Johnny Kampis is a content editor at, and is helping to start the organization’s Alabama Watchdog bureau in his home state. Johnny previously worked in the newspaper industry and as a freelance writer, and has been published in The New York Times, and Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

DNC 2016 in Birmingham? Bring it on, state GOP says

By   /  July 22, 2014  /  Alabama, News  /  No Comments

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By Johnny Kampis |
CULLMAN, Ala. — The Alabama Republican Party welcomed a site selection team for the 2016 Democratic National Convention to Birmingham on Monday with faux open arms.
Alabama’s largest city is one of five finalists for the honor, and the first to receive a visit by the committee, which will hear a pitch from [...]

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Protesters fight feds’ handling of border surge

By   /  July 17, 2014  /  Alabama, Immigration, News  /  No Comments

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An Alabama organizer of protests against the recent flood of undocumented people into the United States said she hopes the gatherings fuel a movement against the feds’ handling of the border surge.

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Target not in Alabama gun groups’ crosshairs

By   /  July 10, 2014  /  Alabama, Constitution, News  /  No Comments


By Johnny Kampis |
CULLMAN, Ala. — Alabama gun groups don’t plan any demonstrations inside Target stores like those seen in Texas, and some even argue those protests were “counterproductive” to the open carry cause.
Target last week asked its customers not to carry firearms into its stores, including in communities where open carry — when the gun [...]

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This Alabama town is the most conservative (and this other one is the most liberal)

By   /  June 23, 2014  /  Alabama  /  No Comments


By Johnny Kampis |
CULLMAN, Ala. – No matter if you’re a liberal or a conservative, we’ve got the town for you.
Or more accurately, Clarity Campaign Labs does. The political data analytics company released an online tool that lets users select a state, answer some ideological questions and find the city where residents share many [...]

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See how Obamacare is making each Alabama county’s health care rates rise

By   /  June 20, 2014  /  Alabama  /  No Comments

WEIGHING OPTIONS: Dem. lawmaker calls for Shumlin's single-payer financing plan "before the election"

By Johnny Kampis |
CULLMAN, Ala. — A new study by the Manhattan Institute further shows how Obamacare is driving up the cost of health care premiums, breaking down rates by county.
Last November, the institute published a study that showed premiums would increase by an average of 41 percent in 2014, compared to 2013.
This week, the [...]

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More than 1 million Alabamians now enrolled in Medicaid

By   /  June 19, 2014  /  Alabama, News, Obamacare  /  No Comments

COSTLY: A new study released by the state says the latest proposal to expand Medicaid in Nebraska would cost 40 percent than a regular expansion.

By Johnny Kampis |
CULLMAN, Ala. — The Yellowhammer State’s Medicaid enrollment now tops 1 million.
The Alabama Medicaid Agency reports the numbers spiked by 30,000 during the first quarter of 2014 as Obamacare begin taking effect.
Although Alabama is one of the states declining to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, what officials called the “woodwork [...]

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