Johnny Kampis is a content editor at Watchdog.org, 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, Time.com and Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Stifling free speech? California looks to ban Confederate flag

By   /  August 27, 2014  /  Alabama, California, First Amendment, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, National, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia  /  No Comments

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California is looking to bar the “Stars and Bars.”

A bill sits on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk to ban California from displaying or selling the Confederate flag or objects with images of it. The state’s Legislature passed the bill nearly unanimously last week.

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Not-such-chump change: Alabama’s debt equates to $14,000 per resident

By   /  August 26, 2014  /  Alabama, News  /  No Comments

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By Johnny Kampis | Watchdog.org
CULLMAN, Ala. — Got $14,000 in your couch cushions? Then you’ll be able to pay your share of Alabama’s debt.
Truth in Accounting, a Chicago-based fiscal government watchdog, recently released its annual Financial State of the States report examining each state’s finances.
The figures aren’t pretty.
The numbers of this study are always more eye-popping [...]

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Alabama drug case ruling could pave way for tort abuse

By   /  August 26, 2014  /  Alabama, Judiciary, News  /  No Comments

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A court ruling that increases liability for drug manufacturers solidifies Alabama’s reputation as a legally dangerous state for free markets, argue some policy experts.

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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 | Watchdog.org
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

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By Johnny Kampis | Watchdog.org
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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