Every year, the Franklin Center reaches millions of readers through our news site Watchdog.org. But we also reach millions more through our media partnerships with national, state, and local news sources. Our hard-hitting investigative reporting and statehouse news coverage complement the work of other media outlets, injecting important stories into the news cycle.
Chances are, our work has appeared in one of your favorite news sources.
Here are a few of our most recent media appearances:
Wall Street Journal: Texas Janitors Mop the Floor With a Bullying Union
Texas Watchdog reporter Jon Cassidy teamed up with Charles Blain of Restore Justice USA to write this important story about a janitorial company’s civil court victory against the Service Employees International Union.
Professional Janitorial Services of Houston sued the SEIU and was awarded $5.3 million by a jury, the first time the union has been held responsible for defaming a business. Cassidy takes an in-depth look at what the union did to face the jury’s judgment.
Capital City Sunday: Matt Kittle Discusses his “Deadly Delays” Investigation
Wisconsin Watchdog reporter Matt Kittle appeared on WKOW’s “Capital City Sunday” to tell viewers about his groundbreaking investigation into the Social Security Administration’s problems with case backlogs and allegations of abuse, mismanagement, and harassment.
View the segment below:
You can get more info on Kittle’s investigation by visiting Watchdog’s “SSA’s Deadly Delays” page.
Washington Post: Abolish the Senate to Reign in Modern Presidents
Watchdog.org’s executive editor John Bicknell wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post about a unique idea to reign in the executive branch. In recent years, presidents have ignored Congress and taken unilateral action on a variety of issues. But to stop this from happening, the legislative branch needs to be emboldened, Bicknell writes:
Many proposals to address the imperial presidency have been floated over the decades. Some have even been implemented. None has stemmed the tide.
To rebalance the separation of powers, it is necessary to make Congress stronger. The best way to do that? Abolish the Senate.
Read the full piece to learn more about why the Senate is the appendix of American politics.
American Spectator: Alabama’s ‘Gig City’ Has One Gigabit Broadband Subscriber
Watchdog reporter Johnny Kampis found that if you built it, sometimes they don’t come. In a story first published in the American Spectator, he takes a closer look at an Alabama town’s municipal broadband program.
Despite a huge investment of $43 million in broadband infrastructure to deliver ridiculously fast internet, only one person has signed up for the 1 gigabit-per-second option. Most customers are opting for traditional internet speeds, raising plenty of questions about why the town spent so much on faster internet that no one wants.
National Review Online: Louisiana’s Gutting of School-Choice Programs Deprives Its Poorest Children of a Good Education
Franklin Center’s Kevin Glass wrote this opinion piece at National Review Online, examining the effects of Louisiana’s cuts to school choice programs. Hundreds of children are being deprived of better education options after the governor disregarded his promise to not cut the budget of the Louisiana Scholarship Program.
Making matters worse, this was done just before the school year was about to start. Glass examines the situation in Louisiana, finding that school choice is in high demand by parents.
But that’s not all…
Throughout the year, our work has also been featured or cited in a variety of other outlets, including Townhall, Fox News, Complete Colorado, PJ Media, Politisippi, The Wheeler Report, Right Wisconsin, Bizpac Review, The Washington Times, RedState, Christian Science Monitor, Colorado Springs Gazette, Investigative Reporters and Editors, Daily Signal, Hot Air, California Political Review, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Washington Examiner, Forbes, Daily Caller, The Jackson Press, The Vermont Journal, The Vermont Eagle, C-SPAN, CBS Denver, Drudge Report, Newport Daily News, Real Clear Policy, Texas Observer, Cap Times, Huffington Post, Reason, US News and World Report, Wisconsin State Journal, Fresno Bee, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Idaho Statesman, Kansas City Star, Miami Herald, The State, The Telegraph, Eau Claire Herald, Vicki McKenna Show, Joe Pags Show, Howie Carr Show, Madison in the Morning, Oxford Eagle, Vermont Public Radio, The Capitolist, The Orange Leader, Houston NPR, Green Bay Press-Gazette, Northside Sun, Detroit News, Vermont Business Journal, and many more.