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Craig Carper

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WCVE Public Radio political contributor.

Articles by Craig Carper

Study Gives Mixed Results on Virginia Children’s Well Being

In its 25th annual databook, the Annie E. Casey foundation says there are both good and bad trends for childhood well being in Virginia. There have been several significant improvements since 1990 in child health and education. In that year 36 percent of children were in preschool versus 51 percent in 2011. In 1992, 31 percent of 4th graders could read proficiently. In 2013 that number was up to 43 percent. A larger percentage of children, 91 percent in 2012 over 79 percent in 1990, are in families where the household head has a high school diploma.

Senior Aide Told McDonnell Not to Wear Rolex Gift in Public

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen are accused of accepting over $150,000 in gifts and loans from Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams, in exchange for helping advance his dietary supplement Anatabloc. Jasen Eige, McDonnell’s Chief Policy Advisor and Legal Counsel said to his knowledge, the former Governor wore a gift Rolex watch publicly only once, the day after returning from Christmas vacation in January of 2013.

McDonnell Trial Enters Week Two

In the corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen, testimony has concluded by the prosecution’s star witness, Jonnie Williams. Williams, a former pharmaceutical company CEO, gave four days of testimony in which he said he had a business relationship with the McDonnells, not a personal one. He said he gave the former first couple over $150,000 in gifts and loans in exchange for help to advance his products.

Maureen McDonnell Told Ann Romney Anatabloc Could Cure MS

In sworn testimony Monday, a senior political advisor to former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, said in 2012 McDonnell’s wife Maureen sought a meeting with Mitt Romney to discuss the benefits of Anatabloc, the dietary supplement now at the center of their corruption trial. Phil Cox, a long time advisor to McDonnell, said he dismissed the First Ladies’ idea because the scheduling would have been impossible. Though Cox said he was horrified when Mrs. McDonnell told Ann Romney, that Anatabloc could help cure her multiple sclerosis.

Williams Says He Knew Giving McDonnells Gifts Was Wrong

Jonnie Williams, the star witness in the corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen, told prosecutors he gave the family over $150,000 worth of gifts and loans because they were helping his company. Williams, the former CEO of dietary supplement manufacturer Star Scientific, said he knew what he was doing was wrong and could be illegal.

When asked about a 6,000 dollar Rolex he purchased for Governor McDonnell at Maureen’s request he told prosecutors “I shouldn’t have to buy things like that to get the help I needed."

Williams Says Maureen McDonnell Requested Gifts

In sworn testimony late yesterday afternoon Jonnie Williams told federal prosecutors that Maureen McDonnell came to him for help and asked for a $50,000 loan and  $15,000 to pay for the catering at her daughter Cailin’s wedding. Williams said in 2011 the former first lady told him she and Governor McDonnell had discussed filing for bankruptcy because of excessive credit card debt and multiple rental properties purchased at the height of the housing bubble that were a drain on their finances.

Bobby McDonnell Testfies About Gifts from Williams

The McDonnell’s son Bobby took the stand yesterday, confirming gifts to the family and golf trips from Jonnie Williams and filling in details. Bobby said when he first saw the now famous Rolex watch paid for by Williams but given as a Christmas gift by Maureen to her husband, he thought it was a blackmarket knockoff purchased on a recent trade mission to Asia. Bobby noticed the second hand ticked instead of rolling perpetually, the trademark of a Rolex.

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