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.

Bureaucrats behaving badly: Alabama VA officials slammed in annual ‘Wastebook’

By   /  October 24, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Alabama, Government Waste, News  /  No Comments

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The Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System was cited not once, not twice, but three times in a retiring conservative U.S. senator’s annual study on government waste and abuse.

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Uber drivers in Auburn could face arrest

By   /  October 17, 2014  /  Alabama, News, Regulations  /  No Comments

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If Auburn residents are driving for Uber, as company officials claim, they risk arrest like their counterparts in Tuscaloosa.

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President George Clooney? Don’t bet on it

By   /  October 14, 2014  /  Commentary, National, News  /  No Comments

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Who’s your next presidential pick? Chris Christie or Rand Paul? Hillary Clinton or Joe Biden?

If your inclination skews more toward George Clooney and Angelina Jolie, some sportsbooks will happily take your bets.

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Study: Alabama’s property tax administration a confusing mess

By   /  October 14, 2014  /  Alabama, News, Taxes  /  No Comments

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By Johnny Kampis |
CULLMAN, Ala. — Alabama may have one of the lowest property tax rates in the nation, but one study argues the state’s administration of those taxes isn’t fair or efficient.
The Council on State Taxation, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit trade association comprised of hundreds of multistate corporations, recently graded all 50 states and [...]

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Drive for Uber, go to jail in one Alabama city

By   /  October 9, 2014  /  Alabama, News, Regulations  /  No Comments

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Tuscaloosa residents who offer rides to others through the ridesharing service Uber could soon find themselves in handcuffs.

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Poll: Boot California, Texas, Florida out of the union

By   /  October 7, 2014  /  Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Montana, National, New York, News, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, Wyoming  /  No Comments

A NEW CALIFORNIA: California is the most populous state and the third-largest state, geographically. One of its 58 counties is larger geographically than the nine smallest U.S. states – and larger than the four smallest ones combined.

Take a hike, Golden State. Hit the door, Empire State. Lone Star State, yes, even you. We’ll need you to go form your own government, but you should be used to that by now.

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