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 Investigative Reporters and Editors.

Is the ocean ‘land owned or controlled’ by feds? Antiquities Act lawsuit aims to find out

By   /  March 24, 2017  /  Energy and Environment, Federal Government, Federal government, Massachusetts, News, Rhode Island  /  No Comments

A lawsuit argues that President Obama’s creation of a national monument in the Atlantic Ocean is beyond the reach of the Antiquities Act.

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No sunlight for Michigan party caucus meetings

By   /  March 20, 2017  /  Accountability, Michigan, News, Open Records, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

Party caucuses around the country and the world still operate by the Las Vegas rule: What happens in caucus stays in caucus.

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Sunshine Week: Michigan House tries to fix ‘worst in nation’ FOIA law

By   /  March 16, 2017  /  Accountability, Media, Michigan, News, Open Records, State Government  /  No Comments

All eyes are on the Michigan Senate, which will take up bills passed unanimously by the House to fix the nation’s worst FOIA law. But will it do any good?

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Groups take FDA vaping rules fight to Trump, Congress

By   /  March 10, 2017  /  Economy, Federal Government, Federal government, General, News, Regulations  /  No Comments

Foes of e-cig regulations say the federal government is running out of legitimate reasons to defend them.

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Air fair? Battle erupts over subsidies for international airlines

By   /  March 9, 2017  /  Economy, Federal Government, Jobs + Growth, National, New Jersey, New York, News, Regulations, Transportation  /  No Comments

U.S. airlines complain that subsidies for foreign competititors threaten American jobs and violate international agreements.

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Philadelphia’s tobacco retailer regulations under scrutiny

By   /  March 6, 2017  /  News, Pennsylvania, Regulations  /  No Comments

New regulations imposed by the unelected Philadelphia Board of Health threaten to put Philly retailers out of business.

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