High court supports California’s ban on foie gras

By   /  October 21, 2014  /  California, Commentary, Government Regulation, National, Uncategorized, Watchdog En Espanol  /  No Comments

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By Carlo Maffatt | Nevada Watchdog
LAS VEGAS, Nev. — The U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal last week to hear an appeal challenging California’s ban on foie gras is leading many to fear the ban eventually could expand to include all kinds of meat.
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2004 signed a ban on the production and sale [...]

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Smoke more, government needs the cash

By   /  October 16, 2014  /  California, Commentary, Taxes  /  No Comments

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By Steven Greenhut
One of the easiest mistakes for officials to make is to assume that people will continue to behave in the exact same way – regardless of any new tax rate or regulation that the government imposes. This “static” form of analysis leads to many unforeseen consequences and to results that usually defy the [...]

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Buzz kill? Richmond puts brewery on public tab

By   /  October 16, 2014  /  California, Local Government, News, Ohio, Virginia  /  No Comments

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By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
RICHMOND, Va. — Thirsty for jobs and good times, the city of Richmond is vowing to build a brewery on the James River.
The estimated $36 million tab includes $5 million from Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s “Opportunity Fund.”
If approved by the City Council, most of the money will be raised with a general [...]

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California senator investigates millions in Obamacare exchange contracts

By   /  October 15, 2014  /  California, National, News, Obamacare, State Politics, Transparency, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

Ted Gaines

California’s beleaguered Obamacare exchange is one again in the crosshairs of a state senator who is demanding answers following reports that millions in contracts never went out to bid and instead were awarded to friends of the agency’s director.

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Federal workers abuse purchase cards at public expense

By   /  October 15, 2014  /  California, Congress, Florida, Government Waste, National, News, Virginia  /  No Comments

PUBLIC HOLD-UP: Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., calls the level of Government Purchase Card spending is "startling." Two years after Congress tried to curb the practice, auditors report that purchases of personal items and services continues on the public dime.

Federal employees are running amok with government credit cards, making thousands of personal purchases at the public’s expense.

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Thought approval of gun makers will not lead to public safety

By   /  October 8, 2014  /  California, Regulations, Spying, State Government, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed SB 808, otherwise known as the “ghost gun” bill that would require home gun makers to obtain a serial number before making a gun at home.

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