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McAuliffe To Deliver First State Of The Commonwealth Address

Tonight at 7:00 p.m., the Governor will deliver his first State of the Commonwealth Address. It can be heard and seen on WCVE PBS/WHTJ PBS at 7:00 p.m. and will be posted on later this evening (January 14).

In addition to ethics reform, McAuliffe will discuss his strategy for job creation, closing the state’s $2.4 billion budget shortfall as well as several other top Democratic priorities.

General Assembly Convenes, Will Tackle Ethics Reform Amid Scandals

The General Assembly Convenes in Richmond today (1/14) for the start of the 2015 session. At the top of its to-do list is ethics reform in the wake of the McDonnell trial, as well as the conviction and re-election of Delegate Joe Morrissey.

Just over a week after former Governor Bob McDonnell was sentenced to two years in prison, the need for ethics reform is evident to the Republican controlled legislature and to Governor Terry McAuliffe.

McAuliffe Announces Equality Agenda

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced a series of legislative proposals yesterday he says will promote equal opportunity for everyone across the Commonwealth.

Governor McAuliffe says he will push for equal pay for equal work for women by raising the penalty that employers who have violated equal pay laws must pay from two to three times the lost wages of the employee.

Special Election for Morrissey Seat to Be Held Jan. 13

Voters in parts of Henrico, Richmond and Charles City will go to the polls today to fill the very briefly vacant House seat of embattled Delegate Joe Morrissey.

In December Morrissey tendered his resignation, effective today, to trigger the special election and let voters decided if he keeps his seat. Morrissey was shut out of the nomination process by local Democrats and is now running as an independent.

His opponents are Democrat Kevin Sullivan and Republican Matt Walton.

Henrico Police Execute Search Warrant At Joe Morrisey’s Office

Joe Morrisey is accusing Henrico County of sabotaging his election campaign by executing a search warrant at his office on the eve of today’s election to fill his vacant seat.

Late yesterday (1/12), several detectives arrived as his office, he said, seeking the origin of allegedly falsified court documents that detailed the terms of support payments the father of a former receptionist was obligated to pay beginning in 2006.

That man, Coleman Pride, helped initiate an investigation into Morrisey’s relationship with his daughter who was 17 at the time.

74th District Debate Fizzles

A planned debate in the battle for Virginia’s 74th District Seat yesterday was about as unusual as the race itself.

Police were there. Protestors were there. But one of the main candidates was a no-show in what was to be a debate in the contest for Joe Morrisey’s House Seat.

Morrisey was there running as an independent, Republican Matt Walton was there, but Democratic candidate Kevin Sullivan chose instead to attend a rally in Charles City County.


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