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Watchdog Podcast: In Our Backyards — Most important policy is coming from the states, not DC (and that’s a good thing)

By   /  April 13, 2015  /  Federal Government, Podcast, State Budgets, State Government, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments


By Ben Yount | Watchdog Radio This is “In Our Backyards,”’s podcast that examines local government — because the government that is the closest to you often can be the most important, even if you don’t hear much about it. We’ll look at city councils, school boards and even water treatment authorities, because local […]

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Watchdog Podcasts: Behind The Headlines — Which states are rich, which states are poor?

By   /  April 8, 2015  /  News, Podcast, State Budgets, State Government, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments


This is Behind the Headlines,’s podcast that takes a deeper look at the political news our Watchdog reporters uncover.

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Occupational licensing doesn’t really benefit consumers, study finds

By   /  February 19, 2015  /  Louisiana, National, News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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It may be time to clean off those rose-colored glasses that make occupational licensing regulations appear they’re created for public safety.

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Will donors punish GOP outliers on election law?

By   /  July 17, 2014  /  Alabama, Indiana, Michigan, National, New Jersey, News, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Politics & Elections, Vermont, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

DUE DILIGENCE: Rep. Charles Dent took "great pains to make certain that nothing would penalize states."

By Kenric Ward | WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than two-thirds of the Republican co-sponsors of a controversial voter bill have gone silent. They have good reason to lay low, says one election-law attorney. U.S. Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., author of the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014, said he’s proud to work with the American Civil […]

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Crony states of America: Padding profits at public expense

By   /  May 28, 2014  /  National, News  /  No Comments

STATIST DUOPOLY GAME: Bipartisanship aims "targeted incentives" to selected businesses -- effectively privatizing the profits of a few while socializing the costs on the rest through cronyism.

By Kenric Ward | WASHINGTON, D.C. — The multibillion-dollar duopoly game known as “economic development” is steadily shifting wealth from taxpayers to large corporations, state by state. Democrat and Republican politicians bargain with “targeting investments” that purport to pick “winning” companies. Democrats, contrary to their rhetoric, are all in for this style of trickle-down economics — […]

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States work to protect electric grid from solar storms and nuclear attacks

By   /  April 7, 2014  /  Florida, National, News, Oklahoma, Technology, Texas, Virginia  /  No Comments

POWER PUNCH: Federal data challenge energy cost claims by environmental groups

By Josh Peterson | States are working to protect their electrical grids from solar storms and nuclear attacks, frustrated by federal inaction to do the same. Fearful of the deadly consequences of an electromagnetic pulse, should one hit the electrical grid, states have taken the protection of their residents into their own hands. An EMP […]

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