Today (1/25) Republican leaders in the House and Senate announced the formation of a new bipartisan joint subcommittee for election review. The GOP says they will produce a substantive electoral reform agenda for 2019 ahead of November when all 140 members of the General Assembly are up for re-election.
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 Assembly '17 (previously titled Capitol Events) during the General Assembly Session on WCVE PBS, a daily 90-second update on legislative issues.
In 2012 he conducted an exclusive interview with President Barack Obama. In 2015 he interviewed former President Jimmy Carter.
In 2016 he provided daily updates from Havana on Governor Terry McAuliffe's trade mission to Cuba.
Craig has contributed over 140 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 served as a moderator or panelist at debates for U.S. Senate, Congress, Mayor and other state and local elected offices.
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
A day after House Republicans attacked Governor Ralph Northam for setting a partisan tone at the beginning of the 2018 session, the Governor shared his perspective with WCVE.
The bipartisan atmosphere both sides said they would work to create at the General Assembly just last week appears to be strained.
Hundreds spent Martin Luther King Day on Capitol Square to lobby their lawmakers on a variety of issues, including gun rights and gun control. At the same time Senate Courts of Justice committee killed dozens of bills that that would expand background checks and further limit where and how firearms may be carried.
The GOP narrowly controls both the House and Senate in Virginia. Northam hopes to work across the aisle to achieve Democratic priorities including the expansion of Medicaid and additional regulation of firearms.
VDOT announced today (1/10) that it will extend I-95 toll lanes 10 miles south, terminating just north of Fredericksburg.
In Richmond a group is planning one last outrageous party in honor of their recently deceased friend Donnie Corker….who was also affectionately known as “Dirt Woman.”
Donnie Corker was a Richmond institution for over 4 decades, working as a cross-dressing prostitute in the mid 70’s, performing in drag shows for decades after and even running for mayor in 2008.
Donnie Corker (singing): Hello Richmond. This is Dirt Woman. Kiss me baby!
Jeff Schapiro of the Richmond Times-Dispatch joins 88.9 WCVE’s Craig Carper for this week’s political analysis. Topics include politicians visiting to boost the gubernatorial candidate races, the latest gubernatorial debate, and an investigation of the Attorney General’s office recently launched.
Phil Liles: Now here is WCVE’s News Director Craig Carper and Jeff Schapiro with the Richmond Times-Dispatch for this week’s commentary.
A handful of confederate statue preservationists and several hundred counter-protestors gathered at the Lee Monument on Saturday. There was shouting and some heated exchanges, but no notable violence.
Edward Perry of Northside, a black man wearing a Trump hat, openly carried a handgun to the event and supported the confederate organizers. “I’m from the south. I’m from Virginia. I’m just like Lee. I’ll stick with Virginia. I think the law says you can’t take this statue down right? Lets see what happens if they obey the law,” said Perry.