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.

Proposed Virginia budget changes don’t address deeper fiscal woes

By   /  September 16, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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With Virginia set to rake in about $2.4 billion less than state leaders were originally planning to spend over the next two years, Virginia lawmakers will likely be voting on some budget changes in the week ahead. Still, in treating the budget crisis as a revenue problem, state leaders didn’t address some deeper fiscal considerations — like soaring spending, tax preferences and long-term debt.

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250,000 Virginians to receive health insurance cancellation notices

By   /  September 11, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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As if Virginians haven’t had enough bad news lately, another quarter of a million people in the commonwealth will likely lose their health insurance plans by the end of the year.

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Fairfax to feds: Reimburse us $14M for educating undocumented kids

By   /  September 10, 2014  /  Immigration, News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

REIMBURSEMENT, PLEASE: Fairfax County Supervisor Pat Herrity wants the feds to reimburse his county for the roughly $14 million he expects new undocumented minors to cost his county in this school year alone.

Fairfax County Supervisor Pat Herrity has a message for President Obama and those in the federal government — reimburse us for the $14 million it will cost in this school year to educate the undocumented minors the feds placed with sponsors in Fairfax this year.

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VA voters agree on McDonnell conviction, but some are conflicted on reforms

By   /  September 9, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

Now-convicted former Gov. Bob McDonnell walks out of court with his daughter Cailin after a September day in court. / Photo by Kathryn Watson

Even more Republicans agree than don’t that the jurors correctly convicted former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen last week on multiple corruption counts.

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McAuliffe grabs federal, state cash to expand coverage, stops short of unilateral Medicaid expansion

By   /  September 8, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

LITTLE STEPS: Gov. Terry McAuliffe announces his plan to expand some forms of health coverage in Virginia. / Photo by Kathryn Watson, Sept. 8, 2014

In a much-anticipated announcement, Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday laid out a 10-point plan to expand things like services for the severely mentally ill and dental coverage for low-income pregnant women.

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For Virginians, no word yet on health-care expansion plans

By   /  September 5, 2014  /  Health Care, News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

EXPANSION PLANS: Gov. Terry McAuliffe wants the legislature to transfer its power to him on Medicaid expansion if lawmakers don't make some decisions soon.

With all eyes on Virginia’s convicted former governor and first lady, few are paying attention to the current governor who has been making some big decisions just a couple blocks away from the federal courthouse.

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