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Craig Carper

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88.9 WCVE Public Radio News Director.

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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.

Bagby Wins Special Election for Morrissey’s Seat

Henrico County School Board Member Lamont Bagby has won the 74th district special election to replace former Delegate Joe Morrissey in a landslide with nearly 85% of the vote.

Last month Bagby won the 3-way Democratic primary to run for the seat in the Nov. 3 general election. Last night (7/21) he handily defeated Independent David Lambert, the son of former Democratic State Senator Benjamin Lambert.

Hardywood Goochland Facility to Triple Production, Create 56 Jobs

Governor McAuliffe announced on Monday (7/20) that Hardywood Park Brewery will invest $28 million to build a new brewing and distribution plant in Goochland County.

The new brewery will supplement Hardywood’s Richmond location, where they plan to continue to invest and expand. The new facility will create 56 new jobs and feature an amphitheater, a tap room and beer garden.

Hardywood was founded in Richmond in 2011 and is has quickly gained recognition as a leader in Virginia’s growing craft brew industry.

Parole Review Commission Holds First Meeting

Governor McAuliffe’s Parole Review Commission met for the first time yesterday (7/20) at the State Capitol to examine whether the 1994 decision by the General Assembly and then Governor Allen to eliminate parole, needs a second look.

Republicans say the elimination of parole has worked and lowered the state’s crime rate. They add that parole review hearings are unfair to the victims and their families who must re-live the crime each time an offender is eligible for early release.