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Johnny Kampis is National Watchdog Reporter for Watchdog.org. Johnny previously worked in the newspaper industry and as a freelance writer, and has been published in The New York Times, Time.com, FoxNews.com and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A former semi-professional poker player, Kampis is writing a book documenting the poker scene at the 2016 World Series of Poker, a decade after the peak of the poker boom. You can follow him on Twitter @TuscaloosaJohn or reach him via email at [email protected]

GAO: Many federal financial books are so sloppy they can’t be audited

By   /  January 18, 2017  /  Accountability, Federal Government, National, News  /  No Comments

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“It’s a sad state of affairs,” Bergman said. “It comes with the territory when you’ve got a government this big and this complex.”

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Mississippi public defender says state keeping funds might curb asset forfeiture

By   /  January 17, 2017  /  Mississippi, News, Power Abuse  /  No Comments

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What may appear on its face as a proposal for the state trying to lord over local authorities is actually anything but: if local law enforcement agencies don’t get to keep the spoils they will be less incentivized to seize the funds in the first place.

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Moving study shows Americans flock to states with less burdensome taxes

By   /  January 16, 2017  /  National, News  /  No Comments

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Migration patterns for 2016 show that Americans tended to move away from high-tax states and into states where residents keep more of what they earn.

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Free-market coalition urges Sessions, Pence to oppose online gambling ban

By   /  January 12, 2017  /  National, News, Regulations  /  No Comments

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“Regulatory intervention now from the U.S. Department of Justice would represent a true violation of the legislative process,” the letter says. “Today, it’s online gambling, but in the future it might be gun and ammunition sales targeted by Congress or an over-zealous executive branch.”

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Having backed the losing candidate, Google now tries to align with Trump

By   /  January 12, 2017  /  National, News  /  No Comments

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“Welcome to Washington,” he said. “It’s customary to try to curry favor with whoever is in power. It’s no surprise that Google is making an effort to have good relationships with people in the Trump administration.”

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Drink up: In Philadelphia, beer is cheaper than soda thanks to beverage tax

By   /  January 10, 2017  /  News, Pennsylvania, Taxes  /  No Comments

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The Tax Foundation recently discovered that a 12-pack of Propel energy drink costs $9.04 in one Philadelphia store thanks to a beverage tax of $3.04, while a 12-pack of Icehouse beer is $7.99 after the beer tax is applied.

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