Watchdog Podcast: Donald Trump is a pro wrestling villain; Pennsylvania’s budget fight goes to round two

By   /  February 12, 2016  /  Commentary, Issues, National, Pennsylvania, Podcast, Politics & Elections, State Budgets, State Government, Virginia, Watchdog Radio, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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Donald Trump is the most successful pro wrestling villain in American history. Or, at least, he’s the first pro wrestling villain to get this close to the White House.

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A change that could make Virginia friendlier to charter schools

By   /  February 12, 2016  /  Education, Education Blog, Virginia  /  No Comments

This week, public records remain hidden, even from the government audits.

Under Virginia law, only local school boards can approve charter schools in the state. That has been a stumbling block to the expansion of school choice in the Old Dominion — many board members typically oppose any alternatives to traditional public education, so very few charters are approved. Now the Virginia legislature is looking to allow the […]

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Virginia House set to vote on health care reforms as hospitals push back

By   /  February 8, 2016  /  Health Care, Issues, News, Politics & Elections, regulations, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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Lawmakers in Virginia House could give their stamp of approval to a package of health care reforms intended to ease anti-competitive regulations.

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Watchdog’s Scariest People of 2015: No. 3

By   /  January 1, 2016  /  Energy and Environment, Virginia  /  No Comments

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Part 23 of 25 in the series Watchdog’s Scariest People of 2015   It was just a two-page letter from 20 climate scientists but it landed with a figurative thud — and accusations that colleagues who dared to stray from climate orthodoxy were being targeted. The missive to President Barack Obama, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and […]

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Decades later, states still dealing with anti-competitive federal health regs

By   /  December 31, 2015  /  Accountability, Delaware, Federal Government, Issues, Louisiana, National, New York, News, regulations, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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Blame the federal government for state-level regulations that drive up the cost of health care and restrict access to hospitals.

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