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Craig Carper

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WCVE Public Radio political contributor.

Articles by Craig Carper

GOP Calls Special Medicaid Session

The Speaker of the House of Delegates, William Howell, and the  Republican Leader of the State Senate, Thomas Norment, have called a special session of the General Assembly for September 22nd to debate Medicaid expansion. The Republicans say they are honoring a commitment they made this year during the regular session, to debate Medicaid separately from the budget.

Governor McAuliffe has tasked Secretary of Health Bill Hazel with producing a report by September 1, detailing how the Governor could expand Medicaid administratively.

4th Circuit to Rule Soon on Same Sex Marriage Ban

The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals is expected to issue an opinion any day now on Bostic vs. Rainey, the case challenging Virginia’s ban on same sex marriage. The case was argued May 13th and the three-judge panel has been deliberating ever since. Carl Tobias, Professor of Law at the University of Richmond says they are likely digesting the first appellate court decision out of the 10th circuit on June 25th which affirmed the invalidation on Colorado’s same sex marriage ban. He said some of the 4th circuit judges may recast their opinions in light of it.

Libertarian Sarvis Qualifies for U.S. Senate Ballot

Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate Robert Sarvis has collected 10,000 signatures and been officially certified for the November ballot. Sarvis says both Democratic Senator Mark Warner and Republican Ed Gillespie are big government candidates.

Libertarians in 7 of Virginia’s 11 congressional districts have made the ballot this cycle, including the 7th, where James Carr could have an impact against Democrat Jack Trammell and Republican Dave Brat, after the stunning primary defeat of Eric Cantor earlier this month.

McAuliffe Completes Trade Mission to California

Governor Terry McAuliffe and senior members of his economic development team have just completed a brief west coast trade mission at the San Diego Biotechnology Conference. Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones says the recent success, bringing the Shandong Tranlin Paper Company’s 2 billion dollar investment to Chesterfield County, is building positive momentum and opening the doors for many new prospects and new projects already underway.

Former Bush Aide Says Governor Cannot Expand Medicaid; House Republicans Paid Him From State Funds

Virginia House of Delegates Republicans have hired a former solicitor general under President George W. Bush for a legal analysis that says the Governor cannot expand Medicaid by executive order, without the approval of the legislature. The House leadership paid $25,000 in state funds for former Solicitor General Paul Clement’s analysis. Republicans believe this analysis would also apply to any public private partnerships the Governor may be pursuing.

Virginia Legislators form Redskins Pride Caucus

A bipartisan group of state legislators from Virginia have formed a Redskins Pride Caucus in response to a letter from 50 U.S. Senators calling on the team to change their name. The caucus hopes to protect a Virginia business that pumps millions of dollars back into the state’s economy and supports jobs. Members of the group say the name is not racist but a point of pride. Last week the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office decided to cancel the team’s copyright on their name and logo, a maneuver designed to pressure the franchise to change their name.

Howell Rules McAuliffe Veto Out of Order

Speaker of the House of Delegates Bill Howell has ruled unconstitutional and out of order a line item veto by Governor McAuliffe. The governor vetoed language introduced by Republicans in the General Assembly prohibiting his use of executive action to expand Medicaid. The Speaker contends that the Governor can only veto specific appropriations and not language nor conditions. Howell cites former Democratic Speaker Tom Moss’s similar ruling against then-Republican Governor George Allen’s line item vetoes as precedent.

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.

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