VaNews

Saturday July 23, 2016

Compiled by David M. Poole


Executive Branch

VA. SUPREME COURT THROWS OUT MCAULIFFE'S FELON RESTORATION ORDERS

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

The Virginia Supreme Court Friday struck down Gov. Terry McAuliffe's executive orders restoring voting rights to more than 200,000 felons, declaring that the 13,000-plus who have registered to vote must be stricken from the rolls. McAuliffe quickly promised to sign individual orders for those who have already registered, getting around the court's objection that he had restored their rights en masse instead of with the traditional case-by-case review typical of previous governors.


VIRGINIA COURT NIXES ORDER RESTORING FELONS' VOTING RIGHTS

By ALANNA DURKIN RICHER, Associated Press

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's sweeping executive order restoring the voting rights of more than 200,000 felons is unconstitutional, the state's highest court ruled Friday, siding with Republican lawmakers who said the governor overstepped his authority.


VA. HIGH COURT INVALIDATES MCAULIFFE’S ORDER RESTORING FELON VOTING RIGHTS

By FENIT NIRAPPIL AND JENNA PORTNOY, Washington Post

Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s decision to restore voting rights to more than 200,000 felons violates Virginia’s constitution, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday, dealing a major blow to the Democratic governor with implications for the November presidential race in the crucial swing state.


VA. SUPREME COURT STRIKES DOWN MCAULIFFE'S ORDER ON FELON VOTING RIGHTS

By GRAHAM MOOMAW , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

The Supreme Court of Virginia on Friday struck down Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s executive order restoring voting rights to 206,000 felons, dealing a severe blow to what the governor has touted as one of his proudest achievements in office. In a 4-3 ruling, the court declared McAuliffe’s order unconstitutional, saying it amounts to a unilateral rewrite and suspension of the state’s policy of lifetime disenfranchisement for felons.


FELONS LOSE VOTING RIGHTS AS VIRGINIA SUPREME COURT RULES AGAINST GOVERNOR

By CHRISTOPHER MELE, New York Times

A divided Virginia Supreme Court on Friday overturned a series of executive orders issued by Gov. Terry McAuliffe that had restored the voting rights of more than 200,000 convicted felons. The court, in a 4-to-3 decision, disputed the governor’s assertion that his clemency power was absolute under the state’s Constitution.


VIRGINIA SUPREME COURT BLOCKS VOTING RIGHTS FOR FELONS

By JON KAMP AND BRENT KENDALL, Wall Street Journal (Paywall)

The Virginia Supreme Court on Friday voided Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s effort to restore voting rights to 206,000 people with felony records. Mr. McAuliffe issued an order in April to restore voting rights to convicted felons who have served their sentences while also completing parole and probation, and followed with similar orders in May and June.


MCAULIFFE LEADS DISCUSSION ON CYBER SECURITY IN SW VA.

By DAMEAN MATHEWS , Bristol Herald Courier

Developing technology opportunities for Southwest Virginia was the subject of a roundtable discussion held Friday by Gov. Terry McAuliffe at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. UVa-Wise, Mountain Empire Community College and Southwest Virginia Community College are working to create a cyber security work force in the area, an effort to advance Virginia’s position on the technology front.


GOVERNOR REAPPOINTS POWER TO VIRGINIA PORT AUTHORITY BOARD

By SALLY VOTH, Winchester Star (Subscription Required)

Local management consultant Faith Power has been reappointed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe to the Virginia Port Authority Board of Commissioners for a five-year term. Power was appointed two years ago to fill an unexpired term, according to the port’s website, and represents the Virginia Inland Port in Warren County.


LIEUTENANT GOVENOR NORTHAM AND WIFE TO VISIT SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA

By ZACH IRBY, Bristol Herald Courier

Virginia Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam and his wife, Pam will visit Southwest Virginia starting today through Sunday to discuss regional economic development, technology, and healthcare.

General Assembly

SEN. BLACK SAYS THIS MAY BE LAST ELECTION IN US

By TREVOR BARATKO, Loudoun Times

State Sen. Dick Black (R-13th) was here this week as a delegate to the Republican National Convention. A fervent social conservative and former Ted Cruz campaign co-chair, Black is now firmly behind nominee Donald Trump. The lawmaker and veteran took 15 minutes to speak with the Times-Mirror on the convention floor Wednesday night.


LANDES NAMED TO NEW EDUCATION PANEL

By BOB STUART, News Virginian

Del. Steve Landes hopes a new joint House and Senate committee he is chairing can positively influence the direction of public K-12 education in Virginia. On Thursday, Landes, R-Weyers Cave, was named the chairman of the Joint Committee to Study the Future of Public Elementary and Secondary Education. The 13-member House and Senate committee also includes Del. Dickie Bell, R-Staunton. A House joint resolution established the committee.

McDonnell Case

PROSECUTORS WANT MONTH TO CONSIDER BOB MCDONNELL RULING

By RACHEL WEINER, Washington Post

Prosecutors in Virginia want an additional month to respond to the Supreme Court decision overturning former governor Robert F. McDonnell’s corruption conviction. With agreement from McDonnell’s defense attorneys, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit to suspend the case for 30 days while lawyers are “analyzing the Supreme Court’s opinion and discussing what steps to take next in this case.”

Federal Elections

SEN. TIMOTHY M. KAINE OF VIRGINIA CHOSEN AS HILLARY CLINTON’S VP

By ANNE GEARAN AND JOHN WAGNER , Washington Post

Hillary Clinton has chosen Sen. Timothy M. Kaine (Va.) as her vice-presidential running mate, completing a Democratic ticket that prizes experience and traditional notions of public service in a political year dominated by Republican rival Donald Trump’s unorthodox, highly personal brand of leadership.


VIRGINIA'S TIM KAINE NAMED AS HILLARY CLINTON'S RUNNING MATE

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

Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia will be the Democratic nominee for vice president, Hillary Clinton’s campaign announced Friday night. Clinton revealed her pick for running mate in a tweet, writing, “I’m thrilled to announce my running mate, @TimKaine, a man who’s devoted his life to fighting for others. -H”


HILLARY CLINTON PICKS RICHMOND'S SEN. TIM KAINE AS HER RUNNING MATE

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

Hillary Clinton has picked Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate, adding to the Democratic ticket a genial and seasoned former Richmond mayor and Virginia governor who is fluent in Spanish and hails from a key swing state. Kaine, who was Barack Obama’s runner-up in 2008, would be the first vice president from Virginia since John Tyler — another former Virginia governor — held the office for a month in 1841.


HILLARY CLINTON PICKS TIM KAINE AS RUNNING MATE

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

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton named U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate Friday. Shrugging off criticism from the party’s left wing that Kaine was too accommodating on trade and financial regulation, and pundits’ dismissal of him as a boring, safe choice, Clinton called the Virginia senator “a man who has devoted his life to fighting for others.”


CLINTON PICKS TIM KAINE, VIRGINIA SENATOR AND FORMER GOVERNOR, AS HER RUNNING MATE

By MICHAEL A. MEMOLI, Los Angeles Times

Hillary Clinton has tapped Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate, adding a well-liked swing-state moderate with broad governing experience to the Democratic ticket. Clinton’s choice of Kaine, 58, reflects her calculation that voters with doubts about both her and Republican nominee Donald Trump will respond to a doubling-down of her pitch for sober pragmatism, instead of a political wild card.


CLINTON PICKS TIM KAINE AS RUNNING MATE

By JILL PALERMO, Sun Gazette

The speculation is over. It’s Tim Kaine. Former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced Friday she has chosen Virginia’s junior U.S. senator to be her vice president if elected the country’s first female president in November.


VIRGINIA'S DEMOCRATIC GOVERNOR WOULD APPOINT KAINE REPLACEMENT

By NIELS LESNIEWSKI, Roll Call

While Sen. Tim Kaine was widely seen as the safest choice for presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's ticket, the Virginia Democrat's selection isn't without potential complications. Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a longtime ally of the Clintons, would assuredly appoint a Democrat to fill Kaine's seat if the first-term senator were to become vice president, but the resignation would prompt an unusual off-year Senate campaign in the commonwealth. The special election would align with the 2017 governor's race.


KAINE’S ACCEPTANCE OF GIFTS IN VIRGINIA COULD CREATE OPENING FOR REPUBLICANS

By ROSALIND S. HELDERMAN, Washington Post

During his strenuous race for governor of Virginia in 2005, Timothy M. Kaine found himself chatting with James Murray, a wealthy venture capitalist, and acknowledged that the physical strain of the campaign was becoming difficult. In response, Murray made an offer: Win or lose, after the November election, Kaine and his family should spend time at Murray’s vacation home on the exclusive Caribbean island of Mustique.


THE 11 EMAILS THAT EXPLAIN TIM KAINE

By DARREN SAMUELSOHN , Politico

....Over the last few weeks, as Kaine’s stock kept rising in the vice presidential sweepstakes, POLITICO closely studied many of the emails that the governor sent to his senior aides, administration officials, CEOs, outside advocates and even his wife while serving in Richmond between 2006 and 2010.


TIM KAINE BRINGS REPUTATION FOR TRUST, COOPERATION TO THE CAMPAIGN

By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

In a year when trust may be the biggest political issue, and stridency the usual tone, Sen. Tim Kaine brings something unusual to the race for the White House: sincerity and a genuine friendliness. His easygoing manner and moderate stands hide both a sharp intellect and deep commitment to principles that had put him at odds with President Barack Obama — a president he has long supported — over the core constitutional question of war-making power. Kaine persuaded Obama to his view.


WHO IS TIM KAINE? A CLOSER LOOK AT THE VIRGINIA SENATOR

By HEIDI M. PRZYBYLA, USA Today

Hillary Clinton has chosen Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her vice presidential running mate, Clinton said Friday. The Clinton team is hoping his extensive governing experience — as a former governor, lieutenant governor and Richmond mayor — will provide a strong contrast to the Republican ticket.


MEET TIM KAINE’S WIFE, A LONGTIME CHILD WELFARE ADVOCATE AND VIRGINIA’S SECRETARY OF EDUCATION

By MORIAH BALINGIT AND EMMA BROWN, Washington Post

In tapping Sen. Timothy M. Kaine (D-Va.) as her running mate, Hillary Clinton didn’t just choose the popular former governor of a purple state that she hopes will turn out for Democrats in November. She also chose one half of a Virginia power couple with a history of public service and advocacy on issues related to child welfare and education.


KAINE IS A CENTRIST DEMOCRAT WITH PRO-ISRAEL CREDENTIALS

By ALAN RAPPEPORT, Jerusalem Post

Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton announced Saturday morning that she has chosen US Senator Timothy Michael "Tim" Kaine (D-VA) as her vice presidential running mate in the 2016 election. ...Kaine is a centrist Democrat with pro-Israel credentials, having visited the Jewish state on multiple occasions and supported funding for the Iron Dome missile defense system.


TIMELINE: SEN. TIM KAINE'S LIFE AND CAREER

By STAFF REPORT, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

Here are some milestones in the life and career of Tim Kaine: 1958: Born in St. Paul, Minn., on February 26. Grows up in Overland Park, Kan.


LOCAL, STATE OFFICIALS PRAISE SELECTION OF KAINE AS CLINTON RUNNING MATE

By ROBERT SORRELL, Bristol Herald Courier

Reaction was swift to the announcement Friday night that Tim Kaine, the U.S. senator from Virginia who has played the harmonica on the streets of Bristol, has been chosen as Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s running mate.


EVEN STATE REPUBLICANS HAVE GOOD THINGS TO SAY ABOUT KAINE

By ALICIA PETSKA, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

Republican leaders in the General Assembly praised Sen. Tim Kaine as an honorable public servant Friday night, saving their sharpest jabs for his running mate. “Even though we disagree on policy and principle, I respect him,” said Speaker Bill Howell, R-Stafford, who was in office while Kaine was both lieutenant governor and governor.


DEMOCRATS CELEBRATE KAINE AS CLINTON'S VP

By SALLY VOTH, Winchester Star (Subscription Required)

As a man who has been a governor, U.S. senator, mayor of Richmond and missionary, Tim Kaine offers Hillary Clinton a lot as a running mate, according to Frederick County resident Pam Kennedy. Clinton announced Friday night that she had chosen the first-term Democratic senator to be her vice-presidential pick.

State Government

STATE EMPLOYEE PRAISED FOR COMPLAINT ON MITCHELL CASE; AGENCY DENIES IT MISLEAD ANYONE

By K. BURNELL EVANS AND SARAH KLEINER , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

Two former Virginia mental health inspectors on Friday praised the work and integrity of a state employee whose whistleblower complaint against the state’s top watchdog agency riled lawmakers already concerned about whether the office is doing its job.


INSIDERS CALL FOR INVESTIGATION INTO STATE INSPECTOR GENERAL OVER JAMYCHEAL MITCHELL'S DEATH

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

A trio of whistleblowers has called for a formal investigation at Virginia's Office of the State Inspector General, saying top officials there failed to fully investigate the death of a Hampton Roads Regional Jail inmate. The complaint, filed with the state Attorney General's Office by a current OSIG staffer and two consultants, also alleges that Inspector General June Jennings and her deputy, Priscilla Smith, misled state legislators about their investigation.

Economy/Business

WASHINGTON DEVELOPER BETS $250 MILLION THAT YOU’LL WANT TO LIVE IN AMERICA’S EMPTY OFFICE BUILDINGS

By JONATHAN O'CONNELL, Washington Post

With his latest venture, Washington developer Conrad Cafritz is simply offering units for rent. He doesn’t care what you do in them. Looking for an apartment? Great, turn the large open area into your living and dining space and the smaller room into your bedroom.

Transportation

VA., LOCAL OFFICIALS LAUD SUPPORT FOR DULLES AIRPORT

By BRIAN TROMPETER, Sun Gazette

Washington Dulles International Airport’s passenger counts have lagged neighboring Reagan National and BWI-Thurgood Marshall in recent years, so the General Assembly this spring authorized $50 million to make Dulles more competitive.

Higher Education

DAVE MATTHEWS ALBUM TO BENEFIT SWEET BRIAR

By STAFF REPORT, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

Dave Matthews is releasing a solo acoustic recording of his 1996 concert at Sweet Briar College as a benefit for the struggling women’s college. The Dave Matthews Band announced on its website today that net proceeds from “Live at Sweet Briar College 4.14.1996” and a companion T-shirt commemorating the event will go to Sweet Briar.

Virginia Other

PILOTS: WALLOPS AIRSPACE EXPANSION OFF COURSE

By JEREMY COX, Eastern Shore News

NASA's plan to double the size of its restricted airspace around Wallops Flight Facility won't fly, local pilots say. "There are already far (too) many restricted areas in that part of the country," an anonymous pilot said in written comments to the Federal Aviation Administration, which is considering the proposal. "Any further restricted areas will make north south travel even harder."


1,400 VOLUNTEERS TO HELP THOUSANDS RECEIVE FREE CARE AT 17TH RAM CLINIC

By DAMEAN MATHEWS, Bristol Herald Courier

Although temperatures were scorching and the lines were long, Miriam “Brooke” Upchurch was all smiles Friday when she spoke to the orthodontists in the dental triage tent at the Remote Area Medical clinic. Upchurch, of Big Stone Gap, was there to have five teeth pulled due to a calcium deficiency that causes them to hollow out. Afterward, she would be provided with a partial denture to replace them, all free of charge.


NATION'S LARGEST FREE MEDICAL CLINIC IS UNDER WAY IN WISE COUNTY

By JOHN RAMSEY, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

Joyce Newell’s arthritis is nearly crippling, and her sons’ wisdom teeth are a constant source of pain. Four or more times a week, Tim White said, his mouth fills with blood. So first thing Thursday morning, Newell, White and his brother, Brian, packed up their camping gear and made the 45-minute drive to the Wise County Fairgrounds

Local

SUPERVISORS APPROVE $240,000 BUDGET ADJUSTMENT FOR DISTRICT OFFICES

By SYDNEY KASHIWAGI, Loudoun Times

Amid a sharp increase in growth around the county, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors today approved a $240,000 increase for eight of their district office budgets. ...With the new budget adjustment, each district office will receive $30,000 to the board’s office budget -- money that many of the supervisors argued was desperately needed to keep up with the growth the county has experienced in recent years and ultimately the workload its staff needed to take on.


FARMERS, HUNTERS ARE FIGHTING PROPOSED CHANGE IN CHESAPEAKE SHOOTING RULES

By KATHERINE HAFNER, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 15 articles a month)

John Lindsay drives down a narrow dirt path on his farm, stopping to show patchy ground where groundhogs, raccoons and bears have torn up his soybean plants. “I killed a bear right here,” he says, pointing out the window of his white pickup.


COUNTY SOFTWARE SYSTEM STILL NOT READY

By ALEX BRIDGES, Northern Virginia Daily

Warren County officials say they hope to start using a new building inspections and zoning program in October. The county has experienced delays in trying to bring the new system online since the Board of Supervisors voted in October 2013 to spend about $200,000 on the program and equipment provided by EnerGov.


Editorials

LIKE THE RULING OR NOT, SUPREME COURT PROVIDES CLARITY

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

Well, that was fast. We refer, of course, to the Virginia Supreme Court’s lightning-swift ruling that Gov. Terry McAuliffe did not have the power to issue his blanket order restoring the civil rights to 206,000 convicted felons.


MOTHER OF PRESIDENTS GIVES BIRTH TO NEW SON

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

The Mother of Presidents has brought forth a new favorite son. Hillary Clinton’s selection of Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate restores Virginia to a national prominence it once took for granted. Kaine’s name began appearing on short lists a long time ago.


HILLARY CLINTON PICKS A STRONG RUNNING MATE IN TIM KAINE

Washington Post Editorial

Asked how she would decide on a vice-presidential running mate, presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton said a few days ago that she was “ afflicted with the responsibility gene ” and so would value experience and preparedness over all other considerations. In choosing Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia , she has picked someone not only supremely capable of serving as her No. 2 but also fully prepared — from day one — to be president.


KAINE A GOOD VP CHOICE

News Leader Editorial (Metered Pay Wall)

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are embarrassments, with well-deserved high unfavorability ratings. Tim Kaine, Virginia’s junior U.S. senator, is anything but. Clinton is wise to have him on her short list of possible vice-presidential candidates.


PIPELINE A DILLEMA FOR MCAULIFFE

News Virginian Editorial

We are living in historic times, which explains why on Saturday environmentalists will be marching on Capitol Square in Richmond to protest a Democratic governor who has done more to combat carbon emissions than any other Virginia chief executive.


MCAULIFFE LOSES DECISIVELY ON FELON VOTING RIGHTS

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

The decision was not unanimous, but the Virginia Supreme Court’s ruling striking down Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s executive order on felon rights still delivers a stunning blow. McAuliffe has portrayed the order as a work of great and noble note, even as he refused to release the names of the individuals it affected, and even as he almost certainly planned for it to help deliver Virginia for his good friend, Hillary Clinton.

Columnists

CASEY: HAPPY 100TH TO A 'GREAT AMERICAN'

By DAN CASEY, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

...Melville “Buster” Carico was a king of that roost, one of the best known and most celebrated journalists in Virginia. When he retired from The Roanoke Times in 1981, after a 45-year career, the Virginia General Assembly threw him a 300-person breakfast party. There, everyone donned one of Carico’s trademark red baseball caps. Vodka and orange juice flowed; among the gifts they bestowed were seven cases of beer. No kidding: Carico’s retirement made news for six months, all the way from the Kentucky border to the Atlantic Ocean.


POLITIFACT: FACT-CHECKING HILLARY CLINTON'S RUNNING MATE, VIRGINIA SEN. TIM KAINE

By NEELESH MOORTHY , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

...PolitiFact has looked at 27 of Kaine’s claims on the Truth-O-Meter. 78 percent have been rated True, Mostly True, or Half True. Here are the highlights.

Op-Ed

SABATO: WHY TIM KAINE CAN BE ENORMOUSLY VALUABLE FOR HILLARY CLINTON

By LARRY J. SABATO, Published in the Washington Post

Vice-presidential candidates can be divided into two categories: political choices selected for what they can deliver on Election Day and governing picks who can do some heavy lifting in the White House. By choosing Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton will get both.

Larry J. Sabato is director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics and author of “The Kennedy Half-Century.”