Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has some unlikely allies in his federal corruption trial. Three Democratic and two Republican former Attorneys General are asking the federal judge presiding over the case to dismiss most of the charges against him…and have filed a memo to that effect in U.S. District Court.
Effective immediately, all state homeland security planning and response in Virginia will fall under the leadership of the Secretary of Public Safety. While the new law signed by Governor McAuliffe may not be noticed by many residents, lawmakers say it will make a huge difference when disaster strikes.
Hundreds of Virginians crowded into a Senate committee room Tuesday night for a public hearing on Governor McAuliffe’s recently proposed budget. Some speakers praised the bill’s two-percent pay raise for state employees, college faculty, and teachers, while others endorsed his plan to fund Line-of-Duty payments for fallen police officers. However, the majority came to support either the Governor’s traditional Medicaid expansion OR the Senate’s private-insurance alternative, Marketplace Virginia.
Slightly more than two months after taking office, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe is responding to questions about ethics reform …as former Governor Bob McDonnell awaits a trial this summer involving gift-giving. The scandal prompted the General Assembly to pass and send to the Governor new ethics reform legislation, which now awaits his signature, amendments, or veto.
A high-profile national political group gets involved in a county issue in Virginia...and a Christian school says it may not the be the appropriate place for one second-grader. Those stories are among the most clicked this past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link on vpap.org.