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.

Should police get a sneak peek at body-camera footage?

By   /  March 10, 2017  /  Criminal Justice, Florida, News  /  No Comments

Cato Institute photo

A bill would allow police access to body-camera video before making official statements about incidents involving the use of force.

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House Speaker Richard Corcoran keeps winning; this time it’s the Florida Lottery

By   /  March 8, 2017  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran’s “corporate welfare” crackdown just landed another victory. This time it’s the Florida Lottery.

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Enterprise Florida CEO quits as lawmakers advance ‘corporate welfare’ crackdown

By   /  March 7, 2017  /  Crony Capitalism, Florida, Legislature, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

Chris Hart said he did not “share a common vision or understanding” with Gov. Rick Scott.

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Criminal justice reform coalition takes case to lawmakers

By   /  March 7, 2017  /  Criminal Justice, Florida, Legislature, News, State Government  /  No Comments


Florida’s population has tripled since 1970, while the state’s prison population has grown by 1,000 percent.

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Does splitting bill in two edge Enterprise Florida closer to chopping block?

By   /  March 1, 2017  /  Crony Capitalism, Florida, Governor, Legislature, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

Florida House of Representatives

Splitting a ‘corporate welfare’ bill in two gives lawmakers a chance to save Visit Florida.

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Why don’t we do it in the road? Because we might get arrested

By   /  February 23, 2017  /  First Amendment, Florida, News  /  No Comments

Cross the line from the sidewalk to the street without a permit and protesters could have big problems.

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