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Craig Carper

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WCVE Public Radio political contributor.

Articles by Craig Carper

Republicans Take Control of State Senate

Last night (June 23), Republicans in the state Senate reorganized all committees to reflect their new narrow majority, thanks to the recent resignation of Democratic Senator Phillip Puckett. Currently, there are 20 Republicans and 19 Democrats in the Senate. A special election will be held on August 19th to fill Puckett’s seat. Republicans could add one seat to their slim majority, or Democrats could retain the seat and the Senate would again be evenly divided 20-20.

McAuliffe Plans to Expand Medicaid Administratively

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced his intentions Friday (June 20) to expand the state’s Medicaid program administratively without the approval of the legislature and vetoed the General Assembly’s attempts to restrict him from doing so. McAuliffe says Republicans in the General Assembly have bowed to pressure from the Tea Party to deny 400,000 Virginians access to life-saving health care.

Legislature Returns to Consider McAuliffe’s Budget Vetoes

The General Assembly returns to the Capitol tonight (June 23) to consider Governor McAuliffe’s line item vetoes to the state budget, including one that sets the stage for him to bypass the legislature to expand Medicaid. It takes a two-thirds majority in both houses to override a Governor’s veto. While the House, which has a Republican supermajority is expected to do so, the Senate where the GOP has a one seat advantage, is expected to sustain his changes.

Herring Announces Reforms to AG’s Office

Attorney General Mark Herring says his office is implementing a series of reforms that will lead to the biggest advances in efficiency, IT infrastructure and transparency in the AG’s office in a generation, including the way outside counsel is hired. Herring wants to ensure Virginians that outside counsel is being used appropriately and that taxpayers are getting the best bang for their buck when other representation is hired. Outside counsel firms will be prohibited from making campaign contributions to the Attorney General.

McAuliffe to Announce Changes to Budget

This morning Governor Terry McAuliffe will announce his actions on the two-year budget passed by the General Assembly last week, a budget many Democrats and health care advocates have urged him to amend by line item or veto entirely. At the insistence of conservative House Republicans, the new Republican majority in the Senate amended the budget last week to specifically prohibit the Governor from expanding the state’s Medicaid program by executive action.

Chinese Paper Company to Create 2,000 Jobs at New Chesterfield Plant

The Shandon Tranlin Paper Company has announced a 2 billion dollar investment in Chesterfield County that will create 2,000 new jobs. The Chinese owned pulp and paper company says their proprietary technology is revolutionary for it’s exclusive use of environmentally sustainable agricultural field waste including wheat straw and corn stalks to produce tree-free, non chlorine bleached 100 percent straw paper products.

Romney and Bolling Campaign for Gillespie in Henrico

Former Massachusetts Governor and Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney was in Henrico yesterday evening to campaign for Ed Gillespie at the 20th annual Burgers with Bill cookout with former Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling.

Governor Romney says Gillespie’s plan will create 10 million jobs throughout the country. Gillespie says his victory will mean a Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate and a check and balance on the last two years of the Obama administration.

McDonnell Urges OEI to Appeal Norfolk Court Decision

Former Governor Bob McDonnell says he’s disappointed by the Norfolk Circuit Court Judge’s decision last week, ruling unconstitutional one of the hallmark initiatives of his administration, the Opportunity Education Institution or OEI. Governor McDonnell says he’s urging the OEI Board to appeal the decision.

The OEI would act as a statewide school board and take over schools from localities that consistently fail to meet state benchmarks. The former Governor says for young people now trapped in failing schools there are no other options.

SW Va. Race Will Determine Control of State Senate

The August 19th special election to replace Senator Phil Puckett of Tazewell will determine the balance of power in the state Senate and likely the future legislative agenda of Governor Terry McAuliffe. Mike Hymes, a Tazewell County supervisor and third generation coal miner, is seeking the Democratic nomination for the seat at Wednesday’s nominating convention in Bluefield.

Democrats have seen their numbers shrink in rural communities over the past decade and Puckett’s seat was one of the closest races in the state last November.

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