Several days into his Asian trade mission, speaking to reporters via conference call from Bejing, Governor Terry McAuliffe says he has 5 or 6 handshake deals with Asian companies to establish or expand operations in Virginia. McAuliffe says his trade contingent had many successful meetings in Japan highlighted by a new $32 million deal with automotive manufacturer Dynax Corporation to expand operations in Botetourt County that will create 75 new jobs.
U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) addressed a Public Square at the Richmond Times-Dispatch Tuesday (October 21) discussing how the U.S. should clarify the war powers of the President and Congress. Article 1 of the U.S. Constitution says Congress will declare war. Article 2 establishes the President as the Commander in Chief. Senator Kaine says while the President has the authority to defend against an imminent attack when the country’s strategy goes from defense to offense, congressional authorization is required.
Just a week after Governor McAuliffe announced 509 layoffs in the Department of Corrections, the state agency says it needs $45 million over the next two years to meet its healthcare obligations to the state’s prison population. The bulk of the costs come from a state medical services provider terminating its contract and the department having to replace those services at higher cost.
The Director of the Virginia Department of Corrections, which faces a $45 million health care shortfall, says expanding the state’s Medicaid program would lower costs to taxpayers to deliver prisoner healthcare. Virginia has approximately 30,000 individuals currently incarcerated. Over half of those receive their constitutionally required healthcare services from a private healthcare provider. Last year just over 10% of the states inmates qualified by being 65 years or older, on dialysis, pregnant or having another chronic health condition
Virginia’s hotly-contested 10th District Congressional race could go down to the wire. Republican Barbara Comstock and Democrat John Foust are competing to succeed Republican Frank Wolf, who is retiring after 30 years. The race is tight.
Comstock is known to political observers for her work in the 1990’s as the Capitol Hill staffer who led much of the opposition research into Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Foust claims she is a hyper-partisan who will only exacerbate the divisiveness in Congress.