• Oh, Florida! You’ve got some crazy laws

    This article originally appeared on watchdog.org. MIAMI —If you plan on visiting the Sunshine State soon, be sure to pack a sense of humor along with your sunscreen. Florida Watchdog uncovered some pretty funny, antiquated laws that will surely give | Read More »

  • Drive for Uber, go to jail in one Alabama city

    This article originally appeared on watchdog.org. CULLMAN, Ala. — Tuscaloosa residents who offer rides to others through the ridesharing service Uber soon could find themselves in handcuffs. A Tuscaloosa city spokeswoman confirmed to Watchdog.org on Wednesday the city will follow through | Read More »

  • ‘Excessive’ wireless taxes hurt poor families

    This article originally appeared on watchdog.org. WASHINGTON, D.C. — High state and local taxes on wireless services could disproportionately burden poor adults as cities and states look for new and increased revenues, say researchers. According to a recent study publishedby the Tax | Read More »

  • Proposed EPA rule represents regulatory overreach

    This article originally appeared on watchdog.org. To its many foes, a rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that would redefine the scope of waters protected under the Clean Water Act is a real son of a ditch.  William | Read More »

  • ‘Meatless Mondays’ hit first Florida school district

    This article originally appeared on watchdog.org. TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Students attending Sarasota County public schools might be wondering, “Where’s the beef?” The answer won’t be found between two buns, at least, not on Mondays. Sarasota County Schools kicked off aMeatless Monday campaign | Read More »

  • 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 »