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General Assembly Delays Ethics Vote

The General Assembly has delayed action until Friday on the Governor McAuliffe’s amendments to the omnibus ethics bill passed this session.

The delay stems from a language error.

Governor McAuliffe had intended to amend the legislation to make the 100-dollar gift ban an annual limit as opposed to allowing an unlimited amount of 100-dollar gifts. While most lawmakers seem comfortable with this, some Republicans expressed concerns that the amendment actually imposes a 100-dollar lifetime cap on gifts from a single donor.

General Assembly To Consider Governor’s Amendments

The General Assembly will reconvene today (April 15) at the State Capitol to consider Governor Terry McAuliffe’s amendments and vetoes to legislation passed during the 2015 legislative session, including bills that try to balance law enforcement’s use of surveillance technology with the individual right to privacy.

Governor McAuliffe amended a bill that would limit the amount of time that data collected by police license plate readers can be kept by law enforcement from one week to 60 days.  

Judge Rejects Morrissey’s Ballot Claim

A Richmond Circuit Court judge has rejected former Delegate Joe Morrissey’s request for an injunction to stop the printing of ballots in Virginia’s 16th  state Senate District. 

Morrissey says the Democratic party improperly rejected hundreds of signatures for his petition to run in the June 9th primary.  

All told, 750 of the 972 signatures Morrissey gathered were found invalid for various reasons. A Virginia Democratic Party spokeswoman says many were collected from outside the district. 

State Board of Elections Decertifies Over 500 Touch Screen Voting Machines

The State Board of Elections has voted to decertify over 500 voting machines on the WinVote system.

The machines are currently used in 30 localities across the state, including several precincts in Richmond and Henrico. They’ve been found to have insecure wireless connections and widespread problems were reported with voting machines during the November election last year prompting a recently completed review.  

The board hopes to move localities to newer systems that have a paper trail to verify that voters have selected the candidate of their choice.  

McAuliffe, Warner Endorse Clinton

Governor Terry McAuliffe and Senator Mark Warner both expressed support for Hillary Clinton Monday as she begins her campaign for president.

McAuliffe, a long time Clinton ally and family friend who ran her 2008 campaign for President, says he’s excited about the announcement.

Senator Tim Kaine also has endorsed Clinton. Both Virginia Senators have been mentioned as possible running mates for the former Secretary of State.

Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb has also expressed interest in seeking the Democratic nomination for President but has yet to formally announce.

J. Schapiro: GA to Return on Gov.'s Vetoes, Ammendments; Clinton Still Leading in Virginia; Dominion Faces Oppostion to Pipeline, Power Line

Columnist Jeff Schapiro analyzes what the Republican-controlled legislature may do on Democratic Gov. McAuliffe's actions on April 15, new poll showing Hillary Clinton still favored in the state over potential GOP rivals, and the opposition to Domnion's planned natural gas pipeline and high power line spanning the James.

McDonnell Says Favors To Williams “Just Courtesies”

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says in court papers that the favors he did for a wealthy businessman were routine courtesies and not part of a bribery scheme.

The onetime rising Republican star made the argument in a 54-page brief in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

A three-judge panel of the court will conduct a hearing on his appeal of his public corruption convictions on May 12.

Pipeline Opponents Plan To Confront Governor With 5,000 Signatures

Opponents of a natural gas pipeline through Virginia are pressing Governor McAuliffe to join forces with them.

They plan to deliver more than 5,000 signatures to the Govenor today, demanding he rescind his support of the $5 billion dollar project, which he has enthusiastically termed a “game changer,” bringing jobs and tax revenues to the state, along with lower fuel costs.

J. Schapiro: McAuliffe Courts Indiana Businesses; SCOTUS Orders 3rd District Redrawn; Morrissey Saga Continues

Columnist Jeff Schapiro analyzes Gov. McAuliffe's pitch to Indiana business leaders concerned about the Hoosier state's new religious liberty law, the Supreme Court ruling on Virginia's congressional redistricting map, and Joe Morrissey's latest adventures.

McAuliffe Declined to be Interviewed By Investigator About Visa Program

Last year Governor Terry McAuliffe declined to be interviewed by a federal agent investigating his use of the federal EB 5 Visa Program while serving as the President of Greentech Automotive.

McAuliffe made calls to expedite the Visa approval process but denies that he received any special treatment and stressed that he was a private citizen at the time.

Under the program foreign nationals who invest $500,000 to 1 million dollars in U.S. companies and create or preserve at least 10 jobs can receive a visa.


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