Eric is a reporter for 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.

Watchdog Podcast: Which governor-turned-presidential-candidate has the best shot?

By   /  July 31, 2015  /  Commentary, Federal Government, Issues, National, New Jersey, Ohio, Politics & Elections, State Government, Texas, Wisconsin  /  No Comments


In this week’s episode, host Eric Boehm is joined by a roundtable of Watchdog reporters who have spent time covering four of the governors who are now running for the White House. Matt Kittle, Mark Lisheron, Mark Lagerkvist and Jason Hart share their perspectives on, respectively, Gov. Scott Walker, of Wisconsin; former Gov. Rick Perry, of Texas; Gov. Chris Christie, of New Jersey; and Gov. John Kasich, of Ohio.

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Being American is problematic, and 5 other silly entries in the U of New Hampshire style guide

By   /  July 31, 2015  /  New Hampshire, News  /  No Comments

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The University of New Hampshire officially frowns upon the use of the word “American,” but that’s just one of a number of ridiculous entries in a newly published Bias-Free Language Guide issued by the publicly-funded university.

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Obamacare fines rise as subsidies go to people who don’t exist

By   /  July 30, 2015  /  Accountability, Federal Government, Finances, Health Care, Issues, National, News  /  No Comments

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The IRS fined more than 7.5 million Americans for not having health insurance in 2014, even as Obamacare subsidies were flowing to people who did not exist.

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Nanny State of the Week: Town officials mandate mowing

By   /  July 27, 2015  /  Accountability, Issues, Nanny State of the Week, News, Ohio, Power Abuse  /  No Comments


Local officials in St. Alban’s Township, Ohio, want residents to destroy two years’ worth of work on a small-scale nature preserve.

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Watchdog Podcast: California won’t get broken up, Tesla gets paid for doing nothing and Houston is the next Detroit

By   /  July 24, 2015  /  Accountability, Alaska, California, Federal Government, First Amendment, Issues, National, Pennsylvania, Podcast, Politics & Elections, State Budgets, State Government, Texas, WatchBlog  /  No Comments


Watchdog Podcast: [Ep 93] California won’t get broken up, Tesla gets paid for doing nothing and Houston is the next Detroit

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Nanny State of the Week: Lawsuit challenges Seattle trash snooping

By   /  July 20, 2015  /  Nanny State of the Week, News, Washington  /  No Comments

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Seattle officials have deputized trashmen as a sort of secret police who are ordered to rat on residents’ trash habits to the nannies at the Seattle Public Utilities.

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