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Craig Carper

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88.9 WCVE Public Radio News Director.

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Republicans Nominate Judge Rossie D. Alston Jr. for VA Supreme Court

A week after Governor Terry McAuliffe nominated Fairfax Circuit Court Judge Jane Marum Roush to Virginia’s Supreme Court, Republican leaders in the General Assembly have nominated a different candidate.

Nearly 20 members of the Fairfax Delegation from both parties signed a letter in support of Roush, including the Republican Chairman of the House Courts of Justice Committee Delegate Dave Albo.

Now Speaker of the House Bill Howell and Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment have selected Virginia Court of Appeals Judge Rossie D. Alston Jr. for the same seat.

Theismann: “Proud to be a Redskin”

Former Redskins Quarterback Joe Theismann, who is in town for the team’s 2 week training camp in Richmond, is weighing in on the ongoing controversy surrounding the team’s name.

Theismann says he hasn’t heard the term Redskin used to refer to anything other than the team since he was a child watching western movies.

Theismann says the Redskins name has been a part of the team for nearly 85 years and ultimately the decision to change it or not rests with the team’s owner, Dan Snyder.

McAuliffe Unveils FAMIS Enrollment Program to Commemorate Medicaid Anniversary

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Thursday (7/30) a new back to school enrollment plan for FAMIS a federal assistance program for underprivileged families.

The plan coincides with the 50th anniversary of the creation of Medicare and Medicaid. Governor McAuliffe’s Healthy Virginia plan announced last fall set a goal of enrolling 35,000 additional children in the FAMIS program by the end of 2016. Since then 17,000 have signed up.

The Governor used the opportunity to once again call on the General Assembly to expand Medicaid.

McAuliffe Responds To Planned Parenthood Controversy

Governor Terry McAuliffe is dismissing calls from House Republicans to open an investigation of Virginia’s Planned Parenthood Clinics to determine if they are profiting from the sale of fetal tissue, as has been suggested by a recent series of videos produced by a conservative anti-abortion group.

McAuliffe says Virginia’s abortion providers are strictly licensed and regulated and that he believes the GOP is trying to exploit the recent Planned Parenthood videos for political gain.

House and Senate Republican Leaders Reject Compromise on Redistricting

Virginia’s Speaker of the House Bill Howell and Republican Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment have declined Governor McAuliffe’s request to meet to forge a compromise on court ordered redistricting of some of Virginia’s congressional maps.

The Republican leaders say the meeting is premature as they have requested an extension to the September 1st deadline set by a federal court to redraw the maps.

Governor McAuliffe has called a special session of the General Assembly for August 17th to redraw Virginia’s 3rd congressional district.

Deeds Campaigns For Mental Health Reform

It’s been a year and a half since State Senator Creigh Deeds mentally ill son Gus committed suicide shortly after being denied treatment for lack of bed space once his Temporary Detention Order or TDO expired.

Deeds says after a recent visit to the Commonwealth Center in Stafford the only public mental health treatment facility in the state for children, lack of capacity is still a serious problem.

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.