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Craig Carper

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WCVE Public Radio political contributor.

Articles by Craig Carper

Lawmakers Review Northrop Grumman IT Services

Virginia lawmakers received an update Monday (6/8) on how Northrup Grumman is doing, providing the state’s IT services, as they consider whether to extend the contract or choose another vendor.

Northrup Grumman has provided the services since 2004. Since then, there have been multiple large-scale crashes and significant cost overruns.

While the contract will expire in 2019, the decision to keep them or sign with another vendor will likely need to be in place by 2017 to allow for an appropriate transition.

Court Orders General Assembly to Redraw Congressional Maps

Advocates for non-partisan redistricting were pleased with the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling Friday (6/5) that the General Assembly must redraw congressional lines by September 1st.

The court found that the legislature packed too many black voters into the 3rd Congressional District, represented by Democrat Bobby Scott.

Brian Cannon, Executive Director of One Virginia 2021, says the court’s action puts new pressure on the General Assembly to redraw the 3rd and it’s surrounding districts using a non-partisan process.

Jones Says Not His Fault There is No Stadium Progress

Mayor Dwight Jones says the lack of a new baseball stadium for the Richmond Flying Squirrels is not his fault.

Jones says the open letter to the “Greater Richmond Community” from Flying Squirrels President Lou DiBella was the wrong way to address his frustrations and that he should have called.

Jones and members of City Council have tried to get Henrico and Chesterfield to pitch in for a new stadium but the surrounding counties are not interested.

The Squirrels have one year left on their current lease with three one year renewal options.

SCOVA Hears Sweet Briar Arguments

The Virginia Supreme Court heard oral arguments June 4 from attorneys arguing for and against the closure of Sweet Briar College.  Its board says it will take $250 million to save.

William Hurd, who represents a group of alumnae and advocates, argues the college is both a corporation and a trust. He says the current board mismanaged the school and did not give supporters enough time to raise money to save it. He’s asking for a special fiduciary to be appointed to run Sweet Briar.   

Sweet Briar Students and Faculty Face Uncertain Future

Students and faculty at Sweet Briar College face an uncertain future as courts decide whether the 114-year-old institution can remain open next fall.

Supporters chanted outside the Virginia Supreme Court after oral arguments for and against an injunction to keep the school open.   

Tristin Burke, a rising Junior at Sweet Briar says she’s applied to multiple other schools, but she’d rather finish her education at the college she calls home.  

Supreme Court Hears FOIA Case on Capital Punishment Documents

The Virginia Supreme Court heard oral arguments today on a case brought against the Department of Corrections that could force them to produce documents under the Freedom of Information Act detailing lethal injection records and procedures.

The DOC argues that many of these documents present a security risk and are exempt from FOIA.

Democratic Delegate Scott Surrovel who brought the case, says they should be required to produce the documents but be allowed to redact only the portions that present such a risk.

Virginia Has Record-Breaking Tourism Year

2014 was a record-breaking year for Virginia tourism, with 40 million visitors generating over $22 billion dollars in revenue.

Tourism is one of the five largest industries in the state and last year supported 216,000 jobs and $5 billion dollars in payroll.

Governor Terry McAuliffe says the Commonwealth has a lot to offer.

The Old Dominion has also received some impressive accolades recently. Virginia won best food region in the country from Esquire magazine for 2014 and Richmond was named best city in America to visit by American Express travel.

Virginia Unveils Digital Vital Records Archive

In a public-private partnership with Ancestry, Virginia has digitized over 16 million vital records.

Citizens, family historians and geneologists can now digitally search the information found on public documents.

There have been some challenges as many of those records were destroyed under Virginia’s now repealed Racial Integrity Act.

State officials say the digital archive will eliminate the threat of wear and tear on such documents in the future, while at the same time allowing the records to be stored securely and confidentially.

4 Republicans Seek 12th Senate District Seat

The 12th district Senate race is one of the most competitive primaries in central Virginia. Four Republicans are seeking the nomination to succeed retiring Senator Walter Stosch of Henrico.

Siobhan Dunnavant is a physician and the sister of Delegate Chris Stolle and former Senator Ken Stolle.

Bill Janis is the former Deputy Commissioner for the Virginia Department of Veterans Affairs. He’s also an attorney and former Delegate.

Both have raised over $100,000 for their campaigns.

McAuliffe Signs Education Bills

Governor Terry McAuliffe signed several education reform bills in Charlottesville today (6/3).

Two bills will expedite the SOL retake process to two days for children who fail to pass the test by a close margin.

A third bill will reward schools who have narrowly fallen short of accreditation if they’ve made significant progress.

McAuliffe says he now wants his SOL Innovation and Reform Commission to look at improving how the tests measure critical thinking and workforce skills.