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Craig Carper

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WCVE Public Radio political contributor.

Articles by Craig Carper

General Assembly Upholds Governor’s Vetoes

It’s a busy day (April 15) at the State Capitol as the General Assembly has returned to town to consider Governor McAuliffe’s amendments and vetoes to legislation passed during the 2015 session.

The "Tebow bill" that would allow home-schooled students to participate in public school athletics programs is now dead. The House failed to override the Governor's veto.

General Assembly Delays Ethics Vote

The General Assembly has delayed action until Friday on the Governor McAuliffe’s amendments to the omnibus ethics bill passed this session.

The delay stems from a language error.

Governor McAuliffe had intended to amend the legislation to make the 100-dollar gift ban an annual limit as opposed to allowing an unlimited amount of 100-dollar gifts. While most lawmakers seem comfortable with this, some Republicans expressed concerns that the amendment actually imposes a 100-dollar lifetime cap on gifts from a single donor.

General Assembly To Consider Governor’s Amendments

The General Assembly will reconvene today (April 15) at the State Capitol to consider Governor Terry McAuliffe’s amendments and vetoes to legislation passed during the 2015 legislative session, including bills that try to balance law enforcement’s use of surveillance technology with the individual right to privacy.

Governor McAuliffe amended a bill that would limit the amount of time that data collected by police license plate readers can be kept by law enforcement from one week to 60 days.  

Judge Rejects Morrissey’s Ballot Claim

A Richmond Circuit Court judge has rejected former Delegate Joe Morrissey’s request for an injunction to stop the printing of ballots in Virginia’s 16th  state Senate District. 

Morrissey says the Democratic party improperly rejected hundreds of signatures for his petition to run in the June 9th primary.  

All told, 750 of the 972 signatures Morrissey gathered were found invalid for various reasons. A Virginia Democratic Party spokeswoman says many were collected from outside the district. 

State Board of Elections Decertifies Over 500 Touch Screen Voting Machines

The State Board of Elections has voted to decertify over 500 voting machines on the WinVote system.

The machines are currently used in 30 localities across the state, including several precincts in Richmond and Henrico. They’ve been found to have insecure wireless connections and widespread problems were reported with voting machines during the November election last year prompting a recently completed review.  

The board hopes to move localities to newer systems that have a paper trail to verify that voters have selected the candidate of their choice.  

Virginia DNA Databank Reaches 10,000 Cold Hits

On Monday (4/13) Governor Terry McAuliffe and U. S. Senator Mark Warner announced that the Virginia Department of Forensic Science has reached its 10,000th DNA data bank cold-hit.

Virginia was one of the first states in the country to establish a DNA databank in 1989.

It now has over 431,000 samples and was recently used for high profile cases such as the Morgan Harrington and Hannah Graham investigations.

McAuliffe, Warner Endorse Clinton

Governor Terry McAuliffe and Senator Mark Warner both expressed support for Hillary Clinton Monday as she begins her campaign for president.

McAuliffe, a long time Clinton ally and family friend who ran her 2008 campaign for President, says he’s excited about the announcement.

Senator Tim Kaine also has endorsed Clinton. Both Virginia Senators have been mentioned as possible running mates for the former Secretary of State.

Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb has also expressed interest in seeking the Democratic nomination for President but has yet to formally announce.

McAuliffe Declined to be Interviewed By Investigator About Visa Program

Last year Governor Terry McAuliffe declined to be interviewed by a federal agent investigating his use of the federal EB 5 Visa Program while serving as the President of Greentech Automotive.

McAuliffe made calls to expedite the Visa approval process but denies that he received any special treatment and stressed that he was a private citizen at the time.

Under the program foreign nationals who invest $500,000 to 1 million dollars in U.S. companies and create or preserve at least 10 jobs can receive a visa.

McAuliffe Signs “ABLE Act” on World Autism Awareness Day

Yesterday at the Faison School for Autism in Henrico, Governor Terry McAuliffe commemorated World Autism Awareness Day by signing the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act, also known as ABLE.

The new law will assist Virginians to set aside up to 14,000 dollars per year to cover  future expenses related to a loved one’s disability.  

The accounts were modeled after Virginia’s 529 college savings plans and administrators of that program will oversee the new ABLE plans

“Conner’s Law” Will Support Some With Severe Disabilities

A new law signed by Governor McAuliffe last week will allow judges the discretion to order non-custodial parents to pay support for severely disabled children, over the age of 18.

“Conner’s Law” is named for Conner Cummings who was diagnosed at 18 months of age with Autism. His mother Sharon launched a successful social media campaign to raise awareness of the need for the law.

Democratic Senator Barbara Favola of Arlington was one of the bill’s patrons.

The bill passed both houses unanimously.