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Political Analysis For Friday, 1/27/17

Republicans push pay raises for state workers, state police.

Virginia senators are digging in against some Trump Cabinet nominees. Kaine – already opposing Rex Tillerson for State – will vote against Betsy DeVos for education secretary, expressing concerns about her supposedly hostile views on public education and possible ethical conflicts thru her family’s vast fortune. Warner says he’ll vote against Jeff Sessions for attorney general, citing Session’s perceived hostility to voting and civil rights.

UVA Student Groups and Faculty Members Plan Rally, Protests, Teach-in Friday

A group of University of Virginia Students and faculty members is planning a walk-out on inauguration day.

Members of the Black Student Alliance and other advocacy groups, plan a walk-out, a rally and a teach-in.

Westin Gobar is Political Action Chair of the Black Student Alliance. He says there will be a teach-in and workshop on protest and practical political action as they face four years of a Trump presidency, beginning with local government.

Virginia GOP Unveils Economic Plan

Republican leaders in Virginia’s House of Delegates have now unveiled their agenda for improving the state’s economy.

72nd District Delegate Jimmy Massey Chairs the House Republicans policy working group - he says their 4-point plan will balance Virginia’s budget shortfall without tax or fee increases. The plan calls for cutting state regulations by 35% through a new division in the Department of Planning and Budget.

Governor Proposes Changes to VEDP

Governor Terry McAuliffe is proposing several structural changes to Virginia’s Economic Development Partnership Authority (VEDP) – including making the Secretary of Commerce and Trade the default Chair of VEDP’s Board of Directors.

Governor McAuliffe revealed the proposal to reporters Monday (12/12). He argues the change will bring leadership to the board's decision-making.

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