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Watchdog’s Scariest People of 2015: No. 8

By   /  December 31, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, News, Tennessee, Tennessee Watchdog  /  No Comments

Bob Martineau

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau lectures the world about taking steps to save the planet yet, at home, he won’t practice what he preaches.

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Watchdog’s Scariest People of 2015: No. 25

By   /  December 28, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Louisiana, News  /  No Comments


Part 1 of 25 in the series Watchdog’s Scariest People of 2015 Now that Christmas is over and the New Year beckons, it’s time for’s annual parade of malfeasance and miscreants. The Scariest People of 2015 is a frightening list indeed, filled with bureaucrats and functionaries who, shall we say, do not share an […]

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Attorney general in coal-rich Tennessee hesitant to fight EPA’s Clean Power Plan

By   /  December 18, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, News, Tennessee  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of the Tennessee Attorney General's official website.

Tennessee’s attorney general won’t say whether he’ll join counterparts in 27 other states who are suing the Environmental Protection Agency over the Clean Power Plan, but time is running out for him to decide.

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State environmental official backs higher power prices at climate confab

By   /  December 17, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, News, Tennessee  /  No Comments

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The commissioner of Tennessee’s Department of Environment and Conservation flew to the U.N. climate change conference in France this month to hobnob with environmentalists who say raising your electricity rates will save the planet.

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Emails show goal of meeting was rallying teachers against school choice

By   /  December 15, 2015  /  News, Tennessee  /  No Comments


The same Tennessee school board chairman who had closed door meetings with teachers on school property to discuss anti-school choice legislation admitted in emails that he hoped they would make teachers politically active.

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Buses get the kiss-off while trolleys soak up federal money

By   /  December 11, 2015  /  News, Tennessee, Tennessee Watchdog  /  No Comments

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Federal taxpayers are forking over more than $2.6 million so Memphis can have three new electric trolleys. Some people in the city say new buses, which get nothing, are the higher priority by far.

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