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.

Wheels of justice turn quickly for FBI fender bender

By   /  August 19, 2014  /  National, News, Virginia  /  No Comments

White Collar Sentencing

The federal government has taken over the case of an FBI employee involved in a fender bender.

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McAuliffe visits two companies on China trip

By   /  August 18, 2014  /  News, Virginia  /  No Comments

MILES TO GO: Pictured before his trade mission to China and Great Britain, Gov. Terry McAuliffe and state officials racked up $99,000 in airfares.

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
RICHMOND, Va. — Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s trip to China and Great Britain last month cost more than $125,000 in taxpayer money, nearly $100,000 of it in airfares, according to documents obtained by Watchdog.org.
The eight-day trade mission included visits to two Chinese companies: Tranlin Paper Co., which previously announced plans to [...]

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$15 billion in unfunded county debts go dark in Virginia

By   /  August 15, 2014  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, Local Government, News, Open Records, Virginia  /  No Comments

LICENSE TO PRINT MONEY:  Virginia's auditing agency is no longer disclosing the unfunded debt of counties and municipalities. At last report, the figure topped $15 billion.

 
By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia has stopped reporting billions of dollars in unfunded county debts, leaving the public in the dark about the depth of the red ink.
The last online report by the state Auditor of Public Accounts showed that Virginia’s 95 counties had piled up $15.4 billion — $15,474,494,443 to [...]

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Federal agencies spend millions on union business

By   /  August 11, 2014  /  Accountability, Congress, Federal Government, IRS, National, News  /  No Comments

SERVING YOU?: In 2011, the American Federation of Government Employees sued to prevent essential employees from working during a threatened shutdown.

The Internal Revenue Service isn’t the only federal agency where hundreds of employees do union business full-time on the public’s dime.

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Environmental group seeks gag order in Virginia farm feud

By   /  August 8, 2014  /  News, Virginia  /  No Comments

FREE RANGE: Martha Boneta says new legislation signed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe will be a boon to rural Virginia.

Claiming “trade secrets” are at stake, an environmental group wants a gag order slapped on an upcoming case involving Fauquier County farmer Martha Boneta.

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AG undercuts Virginia voter ID law

By   /  August 7, 2014  /  Elections, News, Virginia, Voter Fraud  /  No Comments

AP file photo

Arguing that it’s impossible for election officials to validate every form of identification, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring moved to gut the state’s voter ID law Tuesday.

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