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Political Analysis for Friday, October 13, 2017

Jeff Schapiro of the Richmond Times-Dispatch joins 88.9 WCVE’s Craig Carper for this week’s political analysis. Topics include politicians visiting to boost the gubernatorial candidate races, the latest gubernatorial debate, and an investigation of the Attorney General’s office recently launched.

Transcript:
Phil Liles: Now here is WCVE’s News Director Craig Carper and Jeff Schapiro with the Richmond Times-Dispatch for this week’s commentary.

Senate Intelligence Committee Consensus: Russians Interfered. Final Report To Come

The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee says there is no question the Russians attempted to create chaos in our electoral system, and hacking has created a “wild wild west requiring all of us to step up our game.

Virginia Senator Mark Warner, and Republican Chairman Richard Burr presented preliminary findings today (10/5) and Warner says, “I think there is a large consensus they hacked into political files and used those files to influence the election.”

House of Delegates Hopefuls Pledge to Back State Single-Payer

Fifteen of the 54 Democratic candidates running for Republican-held House of Delegates seats are pledging to create a state single-payer health care system if elected.

The group held a Monday afternoon (10/2) press conference, and said the immediate cost for implementing state single-payer would be about $23 billion dollars.

Political Analysis for Friday, September 29, 2017

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, CRAIG CARPER – Jeff Schapiro of the Richmond Times Dispatch joins 88.9 WCVE’s Craig Carper for this week’s political analysis. Topics include the lead-up to November’s gubernatorial election, the out-of-state influences in the race for Governor, and a fight over state computer services.

CC: From WCVE News in Richmond, I’m Craig Carper. Joining me now from the Richmond Times Dispatch is political columnist and WCVE’s political analyst, Jeff Schapiro. Jeff, good morning.

JS: Hi there Craig.

Warner and Senate Intelligence Committee Looking Into Social Media Ads and Possible Russian Interference in the 2016 Elections

Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner says the “million dollar question” about Facebook election ads sold to accounts linked to Russia is how the Russians knew who to target on Facebook.

Warner is Vice-Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which began looking over some 3,000 Russian-linked ads that Facebook voluntarily agreed to turn over to the committee this week. Warner said, “I am glad that Facebook has finally stepped forward.”

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