TD columnist and WCVE analyst Jeff Schapiro discusses McAuliffe's first year, McDonnells' convictions, Cantor's defeat, the GOP takeover of the state Senate, Warner's squeaker, and other 2014 highlights and lowlights.
Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Cynthia Kinser and Virginia Court of Appeals Chief Judge Walter Felton retire today after years of service on the bench.
Kinser was the first female chief justice in Virginia history. The justices of the Supreme court have elected Justice Donald Lemons to serve as the next Chief Justice. The Supreme Court will be down one justice until the legislature appoints Kinser’s successor.
The General Assembly never adjourned this year, preventing Governor Terry McAuliffe from making interim judicial appointments at various levels.
RTD columnist and WCVE analyst Jeff Schapiro discusses the twists and turns of Del. Joe Morrisey legal troubles, other ethics developments and Gov. McAuliffe's budget proposals.
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced yesterday that his administration has restored civil and voting rights to over 5,113 ex offenders, more than any other Governor in a single year.
Virginia is one of the toughest states for rights restoration in the country, but Governor McAuliffe has streamlined the process, shortening the application from 13 pages to one.
Delegate Joe Morrissey of Henrico will resign from the House of Delegates but will seek the Democratic nomination for the seat in a special election on January 13th, a day before the General Assembly session.
Morrissey was charged with inappropriate sexual relations with a minor but entered a plea deal Dec. 12 to one misdemeanor count of contributing to delinquency of a minor and was senteced to serve six months in jail with work release privileges.
Republican Speaker of the House Bill Howell called Morrissey’s announcement “deceitful, selfish and disrespectful.”
Governor McAuliffe says he has not received any big-ticket gifts since taking office this year, a departure from what was commonplace under past administrations. The Governor instituted a self-imposed $100 gift limit shortly after taking office, saying it was part of an effort to clean up Virginia’s reputation.
He recently filed a statement of economic interest, which confirmed that he received mostly trinkets related to trade missions.
Governor Terry McAuliffe wants to cap certain tax preferences and credits and raise various fees in order to close the state’s most recent $322 million dollar budget gap.
The Governor’s budget includes no cuts to k-12 public schools and increases wages for those at the bottom of the state pay scale, particularly Sherriff’s deputies, many of whom currently qualify for food stamps.
This morning (12/17) as Governor McAuliffe announces cuts to state programs and caps on certain tax preferences when he announces his biannual budget amendments.
He’ll also call for new investments in other priority areas. Among these investments Governor McAuliffe includes over $500,000 to support First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe’s hunger initiative, increasing subsidies for Virginia’s school breakfast program, largely through federal funds, by 5¢ per meal to encourage greater participation.
Governor McAuliffe is pushing for new regulations on gun ownership. The Governor presented a package of gun control measures yesterday (102/15) he said were necessary to keep Virginians safe. Among the legislation he says he will pursue during the 2015 session, is a bill that would limit handgun purchases to one a month.
Another would prohibit people subject to protective orders from possessing firearms.