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Thursday
Jul102014

Inside look at the Franklin Center Fellowship  

An inside look at the Franklin Center Blogger Fellowship

Last April, the Franklin Center launched its inaugural Blogger Fellowship initiative with fellows Ben Howe and Amelia Hamilton. They are now halfway through a six-month program of writing about government inefficiency, education reform, and other pressing issues of the day. With assistance from the Franklin Center, Howe and Hamilton have been working to promote their work through new media tools like YouTube, Twitter, and Google Hangouts, as well as through more traditional channels like podcasts, radio, or TV interviews.

Learn more about the fellowship here.

A Note From Our President

Dear Reader,

Here at the Franklin Center, there's nothing conventional about the ways we change the world. We believe that unconventional channels like on-the-ground reporting and citizen journalism have the power to influence establishment institutions and reshape our country's narrative for the better. Our freedoms, after all, are protected by the people, not our politicians.

That's why we started a blogger fellowship program. Our fellows Ben Howe and Amelia Hamilton are movers and shakers for the cause of liberty in the digital age. They've produced documentaries exposing cronyism, written books about the American Revolution, and challenged traditional media. We're proud to call them Franklin fellows, and I can't wait to see what else they're capable of - especially with an extra push from supporters like you.

Best regards,

Jason Stverak
President, Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity

 

P.S. If you would like to help us keep up the fight for a free press, you can donate here!

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Which public officials are working to keep government transparent?

Watchdog mentioned in Vermont Transparency Report

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Is the Left declaring war on women?                                        
Author Katie Pavlich answers the question in her latest book.

It's summer and your kids aren't the only ones on recess. Join Watchdog Wire's citizen video contest!

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Saturday
Jul052014

Franklin Center - 238 years ago today 

Dear Reader,

On this day 238 years ago, just after John Hancock made the most indelible signature in all of history, our namesake Benjamin Franklin uttered, "We must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately." Notorious for his sharp wit, Franklin was not one to pass on an opportunity to make a pun, but this one-liner spoke both to the gravity of the Founders' situation and the eternal fragility of freedom.

As they lined up to sign the Declaration of Independence, the Founding Fathers one by one became traitors to the world's most powerful Empire, and faced the very real danger of "hanging separately" even if they hung together. They were among the first to risk their lives for the new United States of America, and they would hardly be the last.

Franklin's quote, however, applies just as much to the content of the Declaration as to its signers. Freedom is singular, not plural, and an attack on one right that our Founders put their lives on the line for is an attack on our broader liberty. Freedom of speech, freedom of the press, the right to vote, and all the other privileges we enjoy are inseparable from one another--and when government encroaches on one, each of them are in danger of "hanging separately."

The Fourth of July is a day to celebrate our freedom and all the men and women who have stood up for it--from Franklin and Jefferson to those fighting for liberty around the world today. I hope you and your family enjoy your holiday weekend.

Best regards,

Jason Stverak
President, Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity

 

Friday
Jun132014

Watchdog - Will armored vehicles roll into your town?

Are armored vehicles rolling into your town?

For years, they’ve been used as armored vehicles for U.S. troops in places like Afghanistan and Iraq. But Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles are now being operated by law enforcement agencies across the country. Don’t be surprised to see them patrolling the streets in towns across New Mexico.

What impact will this have for NM residents?

 

When Brat trumped Cantor: A lesson in social media

Nobody saw it coming. At least, virtually nobody saw it coming.

But Randolph-Macon College economics professor Dave Brat’s victory over Eric Cantor, U.S. House majority leader and the second most powerful Republican in the country, is like a 9.0 quake on the Richter scale, as University of Virginia political analyst Geoff Skelley put it.

Read more and let us know what you think?

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Is the WI John Doe battle almost over?

Much has changed in the four months since conservative activist Eric O’Keefe stood up — legally speaking — and said that he was mad as hell and he wasn’t about to take anymore. Is this the beginning of the end?

Why are property taxes on the rise in PA?

One in three school districts in Pennsylvania is raising property taxes without the consent of residents, thanks to a loophole in a state law meant to relieve the burden of rising education costs.

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Thursday
Apr102014

Franklin Center - Citizen journalism shines during Sunshine Week 

Citizen journalism shines during Sunshine Week

The Franklin Center’s citizen watchdog initiative, Watchdog Wire, recently observed Sunshine Week, a nationwide event all about two of the most important building blocks of good government: transparency and accountability.

“Sunshine Week is important because it raises awareness of our increasingly opaque government, and also shows citizens ways that they can help fight to maintain an open, accountable political system on all levels of government,” says Rachel Swaffer, Outreach Associate for Citizen Watchdog.

See what our citizen watchdogs accomplished during Sunshine Week

Watchdog.org Takes Home Six Awards at the Virginia Press Association’s Annual Conference

Alexandria, Va.– Two reporters from Watchdog.org’s Virginia Bureau won six awards–including two for first place–in the 2013 News/Editorial and Advertising Contest for the Virginia Press Association (VPA) on Saturday.

Read more here

A Note From Our President

Dear Reader,

While most offices were observing March Madness, our team of journalists observed Sunshine Week, a nationwide celebration of government transparency and accountability. On the ground across the country, Watchdog Wire's citizen journalists used open records laws, archives, and state and local government websites to cast light on the dark corners of government. We're committed to helping make citizens more aware of the tools they have in front of them to hold government accountable - because tyranny has no greater enemy than an informed and engaged citizenry.

Best regards,

Jason Stverak
President
Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity


P.S. If you would like to help us keep up the fight for a free press, you can donate here!

In The News

Obamacare's restaurant calorie label mandate is a complete mess

Government do-gooding is turning into a nightmare for small businesses

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More crash, more cash at red-light camera intersections

Camera issues more tickets than town's total population!

Click here to see how much money it brought in!

Proponents and opponents target open-carry in Texas

Senate committee looks to remove barriers to Second Amendment rights

Watch the video here!

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Friday
Apr042014

Franklin Center - Shield law misunderstands the nature of journalism

Chuck Schumer’s shield law misunderstands the nature of journalism

After disturbing revelations last year that the Department of Justice was treating the privacy of U.S. citizens with the disdain it once reserved for enemies of the state, hopes were briefly raised that Congress would finally get around to legislating some long overdue protections for journalists. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) recently announced that the Senate has the votes to pass a media shield law to do so.

Find out more about the shield law

Maria Bartiromo’s Debut Is Another Win For Fox

The most successful businesses have one thing in common–they’re never satisfied with the status quo and are constantly looking for ways to deliver a better product. Take Fox News Channel, the undisputed ratings king of cable news that has been on a run of nearly-uninterrupted Nielsen dominance for almost a decade. Just as no business can sit at the top of the heap for 8 years without evolving, Fox knows that it needs to continue to hire the best available talent and reinvigorate its lineup to keep viewers tuning in.

Read more here

A Note From Our President

Dear Reader,

The U.S. Senate is poised to pass a bill that will extend legal protections to a narrow class of reporters. In the eyes of the government, a "journalist" is an employee of a legacy media outlet. But we know better! Journalism is a public service that anyone can perform. It's about researching facts, asking questions, and reporting the truth to your fellow citizens. Instead of erecting arbitrary barriers between journalists, the government should be protecting anyone willing to take up this cause--no matter who they are or where they work.

Best regards,

Jason Stverak
President
Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity


P.S. If you would like to help us keep up the fight for a free press, you can donate here!

In The News

Franklin Center launches blogger fellowship program

Please welcome our inaugural fellows: Ben Howe and Amelia Hamilton!

Read more here!

WatchdogWire

Citizen Spotlight: John Day

"I see my contribution to Citizen Watchdog as an act of public service."

Read about it here!

Healthcare 2.0: Millennials under Obamacare

Generation opportunity says young people just aren't signing up!

Here's Watchdog Wire's recap!

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