Watchdog Podcast: Behind The Headlines — Connecting the dots between lobbyists and members of Congress

By   /  April 15, 2015  /  Accountability, Issues, Podcast, Politics, Politics & Elections, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments


By Eric Boehm | Watchdog Radio
This is Behind the Headlines,’s podcast that takes a deeper look at the political news of the day.
In this week’s episode, host Eric Boehm sits down with Sarah Rosier of the Lucy Burns Institute to talk about its new report, an attempt to connect the dots between deep-pocketed lobbyists […]

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State pulls plug on ‘risky’ WinVote machines

By   /  April 15, 2015  /  News, Politics & Elections, Texas, Transparency, Virginia  /  No Comments

IS PAPER BETTER?: The short shelf life of voting machine technology is renewing interest in paper ballots.

A new report that killed a widely used touch-screen voting system Tuesday is sure to spur questions about past election results tabulated in Virginia.

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Report: Virginia lawmakers block transparency, access to legislative process

By   /  April 14, 2015  /  News, Politics & Elections, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

AP file photo

In February, Delegate Jeffrey Campbell tried to revise Virginia’s “reckless” driving threshold so motorists couldn’t be criminalized for driving six miles over the speed limit on I-95. His bill never made it out of the Courts of Justice Committee.

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The case for a new holiday: Inside the first ever Freedom Day celebration

By   /  April 14, 2015  /  Accountability, Federal Government, First Amendment, Free Speech, National, News, Politics & Elections, State Government  /  No Comments

Photo by Eric Boehm

With apologies to Sara Lee: nobody doesn’t like freedom.

But do Americans appreciate and understand their freedom enough? Frayda Levy thinks not, and wants to make sure people take time, once a year, to appreciate the uniquely American experience of it all.

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Investigation casts cloud over Virginia voting machines

By   /  April 10, 2015  /  News, Politics & Elections, Virginia  /  No Comments

Election Virginia

The State Board of Elections will conduct a hearing at 11 a.m. Tuesday to consider decertifying hundreds of touch-screen voting machines. Public comments on the controversial issue can be submitted online by 5 p.m. this Sunday.

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Tax rollbacks push Illinois ahead in Rich State, Poor State report

By   /  April 8, 2015  /  Illinois, News, Politics & Elections  /  No Comments


By Benjamin Yount
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. —  It’s amazing what happens when you let people keep their own money.
Illinois, a perennial bottom dweller in the American Legislative Exchange Council’s annual “Rich States, Poor States” report, has found itself out of the basement.
“It’s a small step being number 40,” ALEC Vice President for State Fiscal Reform Jonathan Williams told […]

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