New government gadfly site, Kansas Watchdog

For the past five years, conservative blogger Earl Glynn has been keeping a watchful eye on the government through his blog Kansas Meadowlark.

He announced Tuesday in a post that he was shutting the site down and focusing on a new Kansas gadfly project Kansas Watchdog.

The site describes itself as “a project of the Flint Hills Center for Public Policy and the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, is part of a nationwide effort to give citizens and their elected representatives solid, factual reporting on issues that matter.”

“For the last five years as the Kansas Meadowlark I’ve attempted to publish political money stories, non-profit stories, and other information often ignored by the mainstream press,” Glynn wrote in his final post on the site.

Glynn is also listed on the staff at the North Dakota-based Franklin Center, which describes its focus as “providing journalistic training, technical support and information resources to state-based non-profit organizations and reporters. The Franklin Center hopes that its comprehensive assistance can aid in the 4th Estate’s ability to achieve transparency in government at the local, state and federal levels.”

For the new endeavor, he is pairing up with Paul Soutar, investigative reporter for the Flint Hills Center. Soutar is a former photo and graphics editor for the Wichita Eagle.

Similar to Kansas Meadowlark, the Kansas Watchdog site says it plans to focus “on government waste and inefficiency, political corruption and anything that goes against free-market principles and the core values of the U.S. and Kansas constitutions.”

For more immediate coverage, the site is also on Twitter @KansasWatchdog.