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.

Alabama state attorney: Photographing public records for free is ‘stealing’

By   /  September 22, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Alabama, News, Open Records  /  No Comments

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In what would appear to be a case of government run amuck, at least two state agencies in Alabama won’t let citizens take pictures of public records, with an attorney for one equating the idea with stealing.

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Election monitor argues strict photo ID laws won’t oppress transgender voters

By   /  September 12, 2014  /  Alabama, Elections, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, National, News, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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A voter integrity watchdog says a study arguing transgender voters could be disenfranchised by strict voter ID laws is overblown.

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Alabama teachers union faces ‘crisis,’ former chief warns

By   /  September 11, 2014  /  Alabama, Education, News  /  No Comments

GUNS BLAZING: Former AEA head Paul Hubbert warned of impending doom and gloom for the teachers union in a letter he penned this week.

Former Alabama Education Association chief Paul Hubbert warns of the potential downfall of the organization in a gloomy letter to the group’s board of directors Wednesday.

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Whether urban or rural, in Alabama you get more bang for your bucks

By   /  September 9, 2014  /  Alabama, News  /  No Comments

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It doesn’t matter if you live in Vestavia Hills or Eutaw, your dollar still goes farther in Alabama than it does in most of the rest of the country.

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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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