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63rd House District Democratic Forum

All five candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for the 63rd House of Delegates seat participated in a forum at Virginia State University moderated by 88.9 WCVE’s Craig Carper.

The candidates took audience questions on the state’s role in job creation, declining enrollments at historically black colleges and universities and the local composite index, the formula by which schools are funded in Virginia.

Gerry Rawlinson says she’s a proven leader with a 20-year track record as an owner of several home healthcare businesses and registered nurse for over 33 years.

Dance and Preston in Lively Discussion

Last night (5/27) at Virginia State University, 16th State Senate District Senator Rosalyn Dance and her challenger, Delegate Joe Preston, participated in a lively panel moderated by 88.9 WCVE’s Craig Carper.

Preston who has actively attacked Dance’s credentials as a Democrat, took several swipes last night. He says she stood idly by as the Southside Virginia Training Center in Petersburg closed last year.

Dance denies this and says she was a key player on several major corporate investments in the area including Amazon and Boarshead.

11th State Senate District Candidates Take Questions

Last night (5/27) at Virginia State University, 22-year incumbent Senator Steve Martin and his two challengers for the 11th Senate District Republican nomination, Barry Moore and Amanda Chase, participated in a panel moderated by 88.9 WCVE’s Craig Carper.

The three conservative candidates are against legal abortion, support the 2nd amendment, want lower taxes and oppose Medicaid expansion, but Martin's two challengers say he’s out of touch.

Cuccinelli Settles Suit Against PAC He Says Conducted Scam

Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli has settled a lawsuit on favorable terms with a conservative poltical action committee he says engaged in a national fundraising scam. 

Cuccinnelli says the Arlington-based Conservative StrikeForce PAC used his name, raised $2.3 million dollars and donated only $10,000 of it to his failed gubernatorial campaign against Democrat Terry McAuliffe in 2013.

Governor Names New IT Chief

Governor McAuliffe has named the former IT chief of the US House of Representatives to run the Virginia Information Technologies Agency.

Nelson Moe will take over as CIO at a time the state is seeking to restructure its IT services to make them more cost effective, more cutting edge and more secure.

The Governor says Nelson Moe is a high-energy results-driving IT executive with a track record of leadership.

Before he worked for the House, he served as an officer aboard a US nuclear submarine.

McAuliffe to Sign Child Care Bills

Today in Midlothian Governor Terry McAuliffe will sign legislation to increase the regulation of child care centers in Virginia.

The bills will lower from 5 to 4 the number of unrelated children that can be cared for in a facility without requiring the provider to be licensed.

They will also require employees and volunteers to notify their employer if they’re convicted of a barrier crime of neglect or child abuse.

The legislation was inspired by several high profile incidents of child deaths at unlicensed facilities including one in Midlothian.

House Speaker Howell Faces Challenger

Virginia House Speaker William J. Howell faced his first serious Republican primary challenger in a Frederickburg debate yesterday (5/24).

Hoping to capitalize on the same voter dissatisfaction that helped Dave Brat oust Eric Cantor last year, Susan Stimpson is taking on Howell in the House district that includes Stafford County and Fredericksburg.

They clashed over taxes, Medicaid and transportation in their first faceoff.

She tried to paint Howell as out of touch with conservative principals of low taxes and small government.

Jeff Schapiro: Brat's Immigrant Views; Sullivan Extended; Morrissey Saga Continues; 3-way Race May Thwart Dems Takeover Bid

Jeff Schapiro analyzes Dave Brat's immigration comments, UVa Board's extension president's contract, the latest Joe Morrisey soap opera episode, and a three-waqy race for the State Senate in Roanoke.


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