The General Assembly reconvenes this morning (April 23) to consider Governor McAuliffe’s amendments and vetoes to legislation passed during the 2014 session. Craig Carper reports.
Governor Terry McAuliffe has amended a bill to include a 5-dollar increase on an existing 10 dollar fee on all felony convictions to fund additional law enforcement officers targeting sex crimes against children. Craig Carper reports.
Paul Goldman, former Democratic Party of Virginia Chairman and senior advisor to former Mayor Wilder, is gathering petition signatures to put approval of the proposed Shockoe Bottom stadium development before the voters of Richmond. Goldman says Mayor Jones has rushed the stadium project and has been purposefully vague on the details. The referendum he’s drafted would give Richmonders the final say on the stadium's fate. The referendum would also lower the threshold of signatures to put future referendums on the ballot.
Despite continued gridlock over a state budget, Governor McAuliffe says he’s had a successful first 100 days in office and commemorated the occasion at the Library of Virginia with state agency officials. Craig Carper reports.
Jeff Schapiro analyzes the week in Virginia politics.
U. S. Senator Mark Warner and some candidates running for his seat were in Wakefield for the 66th annual Shad Planking to talk to voters in one of Virginia’s oldest political rituals. Craig Carper reports
Speaker of the House of Delegates Bill Howell says he would likely rule as germane to the budget, the Senate’s Medicaid expansion alternative plan, Marketplace Virginia, but says it remains bad policy. Craig Carper reports.
Senator Mark Warner was at La Diferrence in Downtown Richmond yesterday to discuss several bills he is carrying to curb cyber crime and to ask retailers for their help on the issue. Craig Carper reports.
Mayor Dwight Jones has appointed University of Richmond Professor Thadd Williamson as the first provisional Director of the Office of Community Wealth Building. Craig Carper reports.
Last night, Richmond City Council unanimously approved a plan to lease Monroe Park to a non-profit group over objections from members of the public who say the arrangement would displace the homeless who live there now. The 30-year lease to the Monroe Park Conservancy paves the way for a $6 million renovation to the park scheduled to be completed by next year, financed through public and private funds.