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Friday, Nov. 21, 2014

Virginia Politics

Controversial tobacco commission project doubles down on new approach

The controversial project formerly known as the King School of Medicine is attempting to solidify the Virginia tobacco commission’s $20 million commitment by arguing a new, collaborative plan will better address Southwest Virginia’s health care needs than an actual medical school.

Rep. Brat who beat Cantor vows to stay accessible

WASHINGTON — Rep. Dave Brat, R-7th, came down the hallway on the way to his office, a bag slung over his shoulder and no aide in sight, and bent over to take a swig from a public water fountain. It’s a sight you rarely see from members of Congress, who usually drink from the water in their offices.

McAuliffe wants risks shared for future rocket launches at Wallops Island

Gov. Terry McAuliffe is seeking federal help for repairs to a state-owned rocket launch pad on Wallops Island and possibly a new deal with the commercial space flight company responsible for the aborted launch of a space station supply mission there last month.

DEQ considering changing technical requirements for home heating oil tank cleanups

The agency wants to make the guidance more consistent with its risk-based approach for petroleum cleanups.

Schapiro: Va's salesman-in-chief

DUBLIN, Va.

As vote looms, Virginia senators divided on Keystone pipeline

As the U.S. Senate remains divided over backing Keystone XL, Virginia’s two Democratic senators also differ in their opinions on the 1,179-mile pipeline that would carry crude oil from Canada to U.S. refineries in the Midwest and along the Gulf Coast.

PolitiFact: McAuliffe working on abortion clinic pledge
ABC raises liquor prices an average 24 to 29 cents a bottle

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board voted unanimously Monday to adopt a package of “revenue enhancements,” while avoiding a general markup of liquor prices at 350 state-run retail stores.

ABC remains state's cash cow as board considers markup of liquor prices

Virginia consumers are about to get a taste of higher liquor prices to help the state balance its budget and run its monopoly on distilled spirits more efficiently.

ACA open enrollment starts

Virginians shopping for plans on the Healthcare.gov marketplace should expect premiums to be moderately higher than last year, but nothing like the sticker shock some had speculated would result once insurers had first-year claims data.

Schapiro: Va. lawmakers work hard doing nothing

Doing nothing is hard work for Virginia legislators. The pay ain’t bad, either.

Presidential jockeying already underway in Virginia

Virginia’s Senate election is less than two weeks old and, almost imperceptibly, the presidential jockeying for 2016 is underway.

McAuliffe's ethics panel recommends changes on gift, disclosure, conflict rules

Commission's recommendations include restricting public officials to a flat $250 limit on any type of gift.

HBCU presidents discuss challenges

It’s in the DNA of historically black colleges and universities to improve the human condition, Virginia Union University President Claude G. Perkins said Friday.

Warner, Kaine vote against Reid to lead Senate Democrats

Virginia’s U.S. senators, Democrats Mark R. Warner and Timothy M. Kaine, said Thursday that they had voted against keeping Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada as the leader of their party’s caucus.

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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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