Sean Gorman has this week’s PolitiFact Virginia report.
Lawmakers and the Governor say they both support regional cooperation for economic development projects, but they’re in the midst of a power struggle over a the make up of a new executive board, which would prioritize incentive grants for those projects.
New York billionaire Donald Trump may not have seized the Republican nomination yet, and he may end up in a convention fight to become the party’s standard bearer. But Republicans here in Virginia are already planning for what might happen if Trump is at the top of the ticket this fall. Michael Pope has the story.
Governor McAuliffe and top legislative leaders have agreed on a $2.1 billion dollar spending plan for improvements around capitol square. The money will build a $300 million dollar facility to replace the General Assembly building, and add a parking deck and renovate Old City Hall.
It also provides funding to build a new juvenile correctional center and a new facility for civilly committed sexually violent predators. It ends a standoff over the two-year old plan adopted by the General Assembly, and frees $2.1 billion in money for pending capital projects.
Jeff Schapiro of the Richmond Times-Dispatch joins 88.9 WCVE’s Craig Carper for this week’s political analysis.
At Richmond’s first 2016 Mayoral Forum, candidates discussed a range issues - including the controversial subject of whether Stonewall Jackson’s statue and other pieces should remain. The majority of the candidates believe the nearly 100-year old tribute piece to Confederate General Thomas Jonathan Jackson and others along Richmond’s Monument Avenue should stay put.
Community activist Alan Schintzius suggested taking the issue to voter referendum, while Lillie Estes and Former Delegate Joe Morrissey agreed the statue should come down.
A Wason Poll just released this morning (4/7), shows widespread Republican defections if Donald Trump is the Party nominee.
With contentious primary races testing party loyalty across the country, the Wason Center wanted to see where Virginians stood.
On the other hand, 90% of Virginia Democrats say they would vote for Hillary Clinton if she were their party’s nominee, and in a hypothetical matchup in Virginia, the polls shows Clinton over Trump 44-35%.
Warren Fiske joins Craig Carper for this week's PolitiFact Virginia report.
Governor McAuliffe has vetoed a bill that would've set state standards for identifying graphic class materials and notifying parents. The bill, sponsored by Delegate Steve Landes, directed the State Board of Education to label sexually explicit text and set rules for schools to tell parents when those materials were going out to students.
Spokesperson Christina Knuckles says although the Governor agrees parents and educators should be communicating about curriculum, many localities have their own systems for notifying parents about sensitive materials.
Virginia’s Tenth District Representative has given away money donated to her campaign by Donald Trump, saying he is a bad role model.
First-term Republican Congresswoman Barbara Comstock has taken the $3,000 dollars donated to her re-election campaign by Donald Trump and given it to recuperation centers for wounded veterans.
Comstock represents a key swing district that includes a diverse electorate and won her first seat in 2014 in a heavily-contested and expensive contest.