Can Philadelphia’s ‘Johnny Doc’ put his brother on state Supreme Court?

By   /  May 19, 2015  /  News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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As Ken Rocks ran for the executive board of Philadelphia’s International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98 last fall, one of its powerful bosses, John “Johnny Doc” Dougherty, mailed a letter to the thousands of electricians in the union attacking the candidate.

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NC businesses say Sierra Club tricked them into signing petition to close coal plant

By   /  May 6, 2015  /  News, North Carolina  /  No Comments

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By Jillian Kay Melchior | Special to
A leading national watchdog group monitoring nonprofits has put the Sierra Club on its watch list after reports that three western North Carolina businesses accused the green group of listing them without permission as co-signatories on a “businesses beyond coal” campaign letter.
The Sierra Club listed 80 businesses as co-signatories […]

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Tom Steyer clarification

By   /  April 7, 2015  /  Commentary  /  No Comments

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CLARIFICATION: Wealthy environmental activist Tom Steyer has taken issue with Watchdog’s March 16, 2015 opinion piece “Oregon’s Kitzhaber scandal goes much deeper than his fiancée.” The column was intended to criticize the environmental policies that Mr. Steyer has supported.  It was not intended to – and did not – suggest that Mr. Steyer has acted illegally.

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More taxpayer money goes to another ‘green’ Obama backer

By   /  April 1, 2015  /  Commentary, Iowa, Michigan, National  /  No Comments

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By Jillian Kay Melchior |
The Department of Energy last week announced a conditional loan of $259 million to Alcoa Inc., supporting the manufacture of lightweight-aluminum auto bodies.
The resurrection of the DOE’s controversial fuel-efficient-vehicle loan program is a bad idea in light of the agency’s awful track record on taxpayer-backed green investments. All told, the […]

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New Obama administration fracking regs especially hurt Native Americans

By   /  March 30, 2015  /  Commentary, Energy and Environment, National, North Dakota, Regulations  /  No Comments

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Last summer, as President Barack Obama visited the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, he called the economic and educational hardships faced by Native Americans “a moral call to action.” The president has claimed he will write a “new chapter” by keeping promises to Native Americans, but sadly, his administration’s recent regulations deny Native Americans economic opportunities they sorely need.

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Watchdog Podcast: Say It Loud, Say It Proud — Free speech under attack on college campuses

By   /  March 23, 2015  /  Free Speech, News, Podcast, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments


By Chris Dobrogosz |
Say It Loud, Say It Proud is Watchdog Radio’s weekly look at free speech and First Amendment issues — examining the rights that are some of the most important to our society, but also some of the most frequently under attack.
In this week’s episode, host intern Chris Dobrogosz sits down with […]

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