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Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting new media journalism, started the Watchdog.org project in September 2009. The project is a collection of independent journalists covering state-specific and local government activity. Email this author.


State Police Now Fingerprinting Every Texan

State Police Now Fingerprinting Every Texan

The Texas Department of Public Safety has quietly embarked on a project to take the fingerprints of every Texan old enough to drive over the next 12 years, and add them to a statewide criminal history database.

Crony States Of America: Padding Profits At Public Expense

This article, written by Kenric Ward, was originally published by Watchdog on May 28. WASHINGTON, D.C. – The multibillion-dollar duopoly game known as “economic development” is steadily shifting wealth from taxpayers to large corporations, State by State. Democrat and Republican politicians bargain with “targeting investments” that purport to pick “winning” companies. Democrats, contrary to their rhetoric, […]

Red Light Cameras Tough To Turn Off, Despite Growing Opposition

This article, written by Eric Boehm, was originally published by Watchdog on May 27. Red light cameras have generated millions of dollars in revenue for towns and cities across the country, but they’ve brought plenty of controversy, too. More than 500 municipalities are using red light cameras, which have proliferated, as have efforts to limit or […]

Government Jobs: Nice Work If You Can Get It

This article, written by reporter M.D. Kittle, was originally published May 13 by at Watchdog.org. MADISON, Wis. — Liberals have spent the past two election cycles frothing at the mouth about “equal pay,” as Mitt Romney’s former deputy campaign manager Katie Packer Gage put it, trying to “paint Republicans as backward cavemen” on the issue as […]

Final Tally Of Job Losses From The Federal Sequester: One

This article, written by Eric Boehm, was originally published by Watchdog on May 9. The Government Accountability Office has finished its analysis of the across-the-board Federal budget cuts known as the sequestration and determined that exactly one Federal employee lost a government job. The GAO surveyed 23 Federal departments affected by the budget cuts for its […]

Government Turns Vermont Business Owners’ American Dream Into Nightmare

This article, written by reporter Bruce Parker, was originally published by Watchdog on May 8. When Dave and Eileen McKnelly bought the Newbury Village Store in picturesque Newbury, Vt., the former New Hampshire couple thought they had made it. “We came here to fulfill our dream, the American Dream, to raise and provide for our […]

U.S. Leads The Way In Drop In Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions

This piece, written by reporter Rob Nikolewski, was originally published at Watchdog.org on May 6. SANTA FE, N.M. – Plenty has been written about the amount of greenhouse gases getting pumped into the atmosphere, but a recent international study shows the amount coming from industrialized nations is actually declining. And the U.S. is leading the way. […]

Watchdog Takes A Look Inside The Secret Leftist Billionaire Club

This piece, written by reporter Tori Richards, was originally published at Watchdog.org on May 2. This weekend, a shadowy leftist group named Democracy Alliance will meet in Chicago to figure out a way to thwart conservative rivals. As the adage goes, imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. While top liberal organizations blast the […]

Congressman: Spacey’s Frank Underwood Not Far From Washington Reality

This piece, written by reporter Travis Perry, was originally published by Kansas Watchdog on April 30. OSAWATOMIE, Kan. — Fictitious Congressman Frank Underwood is manipulative, vindictive, ruthless and captivating in the Netflix breakout hit, “House of Cards.” Adding a final variable to the mix, Kansas U.S. Representative Mike Pompeo says Kevin Spacey’s character isn’t entirely […]

No IRS Scrutiny For Labor Nonprofit That Didn’t Disclose Years Of Lobbying Activity

No IRS Scrutiny For Labor Nonprofit That Didn’t Disclose Years Of Lobbying Activity

In an era of heightened scrutiny against tax-exempt nonprofits, one left-leaning labor group may be ripe for investigation. But that’s up to the Internal Revenue Service.

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