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Sunday, Apr. 20, 2014

Virginia Politics

Va.’s U.S. House delegation could add more former state delegates

This fall, a powerful but little-noticed political caucus in Virginia could strengthen its numbers. Call it the Former Delegates Caucus in Virginia’s congressional delegation.

Cantor leads congressional trip to Asia

Group to meet with leaders in Japan, South Korea, China

Change could benefit thousands convicted of drug crimes

Claire Guthrie Gastañaga, executive director for the ACLU of Virginia, said blacks are most affected by the current rules.

Law professors back AG’s marriage stance

Three constitutional law professors have filed a brief backing Attorney General Mark R. Herring’s refusal to defend Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage.

McAuliffe announces state data site

Here’s delicious news for data connoisseurs: The state has launched a new site as a repository of data compiled by state agencies and available for public consumption.

McDonnell’s defense makes appeal for donations, says trial alone will cost $1 million

Gov. Bob McDonnell’s legal defense fund on Thursday made a new appeal for donations, saying his trial alone will cost an estimated $1 million for legal fees, housing, experts, transcripts and other costs.

Cantor challenger asks state GOP for probe

Party official's former consulting firm works with incumbent's campaign.

Senate candidates walk the (Shad) plank

— – It should come as no surprise that Virginia’s first political rite of spring was a bit slimy, smelly and salty.

Va. transportation plan makes debut Wednesday

Virginia’s six-year transportation plan totals $13.1 billion, with $9.9 billion earmarked for highway construction.

Brat reports $42,417 on hand to Cantor’s $2 million

Henrico County professor David Brat, who is challenging House Majority Leader Eric Cantor for the Republican nomination in the 7th District, raised $89,610 from the beginning of the year through March 31, according to his campaign finance filing.

Marketplace Virginia is ‘probably germane’ to budget

But Virginia's House Speaker adds that the Senate's Marketplace Virginia proposal represents the wrong way to govern.

Warner, in Richmond, says retailers will share data on cyber threats

American retailers are establishing a new clearinghouse to share information about cyberattacks that put consumer information at risk.

Schapiro: In health fight, both sides told what they want to hear

— Seemingly on cue, tremblers from the health care battle are rippling through this earthquake-rattled town in the greening Piedmont, 60 miles west of Virginia’s political epicenter, Richmond.

Gillespie early fundraising paces Warner

Republican U.S. Senate primary candidate Ed Gillespie raised $2.2 million in the first quarter of this year, an early haul that was close to that of Sen. Mark R. Warner, D-Va., who reported raising nearly $2.7 million in the same time frame.

Community colleges board alters policy restricting student speech

The State Board for Community Colleges today altered a 1960s-era policy restricting student speech that had been challenged as unconstitutional in a lawsuit and was out of compliance with a new state law.




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: Todd P. Haymore

Todd P. HaymoreHaymore continues in the job he held under McDonnell. He was commissioner of the Virginia Department of Agriculture 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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