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Special Election for Morrissey Seat to Be Held Jan. 13

Voters in parts of Henrico, Richmond and Charles City will go to the polls today to fill the very briefly vacant House seat of embattled Delegate Joe Morrissey.

In December Morrissey tendered his resignation, effective today, to trigger the special election and let voters decided if he keeps his seat. Morrissey was shut out of the nomination process by local Democrats and is now running as an independent.

His opponents are Democrat Kevin Sullivan and Republican Matt Walton.

Henrico Police Execute Search Warrant At Joe Morrisey’s Office

Joe Morrisey is accusing Henrico County of sabotaging his election campaign by executing a search warrant at his office on the eve of today’s election to fill his vacant seat.

Late yesterday (1/12), several detectives arrived as his office, he said, seeking the origin of allegedly falsified court documents that detailed the terms of support payments the father of a former receptionist was obligated to pay beginning in 2006.

That man, Coleman Pride, helped initiate an investigation into Morrisey’s relationship with his daughter who was 17 at the time.

74th District Debate Fizzles

A planned debate in the battle for Virginia’s 74th District Seat yesterday was about as unusual as the race itself.

Police were there. Protestors were there. But one of the main candidates was a no-show in what was to be a debate in the contest for Joe Morrisey’s House Seat.

Morrisey was there running as an independent, Republican Matt Walton was there, but Democratic candidate Kevin Sullivan chose instead to attend a rally in Charles City County.

McDonnell’s Attorneys to Appeal Verdict

Governor Bob McDonnell and his attorneys should file an appeal to his September conviction on 11 counts of public corruption later this evening (Jan. 7) or early tommorrow.

The written appeal will use transcripts and court documents from the trial to present potential legal errors that were made during the proceedings.

Richard Kelsey, Assistant Dean of the George Mason School of Law, says it’s likely the appeal would not be heard for 4-5 months

McDonnell Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison, 2 Years Probation

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell was sentenced Tuesday to 2 years in prison and 2 years probation for his conviction on 11 counts of public corruption.

McDonnell received far less time than the original sentencing guidelines of 10-12 years recommended. The former Governor thanked Judge Spencer for his mercy.

McDonnell is scheduled to report to prison February 9th. He says he will appeal the jury’s verdict.

Former First Lady Maureen McDonnell will be sentenced February 20th.

Prosecutors Call McDonnell Sentence a Victory

Prosecutors say former Governor Bob McDonnell’s 2-year prison sentence is a victory for the U.S. Justice Department.

Yesterday (1/6) former Governor Doug Wilder got applause when testifying as a character witness for McDonnell, when he said it was Jonnie Williams, who gave McDonnell the multitude of gifts, that should be prosecuted.

Dana Boente U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia disagrees. He told reporters cases of public corruption must be prosecuted vigorously.

Democrats Win Two House Seats in Special Elections

Democrats won two special elections for the House of Delegates last night.

Democrat Kathleen Murphy defeated Republican Craig Parisot for the 34th district house race. Murphy replaces Republican Barbara Comstock of who was elected to Congress. The 34th includes parts of Fairfax and Loudon Counties.

And in the 63rd district which includes Petersburg parts of Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Hopewell and Prince George, Democrat Joseph Preston defeated Independent W.H. Mouse Jones. Preston will replace Democrat Rosalyn Dance who was elected to the state Senate.


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