127 landowners in Nelson County are refusing to let Dominion Virginia Power survey their property in preparation for their new Atlantic Coast Natural Gas Pipeline. Dominion first notified property owners of their need to survey in May. They’ve sent multiple requests for permission, but Dominion says state law will allow them to survey without it if necessary. Dominion Energy Spokesman Jim Norvelle says they prefer to work with the landowners as they’ve successfully done with 73% of landowners in the planned route.
Articles by Craig Carper
Dave Brat was sworn in last night (11/12) as Virginia’s newest congressman, replacing former 7th District Representative and U.S. House Majority Leader, Eric Cantor. Brat, a first time public office holder, defeated Cantor in the primary, attacking him for being out of touch with his district and soft on issues like immigration.
In a shockingly close election, Mark Warner appears to be poised to return to the Senate, leading his Republican opponent Ed Gillespie by roughly 12,000 votes out of nearly 2.2 million cast and with over 99% of precincts reporting.
Just two months ago, Warner held a nearly 20-point lead over Gillespie. That narrowed significantly in recent weeks, though no one was expecting a margin this close.
Republican Dave Brat, economics professor at Randolph Macon College, will go to Washington as the next Congressman from Virginia’s 7th district, having defeated fellow professor, Democrat Jack Trammell and several months ago doing what many thought was impossible, unseating former U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
Brat defeated Trammell by over 20 point margins in two races yesterday, one to begin in January when the rest of the 2015 freshman class is sworn in and one to begin immediately filling the remainder of Cantor’s term during the lame duck session.
As Virginians head to the polls, Republican Senate hopeful Ed Gillespie says he’s the only choice for economic growth in the race. Gillespie says he feels great to be in the home stretch of the campaign and that the people he talks to have a sense of optimism about turning the country around.
The long time political operative and lobbyist and first time candidate says his supporters are motivated by a love and concern for the future of the country, not by polls.
On the final day of his re-election campaign (11/3) Senator Warner made his final stop at his Richmond campaign headquarters to rally volunteers for a final day of hard work. Though Warner still maintains a lead over his Republican opponent Ed Gillespie, that lead has narrowed over the past two weeks. However Virginia’s senior Senator says he has all the momentum going into election day.
Democratic and Republican volunteers are working hard to get their message out to voters, reminding the party faithful to head to the polls and trying to sway swing voters.
Dana Bailey is a retired account executive from Glen Allen who works phone banks for Democratic candidates. She’s telling voters how important it is to go to the polls in off year elections.
Federal court transcripts released yesterday of a closed door hearing explain the dismissal of one of the jurors in the McDonnell corruption trial, 12 days into the proceedings. Judge James Spencer dismissed Louis DeNitto for telling his long-time attorney Jim Watson that he was serving as a juror on the high profile case. Spencer made daily pleas with the jurors and alternates not to discuss the case with anyone.
Governor McAuliffe has announced a new $22.5 million investment in Petersburg by the UniTao Pharmaceutical Company that will create 376 new jobs once the plant is fully operational in 3 years. UniTao, who produce active pharmaceutical ingredients, will take over the existing Boeringger Ingelheim plant in Petersburg, where they hope to begin production in 12-24 months. B.I. had announced their closure and elimination of 240 jobs last year.
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.