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Craig Carper

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WCVE Public Radio political contributor.

Articles by Craig Carper

McAuliffe Says Biden Would Make a “Great Presidential Candidate”

Governor Terry McAuliffe, one of Bill and Hillary Clinton’s closest allies, says he’s not threatened by the possibility of Vice President Joe Biden joining the field of candidates seeking the 2016 Democratic nomination for President.

Though he’s endorsed Hillary Clinton, Governor McAuliffe says Vice President Biden is also a long time friend and would make great Presidential candidate.

McAuliffe served as chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 run for the White House and as co-chairman of then President Bill Clinton’s 1996 re-election campaign.

Accused Russian Taliban Fighter “Just Doing God’s Work”

At the U.S. Eastern District Court in Richmond, testimony continued yesterday (8/3) in the federal trial of accused Russian Taliban fighter Irek Hamidullin who faces 12 charges of conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction against American and Afghan soldiers.

Jurors observed video footage taken by Army helicopters of the air strike that led to Hamidullin’s capture.

Trial of Accused Russian Taliban Fighter Continues Today in Richmond

The federal trial of accused Russian Taliban fighter Irek Hamidullin continues this morning (8/3) at the U.S. Eastern District Court in Richmond.

The 12 Count indictment charges that in 2009 Hamidullin led a conspiracy to use weapons of Mass Destruction against Afghan Officials and American service members.  No Americans or Afghanis were injured but Hamidullin was hit by gunfire and shrapnel and seriously injured. 

He could face a life sentence if he is convicted on all counts.

Republicans Nominate Judge Rossie D. Alston Jr. for VA Supreme Court

A week after Governor Terry McAuliffe nominated Fairfax Circuit Court Judge Jane Marum Roush to Virginia’s Supreme Court, Republican leaders in the General Assembly have nominated a different candidate.

Nearly 20 members of the Fairfax Delegation from both parties signed a letter in support of Roush, including the Republican Chairman of the House Courts of Justice Committee Delegate Dave Albo.

Now Speaker of the House Bill Howell and Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment have selected Virginia Court of Appeals Judge Rossie D. Alston Jr. for the same seat.

Theismann: “Proud to be a Redskin”

Former Redskins Quarterback Joe Theismann, who is in town for the team’s 2 week training camp in Richmond, is weighing in on the ongoing controversy surrounding the team’s name.

Theismann says he hasn’t heard the term Redskin used to refer to anything other than the team since he was a child watching western movies.

Theismann says the Redskins name has been a part of the team for nearly 85 years and ultimately the decision to change it or not rests with the team’s owner, Dan Snyder.

McAuliffe Unveils FAMIS Enrollment Program to Commemorate Medicaid Anniversary

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Thursday (7/30) a new back to school enrollment plan for FAMIS a federal assistance program for underprivileged families.

The plan coincides with the 50th anniversary of the creation of Medicare and Medicaid. Governor McAuliffe’s Healthy Virginia plan announced last fall set a goal of enrolling 35,000 additional children in the FAMIS program by the end of 2016. Since then 17,000 have signed up.

The Governor used the opportunity to once again call on the General Assembly to expand Medicaid.

McAuliffe Responds To Planned Parenthood Controversy

Governor Terry McAuliffe is dismissing calls from House Republicans to open an investigation of Virginia’s Planned Parenthood Clinics to determine if they are profiting from the sale of fetal tissue, as has been suggested by a recent series of videos produced by a conservative anti-abortion group.

McAuliffe says Virginia’s abortion providers are strictly licensed and regulated and that he believes the GOP is trying to exploit the recent Planned Parenthood videos for political gain.

House and Senate Republican Leaders Reject Compromise on Redistricting

Virginia’s Speaker of the House Bill Howell and Republican Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment have declined Governor McAuliffe’s request to meet to forge a compromise on court ordered redistricting of some of Virginia’s congressional maps.

The Republican leaders say the meeting is premature as they have requested an extension to the September 1st deadline set by a federal court to redraw the maps.

Governor McAuliffe has called a special session of the General Assembly for August 17th to redraw Virginia’s 3rd congressional district.

Deeds Campaigns For Mental Health Reform

It’s been a year and a half since State Senator Creigh Deeds mentally ill son Gus committed suicide shortly after being denied treatment for lack of bed space once his Temporary Detention Order or TDO expired.

Deeds says after a recent visit to the Commonwealth Center in Stafford the only public mental health treatment facility in the state for children, lack of capacity is still a serious problem.