RICHMOND – Governor McAuliffe today announced that, following a thorough legal review of the case, he will commute the death sentence of Ivan Teleguz to life imprisonment without parole. Teleguz’s request for a pardon will be denied. Teleguz was convicted in the murder-for-hire of Stephanie Yvonne Sipe in July 2001. He was scheduled to be executed on April 25.
Announcing his decision at the Virginia State Capitol today, Governor McAuliffe delivered the following statement (as prepared):
Good afternoon, and thank you for joining us. I am joined today by my Secretary of Public Safety, Brian Moran, and my Counsel, Carlos Hopkins, both of whom have devoted countles
It didn’t’ take long to pick up on Carter Turner’s slogan as he announced his candidacy for the House of Delegates 8th District. At least seven times the Democrat proclaimed that it is “a new day.”
Ginny Weisz who last week announced her withdrawal as a candidate introduced Turner who serves as Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Radford University. Carter is also a sports photographer and contributor to the Salem Times Register. Visit Turner’s website CLICK HERE.
About 60 people attended Carter’s announcement including State Senator John Edwards, Roanoke City Councilman Rupert Cutler, Roanoke County Sheriff Gerald Holt, Roanoke County Board of Supervisors member Charlotte Moore, and distinguished businessman and Total Action Against Poverty founder Cabel Brand.
The three Democratic candidates for Roanoke County Board of Supervisors: Charlene Waybright who is challenging Richard Flora in the Hollins District, Sarah Goodman who is opposing the winner of the Republican primary Ed Elswick in the Windsor District and Pat Patterson who is challenging incumbent Mike Altizer in the Vinton District were also in attendance.
Turner visioned non-partisan leadership to bring an end to ineffective drift and division in the General Assembly. Reigning in spending, protecting natural resources, and advocating for the less fortunate is his mandate. Turner finds Virginia’s future in high-paying jobs, high-speed rail, and high-speed Internet expansion
He promised to bring common-sense evaluation of the Standards of Learning program (SOL) touting his experience as an educator.
Turner says, “he will ensure that our police and firefighters have the resources they need.” In addition he promised to promote the needs of U.S. veterans.
Cabel Brand w/ Carter Turner
Later Turner answered a few questions on his proposal to double the Governor’s Opportunity Fund that provides for incentives to entice business to relocate and expand in Virginia. Turner proposes doubling funding from its current allocation of $20 million this year, saying “the fact that McDonnell is supporting it I think it will bring bipartisan support. I think there are a number of places where this Governor was unable to attract certain businesses.” Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell has also proposed this in his platform.
In a call for bipartisan redistricting Turner said he would “absolutely support that,” saying that both Democrats and Republicans have protected their districts. “Our constituents ought to choose us we ought not to choose them,” said Turner.
Turner made clear that he believes “that marriage should be between a man and a woman … I do believe, however, that all Virginians should have equal civil liberties.” He was not a supporter of the Marshall-Newman Amendment to the Virginia State Constitution. If the a bill came up to remove the amendment he said, “I would try to find ways of expanding civil rights laws.”
Turner found the refusal by the General Assembly to accept the $125 million from the Federal Government to expand benefits for the unemployed and underemployed, “unconscionable.”
Delegate Morgan Griffith
He felt the issue will come back no matter who is governor and he will put all his energy into making sure of its acceptance the next go-round.
In his office Delegate Morgan Griffith seemed skeptical in being able to double the Governor’s opportunity fund saying “if we can find the money somewhere but not at the sake of education.”
Griffith also expressed his opposition to privatizing Virginia’s ABC stores. He does not want to see “flashing signs saying alcohol here” all over Virginia expressing an opposite stance to Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell who’s position was to privatize and use that funding for transportation.
Griffith sees no change in strataegy with his new Democratic opponent and he will defend his seat as Republican Majority Leader on his record of service to his 8th District constituents.
Greg Habeeb, Chair of the Salem Republican Committee had only good things to say about Turner. “I have known Carter for years from years ago and he is a good guy,” said Habeeb but was quick to say, “it’s a big district and its Morgan’s land.”