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Craig Carper

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WCVE Public Radio political contributor.

Articles by Craig Carper

Warner, Gillespie Quibble Over Norquist Pledge

During Monday night’s (10/13) People’s Debate on WCVE, Senator Mark Warner had several lively exchanges with Ed Gillespie about whether or not the Republican challenger had signed or taken the Grover Norquist pledge not to raise taxes under any circumstances. Warner says the Norquist pledge ties lawmakers hands when dealing with deficit reduction.

Gillespie says he and Warner’s differences on taxes present voters with one of the biggest choices of the election.

Norquist confirms that while Gillespie has promised not to raise taxes, he has not signed the pledge.

Campus Sexual Violence Task Force Holds First Meeting

As the search continues for missing UVA student Hannah Graham, the Governor’s Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence held their first meeting yesterday in Capitol Square, sharing ideas to prevent future such disappearances from happening. Attorney General Mark Herring who chairs the task force says the group will identify the best practices for prevention and response, but will give universities flexibility in their implementation.

McAuliffe Signs Executive Order Recognizing Same-Sex Marriage for State Workers

Governor Terry McAuliffe has signed an executive order requiring state agencies to comply with the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals decision to legalize same-sex marriage in Virginia. State employees who are eligible for health benefits will be able to enroll their spouses and eligible dependents in those insurance plans within 60 days of marriage. Married same sex couples will also be able to file their state income taxes jointly.

Court Rejects 3rd District Boundaries as Unconstitutional

The Federal 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected the boundaries of Virginia’s 3rd congressional district as unconstitutional. They say the General Assembly unlawfully packed African-Americans there into a single majority minority seat. The 3rd district contains large portions of Richmond, Petersburg, Newport News, Hampton and Norfolk all with large African-American populations. The General Assembly is ordered to redraw the 3rd district by April 1, but will require changes to other neighboring GOP districts.

Warner, Gillespie Spar over Immigration in Second Debate

During last night’s (10/7) second debate between Senator Mark Warner and his Republican challenger Ed Gillespie, the two sparred over a host of topics, including immigration reform. Warner attacked Gillespie for not supporting a popular comprehensive Senate immigration reform bill, since stalled in the House, that would have doubled border security. Gillespie says in 2009 Warner voted against an amendment to the bill to secure the border with a fence. Warner would not say he opposed unilateral reforms from the President but did say the issue was better resolved legislatively.

Richmond School Board Removes Principal

Last night the Richmond School Board removed and reassigned G.H. Reid Elementary School Principal Vincent Darby after two years on the job and significant drops in SOL scores.

In the past two years, G.H. Reid has fallen into priority status, a classification for schools in the bottom 5% of Title One schools in the state. Those in priority status are automatically entered into a federally mandated reform process, which requires the board to replace the principal or lose up to $500,000 in federal funding for resources to turn the school around.

Same-Sex Couples Rush to Get Marriage Licenses in Virginia

For the first time, same-sex couples began legally marrying in Virginia Monday afternoon. Danielle Sally and Heather Sturgill were the third same-sex couple to be issued a marriage license in the city of Richmond. Virginia’s Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring says all clerks are now required to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and that so far all are complying.

Opponents of same-sex marriage are disappointed, but hold out hope that the Supreme Court will ultimately issue a definitive ruling in their favor.

State and Federal Leaders Tackle Heroin Abuse

Attorney General Mark Herring hosted a summit on heroin and prescription drug abuse in Charlottesville on Thursday, sharing best practices and strategies to combat the growing epidemic.

Michael Botticelli, Acting Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy says doctors need to decrease the number of prescriptions that are being written for pain medication. Botticelli says one of the simple things families and individuals can do is to get unneeded prescription drugs out of their homes.

Petersburg City Council Candidates Meet In Debate

Last night (9/2), nine candidates for Petersburg City Council participated in a debate hosted by the Petersburg Chamber of Commerce at Tabernacle Baptist Church. All nine candidates up for election in ward’s 1, 3, 5, and 7 participated and over 100 Petersburg residents attended with many submitting questions to the moderator, WCVE’s own Bill Miller.

Candidates fielded questions on economic development strategies, reducing the city’s dependence on borrowed money, crime reduction, the need for a new jail and cooperation with the school board.

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