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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

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

Judge dismisses Greentech Lawsuit in Win for First Amendment

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

A federal judge in Mississippi last week threw out an $85 million defamation lawsuit brought by a politically connected corporation against a Virginia journalism non-profit. The procedural ruling drew little attention, and it could still be appealed. Even so, the dismissal represents a nice first-round victory for a news organization whose real crime was probably that it looked too closely at the business dealings of Virginia’s new Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

Before he ran for governor, McAuliffe was co-founder and chairman of GreenTech, a maker of “neighborhood electric vehicles” — golf-cart-sized two-seaters that max out at 35 miles per hour and sell for about $16,000. While campaigning for governor of Virginia in 2013, McAuliffe cited the company frequently as evidence of his business acumen.

Read the full article at the Washington Examiner


Texas Is Now Taking a Full Set of Fingerprints for Driver’s Licenses, but Is This Legal? (Plus, the Other States That Do It)

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Privacy advocates last month jumped on a story out of Texas when they learned that the state’s Department of Public Safety was taking full sets of fingerprints as citizens renewed their driver’s licenses.

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“Really. Quietly, earlier this year, the Texas Department of Public Safety began requiring full sets of fingerprints from everyone who obtains a new driver’s license or photo identification card. This applies to those who come in as required for periodic renewals, but it doesn’t apply to mail-in renewals,” Dave Lieber wrote for the Dallas Morning News.

“Until now, if a person never got arrested, most likely his or her fingerprints would never get recorded and placed in a government database,” Lieber continued in his “Watchdog” column.

Read the full story on The Blaze

Who’s Watching Your Statehouse? No One

Monday, July 21st, 2014

The number of full-time journalists on the Capitol beat is down 40 percent since 2003. Why even politicians are saying weak newspaper economics is a disaster for democracy.

For generations of journalists, covering the statehouse has been a prestigious beat. It typically came with a desk in the building, and ample access to lawmakers. It was not an assignment for a novice. You worked your way up to it, and you had to be good. Bringing down a governor, exposing corruption—all in a day’s work. The statehouse is where reputations were made and politicians ran scared, knowing multiple news organizations could be on their case.

But that era is ending, a casualty of newspaper economics and a changing society. On a good day, state news is under-covered, especially compared to its importance. While multitudes of reporters in Washington chronicle the gridlocked Congress, the number of full-time reporters covering 50 statehouses has fallen to roughly 300, down from 500 in 2003, according to the Pew Research Center.

Read the full article at The Daily Beast

Steve Wilson Discusses the Mississippi Primary Runoff on National Radio Show

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Steve Wilson appeared last week on the Conservative Commandos Radio Show to discuss his recent article on the Mississippi primary runoff.

You can hear the entire interview here.

Steve Wilson Speaks with the “Gary Nolan Show” on the Mississippi Primary Race

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Steve Wilson appeared on the Gary Nolan Show to discuss his recent article about the recent runoff primary in Mississippi.

You can hear it all below.

VA Bureaucracy Stonewalls Florida Health Agency

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Ailing veterans apparently aren’t the only ones waiting to receive services from Veterans Affairs hospitals.

So is the state of Florida.

Inspectors from the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration tried to conduct an onsite review at the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center in Gainesville this week, but were denied access to requested documents.

It’s the second time in five weeks state health officials visited the Gainesville VA. The recent attempt was prompted by the “discovery of a secret waiting list.”

Read the entire article here.