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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Unsung Hero: Annette Smith battles entrenched power — and old friends

By   /  February 22, 2017  /  Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of Annette Smith

After years of battling the powers that be in relative anonymity, in January the Burlington Free Press named Annette Smith “Vermonter of the Year.” That’s a much kinder title than some others have applied.

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Unsung Hero: Illinois watchdogs are raising a racket over local corruption

By   /  January 12, 2017  /  Illinois  /  No Comments

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Perhaps the most long-lasting effect of the investigative work done by John Kraft and Kirk Allen with Edgar County Watchdogs isn’t the more than 200 officials they’ve chased out of office, but the viral impact they’ve had.

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Unsung Hero: Joseph Project pastor brings hope, ‘dignity of work’ to Wisconsin

By   /  December 30, 2016  /  Wisconsin  /  No Comments

Pastor Jerome Smith Sr. is growing accustomed to changing lives. He seems to be the right man for the job.

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Unsung Hero: An Oklahoma doctor brings the market back to medicine

By   /  November 18, 2016  /  Oklahoma  /  No Comments

Oklahoma City anesthesiologist Dr. Keith Smith was running his practice full-time in the early 1990s when he decided it was time to change the equation. So he and a colleague created the Surgery Center of Oklahoma, a facility that accepts only cash payment instead of billing insurance companies or the government.

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Unsung Hero: How a conservative activist was targeted and fought back

By   /  August 29, 2016  /  Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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Deb Jordahl had long been passionate about the First Amendment. But she never knew just how critical her voice was until she lost it in Wisconsin’s infamous John Doe investigation.

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