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Craig Carper

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WCVE Public Radio political contributor.

Articles by Craig Carper

Virginia Has Record-Breaking Tourism Year

2014 was a record-breaking year for Virginia tourism, with 40 million visitors generating over $22 billion dollars in revenue.

Tourism is one of the five largest industries in the state and last year supported 216,000 jobs and $5 billion dollars in payroll.

Governor Terry McAuliffe says the Commonwealth has a lot to offer.

The Old Dominion has also received some impressive accolades recently. Virginia won best food region in the country from Esquire magazine for 2014 and Richmond was named best city in America to visit by American Express travel.

Virginia Unveils Digital Vital Records Archive

In a public-private partnership with Ancestry, Virginia has digitized over 16 million vital records.

Citizens, family historians and geneologists can now digitally search the information found on public documents.

There have been some challenges as many of those records were destroyed under Virginia’s now repealed Racial Integrity Act.

State officials say the digital archive will eliminate the threat of wear and tear on such documents in the future, while at the same time allowing the records to be stored securely and confidentially.

4 Republicans Seek 12th Senate District Seat

The 12th district Senate race is one of the most competitive primaries in central Virginia. Four Republicans are seeking the nomination to succeed retiring Senator Walter Stosch of Henrico.

Siobhan Dunnavant is a physician and the sister of Delegate Chris Stolle and former Senator Ken Stolle.

Bill Janis is the former Deputy Commissioner for the Virginia Department of Veterans Affairs. He’s also an attorney and former Delegate.

Both have raised over $100,000 for their campaigns.

McAuliffe Signs Education Bills

Governor Terry McAuliffe signed several education reform bills in Charlottesville today (6/3).

Two bills will expedite the SOL retake process to two days for children who fail to pass the test by a close margin.

A third bill will reward schools who have narrowly fallen short of accreditation if they’ve made significant progress.

McAuliffe says he now wants his SOL Innovation and Reform Commission to look at improving how the tests measure critical thinking and workforce skills.

Should ABC Enforce Alcohol Laws?

In March, ABC agents violently arrested Martese Johnson, a 20-year-old black student at UVA, outside of a Charlottesville bar. He was charged with misdemeanor counts of obstruction, using profane language and public intoxication.

According to data from the ABC department, 85% of the suspects in such cases were taken into custody. For incidents of marijuana possession, suspects were taken into custody only 11% of the time.

Sexual Assault Task Force Recommendations

The Governor’s Task Force on Campus Safety and Sexual Assault issued its final recommendations May 28.

The taskforce recommends directing each university to establish a comprehensive response policy informed by students faculty, experts in mental health, substance abuse and sexual violence. The idea is to allow each college to design a system that works best for them but also allow them to learn from what other schools are doing.

Attorney General Mark Herring chaired the task force.

Sex Assault Task Force Recommends Technology

The Governor’s Task Force on Campus Safety and Sexual Assault issued its final recommendations yesterday (5/28).

Attorney General Mark Herring says the group worked to remove barriers to reporting assaults in a variety of ways, such as using online reporting, apps and info graphics to make it easier for students to report and understand the process.

63rd House District Democratic Forum

All five candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for the 63rd House of Delegates seat participated in a forum at Virginia State University moderated by 88.9 WCVE’s Craig Carper.

The candidates took audience questions on the state’s role in job creation, declining enrollments at historically black colleges and universities and the local composite index, the formula by which schools are funded in Virginia.

Gerry Rawlinson says she’s a proven leader with a 20-year track record as an owner of several home healthcare businesses and registered nurse for over 33 years.

Dance and Preston in Lively Discussion

Last night (5/27) at Virginia State University, 16th State Senate District Senator Rosalyn Dance and her challenger, Delegate Joe Preston, participated in a lively panel moderated by 88.9 WCVE’s Craig Carper.

Preston who has actively attacked Dance’s credentials as a Democrat, took several swipes last night. He says she stood idly by as the Southside Virginia Training Center in Petersburg closed last year.

Dance denies this and says she was a key player on several major corporate investments in the area including Amazon and Boarshead.

11th State Senate District Candidates Take Questions

Last night (5/27) at Virginia State University, 22-year incumbent Senator Steve Martin and his two challengers for the 11th Senate District Republican nomination, Barry Moore and Amanda Chase, participated in a panel moderated by 88.9 WCVE’s Craig Carper.

The three conservative candidates are against legal abortion, support the 2nd amendment, want lower taxes and oppose Medicaid expansion, but Martin's two challengers say he’s out of touch.

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