Kathryn Watson is an investigative reporter for Watchdog.org's Virginia Bureau. Her work has appeared in places like Drudge Report, Washington Examiner, Reason and Human Events, and she has made appearances on Fox News and NBC4. An alumna of the National Journalism Center, Katie is a member of Investigative Reporters Editors. She graduated with a journalism degree and highest honors from Biola University in L.A., where she ran the student newspaper. After college, she reported for a mid-sized newspaper in Santa Barbara, Calif. Her work has earned her "Best in Show" and two first-place awards from the Virginia Press Association.

Recounting six turkey-worthy quotes from VA politicians in 2014

By   /  November 27, 2014  /  News, State Government, Top State News, Virginia  /  No Comments

HAPPY THANKSGIVING: Here's our annual look at subsidies paid by taxpayers for that spread coming to your table on Thursday.

Right around Thanksgiving, some groups like to award the distinction of ‘turkey of the year’ to particular politicians who screwed things up. Somehow, though, it doesn’t seem fitting for a news organization to do that — or even just to single out one particular person. So, we’re picking the top six turkey-worthy quotes from Virginia politicians — three from Republicans and three from Democrats — in a light-hearted manner to refresh your memory.

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Citing tougher scrutiny, Republican upends VA Senate with resignation

By   /  November 26, 2014  /  News, Virginia  /  No Comments

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Republican state Sen. John Watkins is retiring after three and a half decades in the General Assembly, throwing the future of party control of the Senate into chaos once more.

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VA senator doesn’t take hint from midterm elections on Keystone

By   /  November 20, 2014  /  News, Virginia  /  No Comments

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When the relatively well-liked Democratic Sen. Mark Warner squeaked past his little-known Republican challenger with less than one percent of the vote this month, some whispered the less-approved Sen. Tim Kaine should be worried.

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Steyer, largest 2014 donor, says Americans worried money in politics gets ‘special privileges’

By   /  November 20, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, National, News  /  No Comments

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Deep-pocketed Democrat donor and environmentalist Tom Steyer wouldn’t talk to Watchdog.org after his appearance at the Center for American Progress’ “Making Progress” conference in Washington, D.C., although it wouldn’t be his first time.

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Film subsidies trap Maryland taxpayers in ‘House of Cards’

By   /  November 19, 2014  /  Maryland, National, News, State Government  /  No Comments

GRAIN OF TRUTH: Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo says the hit Netflix series 'House of Cards' is pure entertainment, but that doesn't mean there aren't nuggets of political truth strewn throughout the political thriller's plot.

Maryland politicians cast their film incentives program as the only way to lure productions like ‘House of Cards’ and boost the state’s economy. Yet, it could be that star struck politicians and Hollywood producers are deceiving taxpayers just like the characters do in the popular fictional television show that dramatizes the cunning trickery and cutthroat tactics of Washington, D.C.

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Proposed ethics commission grows ‘teeth,’ but potential for ethical gaps remains

By   /  November 14, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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Virginia is one step closer to having an independent ethics review commission to investigate and enforce ethics law violations, the lack of which has flunked the commonwealth on national report cards.

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