The Institute for Policy and Opinion Research at Roanoke College is out with its latest poll on the gubernatorial election. Republican Ken Cuccinelli leads Democrat Terry McAuliffe 37 to 31 percent but Institute Director Harry Wilson says more than a quarter of registered voters haven't decided who to vote for in November. The poll interviewed 525 registered Virginia voters between July 8th and the 14th and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.3%.
The General Assembly’s watchdog agency says many of the factors driving up the cost of university tuition and fees are NOT directly related to instruction. The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission has been examining higher education costs to determine the operational efficiency of the Commonwealth’s 15 four-year institutions-and whether ways can be found to reduce expenses. JLARC found that the soaring tuition increases have exceeded inflation.
A special cybersecurity panel of the Joint Commission on Technology and Science has voted to move forward with crafting state legislation to enable many deployed military voters to cast their absentee ballots on-line.
The panel decided that the pilot program should focus on active-duty military personnel based outside of the continental U.S.--instead of also including spouses and other employees.
Considering the rising cost of higher education and the weak job market for college graduates, students have a strong interest in Virginia’s gubernatorial race. A panel of university student leaders had pointedly questioned Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli during a Google "Hangout for Higher Ed.”
On the heels of the recent Supreme Court decision striking down a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act, the Human Rights Campaign and other lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organizations are throwing their support behind the three Democrats running for statewide office.
The candidates pledge that upon being elected to office they'll act to reverse certain restrictions on the LGBT community. But other officials say they will also champion the cause regardless of the election’s outcome.