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Craig Carper

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WCVE Public Radio political contributor.

Articles by Craig Carper

McAuliffe Orders ABC Reforms After Johnson Arrest

Governor Terry McAuliffe has signed an executive order to reform the law enforcement division of the state’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control following the violent arrest of Martise Johnson outside a Charlottesville bar.

The Governor will require more training for agents, including the retraining of all 130 existing special agents. The focus will be on the use of force, cultural diversity and interacting with young people. The Governor want’s written guidelines spelling out the role of the ABC in relation to local law enforcement and campus police.

Waiver Program Will Exempt 5 Schools From State Standards

The Standards of Learning Innovation Committee met Tuesday (3/24) to discuss various reforms that the state could implement to change how students and schools are evaluated.

Five school districts can apply for waivers from state standards and a $50,000 planning grant as part of a pilot program to develop new criteria for evaluating students.

This session, just a year after the General Assembly passed legislation implementing an A-F grading system for schools, they repealed it, calling it too simplistic.

McAuliffe to Lead Trade Mission to Israel

Governor Terry McAuliffe will lead three and half day trade mission to Israel in October 2015.

Virginia currently trades with Israel in a variety of industries including agriculture, aquaculture, defense and homeland security. Over 60 Israeli companies maintain a presence in Virginia including the Sabra dipping company’s research science center employing over 500 people.

Also on the agenda is a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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.