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Kenric Ward is the San Antonio-based reporter for Watchdog.org. A California native and veteran journalist who has worked on three Pulitzer Prize-winning newspapers, 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 and previously reported from Virginia. Kenric can be reached at [email protected]

In shooter’s wake, election group blasts ‘open borders voting’

By   /  September 29, 2016  /  National, News, Politics & Elections, Virginia, Washington  /  No Comments

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An election-integrity group accused the federal government of “an open-borders approach to voting” after learning that a noncitizen charged in a deadly mall shooting cast several ballots since 2014.

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Community college shields travel bills behind pay wall

By   /  September 28, 2016  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, Education, Education Blog, News, Open Records, State Government, Texas, Transparency  /  No Comments

Photo by Kenric Ward

A Texas community college that won a state “transparency” award is charging $2,340 to disclose the school’s travel records. The state Attorney General says not so much.

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Shining a light on Texas’ pile of debt — and shadowy bond votes

By   /  September 23, 2016  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, News, Taxes, Texas  /  No Comments

Texas Bond Review Board

“Alarming levels” of local government debt are spurring Texas lawmakers to bring more transparency and accountability to bond elections. Here are three modest reforms.

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McAllen dropout school costs $48,788 per student

By   /  September 22, 2016  /  Education, News, Texas  /  No Comments

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A “dropout recovery school” in McAllen is costing taxpayers $48,788 per pupil — more than five times district and state averages. Despite the record spending, Lamar Academy’s dropout rate is the district’s worst at 13.8 percent.

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Public-private park venture spurs cost, transparency concerns

By   /  September 14, 2016  /  Accountability, Crony Capitalism, News, Texas, Transparency  /  No Comments

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While San Antonio officials tout an expanded Hemisfair Park downtown, its green space and its costs are in question.

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Senator likens China EB-5 firms to ‘snake eating its tail’

By   /  September 13, 2016  /  Federal Government, Immigration, National, News, Texas  /  No Comments

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Calling out a Chinese real-estate company in Texas, a U.S. senator alleged on Monday that foreign corporations and governments are gaming America’s investor-visa program.

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