Before joining Watchdog.org in December, 2013, Paul Brennan wrote for numerous publications from Washington D.C. to Los Angeles (and many places in between), covering a wide range of topics, from skateparks to cloning.

School choice pioneer Annette Polly Williams dies at 77

By   /  November 11, 2014  /  Education, Issues, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

THEY WANTED CHOICE:  In 2005, school choice supporters rallied at the Capitol in Madison, Wis., showing support for lifting an enrollemnt cap on the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program. Former Assemblywoman Annette Polly Williams, who was described as "absolutely essential" to brining school choice to Milwaukee, died this past weekend.

James Carl was able to sum up the importance of former Assemblywoman Annette Polly Williams in bringing school choice to Milwaukee in two words: “absolutely essential.”

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Iowa law makes marijuana oil legal to possess but impossible to get

By   /  October 17, 2014  /  Iowa, News  /  No Comments

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Paperwork and bureaucracy but no actual medicine. That’s Iowa’s new prescription for children suffering from intractable epilepsy.

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State audit uncovers misuse of county credit cards

By   /  October 10, 2014  /  Iowa, News  /  No Comments

photo courtesy of Monona County

Brooke Kuhlmann’s promising career as a county auditor ended after her arrest on drug charges. Now a report documents her misuse of official credit cards.

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Lax oversight may have led to $279,000 misappropriation, auditor says

By   /  October 8, 2014  /  Iowa, News  /  No Comments

BIG MONEY: The AFL-CIO coalition spends tens of millions on politics each year

Lax oversight allowed a secretary at the Mahaska County Soil and Water Conservation District to misappropriate $279,000. It’s an old story in rural Iowa.

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IRS decides Iowan is not authorized to speak on his own behalf

By   /  October 3, 2014  /  Iowa, News  /  No Comments

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The IRS has informed Jason Dinesen he’s not authorized to speak on his own behalf.

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Iowa city to pay thousands to be a ‘community of distinction’

By   /  September 26, 2014  /  Iowa, News  /  No Comments

photo courtesy of city of Wapello

Wapello is going to spend thousands to appear on an infomercial produced by a company whose CEO has been accused of defrauding clients in the past.

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