On this week's WCVE Forum, Co-moderators Saraya Wintersmith and Craig Carper discuss the election results with experts Jeff Schapiro, Dr. Ravi Perry and Dr. Quentin Kidd and look at ahead at Governor-Elect Ralph Northam’s agenda for the 2018 General Assembly session.
Jeff Schapiro joins WCVE's Craig Carper for this week's political analysis. Topics include a look at how Governor-elect Northam's administration is shaping up, the potential final make-up of the state legislature, and the announcement of the Governor-elect's advisory committee.
In Virginia, Democrats gained more than a dozen seats in the Republican-controlled House of Delegates Tuesday night/last night (11/7). But the chamber’s exact balance of power is still being decided.
Command of the body is now down to several, very close races. Of the 100 House of Delegates seats up for re-election this year, 5 races have a victory margin of 1% or less, and, by state law, are eligible for recount.
Senator Tim Kaine continues to voice concern about the GOP’s plans to overhaul tax code. Under the current GOP plan, Virginia residents would face major changes.
Close to 40 percent of Virginia residents received annual state and local tax deductions over $10,000 in 2015. Under the current GOP tax plan, those deductions would be eliminated.
Virginia 7th District Republican Congressman Dave Brat says Democrats nationalized Tuesday’s election in the Commonwealth. Republicans, he said, failed to do that and it hurt them.
Brat told 88.9 WCVE his party ran on good, rational state level policy but, “The number one issue was health care and people are getting 40% increases from Obamacare and we have not explained that to the voters.”