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WOLFE: COSTLY LOAN FORGIVENESS AMENDMENT WILL BURDEN UNIVERSITIES

By LIZ WOLFE, Richmond Times-Dispatch

The Department of Education is pushing a loan forgiveness amendment to federal student loan policy that would relieve students of their debt if they could make the case that the school “substantially misrepresented” the education received. This new policy would have vast financial implications, is poorly thought-out, and is unlikely to be adjudicated properly.

VaNews July 27, 2016


GOV. MCAULIFFE IS FIRST TO SAY HILLARY CLINTON WON THE PARTY'S PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION

By BILL BARTEL , Virginian-Pilot

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe made sure his speech Tuesday night came at precisely the right time at the Democratic National Convention. When the delegations agreed by acclamation at 6:55 p.m. to choose former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the party’s presidential nominee, it was no coincidence that McAuliffe was the next speaker at Wells Fargo Center.

VaNews July 27, 2016


RICHMOND MAYORAL CANDIDATES TRADE JABS OVER STONE BREWING DEAL AT TOWN HALL

By NED OLIVER, Richmond Times-Dispatch

Richmond mayoral candidates traded jabs over the economic development deal that brought Stone Brewing Co. to the city during a town hall at Fourth Baptist Church on Tuesday. Former Del. Joseph D. Morrissey kicked things off, criticizing former Secretary of the Commonwealth Levar Stoney for the governor’s support of the deal.

VaNews July 27, 2016


VOTING ISSUE: RIGHT GOAL, WRONG TACTIC

Daily Progress

Rights were restored when Gov. Terry McAuliffe last spring issued an executive order giving back the ability to vote to more than 200,000 ex-offenders. Right was restored when the Virginia Supreme Court ruled last week, in a 4-3 split, that the mass order was improper.

VaNews July 27, 2016


MCAULIFFE ON ANOTHER SIDE OF HILLARY CLINTON: SHE PLAYED MERMAID IN THE POOL

By JENNA PORTNOY, Washington Post

PHILADELPHIA - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe realized a goal he’s had since he chaired his friend Hillary Clinton’s unsuccessful 2008 presidential bid when he announced Tuesday that she had clinched the nomination as the first woman presidential candidate of a major political party. “This is an extraordinary day!” he told the packed arena. “It’s a day that will change the political history of our country. It is the end of one chapter, and the beginning of another.

VaNews July 27, 2016


WHY TIM KAINE CAN OPPOSE ABORTION AND STILL RUN WITH HILLARY CLINTON

By DANIELLE PAQUETTE, Washington Post

Eleven years ago, as he ran for governor of Virginia, Tim Kaine made clear his stance on abortion: “I have a faith-based opposition,” he wrote on his campaign’s website. “I will work in good faith to reduce abortions.” Kaine went on to laud adoption as the best solution to an unwanted pregnancy. He promoted abstinence-only sex education (and later slashed funding to the program, citing research that found it wasn’t effective). He authorized the sale of “Choose Life” license plates to fund religious counseling clinics that discouraged abortion.

VaNews July 27, 2016


ANNE HOLTON, WIFE OF CLINTON’S RUNNING MATE, RESIGNS AS VA.’S EDUCATION SECRETARY

By MORIAH BALINGIT, Washington Post

Anne Holton has stepped down as Virginia’s education secretary following the selection of her husband, Sen. Timothy M. Kaine (D-Va.), as Hillary Clinton’s running mate. Clinton announced Friday that Kaine, former mayor of Richmond and former governor of Virginia, would join her presidential campaign as her vice-presidential choice. In her announcement, Clinton praised Holton’s work in Virginia.

VaNews July 27, 2016


CHANGE IS NEEDED IN MODERN AMERICAN CAPITALISM, VIRGINIA SEN. MARK WARNER SAYS

By BILL BARTEL , Virginian-Pilot

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia pressed his message Tuesday morning that fundamental changes are needed in the country’s social safety net to protect and reward workers. Warner, who backed nominee Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid, spoke at the morning breakfast of Virginia’s delegates to the Democratic National Convention. He praised the Monday night speech of defeated candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont for focusing on the need for economic reforms.

VaNews July 27, 2016


ANNE HOLTON, WIFE OF TIM KAINE, STEPS DOWN AS VA. SECRETARY OF EDUCATION

By LOUIS LLOVIO , Richmond Times-Dispatch

Dietra Trent was named Virginia’s new secretary of education on Tuesday after Anne Holton stepped down to focus on her husband Tim Kaine’s campaign for vice president. Trent, who was deputy secretary, took over immediately.

VaNews July 27, 2016


FAIRFAX OFFICIALS ASK MCAULIFFE FOR MORE SCHOOL DOLLARS AMID STRUGGLING ECONOMY

By ANTONIO OLIVO, Washington Post

Virginia’s tepid economy is hampering efforts in the state’s largest school system to give public school teachers the salary increases they have been demanding for years, officials said Tuesday. In a letter to be sent to Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) this week, Fairfax County leaders expressed concern about projections that state funding to the county will fall $4.4 million short of the $16.8 million expected for teacher salaries — a small but key component in what were bitter budget negotiations with county school officials this year.

VaNews July 27, 2016