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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 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

Immigration Bill Passes In Assembly

On party line votes in both houses, the General Assembly has passed a bill that would require localities to cooperate with the Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to the fullest extent allowed by Federal Law. 

Republican Senator Bill Stanley of Franklin spoke about one of his law clients who was in the U.S. illegally and was blackmailed into assisting drug cartels. “It is not so much him that I do not want in this country. It is the one that kills others, threatens others and makes good people do bad things. Or does bad things to good people,” said Stanley.

McAuliffe Vetos Planned Parenthood Bill

Governor Terry McAuliffe has vetoed a bill that would block state funding for Planned Parenthood centers across the Commonwealth.

The Governor called the bill discriminatory and a disincentive for businesses who want to invest in Virginia. “We work every single day to make sure that Virginia is providing the best healthcare that we can to each and every one of our citizens. That isn’t just for men. It’s for men and women,” said McAuliffe.

Planned Parenthood’s supporters say the clinics provide valuable non-abortion related health services to women.

Environmental Advocates Visit Capital Square

Dozens of environmental advocates came to Capitol Square on Monday (2/20) to ask lawmakers to reduce carbon emissions.

Alden Cleanthis with Mom’s Clean Air Force says cleaner air would protect the people who have to breath it and reduce global warming. “Twice in the last five years, Richmond has been named the Asthma Capitol of the entire nation. So clearly we have some work to do in Virginia and that work starts with asking our elected officials to address these issues, first and foremost for our children,” said Cleanthis.

Ticket Resale Bills Pass Both Houses

Bills that would allow Virginians to resell their concert and sporting events tickets have passed both houses of the General Assembly by wide margins.

Currently customers of companies like Ticketmaster and StubHub can resell tickets to the distributer, but they will forfeit their service fees. Ticketmaster prohibits the resale of tickets through any other method than their website.

Assembly Legalizes Purchase Of Cannabidiol Oils For Epilepsy

Today (2/14) the General Assembly passed legislation that would legalize a distribution system for patients with epilepsy to purchase Cannabidiol and THCA oils. The marijuana extracts have no psychotropic properties but have been proven effective in greatly reducing the amount of seizures that epileptic patients experience.

Two years ago, lawmakers decriminalized possession of the drugs but families had no mechanism to purchase it.

Final Redistricting Bills Killed In House

On several 5-2 party line votes this morning (2/14), the House of Delegates Privileges and Elections Subcommittee on Elections killed the last remaining bills for the year that would change the way Virginia draws it’s district lines.

Republican Delegate Chris Jones of Suffolk in key committees have said changes to the system are inappropriate until after pending litigation has been resolved. “We have the authority currently under law if the court does adversely rule that we come back and we redraw the map as per the instructions of the court,” said Jones.

Bill To Ban Gerrymandering Divides State Republicans

The last surviving redistricting bills will be heard in the House Privileges and Elections subcommittee on elections early Tuesday (2/14) and the question of weather to ban political gerrymandering has Virginia Republicans divided.

Some GOP Republican Senators are pushing legislation that would prohibit lawmakers removing their political opponents through redistricting and strengthen requirements that districts be compact, contiguous and keep localities and precincts whole.

House And Senate Approve Budgets

The House and Senate have approved spending plans that include a 3% pay raise for state workers and new investments in mental health services.

After spending hours voting specific amendments up or down, the House of Delegates approved their budget on a vote of 98 to 2. House Appropriations Chairman Chris Jones said, “Budgets are about making choices and setting priorities, especially when you have limited resources. While some will think not enough has been done others will think and feel more has been accomplished than expected.”

Suspended Students Could Have Less Time Outside Of School

Currently in Virginia, public school students may be suspended for up to a year, though legislation that’s now passed the House and Senate would significantly reduce the length of time students may be punished with time away from school.

Republican Delegate Dickie Bell of is a former classroom teacher. He says longer suspensions put students further and further behind their academic peers, which can have long-term consequences.

Rights Restoration Bill Approved In Senate

Today (2/7), on a party line 21-19 vote, the Senate approved a proposal which could give voters the opportunity to change the way ex-felon’s rights are restored in Virginia. The legislation would reduce executive clemency power and require ex-offenders pay all of their court fees before regaining their right to vote.

Democrats like Senator Mamie Locke rejected the proposal. “I am somewhat baffled, as to why in a Democracy, which means Government by the people, that we continue to create barriers to citizens participation in a basic process of that Democracy, which is voting.