Jason Stverak was formerly the president of the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity.

The case for PVC pipes in Cleveland

By   /  December 3, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Jason Stverak According to a recent Mayors Water Council report, the pipes that bring water to our houses in many cities are failing. The millions of miles of water infrastructure laid out over the last century are reaching their age limit. Water mains are breaking with increasing frequency in cities across the country. This collapse […]

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Thanksgiving is a time for family

By   /  November 26, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Jason Stverak Thanksgiving evening, after the table is clear and the dishes are washed, has traditionally been a drowsy evening of nibbling leftover pie and visiting with family–a last deep breath before the rush of the holiday season. In the last couple of years, however, this tradition has given way to something decidedly less […]

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Roger and Beth Ailes show Veterans Day should be every day

By   /  November 26, 2014  /  Commentary  /  No Comments

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By Jason Stverak | Watchdog.org Retired U.S. Army Gen. John M. “Jack” Keane presented Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes and his wife Beth with the lifetime achievement award from the Green Beret Foundation. The awards recognized Roger and Beth Ailes for their “staunch support of our military and for continuously upholding Green Beret […]

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With election over, the hard work begins

By   /  November 18, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

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By Jason Stverak After the Nov. 4 elections, the post mortems and assessments rolled out. Pundits played reporters and reporters played pundits, all trying to squeeze in their say about why the Republican Party dominated or why a few Democratic candidates bucked the trend. Playing Monday morning quarterback, however, takes much less effort than the […]

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Steyer shuts down attack on fellow Democrat

By   /  November 5, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

Last February, Tom Steyer and his radical NextGen Climate drew up their slate of candidates to support and to attack. Their original mission was to defeat candidates most likely to back oil, coal and natural gas. On that list, at least temporarily, was Democratic incumbent and oil energy supporter, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana.

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Exercising free speech through the ballot box

By   /  November 3, 2014  /  Opinion  /  No Comments

By Jason Stverak By Monday evening, millions of Americanswill  have already cast a ballot in this year’s midterm elections, for a voter turnout rate expected to be in the low-to-mid-40s. If this were a presidential election year, we might see that number climb as high as 60 percent. Despite the attention to convenience and accessibility in […]

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