Kathryn Watson is an investigative reporter for Watchdog.org's Virginia Bureau. Contact her at kwatson@watchdog.org and follow her on Twitter at @kathrynw5.

Four figures for Virginians to ponder on Memorial Day

By   /  May 25, 2015  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

Review - Seven US soldiers killed in Afghanistan

With its proximity to Washington, D.C., and major military bases like in Norfolk, it’s a shock to no one this Memorial Day that active and retired military play a heavy role in Virginia.

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Precedent of license plate reader lawsuit against Fairfax hard to tell

By   /  May 21, 2015  /  National, News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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The Fairfax County Police Department uses 26 automatic license plate readers to scan drivers’ tags in hopes of catching people breaking the law

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Virginia Legislature sees few competitive races in 2015 as voters lose out

By   /  May 18, 2015  /  News, Virginia  /  No Comments

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If you don’t have much competition in your local legislative races, you’re not alone.

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Hands off their butts: Critics argue against increased cigarette taxes

By   /  May 13, 2015  /  National, News, Taxes, Virginia  /  No Comments

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By Kathryn Watson | Watchdog.org, Virginia Bureau
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Government officials from Hampton, Virginia, to Topeka, Kansas, are looking to boost cigarette taxes to bolster revenues, but critics say bureaucrats should keep their hands off smokers’ butts.
Plenty of unsympathetic non-smokers — especially those representing tobacco-free campaigns and organizations — fully support the movement, emphasizing the importance of […]

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Virginia seaside city piles up spending as residents drown in taxes, city debt

By   /  May 7, 2015  /  News, Virginia  /  No Comments

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Hugh Bassette was born and raised in Hampton, back when the seaside city was more like rural countryside.

By the time he retired and returned to the place he grew up, things had changed — and not just the landscape. The city’s spending and taxes had gone way up, too.

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McAuliffe rejects data collection compromise, ACLU will sue

By   /  May 4, 2015  /  News, Virginia  /  No Comments

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe is allowing police departments across the state to keep collecting and storing drivers’ license plate data as long as they wish, and the Virginia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union says it will sue.

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