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.

Expired ID? Cast your vote here

By   /  July 22, 2014  /  Elections, News, Virginia  /  No Comments

IS IT VALID?: Virginia election officials are trying to decide if an expired photo identification is  valid at the polls.

A battle over what constitutes a “valid” voter ID has gone online — and the loosest interpretation is winning.

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Virginia election system gets a new boss

By   /  July 21, 2014  /  Elections, Maryland, News, Virginia, Voter Registration  /  No Comments

IN CHARGE: Edgardo Cortes was appointed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe to the new position of commissioner of the Department of Elections.

Heading into the November elections, Virginia has a new chief of voting operations.

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Will donors punish GOP outliers on election law?

By   /  July 17, 2014  /  Alabama, Elections, Indiana, Michigan, National, New Jersey, News, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Supreme Court, Vermont, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

DUE DILIGENCE: Rep. Charles Dent took "great pains to make certain that nothing would penalize states."

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org
WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than two-thirds of the Republican co-sponsors of a controversial voter bill have gone silent.
They have good reason to lay low, says one election-law attorney.
U.S. Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., author of the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014, said he’s proud to work with the American Civil Liberties Union and [...]

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Shame on Capitol Hill: The political cable fix

By   /  July 16, 2014  /  Commentary, National  /  No Comments

COMCAST ON TAPE: Ryan Block recorded an excruciating exchange he had with a Comcast representative.

Grandstanding over the proposed Comcast-Time Warner cable merger makes good political theater for the masses. After all, who among us hasn’t had a dispute or two with their cable company?

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Security breaches threaten U.S. biodefense labs

By   /  July 15, 2014  /  National, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

LAB DANGER: Scientists are raising alarms about mishandling of deadly viruses at U.S. biodefense labs. By one estimate, accidents are occurring on an average of twice per week.

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A spate of laboratory scares and controversies could downsize America’s biodefense network — tightening security and, perhaps, saving money.
The U.S. spent $19 billion expanding biodefense research during the past decade. The number of top-security labs jumped from 415 to 1,495, according to the Government Accountability Office.
But with no national assessment [...]

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Virginia GOP candidate rails against ‘inflated’ streetcar campaign

By   /  July 15, 2014  /  News, transportation, Virginia  /  No Comments

LET THE PEOPLE SPEAK: Republican General Assembly candidate David Foster wants a referendum on Arlington's controversial streetcar project.

A GOP General Assembly candidate in Democrat-heavy Arlington County is challenging a controversial streetcar project, even as Gov. Terry McAuliffe tries to sweeten the deal with $65 million in new state funding.

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