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. Her work has earned her "Best in Show" and two first-place awards from the Virginia Press Association.

The people Bob McDonnell once governed will decide his fate

By   /  July 29, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

Bob McDonnell, Maureen McDonnell

Potential juror after potential juror strode into the stately courtroom on Monday, their uncertain and inquisitive eyes glimpsing, most of them for the first time in person, the man they until six months ago called their governor.

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Warner, Gillespie, battle Washington ties in VA Senate race

By   /  July 28, 2014  /  News, Virginia  /  No Comments

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner introduced the Housing Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2013 last week, which proposes the wind down of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in five years. (Photo by John Rohrbach)

At a time when American’s confidence in Congress and Washington in general is at historic lows, both Democratic Sen. Mark Warner and his Republican challenger Ed Gillespie will have to prove they’re not Washington men.

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With Libertarian shut out, surveillance, cronyism removed from U.S. Senate race debate

By   /  July 25, 2014  /  Congress, News, State Elections, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

THE THIRD OPTION: Libertarian Robert Sarvis is eager to challenge status quo politics in Washington.

As Democratic Sen. Mark Warner and his Republican challenger Ed Gillespie face off on Saturday in the first U.S. Senate debate of the year at the luxurious, four-star Greenbrier Hotel and Resort nestled in the mountains of West Virginia, something will be missing. That is, something will be missing other than the average Virginians who can’t make it out to West Virginia for the debate run by and attended by lawyers of the Virginia Bar Association.

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McAuliffe makes time for fundraisers, but not to respond on immigration

By   /  July 24, 2014  /  News, Open Records, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

AP file photo

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has yet to respond to any questions as to how he’ll address the border crisis that’s affecting Virginia. He has too many things on his plate.

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McAuliffe refuses to talk now, but in 2007 said, ‘Shut the borders down’

By   /  July 22, 2014  /  Commentary, Virginia  /  No Comments

AP photo

I knew it was going to be a long day waiting outside Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office. So, making sure I had plenty of protein bars and water, I arrived at the lobby on the floor of the governor’s office in the Patrick Henry Building at 7:55 a.m. on Monday, intent on waiting until I had some response from the governor’s press team on the governor’s plans for unaccompanied, undocumented minors in Virginia.

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As Virginians protest illegal immigration, Alexandria facilities house undocumented minors

By   /  July 18, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

A juvenile detention facility in Northern Virginia is set up to help house undocumented minors, in addition to delinquent local youth.

By Kathryn Watson | Watchdog.org, Virginia Bureau
SPRINGFIELD, Va. — Overlooking the cars just outside the nation’s capital from above Route 617 in Springfield, Virginians plan to protest on Friday over the federal government’s handling of the border crisis.
It is one of  many protests planned this weekend by people upset over the border surge.
But just four miles [...]

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