Las Vegas Walk past the water flowing over marble walls, cone-shaped sculptures and various eateries in The Park between the New York-New York and Monte Carlo casino hotels and you’ll reach T-Mobile Arena, which on a recent June day was preparing for a Queen and Adam Lambert concert, with Iron Maiden coming up in a […]
Johnny Kampis is a content editor and staff writer at Watchdog.org. Johnny previously worked in the newspaper industry and as a freelance writer, and has been published in the New York Times, Time.com, FoxNews.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Las Vegas Anthony Perry strolls along Tropicana Avenue on a sunny Sunday morning in June. The Memphis resident isn’t particularly fazed by the plans to bring the National Football League (NFL) Raiders to town, opining that the addition of an NFL team to a city like his would be much more impactful than adding professional […]
Las Vegas The platform at the Las Vegas Monorail station at SLS Casino is practically empty around 11 a.m. on a blistering hot June day, the thermostat reaching above 110. The next train arrives and a handful of tourists step aboard the air-conditioned car for the $5 ride. The train snakes behind the famed buildings […]
Las Vegas If you build it, they will come, but will they have a place to park? That’s the conundrum now facing the future Las Vegas Raiders as they figure out the logistics of their new home, Las Vegas Stadium. The Raiders will get to use the land rent free per the law passed by […]
Las Vegas Beer bottles, discarded torn clothing and other debris dot the landscape at the corner of Russell Road and Dean Martin Drive. In the distance, to the northeast, the Strip looms — a pyramid, a castle, a faux Empire State Building. Behind the chain-link fence looms open desert covered in patches by ground-covering shrubs. […]
The first comprehensive study on the financial viability of government-owned broadband networks in the U.S. found that just two of the 20 networks examined are expected to generate enough revenue during the life of the networks to recoup the money that taxpayers or ratepayers forked over to pay for the construction. “Municipal Fiber in the […]
New bipartisan legislation in Congress seeks to increase the penalties for counterfeiting drugs to match the penalties for diversion, i.e., the illegal reimporting of drugs intended for sale in another country. The bill argues the current disparity in consumer protections allows criminal enterprises to exploit loopholes in the law without fear of significant jail time. […]
Google Fiber’s recent announcement to potential customers in Kansas City that they won’t be served is part of a trend by the tech behemoth of pulling away from its fiber broadband business. And the biggest insult is that much of that business grew thanks to governmental concessions and taxpayer handouts. KSHB in Kansas City recently […]
As President-elect Trump prepares to take office, tech behemoth Google has changed course, now trying to align itself with the incoming Republican administration after backing Democrat Hillary Clinton in the presidential election. Watchdog.org reported extensively last year on Google’s cozy relationship with the Obama administration, from a lobbyist’s frequent visits to the White House to […]
If you build it, sometimes they don’t come. Opelika spent about $43 million to build a broadband network capable of 1 gigabit-per-second symmetrical speeds, financed by a bond issue backed up by the revenue of Opelika Power Services. Four years later (as of Aug. 26), OPS has one subscriber for its Lite Speed Gig service and none for […]