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.

EPA carbon plan will kill 38,000 Virginia jobs, report says

By   /  April 1, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, News, Virginia  /  No Comments

Morgan Griffith

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Plan will boost Virginia’s electric rates 25 percent and eliminate 38,000 jobs in the state, a new study predicts.

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Can privatization clean up Chesterfield schools?

By   /  March 31, 2015  /  Accountability, Local Government, News, Virginia  /  No Comments

TIGHTER REINS: Chesterfield Supervisor Dan Gecker says third-party supervision of public school construction projects could control spending.

After allegedly “sandbagging the budget,” a Richmond area school district is under pressure to hire a private overseer for future construction projects.

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McAuliffe veto opens polls for Hillary Clinton ‘ghost voters’

By   /  March 30, 2015  /  News, Politics & Elections, Virginia  /  No Comments

LUV YA, MAN: Hillary Clinton's political aspirations got a boost in Virginia when Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed an election-reform bill last week.

Plowing the ground for Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid, Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed an election-reform bill that leaves a gaping hole for absentee-ballot abuse in Virginia.

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Criminal investigation sought in McAuliffe-Mayorkas dealings

By   /  March 27, 2015  /  California, Iowa, National, Nevada, News, Pennsylvania, Virginia  /  No Comments

'GET THE FULL FACTS': Cause of Action president Dan Epstein wants a criminal investigation into activities involving the federal EB-5 visa program.

A government accountability group says “unanswered questions” warrant a criminal investigation into actions by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and others involved in the EB-5 visa program.

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Foreign firms soak up Virginia tax breaks

By   /  March 25, 2015  /  Accountability, Jobs + Growth, New York, News, State Government, Transparency, Virginia  /  No Comments

TOASTING TAXPAYERS: Gov. Terry McAuliffe hoists a glass to bringing Stone Brewing Co. to Richmond, amid questions about the public costs and benefits of trickle-down economics.

Half of the corporations receiving Virginia’s biggest public subsidies are headquartered outside the country. In all, $410,150,107 in state and local incentives, including cash, have been pledged to companies to do business in Virginia.

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Campaign call rises: Abolish Virginia income taxes

By   /  March 24, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Florida, News, State Government, Texas, Virginia  /  No Comments

BREAKING FROM THE FIELD: Vince Haley stands out in the crowded 12th Senate District race with his plan to abolish Virginia's income taxes.

Seeking to stand out in a four-way state Senate race to succeed retiring Walter Stosch, Republican Vince Haley wants to abolish Virginia’s income tax.

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