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Craig Carper

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WCVE Public Radio political contributor.

Articles by Craig Carper

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.

Ethics Commission Reviews Judicial Selection Process

The Governor’s Ethics Reform Commission met yesterday to assess how Virginia selects it’s judges and how the process can be improved.

Former Lt. Governor Bill Bolling, who co-chairs the commission, says parts of the state like Fairfax, have a transparent, public nomination process but many others are less so.

Last year former Democratic Senator Phil Puckett resigned his seat, handing control of the chamber to Republicans in exchange for a judgeship for his daughter.

McAuliffe to Appoint Roush to State Supreme Court

This morning (7/27) Governor McAuliffe will appoint Fairfax County Circuit Court Judge Jane Marum Roush, who presided over the trial of Beltway Sniper Lee Boyd Malvo, to the Virginia Supreme Court.

Normally appointing new justices to the state Supreme Court is the responsibility of the General Assembly but Virginia’s constitution allows the Governor to appoint interim justices when the legislature is out of session.

ACLU Will Argue Transgender Student Has Right to Use Men’s Restroom

The ACLU will argue in federal court in Norfolk today (7/27) that a transgender male student has the right to use communal male restrooms at Gloucester High School. 

The rising Junior was allowed to use the men’s room for several weeks last year but was later told to stop.

Rebecca Glenberg, Legal Director for the ACLU of Virginia says the law requires schools to provide a welcome and non-discriminatory environment for good reason.

Warner and Kaine Introduce Equality Act with Fellow Democrats

Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine have joined congressional Democrats to introduce a bill that would outlaw LGBT discrimination in the workplace, financial markets, housing and public accommodations.

The legislation would expand the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include protections from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The bill is expected face stiff opposition from the Republican majorities in the House and Senate.

The majority of states, including Virginia, do not offer non-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation.

New Poll Shows Hillary Clinton Trailing Republicans in VA

A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Hillary Clinton narrowly trailing leading Republican candidates in several key swing states including Virginia.

The poll of nearly 1,200 voters in Virginia, Iowa and Colorado shows Clinton is losing ground to Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and Scott Walker vs. a similar poll conducted 3 months ago where she held 7-8 point leads over the same candidates. In Virginia she remains mostly within the margin of error. In Colorado and Iowa she trails the same candidates by 5-8 points.

Virginia-Israel Advisory Board Discusses Trade Mission and Sabra Future

The Virginia–Israel Advisory Board met Tuesday (7/21) at the Capitol and discussed Governor Terry McAuliffe’s upcoming Israeli trade mission as well as future prospects for the Sabra Dipping Company.

Governor McAuliffe is scheduled to travel to Israel in October to meet with several companies, with the hope of expanding business and job creation in the Commonwealth.

The group discussed the long-term strategy of the Sabra Dipping Company, a business owned by the Israeli food manufacturer Strauss.