Holiday haze should leave North Dakotans thankful for responsible fossil fuel development

By   /  July 6, 2015  /  Commentary, North Dakota  /  No Comments

Photo via Twitter user @LedeshHevent

There’s an aphorism telling us we don’t appreciate what we have until it is gone.

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Watchdog Podcast: A Greek tragedy, school choice at the Supreme Court and political spy games in Wisconsin

By   /  July 3, 2015  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, California, Commentary, Education, Education Blog, Features, Federal Government, Finances, Issues, National, News, Pensions, Podcast, Politics & Elections, State Budgets, State Government, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments


Greece is in crisis after decades of over-spending finally caught up to it.

What lessons does the mess in Greece offer for American cities and states that have piled up debts in the public pension system?

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Budget woes in Louisiana could be a sign of things to come for Mississippi

By   /  July 3, 2015  /  Commentary, Louisiana, Mississippi  /  No Comments

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Budget woes in Louisiana could be a preview of things to come in Mississippi if reforms aren’t made and federal funds dry up.

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With great pork should come great transparency

By   /  June 30, 2015  /  Commentary, Ohio  /  No Comments


Legislators call them earmarks, but taxpayers prefer to call them pork — and Ohio’s budget for the next two years contains millions of dollars for them.

Oink. Oink.

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North Dakota should stop trying students in kangaroo courts

By   /  June 25, 2015  /  Commentary, North Dakota  /  No Comments

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A policy giving college students full legal counsel in disciplinary proceedings is a good first step, but it needs to go further.

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The cost of responsibility-free government

By   /  June 25, 2015  /  Commentary, Texas  /  No Comments

Government cash blows harder and less reliably than any weatherizing insulation.

There are few things more satisfying to a reporter than to have the conclusions of hard-earned reporting confirmed for him.

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