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.

Taxpayer alert: Fannie ready to bust a move

By   /  January 27, 2015  /  Congress, Maryland, National, News, Politics & Elections, Virginia  /  No Comments

PULLING UP STAKES: Despite its tenuous position, Fannie Mae is planning a pricey move to a new location in downtown Washington, D.C.

 
By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Fannie Mae, the quasi-government mortgage investor at the epicenter of America’s historic real-estate crash, is about to make another costly move – literally.
The Washington Post reported that Fannie plans to relocate and consolidate its downtown offices, even as the controversial agency faces a reorganization by Congress.
The new Class-A […]

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Lawmaker: Education Savings Accounts are ‘win-win’

By   /  January 27, 2015  /  Arizona, Education, Florida, News, Virginia  /  No Comments

PARENT POWER: Delegate Dave LaRock says Education Savings Accounts would give families school-choice options without shortchanging local funding.

Virginia school-choice advocates are trying to get their foot in the door with personalized Education Savings Accounts.

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Boeing union fight gets personal in South Carolina

By   /  January 23, 2015  /  National, News, South Carolina, Washington  /  No Comments

UNION, NO: South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley blasted union organizing efforts at the state's Boeing plant. With the company's help, the Republican governor has also taken to the airwaves to criticize the International Association of Machinists.

 
By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is firing back at efforts to unionize 7,500 workers at Boeing Corp.’s airline plant in Charleston.
“The International Association of Machinists has never, never believed in us,” Haley said in her State of the State address Wednesday. “They sued us, they tried to shut us down.
“So, every […]

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Swerving past audit, VDOT won’t fine contractor

By   /  January 23, 2015  /  Accountability, News, Virginia  /  No Comments

BYPASSED: The Virginia Department of Transportation won't press for "liquidated damages" against contractor Serco.

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
RICHMOND, Va. – The Virginia Department of Transportation will not fine a contractor, despite an audit revealing that the state agency could have recovered $3 million.
“We received legal counsel about past practices limit(ing) an agency’s ability to collect liquidated damages without defining a direct impact to motorists, which did […]

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Sex and the single delegate: Time to go, Joe

By   /  January 22, 2015  /  Commentary, Virginia  /  No Comments

ETHICS, ANYONE?: A newly unsealed indictment puts more pressure on the General Assembly to oust sex offender Delegate Joe Morrissey.

 
By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
RICHMOND, Va. – From Gov. Terry McAuliffe on down, elected officials like to talk a good game about ethics. So what is to be done about Delegate Joe Morrissey?
The scandal-scarred Democrat-turned-independent who knocked up his teenage receptionist is back at the General Assembly after briefly resigning his House seat. […]

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GOP defections save in-state tuition for Virginia migrants

By   /  January 21, 2015  /  News, Virginia  /  No Comments

PEOPLE'S BUSINESS: State Sen. Richard Black says immigration issues are driven by "special interests."

A bill to block Virginia from granting in-state tuition to illegal immigrants died on a nearly straight party-line vote in the state Senate Tuesday.

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