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Now displaying: September, 2015
Sep 25, 2015

Scott Walker dropped out of the presidential race and Pope Francis dropped by Washington, D.C., to lecture Congress about immigration and climate change.

Hosts Eric Boehm and Matt Kittle take a look back at the Walker campaign, trying to figure out where the governor went wrong in his pursuit of the White House.  Perhaps more importantly, we also look ahead to see what his return to Wisconsin will mean for his political future and the state's.

Later, Sterling Burnett from the Heartland Institute stops by the program to take a hard look at the head of the Catholic Church.  Pope Francis talks about wanting to help the world's poor -- a noble goal, for sure -- but he also likes to talk about the need for environmental policies to stop global warming.  The problem, Burnett points out, is that those environmental policies come at a high cost for the poor.

Also on this edition of the show: police in Pennsylvania want to be granted anonymity when they pull the trigger, and the state Supreme Court in Washington has ruled charter schools to be unconstitutional.

All that, plus our Nanny State of the Week, on this edition of the Watchdog Podcast.

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Sep 18, 2015

Donald Trump finally ran out of things to say, Carly Fiorina is set to surge in the polls and Mike Huckabee made a good point in favor of small government (yes, really).

Those were the major take-aways from the second GOP presidential debate, which aired on CNN this week.  In this edition of the Watchdog Podcast, hosts Eric Boehm and Will Swaim look back at the debate - well, at least some of it, I mean, it was nearly three hours long, after all.

Huckabee struck a cord when he called for the federal government to listen to the Constitution and allow state governments to make more decisions for themselves.  Given his history, its questionable whether Huckabee would continue to take that approach if he found himself in the Oval Office, but it's nice to hear the Tenth Amendment get a little attention in such a major forum.

But Fiorina was the star of the night, making headlines across social media for how she took on Donald Trump and impressing many observers with her range and depth of knowledge.  She has a long way to go, but she's certainly a rising star at the moment.

But there were falling stars this week too.  Missouri missed a chance to become the nation's 26th right-to-work state when lawmakers there were unable to muster enough votes to overcome a veto from Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.  Watchdog reporter Jason Hart sits down with Eric Boehm to discuss the right-to-work fight in Missouri and tell us why the battle in the Show-Me State didn't become the major spectacle we saw in Michigan, Wisconsin and elsewhere.

All that, plus our Nanny State of the Week, on this edition of the Watchdog Podcast.

Donald Trump finally ran out of things to say, Carly Fiorina is set to surge in the polls and Mike Huckabee made a good point in favor of small government (yes, really).

Those were the major take-aways from the second GOP presidential debate, which aired on CNN this week.  In this edition of the Watchdog Podcast, hosts Eric Boehm and Will Swaim look back at the debate - well, at least some of it, I mean, it was nearly three hours long, after all.

Huckabee struck a cord when he called for the federal government to listen to the Constitution and allow state governments to make more decisions for themselves.  Given his history, its questionable whether Huckabee would continue to take that approach if he found himself in the Oval Office, but it's nice to hear the Tenth Amendment get a little attention in such a major forum.

But Fiorina was the star of the night, making headlines across social media for how she took on Donald Trump and impressing many observers with her range and depth of knowledge.  She has a long way to go, but she's certainly a rising star at the moment.

But there were falling stars this week too.  Missouri missed a chance to become the nation's 26th right-to-work state when lawmakers there were unable to muster enough votes to overcome a veto from Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.  Watchdog reporter Jason Hart sits down with Eric Boehm to discuss the right-to-work fight in Missouri and tell us why the battle in the Show-Me State didn't become the major spectacle we saw in Michigan, Wisconsin and elsewhere.

All that, plus our Nanny State of the Week, on this edition of the Watchdog Podcast.

Sep 11, 2015

The National Football League is back, with the new season kicking off on Thursday night.

No doubt that football is the most popular sport in America, but the most popular sport for NFL owners? That's probably ripping off taxpayers to make billions of dollars.

The NFL and it's 32 teams play in multi-million-dollar stadiums that are usually built with the assistance of taxpayers, whether they like it or not.  And the league has perfected a way to extort new facilities out of government officials by threatening to move teams from one city to another.

On this week's edition of the Watchdog Podcast, hosts Eric Boehm and Will Swaim discuss the NFL and the league's perpetual threat to move a team to Los Angeles unless a current host city builds a new stadium.  The St. Louis Rams and San Diego Chargers are using that threat right now, and the Minnesota Vikings successfully used it just a few years ago to get a $2 billion stadium built with the help of $1 billion from the public.

Then, Tori Richards sits down with us to discuss her series of stories on the EPA's reaction to it's major screw-up in Colorado.  The agency said it took full responsibility of the spill of toxic chemicals out of a Colorado mine, but now it is hiding information from Congress and omitting crucial details from public testimony.

All that, plus a look at how the Drug Enforcement Administration is sneaking a look at private medical records and this week's Nanny State of the Week, on this edition of the Watchdog Podcast.

Sep 4, 2015

Protesters standing outside the Rowan County courthouse in Kentucky we yelling at Kim Davis to "do your job."

But some conservatives have argued that Davis, a county clerk who this week made national headlines for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, was right to follow her conscious and refuse to provide the government-issued permission slips.

That's the wrong way to look at this situation, say hosts Eric Boehm and Will Swaim on this edition of the Watchdog Podcast. Private individuals and businesses should be given wide allowance to do and act as they see fit - even if that means discriminating against certain groups, which is bad business practice and abhorrent personal behavior, but that's their choice.

Government agents, on the other hand, must do their jobs fairly and provide services to everyone.  Don't like it? Then don't accept a paycheck from the government and find a different job.

What if your mailman was in favor of gun control and decided he wouldn't deliver your copy of Guns And Ammo anymore?

Then, Jason Hart sits down to talk about the big fight in Missouri between organized labor and workers who want to be free from mandatory union dues.  As we get ready for Labor Day weekend, what is the status of labor unions in America and how do they have to evolve to remain relevant in a changing economy?

All that, plus a look at the work our reporters are doing in the states and statehouse, along with our Nanny State of the Week, on this edition of the Watchdog Podcast.

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