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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

Former President Bill Clinton Campaigns For Hillary in Richmond

Winning in Virginia will be critical to sealing the Democratic nomination for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. That’s what her husband, former President Bill Clinton told a full house at the Hippodrome Theater in Jackson Ward last night (2/24). “We need to win in Virginia. We need every vote in Virginia.”

While making that case last night, the 42nd President spoke of the need to embrace America’s cultural diversity, particularly Muslims and the LGBT community, instead of tearing them down as he said the GOP is doing.

Trump Speaks at Regent University

Republican Presidential Frontrunner Donald Trump was at Regent University today (2/25), making his case to voters and answering questions from Pat Robertson.

It was at Liberty University in Lynchburg a month ago that Trump made his 2 Corentheans gaffe. But fresh off his win in Nevada, it does not appear to have hurt him with evangelicals.

Trump says that after Pope Francis called the businessman’s thoughts on immigration unchristian, the pontiff called him to apologize.

Pat Robertson asked Trump about selecting the next Supreme Court Justice.

Sanders Rallies Thousands in Norfolk as He Seeks to Close Gap with Clinton

Ahead of Virginia’s Super Tuesday primary next week, Democratic Senator and Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders rallied thousands of supporters in Norfolk today (2/23) trying to erode Hillary Clinton’s double digit lead.

In a February 16th CNU Poll, Sanders trailed Clinton by 12 points with 40% of the vote to the former Secretary of State’s 52%.

Sanders performs better among young people though Clinton is stronger among African-American voters.

Though Sanders says the higher the turnout, the better he will perform on Tuesday.

At VCU Town Hall, Kasich Touts His Experience and Independence

With one week until Virginia’s Super Tuesday primary Ohio Governor John Kasich spoke to hundreds of voters yesterday evening for a Town Hall forum at VCU’s medical campus. Governor Kasich made his appeal to both establishment voters and those frustrated with the process noting while he’s got decades of experience within the system he’s maintained his independence throughout that career. Kasich took questions from the audience on immigration, social security, student debt, mental health and world affairs.

House Will Work to Repay Money Borrowed During Recession

The House and Senate will unveil their budgets on Sunday (2/21). Though senior negotiators say we’ve had several years of surplus revenues, they’re still working to undo the damage done by the great recession.

The House of Delegates hopes to begin fully funding the state’s retirement system this year, as well as accelerating a $189 million dollar plus interest repayment to the pension plan.

They’ll also put potential surplus dollars toward outstanding bonds for construction projects across the Commonwealth.

Assembly 2016: Airbnb Bills Advance Despite Concerns from Localities and Hotels

The House and Senate have passed bills that allow limited residential lodging service websites such as Airbnb and FlipKey to do business in Virginia, though localities and the hotel industry have concerns.

The bill’s house patron, Republican Delegate Chris Peace of Hanover says the sites will create jobs, grow Virginia’s travel industry, allow homeowners to earn income, and create millions of dollars in new revenue for cash strapped local governments.

Senate Passes Limited Airbnb Regulations

The Senate narrowly passed a bill 20-19 that would create a limited regulatory structure for websites like Airbnb that rent homes or rooms like hotels, though the hospitality industry says it doesn’t enforce tax collection.

The legislation would prevent localities from banning the use of Airbnb and would allow homeowners to pay taxes for their rentals but would not require them to do so. Republican Senator Jill Vogel of Faquier is the bill’s patron.

Senate Defeats Charter School Constitutional Amendment, House Passes It

The state Senate has defeated a bill that would put a constitutional amendment on the ballot that would make it easier to open charter schools.

Most of the GOP voted in favor of the bill, which they say gives students enrolled in failing schools more learning options.

Though 2 Republicans voted with the Democrats, many of whom have long complained that charters drain funds from traditional k-12 schools.

Democratic Senator Mamie Locke of Hampton says other options are available.

COPN Reform and Repeal Bills Pass House

The House of Delegates passed two bills today (2/15) that would make significant changes to the state system for approving health care construction projects.

Hospitals say Certificate of Public Need Program or COPN gives them the ability to provide access to critical healthcare services to low income patients that otherwise would not be profitable.

Republicans say the program gives hospitals a monopoly to provide other more profitable services, prohibiting outpatient care centers from offering the same services.