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GOVERNOR PUSHES BIOTECH AT LOCAL STOP

By DEREK QUIZON, Daily Progress

Gov. Terry McAuliffe promised to make Virginia a center for biotechnology during a visit to the Focused Ultrasound Foundation in Charlottesville on Monday afternoon. “I want Virginia to be known as the brain state,” he said. “These are the jobs of the future.” In the spring, the General Assembly reached a deal with the governor to set aside about $2.2 billion for higher education investment research. Much of that funding will go to research centers such as the foundation, the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech.

VaNews August 23, 2016


ON CUSP OF NEW SCHOOL YEAR, MCAULIFFE TOUTS INVESTMENTS IN BIOSCIENCE

By DEBBIE TRUONG, Richmond Times-Dispatch

In March 2014, shortly after taking office, Gov. Terry McAuliffe sat on a stage between the governors of California and Massachusetts at a conference in San Diego as their respective states were recognized as tops in the country for biotechnology. “Guess who was not even on the list in the top 25? Virginia,” McAuliffe recalled during brief remarks at the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park on Monday morning.

VaNews August 23, 2016


MCAULIFFE RESTORES VOTING RIGHTS FOR 13K FELONS

By PATRICK WILSON , Virginian-Pilot

Calling it a moral imperative that history would deem a just cause, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Monday he had restored the voting rights of about 13,000 former felons who applied following his April executive order to grant rights to more than 200,000. The state Supreme Court in a 4-3 ruling in July struck down McAuliffe's order after Republicans in the General Assembly sued. The high court said the governor didn't have the constitutional authority to issue an executive order granting automatic voting rights restoration and would need to restore rights individually as previous governors had.

VaNews August 23, 2016


MONEY'S NOT THE ONLY ISSUE AT UVA

Roanoke Times

In politics, the usual advice is to “follow the money” — a phrase popularized in the Watergate movie “All The President’s Men.” That’s why legislators and journalists alike are in hot pursuit of the University of Virginia’s $2.2 billion “strategic investment fund” — or a “slush fund,” if you prefer the phrase of the former rector of the board of visitors, Helen Dragas. ... That question is this: Should the University of Virginia admit more in-state students?

VaNews August 23, 2016


LOCAL REGISTRARS DEAL WITH RESTORATION OF FELONS’ VOTING RIGHTS

By DAVID MCGEE , Bristol Herald Courier

Restoring and then re-restoring the voting rights of state felons is causing some extra work for Virginia registrars. On Monday, Gov. Terry McAuliffe restored the rights of more than 13,000 ex-felons who had registered to vote in the wake of an April executive order that was subsequently struck down by the Supreme Court of Virginia....“We had 67 who had their voting rights restored in Washington County that were later cancelled by the Supreme Court’s July ruling,” Washington County Registrar Derek Lyall said Monday. “Those individuals will have to re-register to vote now.”

VaNews August 23, 2016


SOME 13K FELON RESTORATIONS DONE, AGAIN

By TRAVIS FAIN, Daily Press

Individual orders have gone out re-restoring voting rights for some 13,000 former felons in Virginia, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Monday. Included with each mailing: A voter registration form, This first round of new restorations covered most of the people who, following McAuliffe's mass restoration order in April, registered to vote in Virginia. A few of those cases remained under review as of Monday, the administration said.

VaNews August 23, 2016


RESIDENTS BRING THEIR STUDENT LOAN DEBT PROBLEMS TO REP. SCOTT

By JANE HAMMOND, Daily Press

A handful of residents took the opportunity Monday night to talk to U.S. Rep. Robert "Bobby" Scott about the student loan debt they deal with daily. Scott, D-Newport News, was joined at the roundtable event held at West Hampton Community Center by representatives from Generation Progress, Progress Virginia and Higher Ed, Not Debt, groups that work on various issues, including student loan debt.

VaNews August 23, 2016


ONE OF DONALD TRUMP'S VIRGINIA CAMPAIGN MANAGERS CALLED ISLAM A "BARBARIC CULT"

By PATRICK WILSON , Virginian-Pilot

One of Donald Trump’s Virginia campaign managers referred to Islam as a “barbaric cult” in a Facebook post that was among those singled out in an Associated Press investigation. Mark Kevin Lloyd is a deputy campaign director for Trump in Virginia and has worked for the campaign since last year. The Facebook post was published June 30.

VaNews August 23, 2016


POLITIFACT: KAINE SAYS NIXON RELEASED TAX RETURNS DURING CAMPAIGN

By SEAN GORMAN , Richmond Times-Dispatch

Tim Kaine has been goading Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to release his tax returns to the public, just as the Democratic ticket did recently. Kaine, a U.S. senator from Virginia and the Democratic vice presidential nominee, said Trump’s refusal to release his forms is a break from past GOP nominees, including one who Kaine said was not known for his ethics.

VaNews August 23, 2016


VOTING RIGHTS RESTORED AGAIN FOR 13K FELONS IN VIRGINIA

By ALANNA DURKIN RICHER, Associated Press

A defiant Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Monday that he again restored the voting rights of about 13,000 felons who served their time after his previous attempt was thwarted by Republican lawmakers and the state Supreme Court. Virginia's highest court ruled in July that governors cannot restore rights en masse, but must consider each offender on a case-by-case basis. That ruling invalidated a sweeping executive order issued by McAuliffe in April that had given back the voting rights of more than 200,000 felons who completed their sentences.

VaNews August 23, 2016