Today (11/24), Governor Terry McAuliffe will meet with top economic advisors who will try to forecast how much money Virginia can expect to take in in 2015 and give him guidance on how much he’ll have to cut to meet the expected shortfall.
Former US Senator Jim Webb has launched an exploratory committee to consider a 2016 presidential bid. The Virginia Democrat is the first potential candidate of either party to launch what could become a challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s White House ambitions.
His 14-minute address is posted on Youtube and on his new website at webb2016.com.
Governor Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order yesterday (11/20) to establish the Commonwealth Council on Bridging the Nutritional Divide which aims to end hunger in the state. Governor McAuliffe says Virginia leaves 20 million dollars in federal money on the table each year for school breakfast, lunch and summer feeding programs because many schools don’t take the time to apply.
Jeff Schapiro of the Richmond Times-Dispatch analyzes Virginia politics for WCVE News, from the Congressional delegation to continuing state budget woes.
The City of Richmond will have to return almost $1.5 million in state aid due to declining revenues. The money will come from core programs like police, jail operations and help for troubled children and adolescents. The reason is a $2.4 billion gap in the state’s two-year budget and an agreement hammered out two months ago by the Governor and the General Assembly.
Virginia cities are hurt the most, but it will cost Henrico County about a million and Chesterfield County almost $800,000. Education has been spared for now.
Virginia’s two U.S. Senators, both Democrats, were divided yesterday on their support for building the Keystone XL Pipeline. Senator Tim Kaine opposed the authorization of the Keystone Pipeline. He says rising sea levels have a direct affect on Virginians specifically in Hampton Roads, by flooding roads, damaging homes and wrecking economic havoc on families and businesses.
Analyst Jeff Schapiro discusses the General Assembly's one-day special session, Brat's seating in Congress, Gillespie's concession and Warner's political strategy.
Governor Terry McAuliffe and his administration are working hard to encourage uninsured Virginians to sign up for health coverage during open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act. The McAuliffe Administration hopes to sign up at least 160,000 of the half million Virginians eligible for coverage through the federal marketplace by February 15th.
Dave Brat was sworn in last night (11/12) as Virginia’s newest congressman, replacing former 7th District Representative and U.S. House Majority Leader, Eric Cantor. Brat, a first time public office holder, defeated Cantor in the primary, attacking him for being out of touch with his district and soft on issues like immigration.
Jeff Schapiro analyzes Mark Warner's close re-election to the Senate, what to expect from new House members, and Virginia legislators' one-day session to deal with unfinished business. (Digital delay may result in a few seconds of surrounding program being heard.)