Former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen have been indicted by a federal jury on 14 counts related to gifts and loans they received from former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams. McDonnell made a public statement at a Richmond law firm and said they have been falsely accused. He stated that he never promised—and Jonnie Williams and Star Scientific never received—any government benefit of any kind from him or his administration. He noted that the federal investigation has been indescribably agonizing, but he believes that the facts and the law are on his side.
A recent Gallup poll shows 58% of Americans favor legalizing marijuana. Colorado and Washington have done so, and Californians are expected to vote on the question this year. So might the Commonwealth follow their lead?
Virginia was once a major producer of tobacco, but today less than five percent of the world’s crop is grown in the U.S. The state’s climate is favorable for growing marijuana, there’s plenty of water, and many rural areas might welcome an economic boost, but the political climate is something else.
One goal of outgoing Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is ensuring that there are advocates for domestic violence and human trafficking victims after he leaves office.
One of Cuccinelli’s final acts as A-G is allocating millions of dollars for human trafficking victims. Cuccinelli says while Virginia has made progress in finding, arresting, and increasing penalties for human traffickers, one of the system’s biggest holes is providing the victims with a sanctuary—a place to get back on their feet.