Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s Obamacare Roadshow hits Iowa

By   /  June 26, 2015  /  Health Care, Iowa, News, Ohio  /  No Comments

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Embrace Obamacare, or throw the mentally ill in prison. According to Ohio Gov. John Kasich, those are a state’s only options.

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Is cellulosic biofuel ready for prime time?

By   /  June 15, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Iowa, Kansas, National, News  /  No Comments

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The EPA wants wants more cellulosic biofuels in the Renewable Fuel Standard. Supporters say that’s great but critics seriously doubt the targets can be met.

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Watchdog Podcast: Behind the Headlines — EPA mandates more ethanol in your gasoline

By   /  June 5, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Federal Government, Iowa, Issues, Podcast, Politics & Elections, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments


In this week’s episode, host Eric Boehm chats with Rob Nikolewski, Watchdog’s national energy reporter, about new rules issued by the Environmental Protection Agency that mandate higher levels of ethanol in your gasoline.

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The EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard proposal ticks off just about everyone

By   /  May 29, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Iowa, National, News  /  No Comments

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The EPA has released new proposals for the Renewable Fuel Standard but it failed to satisfy supporters and critics of biofuels such as corn ethanol.

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Double Insanity?

By   /  May 29, 2015  /  Iowa, Opinion  /  No Comments

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By Don Racheter | Watchdog Opinion
The old saying goes that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome.  If so, we may need to coin a new phrase like “double insanity” to label the practice of paying the same people more to do the same thing […]

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The real debt for all public entities in Iowa

By   /  May 20, 2015  /  Iowa, Opinion  /  No Comments

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By Jennifer Crull | Watchdog Opinion
On February 9, 2015, the State Treasurer of Iowa, Michael L. Fitzgerald, released the report of outstanding debt obligations for state and local governments.  This year’s report shows over $15 billion is owed by these entities, and this is money that has to be paid back with taxpayers’ dollars.
Given the […]

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