Tori Richards has worked for CBS News, Bloomberg, Reuters. Agence-France Presse, the NY Post, the NY Times and The Daily among others. Her work has also appeared on CNN.com, FoxNews.com and US News & World Report.

Environmentalists fail in bid to revoke GOP senator’s degree

By   /  May 21, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, National, News, Washington  /  No Comments

LET'S TAKE YOUR DIPLOMA: Radical environmentalists solution to disagreeing with senator's views.

By Tori Richards | Watchdog.org
A Washington state senator has survived a campaign by Western Washington University students who demanded their school revoke his master’s degree because he’s not radical enough on global warming.
Doug Ericksen, a Republican and chair of Washington’s Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee, has blocked efforts to force businesses and residents to go green, […]

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Thanks, taxpayers! Matthew McConaughey’s $165k Houston commencement address

By   /  May 14, 2015  /  Education, National, Texas  /  No Comments

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By Tori Richards | Watchdog.org
When Matthew McConaughey takes the stage Friday to address this year’s University of Houston grads in their gleaming new sports stadium, you can bet he’ll give them great advice. You can hope he’ll give them a discount on his speaker’s fee: He’s wealthy and wildly successful. He grew up in Texas. And […]

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Florida communities could lose millions with massive solar implementation

By   /  April 30, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Florida  /  No Comments

LET THE SUN SHINE IN:

Florida communities and utilities will lose a minimum of $755 million a year — which will be charged to residents in higher rates and possibly taxes — if a proposed solar expansion amendment is passed in 2016, a coalition says.

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Surprised solar customers find themselves with liens

By   /  April 15, 2015  /  Arizona, California, Energy and Environment, National, News  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of Jeff Leeds

Jeff Leeds says installing SolarCity’s panels on the roof of his home in the Northern California city of El Granada was the sorriest day of his life.

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LA School District violates charter school law, high court finds

By   /  April 10, 2015  /  California, Education, News  /  No Comments

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Charter Schools won a victory against the Los Angeles Unified School District when the California Supreme Court ruled Thursday the district failed to give charters enough space.

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Whistleblower says senator’s visit won’t change anything at embattled VA

By   /  March 31, 2015  /  Louisiana, National  /  No Comments

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Part 12 of 12 in the series Veterans Affairs

By Tori Richards | Watchdog.org
The whistleblower who revealed secret waiting lists at a Louisiana veterans hospital plagued by supply shortages and shoddy care expressed skepticism that a U.S. senator’s visit Monday would change anything.
Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., said he toured the facility in response to stories by Watchdog.org […]

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