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State of the Commonwealth 2015 - Part 2

Earlier tonight (January 14, 2015), Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe delivered his State of the Commonwealth address to the General Assembly on the first day of the 2015 legislative session. The Democratic governor's address in the House of Delegates chamber at the State Capitol was followed by a response from Republican leaders.

Listen to Part 1 here.

Listen to the Republican Response here.

State of the Commonwealth 2015 - Republican Response

Earlier tonight (January 14, 2015), Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe delivered his State of the Commonwealth address to the General Assembly on the first day of the 2015 legislative session. The Democratic governor's address in the House of Delegates chamber at the State Capitol was followed by a response from Republican leaders.

Listen to State of the Commonwealth 2015 Part 1 here.

Morrissey Sworn In But His Fate Remains Unknown

On the first day of the General Assembly session as the legislature returns to discuss ethics reform post McDonnell trial, among other things, the House of Delegates is struggling to decide how to handle embattled Delegate Joe Morrissey.

Morrissey was sworn into office again today, now as an independent. He was shut out by his party following his conviction last month of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Senior members of both parties say they are exploring all of their options, including voting to have him removed from office, though they did not do so today. 

McAuliffe To Deliver First State Of The Commonwealth Address

Tonight at 7:00 p.m., the Governor will deliver his first State of the Commonwealth Address. It can be heard and seen on WCVE PBS/WHTJ PBS at 7:00 p.m. and will be posted on ideastations.org later this evening (January 14).

In addition to ethics reform, McAuliffe will discuss his strategy for job creation, closing the state’s $2.4 billion budget shortfall as well as several other top Democratic priorities.

General Assembly Convenes, Will Tackle Ethics Reform Amid Scandals

The General Assembly Convenes in Richmond today (1/14) for the start of the 2015 session. At the top of its to-do list is ethics reform in the wake of the McDonnell trial, as well as the conviction and re-election of Delegate Joe Morrissey.

Just over a week after former Governor Bob McDonnell was sentenced to two years in prison, the need for ethics reform is evident to the Republican controlled legislature and to Governor Terry McAuliffe.

McAuliffe Announces Equality Agenda

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced a series of legislative proposals yesterday he says will promote equal opportunity for everyone across the Commonwealth.

Governor McAuliffe says he will push for equal pay for equal work for women by raising the penalty that employers who have violated equal pay laws must pay from two to three times the lost wages of the employee.

Special Election for Morrissey Seat to Be Held Jan. 13

Voters in parts of Henrico, Richmond and Charles City will go to the polls today to fill the very briefly vacant House seat of embattled Delegate Joe Morrissey.

In December Morrissey tendered his resignation, effective today, to trigger the special election and let voters decided if he keeps his seat. Morrissey was shut out of the nomination process by local Democrats and is now running as an independent.

His opponents are Democrat Kevin Sullivan and Republican Matt Walton.

Henrico Police Execute Search Warrant At Joe Morrisey’s Office

Joe Morrisey is accusing Henrico County of sabotaging his election campaign by executing a search warrant at his office on the eve of today’s election to fill his vacant seat.

Late yesterday (1/12), several detectives arrived as his office, he said, seeking the origin of allegedly falsified court documents that detailed the terms of support payments the father of a former receptionist was obligated to pay beginning in 2006.

That man, Coleman Pride, helped initiate an investigation into Morrisey’s relationship with his daughter who was 17 at the time.

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