Columnist and analyst Jeff Schapiro previews the November 4 elections and the work ahead for Governor McAuliffe's Ethics Commission.
Immigration was a central theme at the October 28 7th district congressional debate between Professors Dave Brat and Jack Trammell at Randolph Macon College. Brat opposes the Dream Act which grants legal permanent status to undocumented immigrant students. Trammell supports it but says there is more work to do.
Brat does not support comprehensive reform saying it would provide 10 million illegal U.S. residents a pathway to citizenship. Brat says the focus on immigration must be securing the U.S. Border, which he says is open to national security threats.
Republican Dave Brat and Democrat Jack Trammell held their final debate October 28 in Virginia’s 7th District congressional election, where they weighed in on whether Congress should raise the minimum wage. Trammel says raising the minimum wage to $10.10 would have a tremendous economic benefit. Brat says the way to grow wages is through increasing American’s productivity levels, not increasing them by mandate.
The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. For tipped employees it’s $2.13 per hour.
At their final debate last night at Randolph Macon College, Professors Dave Brat and Jack Trammell took very different positions on what should be done to fix the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Brat wants to repeal and replace Obamacare immediately. He says it’s raising insurance costs and lowering the quality of healthcare. Trammell says the ACA has met its major goals by expanding health coverage by 8-11 million people and lowered health care inflation to the lowest rate in the modern era.
The Fifth is Virginia’s largest Congressional District. It includes much of the middle of the state from top to bottom. There are three challengers for the seat held for two terms by Republican Robert Hurt. John Ogle asked Hurt, Democrat Lawrence Gaughan, Libertarian Paul Jones, and independent Kenneth Hildebrandt the same question. Why should voters should choose you?
Candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District answered questions at a forum held in Goochland on October 23rd. The forum was sponsored by the Goochland County Chamber of Commerce.
Governor McAuliffe’s bipartisan ethics commission held its first meeting yesterday (10/27), beginning an accelerated meeting schedule in order to issue recommendations for the 2015 General Assembly Session by December 1st. The commission is considering changes to laws relating to gifts and loans to public officials, conflicts of interest, disclosures required of public officials and public employees, oversight and enforcement and post public service employment restrictions. Former Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling is the Commission’s Co-Chair.
Political analyst Jeff Schapiro discusses the Senate and House races, the first meeting of Gov. McAuliffe's Ethics Commission, and Jim's Webb's Trip to New Hampshire.
Hanover County Supervisors may revisit a proposed 68-home development that was voted down earlier this week. The vote was 4-3 against the proposed development at Summer Duck Farm and Atlee Station Road, but supervisor Elton Wade said he wants to change his vote and has asked the matter be brought up at the next Board meeting. He said he erred in his vote, but he didn’t said what changed his mind.
The candidates for Virginia’s 7th District Congressional seat appeared together last night for a forum at Benedictine College Preparatory, sponsored by the Goochland Chamber of Commerce. This event marked the first and only joint public appearance of all three of the candidates; Republican Dave Brat, Democrat Jack Trammell and James Carr, the Libertarian. Each candidate offered opening and closing remarks.
The audience was large and enthusiastic and were reminded twice not to interrupt the speakers.