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Craig Carper

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WCVE Public Radio political contributor.

Articles by Craig Carper

Morrissey Says Democrats Are Blocking His Run for Senate

Delegate Joe Morrissey says the Democratic Party is blocking him from filing 800 signatures to his petition to run for the 16th state Senate District. Morrissey was told he could not file the signatures by election officials in Petersburg and in Richmond.

Democratic Party of Virginia Spokeswoman Morgan Finkelstein says he did not pay the filing fee and was missing certain forms.

Morrissey says he followed the state code.

Morrissey will formally announce his candidacy for Senate in Church Hill this morning (3/25).

Mental Health Task Force Offers Recommendations

The Governor’s Taskforce on Improving Mental Health Services and Crisis Response held its final meeting Monday (3/23), offering 25 recommendations for streamlining the system.

Governor Terry McAuliffe signed a directive to create the Center for Behavioral Health and Justice, an inter-agency collaborative to better coordinate resources for those with mental illness and assist those who pass through the criminal justice system.

Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam chaired the taskforce.

Police Find No Evidence that Alleged UVA Gang Rape Occurred

The 4-month investigation by the Charlottesville Police department into the alleged gang rape at UVA described in the now largely discredited Rolling Stone article has produced no evidence that the incident occurred.

Police found no evidence of a party at Phi Kappa Si on September 282012, where “Jackie” was quoted by the Rolling Stone writer that the rape had occurred.

Jackie did not provide police a statement, and her lawyer refused to let police access university records related to her case.

Morrissey Confirms He Will Challenge Dance for Senate

Delegate Joe Morrissey has confirmed that he will challenge Democratic Senator Rosalyn Dance for the Democratic nomination in the June 16th district primary.

Morrissey recently moved into the Senate district from Henrico County to Richmond. In addition to Dance, he’ll face 63rd District Delegate Joseph Preston of Petersburg.

Before that, however, Morrissey will stand trial for charges of submitting falsified documents to the Henrico County Court in the final week of April.

Morrissey is expected to announce his candidacy formally on Wednesday.

Task Force on Drug Abuse Prepares Recommendations

The Governor’s Task Force on Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse met Thursday (3/19)to review legislation passed this year and to work on final recommendations due to the Governor in June.

The state has implemented a monitoring program to prevent excessive prescriptions by doctors and to determine how many prescriptions a patient may have received.

Virginia Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran says stopping the flow of drugs into the state is another challenge.

The group will meet again in April and will present a final report to the Governor in June.

McAuliffe Considers Amendments to Campus Sexual Assault Bills

As Governor McAuliffe considers possible amendments to campus sexual assault legislation passed by the General Assembly this year, his task force on the topic is reacting to the bills and pitching a few ideas of its own.

This year, the General Assembly approved legislation to require state universities to report all felony sexual assaults either to local law enforcement or prosecutors, while giving students the ability to report anonymously.

Task Force on Campus Sexual Violence Prepares Recommendations

The Governor’s Task Force on Combatting Campus Sexual Violence is preparing its final recommendations, which will be released in June.

The task force is considering creating a database of students who have been expelled for assault, mobile apps to report incidents to campus officials or outside law enforcement and prevention training programs in K-12 schools.

Attorney General Mark Herring is chair of the task force.

The group is also discussing the creation of a center to coordinate research and best practices for campus sexual assault prevention.

Former Mayor Announces Candidacy For House

Former Richmond Mayor Reverend Leonidas Young formally announced Tuesday that he will run for the 74th district House of Delegates seat currently held by the embattled Democrat-turned-Independent Joe Morrissey.

If elected, Young says he will push for raising the minimum wage and expanding access to health coverage and the automatic restoration of rights for felons who have served their time. 

Coalition Creates Cyber Bullying Prevention Program

A coalition of law enforcement and child safety groups has announced a new training program to prevent cyber-bullying.

The groups were inspired by several highly publicized teen suicides resulting from cyber bullying.

Bedford County Sherriff Mike Brown created the program with the National White Collar Crime Center.

The 30-45 minute interactive DVD program is available free of charge at nw3c.org.

Group Says Atlantic Coast Pipeline is “All Pain, No Gain”

A group of residents of Augusta and Nelson Counties has launched a new campaign against the proposed route of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline by Dominion Virginia Power, now under review by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The group says should the project be approved, Dominion should put it on an alternate route that maximizes rights of ways for existing pipelines, transmission lines or railroads in the Commonwealth.

Nancy Sorrells is co-chair of the All Pain, No Gain campaign and the Augusta County Alliance.

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