Jeff Schapiro analyzes the week in Virginia politics.
U. S. Senator Mark Warner and some candidates running for his seat were in Wakefield for the 66th annual Shad Planking to talk to voters in one of Virginia’s oldest political rituals. Craig Carper reports
Speaker of the House of Delegates Bill Howell says he would likely rule as germane to the budget, the Senate’s Medicaid expansion alternative plan, Marketplace Virginia, but says it remains bad policy. Craig Carper reports.
Senator Mark Warner was at La Diferrence in Downtown Richmond yesterday to discuss several bills he is carrying to curb cyber crime and to ask retailers for their help on the issue. Craig Carper reports.
Mayor Dwight Jones has appointed University of Richmond Professor Thadd Williamson as the first provisional Director of the Office of Community Wealth Building. Craig Carper reports.
Last night, Richmond City Council unanimously approved a plan to lease Monroe Park to a non-profit group over objections from members of the public who say the arrangement would displace the homeless who live there now. The 30-year lease to the Monroe Park Conservancy paves the way for a $6 million renovation to the park scheduled to be completed by next year, financed through public and private funds.
Yesterday U.S. House Majority Leader and Seventh District Congressman Eric Cantor held a roundtable discussion on innovation and the new economy at 804RVA, a communal workspace for start up companies and freelancers in technology and arts fields. Larkin Garbee, Founder of 804RVA, says there are many benefits to those who participate in a co-working community.
Analyst Jeff Schapiro sees no progress in breaking the budget stalemate.
The Virginia Senate has approved a new budget and sent it to the House of Delegates, though the House Republican leadership says the Senate is using procedural tactics to delay serious negotiations.
Governor Terry McAuliffe has completed action on all but a handful of bills passed during the 2014 General Assembly session. Craig Carper reports.