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Governor McAuliffe and Legislative Leaders Agree on $2.1 Billion Spending Plan for Capitol Square Improvements

Governor McAuliffe and top legislative leaders have agreed on a $2.1 billion dollar spending plan for improvements around capitol square. The money will build a $300 million dollar facility to replace the General Assembly building, and add a parking deck and renovate Old City Hall.

It also provides funding to build a new juvenile correctional center and a new facility for civilly committed sexually violent predators. It ends a standoff over the two-year old plan adopted by the General Assembly, and frees $2.1 billion in money for pending capital projects.

Candidates Speak at Richmond Mayoral Forum

At Richmond’s first 2016 Mayoral Forum, candidates discussed a range issues - including the controversial subject of whether Stonewall Jackson’s statue and other pieces should remain. The majority of the candidates believe the nearly 100-year old tribute piece to Confederate General Thomas Jonathan Jackson and others along Richmond’s Monument Avenue should stay put.

Community activist Alan Schintzius suggested taking the issue to voter referendum, while Lillie Estes and Former Delegate Joe Morrissey agreed the statue should come down.

Wason Poll Shows Republican Defections if Trump is Nominee

A Wason Poll just released this morning (4/7), shows widespread Republican defections if Donald Trump is the Party nominee.

With contentious primary races testing party loyalty across the country, the Wason Center wanted to see where Virginians stood.

On the other hand, 90% of Virginia Democrats say they would vote for Hillary Clinton if she were their party’s nominee, and in a hypothetical matchup in Virginia, the polls shows Clinton over Trump 44-35%.

McAulliffe Vetoes Explicit Text Bill

Governor McAuliffe has vetoed a bill that would've set state standards for identifying graphic class materials and notifying parents. The bill, sponsored by Delegate Steve Landes, directed the State Board of Education to label sexually explicit text and set rules for schools to tell parents when those materials were going out to students.

Spokesperson Christina Knuckles says although the Governor agrees parents and educators should be communicating about curriculum, many localities have their own systems for notifying parents about sensitive materials.

Republican Representative Barbara Comstock Gives Away Trump Donations to Her Campaign

Virginia’s Tenth District Representative has given away money donated to her campaign by Donald Trump, saying he is a bad role model.

First-term Republican Congresswoman Barbara Comstock has taken the $3,000 dollars donated to her re-election campaign by Donald Trump and given it to recuperation centers for wounded veterans.

Comstock represents a key swing district that includes a diverse electorate and won her first seat in 2014 in a heavily-contested and expensive contest.

McAuliffe Vetoes Bill to Block State Funds for Planned Parenthood

Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed a bill today (3/30) that would have banned state funding for Planned Parenthood.

Currently Planned Parenthood gets no state or federal funding for abortion services.

Brian Coy, Spokesman for Governor Terry McAuliffe, says the bill would have prohibited these dollars from being spent on other services the clinics provide that many women rely on unrelated to abortion.

Giffords and Kelly Push for Gun Control in Virginia

More than a dozen advocates are launching a new state-wide effort to bring more gun control laws to the commonwealth.

At the State Capitol, Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Captain Mark Kelly announced the Virginia Coalition for Common Sense.

Captain Kelly says the group he co-founded with his wife - Americans for Responsible Solutions - will provide most of the coalition’s funding.

The couple is also lending their support to start similar gun control groups in Oregon, Minnesota, New Hampshire, and Delaware.

 

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