HI’s troubled health-care exchange draws congressional attention

By   /  March 31, 2014  /  California, Hawaii, Maryland, Minnesota, News, Obamacare, Oregon, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

Hawaii Health Connector sign ups still under one percent of Hawaii's population (photo courtesy of Hawaii Health Connector)

A Hawaii state senator wants the Government Accountability Office to investigate a $204 million federal grant to the state’s health-care exchange.

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Here are 5 problems with Merkley’s 2014 big-government agenda

By   /  February 6, 2014  /  National, News, Northwest, Oregon  /  No Comments

HE'S GOT A PLAN: U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley's 2014 Middle Class Agenda reads more like a progressive wish list than a template for economic prosperity.

By Dustin Hurst | NorthwestWatchdog.org
Oregon U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley’s 2014 Middle Class Agenda has all the right buzzwords that will surely grab some headlines in an election year — good-paying jobs, minimum wage and economic growth.
Unfortunately for Oregonians, the document, which reveals the Democratic senator’s playbook for the year, reads more like a progressive wish list than a [...]

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Taxpayers lose out when companies ‘go green’

By   /  December 12, 2013  /  Arkansas, Environment, National, News, Oregon  /  No Comments

IT AIN'T EASY BEING GREEN: Environmental programs that encourage green-energy initiatives are costing taxpayers big bucks.

A recent editorial by David Williams in the Washington Times is shedding light on an important, but little known topic that has big implications for both taxpayers and jobs across the United States.

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Under the bus: Union-backed group turning America’s West blue

By   /  December 10, 2013  /  Colorado, Idaho, Montana Watchdog, Northwest, Oregon, Washington  /  No Comments

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By Dustin Hurst and Shelby Sebens  | Watchdog.org
Examining the Portland, Ore.-based Bus Project, one could use plenty of adjectives to describe the operation’s tactics and activities: aggressive, unique and innovative.
The one descriptor that group, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, wants you to believe, though, is the least-fitting: nonpartisan.
Sure, the group holds a banner that professes to soar [...]

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Healthy young, key to Obamacare, aren’t buying it

By   /  October 4, 2013  /  Florida, Health Care, National, New Mexico, News, Ohio, Oregon, Uncategorized, Wisconsin  /  251 Comments

MILLENNIALS: Florida's young and healthy have so far not embraced the state's Obamacare health exchange.

Part 14 of 93 in the series Obamacare

By Kathryn Watson | Watchdog.org
Obamacare “only works … if young people show up.”
That’s from former President Bill Clinton in a recent MSNBC interview.
It’s why Obamacare supporters and government agencies are trying everything from sports advertising to video contests to get young people in the game.

But will those millions [...]

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