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.

With ‘instant access’ to sway Congress, Eric Cantor cashes in

By   /  September 2, 2014  /  Congress, News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

DOWN AND OUT: GOP House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was ousted in his party's primary by tea party candidate Dave Brat.

There’s no need to feel so sorry for Eric Cantor, the U.S. House majority leader from Virginia who fell spectacularly in a May primary to a little-known college professor. Those 13 years in Congress paid off.

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Economist: Cut VA governor’s ability to favor firms to prevent future scandals

By   /  September 1, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

'UNCONSCIONABLE': Gov. Bob McDonnell said the bipartisan budget failures in Washington, D.C. are a "pox on both houses."

For the last few weeks, much of former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s defense in his federal corruption trial has been pretty simple — what he did for businessman Jonnie Williams, and what Williams did for him, was all just business as usual. And in arguing his innocence by showing the jury that his relationship with Williams was perfectly normal, McDonnell and his defense team are also pinpointing how detrimental it can be to Virginia when the governor views it as part of his job description to privilege particular firms and has the power to do so, one economist says.

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Medicaid expansion debate drives lobbyist spending in Virginia

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

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The gifts scandal, turned indictment, turned trial of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife hasn’t deterred spending by Virginia lobbyists.

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For ACLU VA head, oversight, transparency are key in police militarization discussion

By   /  August 27, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

POLICE TRANSPARENCY: The ACLU of Virginia's executive director says transparency and oversight are key in the DoD 1033 program, among other police duties.

There aren’t too many requirements for local law enforcement agencies in Virginia to acquire excess military equipment — and once they do, they don’t always disclose what they have.

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Welcome to Franklin, Va., population 8,638 — and one mine-resistant vehicle

By   /  August 26, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

SMALL TOWN, BIG GUNS: The city of Franklin, Virginia, is home to about 8,000 people, farms, and a mine-resistant vehicle. / Photo by Franklin City Association during Christmas Open House, 2009.

Not too far from the Hampton Roads region and the North Carolina border, the quiet, 8.75-square mile city of Franklin, Va., is home to farmlands, 8,582 people — and one military-grade, mine-resistant vehicle.

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Week in Review: Twice-registered voters and a debt-ridden county

By   /  August 22, 2014  /  Virginia  /  No Comments


There’s nothing like a former governor’s federal corruption trial, a debt-ridden county, special elections and doubly registered voters to keep things interesting in these last dog days of summer.

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