Watchdog Podcasts: Breaking the Bank — What can we learn from Illinois’ failed pension reform efforts?

By   /  May 22, 2015  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, California, Finances, Illinois, Issues, Pennsylvania, Pensions, Podcast, State Budgets, State Government, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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In this week’s episode, hosts Eric Boehm and Steve Greenhut take a look at the recent state Supreme Court ruling in Illinois that tossed aside a legislative effort to deal with the state’s $100 billion pension debt.

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FBI flip-flops on disclosing cell phone surveillance tech

By   /  May 22, 2015  /  Accountability, Federal Government, Issues, Judiciary, National, News, Open Records, Power Abuse  /  No Comments

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The FBI is trying to reassure everyone that they weren’t secretly spying on your cell phone, and certainly wasn’t telling local cops to keep it secret.

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Watchdog Podcasts: Say it Loud, Say it Proud — Free speech, Marquette University and Louie CK

By   /  May 20, 2015  /  Accountability, Censorship, Education, Issues, Podcast, State Government, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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In this week’s episode, host Eric Boehm sits down with Wisconsin Reporter’s Matt Kittle to discuss the ongoing free speech issues at Marquette University. John McAdams, a professor at the school, has been suspended since November for defending a student who argued against same-sex marriage in a philosophy class.

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Public property insurance agency TWIA pays $178 million in extra commissions

By   /  May 12, 2015  /  Accountability, Government Waste, News, State Government, Texas  /  No Comments

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The Texas Windstorm Insurance Association pays a commission rate that has over the past six years put an estimated $178 million in the hands of independent insurance agents at the expense of consumers.

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Watchdog Podcasts: Sit Down, Shut Up — Charter schools and the future of education

By   /  May 11, 2015  /  Accountability, Education, Education Blog, Podcast, State Government, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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In this week’s episode, Yount and Costa welcome fellow Watchdog reporter Yael Ossowski to the program to discuss the growth of charter schools in America. Despite what some recent studies put forward by opponents of charter schools say, there is little evidence charter schools are reinstituting segregation or otherwise creating a race-based alternative to public schools.

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