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.

Less hard time for Texas truants

By   /  June 1, 2015  /  Education, Education Blog, News, Texas  /  No Comments

HOOK UP: Texas leads the nation in prosecuting K-12 students who skip school.

Texas will continue to jail and fine 17-year-olds for skipping school — draconian punishment that conservatives and liberals denounce as counter-productive.

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Pacific trade pact could boost No. 1 ‘Tex-ports’

By   /  May 28, 2015  /  Economy, Jobs + Growth, News, Texas  /  No Comments

LET'S MAKE A DEAL: GOP presidential hopeful Rick Perry believes the Trans-Pacific Partnership can help America achieve economic growth and job creation comparable  to what occurred in Texas during his years as governor.

Powered by its energy sector, Texas leads the nation in exports. Shipping out $326 billion worth of goods and services has driven the Lone Star State’s economy past California, which ranks second in outbound trade.

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On eve of high court hearing, Sweet Briar records bare new story

By   /  May 26, 2015  /  Education, News, Open Records, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

END OF THE TRAIL? Sweet Briar College, an all-women's school, exhibited the trappings of prosperity -- before it didn't.

In a curious twist to the closing of Sweet Briar College, records show the school’s financial position was more precarious a decade ago.

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Texas business group slams EPA water grab

By   /  May 26, 2015  /  Government Regulation, News, Texas  /  No Comments

WATER WAR: Opponents say the EPA's "Waters of the United States" could even regulate cattle ponds like this one in Texas.

A state business alliance is accusing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of seeking to control “every pond, puddle and ditch in Texas.”

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Herring’s bill: $19,501 for Sweet Briar College FOI

By   /  May 22, 2015  /  Education, News, Open Records, Virginia  /  No Comments

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Attorney General Mark Herring’s office wants $19,501.50 to fulfill a Freedom of Information Act inquiry into his lawyers consulting with Sweet Briar College officials in the months leading up to the decision to close the women’s school.

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Green power lines hogtie poorest Texans

By   /  May 21, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, News, State Government, Texas  /  No Comments

TEXAS TURBINES: Getting wind power to consumers is proving a costly proposition for Texans.

“Green” power is smacking Texans with higher utility bills, but Democratic lawmakers in Austin, aided by wayward Republicans, don’t care. They’re stalling legislation that would reel in wind-energy costs.

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