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Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Virginia Politics

Schapiro: A governor's chief of staff is his chief operative

Virginia Republicans have lot to live down: The indictments, trials and convictions on corruption charges of two of their own, former Gov. Bob McDonnell and Phil Hamilton, vice chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. Another powerful Republican lawmaker, Terry Kilgore, is ensnared in a continuing corruption investigation.

Webb, eyeing 2016, visits New Hampshire

Former Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., who is considering a possible 2016 presidential run, discussed his memoir “I Heard My Country Calling” last evening at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College near Manchester.

Kaine has found his niche in the Senate, will talk war powers at Public Square

Nearly two years into his first term, Virginia’s junior senator, Timothy M. Kaine, has eased into his role as a leader on foreign relations and military affairs, a role that he did not necessarily seek when he ran for the office in 2012.

PolitiFact: Webb 'Mostly True' on high CEO pay
Kaine seeks public input on war powers

U.S. Sen. Timothy M. Kaine, D-Va., has made it a focus of his first two years in office to overhaul the 1973 War Powers Resolution, which was designed to check a president’s power to commit the United States to an armed conflict without the consent of Congress.

Kaine to speak at Public Square on Tuesday

Sen. Timothy M. Kaine, D-Va., has been a leader in efforts to clarify how, when and where America’s military power is called into action.

Schapiro: Va.'s 'Kafka-esque' obstacles to a second chance

Reashall Long is an orthodontic assistant in Mechanicsville who was stripped of her driver’s license in 2011 for drug violations and unpaid fines. She’s driving again — legally, albeit with restrictions. In April, her license will be fully restored.

UVA provost named Lehigh president

University of Virginia Provost John D. Simon — who stood by President Teresa A. Sullivan during the 2012 leadership crisis — will be the next president of Lehigh University.

Tim Kaine to speak at Public Square on Tuesday

Kaine to speak at Public Square

Leonsis, Minor among donors to pro-Warner Super PAC

Investors and technology moguls are fueling a pro-Sen. Mark R. Warner super PAC that has put up $1.8 million in negative ads against Republican Ed Gillespie.

Forbes, Goodlatte urge temporary travel restrictions to blunt Ebola

U.S. Reps. J. Randy Forbes, R-4th, and Robert W. Goodlatte, R-6th, on Thursday became the latest Virginia Republicans to call for travel restrictions to blunt the spread of Ebola from West Africa.

Gillespie reports raising $1.8 million, temporarily ditches ads

Virginia Republican Senate candidate Ed Gillespie is ditching television ads in the state with less than three weeks before Election Day.

McDonnell's legal defense fund raised $77,660 in third quarter

Bob McDonnell's legal defense fund took in $77,660 in the third quarter and spent $104,726 according to the Virginia Public Access Project.

Booze price hike irks Va. consumers, restaurants

Virginia saw record alcohol sales of $801 million in the latest fiscal year, but customers will soon be paying more to the state-run monopoly. 

Rand Paul stumps for Gillespie and Brat in Ashland

He says voters have been 'hoodwinked' into thinking Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., is a moderate.

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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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