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Brat and Trammell Argue Minimum Wage Hike at Randolph Macon Debate

Republican Dave Brat and Democrat Jack Trammell held their final debate October 28 in Virginia’s 7th District congressional election, where they weighed in on whether Congress should raise the minimum wage. Trammel says raising the minimum wage to $10.10 would have a tremendous economic benefit. Brat says the way to grow wages is through increasing American’s productivity levels, not increasing them by mandate.

The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. For tipped employees it’s $2.13 per hour.

At Randolph-Macon Debate, Brat and Trammell Talk Obamacare

At their final debate last night at Randolph Macon College, Professors Dave Brat and Jack Trammell took very different positions on what should be done to fix the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Brat wants to repeal and replace Obamacare immediately. He says it’s raising insurance costs and lowering the quality of healthcare. Trammell says the ACA has met its major goals by expanding health coverage by 8-11 million people and lowered health care inflation to the lowest rate in the modern era.

5th District Candidates Make Their Case For Election

The Fifth is Virginia’s largest Congressional District. It includes much of the middle of the state from top to bottom. There are three challengers for the seat held for two terms by Republican Robert Hurt. John Ogle asked  Hurt, Democrat Lawrence Gaughan, Libertarian Paul Jones, and independent Kenneth Hildebrandt the same question. Why should voters should choose you?

Governor’s Ethics Commission Convenes

Governor McAuliffe’s bipartisan ethics commission held its first meeting yesterday (10/27), beginning an accelerated meeting schedule in order to issue recommendations for the 2015 General Assembly Session by December 1st. The commission is considering changes to laws relating to gifts and loans to public officials, conflicts of interest, disclosures required of public officials and public employees, oversight and enforcement and post public service employment restrictions. Former Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling is the Commission’s Co-Chair.

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.

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