Kenric Ward is a veteran journalist who has worked on three Pulitzer Prize-winning newspapers. A California native, he received a BA from UCLA (Political Science/Phi Beta Kappa) and holds an MBA. He reported and edited at the San Jose Mercury News and the Las Vegas Sun before joining Watchdog.org in 2012 as Virginia Bureau Chief.

Independents hold key in Maine governor’s race

By   /  September 30, 2014  /  Maine, National, News, Politics & Elections, State Government  /  No Comments

LIGHTNING ROD: Maine Gov. Paul LePage has infuriated the Left with his cost-cutting agenda and his off-the-cuff comments. Independent hopeful Eliot Cutler, hardly a conservative, may be Republican LePage's most valuable asset in this fall's three-way gubernatorial race.

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org
AUGUSTA, Maine — Outspoken and under fire, Republican Gov. Paul LePage is in danger of losing his re-election bid.
One of the most conservative governors in the country, LePage triangulated his way to victory in 2010 with 38 percent of the vote. Independent candidate Eliot Cutler, who siphoned enough Democratic support to give [...]

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‘Radical centrist’ Warner bullish on tax hikes

By   /  September 26, 2014  /  News, Politics & Elections, Taxes, U.S. House, U.S. Senate, Virginia  /  No Comments

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Sen. Mark Warner, the self-proclaimed “radical moderate,” isn’t so middle-of-the-road when it comes to spending taxpayer dollars.

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Arlington streetcar moves amid rising costs, controversy

By   /  September 25, 2014  /  Government Waste, News, Open Records, transportation, Virginia  /  No Comments

TRANSIT POLITICS: Though Columbia Pike is served by more than a dozen bus routes daily, Arlington officials want to dedicate a lane of traffic for a streetcar project, most recently priced at $560 million.

An opponent says it’s “a long way from being done,” but a controversial streetcar project with a ballooning $560 million price tag got another push from the Arlington County Board on Tuesday.

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Protester challenges Supreme Court speech-free zone

By   /  September 24, 2014  /  Censorship, First Amendment, Free Speech, Judiciary, National, News  /  No Comments

FIGHTING BACK: Harold Hodge was arrested for silently holding a protest sign outside the Supreme Court.

They didn’t kill him, but Capitol police arrested Harold Hodge for silently standing outside the Supreme Court with a 2-foot-by-3-foot sign reading, “The U.S. Gov. Allows Police To Illegally Murder And Brutalize African Americans And Hispanic People.”

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Downtown shakedown: DOT punches pricey Richmond bus ticket

By   /  September 23, 2014  /  Government Waste, Local Government, News, transportation, Virginia  /  No Comments

OPEN FOR TRAFFIC: Broad Street, Richmond’s main thoroughfare, is served by several bus routes and is seldom congested.

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
RICHMOND, Va. — Richmond has lined up $24.9 million in federal funding for a 7.6-mile bus line that isn’t broken. But where the city will get the matching money is anyone’s guess.
The publicly run Greater Richmond Transit Co. says the $49.8-million project will improve downtown bus service for “transit-dependent persons in an [...]

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Fracking good times: North Dakota tops U.S. income gains

By   /  September 22, 2014  /  California, National, Nevada, News, North Dakota, South Dakota  /  No Comments

HIGHWAY TO WEALTH: Oil and gas are powering North Dakota's nation-leading rise in personal wealth -- despite personal and corporate income taxes.

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org
WASHINGTON, D.C. — North Dakota leads the nation in personal income growth. No other state even comes close.
From 2008 to 2012, North Dakotans’ per-capita income jumped 31 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.
South Dakota came in a distant second, registering a 10 percent gain.
North Dakota’s 2012 per-capita personal [...]

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