State Government

McAuliffe Appointments
7:13 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Governor-Elect Continues to Build His Administration

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Governor-Elect Terry McAuliffe is re-appointing a third cabinet secretary who served under Governor McDonnell.  McAuliffe acknowledged the contribution that Todd Haymore has made to Virginia's largest industry and asked him to stay on as Secretary of Agriculture. In addition, environmental groups are applauding his decision to name former Hampton Mayor Molly Ward as Secretary of Natural Resources.

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"Giftgate" Scandal
7:52 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Governor McDonnell Could Face Criminal Charges

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It looks as though Virginia’s outgoing Governor may face criminal charges soon after leaving office next month. 

According to the Washington Post, a federal prosecutor’s plan to ask for an indictment against

Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, has been delayed until the first of the year. The request is in connection with the Star Scientific and Jonnie Williams scandal, also known as “giftgate”.

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The Results Are In
7:28 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Mark Herring is Virginia's Next Attorney General

The election and recount behind him, Attorney General-elect Mark Herring is for the first time officially able to set the stage for how he will run that office.  During a media briefing late Wednesday, Herring thanked Senator Mark Obenshain for his gracious concession, discussed how he plans to work with Obenshain and other lawmakers, and gave reassurances that he will keep his campaign promises.

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Government & Politics
8:23 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Wolf Retirement Could Lead to Bitter Political Feud

The retirement announcement by seventeen term incumbent Congressman Frank Wolf has campaign analysts predicting a bloody Republican primary and then general election fight in Northern Virginia.

A fairly safe Republican House seat just became the commonwealth’s second battleground district. Wolf has served the tenth district in Congress since 1980, and was able to keep his seat even as President Obama won the district in two thousand eight.

Kyle Kondik is a campaign analyst with the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics.

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Government & Politics
12:09 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Two Year Budget Proposal

Governor McDonnell has rolled out his final two-year state budget, which includes additional funds for major core services and other priorities.

The $95.9 billion budget also injects new cash into the Rainy Day Fund and adds millions of dollars to public and higher education. 

The Governor says he used caution in forecasting revenues—due to the disproportionate impact on the state of potential changes in federal fiscal policies.

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