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Governor McAuliffe Begins Trade Mission to India

Governor Terry McAuliffe and members of his administration have begun a trade mission to the Middle East and India where they plan to attend over 100 meetings in 11 days.

The Middle Eastern portion of the trip will include a visit to the Air Show in Dubai, business outreach in the United Arab Emirates and stops in Oman and Kuwait for various Agriculture projects.

Virginia Secretary of Agriculture Todd Haymore says the commonwealth already has a foothold in India where we sell lumber, grain and apples.

Carson Speaks On Religious Freedom

On the heels of the GOP Debate, Dr. Ben Carson is talking about religious freedom.

Taking questions from Liberty University students, Republican front-runner Dr. Ben Carson talked about how he might govern given the tension between “traditional” and more “progressive” values.

The retired neurosurgeon also touched on his views about the definition of marriage.

Dr. Carson received a standing ovation after his remarks at the Vines Center Wednesday (11/11) morning.

Liberty University To Host GOP Presidential Hopeful Ben Carson Tomorrow

One of the GOP’s front-running candidates for the presidential nomination will be in Lychburg tomorrow (11/11).

Liberty University has already hosted Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush, and tomorrow will hear from Ben Carson, who is riding an outside-politics persona and his Christian faith, to near the top of the polls in a crowded Republican field.

Liberty has become a familiar venue for presidential candidates of both parties this year, and the Lynchburg school has drawn national attention for its convocations.

Legislative Committee Releases First Medicaid Report

Virginia’s Legislative Oversight Committee is out with its first portion of the state’s Medicaid review report, and Republicans in the general assembly say it supports their call NOT to expand the program.

Republican leadership also said today (11/9) they will take steps to remove any medicaid expansion measures that might be embedded in Governor McAuliffe’s budget.

What Happens to Glen Sturtevant’s School Board Seat?

Now that Republican Glen Sturtevant is moving on to the Virginia State Senate, what will happen to his School Board seat for the remaining year of his term?

Sturtevant will have to resign from his board position, then his colleagues will place a public notice, conduct interviews and appoint a temporary replacement, all within 45 days.

Though 2nd District School Board member Kim Grey endorsed Democrat Dan Gecker for the 10th District Senate race, she calls Sturtevant an ally.

Ashcraft Wins Election to Prince George School Board

Eighteen year old Reeve Ashcraft has been elected to the Prince George County School Board.

Ashcraft thanked the voters for listening to what he had to offer.

He believes his age is a plus, given his recent experience as a student.

Ashcraft was accepted at both Virginia Tech and Christopher Newport but decided he would go to Richard Bland College and run for the school board.

Republican Amanda Chase Wins In 11th District Senate Race

Another important Republican victory in the state senate races was in District 11, where Republican Amanda Chase coasted to victory.

Amanda Chase first knocked off incumbent Senator Steve Martin in the June GOP primary, and her victory yesterday (11/3) seemed a given in the Republican leaning 11th district, which includes Amelia County, Colonial Heights and parts of Chesterfield.

She defeated Democrat Wayne Powell in yesterday’s matchup.

Chase says she has “tea party leanings” and supports term limits and more transparency in legislative committee hearings.

Republicans Maintain Control of State Senate In Expensive, Off-year Election

Virginia Republicans have maintained control of the state Senate in an expensive, off-year election battle.

After millions of dollars were spent, not a single seat changed hands in the Virginia Senate race, with the GOP retaining its 21-19 lead. All House Republican incumbents held off their challengers yesterday (11/3) and appeared to firm up their majority in there.

Democratic Governor McAuliffe led a well-financed effort to tilt the balance in the Senate, but it did not happen.

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