Lee Ann formerly served as staff reporter for Watchdog.org.

Iowa state House lawmakers’ salaries and perks: Searchable list

By   /  March 15, 2013  /  Iowa, News  /  No Comments

How much do Iowa state House members earn? View our searchable online database.

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Searchable list: Click here to explore the Missouri $100K club data

By   /  February 15, 2013  /  Missouri  /  No Comments

By Lee Ann O’Neal and Johnny Kampis | Missouri Watchdog At least 574 employees on the Missouri payroll made $100,000 or more in 2012, a 5 percent increase from 2011, Watchdog found in crunching state records. Check out who’s in that $100K club here. Search by state agency name (see a full list here), by position/title or by employee […]

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TX: Dimmit Co. sheriff waffles on deal to resign over outside work

By   /  December 10, 2012  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

By Lee Ann O’Neal | Texas Watchdog HOUSTON — You know it’s rough when the sheriff has a probation officer. That’s how things stand in Dimmit County, where Sheriff Joel Gonzalez is under pressure to resign over complaints he neglected his duties while running a security firm without a license, the San Antonio Express-News reports. The […]

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TX: Six-figure drone, hog snares spotlighted in homeland security report

By   /  December 6, 2012  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

By Lee Ann O’Neal | Texas Watchdog HOUSTON — Thanks to the Urban Areas Security Initiative there are two feral hog catchers at the ready to make Liberty County, Texas, a safer place to live. Like the $65 for the brace of hog snares, the Department of Homeland Security has little idea whether the $7.1 […]

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TX: Windstorm agency withholds records on consultant

By   /  December 5, 2012  /  News, State Government, Texas  /  No Comments

By Lee Ann O’Neal | Texas Watchdog HOUSTON — A state agency so troubled that regulators took it over is complaining the costs of that oversight have become burdensome. The $6.4 million a year, in part for outside consultants charged with helping turn around the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, is a “sore subject” for board […]

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TX: Elections fumble hits region plagued by fraud

By   /  November 16, 2012  /  Education, News, Politics & Elections, Texas, Voter Fraud  /  1 Comment

By Lee Ann O’Neal | Texas Watchdog HOUSTON — An elections error in South Texas may have cost the election, and it has surely dented public trust. The Elections Department in Hidalgo County, nestled along the Rio Grande border with Mexico, allowed 61 voters not residing in the Hidalgo school district to help elect a […]

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