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Hanover Supervisors Might Reconsider Rejection Of Summer Duck Farm Development

Hanover County Supervisors may revisit a proposed 68-home development that was voted down earlier this week. The vote was 4-3 against the proposed development at Summer Duck Farm and Atlee Station Road, but supervisor Elton Wade said he wants to change his vote and has asked the matter be brought up at the next Board meeting. He said he erred in his vote, but he didn’t said what changed his mind.

All 3 Candidates for Virginia’s 7th District Appear Together in Goochland

The candidates for Virginia’s 7th District Congressional seat appeared together last night for a forum at Benedictine College Preparatory, sponsored by the Goochland Chamber of Commerce. This event marked the first and only joint public appearance of all three of the candidates; Republican Dave Brat, Democrat Jack Trammell and James Carr, the Libertarian. Each candidate offered opening and closing remarks.

The audience was large and enthusiastic and were reminded twice not to interrupt the speakers.

McAuliffe Says Asian Trip Has Produced 5-6 Handshake Deals

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.

Kaine Discusses U.S. War Powers at Times Dispatch Public Square

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.

State Needs $45 Million for Prisoner Health Care

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.

Medicaid Expansion Would Lower Costs of Prison Health Care

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 Tenth District Race Expensive and Contentious

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.

McAuliffe Announces 556 State Layoffs, Powhatan Correctional Center to Close

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced yesterday (10/15) that Virginia will lay off 556 state employees, largely from the department of corrections, to help close an $882 million dollar budget gap due to reduced federal spending brought on by sequestration. The state will close the Powhatan Correctional Center, as well as two smaller corrections facilities and delaying the opening of a new women’s correctional center.

The Governor is also leaving vacant positions unfilled, including several dozen state troopers, though no cuts were made to public schools.

Rand Paul Wants GOP to Reach Out to Minorities

At a Republican rally for Dave Brat and Ed Gillespie in Ashland yesterday (10/15), U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky shared his vision to grow the GOP brand nationally. Paul says the Republican party must reach out to new groups they’ve previously ignored, including the poor and minorities.

The Senator believes Republicans can make gains with minorities on issues like school choice, and more lenient sentences for non-violent drug offenders.

Paul wants to establish what he calls “economic freedom zones.”

Rand Paul Campaigns for Dave Brat and Ed Gillespie

Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky was in Ashland yesterday (10/15) to rally for 7th District GOP candidate Dave Brat and Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Ed Gillespie. Paul nationalized both races, first urging the conservative crowd to vote for Ed Gillespie.

The Tea Party favorite told supporters they woke Washington up when they ousted former Majority Leader Eric Cantor in favor of newcomer Dave Brat.

Paul concluded saying in order to grow the GOP must reach out to new groups they’ve previously ignored, including the poor and minorities.

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