Republican state legislators are gearing up for a legal battle over the Governor's recent restoration of rights order. House of Delegates Speaker Bill Howell and State Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment say they've retained an attorney to challenge Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe's order that gives thousands of convicted felons their civil and voting rights back. The lawyer, CHARLES Cooper served in President Ronald Reagan's administration as an assistant attorney general -- He's also made appearances before the U.S.
Sean Gorman has this week’s PolitiFact Virginia report.
Lawmakers and the Governor say they both support regional cooperation for economic development projects, but they’re in the midst of a power struggle over a the make up of a new executive board, which would prioritize incentive grants for those projects.
New York billionaire Donald Trump may not have seized the Republican nomination yet, and he may end up in a convention fight to become the party’s standard bearer. But Republicans here in Virginia are already planning for what might happen if Trump is at the top of the ticket this fall. Michael Pope has the story.
Governor McAuliffe and top legislative leaders have agreed on a $2.1 billion dollar spending plan for improvements around capitol square. The money will build a $300 million dollar facility to replace the General Assembly building, and add a parking deck and renovate Old City Hall.
It also provides funding to build a new juvenile correctional center and a new facility for civilly committed sexually violent predators. It ends a standoff over the two-year old plan adopted by the General Assembly, and frees $2.1 billion in money for pending capital projects.