Columnist Jeff Schapiro analyzes Virginia political news, including a proposal to mediate Sweet Briar College’s disputed closing, the governor’s position on a controversial pipeline, and Hillary Clinton adopting an issue from Jim Webb.
Governor Terry McAuliffe discussed what Virginia is doing to utilize body cameras and other surveillance technology when asked about the violence in Baltimore.
McAuliffe has his Secure Commonwealth Panel working to develop a comprehensive policy on police body cameras.
McAuliffe says they need to resolve when to read the data collected from such cameras and how long it is kept.
State Police estimate the cost of implementing body cameras at $2 million dollars.
U.S. Senator Tim Kaine says a bill he helped draft that would give Congress the power to review a final nuclear deal with Iran will reach the President’s desk.
Kaine says the bill will give the President the appropriate room to negotiate a nuclear agreement, and only when completed would Congress step in to review the deal.
In an unusual circumstance, the bill passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee by unanimous vote. It’s now on the floor.
Kaine is hopeful that the bill could pass the Senate this week and soon thereafter in the House.
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring was at the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday to hear the arguments for and against legalizing same sex marriage.
The Attorney General told reporters the landmark Loving vs. Virginia case, which legalized interracial marriage, was mentioned more than once during oral arguments.
Last year the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 3-0 to strike down Virginia’s 2006 voter approved amendment banning same sex marriage.
Herring changed the commonwealth’s position on the case and chose not to defend the law.
The case challenging Virginia’s ban on same sex marriage is not the one now before the Supreme Court, but Attorney General Mark Herring says it helped shape the national debate.
Virginia voters would choose Florida Governor Jeb Bush over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton if the 2016 presidential election were held today, according to a Wason poll just released this morning (4/27).
The Commonwealth is ranked last in the nation for connecting teenagers to permanent families, with 500 kids per year aging out of the foster care system.
Voices for Virginia’s Children wants the state to opt in to a provision of the Federal Fostering Connections Act, which would provide federal funds for housing, case support and independent living services to transition aged youth aged 18-21. Eligible kids would have to maintain a job or remain in school to receive these funds.
Times-Dispatch columnist Jeff Schapiro analyzes Gov. McAuliffe’s appearance on “Meet the Press,” Dominion’s pipeline and wind turbine projects, and State Senator Thomas Norment’s proposals for the General Assembly.
Governor Terry McAuliffe celebrated Earth Day yesterday (4/22) by signing 10 bills to grow renewable energy jobs.
In front of the 500 KW solar array at the Capitol One Meadowville Technology Park in Chester, McAuliffe signed legislation to create the Virginia Solar Development Authority, double the capacity for solar net energy metering and extend the existing $500 Green Jobs Tax Credit for 3 years.
Seven of the nine members of Richmond City Council have introduced amendments to Mayor Dwight Jones' budget to give more money to public schools.
This year, the School Board requested $24 million dollars in additional funds for day-to-day operations. Mayor Jones left it essentially flat but offered an additional $10 million in one time funds to reduce the empty seats in schools.
2nd District Councilman Charles Samuels included an amendment to fully fund the school board’s request.