William Patrick is Watchdog.org’s Florida reporter. His work has been featured by Fox News, the Drudge Report, and Townhall.com, as well as other national news and opinion websites. He’s also been cited and reposted by numerous state news organizations, including Florida Trend, Sunshine State News and the Miami Herald, and is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Florida Press Association. William’s work has impacted discussions on education, privacy, criminal justice reform, and government and corporate accountability. Prior to joining Watchdog, William worked for the James Madison Institute in Tallahassee, Fla. There, he launched a legislative news website covering state economic issues. After leaving New York City in 2010, William worked for the Florida Attorney General’s Office where he assisted state attorneys general in prosecuting Medicaid Fraud. William graduated magna cum laude from Hunter College, City University of New York. He lives in Tallahassee with his wife and three young children.

‘Safety valve’ wanted for mandatory-minimum drug law

By   /  March 23, 2017  /  Criminal Justice, Florida, News  /  No Comments

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The highly-addictive opioids are legal pain medications when prescribed by a doctor, and can leave some people hooked after their prescriptions expire.

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Lawmakers aim to create jobs by cutting occupational licensing red-tape

By   /  March 22, 2017  /  Crony Capitalism, Florida, Legislature, News, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

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Florida as the fourth most restrictive state in the country with respect to occupational licensing regulations, says the Institute for Justice.

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Federal appeals court sides with small dairy farm against state regulators

By   /  March 22, 2017  /  Florida, Judiciary, News, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

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Ocheesee Creamery can now call its skim milk exactly what it is — skim milk — says the 11th Circuit.

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Unsung Hero: Retired Air Force captain uses social media to hold city officials accountable

By   /  March 20, 2017  /  Accountability, Florida, News  /  No Comments

Burnie Thompson is building a new model of accountability using social media to ruffle the feathers of the political the establishment in the Florida panhandle.

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Sunshine Week: First Amendment Foundation goes to bat for Florida’s right to know

By   /  March 15, 2017  /  Florida, News, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Sunshine Week: The First Amendment Foundation has been busy at the Florida Capitol battling to ensure the public’s right to know.

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Florida House Speaker making good on transparency, accountability promises

By   /  March 14, 2017  /  Accountability, Florida, Legislature, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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The Florida House has voted to clip the wings of Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida, while imposing the toughest lobbying ban in the country.

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