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Friday, Jul. 25, 2014

Virginia Politics

Schapiro: Political debate flares anew over Va. pension fund

The late Humphrey Neill, a Wall Street analyst known for his contrarianism, famously said, “Don’t confuse brains with a bull market.” The point: no matter how the clever the investor, fat returns on stocks may have more to do with dumb luck.

State was fixing ‘streeting’ problem before July 1

Virginia mental health officials presented new evidence Tuesday that the state was fixing its problem with “streeting” people in psychiatric crisis even before a package of new laws took effect July 1 to end the phenomenon.

McAuliffe orders more state contracts assigned to small businesses

Gov. Terry McAuliffe will sign an executive order today requiring state agencies to award more than 42 percent of contracts to small businesses.

McDonnell wants to keep private a subpoena for out-of-state official

Bob McDonnell is asking a federal judge for permission to keep private a subpoena for a public official from another state who might be called to testify at the former governor’s upcoming corruption trial.

PolitiFact: Gillespie position on immigration reform remains steady
Warner dodges question about how much he'll campaign with Obama

Sen. Mark R. Warner’s biggest challenge in his re-election bid may not be his Republican opponent Ed Gillespie, but President Barack Obama’s plummeting approval ratings.

Virginia mental health panel begins work today

Sen. R. Creigh Deeds, D-Bath, one of 12 legislators on the subcommittee, hopes the panel’s work over the next four years will put Virginia at the forefront of states’ efforts to improve how they treat people who are mentally ill.

McDonnells star in Virginia's Greek tragedy

If convicted, the McDonnells could become Virginia’s first Executive Mansion couple to go to prison. Their corruption trial starts July 28th.

McAuliffe pitches Medicaid expansion during visit to Wise clinic

WISE, Va. — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s frustration at the lack of Medicaid expansion in Virginia was apparent Friday as he walked the grounds of the Wise County Fairgrounds, talking to people who turn out to get free health care once a year.

Oil and gas exploration off Va. coast a step closer

The federal government will consider allowing surveying for oil and gas deposits in the Atlantic Ocean off the Virginia coast, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced Friday.

The charges against Bob and Maureen McDonnell

Bob and Maureen McDonnell are accused of participating in a scheme to violate federal public corruption laws. The indictment charges each of the McDonnells with:

Open Government report for July 20

The following is a Sunday feature that highlights the work of media organizations and residents across the state to promote open government and access to public information, courtesy of the Virginia Coalition for Open Government. Read more at VCOG’s website, www.opengovva.org.

Penalties are now larger for failure to insure employees

Employers in Virginia who fail to provide mandatory workers’ compensation insurance can face much higher penalties now than in the past.

Schapiro: Perhaps it’s time for McAuliffe to change the subject

Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Speaker Bill Howell have little use for each other. They dislike each other’s program. They dislike each other’s philosophy. They dislike each other.

Scott, others introducing sex-trafficking measure

Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, D-3rd, is among a bipartisan group of U.S. House members introducing legislation intended to beef up support for young people who are victims of sex trafficking.

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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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