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Watchdog’s Scariest People of 2015: No. 11

By   /  December 30, 2015  /  Judiciary, News, Texas  /  No Comments

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Part 15 of 25 in the series Watchdog’s Scariest People of 2015 Now that Christmas is over and the New Year beckons, it’s time for’s annual parade of malfeasance and miscreants. The Scariest People of 2015 is a frightening list indeed, filled with bureaucrats and functionaries who, shall we say, do not share an […]

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In ‘Go Set a Watchman,’ Harper Lee offers a parable about political acceptance

By   /  July 24, 2015  /  National  /  No Comments

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Harper Lee’s new novel, Go Set a Watchman, is not a book for our time, nor was it intended to be given that it was initially a first draft of her To Kill a Mockingbird.

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Wrath of CON: PA lawmaker would let hospitals help pick their competitors

By   /  July 22, 2015  /  Health Care, News, PA Independent, Pennsylvania  /  1 Comment

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A Pennsylvania legislator wants to look into reviving a long-dead bit of bureaucracy, where the state decides whether a community needs a medical facility that’s being proposed. The federal government is now advising against these regulations, though its responsible for many states implementing them in the first place.

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Minnesotans may pay for soccer stadium after all (John Oliver says it’s a bad idea)

By   /  July 13, 2015  /  Accountability, Issues, Minnesota, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments


It’s been less than three months since the Minnesota Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton decided there would not be a taxpayer-funded soccer-specific stadium in downtown Minneapolis.

But Minnesotans, or at least residents of St. Paul, might end up picking up the tab for a stadium anyway.

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Watchdog Podcast: Sanctuary cities, Donald Trump and another taxpayer-funded solar energy failure

By   /  July 10, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Commentary, Education Blog, Energy and Environment, Federal Government, Issues, National, News, Podcast, Politics & Elections, State Budgets, State Government, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments


On this week’s Watchdog Podcast, a tragic event in San Francisco has started a national conversation about so-called “sanctuary cities” where federal immigration laws are effectively voided.

And Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (yes, those words still seem odd to put together) has stepped into the spotlight by voicing some strong opinions on how to address the immigration problem. Perhaps because of that, he’s now leading in some national polls of the Republican primary (and those words are even more odd).

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Jobs programs are putting kids to work — but the public’s price tag is unclear

By   /  July 8, 2015  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, Jobs + Growth, News, PA Independent, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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The Pittsburgh area and Erie County are providing summer jobs for a couple thousand kids, between them, and the public is still footing most of the bill. In the Pittsburgh program, some employers are now paying interns’ wages, but it’s unclear how much of the total tab the public is picking up. Erie County’s program, only in its second year, has begun reaching out to the private sector.

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