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Howell Has Large Cash Advantage Over Opponent In Primary

Virginia House Speaker William Howell has a dominant cash advantage over his tea party rival in the June 9th primary election.

Howell’s campaign said yesterday (6/1) that it had raised more than $550,000 this reporting period.

A spokesman for his opponent, Susan Stimpson, says she has raised about $28,000.

Stimpson is a former political protégé, who has accused Howell of abandoning his conservative beliefs in favor of serving deep pocketed special interests.

Should ABC Enforce Alcohol Laws?

In March, ABC agents violently arrested Martese Johnson, a 20-year-old black student at UVA, outside of a Charlottesville bar. He was charged with misdemeanor counts of obstruction, using profane language and public intoxication.

According to data from the ABC department, 85% of the suspects in such cases were taken into custody. For incidents of marijuana possession, suspects were taken into custody only 11% of the time.

Scott on Sidelines in Redistricting Battle

A legal battle is raging over whether Third District Congressman Bobby Scott’s District has too many black voters, but so far, the Congressman himself has not gotten involved. 

The Third is 56% black, a jagged line from Portsmouth to Richmond drawn in 2012 by the Republican-controlled General Assembly.

Democrats went to federal court to block it, and a panel of federal judges is now considering whether to force the legislature to redraw the district.

It could affect surrounding districts that are majority white. But Scott himself has not gotten involved.

DA Says Evidence Was Enough to Convict M. McDonnell

Federal prosecutors says there is easily enough evidence to support former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell’s public corruption conviction.

In court filings yesterday (5/28), prosecutors told the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals that it is clear McDonnell took illegal steps to benefit a wealthy vitamin executive who lavished her and her husband with low-interest loans and expensive gifts.

Sexual Assault Task Force Recommendations

The Governor’s Task Force on Campus Safety and Sexual Assault issued its final recommendations May 28.

The taskforce recommends directing each university to establish a comprehensive response policy informed by students faculty, experts in mental health, substance abuse and sexual violence. The idea is to allow each college to design a system that works best for them but also allow them to learn from what other schools are doing.

Attorney General Mark Herring chaired the task force.

Sex Assault Task Force Recommends Technology

The Governor’s Task Force on Campus Safety and Sexual Assault issued its final recommendations yesterday (5/28).

Attorney General Mark Herring says the group worked to remove barriers to reporting assaults in a variety of ways, such as using online reporting, apps and info graphics to make it easier for students to report and understand the process.

63rd House District Democratic Forum

All five candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for the 63rd House of Delegates seat participated in a forum at Virginia State University moderated by 88.9 WCVE’s Craig Carper.

The candidates took audience questions on the state’s role in job creation, declining enrollments at historically black colleges and universities and the local composite index, the formula by which schools are funded in Virginia.

Gerry Rawlinson says she’s a proven leader with a 20-year track record as an owner of several home healthcare businesses and registered nurse for over 33 years.

Dance and Preston in Lively Discussion

Last night (5/27) at Virginia State University, 16th State Senate District Senator Rosalyn Dance and her challenger, Delegate Joe Preston, participated in a lively panel moderated by 88.9 WCVE’s Craig Carper.

Preston who has actively attacked Dance’s credentials as a Democrat, took several swipes last night. He says she stood idly by as the Southside Virginia Training Center in Petersburg closed last year.

Dance denies this and says she was a key player on several major corporate investments in the area including Amazon and Boarshead.

11th State Senate District Candidates Take Questions

Last night (5/27) at Virginia State University, 22-year incumbent Senator Steve Martin and his two challengers for the 11th Senate District Republican nomination, Barry Moore and Amanda Chase, participated in a panel moderated by 88.9 WCVE’s Craig Carper.

The three conservative candidates are against legal abortion, support the 2nd amendment, want lower taxes and oppose Medicaid expansion, but Martin's two challengers say he’s out of touch.


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