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Virginia Politics Blog: July 4, 2010 - July 10, 2010

Virginia transportation department gets permanent chief

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) appointed heads of two top state agencies Friday, naming Gregory Whirley commissioner of the Virginia Department of Transportation and Major Gen. Daniel Long adjutant general of the Virginia National Guard. McDonnell had been looking for an outsider to head VDOT, conducting a major national search for the job. Instead, he has settled on Whirley, who has worked for VDOT since 1988 and has been serving as acting commissioner....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  July 9, 2010; 1:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman , Transportation  
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UPDATED: Marriage, mineral rights, mayoral election subjects of AG opinions left off web

Marriages that take place outside of Virginia are not valid in the Commonwealth, even if the couple has obtained a legal Virginia marriage license and the ceremony is performed by a person authorized to do so in Virginia. That's according to a legal opinion issued by Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) in May in response to a question from the clerk of the Prince William County court regarding a couple whose marriage ceremony took place in Bethesda. The opinion is one of six Cuccinelli has issued since May 6, the last time his office posted one of the public documents online. The attorney general's office in recent years has generally provided quick online access to the opinions, written in response to requests from legislators and other state and local officials. The office's Web site indicates that the general practice is put opinions on the Internet within 24 to 48 hours...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  July 8, 2010; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Ken Cuccinelli , Rosalind Helderman  
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State senator criticizes Homestead donor retreats

Democratic State Sen. Chap Petersen (Fairfax) says he thinks his party's annual retreat for high dollar donors is inconsistent with the party's goal of "giving a voice to working people" and that he "largely agrees" with criticism of the yearly fundraiser. In a lengthy post on his blog, Petersen wrote that he believes Virginia should limit large campaign donations and lobbyist gifts, rules that would put an end to the retreat, which has been held since the late 1980s as a fundraiser for the party's House of Delegates and Senate caucuses....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  July 8, 2010; 12:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Virginia still lags behind other states in pace of transportation stimulus spending

Virginia continues to lag behind other states in the pace of its spending of federal stimulus dollars on transportation, a condition that drew Republican attacks on Gov. Tim Kaine (D) more than a year ago but has continued into the administration of Gov. Bob McDonnell (R). According to material distributed by the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, by the end of May, Virginia ranked 50th out of the 50 states and the District in getting stimulus dollars for roads out the door....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  July 8, 2010; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman , Timothy M. Kaine , Transportation  
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McDonnell to star in educational video for children

Coming soon to 40,000 high school classrooms across the nation: Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. McDonnell will tape a 15-minute interview on what it's like to be governor while in Boston this week for the annual National Governors Association meeting. He will be asked about the most important action taken during his term (all six months, so far), the differing roles of state and federal government, the National Guard and how to achieve campaign promises. The video, organized by the Annenberg Public Policy Center, will include a handful of other governors. On his two-day trip to Boston, which starts today, McDonnell will attend various NGAs' sessions, including one about achieving a sustainable health-care system. McDonnell has also agreed to serve as co-chairman of the group's education committee. Thursday night, McDonnell will headline a fundraiser for the Massachusetts Republican party, with the proceeds helping Charlie Baker, the state's GOP gubernatorial candidate. Phil...

By Anita Kumar  |  July 8, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Holder announces Soering will stay in U.S.

After months of lobbying by Virginia officials, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has informed Gov. Bob McDonnell that convicted murderer and former University of Virginia honors student Jens Soering will not be transferred to Germany.

By Anita Kumar  |  July 7, 2010; 5:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Robert F. McDonnell , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Virginia shouldn't be deterred by federal immigration suit, Stewart says

The Justice Department's lawsuit against Arizona and its controversial immigration law won't stop Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey A. Stewart's campaign to bring a similar law to Virginia. If anything, Stewart said, he will push harder to get legislation passed at the state level that will enhance police officials' power to capture, detain and deport illegal immigrants and create specific Virginia penalties for illegal immigrants. "I think the Obama administration has made a strategic blunder," Stewart said. "The Justice Department is going to have egg on its face when its case is dismissed. Arizona is on very firm legal footing and the administration is just trying to intimidate Arizona." In June, Stewart launched his Virginia Rule of Law Campaign to rally support for immigration reform legislation. Stewart said Virginia needs to follow in Arizona's footsteps, even if it sends the Obama administration after the Commonwealth. "I hope...

By Anita Kumar  |  July 7, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Corey Stewart , Immigration , Jennifer Buske , Prince William  
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British report clears scientists in 'climategate' case cited by Cuccinelli in U.Va. probe

A new independent investigation commissioned in Britain of e-mails leaked from a climate change research department at one of the nation's universities - e-mails that form the basis of Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's demand for documents related to the research from the University of Virginia -- largely vindicates the scientists whose work is described in the e-mails. The inquiry criticized researchers at the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit for being too opaque about their research and not sharing data with colleagues, including in response to Freedom of Information Act requests. However, the panel's head, former British government official Muir Russell, concluded that the "rigor and honesty" of the scientists was "not in doubt." The report is the second in a week that has concluded that former University of Virginia scientist Michael Mann committed no wrongdoing in his research, which showed the earth has experienced a rapid, recent...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  July 7, 2010; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Ken Cuccinelli , Rosalind Helderman  
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McDonnell looking for ways to make highway rest stops cheaper

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has outlined strategies he will use to cut costs at highway rest stops, including negotiating cheaper deals for maintenance with contractors and better bundling advertising spaces at rest areas to lure more private sponsorship deals. Highway rest areas became something of a surprise issue of McDonnell's 2009 campaign, after Gov. Tim Kaine (D) closed 19 of them to save money. Operating each area has been costing the state about $500,000 a year. After an outcry from the traveling public, McDonnell promised that if elected, he would reopen the stops--a pledge he fulfilled. Now he's talking about ways to make operating the rest areas cheaper. In a release Tuesday, his office said he would also like to locate cooperative tourism ventures at rest areas, making them eligible for tourism grants. And McDonnell noted the General Assembly this year launched a study of alternatives to public funding of...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  July 6, 2010; 4:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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New Va. Tech visitor steps down from group that recommends visitors

Newly appointed Virginia Tech visitor John Rocovich has stepped down from his job on the commission that suggests college visitor appointments, a spokeswoman for Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has confirmed. McDonnell named Rocovich to the Virginia Commission on Higher Education Board Appointments on May 20. Former governor Mark Warner (D) created the panel to recommend names for college boards after allegations that visitor appointments had become too politicized and ideological during the term of Gov. James Gilmore (R). Rocovich, who heads a Roanoke law firm, served as a visitor at Virginia Tech under Gilmore. He was not reappointed to the board after Warner took office. Last week, McDonnell reappointed him to the Virginia Tech board, drawing fire from the gay rights group Equality Virginia because of Rocovich's role in stripping sexual orientation from the school's nondiscrimination policy during his first term on the board. So was this a Dick Cheney...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  July 6, 2010; 4:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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It's Democrats' turn for Homestead fundraiser

Virginia Democrats have gathered for a three-day fundraiser in the country at the gracious Homestead Resort in Warm Springs.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  July 6, 2010; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General Assembly 2010 , House of Delegates , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman , State Senate  
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