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.

Business lobby fuels incumbents; individuals fund challengers

By   /  April 24, 2015  /  News, Politics & Elections, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments


When it comes to campaign money, it’s a David vs. Goliath scenario for candidates who dare take on incumbents with chests of cash from business and trade lobbyists.

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Penalized Virginia drivers file class-action lawsuit against Express Lanes operator

By   /  April 17, 2015  /  News, State Government, Transparency, transportation, Virginia  /  No Comments


A private company is operating many of Virginia’s thoroughfares, but that doesn’t mean it can charge drivers thousands of dollars in unexpected fines and penalties.

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McAuliffe: There is ‘no personal data’ in a license plate

By   /  April 16, 2015  /  News, Virginia  /  No Comments

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Yet again, the fate of police surveillance in Virginia rests in the hands of Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe, and he’s made it clear he sides with law enforcement over civil liberties advocates.

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Report: Virginia lawmakers block transparency, access to legislative process

By   /  April 14, 2015  /  News, Politics & Elections, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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In February, Delegate Jeffrey Campbell tried to revise Virginia’s “reckless” driving threshold so motorists couldn’t be criminalized for driving six miles over the speed limit on I-95. His bill never made it out of the Courts of Justice Committee.

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Pressure piles on Norment, other senators for property seizure reform

By   /  April 9, 2015  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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Sometimes you get a second chance. Civil liberty-minded people are pressing Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment, among other senators, to change his mind on Virginia law enforcement’s ability to seize cash and property without a conviction.

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Watchdog Podcasts: Code Blue — The alternatives to Obamacare

By   /  April 7, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Federal Government, Health Care, Issues, Podcast, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments


By Katie Watson and Jason Hart | Watchdog Radio
Code Blue is Watchdog Radio’s weekly look at heath issues, ranging from the latest public health debates to small government views on health care reform.
Medicaid and Medicare are breaking the budgets of states and the federal government, but there are other options out there. Is Obamacare the […]

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