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social welfare, civil betterment, citizen activists, journalism, watchdog, waste, abuse, fraud, government
social welfare, civil betterment, citizen activists, journalism, watchdog, waste, abuse, fraud, government

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Policy makers and dentists flash their teeth during an oral healthcare workshop at the American Legislative Exchange Council’s 43rd annual meeting in July.
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Regulating away competition: The hotel and lodging industry in Chicago have been threatened by the encroachment of home-sharing platforms like AirBnB, and they will lobby for any regulations that hurt the competition.
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People having fun? Not on the city of Philadelphia's watch. Philly cools it on people trying to cool off in a homemade pool in this week's Nanny State.
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The Bradenton Herald ran Florida Watchdog William Patrick's story on HBO and Netflix's decision to film in Florida without renewed entertainment incentives from the government.
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The national party conventions dominated the news for a week and a half, but while the clamor has died down, security and infrastructure costs from the national party conventions have saddled taxpayers with a “political hangover” that lives on.
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Many Texans protest their property taxes every year. While local politicians tout “no increase” in property tax rates, Texas property taxes have more than doubled over the past 13 years, rising 63 percent faster than population and inflation combined, according to the nonpartisan Tax Foundation.
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An old Chinese proverb says, "knowledge is like the two wheels of a cart." John Adams understood the importance of free speech in educating the public. #tbt
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Puerto Rico faces empty coffers, heavy debts and a dwindling ability to pay. Legislation enacted in June will address only some of those problems.
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Fox News features Watchdog Kenric Ward's story on a spike in police recruitment after Black Lives Matter protesters take the streets in San Antonio.
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Watchdog.org's editor John Bicknell explains why the coal business can't just be whisked away by an executive order.
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