Nanny State of the Week: Florida county sends environmental specialist to investigate BBQ

By   /  August 3, 2015  /  Commentary, Florida, Issues, Nanny State of the Week, News, Power Abuse, WatchBlog  /  No Comments

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The smell of barbeque has landed one Florida man in trouble with his local authorities, who reportedly sent an “environmental specialist” – a fancy term for this column recognizes as little more than a run-of-the-mill government nanny – to inspect his grill and then ordered him to contain the smell to his own property

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Watchdog Podcast: Which governor-turned-presidential-candidate has the best shot?

By   /  July 31, 2015  /  Commentary, Federal Government, Issues, National, New Jersey, Ohio, Politics & Elections, State Government, Texas, Wisconsin  /  No Comments


In this week’s episode, host Eric Boehm is joined by a roundtable of Watchdog reporters who have spent time covering four of the governors who are now running for the White House. Matt Kittle, Mark Lisheron, Mark Lagerkvist and Jason Hart share their perspectives on, respectively, Gov. Scott Walker, of Wisconsin; former Gov. Rick Perry, of Texas; Gov. Chris Christie, of New Jersey; and Gov. John Kasich, of Ohio.

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Toledo officials should have known better

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

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The City of Toledo announced a hiring freeze and other budget cuts due to a projected $4-6 million deficit. But it should have been obvious to anyone paying attention that Toledo’s 2015 budgeted revenue was too high to start.

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ND university chancellor faces first challenge in spat between lawmakers, NDSU

By   /  July 27, 2015  /  Commentary, North Dakota  /  No Comments

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North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott has an opportunity to prove his worth as a leader. How he responds to the fight between universities and lawmakers will show whether he has the mettle to lead what has proven to be an almost ungovernable collection of egos and runaway bureaucracy.

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Hillary Clinton plays victim card

By   /  July 27, 2015  /  Commentary, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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In email scandal, Clinton asks for a courtesy she refuses to extend her political rivals.

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Eric O’Keefe: GAB rewrites abusive history with myths

By   /  July 22, 2015  /  Commentary, First Amendment, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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How a “non-partisan” government agency became a full partner in a renegade District Attorney’s attack on Wisconsin conservatives.

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