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Three Candidates Seeking Republican Gubernatorial Nomination Debate at Liberty University

The candidates seeking this year’s Republican gubernatorial nomination appeared in a televised debate Thursday night (4/13). There were several questions on social issues.

At the concert hall of Liberty University’s Center for Worship and the Performing Arts, State Senator Frank Wagner, Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chair Corey Stewart and Former Republican National Committee Chair Ed Gillespie each carved out similar stances on the social issues posed by moderators.

20 Virginia Conservatives Call on Governor to Commute Death Sentence of Ivan Teleguz

Nicholas Cote is a former board member of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Virginia. He tells 88.9 WCVE the group represents a growing number of conservatives concerned with the death penalty and the risk of executing an innocent person.

“Every Virginian should want to make sure the criminal justice system works, and that is especially vital in a case like this because the death penalty cannot be undone. A possibly wrongful execution would be carried out in our name as Virginians, and that is unacceptable,” said Cote.

Kaine Urges Implementation of Opioid Treatment Funding

Virginia’s junior United States Senator Tim Kaine is asking the President to address wide-spread use of opioids with money set aside by Congress last year.

Senator Kaine is one of 20 urging the dispersal of $1 million dollars marked for opioid addiction services as part of the 21st Century Cures Act. The bill was one of the last signed into law by President Barack Obama.

Attorney General Herring Weighs In On Ohio Planned Parenthood Case

Virginia's Attorney General is lending his voice to a Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals case.

Mark Herring is now one of 16 Attorneys General filing amicus briefs in the legal challenge over an Ohio law that would effectively defund Planned Parenthood. The State is appealing a federal judge's ruling that blocked the law before it took effect.

Amended Court Fines Bill Clears Reconvened Session

Lawmakers agreed to a number of amended bills Wednesday (4/5).

One of them means new rules for those with fines and court costs in the Commonwealth. Richmond City Republican Delegate Manoli Loupassi says he was happy to pass the amended bill HB 2386 - which aims to provide relief for those with looming court-related debt in the form of payment plan options. “I think it was a good public policy. I think it’s a good idea to try to get people licensed - if they’re going to be driving - get’em licensed and y’know, give’em the ability to go to work lawfully,” said Loupassi.

McAuliffe Renews Call for Medicaid Expansion

Governor Terry McAuliffe is renewing his efforts to expand Medicaid in Virginia.

Governor McAuliffe says since the Congressional action to repeal the Affordable Care Act was scrapped last Friday, it’s time for Virginia to act. “As you know, repeal is now dead. As Speaker Ryan said, the ACA is now the law of the land and it is here to stay,” said McAuliffe.

Family Foundation Appeal

The Family Foundation of Virginia is helping with an impending legal challenge to the abortion clinic health and safety standards scaled back last fall.

Family Foundation President, Victoria Cobb says both the Department and Board of Health violated the Administrative Process Act and other legal provisions in the proceedings that led up to the easing of certain abortion center regulations.