Johnny Kampis

Johnny Kampis is investigative reporter for the Taxpayers Protection Alliance Foundation. Previously he was a content editor and staff writer at, and before that worked in the newspaper industry and as a freelance writer. He has been published in the New York Times,, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

He has won about a dozen awards for his reporting, and his investigation into voter fraud in west Alabama helped contribute to the overturning of a mayoral election. Kampis has won awards for Freedom of Information and In-Depth News Reporting. He previously worked for the Tuscaloosa News and the Decatur Daily.

An avid poker player, Kampis is writing a book documenting the poker scene at the 2016 World Series of Poker, a decade after the peak of the poker boom. You can follow him on Twitter @TuscaloosaJohn or reach him via email at


FCC Says LOL to California Text Tax


California regulators are giving up on their misguided effort to tax text messages. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) said the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) move last week to classify text messages as an information service rather than a telecommunications service would require it to cancel its vote on the text tax. That’s because California […]

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Michigan Enacts Forward-Thinking Reform to Help 5G Growth


Michigan recently became the 21st state to enact legislation targeting the growth of 5G wireless, a technology that is expected to be more than 100 times faster than 4G. Last week, Gov. Rick Snyder signed SB 637, a bill to reform how governments handle applications for the small cells needed for the new technology. Instead […]

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Good News, Bad News in China Tiff


More positive news has arisen for the U.S. in its trade war with China, even as other developments cloud the situation. A new report says that China is shelving its Made in 2025 economic plan, an aggressive track that would push for Chinese dominance in areas such as manufacturing and technology. Much like President Trump’s […]

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Pension Plans Pulling Wool Over the Public’s Eyes


A former deputy commissioner at the Social Security Administration (SSA) says pension trustees are assuming higher investment returns than in the past due to accounting trickery — despite what’s being widely reported in the public sphere. Andrew Biggs, a resident scholar at American Enterprise Institute who previously served as the principal deputy commissioner at SSA, […]

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EU Copyright Directive Goes Too Far


American companies are warning the European Union that plans to tighten copyright protections will have unintended consequences that will greatly curtail Europeans’ ability to access online content. The EU is now debating a new copyright directive, with the greatest points of contention Article 11 and Article 13. The former is dubbed the “publishers’ right,” and […]

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A Government Shutdown? Bah Hambug


Congress may be more Scrooge than Santa this year if it keeps delaying a funding solution that will keep the federal government from partially shutting down for Christmas – and beyond. A continuing resolution passed in September was scheduled to expire on Dec. 7, but Congress extended the deadline to set the new budget to […]

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Poker poetry

The Best in Japanese Poker Poetry


The form is simple, but the message is often deep. The haiku, a famous type of Japanese poetry, only consists of 17 syllables, with three lines made up of five, seven and five syllables. Apparently, when poker players aren’t sitting at the tables many of them spend their time coming up with poker haikus, as […]

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Show Me the Value of Tax Incentives


While tax breaks for corporations continue to grow, as state and local governments essentially outbid each other to lure the promise of jobs to their region, experts continue to cast doubt on their value. The latest prime example of this was the plethora of Americas cities in the running for Amazon’s second headquarters, which ended […]

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China Mum on Trump’s ‘Incredible Deal’


President Trump may be cheering “an incredible deal” with China that will at least put on hold some of the contention between the two countries, but there are signs that it’s too soon to celebrate. Reuters noted that the higher-ups in Chinese government are remaining mum on the talks between Trump and Chinese President Xi […]

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Should I Stay or Should I Go?


One of the hardest decisions you’ll make in any given session of cash-game poker isn’t just related to calling a big all-in or how much to bet with the nuts. No, I think perhaps the hardest decision is often when to leave the table. Over the years, I have shown the unfortunate knack of sitting […]

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