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Watchdog.org is a collection of independent journalists covering state-specific and local government activity.Our established investigative journalists and capitol news reporters across the country are doing what legacy journalism outlets prove unable to do: share information, dive deep into investigations, and provide the fourth estate that has begun to fade in recent decades.

Most Recent Articles by Watchdog.org:

Federal officials won’t answer questions about immigrant children in Iowa

Jul 24, 2014 — Watchdog.org

DES MOINES, Iowa — An irked Gov. Terry Branstad and U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, are still waiting to learn the whereabouts of 139 immigrant children placed without notice by federal immigration officials somewhere in the state.


Liberal donors lead in super PAC contributions since ’13

Jul 24, 2014 — Watchdog.org

Big-spending Democratic donors take the gold, silver and bronze when it comes to contributions to super PACs so far this election cycle.


From Miami to Minnesota, protests call attention to immigration crisis

Jul 22, 2014 — Watchdog.org

Along East Seventh Street in the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood of St. Paul, Minn., more signs are in Spanish than English, advertising everything from used cars to groceries.


Want to end border surge? Stop flow of money to Central America, experts say

Jul 22, 2014 — Watchdog.org

MIAMI — One solution to the illegal immigration crisis griping the nation’s southern border may be as simple as stopping U.S. aid to Central American governments.


Budget blues: Moody’s downgrades Pennsylvania’s bond rating

Jul 22, 2014 — Watchdog.org

That didn’t take long.

Just weeks after Pennsylvania lawmakers passed a patchwork budget and skipped town without addressing pension reform, Moody’s has downgraded Pennsylvania’s general obligation bond rating. It dropped the state fom Aa2 — its third-highest rating — to Aa3.


Alaska mine developers plan to fight EPA’s crippling restrictions

Jul 21, 2014 — Watchdog.org

While the Environmental Protection Agency appears to be backing off its push to pre-emptively kill a proposed copper and gold mine in Alaska’s bush country, the agency is pitching an array of conditions that could stifle the project.


Mississippi pension fund heads for final ‘Jeopardy’

Jul 21, 2014 — Watchdog.org

We’ll take pension reform for a thousand.


Cronyism could be behind Memphis order against Uber, Lyft

Jul 21, 2014 — Watchdog.org

MEMPHIS — Most Memphis residents already know that city officials, citing public safety concerns, imposed cease-and-desist orders against private ride-share companies Uber and Lyft. But city officials were possibly acting in their own interests instead.


Protesters fight back against feds’ handling of border surge

Jul 17, 2014 — Watchdog.org

CULLMAN, Ala. — An Alabama organizer of protests against the recent flood of undocumented people into the United States says she hopes the gatherings fuel a movement against the feds’ handling of the border surge.


Reid and Heinrich: ‘The border is secure’

Jul 17, 2014 — Watchdog.org

U.S. Senate majority leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., made headlines and raised eyebrows Tuesday when he declared “the border is secure.”


Schools turn to retired police officers to protect students, save millions

Jul 17, 2014 — Watchdog.org

MIAMI — Hiring retired police officers to keep the peace at schools seems like a no brainer, but one police union is pushing back.


House passes Internet access tax ban amid battle over states’ rights

Jul 16, 2014 — Watchdog.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.  — A debate over states’ rights ensued in the U.S. House as it looked to permanently ban state and local governments from taxing Internet access.


$204 million Obamacare grant reduces Hawaii’s uninsured population just 2.75 percent

Jul 16, 2014 — Watchdog.org

HONOLULU — After getting $204 million from a federal grant to establish its own Affordable Care Act exchange, Hawaii’s uninsured population has been reduced by less than 3 percent.


Could constitutional amendment reverse Citizens United?

Jul 15, 2014 — Watchdog.org

Unless everyone can speak equally, all must be silenced equally.


Wisconsin’s Secret War: GAB now playing secrets in state John Doe lawsuit

Jul 15, 2014 — Watchdog.org

MADISON, Wis. — The state Government Accountability Board would like to keep its secrets in the dark, and a Waukesha County judge —  for now —  has agreed to the agency’s request.