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Craig Carper

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WCVE Public Radio political contributor.

Articles by Craig Carper

Republican Delegate Chris Jones Defends House District Boundaries in Court

The Republican Delegate who drew the House of Delegates redistricting plan in 2011 took to the witness stand in Alexandria yesterday (7/8) to defend his work, saying race was just one of many factors used to set the boundaries.

The plaintiffs in the case allege that Jones unnecessarily packed black voters into the 12 districts in question, diluting their voting power in the surrounding ones.

ABC Review Panel Considers Absorbing Law Enforcement Arm into State Police

The Governor’s ABC Enforcement Review Panel held its 3rd meeting yesterday (7/8), and discussed whether the agency should continue to police the state’s liquor laws or become the responsibility of another department.

The review follows controversial arrests by ABC agents of two underage UVA students over the past two years. Martese Johnson was suspected of public intoxication and assaulted. His charges were later dropped.

House of Delegates Redistricting Case Begins in Alexandria

Today (7/7) federal judges in the Eastern District Court in Alexandria heard oral arguments as well as testimony from several key witnesses in a challenge to Virginia’s House of Delegates district boundaries.

Last month the same court ordered legislature to redraw congressional districts drawn in 2011 by the General Assembly because they unconstitutionally packed African American voters into the Virginia’s 3rd congressional district, diluting their voting power.

Gilmore to Run for President

Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore says he plans to announce in August that he will run for President.

Gilmore told the Richmond Times Dispatch that he would bring unique expertise in national security and economic issues that the other Republican candidates don’t have.

The former Governor, now 65, has also served as a national security advisor to Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

He now runs a conservative think tank in Washington.

Drone Test Will Bring Medical Supplies to Southwest VA

Pending FAA approval, Virginia is on track to be the first state in the nation to test drones for the delivery of medical supplies and equipment.

Two unmanned flights scheduled for July 17th will bring medicine and other goods to the Remote Area Medical Clinic in Wise County.

It’s a joint venture that will use a remotely piloted NASA aircraft to bring the supplies from Tazewell to Wise and a short range delivery drone built and operated by the Australian company Flirtey to bring the goods the last mile to the Wise County Fairgrounds.

New Law Strengthens Child Pornography Investigation Process

A new law that took effect yesterday will allow law enforcement to keep administrative subpoena’s secret from the targets of child pornography investigations.

When investigators locate a piece of child pornography online, they only have an internet service provider or ISP number assigned to a computer. They don’t have the location of that computer or the owner’s name.

Now administrative subpoena’s can be issued to Internet service providers to get that information without alerting the suspect.

New Laws Target Heroin Abuse

Over three thousand Virginians have died in the last five years as a result of a growing trend of heroin and prescription drug abuse. Several new laws now in effect are hoped to combat this problem.

A new safe reporting law, also called the good Samaritan law, will give limited immunity from prosecution to witnesses who report an overdose in progress, if they themselves are addicts or in possession of illegal drugs.

Michael Kelly, Spokesman for Attorney General Mark Herring says the goal of the bills is to save lives.

Powdered Alcohol Now Illegal in Virginia

A powdered form of alcohol is under development and will soon be commercially available, though as of today it is already illegal in the Commonwealth.

State lawmakers were pro-active this session and banned the possession, sale or importation of powdered alcohol or Palcohol before it hit the market.

Michael Kelly, spokesman for Attorney General Mark Herring.

The maker of Palcohol says it wasn’t created for a nefarious purpose but in order to make alcohol lighter to ship or easier to transport for certain uses like camping and air travel.

New Law Regulates Employer’s Use of Social Media in the Workplace

A new law that takes effect tomorrow (7/2) gives additional protections to employees to maintain privacy from their employers over social media.

The legislation says employees cannot be forced to provide their employers access to their personal social media accounts for work purposes.

Republican Delegate Chris Peace of Hanover patroned the bill.

Peace says the new law reaches a compromise by stating that if social media use is required for work, employees may set up supplemental professional accounts to perform work functions.

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