Analyst Jeff Schapiro discusses the week's testimony in the McDonnell corruption trial and Eric Cantor's possible other motives for stepping down early.
Dr. Bill Hazel, Health Secretary under former Governor Bob McDonnell, testified Thursday in the corruption of the former Chief Executive and his wife Maureen, saying he was unimpressed with their benefactor Jonnie Williams or the drug he was promoting. Williams, the CEO of Star Scientific, was trying to get clinical trials of his anti-inflammatory drug Anatabloc, which he claimed could treat Alzheimer’s and possibly cure Multiple Sclerosis.
During sworn testimony Thursday in the corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen, the ex-director of the governor's mansion said the former first lady did not believe her gifts should be tracked because she was not an elected official. Bob and Maureen McDonnell are accused of accepting over $150,000 in gifts and loans from former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for the state's assistance in advancing his drug Anatabloc. Sarah Scarborough, former Director of the Virginia governor's mansion, says Mrs.
A top Virginia GOP official who posted an anti-Muslim Facebook message has resigned, but not apologized. The Washington Post says Bob FitzSimmonds, treasurer of the state Republican Party handed in his resignation to party officials last night, after a comment he posted on his Facebook page following President Obama’s praising Muslims for helping to build “the very fabric of our nation,” at the end of Ramadan. FitzSimmonds wanted to know, “exactly what part of our nation’s fabric was woven by Muslims.” In his resignation letter, he said “It seems that no mat
The Virginia Board of Elections voted 2-1 yesterday (August 6) to accept a compromise measure on proposed changes to the state’s voter ID law that would eliminate any form of photo ID that expired more than 12 months before election day. Earlier this year, the board approved adjustments to the Voter ID law that would accept expired photo IDs. The legilsation's patron, Republican stateb Senator Mark Obenshain of Harrisonburg, expressed concerns, and the issue was reopened.
In sworn testimony during the corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen McDonnell, the former first lady’s original chief of staff said she had to leave her job in 2011 due to Mrs. McDonnell’s constant screaming. Mary Shea Sutherland confirmed that she had told federal investigators that Mrs. McDonnell was a “nutbag.” Sutherland said the yelling prompted the executive protection unit to enter the room to investigate on more than one occasion.
Virginia’s Attorney General Mark Herring has announced he will petition the US Supreme Court to hear Virginia’s marriage equality case and has asked a Richmond appellate court for a stay of its recent ruling that upheld a lower court decision to strike down the state’s ban on same sex marriages. The Attorney General says he will file a petition with the Supreme Court Friday, asking it to hear Virginia’s case and “definitively settle the constitutional issues for the Commonwealth and the rest of the country.”
Governor Terry McAuliffe has called a special election to replace Congressman Eric Cantor for November 4th, the same day as the general election for U.S. Senate. The special election would allow the victor to be seated immediately, giving the seventh district representation during the lame-duck session.
Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen are accused of accepting over $150,000 in gifts and loans from Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams, in exchange for helping advance his dietary supplement Anatabloc. Jasen Eige, McDonnell’s Chief Policy Advisor and Legal Counsel said to his knowledge, the former Governor wore a gift Rolex watch publicly only once, the day after returning from Christmas vacation in January of 2013.