California’s Brown bans plastic bags, taxes paper and encourages bacteria

By   /  October 1, 2014  /  California, Energy and Environment, Government Regulation, unions, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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By Katy Grimes | WatchdogWire.com
The deal between the California Grocers Association and United Food and Commercial Workers labor union paid off. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill to ban and tax plastic and paper grocery bags …  despite the fact that all types of plastic shopping bags can be recycled into new bags.
SB 270 by state Sens. [...]

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The Uber Effect: Why cab companies hate ridesharing

By   /  September 29, 2014  /  Business, California, Government Regulation, National, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

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Taxi cab and limousine companies are fighting against ridesharing startups such as Uber and Lyft, fearing they are cutting into their businesses.

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Gov. Jerry Brown signs ‘transportation justice’ bills

By   /  September 26, 2014  /  California, Energy and Environment, transportation, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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By Katy Grimes | WatchdogWire.com
On the eve of the United Nations climate summit this week, Gov. Jerry Brown signed six bills to make California the biggest electric vehicle market in the nation.
Brown’s goal is to have  1.5 million zero-emission cars on the road by 2025.
The new laws expand the number of clean-air vehicles with access to carpool [...]

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California busybodies side with union rather than farmworkers

By   /  September 24, 2014  /  California, unions, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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By Katy Grimes | WatchdogWire.com
BERKELEY, Calif. — The liberal busybodies on the Berkeley City Council are weighing-in on an issue that has nothing to do with their city, and  Gerawan Farming in Fresno is in their crosshairs again.
While the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board has steadfastly refused to count thousands of ballots collected by Gerawan farmworkers, cast [...]

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Fracking good times: North Dakota tops U.S. income gains

By   /  September 22, 2014  /  California, National, Nevada, News, North Dakota, South Dakota  /  No Comments

HIGHWAY TO WEALTH: Oil and gas are powering North Dakota's nation-leading rise in personal wealth -- despite personal and corporate income taxes.

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org
WASHINGTON, D.C. — North Dakota leads the nation in personal income growth. No other state even comes close.
From 2008 to 2012, North Dakotans’ per-capita income jumped 31 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.
South Dakota came in a distant second, registering a 10 percent gain.
North Dakota’s 2012 per-capita personal [...]

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Audit finds U.S. Higher Education Act funding anti-Semitism at UCLA

By   /  September 18, 2014  /  California, National, News  /  No Comments

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A high-profile academic center used federal funds to promote anti-Semitism on the campus of the University of California Los Angeles, a watchdog says.

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