Hair braiders tangle with Iowa in lawsuit challenging ‘burdensome and arbitrary’ regulations

By   /  October 29, 2015  /  Accountability, Iowa, Issues, Jobs + Growth, News, regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

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A lawsuit filed on Wednesday challenges “burdensome and arbitrary” occupational licensing rules for hair braiding in Iowa.

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Ricketts’ security costs pale in comparison to some, but not North Dakota

By   /  October 26, 2015  /  Iowa, Nebraska, News, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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Gov. Pete Ricketts’ security detail is logging big time overtime following him around the world, but not all governors even have full-time protection.

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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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