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.

Arizona dental therapy supporters prep for next battle

By   /  April 12, 2017  /  Arizona, Health Care, Legislature, Minnesota, News, Regulations  /  No Comments

A disappointing defeat for dental therapy in Arizona in 2016 has only strengthened the resolve of advocates looking ahead to the next legislative session. Among them is Kristen Mizzi Angelone, a dental policy expert with the Pew Charitable Trusts, which backs dental therapy efforts across the country. “Arizona is big state,” she told Watchdog.org. “There […]

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E-cigarette critics get research dollars from industry competitors

By   /  April 10, 2017  /  Federal Government, Federal government, Health Care, Minnesota, National, News, Regulations  /  No Comments

As the full-court regulatory press on e-cigarettes demonstrates, even the perception of bias can skew outcomes for smokers.

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Washington tribe beats dental lobby, gets dental therapy

By   /  April 4, 2017  /  Federal Government, Federal government, General, Health Care, Legislature, News, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

After years of failed efforts to pass a dental therapy law in Washington, an Indian tribe took a page from their counterparts in Alaska and exercised their sovereignty to get it done.

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Nebraska bill would end cities’ big haul for small cells

By   /  March 31, 2017  /  Economy, Federal government, General, Nebraska, News, Regulations, State Government, Technology  /  No Comments

The next wave of wireless technology has arrived, and with it a tug-of-war between state and local governments trying to figure out how to balance cost, profit and improved service.

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Trump purges Obama’s ‘blacklisting’ rule

By   /  March 27, 2017  /  Federal Government, Federal government, General, National, News, Regulations  /  No Comments

Critics said the rule was overly expensive and deprived potential contractors of due process rights.

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Wisconsin family awaits Supreme Court ruling in property-rights case

By   /  March 24, 2017  /  Federal government, News, Regulations, State Government, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

The United States Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a property rights case that has plagued a Wisconsin family since 2004.

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