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.
Articles by Craig Carper
Governor Terry McAuliffe has called a special election to replace Congressman Eric Cantor for November 4th, the same day as the general election for U.S. Senate. The special election would allow the victor to be seated immediately, giving the seventh district representation during the lame-duck session.
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.
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.
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.
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."
While much of the government’s case around the former first couple centers around Maureen McDonnell’s solicitation of gifts from Jonnie Williams, Governor McDonnell did have several documented instances of notable direct dealings with the former Star Scientific CEO.
Jonnie Williams told federal prosecutors yesterday that he did not grant all of the former first families requests, having denied Maureen’s request for two cars for her children to avoid drawing unwanted attention.
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.
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.