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Yaël Ossowski is a consumer advocate, writer, and radio host. His writings and interviews have appeared in newspapers, magazines, and online outlets across the world in multiple languages.

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FL: More noncitizens found on voter registration rolls

By Yaël Ossowski | Florida Watchdog ORLANDO — Frustrated with accounts of voter fraud and ineligible voters statewide, residents of Orange County undertook their own investigation to reveal whether noncitizens were present on the county voter rolls. Kelli McNair-Lee and Bill Barnett, members of the East Side Tea Party andEastern Orlando Tea Party,petitioned Orange County Jury Services for the list of people exempt […]

FL: State expects to save millions by outsourcing prison health services

By Yaël Ossowski | Florida Watchdog TAMPA — Overcoming the efforts of several public-sector unions, Florida plans to hire more private health vendors in its correctional instutitions. “This step will allow us to provide the same services we currently have, which meet state and federal standards, while saving money for the taxpayers,”  Corrections Secretary Ken Tucker said […]

FL: Economist says federal temp job programs only hurt workers

By Marianela Toledo and Yaël Ossowski | Florida Watchdog MIAMI — Are direct government incentives for job creation the path to prosperity? Not a chance, says oneFlorida economist. Jorge Salazar-Carrillo, professor of economics atFlorida International University in Miami, points to the misdirected aims of temporary jobs programs introduced en masse in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, signed into law […]

FL: Bill Young, the GOP’s longest serving rep, won’t talk about earmarks or connections to defense contractors

By Yaël Ossowski | Florida Watchdog ST PETERSBURG — Imagine a congressman who has been in Washington, D.C,. long enough to witness the drawing down of theVietnam War, the shake-up of Watergate, the perilous Iran hostage situation, and the fall of the Berlin Wall — not to mention every significant political event of the 1990s and 2000s. Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Young, of […]

OSSOWSKI: So goes Florida: Bellwether bias in the battleground state

By Yaël Ossowski | Florida Watchdog TAMPA — It is a standard claim that has become irrefutable mantra in Sunshine State politics. “As goes the Tampa media market so goes Florida,”Tallahassee-based Democratic strategist Steve Schaletold the New York Times during the Republican presidential primary in January. “As I4 corridor goes, so goes Florida,” wrote theWashington Times editorial board at the beginning of the 2008 presidential cycle. […]

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