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Jury Selection Completed in McDonnell Trial

The 12-person jury has been selected, and opening arguments in the corruption trial of former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen will be held federal court today (July 29). The jury is made up of six white men, three white women and three black men. The former Governor told reporters yesterday that he has tremendous lawyers and faith in God and the justice system. The list of witnesses includes former statewide elected officials including former Democratic Governor L.

Warner, Gillespie Face Off

Senator Mark Warner and his Republican challenger, Ed Gillespie, faced off for the first time July 25 at the Virginia Bar Association debate at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs,West Virginia. Much of the debate centered on healthcare reform, with Gillespie targeting Warner for his role in the passage of the Affordable Care Act, which the Republican candidate says fails to bring down healthcare costs.

Gillespie said he wants to replace Obamacare with market oriented solutions but has yet to produce a plan.

Gillespie Tours Mechanicsville Businesses

The Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, Ed Gillespie, was in the Richmond area this week speaking to local business owners about their challenges and what they want to see from their elected leaders.  Paul Dorn, owner of Colonial Body and Paint Shop and Colonial Mobile Glass Shop, employs 18 people in Mechanicsville. He told Gillespie his biggest need from the government is a sense of stability. He feels that the President and Congress are paying for too many benefits. Gillespie says he hears many business owners don’t have confidence in the economy and are worried about regulations.

McAuliffe Cuts Fundraising Short to Survey Storm Damage

Governor Terry McAuliffe is cutting short a west coast fund raising trip to survey the damage from yesterday’s Tornado at the Cherrystone Campground in the eastern shore town of Cheriton. Officials remain on site this morning having worked through the night to clean up the damage from the EF-1 tornado. McAuliffe will meet with those affected and thank first responders before a media briefing. The storm downed numerous trees and power lines and overturned several campers Thursday morning.

Statewide Board Considers Appeal to Court Decision

The Opportunity Educational Institution, the statewide school board tasked with taking over failing schools, is considering an appeal to the Virginia Supreme Court, after a Norfolk Circuit Court ruling this summer that found the board is unconstitutional. Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Tuesday that he will not challenge the Norfolk court’s ruling.

The Opportunity Educational Institution (OEI) nine-member board will meet early next week to determine whether it has the authority to file its own challenge.

McAuliffe Will Not Challenge OEI Ruling

Governor Terry McAuliffe will not challenge a ruling by Norfolk Circuit Court that the Opportunity Educational Institution or OEI, a statewide school board with the authority to take over failing schools, is unconstitutional. Governor McAuliffe says the OEI took responsibility away from local communities and school boards.

The Opportunity Educational Institution was a top priority of former Governor Bob McDonnell during his last year in office. Six schools denied state accreditation, including several in Petersburg, would have been taken over in the upcoming school year.


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