Eric Boehm is the national regulatory reporter for He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. His work has appeared in Reason Magazine, National Review Online, The Freeman Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Washington Examiner and Fox News. He was once featured in a BuzzFeed listicle. Follow him on Twitter @EricBoehm87 and reach him at [email protected]

Nanny State of the Week: Get out of the pool!

By   /  July 18, 2016  /  Accountability, Delaware, Issues, Nanny State of the Week, News, Power Abuse, Regulations  /  No Comments

Part 88 of 121 in the series Nanny State of the Week Vacationers to the picturesque resort town of Rehoboth, Delaware, very nearly got a rude surprise from the town government this year, as officials considered banning pools, of all things. For a town that literally survives by making vacationing tourists happy – Rehoboth has […]

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Watchdog Podcast: Why doesn’t anyone want to join the police?

By   /  July 15, 2016  /  Accountability, Commentary, Criminal Justice, Issues, Podcast, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

On this, the final episode of the Watchdog Podcast, hosts Eric Boehm and Matt Kittle take a look at how attitudes towards police are changing across America

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The story behind California’s dueling referendums on plastic bags

By   /  July 15, 2016  /  California, Issues, News, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

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A referendum on California’s ballot will ask voters whether stores or the state government should get to keep the revenue from selling plastic bags.

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Just ahead of convention, budget deal includes temporary ridesharing provisions for Philly

By   /  July 14, 2016  /  News, Pennsylvania, Politics & Elections, Regulations, State Government, Transportation  /  No Comments

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Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday signed a measure giving ride-sharing companies legal authority to operate in Philadelphia, at least until the end of September.

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Nanny State of the Week: OK, everybody’s foam toys, out of the pool

By   /  July 11, 2016  /  California, Issues, Nanny State of the Week, Power Abuse, Regulations  /  No Comments

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San Francisco passed the nation’s most extensive ban on foam products, which means no more take-out trays, disposable coffee cups or pool noodles.

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Watchdog Podcast: Accountability, deception and Hillary Clinton

By   /  July 8, 2016  /  Accountability, Commentary, Federal Government, Issues, National, Podcast, Politics & Elections, State Budgets, State Government, Texas, Transparency, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

The FBI says Hillary Clinton should not face criminal charges despite a long history of reckless behavior with sensitive and classified government information.

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