Republican Speaker of the House of Delegates Bill Howell and the state Senate’s Republican Majority Leader Tom Norment say Tuesday’s election of Ben Chafin to the Senate, solidifying the GOP’s control of the upper chamber, will bring stability and predictability to the General Assembly. The win will give the GOP a decisive majority in the Senate, barring unforeseen circumstances until at least January of 2016.
Bob McDonnell again takes the stand to answer questions from his defense attorney Henry Asbill about the state of his marriage during his term as governor and specifically their relationship with Jonnie Williams. Key to the couple’s defense is that they could not have conspired because their marriage had broken down and the two were barely speaking.
Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell took the stand in his own defense Wednesday in the federal corruption trial against him and his wife. Bob and Maureen McDonnell are charged with accepting $177,000 in gifts and loans from former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for official acts to promote the company’s dietary supplement, Anatabloc.
A special election yesterday in southwest Virginia has cemented Republican control of the state Senate. Republican Delegate Ben Chafin of Russell County handily defeated Democrat Mark Hymes 60 to 32 percent, with 8 percent voting for independent Rick Mullins. Chafin will replace former state Senator Phillip Puckett, who resigned in June.
Senator Mark Warner was in Richmond yesterday (8/19) to meet with senior officials at McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center and discuss problems with implementing new technology to reduce wait times. The VA is currently using outdated computers and scheduling software from the 1980s.
The sister of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell testified in his corruption trial Tuesday that the family used low interest loans to pay for expenses associated with their two troubled beach vacation properties, not out of necessity but because it made good business sense. Bob and Maureen McDonnell are charged with accepting $177,000 worth of gifts and loans from former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams, in exchange for promoting the company’s dietary supplement, Anatabloc.
Governor Terry McAuliffe is expected to disclose further budget reductions when he meets with General Assembly committees today (August 15).
A federal appeals court has refused to delay its ruling that has struck down the state’s gay marriage ban, and same-sex couples could begin marrying as early as next week in Virginia. Or, maybe not.
The prosecution has rested its case in the corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen, concluding by presenting the jury all of the tangible items they received from businessman Jonnie Williams in rapid succession.
FBI agents displayed Louis Vuitton and Oscar de la Renta dresses, coats, shoes and accessories given to Virginia’s former first lady, and golf bags, clubs, shoes and other apparel given to the former Governor and his sons.
Analyst Jeff Schapiro discusses the McDonnell Trail at midpoint, the likelihoods of same-sex marriages becoming legal in Virginia soon, the states's budget and revenue condition, and special elections for legislative seats.