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Craig Carper is the News Director for 88.9 WCVE Public Radio. Craig studied journalism at Virginia Commonwealth University and has worked in broadcast news since 2001. He’s worked in various capacities covering Virginia politics for WCVE PBS since 2006. For six years starting in 2009 he served as the political reporter for 88.9 WCVE before being promoted to News Director in July of 2015.

Craig served as the host of Capitol Events during the General Assembly Session on WCVE PBS, a daily one-minute update on legislative issues.

In 2012 he conducted an exclusive interview with President Barack Obama. In 2015 he interviewed former President Jimmy Carter.

Craig has contributed over 100 nationally run news stories to NPR and has been featured on the PBS NewsHour with Judy Woodruff and the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC.

He’s covered 3 Governors, the 2009 and 2013 gubernatorial campaigns, the 2012 and 2014 U.S. Senate races, the 2012 Presidential campaign and in 2014 he provided daily national coverage of the trial of former Governor Bob McDonnell for NPR.

Articles by Craig Carper

Republicans Present Green Energy Bills

A group of Republican lawmakers presented a series of clean energy bills today (2/2) to advance solar, energy efficiency and energy storage technologies. The legislators say conservation is part of a conservative “all of the above” energy agenda.

Senator Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach) said, “The key to really, really making renewables take hold and making them a much more important part of the energy picture in Virginia is the ability to store the excess energy when it’s produced.”

Commonwealth of Virginia Joins Federal Lawsuit Against President Trump

The Commonwealth of Virginia is joining a federal lawsuit against President Donald Trump over his temporary order restricting immigration and suspending admission of refugees.

Aziz v Trump was filed by two brothers who are lawful permanent U.S. residents but were forced on Saturday by U.S. customs agents to give up their green cards upon returning to Dulles airport from Yemen.

Attorney General Mark Herring joined the case late yesterday, saying “This order is unlawful, unconstitutional and un-American. Action is required.”

Disabled Virginians Call On Lawmakers to "End The Wait" For Services

Over 100 Virginians with disabilities and their families came to Capitol Square on Tuesday to ask lawmakers to “End the Wait” for community based services.

Currently over 11,000 Virginians receive treatment for developmental disabilities in their community, but another 11,000 are waiting on Medicaid waivers to get the same services.

Advocates say community-based services are not only the right way to provide treatment, they’re also less expensive than institutional care.

Union Members Rally For Pipeline

Dozens of union members held a rally at Capitol Square today (1/30 in support of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. If approved the 600-mile natural gas transmission pipeline would run from West Virginia through the western part of Virginia and into North Carolina with a lateral line running to Chesapeake.

Labor representatives say the project would support 8,800 jobs during the two-year construction period and 2,200 jobs in manufacturing and related industries once the pipeline is complete.

New Legislation Would Block State Regulated Monopolies From Political Contributions

Democratic Senator Chap Petersen of Fairfax has introduced legislation that would prevent Dominion Virginia Power or any other state regulated monopoly from donating money to political campaigns. Dominion Virginia Power has given over $750,000 dollars to Virginia politicians on both sides of the aisle in the last year alone.

Virginia House Passes Bill To Allow Officers To Carry Firearms On School Property

The House of Delegates has passed a bill 78 to 19 that would allow retired law enforcement officers serving as school security officers to carry firearms while on duty. Currently in Virginia, only school resource officers, armed employees of local police departments, are allowed to carry firearms on school grounds.

Republican Delegate Scott Lingamfelter of Prince William hopes to change that. “They’re trained in active shooter, they understand how to do this and who better to have in our schools as a role model.”

Advocacy Group Seeks To Outlaw Gerrymandering

The non-partisan redistricting advocacy group One Virginia 2021 is asking the General Assembly to approve legislation that would make political gerrymandering illegal.

Currently, Virginia lawmakers draw their own district lines and those for the state’s congressional representatives. Critics say this allows elected officials to choose their voters, rather than voters choosing their elected officials.

Nearly 200 advocates came to the state capitol on Monday (1/23) hoping to change that process.

Bathroom Bill Killed In Assembly

The Republican led House General Laws sub-committee has killed a bill that would require individuals to use the restroom that corresponds to their sex at birth.

The bill’s patron, Republican Delegate Bob Marshall of Prince William, argued that the bill protected children and adult’s privacy in restroom and changing facilities. “These people down here were too timid to defend your daughter’s safety...I am totally astounded.”

Republicans have argued that since the issue is currently before the Supreme Court, passing legislation would be premature.

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