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.

Policy experts: Politicians hold on to control of liquor industry for profit, power

By   /  March 27, 2015  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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The bloody arrest of University of Virginia junior Martese Johnson by alcohol enforcement agents has some asking the age-old question in Virginia — why does the state control the liquor industry at all?

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Republicans remain largely silent as Dems, others question role of ABC

By   /  March 25, 2015  /  News, Politics & Elections, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments


It’s Democrats, not Republicans, who are speculating the government may be overstepping when it comes to the state agency with a liquor monopoly.

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Labor-connected polling firm uses gift cards to entice workers, media don’t question data

By   /  March 23, 2015  /  National, News, Politics & Elections, State Government  /  No Comments

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It took hours for a poll released by Hart Research Associates to circulate the Internet, claiming 87 percent of fast food workers were injured on the job in the last year.

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Ten things you may not know about your right to public records in Virginia

By   /  March 20, 2015  /  Free Speech, News, Virginia  /  No Comments

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There’s a reason Virginia received an ‘F’ in the Center for Public Integrity’s report card on corruption risk for public access to information.

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Virginia gets middling grade for online state spending transparency

By   /  March 19, 2015  /  News, Politics & Elections, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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A B-minus may not be the worst grade to bring home to mom and dad. But when the grade falls from a B-plus on last year’s report card, while classmates continue to improve, things start to look bad.

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Watchdog Podcasts: Code Blue — Debunking one of the biggest myths about Medicaid expansion

By   /  March 18, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Federal Government, Health Care, Issues, National, Podcast, State Budgets, State Government, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments


By Katie Watson and Jason Hart | Watchdog.org
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 best […]

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