Rogue agency defied judges to carry out partisan probe of Wisconsin conservatives

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 in 2012 as Virginia Bureau Chief.

Blue states jumped on tax-cut bandwagon in 2014

By   /  December 18, 2014  /  Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, National, New York, News, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Taxes, Uncategorized, Virginia, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

BLUE TO RED: New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for $2 billion in tax relief for property and business owners last January. Then again, it was an election year.

By Kenric Ward |
With Wisconsin leading the way, 14 states enacted “significant, broad-based tax cuts” in 2014, according to a report released Wednesday.
Surprisingly, several states controlled by Democrats made the American Legislative Exchange Council list. Then again, 2014 was an election year.
The blue states that made the cut were:
Minnesota: The Democratic stronghold “bowed to economic […]

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Stimpson blasts Virginia’s public-private deals

By   /  December 17, 2014  /  News, Politics & Elections, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

CRITIC: Former Stafford supervisor Susan Stimpson is challenging House Speaker Bill Howell, charging that lawmakers have mishandled public-private road projects.

Virginia’s use and alleged misuse of public-private partnerships for road construction is fueling a high-octane Republican state House race, with the speaker’s seat at stake.

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Land protection credits come under fire in Virginia

By   /  December 15, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

IN RICHMOND: Farmer Martha Boneta testified in support of HB 1430 at the Capitol.

Conservation easements that supposedly protect Virginia lands from development are coming under increasing fire for abusive practices.

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Broken record: McAuliffe deal moves money, jobs around

By   /  December 10, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

HANDS OUT: Former Gov. Mark Warner, left, and Gov. Terry McAuliffe embrace a corporatist agenda that gives public funds to private companies.

Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe boasts that his administration has closed a record 228 economic-development deals since he took office last January.

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Bending to the wind, Congress revives green energy credits

By   /  December 5, 2014  /  Congress, Energy and Environment, National, News, Technology  /  No Comments

IT BLOWS: Free-market groups such as Americans for Prosperity urged Congress to halt renewable energy credits, but the vote wasn’t even close.

By Kenric Ward |
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Another year, another $10 billion for renewable energy credits.
The lame-duck House of Representatives this week voted to extend controversial tax credits for “green” power projects, using the U.S. Treasury to keep the government-dependent industry on life support.
As in previous years, the Production Tax Credit program — skewed heavily toward wind […]

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Whitbeck has 3-point play to boost Virginia GOP

By   /  December 3, 2014  /  News, Politics & Elections, Politics & Elections 1, Virginia  /  No Comments

FRONT-RUNNER: John Whitbeck has a 3-point plan to revitalize the state Republican Party.

John Whitbeck emerged as the odds-on favorite to chair the Republican Party of Virginia after rival Eric Herr withdrew from the contest.

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