• 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 »

  • School bans lip balm, 11 year-old girl fights back

    This article originally appeared on watchdog.org. When even the kids know the nanny state has gone too far, well, you know its really gone too far. The Augusta County School Board in Virginia was scolded this week by an 11-year | Read More »

  • Thomas More Society wins in defamation lawsuit

    From the Thomas More Society: (September 11, 2014 – Chicago, IL) – Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued its decision to dismiss the appeal brought by Satkar Hospitality Inc. against Illinois Review, a conservative news | Read More »

  • Parents sue state over Philadelphia schools

    This article originally appeared on watchdog.org. A group of parents whose children attend Philadelphia public schools are asking state courts to step in after the secretary of education ignored complaints about the district. A lawsuit filed in Commonwealth Court on | Read More »

  • Eric Holder is most hated

    According to the Washington Examiner, “if you know who Eric Holder is, you probably don’t like him”: Attorney General Eric Holder is one of President Obama‘s best-known and longest-serving cabinet members. Most recently, he led the administration’s response to the racial unrest in Ferguson, | Read More »

  • American Commitment to slow fed takeover of internet

    From American Commitment: American Commitment Mobilizes Millions to Answer Dishonest “Slowdown” Ploy and Stop a Federal Takeover of the Internet Washington, D.C.—American Commitment, a national advocacy organization, has launched a massive effort to combat the dishonest “slowdown” campaign that liberal activists | Read More »

  • Sept. 13 National Remembrance Day of aborted babies

    Citizens for a Pro-life Society, Priests for Life, and Pro-life Action League are set to host memorials in remembrance of children murdered by abortion: The National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children on Saturday, September 13, 2014, was first marked | Read More »

  • Obamacare rates going up in Nebraska next year

    This article originally appeared on watchdog.org. LINCOLN, Neb. — Premiums for Obamacare health insurance plans sold in Nebraska will go up nearly 11 percent next year — one of the biggest hikes in the nation— according to preliminary rates released by the state Insurance | Read More »

  • MO town bans breastfeeding near pools

    This article originally appeared on watchdog.org. Mothers in Missouri are allowed to breastfeed their children in public, provided they use as much discretion as possible — unless they’re near a public pool in the town of Warrensburg. City officials there aren’t | Read More »

  • Controversial sex education program reinstated in Hawaii

    This article originally appeared on watchdog.org. HONOLULU — The Hawaii State Department of Education will reinstate the controversial “Pono Choices” sex education curriculum, but after pressure from some parents and lawmakers, the program for middle school students will include some key | Read More »