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Craig Carper

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WCVE Public Radio political contributor.

Articles by Craig Carper

Sex Assault Task Force Recommends Technology

The Governor’s Task Force on Campus Safety and Sexual Assault issued its final recommendations yesterday (5/28).

Attorney General Mark Herring says the group worked to remove barriers to reporting assaults in a variety of ways, such as using online reporting, apps and info graphics to make it easier for students to report and understand the process.

63rd House District Democratic Forum

All five candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for the 63rd House of Delegates seat participated in a forum at Virginia State University moderated by 88.9 WCVE’s Craig Carper.

The candidates took audience questions on the state’s role in job creation, declining enrollments at historically black colleges and universities and the local composite index, the formula by which schools are funded in Virginia.

Gerry Rawlinson says she’s a proven leader with a 20-year track record as an owner of several home healthcare businesses and registered nurse for over 33 years.

Dance and Preston in Lively Discussion

Last night (5/27) at Virginia State University, 16th State Senate District Senator Rosalyn Dance and her challenger, Delegate Joe Preston, participated in a lively panel moderated by 88.9 WCVE’s Craig Carper.

Preston who has actively attacked Dance’s credentials as a Democrat, took several swipes last night. He says she stood idly by as the Southside Virginia Training Center in Petersburg closed last year.

Dance denies this and says she was a key player on several major corporate investments in the area including Amazon and Boarshead.

11th State Senate District Candidates Take Questions

Last night (5/27) at Virginia State University, 22-year incumbent Senator Steve Martin and his two challengers for the 11th Senate District Republican nomination, Barry Moore and Amanda Chase, participated in a panel moderated by 88.9 WCVE’s Craig Carper.

The three conservative candidates are against legal abortion, support the 2nd amendment, want lower taxes and oppose Medicaid expansion, but Martin's two challengers say he’s out of touch.

Former Richmond Delegate Frank Hall Dies

Former Delegate Frank Hall, who represented parts of South Richmond and Northern Chesterfield County from 1976 to 2009, has died at age 76.

Hall served as Minority Leader for the House Democrats from 2002-2007.

He was appointed by then Governor Tim Kaine to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board shortly after his retirement. Former Governor Bob McDonnell removed Hall from the Board in 2010. In 2014 Governor McAuliffe appointed him to the VCU Board of Visitors.

Hall was the Founder of Commonwealth Bank and a partner in the law firm Hall & Hall with his wife Phoebe.

McAuliffe to Sign Child Care Bills

Today in Midlothian Governor Terry McAuliffe will sign legislation to increase the regulation of child care centers in Virginia.

The bills will lower from 5 to 4 the number of unrelated children that can be cared for in a facility without requiring the provider to be licensed.

They will also require employees and volunteers to notify their employer if they’re convicted of a barrier crime of neglect or child abuse.

The legislation was inspired by several high profile incidents of child deaths at unlicensed facilities including one in Midlothian.

FOIA Council Rejects Misdemeanor Penalties for Violations

The Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council has rejected legislation to criminalize FOIA violations by public employees.

The bill would have made failure to comply with FOIA requests a misdemeanor offense, punishable by up to 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine.

Megan Rhyne, President of the Virginia Coalition for Open Government says 12 other states provide stricter penalties than fees.

Body Camera Recommendations Expected in August

Virginia’s Secure Commonwealth Panel is now expected to issue recommendations on the implementation of police body cameras in August 2015.

Virginia’s Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran want’s uniform guidelines for the implementation of body cameras as well as other surveillance technologies used by law enforcement, such as dashboard cameras and license plate readers.

It’s unclear whether funding will be available to assist all localities in paying for the cameras should they wish to use them. They are already in use in Henrico and Chesterfield.

Morrissey to Run for State Senate

Former Delegate Joe Morrissey told reporters yesterday May 21) that he intends to marry the mother of his child and run for the 16th district state Senate seat.

Morrissey said he will file before the June 9th Democratic Primary and he’s eager to begin campaigning in earnest.

A three-way race could be advantageous to Morrissey, who defied all expectations to win as an Independent in a special election for the 74th District House of Delegates seat in December.