U.S. food board: Bad to the bone

By   /  July 29, 2014  /  Federal Government, National, News, Regulations  /  No Comments

FOOD ORDER: Angela Tagtow is leading government efforts to direct American diets.

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In search of “sustainable” food sources, federal dietary panel is grazing the wrong pastures, critics warn.
The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee of the U.S. Department of Agriculture is building a new food pyramid with fruits, plants and dairy as the prime ingredients.
Beef and poultry are nowhere to be found.
“This is [...]

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Off the rails: Here are three ways to look at the Twin Cities’ proposed rail line

By   /  July 29, 2014  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, Finances, Issues, Minnesota, News  /  No Comments

SOUTHWEST LRT: The proposed light rail would cost $1.7 billion - but how much is that really?

For a cool $1.7 billion, the Twin Cities could have a third light rail operating by 2018.

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The people Bob McDonnell once governed will decide his fate

By   /  July 29, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

Bob McDonnell, Maureen McDonnell

Potential juror after potential juror strode into the stately courtroom on Monday, their uncertain and inquisitive eyes glimpsing, most of them for the first time in person, the man they until six months ago called their governor.

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FCC commissioner wants to end Obamaphone fraud

By   /  July 29, 2014  /  Accountability, Federal Government, Fraud, National, News, Taxes, Technology  /  No Comments

OBAMAPHONE: FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai wants to set limits on the agency's Lifeline phone program for low-income individuals to rein in the rampant fraud and abuse of the program.

 
By Josh Peterson | Watchdog.org
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A top federal regulator wants the Federal Communications Commission to rein in the so-called “Obamaphone” program.
FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai told an audience of right-leaning tech policy advocates Monday morning during an event organized by the nonprofit organization Citizens Against Government Waste that he wanted to reform the Lifeline [...]

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Michigan union tricks teachers into prolonging membership

By   /  July 29, 2014  /  Education, Michigan, News  /  No Comments

IS IT STRONG ENOUGH?: the California Legislature on last week passed a bill purporting to streamline the teacher dismissal process in cases of abuse.

Rob Wiersema teaches high school economics, and he knows the merit of a simple cost-benfit analysis.

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When it comes to class sizes, Philadelphia School District’s numbers don’t add up

By   /  July 28, 2014  /  Education, Issues, News, Pennsylvania, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Philadelphia school and city officials say the district will be forced to lay-off teachers and possibly grow class sizes as large as 40 when students return in September, unless the state and city provide additional funding.

But the district’s numbers don’t seem to add up.

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