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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

Virginia Senate Approves Eliminating Employer Names from Sex Offender Registry

The General Assembly was back in session today (1/25) after taking a snow day on Friday.

The Virginia Senate passed a bill 22 to 17 that would remove a requirement that businesses who employ sex offenders have their name included in the sex offender registry. Democratic Senator Janet Howell of Northern Fairfax, the bill’s patron, says the current requirement serves as a barrier to hiring those who have served their time, and making it harder for them to get on with their lives.

Senator Tom Garrett of Buckinham says you can’t go too far to protect children.

Bill Would Lower Food to Liquor Sales Ratio

According to Virginia law, there are no bars in the Commonwealth. Restaurants who sell liquor must collect the majority of their revenue from food. One Virginia Beach delegate is trying to change that.

Republican Delegate Scott Taylor says the law which requires that 45 percent of a restaurant’s sales must come from food is outdated and should be lowered to 25 percent. It would also change the requirement to reflect the wholesale price of the food and alcohol and not the retail price.

Currently there is no food to alcohol ratio requirement for beer or wine.

House Committee Reviews Private Drone Use

Last year the General Assembly discussed when law enforcement can use drones for surveillance purposes. This year they’re looking at how drones should be operated by hobbyists.

Republican Delegate Rob Bell of Albemarle, Chair Of the House Courts of Justice Sub Committee on Criminal Laws, says using drones to spy in people’s windows or peep in someone’s backyard is already banned by other statutes but they want to specifically ban hovering over someone’s property.

Hospitals at Odds With Republican Lawmakers on Healthcare Agenda

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association had their first lobby day at the Capitol Wednesday (1/20), finding themselves at odds with Republican lawmakers agenda for healthcare.

Hospitals, who’ve long supported Medicaid expansion, say they’re willing to cover the state’s part of the cost through a self-imposed provider fee.

Environmental Activists Protest 4 Proposed Virginia Natural Gas Pipelines

Fifty environmental activists gathered at Capitol Square yesterday (1/19) to protest the 4 proposed natural gas pipelines in Virginia.

Roberta Bondurant, a protestor from Bent Mountain says if all 4 of those pipelines are complete, “We will witness the largest seizure of private property in generations in the Commonwealth of Virginia.”

The protestors are working to repeal a controversial 2004 law that requires utility developers to ask permission to survey, but allows them to proceed if landowners refuse to grant that permission.

Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Introduce Bills to Combat Student Debt

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is introducing legislation to help Virginians refinance their student debt and give new borrowers better information about the terms of their loans.

There’s over $1.3 trillion dollars in outstanding student loan debt nationally and Democratic Delegate Marcus Simon of Fairfax, says it’s starting to cripple the economy as people in their 20’s and 30’s wait longer to form households.

Hundreds Rally at the State Capitol on Both Sides of the Gun Debate

Hundreds off from work today (1/18) came to Capitol Square to lobby their lawmakers and protest, some for expanded gun rights, others for more gun control.

Speaking at a rally organized by the Virginia Citizens Defense League, Republican Delegate Rob Bell of Albemarle attacked Attorney General Mark Herring’s administrative action banning concealed handgun reciprocity.

Speaking to a rally later in the day for gun violence prevention, Attorney General Herring said Virginia is not doing nearly enough to prevent gun violence.

Sturtevant Picks Roush Over Alston

Freshman Republican Senator Glen Sturtevant of Richmond is breaking with party to support interim Supreme Court Justice Jane Marum Roush, and preventing Republicans in the House of Delegates from advancing their candidate Rossie Alston Jr.

Senator Sturtevant’s move would prevent Alston’s nomination from passing the state Senate.

Sturtevant says he believes Governor McAuliffe mishandled the Roush appointment but still believes she’s the right woman for the job.

Sturtevant says Virginians need to feel that their judges are independent from political gamesmanship.

Petersen Introduces Bill to Swap Local Car Tax for Gas Tax

In 1998 former Governor Jim Gilmore and the General Assembly eliminated the state car tax in favor of a local car tax.

Now Democratic Senator Chap Petersen of Fairfax has a bill to completely scrap the tax for non-commercial vehicles in favor of a local 5¢ per gallon gas tax.

Senator Petersen says the car tax is inequitable and administratively inefficient. Petersen’s bill would require a constitutional amendment, passing the General Assembly twice and then going to the voters for approval on the ballot.