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.

Nanny of the week: Maybe this time it will be different for Chicago

By   /  October 20, 2014  /  Illinois, National, News  /  No Comments

LOCK EM UP: A controversial bill in Montpelier would require police to seize guns and ammo when they issue a restraining order over domestic disputes.

Chicago is home to some of the toughest gun control rules in the country.

It’s also home to some of the most frequent gun violence in the country.

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After wasting tax dollars, officials at CDC, NIH claim budget cuts hurt Ebola preparedness

By   /  October 15, 2014  /  Accountability, Audits, Budget and Spending, Federal Government, Health Care, Issues, National, News  /  No Comments

Photo by Center for Disease Control

By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org
Here’s a lesson about how government works: Public officials think they should always have a larger pot of taxpayer money, no matter how badly they have misspent, misprioritized and misused the taxpayer money they already have.
That’s pretty much the only logical explanation to the comments made last week by the head [...]

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Medical marijuana bill unlikely to pass this year; faces House scrutiny, Corbett opposition

By   /  October 14, 2014  /  Issues, Pennsylvania, State Government, State House, State Senate  /  No Comments

NO MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN PENNSYLVANIA: Patients suffering from a variety of ailments could use cannabis to ease their pain, but state lawmakers and Gov. Tom Corbett remain skeptical of the bill.

A Senate-passed bill to legalize medical marijuana as a possible treatment for a variety of ailments probably won’t reach Gov. Tom Corbett’s desk this year.

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Watchdog Radio: Politicians vs. the press

By   /  October 11, 2014  /  Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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By Eric Boehm | Watchdog Radio
MADISON, Wis. — Politicians often try to control the media — but when they can’t do that, they often find it easier to hide behind closed doors.
That’s what happened this week when Watchdog.org reporter Adam Tobias was shut out of a campaign event for Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mary Burke.
Tobais wasn’t given [...]

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Insurance companies can’t get Obamacare bailout unless Congress approves

By   /  October 8, 2014  /  Accountability, Federal Government, Finances, Health Care, Issues, National, News, Obamacare  /  No Comments

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Insurance companies made out pretty well with the passage of Obamacare.

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Nanny of the Week: California bans plastic bags

By   /  October 6, 2014  /  California, National, News  /  No Comments

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California became the first state in the nation to enact a statewide ban on plastic shopping bags this week, taking a concept that had been limited to nanny cities and broadening it in brand new ways.

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