Republican Speaker of the House of Delegates Bill Howell and the state Senate’s Republican Majority Leader Tom Norment say Tuesday’s election of Ben Chafin to the Senate, solidifying the GOP’s control of the upper chamber, will bring stability and predictability to the General Assembly. The win will give the GOP a decisive majority in the Senate, barring unforeseen circumstances until at least January of 2016.
Articles by Craig Carper
Bob McDonnell again takes the stand to answer questions from his defense attorney Henry Asbill about the state of his marriage during his term as governor and specifically their relationship with Jonnie Williams. Key to the couple’s defense is that they could not have conspired because their marriage had broken down and the two were barely speaking.
Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell took the stand in his own defense Wednesday in the federal corruption trial against him and his wife. Bob and Maureen McDonnell are charged with accepting $177,000 in gifts and loans from former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for official acts to promote the company’s dietary supplement, Anatabloc.
A special election yesterday in southwest Virginia has cemented Republican control of the state Senate. Republican Delegate Ben Chafin of Russell County handily defeated Democrat Mark Hymes 60 to 32 percent, with 8 percent voting for independent Rick Mullins. Chafin will replace former state Senator Phillip Puckett, who resigned in June.
Senator Mark Warner was in Richmond yesterday (8/19) to meet with senior officials at McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center and discuss problems with implementing new technology to reduce wait times. The VA is currently using outdated computers and scheduling software from the 1980s.
The sister of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell testified in his corruption trial Tuesday that the family used low interest loans to pay for expenses associated with their two troubled beach vacation properties, not out of necessity but because it made good business sense. Bob and Maureen McDonnell are charged with accepting $177,000 worth of gifts and loans from former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams, in exchange for promoting the company’s dietary supplement, Anatabloc.
During sworn testimony yesterday, FBI investigator David Hulser produced a chart showing that Maureen McDonnell had substantially more conversations with her husband than with Jonnie Williams between 2011 and 2013. A key part of the defense’s argument is that the McDonnells couldn’t have conspired because their marriage was in shambles and Maureen McDonnell had an “inappropriate” relationship with Williams to fill the void left by her workaholic husband. Mrs. McDonnell spoke to her husband by phone 130 times between April and the end of December of 2011 vs. 94 calls to Jonnie Williams.
Testimony from an FBI investigator in the corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen shows that the couple had $75,000 in credit card debt when McDonnell was sworn in, in January of 2010.
FBI Special Agent David Hulser began his summary testimony Wednesday, laying out the McDonnell’s debt problems and alleged legal violations in chronological order.
Same-sex couples in Virginia could get married as early as next Wednesday after a federal court of appeals denied a motion for a stay in the decision to overturn the state’s 2006 marriage amendment. The U.S. Supreme Court could issue a stay, as it has in similar federal cases.
Chris Freund Vice President of the Virginia Family Foundation, who opposes same sex marriage, says the situation will be a mess until the dispute is resolved.
Virginia Beach Mayor and President of Towne Bank Will Sessoms testified Tuesday in the corruption case of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen, that the couple failed to disclose $120,000 in outstanding loans when refinancing a mortgage in 2012. Those outstanding loans came from Jonnie Williams, the former CEO of Star Scientific, who was actively soliciting the Governor and his wife to use their positions to advance a dietary supplement, Anatabloc.