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Craig Carper

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WCVE Public Radio political contributor.

Articles by Craig Carper

Virginia Film Industry Has $382 Million Economic Impact

Filmmaking in Virginia had a $382 million economic impact on the commonwealth’s economy in 2013, 16% more than in the previous year, as the television and moviemaking industry in the state continues to grow.

Two of the most significant projects from last year were AMC’s revolutionary spy series “Turn” and the National Geographic movie “Killing Kennedy.” Feature-length films included the civil war drama The Field of Lost Shoes, filmed in Lexington and Richmond, and Big Stone Gap, filmed in Wise County.

Kaine and Warner on Opposite Ends of Pipeline Debate

Virginia’s two U.S. Senators, both Democrats, were divided yesterday on their support for building the Keystone XL Pipeline. Senator Tim Kaine opposed the authorization of the Keystone Pipeline. He says rising sea levels have a direct affect on Virginians specifically in Hampton Roads, by flooding roads, damaging homes and wrecking economic havoc on families and businesses.

Distillers Against Increased Liquor Prices

Distillers and liquor distributors have objections to the Virginia ABC’s decision yesterday to increase prices. The ABC says prices will increase by 24-29 cents for the average $15 bottle. Though Scott Harris, founder and General Manager of Catoctin Creek Distillery in Purceville, says the markup will disproportionately affect smaller manufacturers trying to establish a brand.

Catoctin is a Virginia based craft distillery with 20 employees. A bottle of their Roundstone Rye Whiskey costs more to manufacture. It sells for $45.

ABC Board Votes to Increase Liquor Prices

Starting December 8th Virginians will pay a few cents on the dollar more for liquor. The Virginia ABC board voted unanimously Monday (11/17) on several increases aimed to generate more revenue for internal operations and for the state general fund. The price of the average $15 dollar 750 milliliter liquor bottle will go up 24-29 cents.

The board also moved to increase the price of 50 milliliter mini-bottles by 15 cents for the average $1.30 bottle.

UR Professor’s Book Details Climate Change in Virginia

By the middle of this century Richmond, Arlington and Charlottesville will have twice their current number of 90-degree days according to new book written by University of Richmond Professor Stephen Nash titled Virginia Climate Fever. Professor Nash says Virginia is 1.7 degrees Fahrenheit warmer since the mid 1970’s and if greenhouse emissions continue to grow at their current rate, that problem will get worse.

Nash says the waters of the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean are 30% more acidic than they were at the start of the industrial revolution.

McAuliffe Aims to Sign 160,000 Virginians for Obamacare

Governor Terry McAuliffe and his administration are working hard to encourage uninsured Virginians to sign up for health coverage during open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act. The McAuliffe Administration hopes to sign up at least 160,000 of the half million Virginians eligible for coverage through the federal marketplace by February 15th.

Nelson County Landowners Won't Let Dominion Survey for Gas Pipeline

127 landowners in Nelson County are refusing to let Dominion Virginia Power survey their property in preparation for their new Atlantic Coast Natural Gas Pipeline. Dominion first notified property owners of their need to survey in May. They’ve sent multiple requests for permission, but Dominion says state law will allow them to survey without it if necessary. Dominion Energy Spokesman Jim Norvelle says they prefer to work with the landowners as they’ve successfully done with 73% of landowners in the planned route.

Brat Sworn In

Dave Brat was sworn in last night (11/12) as Virginia’s newest congressman, replacing former 7th District Representative and U.S. House Majority Leader, Eric Cantor. Brat, a first time public office holder, defeated Cantor in the primary, attacking him for being out of touch with his district and soft on issues like immigration.

In Extremely Close Race, Warner Appears Poised to Return to Senate

In a shockingly close election, Mark Warner appears to be poised to return to the Senate, leading his Republican opponent Ed Gillespie by roughly 12,000 votes out of nearly 2.2 million cast and with over 99% of precincts reporting.

Just two months ago, Warner held a nearly 20-point lead over Gillespie. That narrowed significantly in recent weeks, though no one was expecting a margin this close.

Mr. Brat Goes to Washington

Republican Dave Brat, economics professor at Randolph Macon College, will go to Washington as the next Congressman from Virginia’s 7th district, having defeated fellow professor, Democrat Jack Trammell and several months ago doing what many thought was impossible, unseating former U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

Brat defeated Trammell by over 20 point margins in two races yesterday, one to begin in January when the rest of the 2015 freshman class is sworn in and one to begin immediately filling the remainder of Cantor’s term during the lame duck session.