By Eric Boehm | | Oct 29, 2015 5:00 AM | 776
A lawsuit filed on Wednesday challenges “burdensome and arbitrary” occupational licensing rules for hair braiding in Iowa.
By Deena Winter | | Oct 23, 2015 1:05 PM | 48
Gov. Pete Ricketts' security detail is logging big time overtime following him around the world, but not all governors even have full-time protection.
By Jason Hart | | Jun 26, 2015 5:00 AM | 10
Embrace Obamacare, or throw the mentally ill in prison. According to Ohio Gov. John Kasich, those are a state's only options.
By Rob Nikolewski | | Jun 15, 2015 5:00 AM | 31
The EPA wants wants more cellulosic biofuels in the Renewable Fuel Standard. Supporters say that's great but critics seriously doubt the targets can be met.
By Eric Boehm | | Jun 05, 2015 3:29 PM
In this week’s episode, host Eric Boehm chats with Rob Nikolewski, Watchdog's national energy reporter, about new rules issued by the Environmental Protection Agency that mandate higher levels of ethanol in your gasoline.
By Rob Nikolewski | | May 29, 2015 4:39 PM | 441
The EPA has released new proposals for the Renewable Fuel Standard but it failed to satisfy supporters and critics of biofuels such as corn ethanol.
By Dr. Don Racheter | | May 29, 2015 3:08 PM
By Don Racheter | Watchdog Opinion The old saying goes that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome.  If so, we may need to coin a new phrase like “double insanity” to label the practice of paying the same people more to do the same thing [...]
By Jennifer L. Crull | | May 20, 2015 1:37 PM
By Jennifer Crull | Watchdog Opinion On February 9, 2015, the State Treasurer of Iowa, Michael L. Fitzgerald, released the report of outstanding debt obligations for state and local governments.  This year’s report shows over $15 billion is owed by these entities, and this is money that has to be paid back with taxpayers’ dollars. Given the [...]
By Deborah Thorton | | Apr 22, 2015 3:53 PM | 10
By Deborah D. Thorton | Watchdog Opinion A New York Times article, “The Hardest Places to Live in the U.S.,” used data on median income and life expectancy, plus college educated, unemployed, disabled, or obese percentages to generate rankings for all 3,135 U.S. counties.  Some of Iowa’s counties stand out, on both ends. At the high end [...]
By Kelly Carson | | Apr 01, 2015 9:22 AM
  By Jillian Kay Melchior | The Department of Energy last week announced a conditional loan of $259 million to Alcoa Inc., supporting the manufacture of lightweight-aluminum auto bodies. The resurrection of the DOE’s controversial fuel-efficient-vehicle loan program is a bad idea in light of the agency’s awful track record on taxpayer-backed green investments. All told, the [...]