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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The ‘hardest’ and ‘easiest’ places to live in Iowa

By   /  April 22, 2015  /  Iowa, Opinion  /  No Comments

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By Deborah D. Thorton | Watchdog Opinion
A New York Times article, “The Hardest Places to Live in the U.S.,” used data on median income and life expectancy, plus college educated, unemployed, disabled, or obese percentages to generate rankings for all 3,135 U.S. counties.  Some of Iowa’s counties stand out, on both ends.
At the high end […]

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More taxpayer money goes to another ‘green’ Obama backer

By   /  April 1, 2015  /  Commentary, Iowa, Michigan, National  /  No Comments

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By Jillian Kay Melchior |
The Department of Energy last week announced a conditional loan of $259 million to Alcoa Inc., supporting the manufacture of lightweight-aluminum auto bodies.
The resurrection of the DOE’s controversial fuel-efficient-vehicle loan program is a bad idea in light of the agency’s awful track record on taxpayer-backed green investments. All told, the […]

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Criminal investigation sought in McAuliffe-Mayorkas dealings

By   /  March 27, 2015  /  California, Iowa, National, Nevada, News, Pennsylvania, Virginia  /  No Comments

'GET THE FULL FACTS': Cause of Action president Dan Epstein wants a criminal investigation into activities involving the federal EB-5 visa program.

A government accountability group says “unanswered questions” warrant a criminal investigation into actions by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and others involved in the EB-5 visa program.

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