Kathy Hoekstra - Watchdog.org

Kathy Hoekstra is the regulatory policy reporter for Watchdog.org. Before joining Watchdog, she was a senior communications manager and Michigan state director for Job Creators Network, an advocacy organization that focuses on employee education. She has also been a TV news reporter and anchor, a contributor to the Detroit News and occasional guest-host for Frank Beckmann on WJR Radio in Detroit, and was an investigative reporter for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. She lives in Michigan and is a member of the Investigative Reporters & Editors network. ​Connect on Twitter @khoekstra or by email at khoekstra@watchdog.org​.

Persecuted gold mining hobbyist may be headed for U.S. Supreme Court

By   /  February 17, 2017  /  California, Energy and Environment, Federal Government, Federal government, News, State Government  /  No Comments

Rinehart’s pastime came to a screeching halt on June 16, 2012 — on Father’s Day. That’s when state authorities literally stopped Rinehart in midstream and charged him with a crime under a 2009 state law that bans suction dredge mining.

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FDA regulation strong-arms genetic innovations

By   /  February 13, 2017  /  Federal Government, Federal government, General, Health Care, News, Regulations  /  No Comments

For just five bucks, Amy Sumner, 46,  may have finally done what five years of ultrasounds and doctors’ visits could not — pinpoint the cause of painful inflammation throughout her body. The Cincinnati mother of two tells Watchdog.org the likely cause is rheumatoid arthritis, discovered through the popular genealogy website, Ancestry.com. “My biological father died […]

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NLRB memo puts college football players in union ‘red zone’

By   /  February 9, 2017  /  Federal Government, Federal government, General, Labor, News, Power Abuse, Regulations  /  No Comments

On Feb. 1, thousands of high school seniors across the country signed their names to letters of intent to join one of 125 elite college football programs. According to a memo that went out one day earlier, more than 350 of the players who signed with 17 private Football Bowl Subdivision schools will step onto campus […]

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North Dakota board scrambles to oppose dental therapy

By   /  February 6, 2017  /  General, News, North Dakota, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

For the second time in two years, the North Dakota Board of Dental Examiners won’t allow expanded dental services in the state without a fight. At issue is House Bill 1256, approved by a House committee last week and expected to hit the floor this week, possibly as soon as Tuesday. The measure would allow […]

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Already under FDA fire, vaping industry now has Trump’s China crackdown to worry about

By   /  January 31, 2017  /  Economy, Federal Government, Federal government, General, National, News, Regulations  /  No Comments

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With the swipe of a pen, President Donald Trump is closer to keeping his campaign promise to slash 70 to 80 percent of federal regulations. Trump signed a “one-in, two-out” executive order Jan. 30, meaning for every new federal rule, two others must be scrubbed from the Federal Register. The move cannot come soon enough […]

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School Choice Week in Michigan: A tale of two schools

By   /  January 27, 2017  /  Education, Michigan, News, State Government  /  No Comments

National School Choice Week has been a doozy in Michigan. The same day 38 schools learned they might close in June because of chronic academic failure, 79 others found out they’re off the hook. The news has put a spotlight on vastly different results of two high schools just miles apart with long records of underachievement. […]

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