• Florida: A younger population is pushing the state left

    This article originally appeared on watchdog.org. MIAMI  — Florida is getting younger, and thus a bit more politically liberal. If a stroll down the Miami Beach’s famed boardwalk doesn’t persuade you, perhaps U.S. Census data will.  In the 1970s, about 30 percent | Read More »

  • Oklahomans plan to protest Holder’s appearance

    This article originally appeared on watchdog.org. OKLAHOMA CITY — Conservatives are calling for protesters to gather Thursday when  U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at the graduation ceremony for a group of Oklahoma City police academy. State Rep. Paul Wesselholft, R-Oklahoma | Read More »

  • Bob Dole predicts doom with runaway spending

    This article originally appeared on watchdog.org. PAOLA, Kan. — Unless the United States is able to ratchet back its uncontrolled spending, the burden will be heaped on future generations, former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole told a crowd of friends and | Read More »

  • Homeschoolers more politically tolerant, study finds

    This article originally appeared on heartland.org. A new study of university students finds those who were homeschooled in K-12 are more likely to be politically tolerant than their private- or public-schooled counterparts. Researcher Albert Cheng found little difference between the | Read More »

  • Medical marijuana could be good for business in Florida

    This article originally appeared on watchdog.org. MIAMI — The medical marijuana industrial-complex is in full swing in Florida. With the question of legalizing medical marijuana apparently heading to voters on the Nov. 4 ballot, entrepreneurs are popping up in an effort | Read More »

  • California farmers lead new immigration push

    This article originally appeared on watchdog.org. Immigration has become the biggest national issue involving California’s farmers. In the state’s agricultural heartland, a host of issues are on the agenda, ranging from this year’s painful drought to marijuana eradication. But one matter | Read More »

  • Companies threatening to leave IL get $30 million

    This article originally appeared on watchdog.org. SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — If a business wants a tax break in Illinois, it should probably threaten to move. Lawmakers looking into the state’s tax breaks and incentives are asking why Illinois is spending almost | Read More »

  • CA lawmaker wants to ban certain facial scrubs

    This article originally appeared on watchdog.org. For the first of installment in this weekly Watchdog.org series, it seems appropriate our attention is focused on California, a state with a well-known and well-deserved reputation for leading the way when it comes | Read More »

  • Yee couldn’t get a single gun-control bill signed into law

    This article originally appeared on watchdog.org. Was alleged gun-runner and gun-control advocate Leland Yee all talk? Before you answer, here’s a surprising fact: The San Francisco Democrat, who has been called one of California’s leading gun-control advocates, has never successfully authored a gun-control bill. Not | Read More »

  • Virginia’s McDonnell, GOP get a bipartisan break

    A review of the week’s top stories.

  • Americans love the idea of Keystone XL pipeline

    According to a new Washington-Post/ABC News poll, Americans think the Keystone XL pipeline project is a great idea: Americans support the idea of constructing the Keystone XL oil pipeline between Canada and the United States by a nearly 3 to 1 margin, | Read More »

  • The Koch brothers weren’t always ‘evil’

    According to Politico, there was a time when the infamous Koch brothers were not the worst: The Koch brothers are the Democrats’ public enemy No. 1. But there was a time not too long ago that billionaires Charles and David | Read More »

  • Broccoli to save the planet?

    The Washington Times reported recently that the new federal diet guidelines “reflect an inordinate fear of gas”: President Obama and the first lady have embraced the latest nutritional fads in their own home, and now insist that everyone else follow their lead. | Read More »

  • Emily Miller on Michelle Obama’s talks to the Chinese

    The Washington Times‘ star columnist, Emily Miller, did a nice number on Michelle Obama’s somewhat ironic talks to the Chinese during her recent week-long trip to that Communist country, with taxpayers picking up the expensive tab for her traveling daughters, mother and entourage | Read More »

  • What oversight? Iowa won’t track welfare card use

    This article originally appeared on watchdog.org. DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa has a new strategy for preventing welfare recipients from using their electronic benefit transfer cards in liquor stores, casinos and strip clubs — sending a letter to the welfare | Read More »

  • Push back against police spying continues

    This article originally appeared on watchdog.org. A  number of state legislatures and courts are checking in on law enforcement spy games. The push back comes as the rise of mobile communication technologies intersects with the militarization of police forces across | Read More »

  • Study: Soda taxes don’t slim waistlines

    This article originally appeared on watchdog.org. MADISON, Wis. — Plus-size taxes on soda do not trim waistlines, but they do fatten the pockets of taxing authorities. “People drink less soda when prices increase (due to taxes),” said Jason Fletcher, health economist | Read More »

  • Asian-Americans halt CA affirmative action revival

    This article originally appeared on watchdog.org. As many Californians are well aware, more than half of students at UCLA and UC Berkeley are Asian or Asian-American. Yet, in California, proportions like these haven’t made for a political football — until | Read More »

  • Gun ordinances face defiance from law officers

    This article originally appeared on watchdog.org. The head of a nationwide sheriffs coalition is calling on Vermont’s law enforcement officers to defy three controversial gun control measures passed by Burlington voters three weeks ago. “Sheriffs have a constitutional duty to refuse to | Read More »

  • Crop yields triple as alarmists cry ‘climate famine!’

    This article originally appeared on heartland.org. In today’s Global Warming Crisis of the Day, alarmists and their media allies claim global warming will destroy crop yields, yet U.S. and global crop yields continue to set yearly records as our planet | Read More »