By William Murchison | Special to Watchdog.org
A university president who puts himself in danger of being fired summarily is likely a president who needs … well, not necessarily firing but certainly an earnest talking-to.
The talking-to that University of Texas-Austin’s Bill Powers hasn’tgotten from a UT establishment enamored of his gifts — he has many, including fund-raising [...]
By Manny Lopez | Michigan Capitol Confidential
DETROIT — My muffled chuckle was not appreciated by the 20-something clipboard carrier hovering around EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy here at the auto show.
I tried to restrain myself as McCarthy emerged from a tiny Chevy Spark tucked along a wall at the General Motors display.
“This is my baby,” she said [...]
By Katy Grimes | Cal Watchdog
Opponents of the push for a heavily subsidized downtown Sacramento basketball arena are closer to forcing key city insiders to tell what they know about how much taxpayers actually will have to pay for the project.
Last week, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Eugene Balonon issued a tentative ruling in the lawsuit targeting the [...]
By Rick Brundrett | The Nerve
When interviewed by The Nerve last September, Bart Daniel, one of South Carolina House Speaker Bobby Harrell’s attorneys, seemed confident about the outcome of a State Law Enforcement Division investigation of his client.
“We have been cooperating fully, and the investigation is sort of wrapping up,” Daniel, a former U.S. attorney for South [...]
By F. Vincent Fernuccio and Jarrett Skorup | Michigan Capitol Confidential
Michigan state employees had ample reason to celebrate the new year — their unions can longer get them fired for not paying dues or fees.
Almost all of the collective bargaining agreements between the state and its classified employee unions expired Dec. 31, meaning that right-to-work now applies to [...]
By Jeff Rhodes | Freedom Foundation
Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday ignored pleas from leaders of both parties and both houses of the Washington State Legislature to deny rumors he intends to impose by executive fiat a cap-and-trade plan that could raise gasoline prices by an estimated $1 to $1.20 a gallon.
“I find that very surprising,” [...]