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Craig Carper

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WCVE Public Radio political contributor.

Articles by Craig Carper

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.

Herring Commemorates Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Attorney General Mark Herring commemorated Domestic Violence Awareness month by delivering medication lock boxes for each of the state’s Domestic Violence shelters.

One in four individuals are impacted by domestic violence and over 35,000 protective orders were issued.

Attorney General Mark Herring wants Virginians to know about the services available to them at the state’s 47 Domestic Violence Shelters.

McAuliffe Announces State Energy Plan

Governor Terry McAuliffe has announced a statewide “all of the above” energy plan. The Governor says the comprehensive plan will help grow, strengthen and diversify Virginia’s economy.

The 600 page document emphasizes efficiency, offshore wind and solar and aims to reduce consumption, but also relies on the further development of traditional fossil fuels.

On October 14th Governor McAuliffe will address an energy conference cohosted by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the League of Conservation Voters.

Health Commissioner Wants Abortion Clinic Regulations Amended

Virginia Health Commissioner Dr. Marissa Levine has asked the state Board of Health to review and amend controversial regulations of clinics who provide abortions. The current regulations require Women’s health clinics to meet construction standards for new hospitals, including mandates for the number of parking spaces provided, width of hallways and the size of janitors closets.

Anna Scholl, Executive Director of Progress Virginia says the regulations were politically motivated and designed to shut down women’s health centers.

Virginia Poverty Rate Grew from 2009 to 2013

A new study from the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy and the Coalition on Human Needs shows that the poverty rate grew in Virginia from 10.5 percent in 2009 to 11.7 percent in 2013. The report uses data released by the Census Bureau last week, which shows that while those at the higher end of the income spectrum have recovered those at the bottom have not. Debbie Weinstein, Executive Director of the Coalition on Human Needs, says Virginia children were especially hurt by the recession.

Fausz Challenges Forbes for 4th District Seat

Elliott Fausz, the 28-year-old business manager for the family run newspaper, the Village News in Chester, is challenging Republican incumbent Randy Forbes for Virginia’s 4th congressional district seat.

Fausz describes himself as a fiscal conservative and says the central theme of his campaign is creating economic security and economic opportunity. Unlike his opponent, Fausz says he wants to fix the Affordable Care Act, not repeal it.

Fausz has challenged Congressman Forbes to debate but has yet to receive a response.