Watchdog Podcast: Using RICO laws against climate change skeptics a terrible idea

By   /  October 2, 2015  /  Commentary, Energy and Environment, Federal Government, First Amendment, Issues, Nanny State of the Week, Pensions, Podcast, Power Abuse, State Budgets, State Government, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments


Some climate scientists have earned headlines for their suggestion that the federal government should use RICO laws to go after climate change skeptics. That’s a bad idea.

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Change tests popular high school program for college credits

By   /  October 2, 2015  /  Education, Minnesota, News  /  No Comments

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Concerned educators, legislators and parents predict the policy change will gut a popular program that enables thousands of students in 19 states–24,000 in Minnesota alone—to take college courses free prior to graduation.

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How much will EPA’s new ozone rule cost you?

By   /  October 2, 2015  /  Colorado, Energy and Environment, Federal Government, Jobs + Growth, National, New Mexico, News  /  No Comments

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The cost of the EPA’s new rule for reducing ground-level ozone is a matter of dispute.

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Colorado’s judicial records policy faces questions, concerns

By   /  October 2, 2015  /  Accountability, Colorado, Judiciary, News, Open Records, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Colorado courts exempted itself from state open records laws and set up it own policy but critics question why the policy deviates so much from state records laws.

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Mississippi PSC commissioner accused of accepting illegal contributions

By   /  October 1, 2015  /  Accountability, Economy, Energy and Environment, Mississippi, News, Politics & Elections, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

FUNDRAISER: A fundraiser for Mississippi Public Service Central District commissioner was hosted by several contractors on the Kemper Project in violation of state law.

A Mississippi PSC commissioner is accused of taking illegal campaign contributions from companies involved with work on the Kemper Project power plant.

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Accountability in action: Louisiana school removed from voucher program

By   /  October 1, 2015  /  Education, Louisiana, News  /  No Comments

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“In the voucher program, you don’t get to be bad two, three, four years. There is immediate expectation of (academic) performance as well as financial accountability.”

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