Eric is a reporter for Watchdog.org and former bureau chief for Pennsylvania Independent. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he enjoys great weather and low taxes while writing about state governments, pensions, labor issues and economic/civil liberty. Previously, he worked for more than three years in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, covering Pennsylvania state politics and occasionally sneaking across the border to Delaware to buy six-packs of beer. He has also lived (in order of desirability) in Brussels, Belgium, Pennsburg, Pa., Fairfield, Conn., and Rochester, N.Y. His work has appeared in Reason Magazine, National Review Online, The Freeman Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Washington Examiner and elsewhere. He received a bachelor's degree from Fairfield University in 2009, but he refuses to hang on his wall until his student loans are fully paid off sometime in the mid-2020s. When he steps away from the computer, he enjoys drinking craft beers in classy bars, cheering for an eclectic mix of favorite sports teams (mostly based in Philadelphia) and traveling to new places.

Off the rails: Here are three ways to look at the Twin Cities’ proposed rail line

By   /  July 29, 2014  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, Finances, Issues, Minnesota, News  /  No Comments

SOUTHWEST LRT: The proposed light rail would cost $1.7 billion - but how much is that really?

For a cool $1.7 billion, the Twin Cities could have a third light rail operating by 2018.

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Nanny-stater of the week: Wisconsin towns fight repeal of bow ban

By   /  July 25, 2014  /  National, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

TAKE A SHOT: New rules in Wisconsin make it legal to use bows and crossbows in public spaces, but city officials in several places are looking to re-impose bans.

Robin Hood, Hawkeye and Katniss Everdeen would all be way less bad-ass if they lived in many towns throughout Wisconsin.

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Liberal donors lead in super PAC contributions since ’13

By   /  July 24, 2014  /  Campaign Finance, Elections, Federal Government, Issues, National, News, Politics & Elections, State Government  /  No Comments

AP file photo

Big-spending Democratic donors take the gold, silver and bronze when it comes to contributions to super PACs so far this election cycle.

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Court ruling clears way for charter schools to expand

By   /  July 23, 2014  /  Education, Judiciary, News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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A Commonwealth Court ruling on Tuesday paves the way for charter schools outside Philadelphia to expand their operations and take on more students.

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From Miami to Minnesota, protests call attention to immigration crisis

By   /  July 22, 2014  /  Federal Government, Florida, Immigration, Issues, Minnesota, National, News  /  No Comments

AP photo

 
By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org
Along East Seventh Street in the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood of St. Paul, Minn., more signs are in Spanish than English, advertising everything from used cars to groceries.
That backdrop certainly made Larry Dalin’s sign stand out.
Holding a sign that read “In Mexico, illegals are jailed,” Dalin was a lone sentry outside the Mexican [...]

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Nanny-stater of the week: Fargo limits kids to less than four shots of juice per day

By   /  July 18, 2014  /  National, News  /  No Comments

NO JUICE FOR YOU: Kids in Fargo, North Dakota, are now limited to only six ounces of juice per day, thanks to a new city ordinance.

It’s like the toddler version of Seinfeld.

City officials say “No juice for you.”

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