Month: December 2012

FL: Bill Nelson’s NASA dreams misfire on the launching pad

By Yaël Ossowski | Florida Watchdog ST. PETERSBURG — It’s only once in a blue moon that Democratic and Republican politicians can come to mutual understanding on Capitol Hill, but just this once, Sen. Bill Nelson hopes they’ll put differences aside and strive for the moon. Earth’s Moon, that is. CRASH: Nelson’s bill to help prop up NASA […]

Florida officials want stronger bans on military funeral protests, negative campaign ads

By Yaël Ossowski | Florida Watchdog ST. PETERSBURG — Free speech is a great idea, but it doesn’t extend to military funeral protesters and political smear campaigns. That’s the attitude of several Florida state lawmakers throwing their weight behind a pair of bills, each establishing restrictions on speech that could be considered either harmful or […]

FL: Scott credits state job growth to government ‘partners’

By Yaël Ossowski | Florida Watchdog PUBLIC HELP: Scott says government partnerships have helped thousands of jobs across the state. ST. PETERSBURG — Jobs numbers are growing, public debt is under control and Gov. Rick Scott is making sure the government can claim the credit. Since Dec. 2010, unemployment in Florida has dropped faster than all other […]

Article on Reason.com: Michigan Lawmakers Pass Right-to-Work Law

Another article of mine was reprinted on Reason’s website, this time on Michigan passing “right-to-work” legislation.  Reason is a libertarian magazine that features great commentary and analysis on the pressing issues of our day. Enjoy: Yaël Ossowski | Dec. 11, 2012 2:55 pm Overcoming the large crowds that have descended upon the capital, Michigan House members approved legislation allowing […]

Michigan becomes 24th ‘right-to-work’ state

IT’S THE LAW: Gov. Rick Snyder, right, speaks as Lt. Gov. Brian Calley listens Tuesday at a news conference in Lansing, Mich., after signing the right-to-work law. (AP photo) By Yaël Ossowski | Watchdog.org LANSING, Michigan — Ending the battle as easily as it began, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday signed into law “right-to-work” measures that […]

Michigan lawmakers pass ‘right-to-work’ law

EN MASSE: Thousands of demonstrators gather Tuesday outside the State Capitol in Lansing, Mich., protesting a right-to-work vote. (AP photo) By Yaël Ossowski | Watchdog.org LANSING — Overcoming the large crowds that have descended upon the capital, Michigan House members approved legislation allowing workers to freely decide whether they wish to pay union dues as a […]

FL: Lame duck session: What is your federal representative doing?

By Yaël Ossowski | Florida Watchdog RUSH: In the final days of the congressional session, representatives are pushing for bills and resolutions to be passed. ST. PETERSBURG — In the final days of the lame-duck session of the 112th Congress, when most eyes have averted to the impending realities of the so-called “fiscal cliff,” Florida’s […]

VIDEO: Florida Watchdog prompts tough questions for Gov. Rick Scott

A piece from Florida Watchdog’s Yaël Ossowski prompted Orlando’s WESH TV to press Gov. Rick Scott on an overseas trip, and questions of crony capitalism. PART ONE PART TWO Florida Watchdog prompts crony capitalism questions of @flgovrickscott yael.es/UpXEWT! #sayfie — Yaël (@YaelOss) December 6, 2012

FL: Profits of doom: Military contractors decry spending cuts but keep raking in cash

By Yaël Ossowski | Florida Watchdog ST. PETERSBURG — The nation’s largest military contractors may be doing everything they can to warn Floridians of impending doom coming in the form of military-spending cuts, but newly announced defense contracts may leave their claims falling on deaf ears. DOOM: Military contractors warn of coming defense cuts, but […]

FL: State Internet taxes are ‘first step’ toward national online sales tax

By Yaël Ossowski | Florida Watchdog CLEARWATER — The world’s freest marketplace is set to become the next playground for Florida’s tax collectors. Come 2013, the Sunshine State could find itself with an Internet sales tax, thanks to a bill put forward by state Sen. Gwen Margolis, D-Miami, on Monday. Margolis did not return calls to Florida Watchdog, but she told Jacksonville […]

Sarasota Speech with Rich Swier

Here I am with my good friend Dr. Richard Swier, a passionate political activist, talented writer, and retired Army Lt. Colonel who is working to change the system and refute the myths currently hampering freedom and liberty in the state of Florida. He invited me along to give a post-election 2012 analysis at the Sarasota Yacht Club on […]

FL: Scott draws heat for Colombia trade trip

By Yaël Ossowski | Florida Watchdog ST. PETERSBURG — Critics are blasting Gov. Rick Scott for takingoff on yet another foreign trade mission, this time to the booming Latin American tiger of Colombia. Critics view these kinds of trips at public expense as troubling for the average taxpayer, not just for the temporary costs, but also because of […]

Article on Reason.com: How Tampa’s Surveillance State Profited from the Republican National Convention

Another article of mine was reprinted on Reason’s website, showing how the leftover spoils from the Republican National Convention have left a police state in the city of Tampa, Fla. Reason is a libertarian magazine that features great commentary and analysis on the pressing issues of our day. Enjoy: A vast network of surveillance cameras, armored trucks […]