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Craig Carper

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WCVE Public Radio political contributor.

Articles by Craig Carper

McAuliffe Signs Energy Bills on Earth Day

Governor Terry McAuliffe celebrated Earth Day yesterday (4/22) by signing 10 bills to grow renewable energy jobs.

In front of the 500 KW solar array at the Capitol One Meadowville Technology Park in Chester, McAuliffe signed legislation to create the Virginia Solar Development Authority, double the capacity for solar net energy metering and extend the existing $500 Green Jobs Tax Credit for 3 years.

Council Members Want More Money for Schools

Seven of the nine members of Richmond City Council have introduced amendments to Mayor Dwight Jones' budget to give more money to public schools.

This year, the School Board requested $24 million dollars in additional funds for day-to-day operations. Mayor Jones left it essentially flat but offered an additional $10 million in one time funds to reduce the empty seats in schools.

2nd District Councilman Charles Samuels included an amendment to fully fund the school board’s request.

When Should Non-Profits Disclose Their Donors?

Last night (4/21) WCVE PBS hosted a debate sponsored by the Thomas Jefferson Institute on when non-profits should have to disclose their donors.

At the heart of the debate is the balancing of the right to privacy verses the right to transparency.

Miller Baker, who practices appellate and constitutional litigation, says non-profits should only have to disclose their donors when the donations are earmarked to support a specific candidate for public office.

McAuliffe Touts Environmental Record But Struggles With Activists

Terry McAuliffe made environmental issues a campaign issue in both his 2009 and 2013 campaigns for governor. Now that he’s in office, the reviews among environmentalists are mixed.

Speaking at a recent forum hosted by the New Republic magazine, the governor says he put climate change toward the top of his campaign issues in 2009.

In 2013, McAuliffe defeated a global warming skeptic, former Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who unsuccessfully sued to prove that a climate change scientist at the University of Virginia had defrauded the taxpayers.

Richmond School Board Approves $1 Million for New Trailers

Monday evening (4/20) the Richmond School Board approved a million dollars for nine new trailers, to be split between Broad Rock and Greene Elementary Schools for the upcoming school year.

While Richmond has 5,000 empty seats in it’s schools, they’re far away from the southside where the overcrowding is worst. Busing these children from overcrowded schools to less congested ones could increase a student’s travel time up to an hour each day, decreasing productivity and increasing costs.

McAuliffe Establishes Group To Fight Cyber Threats

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced yesterday (4/20) that Virginia will establish the nation’s first Information Sharing and Analysis Organization or ISAO to protect against cyber security threats.

In February President Obama signed an executive order directing the Department of Homeland Security to encourage the creation of ISAO’s.

Governor McAuliffe says there are big career opportunities in cyber security.

In 2014 the Virginia Information Technologies Agency detected nearly 36 million attacks and blocked more 58,000 viruses.

McAuliffe Says Clinton Message Will Win Virginia Voters

On Meet the Press Sunday (4/19), Governor Terry McAuliffe said Hillary Clinton will be able to win in Virginia despite discouraging poll numbers.

A recent Quinnipiac University Poll gave positive ratings for McAuliffe, but also showed that 52% of Virginia voters did not find Clinton honest and trustworthy.

McAuliffe, who served as served as Co-Chair of Clinton’s 2008 Presidential Campaign, says once Clinton gets a chance to talk to voters about her middle class background, her support will grow.

Deeds Mental Health Taskforce Sets 2015 Agenda

The legislative work group on mental health services led by Senator Creigh Deeds met Thursday (4/16) to lay out its agenda for the rest of the year.

Senator Deeds says mental illness is a complex category of problems that requires treatment tailor made to the individual.

The group will hold three 2-day sessions across the state before the end of the year. It will discuss policy recommendations, hear from the public and visit mental health treatment providers in various settings, including hospitals, Community Service Boards, jails and prisons.

Kaine Calls for Background Checks on Anniversary of Virginia Tech Massacre

In a floor speech yesterday commemorating the 32 lives lost 8 years ago at Virginia Tech, Senator Tim Kaine called on Congress to pass universal background checks for gun sales.

The Virginia Tech shooter Seung Hui Cho had been adjudicated mentally ill and dangerous in a Virginia court and was barred by federal law from purchasing or owning firearms, though he was not given a background check when he purchased his murder weapons from a licensed dealer.

Families Gather at Capitol Square to Remember Virginia Tech 8 Years Later

On the 8th anniversary of the 2007 Virginia Tech Massacre, Memorials were held across the Commonwealth.

A statewide moment of silence was held at 9:43 a.m.

Vigils were held in Blacksburg and in Richmond where victims, friends and families gathered at the bell tower in Capitol Square.

The bells chimed for each of the 32 victims killed in what is now known as the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.