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.

Runoff elections ensure majority rule

By   /  March 2, 2015  /  Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, News, Politics & Elections, Virginia  /  No Comments

MANDATE? Sen. Mark Warner and Gov. Terry McAuliffe won their elections with less than a majority. Virginia used to have a runoff law to prevent that from happening.

Democrats don’t like them. Republicans buried them. Election officials complain they cost more. How to put a price on a democratic republic?

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Virginia Senate surrenders in war on coal

By   /  February 28, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

A BLOW TO COAL: The Virginia Senate cleared the way for the EPA to impose stricter carbon-emission rules on the state.

Bowing to the Environmental Protection Agency, the state Senate reversed course and killed a bill that would have required General Assembly review of stricter carbon emission rules.

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Health department fumbled $5.1 million in formula rebates

By   /  February 26, 2015  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

FORMULA FAILURE: Auditors dinged the Virginia Department of Health for not submitting $5.1 million in infant formula rebates and Medicaid claims.

The Virginia Department of Health may be the most wasteful and inefficient agency in state government, a new audit suggests.

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Rick Perry: 2016’s borderline candidate?

By   /  February 25, 2015  /  Immigration, National, News, Texas, Virginia  /  No Comments

TOUGH TALKER: Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry says his state acts while Washington talks.

Plying a third path to what could be another presidential run, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is blasting Democrats and Republicans alike over Washington’s dithering on border security.

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Rogue subcontractors undermine Virginia’s legal workforce

By   /  February 25, 2015  /  Alabama, Arizona, California, Immigration, National, News, South Carolina, Virginia  /  No Comments

DAY LABOR: Illegal and unlicensed laborers compete for construction jobs at the expense of U.S. workers. The Pew Hispanic Center estimates that up to 40 percent of brick masons and drywall installers are undocumented.

On paper, Virginia’s laws against rogue contractors appear ironclad. In reality, the regulations look more like Swiss cheese — and taxpayers are losing out.

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Educated choice: Special needs vs. special interests

By   /  February 23, 2015  /  Arizona, Education, Education Blog, Florida, News, Virginia  /  No Comments

SCHOOL BOUND: Pending legislation would broaden educational options for special-needs students in Virginia.

 
By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
RICHMOND, Va. — State Delegate Dave LaRock is making an impassioned plea for enactment of education savings accounts, which face intense opposition from institutional special interests.
His House Bill 2238 would provide an average of $4,000 annually to parents of special-needs students to shop for schools and services that best serve their children. […]

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