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.

Herring’s bill: $19,501 for Sweet Briar College FOI

By   /  May 22, 2015  /  Education, News, Open Records, Virginia  /  No Comments

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Attorney General Mark Herring’s office wants $19,501.50 to fulfill a Freedom of Information Act inquiry into his lawyers consulting with Sweet Briar College officials in the months leading up to the decision to close the women’s school.

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Green power lines hogtie poorest Texans

By   /  May 21, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, News, State Government, Texas  /  No Comments

TEXAS TURBINES: Getting wind power to consumers is proving a costly proposition for Texans.

“Green” power is smacking Texans with higher utility bills, but Democratic lawmakers in Austin, aided by wayward Republicans, don’t care. They’re stalling legislation that would reel in wind-energy costs.

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Gingrich protege taps voter unrest with tax-killer strategy

By   /  May 11, 2015  /  News, Politics & Elections, State Government, Taxes, Virginia  /  No Comments

ENDORSEMENT: Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich is backing Virginia state Senate candidate Vince Haley.

Former presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich says state Senate candidate Vince Haley’s call to abolish Virginia’s income tax is “brilliant.”

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Vegas suburb reportedly looking to strip ‘integrity’ from ‘core values’

By   /  May 7, 2015  /  Local Government, Nevada, News  /  No Comments

HARD TIMES: Hit hard by the real-estate bust, North Las Vegas' finances have faltered.

Amid financial woes and political upheaval, one of America’s fastest-growing cities is scrambling to counter a report that “integrity” is being stripped from its employees’ core values.

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2 GOP lawmakers help McAuliffe kill voter ID bill

By   /  May 7, 2015  /  News, Politics & Elections, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

BARRIER TO ENTRY? Gov. Terry McAuliffe's veto of a photo ID requirement for absentee ballots strikes critics as contradictory.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s veto of a photo identification bill was upheld by a single Republican lawmaker who maintains the election measure was flawed. McAuliffe also killed legislation that would have matched jury excusals with voter registration lists.

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‘Clinton Cash’ author sees parallels in McAuliffe

By   /  May 7, 2015  /  Ethics, National, News, Politics & Elections, Virginia  /  No Comments

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“Clinton Cash” — the explosive new book about Bill and Hillary’s road to riches — could spawn a sequel: “McAuliffe Cash.”

“He’s been a conduit of funds for the Clintons,” author Peter Schweizer said of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe. “He has a history of trading money for access.”

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