 2006 court decision and gave priority to salmon runs [...]