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.

Fracking good times: North Dakota tops U.S. income gains

By   /  September 22, 2014  /  California, National, Nevada, News, North Dakota, South Dakota  /  No Comments

HIGHWAY TO WEALTH: Oil and gas are powering North Dakota's nation-leading rise in personal wealth -- despite personal and corporate income taxes.

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org
WASHINGTON, D.C. — North Dakota leads the nation in personal income growth. No other state even comes close.
From 2008 to 2012, North Dakotans’ per-capita income jumped 31 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.
South Dakota came in a distant second, registering a 10 percent gain.
North Dakota’s 2012 per-capita personal [...]

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No ID? Maryland gins up voters, and potential fraud

By   /  September 18, 2014  /  Elections, Maryland, News  /  No Comments

Fraud-Dictionary

Lowering the bar for voting while raising the opportunity for fraud, a Maryland task force wants to “modernize” the state’s online registration process — and much more.

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Rural county digs deeper hole for family farmers

By   /  September 17, 2014  /  News, Virginia  /  No Comments

FAMILY FARMS: Virginia is among the nation's leaders in farmer's markets, which are fed largely by family farms.

Thumbing its nose at Virginia’s Freedom-to-Farm law, a rural county moved to restrict commercial agriculture in one of its districts.

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Just Dandy: Residents want rural county to ban farming

By   /  September 15, 2014  /  Local Government, News, Virginia  /  No Comments

BATTLEGROUND: Historic York County is facing a land war of a different kind as some residents seek to pre-empt Virginia's right-to-farm law.

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
YORK, Va. — Attempting to pre-empt Virginia’s freedom-to-farm law, residents in a York County community want local officials to ban agricultural activity in their neighborhood.
More than 130 Dandy residents have signed a petition asking the Board of Supervisors to ban commercial farming — a move to thwart state legislation restricting local [...]

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Illegals in the wind as DMV worker gets off easy in bribery case

By   /  September 12, 2014  /  California, New Jersey, News, Virginia  /  No Comments

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Nearly a year after a Virginia DMV worker and two others were convicted of selling drivers licenses to illegal immigrants, the 100-plus buyers remain at large.

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Politics let student-visa abusers go unchecked

By   /  September 11, 2014  /  California, Congress, Immigration, Iowa, National, New York, News  /  No Comments

ON 9/11 ANNIVERSARY: Sen. Chuck Grassley wants to tighten up America's loose student-visa program.

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Responding to Watchdog.org’s report that the U.S. has lost track of 58,000 foreign students holding expired visas, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley proposed legislation to tighten security.
But, once again, partisan politics stand in the way.
Grassley, R-Iowa, introduced the Student Visa Integrity Act to help reduce fraud and abuse in the Student [...]

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