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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

Hundreds Rally at the State Capitol on Both Sides of the Gun Debate

Hundreds off from work today (1/18) came to Capitol Square to lobby their lawmakers and protest, some for expanded gun rights, others for more gun control.

Speaking at a rally organized by the Virginia Citizens Defense League, Republican Delegate Rob Bell of Albemarle attacked Attorney General Mark Herring’s administrative action banning concealed handgun reciprocity.

Speaking to a rally later in the day for gun violence prevention, Attorney General Herring said Virginia is not doing nearly enough to prevent gun violence.

Sturtevant Picks Roush Over Alston

Freshman Republican Senator Glen Sturtevant of Richmond is breaking with party to support interim Supreme Court Justice Jane Marum Roush, and preventing Republicans in the House of Delegates from advancing their candidate Rossie Alston Jr.

Senator Sturtevant’s move would prevent Alston’s nomination from passing the state Senate.

Sturtevant says he believes Governor McAuliffe mishandled the Roush appointment but still believes she’s the right woman for the job.

Sturtevant says Virginians need to feel that their judges are independent from political gamesmanship.

Petersen Introduces Bill to Swap Local Car Tax for Gas Tax

In 1998 former Governor Jim Gilmore and the General Assembly eliminated the state car tax in favor of a local car tax.

Now Democratic Senator Chap Petersen of Fairfax has a bill to completely scrap the tax for non-commercial vehicles in favor of a local 5¢ per gallon gas tax.

Senator Petersen says the car tax is inequitable and administratively inefficient. Petersen’s bill would require a constitutional amendment, passing the General Assembly twice and then going to the voters for approval on the ballot.

McAuliffe Previews State of the Commonwealth Speech

Tonight at the midpoint of his term, Governor Terry McAuliffe will deliver his annual State of the Commonwealth address. He will ask the General Assembly to support his two-year legacy budget. Which includes a billion dollars in new investment for education. While the Governor has fought hard in previous years with the Republican controlled legislature over Medicaid expansion and gun control, he warned them not to get bogged down in petty partisan battles McAuliffe says those issues include education, economic development, veterans issues and the budget.

McAuliffe Previews State of the Commonwealth Speech

Tonight (1/13) at the midpoint of his term, Governor Terry McAuliffe will deliver his annual State of the Commonwealth address.

He will ask the General Assembly to support his two-year legacy budget, which includes a billion dollars in new investment for education.

While the Governor has fought hard in previous years with the Republican controlled legislature over Medicaid expansion and gun control, he warned them not to get bogged down in petty partisan battles.

McAuliffe Announces 2016 Education Agenda

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced his 2016 education agenda yesterday (1/12).

Governor McAuliffe is asking the General Assembly to provide greater flexibility to high schools to give students more opportunities for hands on learning, taking early college courses and earning industry credentials.

The Governor hopes to hire more career and technical teachers, which he says will better prepare students for high demand jobs.

Governor McAuliffe’s budget invests a billion dollars in new money into education after years of cuts following the recession.

Port of Virginia Signs Agreement with Port of Mariel in Cuba

The Port of Virginia has signed an agreement with the Port of Mariel in Cuba they say will lay the groundwork for business dealings in the future and allow them to collaborate on areas of mutual benefit like joint marketing, sharing of data and port security among others.

The Port of Mariel opened just two years ago. Cuba invested a billion dollars in the project, which will ultimately make it the largest port in the Carribean.

VCU Signs Agreement with University of Havana

VCU has signed an agreement with the University of Havana to develop cooperative programs in a variety of academic disciplines studied at both institutions. VCU hopes to have student and professorial exchange programs and joint research projects as well as opportunities for students from both schools to work with private companies who wish to import and export goods between the U.S. and Cuba. Van Wood is a Professor of International Marketing and holds the Phillip Morris endowed chair at VCU.

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