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Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014

Virginia Politics

VCU releases Rao's review

A consultant hired to evaluate Virginia Commonwealth University President Michael Rao says he is seen as being among “the commonwealth’s most effective leaders.”

McAuliffe sees 'no contamination issues' at Wallops Island

During one stop in China on his recently concluded 12-day trade mission to Asia, Gov. Terry McAuliffe and his economic development entourage were treated to a meal of chicken feet.

House to drop plan to delay $50 million budget transfer for transportation

The General Assembly will have to find another way of saving $50 million after abandoning a plan to delay a transfer of money from the general fund budget to the state’s transportation trust fund.

Brat, Trammell hold cordial debate at Randolph-Macon

Candidates aired their differences on various issues including health care, the federal response to Ebola, immigration and the minimum wage.

Schapiro: GOP divisions aren't helping Democrats - yet

Virginia Republicans are sharply divided on the most volatile topics of the day: taxes, redistricting and ethics. Out-numbered, out-maneuvered and out-gunned, Democrats won’t be capitalizing on these fissures any time soon, at least at the legislative level.

Gillespie ad ribs Warner on Redskins name bill

Ed Gillespie, the GOP candidate for U.S. Senate, picked the Redskins-Cowboys clash on Monday Night Football to go after Sen. Mark R. Warner for his silence on a Senate proposal that would force the NFL to pressure the Washington Redskins to change their name.

Legislature will reconvene Nov. 10

The Virginia General Assembly will reconvene Nov. 10 to consider the appointment of judges and take action on a governor’s amendment to the state budget.

McAuliffe's ethics panel discusses possible reforms

"We have lost a portion of the public's trust in Virginia and we need to regain that trust," says former Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling.

Brat and Trammell to debate at R-MC Tuesday

Seating for the only candidates debate between Republican Dave Brat and Democrat Jack Trammell at Randolph-Macon College on Tuesday evening is full, but voters can watch the event online.

Virginia increases Ebola response, stops short of quarantine

Virginia health officials on Monday unveiled a modified Ebola response plan that will increase monitoring of incoming travelers from high-risk regions in West Africa.

Legislators gave localities an out on proposed constitutional amendment

The proposed amendment would give a property tax break to the surviving spouse of a member of the U.S. military who was killed in action.

PolitiFact: Rand Paul "origami condoms" claim is mostly true
Foust, Comstock square off in congressional debate

McLEAN, Va. (AP) - With less than two weeks until Election Day, Republican Barbara Comstock and Democrat John Foust are facing off in a debate in their closely watched House race to succeed the retiring Frank Wolf.

ABC to use liquor markup to modernize the system

The impending markup of liquor sold in Virginia ABC stores will pay for far more than $2.5 million to help close a $2.4 billion revenue gap in the state budget.

Randolph-Macon, 'political center of the universe' for a day

Randolph-Macon College will be in the spotlight Tuesday, when Republican Dave Brat will face Democrat Jack Trammell at the school’s Blackwell Auditorium in the only candidates debate in the race for Eric Cantor’s congressional seat.

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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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