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A possible new logo for the state of Tennessee

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s website.

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s website.

A story by Chris Butler in Tennessee Watchdog about a possible new logo has been going viral in the state. Here’s the story and a list of media hits below.

Will Tennessee get a costly new logo? State officials aren’t saying

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog

NASHVILLE — A possible new logo for the state of Tennessee — bright red and white with a simplistic design — could cost taxpayers a lot of money and state employees a lot of time.

Apparently, no one in the office of Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Haslam wants to talk about it, but a mundane, matter-of-fact item buried deep inside a federal website gives much away. (Read more)


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Butler appears on WSMV-TV, Nashville’s NBC affiliate, to discuss his story on the state changing its official logo to an unattractive, simplistic design at a cost of $46,000 to taxpayers.  “This is something a fifth-grader could easily produce on his or her computer at home,” said Butler, with

Check out WSMV-TV Facebook post on the story!

Nashville radio talk show host Joe Carr discussed Butler’s story on his morning radio show Thursday morning. 

The Nashville PostThe Memphis FlyerFOXNewsSportsWBIR of Knoxville, The RepublicWRCBTV of Chattanooga all picked up the story.

The firm that created the logo even responded with a statement.


Rush Limbaugh discusses Wisconsin Reporter story

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Rush Limbaugh mentioned a story first reported by Wisconsin Reporter on Wisconsin Democrat gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke being fired from her family business for being “incompetent.” Listen to the audio and read the article below:


Scott Walker’s Opponent Fired by Her Own Family

RUSH: I’ve got a story in the Stack here. I’ve just put it the bottom thinking I wasn’t gonna get to it today.

Now this story hit, and I’m trying to find it wherever I put it. It’s a story about Mary Burke, the Democrat candidate there, and how she was fired from the family business for incompetence.  Whatever the family business is, she was fired from it.  She’s seeking the governorship in Wisconsin, and the point is: If her own family had to discharge her from the family business because of how much she gunked it up, then what business does she have being elected governor?


Mary Burke, yeah.  The story on this, “Burke apparently was fired by her own family following steep overseas financial losses and plummeting morale among Burke’s European sales staff.”

It’s a bicycle company.  They own Trek Bicycles. Apparently Bush rides them.  They’re very popular, but she was mangling that business.  The family kicked her out of the family business, and now she’s seeking to be governor and that has become news.  I don’t know if it’s big in Wisconsin, but I wanted to pass that on.

Wisconsin Reporter and’s Virginia bureau make Drudge

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

2014-10-08_Dudge_two_storiesThe Drudge Report posts two stories from Be sure check out the story on Wisconsin Reporter and’s Virginia bureau.

Katie Watson speaks with the Rob Schilling Show to discuss the Bob McDonnell trial

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 Virginia bureau reporter Katie Watson discusses the verdict of the Bob McDonnell trial on the Rob Schilling Show.

Local police defend use of armored military vehicles

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

By Steve Wilson

Amid heightened attention about the militarization of police, law enforcement agencies across Mississippi are continuing to stock up on military-grade armored vehicles from federal surplus.

Two sheriffs in Mississippi who are beefing up their vehicle fleets with armored vehicles say they’re doing so to protect officers and save tax dollars by acquiring the vehicles at little or no cost. They say the vehicles, designed to protect military troops from improvised explosive devices and mines, can shield their officers from even the most high-level threats.

Read the entire article on The Daily Signal

NE watchdog story makes Huffington Post

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.) expressed concern in an interview published Thursday about how insensitive comments he made during the 2013 government shutdown would affect his re-election bid.

Terry was asked by the Omaha World-Herald’s Joseph Morton in October whether he would keep accepting his paycheck while the government shutdown was in effect. “Dang straight,” was how Terry responded at the time.

“I’ve got a nice house and a kid in college, and I’ll tell you we cannot handle it. Giving our paycheck away when you still worked and earned it? That’s just not going to fly,”he added.

Read the entire story here.

Looking evil in the eye through the lens of a camera

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

By Jason Stverak


Credit: Jonathan Pedneault

The execution of American photojournalist James Foley by ISIS terrorists is an evil, despicable act and a harrowing reminder of the heroism of our war-zone journalists. Foley, a former Stars and Stripes reporter, left his home and family in New Hampshire to cover the civil war in Syria two years ago, and before he was kidnapped on Thanksgiving Day, he played an important role in exposing the unspeakable crimes committed by the Assad regime against its own people.

Without men and women like James Foley, the world would be a darker place where acts of evil could go on undetected for years, decades, or centuries without being brought to public consciousness. The reporters who take notepads and cameras to the world’s most dangerous locales are serving on the front lines of the fight for human rights–educating the world by giving a voice to the voiceless and a face to the forgotten.

Journalists don’t wear a uniform or a badge, but they’re public servants and the work they do requires courage and a constancy in the pursuit of what is good and true. Many reporters work to expose corruption and crime, but only a special few are brave enough to look evil in the eye.

Jason Stverak on ItalkUS radio show discusses IRS putting taxpayers at risk

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Watchdog Post Featured in Drudge Report: “The Grossest Incompetence”

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

By: Paul Brennan

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INDIANOLA, Iowa — Jason Dinesen smiled politely and shook his head when asked about a new bill in the U.S. Senate that aims to improve how the IRS handles cases of identity theft by assigning one agent to deal with each individual case.

“I’m skeptical about the bill. Having an assigned contact person is a good idea in theory, but it’s not going to do much unless there are some other major changes at the IRS,” Dinesen told Iowa Watchdog.

Dinesen, an accountant, knows firsthand about what changes need to be made. One of his clients had a refund delayed by identity theft, and it took Dinesen 850 days to resolve the problem.

Wendy Boka wasn’t just any client. She was a close friend and had been married to Dinesen’s college roommate, Brian Boka. Wendy and Brian were Dinesen’s first clients when he opened his accounting firm in Indianola.

Brian Boka died in early 2010, leaving Wendy a widow at age 29. She moved to Texas in December 2010 to start a new chapter in her life.

Read the full article at

Ken Cuccinelli posts story on Greentech lawsuit

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Ken Cuccinelli FB GreenTech Dismissal

Be sure to read the entire editorial discussing the GreenTech lawsuit here.