The Federal 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected the boundaries of Virginia’s 3rd congressional district as unconstitutional. They say the General Assembly unlawfully packed African-Americans there into a single majority minority seat. The 3rd district contains large portions of Richmond, Petersburg, Newport News, Hampton and Norfolk all with large African-American populations. The General Assembly is ordered to redraw the 3rd district by April 1, but will require changes to other neighboring GOP districts.
During last night’s (10/7) second debate between Senator Mark Warner and his Republican challenger Ed Gillespie, the two sparred over a host of topics, including immigration reform. Warner attacked Gillespie for not supporting a popular comprehensive Senate immigration reform bill, since stalled in the House, that would have doubled border security. Gillespie says in 2009 Warner voted against an amendment to the bill to secure the border with a fence. Warner would not say he opposed unilateral reforms from the President but did say the issue was better resolved legislatively.
A Wason Poll released early this morning (October 7) shows Democrat Mark Warner still with a commanding lead over Ed Gillespie, but the Republican Challenger in the U.S. Senate race is gaining ground. The poll shows Warner with 51%, Gillespie with 39%.
The Christopher Newport University Wason Center Poll was conducted September 29th Through October 5th, with 839 phone calls and a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5%.
For the first time, same-sex couples began legally marrying in Virginia Monday afternoon. Danielle Sally and Heather Sturgill were the third same-sex couple to be issued a marriage license in the city of Richmond. Virginia’s Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring says all clerks are now required to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and that so far all are complying.
Opponents of same-sex marriage are disappointed, but hold out hope that the Supreme Court will ultimately issue a definitive ruling in their favor.
Jeff Schapiro, Richmond Times-Dispatch columnist and WCVE News analyst, views the week's Virginia political news.
Last night (9/2), nine candidates for Petersburg City Council participated in a debate hosted by the Petersburg Chamber of Commerce at Tabernacle Baptist Church. All nine candidates up for election in ward’s 1, 3, 5, and 7 participated and over 100 Petersburg residents attended with many submitting questions to the moderator, WCVE’s own Bill Miller.
Candidates fielded questions on economic development strategies, reducing the city’s dependence on borrowed money, crime reduction, the need for a new jail and cooperation with the school board.
Attorney General Mark Herring commemorated Domestic Violence Awareness month by delivering medication lock boxes for each of the state’s Domestic Violence shelters.
One in four individuals are impacted by domestic violence and over 35,000 protective orders were issued.
Attorney General Mark Herring wants Virginians to know about the services available to them at the state’s 47 Domestic Violence Shelters.
Governor Terry McAuliffe has announced a statewide “all of the above” energy plan. The Governor says the comprehensive plan will help grow, strengthen and diversify Virginia’s economy.
The 600 page document emphasizes efficiency, offshore wind and solar and aims to reduce consumption, but also relies on the further development of traditional fossil fuels.
On October 14th Governor McAuliffe will address an energy conference cohosted by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the League of Conservation Voters.
Elliott Fausz, the 28-year-old business manager for the family run newspaper, the Village News in Chester, is challenging Republican incumbent Randy Forbes for Virginia’s 4th congressional district seat.
Fausz describes himself as a fiscal conservative and says the central theme of his campaign is creating economic security and economic opportunity. Unlike his opponent, Fausz says he wants to fix the Affordable Care Act, not repeal it.
Fausz has challenged Congressman Forbes to debate but has yet to receive a response.
When Randolph Macon College Professor David Brat stunned Congressman Eric Cantor by defeating him in the Republican primary the campus was swamped, and Randolph-Macon’s newly acquired visibility isn’t about to stop.