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VaNews - October 24, 2014
Today's Sponsor: David Foster
In honor of the late delegate Vince Callahan, who knew that "Every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle" (Mr. Jefferson).
Compiled by Bernadette Kinlaw
Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s Commission to Ensure Integrity and Public Confidence in State Government will hold its first meeting Monday morning at the state Capitol in Richmond. The 10-member commission, chaired by former Rep. Rick Boucher, D-9th, and former Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, a Republican, is scheduled to review current ethics laws and policies and discuss possible recommendations for changes.
Delegate Ben Cline (R-Rockbridge) has been hired as an assistant prosecutor at the commonwealth’s attorney’s office in Appomattox. Cline will take on juvenile and domestic relations cases, as well as cases in Appomattox County General District Court.
The scene of a completely mangled car and two others with their front ends caved in moved Del. Joseph Yost to action. Driving to dinner in Blacksburg with his wife, Yost, R-Pearisburg, said they came down a steep incline to the intersection of U.S. 460 and North Main Street on Tuesday evening and saw the aftermath of a car wreck at the intersection.
Student poverty and testing pressure were up for discussion at the Shenandoah Valley Regional Program’s legislative dinner Wednesday. Gathering at Blue Ridge Community College, school administrators and state legislators assessed how economic factors affect student performance and teaching methods.
The sentencing for former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell, who was convicted with her husband last month of public corruption, has been moved to Feb. 20, court records show. Maureen McDonnell’s lawyer had requested the change because of another trial he had scheduled for Jan. 6, the date initially set for sentencing by U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer. The sentencing for former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell (R) will go on as planned on that date, court records show.
In what was likely their final appearance together before Election Day, U.S. Sen. Mark Warner and his Republican challenger, Ed Gillespie, each attempted Thursday to paint the other as too partisan to solve major problems. Warner told several hundred people at the Central Business District breakfast in The Westin hotel that they should be wary of Gillespie.
U.S. Sen. Mark Warner is touting his bipartisan approach to lawmaking as he seeks his second term on Nov. 4. ...Regarding improving the nation’s economy, Warner wrote that his “bipartisan efforts” helped bring in almost 130,000 jobs when he was governor, and led to the commonwealth being named the “Best Managed State” and “Best State for Business.”
Republican Senate candidate Ed Gillespie has dropped $400,000 into his campaign account, he told supporters Thursday in an email titled "All in." "Here in Virginia, we have the unique opportunity, as we have throughout our nation’s history, to lead in fighting for the American Dream," the email states. "(My wife) Cathy and I think that’s worth a lot and that’s why we’ve gone all in for this campaign."
What are your top priorities for the federal workforce if you are elected to Congress? Comstock: I’m a former federal employee who has worked as a senior aide to Congressman Wolf on federal employees’ issues, a Chief Counsel on the largest congressional committee, and a senior official at the Department of Justice.
What are your top priorities for the federal workforce if you are elected to Congress? A: My top priorities include (1) moving away from the hyper-partisanship in Washington that brought us the government shutdown and sequestration — which had a significant impact on federal workers, (2) ensuring that federal workers are respected for the work that they do and fairly compensated, and (3) ensuring that Congress stops placing a disproportionate burden on federal employees through pay freezes and cuts to their benefits.
Give Brad Eickholt props for chutzpah, if nothing else. Eickholt, an independent who is vying for votes and attention in the 10th District congressional showdown between Republican Barbara Comstock and Democrat John Foust, used a recent League of Women Voters’ forum in Loudoun County to call on Foust to drop out – and endorse him instead.
The three candidates running for Eric Cantor’s former seat in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District made their case before voters Thursday evening at a forum hosted by the Goochland Chamber of Commerce at Benedictine College Preparatory.
For the first and only time, all three candidates for the 7th Congressional seat shared a stage Thursday, and each made the case that he would be the most independent voice if sent to Congress. Republican Dave Brat, who became an overnight political sensation with his upset of former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the June GOP primary, promoted his free market platform and said he would work to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
U.S. Rep. Robert Hurt, R-5th, called for less government regulation and more free enterprise Thursday during a campaign stop in Campbell County. Hurt, seeking a third term in office, visited one of Boxley’s rock quarries and highlighted the operation as an example of a business valuing both safety and environmental stewardship.
In an effort to inform voters about the Republican and Democratic candidates for the 5th District seat in the House of Representatives in the Nov. 4 election, the Altavista Journal asked incumbent Robert Hurt and challenger W. Lawrence Gaughan to answer questions about their backgrounds and the issues facing the area and the nation.