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Morrissey: Dance Betrayed Constituents

Delegate Joe Morrissey says Rosalyn Dance voted against her district's interests on Medicaid, GRTC funding and expanding the death penalty.

Morrissey says one of his opponents for the Senate seat, incumbent Rosalyn Dance voted for budgets that did not include Medicaid expansion or funding for the GRTC. He also says she’s voted twice to expand the death penalty.

He says he drew 6 times the number of supporters in his January special election than his other opponent Delegate Joe Preston did a week earlier.

Morrissey Announces Run For Senate, Vacates House Seat

Delegate Joe Morrissey formally announced his run for the 16th district state Senate seat on Wednesday and told reporters while he will vacate his house seat he’ll continue to serve his constituents in the 74th district until the election.

The state constitution says a Delegate’s House seat becomes vacant the moment they move out of the district. Morrissey says he will comply with the law but says at least 3 people have maintained their current office after relocating to run for another.

McAuliffe to Lead Trade Mission to Israel

Governor Terry McAuliffe will lead three and half day trade mission to Israel in October 2015.

Virginia currently trades with Israel in a variety of industries including agriculture, aquaculture, defense and homeland security. Over 60 Israeli companies maintain a presence in Virginia including the Sabra dipping company’s research science center employing over 500 people.

Also on the agenda is a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Morrissey Says Democrats Are Blocking His Run for Senate

Delegate Joe Morrissey says the Democratic Party is blocking him from filing 800 signatures to his petition to run for the 16th state Senate District. Morrissey was told he could not file the signatures by election officials in Petersburg and in Richmond.

Democratic Party of Virginia Spokeswoman Morgan Finkelstein says he did not pay the filing fee and was missing certain forms.

Morrissey says he followed the state code.

Morrissey will formally announce his candidacy for Senate in Church Hill this morning (3/25).

Mental Health Task Force Offers Recommendations

The Governor’s Taskforce on Improving Mental Health Services and Crisis Response held its final meeting Monday (3/23), offering 25 recommendations for streamlining the system.

Governor Terry McAuliffe signed a directive to create the Center for Behavioral Health and Justice, an inter-agency collaborative to better coordinate resources for those with mental illness and assist those who pass through the criminal justice system.

Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam chaired the taskforce.

Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz’s Presidential Announcement At Liberty University

Senator Ted Cruz is set to announce his candidacy for president at the world’s largest Christian University this morning (3/23).

Actually, the Texas Republican apparently couldn’t wait for morning and announced his candidacy on Twitter just after midnight, several hours before the official launch at the college this morning in Lynchburg.  

His choice of Liberty University indicates he plans an aggressive courtship of cultural conservatives and young voters.

Morrissey Confirms He Will Challenge Dance for Senate

Delegate Joe Morrissey has confirmed that he will challenge Democratic Senator Rosalyn Dance for the Democratic nomination in the June 16th district primary.

Morrissey recently moved into the Senate district from Henrico County to Richmond. In addition to Dance, he’ll face 63rd District Delegate Joseph Preston of Petersburg.

Before that, however, Morrissey will stand trial for charges of submitting falsified documents to the Henrico County Court in the final week of April.

Morrissey is expected to announce his candidacy formally on Wednesday.

Some Legislators Ask Whether ABC Agents Should Have Police Power

A UVA student who was bloodied by an arrest by a state ABC agent says he kept wondering how such a thing could happen.

Martese Johnson appeared at a news conference last night (3/19), with his attorney and ten stitches in his head and asked, in a written statement, “how could this happen? I trust the scars will one day heal, but the trauma of what the officers did will stay with me forever.”

Task Force on Drug Abuse Prepares Recommendations

The Governor’s Task Force on Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse met Thursday (3/19)to review legislation passed this year and to work on final recommendations due to the Governor in June.

The state has implemented a monitoring program to prevent excessive prescriptions by doctors and to determine how many prescriptions a patient may have received.

Virginia Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran says stopping the flow of drugs into the state is another challenge.

The group will meet again in April and will present a final report to the Governor in June.

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