• No global warming for 18 years

    This article originally appeared on heartland.org. Climate Change Weekly #141 According to Professor John Christy, director of the Earth System Science Center at the University of Alabama/Huntsville, October 1 marked the 18th anniversary of no warming as measured by Earth’s | Read More »

  • CO welfare recipients use money all over

    This article originally appeared on watchdog.org. Taxpayers are apparently buying welfare recipients booze and cigarettes for the road — at times a very exotic road. A Watchdog.org analysis of a Colorado Department of Human Services welfare ATM withdrawals database shows that | Read More »

  • Hawaii will go bust by 2016, Senate leader says

    This article originally appeared on watchdog.org. HONOLULU — Hawaii Senate Minority Leader Sam Slom is warning fellow lawmakers he has serious concerns about the state’s economic future. Slom, the only Republican in the 25-member Senate, cites the Council on Revenues’ recent | Read More »

  • Wind farm kills bats, feds ignore problem

    This article originally appeared on heartland.org. A Nevada wind farm has killed triple the number of bats allowed under an agreement with federal wildlife officials, yet the federal government has imposed no significant penalties. Facility Responds to Bat Deaths Located | Read More »

  • Uber expansion a win-win, experts say

    This article originally appeared on watchdog.org. CHICAGO – Uber is expanding in Chicago, which is good news for fans of ridesharing and taxi-alternative companies, experts say. Gov. Quinn and executives from the prominent ridesharing company Uber announced today that the latter | Read More »

  • More Virginians to lose coverage under Obamacare

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. —Another quarter of a million people in the commonwealth will likely lose their health insurance plans by the end of the year. Virginia’s Health Insurance Reform Commission learned on September 10 that 250,000 Virginians will receive notices their | Read More »

  • Second Amendment advocates score win in Hawaii

    This article originally appeared on watchdog.org. HONOLULU – A legal victory for Second Amendment advocates will lead to a significant change in Hawaii’s firearms law. U.S. District Judge Michael Seabright has ruled Hawaii’s police chiefs must consider Steve Fotoudis’ application | Read More »

  • Property tax reform hits another roadblock in Penna.

    This article originally appeared on watchdog.org. HARRISBURG, Pa. — Proponents of eliminating school property taxes cheered a win last week, but it might have been a hollow victory. State Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, R-Chester, recently told a Delaware County business | Read More »

  • U.S. global crop production sets records

    This article originally appeared on heartland.org. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has forecast record U.S. corn yields this year as warmer temperatures, longer growing seasons, more precipitation, and higher atmospheric carbon dioxide levels have enhanced crop output. In its August | Read More »

  • Google keeps low profile in support of net neutrality

    This article originally appeared on watchdog.org. WASHINGTON — Following criticism from progressive groups for its low-profile support of net neutrality over the past several years, Google recently emailed supporters attempting to kill doubts on where it stood on the issue. When Internet companies | Read More »

  • Suburban mayor paid more than Mississippi governor

    This article originally appeared on watchdog.org. If Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant wants a bump in pay when he eventually leaves the governor’s mansion, maybe he should consider running for mayor of Southaven. According to records obtained by Mississippi Watchdog, the mayor of Southaven, Republican Darren Musselwhite earns | Read More »

  • Online learning at least not terrible, says study

    This article originally appeared on heartland.org. The first high-quality study of online education in a K–12 setting finds Florida high school students taking algebra or English 1 online performed as well on state math and reading tests as students taking | Read More »

  • Electronic health records aren’t saving money or time

    This article originally appeared on heartland.org. One of the things favored by supporters of government-directed medical care is electronic health records. For at least a decade I’ve been hearing about the supposedly marvelous benefits of storing health records in digital | Read More »

  • Obamacare websites still in trouble

    This article originally appeared on heartland.org. I ran across this article on the Vermont Watchdog site, describing the serious problems that still exist with that state’s Obamacare exchange. With only six weeks to go until the next open enrollment period | Read More »

  • Healthcare’s free market supporters

    This article originally appeared on heartland.org. The letters section of the Wall Street Journal is one of my favorite things to read. The writers are often deeply knowledgeable and recognized leaders in their fields, allowing them to provide insight and | Read More »

  • Watchdog.org blows lid off bake sale brownie ban

    This article originally appeared on watchdog.org.  Brownies, cookies, cupcakes and other essential elements of any successful bake sale have been banned by new rules for food in Vermont public schools. Thanks to rules that grew out of a 2010 state | Read More »

  • Grassroots effort pushes along PA property tax reform

    This article originally appeared on watchdog.org. HARRISBURG, Pa. – Tammy Keener of Berks County clapped, cheered and even cried Tuesday morning as state senators on the Finance Committee debated legislation to eliminate school property taxes. When the panel narrowly approved Senate | Read More »

  • A vision for ‘local choice’ TV still alive on Capitol Hill

    This article originally appeared on watchdog.org. WASHINGTON — Concerns about higher consumer prices if cable and satellite customers could unsubscribe from local channels they didn’t watch stalled a move on Capitol Hill to create a la carte local TV. But the proposal’s champions | Read More »

  • Obamacare helpers get another $6.8 million

    This article originally appeared on watchdog.org. TALLAHASSEE — Round two of Obamacare open enrollment is eight weeks away, and the Obama administration is once again spending millions on “navigator” outreach programs. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced last week | Read More »

  • ‘The Bachelor’ gets $100,000 proposal from New Mexico

    This article originally appeared on watchdog.org. SANTA FE, N.M. – The New Mexico Tourism Department is joining the Santa Fe City Council in the dating pool for the reality TV series, “The Bachelor.” “We’re really excited,” said Rebecca Latham, communications director for the tourism department, | Read More »