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By Kathryn Watson | Watchdog.org | May 13, 2015 5:00 AM | 135
By Kathryn Watson | Watchdog.org, Virginia Bureau ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Government officials from Hampton, Virginia, to Topeka, Kansas, are looking to boost cigarette taxes to bolster revenues, but critics say bureaucrats should keep their hands off smokers’ butts. Plenty of unsympathetic non-smokers — especially those representing tobacco-free campaigns and organizations — fully support the movement, emphasizing the importance of [...]
By Kaitlyn Speer | Watchdog.org | May 11, 2015 5:00 AM | 372
While Virginia attempts to pump up wind power, congressional legislation is blowing the other way. H.R. 1901, by Rep. Kenny Marchant, R-Texas, and Mike Pompeo, R-Kansas, would eliminate the wind Production Tax Credit that subsidizes so-called “green energy” projects.
By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org | May 11, 2015 5:00 AM | 200
Former presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich says state Senate candidate Vince Haley’s call to abolish Virginia’s income tax is “brilliant.”
By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org | May 07, 2015 1:02 PM
Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s veto of a photo identification bill was upheld by a single Republican lawmaker who maintains the election measure was flawed.
By Kathryn Watson | Watchdog.org | May 07, 2015 9:15 AM
Hugh Bassette was born and raised in Hampton, back when the seaside city was more like rural countryside. By the time he retired and returned to the place he grew up, things had changed — and not just the landscape. The city’s spending and taxes had gone way up, too.
By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org | May 07, 2015 5:00 AM
“Clinton Cash” — the explosive new book about Bill and Hillary’s road to riches — could spawn a sequel: “McAuliffe Cash.” “He’s been a conduit of funds for the Clintons,” author Peter Schweizer said of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe. “He has a history of trading money for access.”
By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org | May 06, 2015 5:00 AM
Virginia’s 21 Republican state senators say a “Waters of the United States” rule targets farmers and could cost the state and landowners untold millions of dollars.
By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org | May 04, 2015 4:44 PM
In this week’s episode, host Eric Boehm sits down with Watchdog.org reporter Katie Watson to discuss the political and economic consequences of cigarette taxes. Watson is in the midst of a series of investigative reports about the uses and problems with cigarette taxes in two Virginia cities that recently decided they wanted to make smokers pay more to help plug budget holes.
By Kathryn Watson | Watchdog.org | May 04, 2015 12:12 PM | 21
Gov. Terry McAuliffe is allowing police departments across the state to keep collecting and storing drivers’ license plate data as long as they wish, and the Virginia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union says it will sue.
By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org | May 04, 2015 11:38 AM | 138
A Washington Nationals minor-league franchise wants Spotsylvania County to pony up $42 million for a stadium and parking garage — and the team is looking to score on Tuesday night.