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Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014

Virginia Politics

Jindal to keynote Va. GOP's Advance

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a potential 2016 GOP presidential hopeful, will headline the Republican Party of Virginia’s annual gathering of party activists Dec. 6 in Northern Virginia.

McAuliffe says state's economy in 'perilous' situation

Governor's revenue group backs cautious approach on budget

Senators propose gift ban for Va. officials

Two state senators from opposite sides of the political aisle have proposed a strict ban on gifts lawmakers and public officials could accept.

Almost 800 cast provisional ballots because of voter ID law

Election officials say that almost 800 Virginia voters cast provisional ballots on the Nov. 4 elections because they lacked valid identification under the state’s new photo ID law.

U.S. Attorney for Western District of Virginia joining Hunton and Williams

Timothy J. Heaphy will become the chair of the white collar defense and government investigations practice at Hunton and Williams, working from the Washington and Richmond offices.

Special election to fill Dance's House seat set for Jan. 6

A special election has been set for Jan. 6 to fill state House of Delegates seat vacated by Del. Rosalyn R.  Dance, D-Petersburg, Speaker William J. Howell, R-Stafford, said Monday.

PolitiFact: Warner adviser gets 'False' on rural voting claim
Schapiro: Warner, Kaine love on the 'new' Democrats

That smooching sound you hear is Mark Warner and Tim Kaine loving on new Virginians — Hispanics and Asians who are rapidly remaking the state.

Senators say time has come to roll back state car tax relief

The growing pressure on Virginia’s budget has some senators uttering the unmentionable — roll back car tax relief.

Obama action brings immigration battle to Virginia

President Barack Obama's use of executive power to halt deportations of more than 4 million undocumented immigrants will potentially change the legal status of tens of thousands now living in Virginia unlawfully.

In Richmond area, immigrants view Obama plans with cautious optimism

Undocumented immigrants across the Richmond region are welcoming with cautious optimism President Barack Obama's executive actions that could forever change their lives and those of their children.

McAuliffe visits North Side grocery to announce nutritional panel

Calling hunger in a state where agriculture is big business “totally unacceptable,” Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Thursday that he is creating the Commonwealth Council on Bridging the Nutritional Divide.

Senate Finance committee hears of tough choices ahead

STAUNTON — Virginia policymakers are coming to grips with the hard reality that the state now lags behind all but two states and the District of Columbia in economic growth as the federal government cuts spending and high-paying jobs disappear in Northern Virginia.

Law and precedent are on Obama's side, legal experts say

Legal experts say Obama has both the law and precedent on his side.

Democratic newcomer who almost ousted Dance says party cast her aside

Evandra D. Thompson said she does not have the support of some local party leaders.

More MORE POLITICAL COVERAGE

McAULIFFE'S CABINET

GOV. McAULIFFE'S NOMINEES FOR CABINET POSTS

Secretary of Education: Anne Holton

Anne Holton A former Richmond juvenile and domestic relations district court judge, she most recently worked with the Virginia Community College System to boost educational opportunities for foster children. Holton, who is married to U.S. Sen. Timothy M. Kaine, D-Va., is the wife and daughter of former Virginia governors.


Secretary of Commerce and Trade: Maurice A. Jones

Maurice A. Jones Most recently deputy secretary of housing and urban development in the Obama administration, he is a former publisher of The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk.


Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security: Adm. John C. Harvey

Adm. John C. HarveyHe is the retired head of the U.S. Fleet Forces Command. Last year, Gov. Bob McDonnell appointed Harvey chairman of a commission to protect Virginia against military base closings and limit the effect of defense cuts.


Secretary of Agriculture AND FORESTRY: Todd P. Haymore

Todd P. HaymoreHaymore continues in the job he held under McDonnell. He was commissioner of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Forestry and Consumer Services in Kaine’s administration.


Secretary of Natural Resources: Molly Ward

Molly WardWard was mayor of Hampton from 2008 to 2013 and previously spent six years as the city’s treasurer.


Secretary of Health and Human Resources: Dr. William A. Hazel Jr.

Dr. William A. Hazel Jr.An orthopedic surgeon from Northern Virginia and former president of the Medical Society of Virginia, Hazel continues in the job he held in the McDonnell administration.


Secretary of Public Safety: Brian J. Moran

Brian J. MoranA former state Democratic Party chairman, Moran sought the 2009 Democratic nomination for governor. He is a former Arlington County prosecutor and served in the House of Delegates from 1996 to 2008.


Secretary of Technology: Karen Jackson

Karen JacksonJackson served as deputy secretary of technology under Kaine and McDonnell.


Secretary of Administration: Nancy Rodrigues

Nancy RodriguesA top aide to McAuliffe’s transition team, Rodrigues served as head of the State Board of Elections during Kaine’s administration.


Secretary of Transportation: Aubrey L. Layne Jr.

Aubrey L. Layne Jr.Layne represented Hampton Roads on the Commonwealth Transportation Board and served as chairman of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel Commission.


Secretary of Finance: Richard “Ric” Brown

Richard “Ric” BrownThe state’s veteran budget guru remains in the post he has held since August 2008. McAuliffe will be the 12th governor Brown will have served in his state government career.


Secretary of the Commonwealth: Levar Stoney

Levar StoneyMcAuliffe’s deputy campaign manager, Stoney is a former executive director of the Virginia Democratic Party and worked for state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds, D-Bath, in his failed 2009 gubernatorial bid.


Chief of Staff: Paul Reagan

He served as chief of staff to Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va. He previously was chief of staff to Rep. James P. Moran, D-8th.

Note: McAuliffe has not yet named his counselor, who also will have Cabinet rank.

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