Progressives Claim ‘We’re not broke, we’ve been robbed’

By Kathryn Watson WASHINGTON, D.C. — From the tea party movement to Occupy Wall Street, there’s no denying a general state of discontent with the way Washington is handling the economy. That discontent was the fuel to the fire that drew scores of progressives to the New Populism Conference in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. “This is not the […]

Supreme Court lets ruling stand on NM wedding photographer and same-sex couple

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog SANTA FE, N.M. — It looks like a same-sex couple has won and the wedding photographer has lost. The legal dispute over a wedding photography studio in New Mexico that declined to photograph a ceremony involving a same-sex ceremony will not be heard in the U.S. Supreme Court […]

Local couple upset after receiving pre-marked voter registration card from Covered California

By Preston Phillips | 10News A local couple called 10News concerned after they received an envelope from the state’s Obamacare website, Covered California. Inside was a letter discussing voter registration and a registration card pre-marked with an “x” in the box next to Democratic Party. The couple – who did not want their identity revealed […]

UW journalism center defends involvement in ‘inappropriate’ FCC study

By M.D. Kittle |Wisconsin Reporter MADISON, Wis. — Under fire for its involvement in a controversial — and now suspended — Federal Communications Commission study criticized for First Amendment creeping, the University of Wisconsin-Madison has issued a statementon behalf of its Center for Communication and Democracy, presumably to clear the air about its part in the study. The statement, released Monday evening, notes that the FCC […]

How Dependent is Your State on DC?

Just how dependent is your state on Washington, D.C.? The Tax Foundation has released a map that shows how much of a state’s general revenue comes from federal aid. Alaska is the least dependent, at 24.0%. Mississippi is the most dependent on D.C., with 49.0% of its general revenue coming from federal aid. Ohio ranks 15th for the […]

School Employee Insults Scott Walker’s Children

By M.D. Kittle |Wisconsin Reporter MADISON — It would appear Madison Metropolitan School District employee Debbie Hosking had some downright nasty things to say about Gov. Scott Walker’s sons and young nieces. The district, however, has nothing to say publicly about Hosking’s apparent obscene comment on the governor’s Facebook page describing the children as “inbred (dumbasses).” NO COMMENT: Officials in the Madison Metropolitan School […]

Teacher union victory: Porn-watching teacher gets to teach again

M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter via Watchdog.org MADISON, Wis. — Maybe the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District’s expensive episode involving a porn-watching teacher isn’t karma, but it sure could be déjà vu all over again. On Tuesday, the suburban Madison school district offered former seventh-grade science teacher Andrew Harris a position teaching the same subject and grade but at a different school […]

Conservative to Democrat prosecutors: Shut down secret political probe or face civil rights lawsuit

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter MADISON, Wis. — Eric O’Keefe has a message for the prosecutors who have targeted him and dozens of conservative groups in a politically charged John Doe investigation: Drop the probe now or become defendants in a federal civil rights lawsuit. O’Keefe, director of the Wisconsin Club for Growth, a limited government advocacy organization targeted […]

California students sue state over ineffective teachers

By Mary C. Tillotson | Watchdog.org California’s laws surrounding teacher tenure, dismissal, and layoffs violate the state’s constitution — specifically, students’ right to an equal opportunity to access quality education — say nine students suing the state. The trial is set to begin Jan. 27. If they win, the effects could ripple across the country. “I think any […]

MPS has most empty buildings in Wisconsin, costing taxpayers millions by blocking choice schools

By Adam Tobias | Wisconsin Reporter MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Wisconsin taxpayers have been forced to spend millions of dollars to take care of empty Milwaukee Public Schools buildings the district refuses to sell to choice school operators. MPS’ 15 vacant structures, some of which have been unused for close to a decade, are costing state and local taxpayers approximately […]