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. ​Connect on Twitter @khoekstra or by email at [email protected]

Medicaid managed care not working out for behavioral-health patients

By   /  January 18, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, Health Care, News, North Carolina, Regulations, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

Medicaid was intended as a safety net for people like Barbara Lee and Cathy Barton of North Carolina. Both are raising acutely disabled children. “My son, Michael, is 25 years old and severely autistic and nonverbal for a large part of his life,” Lee said. “He is very rarely able to string together full sentences […]

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Fourth graders in Michigan banned from watching Trump inauguration speech

By   /  January 17, 2017  /  Free Speech, Issues, Michigan, News, Politics & Elections  /  No Comments

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A Michigan teacher has come under fire for refusing to allow his students to watch President-elect Donald Trump deliver his inauguration address to the nation during class.

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Dental therapy defeat in Arizona raises ethical questions

By   /  January 12, 2017  /  Arizona, Health Care, National, News, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

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The victory lap dentists took in December over the defeat of dental therapy in Arizona was swift, but may have been a bit premature.

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Scariest People of 2016: No. 6-Lafe Solomon

By   /  December 28, 2016  /  Federal government, Labor, News, Regulations  /  No Comments

Part 5 of 10 in the series Scariest People of 2016 2016 might go down as one of the most unusual years in the history of American politics. Voters chose historic change, but in all too many ways, it was business as usual. Too many bureaucrats still put their own interests over the interests of […]

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College football meccas are no havens for homesharing

By   /  December 23, 2016  /  Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, News, Ohio, Regulations, South Carolina, Washington  /  No Comments

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Alabama is the heavy favorite to win this year’s college football playoff, with Clemson, Ohio State and Washington looking to unseat the defending champion Crimson Tide. But fans of the challengers can take some solace in knowing the University of Alabama’s hometown of Tuscaloosa is dead last in at least one category — homesharing. Considering many […]

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EPA’s about-face on fracking report: Science or politics?

By   /  December 21, 2016  /  Energy and Environment, Federal Government, News, Pennsylvania, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

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Gordon Tomb pays about $40 per month to heat his home in central Pennsylvania. And he wants to keep it that way. “I’ve lived in Pennsylvania for more than 60 years and have never paid so little for my home heating,” Tomb, a senior fellow with the free market Commonwealth Foundation, told Watchdog.org in an interview. […]

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