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Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014

Virginia Politics

Legislators: Is price of degree worth debt?

House Majority Leader M. Kirkland Cox, R-Colonial Heights, advised college board members to study new state reports on how much universities spend on auxiliary enterprises such as athletics.

McAuliffe updates Asia trade trip, says '5 or 6' deals have handshake agreements

The governor said he would have about 70 meetings during the 11 day trip.

Gillespie unveils Ebola threat response policies

As a response to a potential Ebola threat on American soil, Ed Gillespie, the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, on Wednesday revealed several policy proposals that would impose a travel ban from affected countries and proper screening of travelers, and strengthen the capabilities of the 4,000 U.S. troops sent to West Africa with the mission to help contain the outbreak there.

Virginans will vote on tax exemption for spouses of troops killed in action

Proposed constitutional amendment is on the ballot Nov. 4.

Brat, Trammell discuss immigration at Virginia Hispanic Chamber forum

Seventh District Congressional hopefuls and Randolph-Macon College professors Dave Brat and Jack Trammell outlined their views on U.S. immigration policy Tuesday during a gathering of the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Kaine says midterm election keeps Congress from debating war

Sen. Timothy M. Kaine, D-Va., on Tuesday criticized Congress for its refusal to debate and vote on authorizing the use of military force against Islamic State militants before the Nov. 4 elections.

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

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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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