One lawmaker’s plan to stop anti-competitive licensing schemes could be a model for states
One lawmaker’s plan to stop anti-competitive licensing schemes could be a model for states
Eric Boehm | December 17, 2015|   32
State licensing and regulatory boards no longer have protection from Roosevelt-era antitrust laws, thanks to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling earlier this year.
Visa-investor reforms could boost rural Texas
Visa-investor reforms could boost rural Texas
Kenric Ward | December 11, 2015|   27
Saying the controversial EB-5 immigration system is “loaded with fraud and abuse,” Sen. Charles Grassley wants to tighten the program that grants U.S. visas to foreign nationals.
EPA makes ethanol decision that ticks off both sides
EPA makes ethanol decision that ticks off both sides
Rob Nikolewski | November 30, 2015|   120
A decision Monday by EPA regarding ethanol and the nation's Renewable Fuel Standard alienated just about everyone.
Hair braiders tangle with Iowa in lawsuit challenging ‘burdensome and arbitrary’ regulations
Hair braiders tangle with Iowa in lawsuit challenging ‘burdensome and arbitrary’ regulations
Eric Boehm | October 29, 2015|   776
A lawsuit filed on Wednesday challenges “burdensome and arbitrary” occupational licensing rules for hair braiding in Iowa.
Ricketts’ security costs pale in comparison to some, but not North Dakota
Ricketts’ security costs pale in comparison to some, but not North Dakota
Deena Winter | October 23, 2015|   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.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s Obamacare Roadshow hits Iowa
Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s Obamacare Roadshow hits Iowa
Jason Hart | June 26, 2015|   10
Embrace Obamacare, or throw the mentally ill in prison. According to Ohio Gov. John Kasich, those are a state's only options.
Is cellulosic biofuel ready for prime time?
Is cellulosic biofuel ready for prime time?
Rob Nikolewski | June 15, 2015|   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.
Watchdog Podcast: Behind the Headlines — EPA mandates more ethanol in your gasoline
Eric Boehm | June 05, 2015|   0
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.
The EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard proposal ticks off just about everyone
The EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard proposal ticks off just about everyone
Rob Nikolewski | May 29, 2015|   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.
Double Insanity?
Double Insanity?
Dr. Don Racheter | May 29, 2015|   0
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 [...]