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Monday, Sep. 1, 2014

Virginia Politics

University of Virginia architect to step down

—The architect behind a massive, $50 million project to restore the Rotunda at the University of Virginia will step down in October.

Ferrum freshmen begin their higher education with a higher purpose

— The freshman class at Ferrum College arrived and checked in Thursday, finding their dorm rooms and meeting their neighbors. Then, on Friday, they were led to the campus YMCA and handed hairnets.

McDonnell says he's confident jury will 'find the truth'

The former governor says he forgives Jonnie Williams Sr. and that he's thankful for his children's support.

Lawyers in McDonnell case present closing arguments today

An FBI agent closes for the prosecution, testifying about how much time the McDonnells spent together. Closing arguments begin Friday morning.

Movement to be shown at Lockn’ uses dollars as political message

Messages stamped on the dollars read: “Not to Be Used for Bribing Politicians,” “The System Isn’t Broken, It’s Fixed,” “Corporations are Not People” and “Not to Be Used for Buying Elections.”

Gallery: McDonnell trial, Day 24

Bob and Maureen McDonnell arrive separately for the final day of testimony in their corruption trial. 

Owners of book and antique store enjoy rare finds

— Judy Barnes spends quite a bit of time hunting for books.

Gallery: McDonnell trial, Day 23

Former first lady Maureen McDonnell's defense rested its case and former Gov. Bob McDonnell's defense rested its case Wednesday morning at the former first couple's corruption trial in U.S. District Court.

Both McDonnells rest their defense

The defense concludes in the trial's 23rd day as Maureen McDonnell waives her right to testify.

McDonnell trial: Prosecutor caps grueling cross-examination

He cites a line Bob McDonnell spoke in 2010: "The Scriptures say, 'To whom much is given, much will be required.' "

Gallery: McDonnell trial - Day 22

A federal prosecutor Tuesday afternoon wrapped his cross-examination of Bob McDonnell by reminding the former governor of a passage in his January 2010 inaugural address. In a dramatic flourish, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael S. Dry showed a written copy of the speech to the courtroom and quoted McDonnell's line that: "The Scriptures say, 'To whom much is given, much will be required.' "

Schapiro: Lawmaker-judge who found joy in public life

Tom Forehand was a multitasker. When he wasn’t deciding procedural matters on pending cases during what the courthouse crowd knows as “motions day,” Forehand — chief circuit judge in his hometown of Chesapeake — would sit at the bench, writing letters to friends in longhand.

State reviewing alleged voter fraud in Fairfax

The Attorney General’s Office is reviewing evidence of alleged voter fraud in Fairfax County, where the Virginia Voters Alliance has identified 17 individuals who voted in both Fairfax County and various localities in Maryland during the 2012 General Election.

Prosecutor attacks McDonnell’s version of events

The former governor at times seemed testy, rattled and caught off guard during cross-examination at his corruption trial.

Kaine pledges to protect VIMS

U.S. Sen. Timothy M. Kaine, D-Va., is trying to straddle the divide between rising sea levels and falling budgets.

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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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