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Craig Carper

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WCVE Public Radio political contributor.

Articles by Craig Carper

General Assembly Convenes, Will Tackle Ethics Reform Amid Scandals

The General Assembly Convenes in Richmond today (1/14) for the start of the 2015 session. At the top of its to-do list is ethics reform in the wake of the McDonnell trial, as well as the conviction and re-election of Delegate Joe Morrissey.

Just over a week after former Governor Bob McDonnell was sentenced to two years in prison, the need for ethics reform is evident to the Republican controlled legislature and to Governor Terry McAuliffe.

McAuliffe Announces Equality Agenda

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced a series of legislative proposals yesterday he says will promote equal opportunity for everyone across the Commonwealth.

Governor McAuliffe says he will push for equal pay for equal work for women by raising the penalty that employers who have violated equal pay laws must pay from two to three times the lost wages of the employee.

Special Election for Morrissey Seat to Be Held Jan. 13

Voters in parts of Henrico, Richmond and Charles City will go to the polls today to fill the very briefly vacant House seat of embattled Delegate Joe Morrissey.

In December Morrissey tendered his resignation, effective today, to trigger the special election and let voters decided if he keeps his seat. Morrissey was shut out of the nomination process by local Democrats and is now running as an independent.

His opponents are Democrat Kevin Sullivan and Republican Matt Walton.

Task Force Continues Work Against Campus Sexual Violence

Though Rolling Stone has backed off central elements of their UVA campus rape story, the work of the Governor’s Task Force on Combating Sexual Violence on College Campuses continues.

A series of high profile sexual violence incidents including the murders of UVA students Yeardley Love, Morgan Harrington and most recently Hannah Graham have highlighted the need for improvements to campus safety policies. 

Attorney General Mark Herring who chair’s the task force says the group has some big goals.

McDonnell’s Attorneys to Appeal Verdict

Governor Bob McDonnell and his attorneys should file an appeal to his September conviction on 11 counts of public corruption later this evening (Jan. 7) or early tommorrow.

The written appeal will use transcripts and court documents from the trial to present potential legal errors that were made during the proceedings.

Richard Kelsey, Assistant Dean of the George Mason School of Law, says it’s likely the appeal would not be heard for 4-5 months

McDonnell Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison, 2 Years Probation

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell was sentenced Tuesday to 2 years in prison and 2 years probation for his conviction on 11 counts of public corruption.

McDonnell received far less time than the original sentencing guidelines of 10-12 years recommended. The former Governor thanked Judge Spencer for his mercy.

McDonnell is scheduled to report to prison February 9th. He says he will appeal the jury’s verdict.

Former First Lady Maureen McDonnell will be sentenced February 20th.

Prosecutors Call McDonnell Sentence a Victory

Prosecutors say former Governor Bob McDonnell’s 2-year prison sentence is a victory for the U.S. Justice Department.

Yesterday (1/6) former Governor Doug Wilder got applause when testifying as a character witness for McDonnell, when he said it was Jonnie Williams, who gave McDonnell the multitude of gifts, that should be prosecuted.

Dana Boente U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia disagrees. He told reporters cases of public corruption must be prosecuted vigorously.