VaNews

Thursday May 28, 2015

Compiled by Bernadette Kinlaw


Executive Branch

MCAULIFFE SAYS PROPOSALS TO COMBAT CAMPUS SEXUAL ASSAULT WILL 'STRIKE A BALANCE'

By JIM NOLAN, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

The governor’s task force on college campus sexual assault will release its recommendations today, which Gov. Terry McAuliffe said will include suggestions for legislation and executive actions designed to further protect students. “This is a problem that exists on every college campus in America,” McAuliffe told listeners Wednesday during his monthly radio show on Washington’s WTOP.


MCAULIFFE WILL GIVE DOZENS OF DIPLOMATS A TASTE OF AMERICA’S DIVERSITY

By LAURA VOZZELLA, Washington Post

About 70 foreign ambassadors will lunch with Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe at the executive mansion and visit Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello on Thursday during a State Department trip meant to show them a slice of life outside the Capital Beltway. The trip was organized by the State Department as part of a privately funded program to give foreign diplomats a deeper understanding of a diverse nation. The visit also could help advance one of the Democratic governor’s primary goals: diversifying Virginia’s defense-heavy economy through greater foreign trade and investment.


COMMONWEALTH CENTER FOR ADVANCED MANUFACTURING STARTS PROGRAM FOR SOLDIERS

Progress Index

Gov. McAuliffe has announced a new workforce program to get active-duty soldiers and veterans ready for careers in advanced manufacturing, and Fort Lee soldiers will be among the first eligible.

State Elections

CHESAPEAKE SENATE RACE IS PUNCTUATED BY EMAIL, BLOG BROUHAHA

By PATRICK WILSON, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

This story is about a tempest in a Tea Party email. Now, the Chesapeake Tea Party does not have a marketing staff or a communications budget. They're average folks concerned about taxes and spending, using Facebook and email to share their ideas.


STIMPSON FILES SUIT IN STAFFORD COURT OVER ABSENTEE VOTING

Prince William Today

Susan Stimpson, House Speaker Bill Howell's opponent for the GOP nomination from the 28th District, filed suit in Stafford County Circuit Court on Wednesday challenging the State Board of Elections’ recent decision to change absentee ballot rules within a month of the election, announced her campaign.


CHALLENGER TO VA. HOUSE SPEAKER SUES STATE OVER ABSENTEE BALLOT ISSUE

By JENNA PORTNOY, Washington Post

The Republican challenger to Virginia House Speaker William J. Howell on Wednesday sued the state over what she says is a change in absentee-ballot rules that gives the speaker an unfair advantage ahead of next month’s primary. Susan Stimpson, a former Stafford County supervisor and onetime Howell protege, filed suit in Stafford County Circuit Court against the state Board of Elections.


BELL LIKELY TO FACE COMPETITIVE RACE… IF REPUBLICANS FIELD A CHALLENGER

By DAN ROEM, Prince William Times

With less than two weeks remaining before the public primaries scheduled for June 9, one of the most competitive House of Delegates districts in the commonwealth only has one candidate. And that's after the leading candidate from each party dropped out of the race.

Federal Elections

JIM WEBB’S IOWA DIRECTOR RESIGNS

By RACHEL WEINER, Washington Post

Jim Webb has shed his second Iowa operative since he began weighing a presidential bid. Rania Batrice, who was brought on in March to coordinate Webb’s Iowa activity, resigned last week.

State Government

VA. PONDERS A NEW SORT OF PRISONER SWAP

By LAURA VOZZELLA, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

State cabinet officials, legislators and corrections experts met in Richmond on Wednesday to discuss whether a simple logistical swap with incoming and outgoing state prisoners could make it easier to rehabilitate them. On their way into Virginia’s state prison system, thousands of felons remain in local jails for months until a prison bed becomes available. What if, those at the group meeting on Capitol Square wondered, inmates spent that time in jail on their way out of prison instead?

Congress

KAINE SAYS TALKS UNDER WAY FOR WAR-POWERS VOTE IN CONGRESS

By BILL BARTEL, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

While Congress largely remains silent about U.S. military attacks on Islamic State terrorists, Sen. Tim Kaine said Wednesday talks are under way among some senators who want to press for a war vote.


TIM KAINE, COMMUNITY COLLEGE CHANCELLOR TALK UP WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

By DUNCAN ADAMS, Roanoke Times

Buzzwords, like cliches and euphemisms, often reflect hard truths. Workforce training buzzwords these days include “certification” and “credentials.” Add the phrase “soft skills” and reference drug test screening and the takeaway is this: Many regional employers face stiff challenges when trying to hire qualified people with a solid work ethic who don’t show up for work late or high.


HURT SAYS HE'S "IMPATIENT" FOR ACTION IN THE VETERANS AFFAIRS SCANDAL

By ALICIA PETSKA, News & Advance

Thirteen months into the Veterans Affairs scandal, U.S. Rep. Robert Hurt said he’s growing “impatient” and hopes for more aggressive action to fire or discipline the senior staffers involved. “I would like to see more movement in that direction,” said Hurt, R-5th, who’s on a districtwide tour of military- and veteran-related programs this week.

Economy/Business

ALLERGEASE CLOSES DANVILLE OFFICE

By DENICE THIBODEAU , Danville Register & Bee

The door was locked, the furniture removed and the phone no longer in service when checked Wednesday. Allergease has closed its office on Bridge Street in the River District.

Local

CHESTERFIELD SUPERVISORS DELAY ACTION ON SCHOOL BUS CAMERAS

By NED OLIVER, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

The Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Wednesday night to delay action on a proposal to equip school buses with cameras that automatically ticket drivers who pass while children are boarding. The board tabled the proposal for 120 days and asked school officials to provide additional information on studies showing whether the cameras are effective at reducing repeat offenders.


FORMER NORFOLK MAYOR IRVINE B. HILL DIES AT 87

By TIM EBERLY, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Former Norfolk Mayor Irvine "Irv" Byrd Hill, the man who became known as "The People's Mayor," died Wednesday. He was 87. A Norfolk native, Hill served on the City Council from 1972 to 1976, and for two of those years as mayor.


PROSECUTOR: VIRGINIA BEACH POLICE ACTED PROPERLY IN RECENT SHOOTINGS, COMBATIVE ARREST

By MATTHEW BOWERS, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Police officers involved this month in three nonfatal shootings and a combative arrest caught on video acted properly, and no criminal charges will be pursued against them, the commonwealth’s attorney announced late Wednesday. The shootings all involved exchanges of gunfire with suspects that left them injured; no officers were hurt, police said.


Editorials

DECREASE IN PUBLIC DOLLARS MEANS VIRGINIA MUST SPEND WISELY IN HIGHER EDUCATION

Daily Press Editorial (Paywall for certain articles)

Virginia's commitment to higher education is as old as the nation itself. Older, really. The College of William and Mary was the second university founded in the colonies — Harvard was the first — and dates to 1693.


COUNTERING CIGARETTE CONTRABAND

Richmond Times-Dispatch Editorial (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

Even in flush times, $3 billion isn’t exactly chump change. As states continue to climb out of the hole dug for them by the recession, it’s a huge amount of revenue. Or rather, lost revenue.


SEN. KAINE CALLING OUT HIS PEERS IN CONGRESS OVER ISIS

Free Lance-Star Editorial

The current crop of presidential aspirants seem to be stumbling recently on the question of whether the United States should have invaded Iraq in 2002. That may be why some current members of Congress seem to want to avoid a vote on authorizing the use of force in battling the Islamic State in Iraq.


HERRING MAY NEED TO CHANNEL MACBETH

Roanoke Times Editorial

Here’s some light summer reading we recommend for Attorney General Mark Herring: William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.” Since the attorney general is a busy man, we’ll cut to the advice Macbeth gave himself in Act 1, Scene 7: “If it were done when ‘tis done, then ‘twere well it were done quickly.”


DANGERS OF PACS SEEN IN LAWSUIT

Daily Progress Editorial

Ken Cuccinelli’s lawsuit against a PAC that collected money in his name sends a clear warning to those who would misuse today’s campaign machinery. Too bad the message couldn’t have been even stronger.


MR. HOWELL’S VOTING FLIP-FLOP IN VIRGINIA

Washington Post Editorial

THE REPUBLICAN speaker of Virginia’s House of Delegates, William J. Howell, faces a challenge in the state’s June 9 primary from a former protege, Susan Stimpson, who attacks him for being insufficiently conservative. Recently, Ms. Stimpson, the former chair of Stafford County’s Board of Supervisors, cried foul because Mr. Howell persuaded state election officials to allow voters to obtain an absentee ballot with an electronic signature, instead of by mailing in such a request.

Columnists

CHESLEY: PRIORITIES DICTATE PORTSMOUTH'S CUTS IN SUPPORT FOR SPORTS HALL OF FAME

By ROGER CHESLEY, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

I want to talk today about commitment. As in, has Portsmouth been a true, steadfast partner to the nonprofit Virginia Sports Hall of Fame? The answer is yes.

Op-Ed

PAIGE: IN NORFOLK, NO WAY TO PICK NEXT SCHOOL CHIEF

By VIVIAN PAIGE, Published in the Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Already, the process of selecting our next president has begun. Nearly 350 people - yes, you read that right - have filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to run. Some, such as Jeb Bush and Jim Webb, have yet to fill out the forms.

Vivian J. Paige writes about local politics and other topics on her blog.


BALL: TO VOTE OR NOT ON JUNE 9

By KIMBERLI GROVE BALL, Published in the Winchester Star (Subscription Required)

At a recent bar association dinner, I, an independent-leaning Democrat, discussed with a Democrat friend and fellow attorney the appropriateness of us voting in the June 9 Republican primary for House of Delegates between incumbent Mark Berg and challenger Chris Collins.

Kimberli Grove Ball is a resident of Winchester.


CULBERTSON: SWEET BRIAR REPRESENTS DIVERSITY IN EDUCATION

By BETTY RUTH SCOTT CULBERTSON, Published in the Roanoke Times

Am I a graduate of Sweet Briar? An alumna? No. I am much more. I was born and brought up there, long ago. All my childhood and nurturing years were spent there. Sweet Briar formed my personality, my permanent loves, and to a large extent, my character. Sweet Briar College is in my blood.

Betty Ruth Scott Culbertson Culbertson, a reader in Blacksburg, has been avidly following the development of the case against closing Sweet Briar College.


TOBIAS: MEDIATING THE FUTURE OF SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE

By CARL TOBIAS, Published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

The past six weeks proved hectic for those litigating the future of Sweet Briar College, which announced in March that it would close. By April’s end, Virginia Circuit Judge James Updike issued rulings on the second case presented to him, the first suit was appealed and a third case filed. These legal machinations prompted Attorney General Mark Herring to urge that the Sweet Briar dispute be resolved through mediation.

Carl Tobias is the Williams Chair in Law at the University of Richmond.


GOTTLIEB: CLOSING SWEET BRIAR: A NONSENSICAL DECISION

By DANIEL GOTTLIEB, Published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

Since March 3, when Sweet Briar’s closure was announced, I have re-examined the story leading up to it many times. Each time, the numbers are clear, and the official narrative rings false. At women’s and liberal arts colleges, both tuition revenue and enrollment have been rising for decades, and women’s colleges are not attracting the least wealthy students.

Daniel Gottlieb is associate professor and chair of psychology at Sweet Briar College.