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Thursday, Jul. 31, 2014

Virginia Politics

125,000 receive erroneous notification regarding voting status

The Virginia Department of Elections has erroneously mailed notifications to about 125,000 registered Virginia voters raising uncertainty regarding their voting status.

Bond denied for Roanoke man accused of trying to hire someone to kill wife

— A Bedford County judge on Tuesday denied bond for a Roanoke man accused of trying to hire someone to murder his wife.

What’s next after Va. gay marriage ruling

While Monday’s landmark ruling by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to render Virginia’s marriage amendment as unconstitutional may go into effect in three weeks, the ability of same-sex couples in the commonwealth to apply for marriage licenses will likely come down to a U.S. Supreme Court challenge.

Schapiro: A very different McDonnell stands trial

When Bob McDonnell ran for governor in 2009, he depicted his family as the Cleavers: bustling and wholesome. Five years later, running for his life, McDonnell is depicting his family as the Bundys: bitter and dysfunctional.

Jury set in McDonnell case; opening statements today

After eight-hour jury selection Monday, former Gov. Bob McDonnell tells reporters he's "glad to get started with the defense after a long haul.”

Caldwell Butler in Congress
Ex-Rep. Caldwell Butler, key figure in Watergate summer, dies at 89

Former congressman from Roanoke was thrust into the national spotlight when he became one of the few Republicans to favor Richard Nixon’s impeachment during Watergate.

12 jurors seated to hear McDonnell case

As corruption trial of former governor and his wife gets under way, defense reveals list of potential witnesses that includes former Gov L. Douglas Wilder.

Appeals court strikes down Va. same-sex marriage ban

In a 2-1 decision, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges upheld U.S. Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen's ruling overturning the ban.

McCollum challenging $3,500 filing fee for Senate primary

Former Richmond mayor Rudolph C. “Rudy” McCollum said that he made the payment “under protest,” calling the high fee a barrier in a short-notice election.

Defense witness list filed in the McDonnell case

Witness list is filed as the trial of the former governor and his wife gets under way in U.S. District Court.

Prosecution witness list filed in the McDonnell case

Witness list is filed as the trial of the former governor and his wife gets under way in U.S. District Court.

UNC student plans Danville concert to help feed hungry

— Sometimes it takes a little creative thinking to help stock food pantries and feeding programs, and Katherine Campbell has come up with an unusual invitation for people in the Danville area.

Trial comes down to Bob McDonnell’s conduct

Former Gov. Bob McDonnell will have to answer for his own conduct, not his wife’s, when their trial on corruption charges begins Monday in federal court.

Warner, Gillespie air differences on health care, same-sex marriage

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. Perhaps it was fitting that the first debate in the Virginia U.S. Senate campaign occurred at the same time and place as training camp for the New Orleans Saints football team.

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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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  • RTD political reporter and columnist, Jeff Schapiro has covered Virginia elections and the state Capitol for 30 years. Read his column and follow him on Twitter.

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