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Debate Pits Northam, Perriello On Pipeline Stance

Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls Tom Perriello and Ralph Northam square off tonight (5/16) in a televised debate in Norfolk with no studio audience.

At a forum Saturday, dancing anti-natural-gas-pipeline protesters scolded Northam, shocking even Perriello supporters like Max Hamilton, who says, “I think it’s because of people like that Democrats lose elections.”

Northam said he has asked the DEQ to add scrutiny, even though the planned pipelines are federally regulated. “I have done all that I can as a Lieutenant Governor,” said Northam.

Political Analysis for Friday, May 12, 2017

Craig Carper discusses the week in politics with Richmond Times Dispatch Columnist and WCVE Political Analyst Jeff Schapiro.

Topics include Virginia's role in the heath care vote, reaction to President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey, Ralph Northam and Tom Perriello's most recent Democratic primary debate for Governor, campaign ad season and Mark Warner's role in the Senate Intelligence Committee's Russia investigation.

Democrates Differ on Charter Schools

At the Tuesday night’s (5/9) Debate for the State, Democratic gubernatorial candidates revealed their thoughts on two previously untouched issues. One of them was charter schools

Former Congressman Tom Perriello rejects charter school expansion and favors public school investment. “We need to make sure that we’re getting people the support staff into the classrooms that we need, and we need to be reforming SOLs and SOQs to make sure that we can get the critical thinking skills and and the project-based learning skills that are part of the future,” said Perriello.

Another Rowdy Town Hall Meeting For Seventh District Congressman Dave Bratt

Seventh District Republican Congressman Dave Brat held another town hall meeting in Chesterfield last night (5/9), talking about Trump, health care and the budget.

It began outside, with a largely Democratic crowd that brought the clatter inside for a 90 minute session of questions and answers, punctuated by boos.

Brat said, “Everyone says have more town halls, but then you come to the town hall and can’t have a rational dialogue.”

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