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Morrissey to Run for State Senate

Former Delegate Joe Morrissey told reporters yesterday May 21) that he intends to marry the mother of his child and run for the 16th district state Senate seat.

Morrissey said he will file before the June 9th Democratic Primary and he’s eager to begin campaigning in earnest.

A three-way race could be advantageous to Morrissey, who defied all expectations to win as an Independent in a special election for the 74th District House of Delegates seat in December.

Scott Explains No Vote on Human Trafficking Bill

A bill patroned by Republican Senator John Cornyn to crack down on human trafficking is headed to President Obama’s desk. Virginia’s 3rd District Cogressman Bobby Scott issued a statement yesterday (5/19) explaining why he voted no.

Scott says the bill unnecessarily expands mandatory minimum sentencing, which discriminate against minorities, waste money and fail to reduce crime. The legislation requires a 10-15 year sentence for trafficking.

Voter Registration Ends For June Primary With Few New Voters Reported

The June 9th legislative primaries could be a slow day at the polls, based on new voter registration.

Monday (5/18) was the deadline and registrars report just a trickle of new voters.

All 100 seats in the Virginia House and 40 seats in the Senate are up for election November 3rd.

Primary elections are scheduled in 12 house districts, and 8 senate districts. All  primaries are open to all registered voters, regardless of party in Virginia.

Turnout in legislative primaries varies from a low of 1.4% to a high of 16.4% of registered voters.

AG's Office Teaching Connection Between Pet Abuse, Domestic Violence

The Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance says there are connections between those who abuse animals and those who abuse people, and they’re training law enforcement and animal control officers as well as domestic violence advocates in a comprehensive new program to prevent violence against both.

Prevention of domestic violence at all levels is the goal of the program.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Michelle Welch, Director of the Animal Law Unit, says animals can be a resource to tell law enforcement officers what’s going on in the home.

Hillary Clinton to Appear at Democratic Fundraiser in Virginia

Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton will make an appearance at a Democratic Party fundraising event in Virginia.

The Democratic Party of Virginia says Clinton will appear in the state on June 26th, but no other details about the appearance were available yesterday (5/14).

She is considered the front-runner for the Democratic party’s nomination nationally and in Virginia, but in a recent Wason poll, fell behind Republican Jeb Bush 48% to 46% among potential Virginia voters.

J. Schapiro: McDonnell Appeal Heard; Clinton to Speak; McAuliffe Pardons Wrongly Convicted Man; Judicial Appointments

Jeff Schapiro of the Times-Dispatch offers analysis of the Bob McDonnell appeal, Hillary Clinton's planned appearance in Virginia, Terry McAuliffe's pardon of a man who was convicted and served 29 years for a crime he did not commit, and McAullife's opportunity to appointment several judges.

Morrissey Photo Again Raises Paternity Questions

A photo of former Delegate Joe Morrissey is circulating on social media today, which appears to show him and Myrna Pride posing with her infant child.

Morrissey, Pride and the child are all dressed in historic southern attire and smiling.

Morrissey had been accused of having an inappropriate sexual relationship with Pride last year. She was 17 at the time and working in his law office.

Morrissey was cleared of all charges relating to the relationship in March.

He visited Pride in Atlanta for the baby’s birth but to date has not admitted paternity.

Democrats Seeking Watkins Seat Participate in Forum

The three Democratic candidates in the race for the 10th district state Senate seat, now held by retiring Republican John Watkins, addressed voters questions directly last night at a forum moderated by 88.9 WCVE’s Craig Caper.

Chersterfield County Supervisor Dan Gecker says he wants to address the district’s income divide.

Emily Francis, an environmental advocate who’s worked for 16 years in non profits, says she’s the only proven progressive choice for Democrats.

Former Democratic Attorneys General Support McDonnell

Two former attorneys general were on hand at former Governor Bob McDonnell’s appeal yesterday (5/12), to say his conviction sets a dangerous precedent for politicians across the country.

50 former Attorneys General signed an amicus brief in support of McDonnell.

All three of the judges on the panel were appointed by Democratic presidents - two by President Clinton and one by President Obama. Though Francisco says they are a fair and impartial tribunal and he expects a fair and impartial ruling.

McDonnell Attorneys and Prosecutors Argue Appeal

Attorneys for former Governor Bob McDonnell argued before the 4th U. S.Circuit Court of Appeals May 12 that his September conviction on charges of bribery and corruption should be thrown out.

McDonnell and his attorneys insist that a meeting he arranged with Health Secretary Bill Hazel and an informational luncheon at the Governor’s mansion were improperly defined by Judge James Spencer as official acts.

Francisco says Judge Spencer did not allow jurors to be thoroughly questioned on whether they had formed an opinion on the case based on pretrial coverage.

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