The closest high-speed rail will come to Sacramento?

By   /  February 24, 2015  /  California, Commentary, Uncategorized, WatchBlog  /  No Comments

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The contractor for California’s high-speed rail system is having an event on the Capitol grounds, featuring a model car that is “Connectin Cities at 220 miles per hour.”
For $68 billion, they ought to be able to afford a “g” (in connecting). Furthermore, this train will never go 220 mph — not with a blended route that […]

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Poll shows public uninformed on net neutrality and want more disclosure

By   /  February 20, 2015  /  Uncategorized, Watchdog Arena  /  No Comments

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A public poll shows that the majority of Americans still don’t know what net neutrality is and want more disclosure on the 332-page proposal.

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Here comes the hurt? Big cuts expected in Rauner budget

By   /  February 18, 2015  /  Uncategorized  /  No Comments

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Gov. Bruce Rauner’s first budget address might be something never quite before seen from an Illinois governor.

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MNsure audit confirms ‘seriously flawed’ rollout of health insurance exchange

By   /  February 18, 2015  /  Accountability, Health Care, Issues, Minnesota, News, State Budgets, State Government, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

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Well intentioned, but not well executed.

That’s a phrase that could describe any number of government programs, and on Tuesday that was the way state auditors summed up a difficult first year for Minnesota’s state-run health insurance exchange program.

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Sticker shock! Minnesotans reject mandatory boat trailer training

By   /  February 13, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Government Regulation, Legislature, Minnesota, State Government, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

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The law of unintended consequences will never be repealed. But a poster child for new laws that inflict unforeseen collateral damage on unsuspecting residents could be on the way to elimination, just before taking full effect.

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Smoking ban policy déjà vu: There they go again

By   /  February 3, 2015  /  Uncategorized  /  No Comments

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By Jim Waters | Watchdog Opinion
Those attending legislative meetings this year in Frankfort may wonder if this legislative session’s motto is: “In God We Trust.”
Signs with that declaration now hang in meeting rooms throughout the capitol. However, Senate President Robert Stivers is quick to note they are paid for with private donations not taxpayer dollars.
I’m […]

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