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Craig Carper is the News Director for 88.9 WCVE Public Radio. Craig studied journalism at Virginia Commonwealth University and has worked in broadcast news since 2001. He’s worked in various capacities covering Virginia politics for WCVE PBS since 2006. For six years starting in 2009 he served as the political reporter for 88.9 WCVE before being promoted to News Director in July of 2015.

Craig served as the host of Capitol Events during the General Assembly Session on WCVE PBS, a daily one-minute update on legislative issues.

In 2012 he conducted an exclusive interview with President Barack Obama. In 2015 he interviewed former President Jimmy Carter.

Craig has contributed over 100 nationally run news stories to NPR and has been featured on the PBS NewsHour with Judy Woodruff and the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC.

He’s covered 3 Governors, the 2009 and 2013 gubernatorial campaigns, the 2012 and 2014 U.S. Senate races, the 2012 Presidential campaign and in 2014 he provided daily national coverage of the trial of former Governor Bob McDonnell for NPR.

Articles by Craig Carper

Same Sex Marriage Legalized in Virginia 1 Year Ago Today

It’s been one year since same sex marriage was legalized in Virginia.

Attorney General Mark Herring, who worked to overturn Virginia’s ban on same sex marriage, says the anniversary shows that Virginia is open and welcoming to all and that discrimination is not tolerated and no longer sanctioned by the Commonwealth.

Kasich Says Medicaid Expansion is Working in Ohio

During a town hall campaign stop at the University of Richmond today (10/5) Ohio Governor and Republican Presidential hopeful John Kasich, told a group of several hundred why he expanded his state’s Medicaid program.

Kasich says those addicted to drugs can receive treatment through Medicaid and save the states money that would otherwise go to incarceration, and that the working poor could get preventative care and save the shared expense of their emergency room treatment.

McAuliffe Says Congress Needs a Real Budget

Last week Congress temporarily avoided large reductions in federal funding that remove billions of dollars in defense and other areas right here in Virginia, but Governor Terry McAuliffe says the hard work is yet to be done.

The cuts are still pending but the deadline was moved from October 1st to December 11th.

For now in the absence of a new budget, Congress is keeping the country running on a continuing resolution.

Governor McAuliffe says these CR’s don’t help Governors across the country.

McAuliffe Touts New Pre-K Funding, Promises More K-12 Dollars in December

Yesterday Governor McAuliffe visited Ecoff Elementary School in Chester to observe one of the newest pre-k classrooms in the state made possible by a 17.5 million dollar federal grant for the VPI Plus program.

Governor McAuliffe says the grant allows Virginia to provide pre-k for about 13,000 additional students over the 4-year period.

McAuliffe has said new investment in public education will be the centerpiece of the budget he introduces in December.

Gun Rights Supporters React to Governors Gun Control Proposals

Republican Delegate Todd Gilbert of Shenandoah, a member of the House Militia, Police and Public Safety Subcommittee says proposed legislation that would restrict the gun rights of those convicted of domestic violence or those with protective orders filed against them, is the wrong way to combat the problem.

Gilbert says demonizing firearms doesn’t make sense when there are other deadly weapons without the same level of regulation.

Gilbert says there are already federal laws that do what the Governor is proposing but that the concept is a bad one.

State Ethics Advisory Council Holds First Meeting

State lawmakers are still working to repair the political fallout following the corruption convictions of former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen. A new Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council held it’s first meeting yesterday.

The panel’s purpose is to offer guidance to elected officials on ethics issues. The bipartisan group of lawmakers is led by two retired judges.

Republican Delegate Todd Gilbert of Shenandoah sits on the advisory panel.

Hundreds Gather To "End The Wait" For Treatment

Several hundred people gathered in Capitol Square today (9/29) to ask Governor Terry McAuliffe and the General Assembly to “End the Wait” for the 10,000 Virginians with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are not receiving the appropriate treatment.

This treatment used to be provided primarily in institutions, though there has been a transition over the past 40 years to community based treatment.

These community-based services are expensive. Most families require Medicaid waivers in order to pay for them.

Obenshain Will Not Run for Governor in 2017

Republican Senator Mark Obenshain of Harrisonburg, the 2013 GOP nominee for Attorney General, says he won’t run for Governor in 2017.

In a Facebook post Obenshain says he will continue to fight for conservative values and principals in the Senate as he works to build the Republican majority in that chamber.

Obenshain narrowly lost the 2013 race for AG to now Attorney General Mark Herring, after a lengthy recount.

Other possible GOP candidates for Governor include former RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie, former Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and Congressman Rob Wittman.

New Argument In Third District Gerrymandering Case

A new fight is brewing over Virginia’s 3rd congressional district maps. After a Federal 3-judge panel ruled the district was racially gerrymandered and ordered changes, the two parties in the suit are arguing over whether those proposed changes should be made public on a state government website.

Members of Virginia’s State Board of Elections, some of the defendants in the case, filed a motion on Friday (9/18) to let the state Division of Legislative Services post redistricting plans submitted to the court.