Franklin Center Newsletter - November 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Dear Friends,

The Franklin Center wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is a special time for families and friends to gather and count the many blessings we enjoy as Americans.  As we prepare to enjoy the traditions of the Thanksgiving holiday with our closest family and friends, I encourage you also to take to heart the significance of the freedoms we enjoy as Americans and the many sacrifices made on our behalf to secure them.

Also, let us not forgot to think of all of those less fortunate than us. Helping the needy starts with each of us taking just a couple of minutes out of each day to offer our time and offering a helping hand to those around us. Together we can accomplish great things in our communities by sharing our blessings and resources with those who are less fortunate.

The Franklin Center is grateful to you for your support during the past year.  We look forward to the many years ahead and the many terrific stories that our talented team of reporters will continue to produce.

>From everyone at the Franklin Center, we wish you a very safe and happy Thanksgiving and hope you enjoy your time with family and friends.


Jason Stverak

Franklin Center Spotlight In Washington Examiner

The Franklin Center was featured in an editorial in the Washington Examiner this week. To read the op-ed on Washington Examiner's website click here

Franklin Center Captures First Journalism Award

Capitolbeat, the national Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors, honored two of the Franklin Center’s networked reporters with awards at Capitolbeat’s annual conference in Arizona this weekend.’s coverage of state government won two awards while the Online In-depth Reporting Award winner was Kevin Lee, reporter at Illinois Statehouse News Bureau (ISN).

“Day after day, ISN and relentlessly pursues the truth by holding the elected officials in Illinois and Maryland accountable to the people. This award is a testament to the terrific work that they do every day,” said Franklin Center President Jason Stverak. “The Franklin Center is proud to work with some of the most talented and accomplished journalists in the industry and looks forward to reading their great stories well into the future.” editor Len Lazarick won the first place Cappie award for coverage in the online news category of the Excellence in State House Reporting contest for what the judges called his “solid body of beat reporting.” The judges also gave Lazarick a third place award for news analysis for his articles on General Assembly compensation.

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Highlights from / Statehouse News Online

1.    Million-dollar jobs on the taxpayers’ dime - Texas Watchdog
2.    An Inconvenient Truth for the First Mandatory Cap & Trade Scheme in the U.S. - New Jersey Watchdog
3.    States left without easy answers on Medicaid - The Franklin Center
4.    Former VA Rep. Tom Davis defends earmarks - Old Dominion Watchdog
5.    Proposed legislation targets earmarks, natural gas - Alaska Watchdog
6.    ‘Hot-button’ issues pack Ill. veto session to avoid new General Assembly - Illinois Statehouse News Bureau
7.    Pa. auditor general tells port authority to freeze development $$ - Pennsylvania Independent
8.    Dem leader slams Va. governor for hiring consultant - Virginia Statehouse News Bureau
9.    Health advocates urge Md. governor to restore tobacco prevention funding - Maryland Reporter
10.   Ten percent smaller budget may be new normal for Idaho - Idaho Reporter
11.   Ill. Democratic lawmakers skeptical about veto session - Illinois Statehouse News Bureau
12.   Missouri poll worker describes Election Day problems - Missouri Watchdog
13.   Montana Governor lashes out at health care providers over Medicaid changes - Montana Watchdog
14.   Confused voters narrowly approve Virginia rainy day amendment - Old Dominion Watchdog

The work our network of reporters is doing can only continue through the generous support of our friends and allies.  To get involved in our work fighting for transparency and accountability at all levels of government, please visit our website.  The Franklin Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to training, networking, and providing technical support and resources to state-based reporters and groups involved in journalism.  All donations to the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity are tax-deductible.