Eric 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 list-icle. Follow him on Twitter @EricBoehm87.

D.C. regs for personal trainers duplicate what the industry, Internet already provide

By   /  October 8, 2015  /  Accountability, Issues, National, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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City councilmembers in Washington, D.C., pushing for the nation’s first licensing and regulatory scheme for personal trainers pitched the idea as a way to protect consumers’ health and safety.

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Nanny State of the Week: Tag too dangerous for children

By   /  October 5, 2015  /  Education, Issues, Nanny State of the Week, National, News, Power Abuse  /  No Comments

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A school district in Washington State has banned tag, the popular childhood game, because it is apparently too violent for today’s kids.

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Watchdog Podcast: Using RICO laws against climate change skeptics a terrible idea

By   /  October 2, 2015  /  Commentary, Energy and Environment, Federal Government, First Amendment, Issues, Nanny State of the Week, Pensions, Podcast, Power Abuse, State Budgets, State Government, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments


Some climate scientists have earned headlines for their suggestion that the federal government should use RICO laws to go after climate change skeptics. That’s a bad idea.

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If you think it’s wrong to charge $750 for AIDS drug, blame health care regulations

By   /  October 1, 2015  /  Federal Government, Health Care, Issues, National, News, Power Abuse  /  No Comments

MARTIN SHKRELI: The guy your friend was ranting about on Facebook the other day.

A hedge fund manager purchased a drug commonly used to treat AIDS and raised the price from $13.60 per pill to $750 per pill. FDA regulations let him do it.

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New e-cigarette study likely to prompt calls for more regs, despite lack of evidence

By   /  September 29, 2015  /  National, News  /  No Comments

ALL THE NEWS THATS FIT TO SPIN: The New York Times fell victim to the FDA last week when it published a one-sided story because the government told the newspaper it was not allowed to get the other side.

A new study, conducted by researchers at the University of Southern California, is supposed to show a clear link between teens who use electronic cigarettes and those who eventually move on to the real thing, but it fails to make a conclusive argument.

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Nanny State of the Week: Hammock bans mean no hanging out on college campuses

By   /  September 28, 2015  /  Michigan, Nanny State of the Week, National, News  /  No Comments

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The Nanny State is stronger on college campuses than anywhere else, and now school officials at Michigan State are going after hammocks

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