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Craig Carper

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WCVE Public Radio political contributor.

Articles by Craig Carper

Virginia’s Backup Plans If Supreme Court Rules Against Obamacare Subsidies

Governor Terry McAuliffe says the state has contingency plans if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down state subsidies in the Affordable Care Act but has yet to say what those plans are.

The decision would affect millions of Americans in nearly two thirds of the states, like Virginia, who chose not to adopt a state based exchange. Nearly 300,000 Virginians are now receiving subsidies to participate in the federal exchange. Though they would lose their coverage should the court rule against those subsidies.

McAuliffe Calls for Removal of Confederate Flag from License Plates

Governor Terry McAuliffe has announced that he will ask Attorney General Mark Herring and Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne to begin the process of removing the confederate battle flag from state issued license plates.

The debate in Virginia began in 1999. The state legislature passed a law that allowed members of the group, Sons of Confederate Veterans, to create a special license plate. The law attempted to prevent the battle flag from being part of the design, but a federal court ruled the emblem could be used.

McAuliffe Announces Additional Reforms to Rights Restoration Process

Yesterday (June 23) Governor Terry McAuliffe announced two key reforms to the rights restoration process for former felons who have served their time.

Governor McAuliffe will remove the requirement that individuals pay outstanding court costs before they can have their rights restored.

The state will also establish a process for those whose rights have been reinstated to have that fact designated on their criminal record.

McAuliffe says his administration has restored the rights of over 8,250 former felons to date, more than any other Governor.

McAuliffe Discusses Outreach to Grow Opportunities for Women in STEM Fields

Governor Terry McAuliffe spoke at St. Catherine’s School in Richmond today (June 22) for the National Coalition of Girl’s Schools STEM to STEAM Conference, addressing the importance of getting more women to pursue careers in high tech fields.

McAuliffe says STEM careers are the focus of his administration as they work to create a new Virginia economy in the face of further defense cuts from sequestration. He says women are crucial to that new economy but have been under represented in STEM fields.

McAuliffe Says European Trip Already Paying Dividends

Governor Terry McAuliffe says his 12-day trade mission to Europe has already proved fruitful and will continue to pay dividends in the coming months.

The Virginia trade contingent held over 70 meetings in 6 countries, netting some significant deals.

Lidl Foods, a discount grocery chain with over 10,000 stores in Europe will locate it’s U.S. Headquarters in Arlington and a production facility in Springfield totaling 700 new jobs. Elephant Insurance will bring 1,200 new jobs to the commonwealth.

Sweet Briar to Remain Open for 2015-2016

Sweet Briar College will remain open for the 2015-2016 academic year. A last minute settlement was reached over the weekend between attorneys representing the school’s board and Save Sweet Briar Inc. a grassroots group of students, faculty and alumnae.

The terms of the agreement will bring the school a new president and a new board, chosen by Saving Sweet Briar, Inc.

Seven Apply for SCOVA Vacancy

Seven people including four judges, two lawyers and a law professor have sent applications to Governor Terry McAuliffe to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Virginia Supreme Court.

Typically Virginia Supreme Court Justices are elected by the General Assembly to a term of 12 years.

Justices appointed by the Governor when the legislature is out of session, serve on an interim basis until the General Assembly returns.

Richmond Could See 99 Days a Year Over 90 Degrees by 2065

Richmond currently experiences an annual average of 36 days at or above 90-degree temperatures during the summer. A group of climate change researchers say current trends could increase the number of 90-degree day in the river city to 99 by 2065.

Climate change researcher Stephen Nash says Virginia is warming by 4.6 degrees per century. He says this is beyond safe and normal climate variations.

Ending Veterans' Homelessness

The 2nd Annual Ending Veteran’s Homelessness Summit met yesterday sharing best practices to find homes for all Virginia vets.

While making sure a vet never spends a night without a home may be an unattainable goal, Virginia Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs John Harvey says the state can make sure homelessness is rare, brief and non-recurring.  

Last year Governor McAuliffe’s administration was able to house nearly 750 veterans.

Finding and helping these vets is a challenge, because the number fluctuates and the state only does a single count each year. 

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