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.

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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VA Republicans’ Senate win could embolden General Assembly, governor

By   /  August 21, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments


Now that Republicans firmly control the General Assembly with their big win this week in coal country’s Senate District 38, Virginia can expect blissful compromise between state legislators and the Democratic executive branch, right?


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If convicted, McDonnell will likely lose hundreds of thousands in retirement benefits

By   /  August 21, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

CORRUPTION TRIAL: Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, center, is the subject of a federal corruption trial. / Photo by Kathryn Watson

By Kathryn Watson | Watchdog.org, Virginia Bureau
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — If the jury in former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s federal corruption trial finds him guilty, he’ll probably lose his cushy retirement benefits thanks to a law that he helped enact.
In March 2011, McDonnell, who championed himself as a reformer of the state’s underfunded pension system, signed a [...]

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