VaNews

Thursday July 28, 2016

Compiled by Ray Reed


Federal Elections

VIRGINIA'S TIM KAINE ACCEPTS THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY'S NOMINATION FOR VICE PRESIDENT

By BILL BARTEL , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 15 articles a month)

Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination for the vice presidency Wednesday night, declaring that he and presidential nominee Hillary Clinton “share this belief: Do all the good you can. Serve one another. That’s what I’m about.” In a speech often interrupted by cheers, Kaine celebrated Clinton as the party’s presidential nominee while castigating Republican nominee Donald Trump.


SEN. TIM KAINE ACCEPTS DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION FOR VICE PRESIDENT

By JIM NOLAN , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

Tim Kaine, the guy next door from Richmond who never expected to be here, on Wednesday night accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination for vice president of the United States. The senator from Virginia offered a robust defense of Hillary Clinton and an unsparing attack on the Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, in his address to the Democratic National Convention.


TIM KAINE GOES ON ATTACK WHILE APPEALING TO DISAFFECTED REPUBLICANS

By THOMAS KAPLAN AND MATT FLEGENHEIMER, New York Times

In the early morning, he paid tribute to swing states, showering the Florida and Iowa delegations with love. By afternoon, he set off on an attempted Twitter tussle with Donald J. Trump.


FULL TEXT OF SEN. TIM KAINE'S REMARKS AT THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION

Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 15 articles a month)

The Democratic National Convention shared the full text of Tim Kaine's remarks Wednesday night at the convention in Philadelphia: I want to thank my beautiful wife Anne and my three wonderful children, Nat, Woody, and Annella. Nat deployed with his Marine battalion two days ago to protect and defend the very NATO allies that Donald Trump now says he would abandon.


MCAULIFFE FUELS NEW DISTRUST OF CLINTON OVER HER POSITION ON TRADE

By JENNA PORTNOY AND DAVID WEIGEL, Washington Post

Gov. Terry McAuliffe fueled new distrust of Hillary Clinton among liberal Democrats this week with a declaration that the presidential nominee was likely to reverse her position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership after the election. The Clinton campaign swiftly rejected the idea that she would waver on the TPP and called her longtime friend and chairman of her 2008 campaign “flat wrong.”


GOV. TERRY MCAULIFFE TRIES TO CLARIFY COMMENTS ON HILLARY CLINTON AND TPP

By ANDREW CAIN, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Wednesday sought to clarify his comments on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, which brought a new controversy for Hillary Clinton on Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. “She would only go forward (with TPP as president) if the changes she wants are implemented, then everyone is in agreement,” McAuliffe said in an interview broadcast on MSNBC. “She’s not going forward as it is today.”


DNC HAS BEEN 'WHIRLWIND' FOR DELEGATES

By CLARISSA COOPER, News Leader (Metered Pay Wall)

Alex Hulvey, a Democratic 6th Congressional District delegate from Harrisonburg, is a self-described 'die-hard' Bernie Sanders supporter. On Tuesday night, when Hillary Clinton was officially named the Democratic nominee for president, Hulvey said he was one of the Sanders supporters who walked out of the convention because he was unsatisfied with the collusion in the Democratic party.

Kaine Nomination

KAINE EARNED A REPUTATION AS A BRIDGE BUILDER IN A RACIALLY DIVIDED CITY

By NED OLIVER, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

He offered the city of Richmond's first formal apology for slavery, had a hand in selecting Monument Avenue for the Arthur Ashe statue, and was called to respond when an outdoor portrait of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was firebombed downtown. As he got his start in Richmond politics as a councilman and mayor in the 1990s - a time when racial divisions in the city were both real and apparent - Tim Kaine earned a reputation as a bridge-builder.


TIM KAINE, HARMONICA IN TOW, OFTEN RELIES ON MUSIC AS A MOUTHPIECE

By NICK CORASANITI, New York Times

He carries multiple harmonicas in his briefcase. He has played with members of the Dave Matthews Band and the Grateful Dead. And he has been known to show up unannounced at bluegrass jamborees around his home state, Virginia, simply looking to jam. Meet Tim Kaine, vice-presidential candidate, senator, former governor — and mouth organist.


HOLTONS ARE ‘PRETTY EXCITED’ ABOUT SEN. KAINE’S CANDIDACY

By MADISON WHITE-FRANKS, Rappahannock Record (Paywall)

This community may have closer ties to presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s Democratic running mate than many other localities across Virginia. His in-laws are local residents. ... Kaine’s in-laws, the Hon. A. Linwood and Mrs. Virginia “Jinks” Holton retired to Weems in 2003 and moved to Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury in 2012. Linwood Holton served as Governor of Virginia from 1970 to 1974. “We are pretty excited. We think he (Kaine) is a wonderful candidate and has a lot of talent. We encouraged him to go into politics because he is even-tempered and can handle any situation,” said Jinks Holton.


ANNE HOLTON STEPS INTO NEW ROLE IN FAMILIAR SETTING - A CLASSROOM

By JIM NOLAN, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

Earlier this month, when Virginia first lady Dorothy McAuliffe asked Anne Holton to join her in Philadelphia at a child hunger awareness event during the week of the Democratic National Convention, Holton didn’t think she could make it. ... “Needless to say, my plans changed,” said Holton, the spouse of Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., who on Wednesday night accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination for vice president. So there was Holton, two days removed from resigning her state education post, back in a classroom and on the campaign trail — talking about hunger and nutrition and learning at a Philadelphia day care called Children’s Village.


LYNCHBURG-AREA POLITICOS SPEAK HIGHLY OF KAINE

By ALEX ROHR, News & Advance

After the lights went out in a European bunkhouse, the conversation continued with “Kubla Khan” or “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.” Now-Sen. Tim Kaine, then fresh off a stint as Virginia’s governor, was on the top right bunk and his former Secretary of Natural Resources lay on the lower left bunk. “He just began reciting stanza after stanza after stanza of an 18th-century poem that just happened to come up in conversation because somewhere along the way he had memorized that poem and he still retained it after all these years,” Preston Bryant said about Kaine and a group hiking trip near Mont Blanc in August 2010.

State Government

REGISTRARS WAITING FOR GUIDANCE AFTER SUPREME COURT RULING

By JEFF BRANSCOME, Free Lance-Star

Spotsylvania County resident Odessa Hudson said she was overjoyed when she got her voter card in the mail at the end of June. She said she had been ineligible to vote since the late 1990s after a felony drug possession conviction. The mother of four had always meant to apply to have her voting rights restored, but life got in the way, she said.


DESPITE MCAULIFFE'S TIMETABLE, NO NEW RIGHTS RESTORATION ORDERS SIGNED

By TRAVIS FAIN, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has not yet signed any new restoration of rights orders as part of his plan to sidestep a Virginia Supreme Court decision that nullified his mass restoration. In fact, the Secretary of the Commonwealth's Office is still working out just what the administration's new case-by-case process will look like, and officials plans to discuss the matter when the governor returns from the Democratic National Convention that wraps up Thursday, Secretary Kelly Thomasson said.


WHY DON’T THEY WANT US TO VOTE?’ EX-FELONS COPE WITH LOSING VOTING RIGHTS TWICE IN VIRGINIA.

By FENIT NIRAPPIL, Washington Post

Louise Benjamin, 48, looked forward to casting her first ballot in Virginia this November, after Gov. Terry McAuliffe restored her voting rights and those of more than 200,000 other convicted felons who had also completed their sentences. She saw voting as a chance for redemption after serving time for assault charges. Then, last week, the state Supreme Court decided she could not vote after all.


VIRGINIA'S NEW SECRETARY OF EDUCATION SAYS FOCUS WILL REMAIN ON IMPROVING SCHOOLS FOR STATE'S KIDS

By LOUIS LLOVIO, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

Gov. Terry McAuliffe called Dietra Trent on Tuesday morning to give her the news. Anne Holton, Virginia’s secretary of education and Trent’s boss, had stepped down. Trent was going to get the job and, after years working behind the scenes, she was about to become the face of Virginia’s education system.

Congress

WARNER SPEAKS WITH LURAY LEADERS ABOUT DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION

By REBECCA ARMSTRONG, Page News and Courier

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D) gathered with downtown leaders and supporters on Sunday to tout the area's economic strides and talk about continuing challenges. With about a dozen new businesses opening their doors in the historic district in the past year, or planning openings in the coming year, the former Virginia governor said it's those small investments that make a big impact.


JOE MONTANO, REGIONAL DIRECTOR FOR SEN. KAINE’S OFFICE, DIES AT 47

By TREVOR BARATKO, Loudoun Times

Joe Montano, the Northern Virginia regional director for vice presidential candidate and Sen. Tim Kaine, died at his Falls Church home this week at the age of 47. Montano was, for many Northern Virginians, the face of Kaine's office. He was present at dozens of community events, business meetings and political gatherings. “My staff and I are deeply saddened by the death of our Northern Virginia Regional Director,” Sen. Kaine said in a statement.

Economy/Business

FORREST E. MARS JR., ENIGMATIC STEWARD OF FAMILY CONFECTIONERY, DIES AT 84

By EMILY LANGER, Washington Post

Forrest E. Mars Jr., who helped build his family’s candymaking empire into one of the richest businesses in the world, stocking treat jars around the globe with Milky Ways, Snickers and M&Ms while maintaining the company’s tradition of extreme secrecy, died July 26 at a hospital in Seattle. He was 84.

Transportation

BOSTON COMPLAINT COULD WEIGH ON METRO’S PUSH TO NIX LATE-NIGHT SERVICE

By MARTINE POWERS , Washington Post

Even as Metro riders turned to social media to make it clear that they are against a proposed cut in weekend late-night service hours, General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld said Wednesday that a curtailed schedule is necessary for the welfare of the subway system. But a federal complaint filed this week against Boston’s transit system alleging that late-night service cuts there violated the civil rights of low-income and minority groups could bring additional scrutiny to Wiedefeld’s proposal.


CITIZENS MEET ABOUT HIGH SPEED RAIL IN CAROLINE

By STAFF REPORT, Caroline Progress

Nancy Long is the Caroline County Supervisor for the Port Royal District, but at her June 28 Community Meeting at the Upper Caroline Fire Department in Woodford a large portion of the many citizens who crowded into the room were from Spotsylvania County, and even Hanover County was represented. The big draw was a chance to hear guest speaker Paul Agnello, Chief of Transportation/FAMPO Administrator for the George Washington Regional Commission, discuss the aspects of the possible high-speed railroad bypass around the eastern side of Fredericksburg.

Local

PETERSBURG, $2.3 MILLION BEHIND ON VIRGINIA RETIREMENT SYSTEM PAYMENTS

By MARKUS SCHMIDT, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

...VRS Director Patricia S. Bishop informed state legislators in a letter dated July 11 that the financially struggling city was more than 60 days late on payments totaling $1.9 million and the total had since risen to $2.3 million.


Editorials

CONVINCE, DON’T CONFUSE

Loudoun Times Editorial

Gov. Terry McAuliffe remains steadfast in his quest to restore the voting rights of more than 200,000 ex-felons. Many people in Virginia feel differently. Last week, the Supreme Court of Virginia ruled that McAuliffe didn't have the authority to restore voting rights to 200,000 felons in the state. But in an interview with the Times-Mirror’s Trevor Baratko at the Democratic National Convention, McAuliffe was undeterred. He countered by saying he'll restore the rights one-by-one.


VIRGINIA'S TIM KAINE PROVES HILLARY CLINTON'S WISDOM

Richmond Times-Dispatch Editorial (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

The Bernie Sanders legions may have preferred Elizabeth Warren or Rosa Luxemburg for vice president, but Hillary Clinton chose wisely when she picked Tim Kaine as her running mate. Last night the nation met the Virginia senator during his prime time speech at the Democratic Convention ... His acceptance speech met the first goal of vice presidential candidates: It did no harm. Indeed, it likely helped the Democratic ticket — although the entire week has boosted the party.


FRIEND OF BILL MAKES LIFE DIFFICULT FOR HILLARY

Richmond Times-Dispatch Editorial (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

Terry McAuliffe may be the original FOB. Virginia’s governor truly is a friend of Bill — and Hillary. He recently roiled his pal’s presidential campaign. McAuliffe predicted that as president, Hillary Clinton would flip-flop on the Trans-Pacific Partnership — i.e., she would embrace the trade agreement that pressure from Bernie Sanders’ supporters led her to oppose. A Clinton spokesman denied the supposition. McAuliffe tried to clarify his remarks.


THE REAL PROBLEM WITH TRUMP'S CRITIQUE OF KAINE

Roanoke Times Editorial (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

Something Donald Trump said Monday at the Hotel Roanoke sticks with us, and merits more conversation. No, not his complaint about the ballroom being too hot — although that’s illustrative in its own way. It’s July. In the South. The doors have been open for hours to let in thousands of people. Of course, it’s hot. Why reflexively blame somebody for that? Instead, we have a more substantive point in mind, one that came up in his critique of Hillary Clinton’s new running mate, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia.

Columnists

SCHAPIRO: OLD ALLIES ARE INVESTED IN TIM KAINE, POLITICALLY AND EMOTIONALLY

By JEFF E. SCHAPIRO, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

Bob Pierce met Tim Kaine in the late 1990s at a Democratic fundraiser in a farmhouse near Purcellville, a quiet, sylvan corner of Loudoun County, the politically decisive outer suburb of Washington. “This was a time when the candidates would show up and didn’t have the staff hustling them around,” said Pierce, a part-time contractor whose wife, Denise, is a delegate to the Democratic National Convention.

Op-Ed

MILES: WIND FARMS ARE AS GREEN AS ENERGY GETS

By GAILEN MILES, Published in the Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

On my Facebook page is a picture of a wind-farm. In the background is a bright blue sky. In the foreground is wheat waving in the wind. And mid-ground is a row of 550 foot wind turbines. The caption under the picture is, “What a wind-spill looks like.”

Gailen Miles lives in Roanoke county, is a semi-retired management consultant and adjunct professor with Virginia Western and Central Virginia Community Colleges working through their Workforce Development Departments.