By William Patrick | Florida Watchdog
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The National Security Agency apparently isn’t the only government agency engaged in domestic spying.
Local law enforcement is playing the role of Big Brother, too, but to what extent is still unknown.
Looks like U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner just got O’Keefed.
Hawaii’s public schools aren’t the best, according to a variety of national rankings.
New Jersey taxpayers and lawmakers could learn a lesson on double-dipping from Robert Mahon, a retired school chief who never really quit working.
Ten Democrat senators — none up for re-election this year — killed a measure to prohibit political discrimination by IRS employees.
Saying it has the power of the American people on its side, proponents of the long-embattled Keystone XL Pipeline planned to deliver more than a half-million comments to the State Department urging President Obama to approve the pipeline.
A California senator has sued his state’s Obamacare exchange for causing the cancellation of more than a million policies and spending tax dollars in an “irrational, unreasonable and abusive” way, such as a lurid Richard Simmons video.
By Paul Brennan | Iowa Watchdog
DES MOINES, Iowa — If a dog at one of Iowa’s two remaining greyhound racetracks were in the same shape as those racetracks’ finances, it would be euthanized on the spot.
Both greyhound racetracks lose millions of dollars each year, only remaining open because state law requires the casinos to which [...]
By Andrew Staub | PA Independent
It’s a rule that, apparently, is meant to be broken.
The Republican Party of Wisconsin has filed a complaint with the state’s campaign and elections agency against the AFL-CIO, alleging the union failed to disclose its activity in attempting to influence a state Assembly election.
Reporters ask the tough questions and try to get answers.
Brian Coy, a spokesman for Terry McAuliffe, doesn’t appreciate that.
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)
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.
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 [...]
Reps. Ernest Chavez, D-Albuquerque, and Phillip Archuleta, D-Las Cruces, missed the entire 30-day legislative session that wrapped up Thursday and that appeared, in the words of Robert Frost, to make all the difference.
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 [...]
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 Rob Port | Watchdog.org North Dakota Bureau
BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s leaders are discovering it’s pretty tough to make sound budget decisions when estimates of the money available to spend are off by a billion dollars.
State legislators meet for a constitutionally constrained 80-day session every two years. One of their responsibilities is crafting the state’s budget [...]
By Deena Winter | Nebraska Watchdog
Updated 11:32 a.m. Tuesday
LINCOLN, Neb. – Gov. Dave Heineman said he thinks Nebraska will successfully appeal a judge’s recent ruling striking down the state’s oil pipeline siting law.
Last week, Lancaster County District Judge Stephanie Stacy declared unconstitutional a 2012 law that gave the governor and state environmental regulators the authority [...]
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By Audrey Spalding and Jarrett Skorup | Michigan Capitol Confidential
If financial aid for college seems dysfunctional now, imagine the state of Michigan trying to collect a college tuition bill from someone who graduated 10 years ago, and has since moved elsewhere. Further, envision that the bill is based on that person’s adjusted gross income — [...]
By Margaret Sea-Hawkins | Maryland Reporter
Most of the time this session, the Maryland House of Delegates seem has seemed a charmingly amicable group. They have given each other standing ovations to celebrate birthdays at the end of floor sessions, and cheered veterans in unison. They have worked together on bipartisan bills, and joked and bantered [...]
By Nic Horton | The Arkanas Project
Our guest article yesterday from Rep. Joe Farrer revealed the unanticipated costs to Arkansas taxpayers of the Obamacare-Medicaid “private” option. In short, the program is already pricier than promised — and, despite promises that it would cost state taxpayers “nothing” in the first three years, the impact looks like it’s about to [...]
By Glen Morgan | Freedom Foundation
Chants of, “Hey-hey, ho-ho, Valenzuela’s got to go,” could be heard several blocks away in Olympia Monday evening as union members picketed the re-election kickoff of Thurston County Commissioner Karen Valenzuela.
Valenzuela drew the wrath of the public-sector union when she voted to eliminate a handful of janitorial positions represented by the American Federation of State, [...]
By Alex Pappas│The Daily Caller
The Senate on Wednesday voted to block Debo Adegbile, President Obama’s controversial nominee for assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, from being confirmed.
Adegbile’s nomination had been contested because of his history at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund defending notorious cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was found guilty of the [...]
By Maxford Nelson│Freedom Foundation
Newly-elected Socialist Seattle City Council Member Kshama Sawant is better known for her incendiary rhetoric than her policy acumen. Her recent comments at a minimum wage forum at Seattle Central Community College exhibit either a lack of knowledge on the issue or a startling deficiency of candor.
One attendee asked Sawant about the [...]
By Susan Crabtree | Washington Examiner
Emails obtained by the Washington Examiner through a Freedom of Information Act request raise new questions about how much the White House knew about Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius‘ fundraising for Obamacare and whether she solicited donations from entities she regulates.
White House officials have said they did not sign off on calls made by Sebelius to solicit [...]
By Rick Brundrett | The Nerve
The South Carolina Farm Bureau, considered the state’s most influential farm organization, has not been secret about its opposition to state legislation that would regulate large water withdrawals by farmers.
It also recently waged a related public-relations campaign to counter a push by environmental groups to limit proposed large withdrawals of [...]
By Wayne Lusvardi | Cal Watchdog
California power grid operators learned Friday that Grant County in the state of Washington had implemented an emergency response plan due to a crack in the Wanapum Dam along the Columbia River. Divers detected a 65-foot long crack at the base of one of the dam’s 10 spillways last week. While officials saw no [...]