Watchdog Podcast: Donald Trump is a pro wrestling villain; Pennsylvania’s budget fight goes to round two
Eric Boehm | February 12, 2016|   27
Donald Trump is the most successful pro wrestling villain in American history. Or, at least, he's the first pro wrestling villain to get this close to the White House.
A change that could make Virginia friendlier to charter schools
Amelia Hamilton | February 12, 2016|   0
Under Virginia law, only local school boards can approve charter schools in the state. That has been a stumbling block to the expansion of school choice in the Old Dominion — many board members typically oppose any alternatives to traditional public education, so very few charters are approved. Now the Virginia legislature is looking to allow the […]
Virginia House set to vote on health care reforms as hospitals push back
Virginia House set to vote on health care reforms as hospitals push back
Eric Boehm | February 09, 2016|   42
Lawmakers in Virginia House could give their stamp of approval to a package of health care reforms intended to ease anti-competitive regulations.
Education savings accounts growing in popularity amid opposition
Education savings accounts growing in popularity amid opposition
Amelia Hamilton | February 02, 2016|   18
Virginia is considering a move to let parents invest 90 percent of public school funds into a savings account to cover educational expenses, a plan that faces opposition from school choice opponents.
Watchdog’s Scariest People of 2015: No. 3
Watchdog’s Scariest People of 2015: No. 3
Rob Nikolewski | January 01, 2016|   43
Part 23 of 25 in the series Watchdog's Scariest People of 2015   It was just a two-page letter from 20 climate scientists but it landed with a figurative thud — and accusations that colleagues who dared to stray from climate orthodoxy were being targeted. The missive to President Barack Obama, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the head of [...]
Decades later, states still dealing with anti-competitive federal health regs
Decades later, states still dealing with anti-competitive federal health regs
Eric Boehm | December 31, 2015|   60
Blame the federal government for state-level regulations that drive up the cost of health care and restrict access to hospitals.
Lawmakers call for deregulation of Virginia’s hospitals
Lawmakers call for deregulation of Virginia’s hospitals
Eric Boehm | December 23, 2015|   14
A group of state lawmakers say they want to dismantle controversial regulations that limit competition among hospitals in Virginia.
Virginia health-care licensing laws complicated, confusing, chart shows
Virginia health-care licensing laws complicated, confusing, chart shows
Eric Boehm | December 09, 2015|   2
If you want to open a hospital, clinic or any other health care facility in Virginia, you first have to obtain permission from the state government. And getting that license makes going to the DMV look like a walk in the park.
Virginia panel recommends changes to state’s health care regulations
Virginia panel recommends changes to state’s health care regulations
Eric Boehm | December 04, 2015|   3
If lawmakers in Virginia are going to reform state regulations that limit health care choices and stifle competition, they now have a playbook for how to do it.
December will bring legislative, judicial scrutiny of Virginia’s restrictive health care regulations
December will bring legislative, judicial scrutiny of Virginia’s restrictive health care regulations
Eric Boehm | November 26, 2015|   38
Two big deadlines are looming in the ongoing effort to fix Virginia’s health care laws. It’s a fight that Mark Baumel has been engaged in for years.