Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed six pieces of legislation that would undermine support for Virginia’s public education system.
House Bill 1400
Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed House Bill 1400, which would create a new executive branch agency known as the Virginia Virtual School. This entity, governed by an independent policy board, would facilitate the provision of full-time, online education programs for students throughout Virginia.
This bill is virtually identical to HB 8 (2016). The Office of the Attorney General advised that HB 8 was unconstitutional; consequently, I vetoed it.
In establishing the Virginia Virtual School outside of the jurisdiction of the Board of Education, and
Democrats and Republicans staked out their turf Saturday at Olde Salem Days. The Democrats had the shady side of the street where Carter Turner’s T-Shirts sported the slogan “Not For Sale.”
The Salem Republican Chair, Greg Habeeb was stationed directly across at the Republican tent. He didn’t much like Turner’s slogan insinuating Griffith “was for sale.”
Turner is running against Morgan Griffith HOD majority leader (R-8th District).
I guess you could make all kinds of insinuations with the Democrats tent being on the shady side of the street and the Republican tent on the sunny side – “shady Democrats” and “the Republicans sweat” but I’ll stop there :)
Democratic candidate for governor, Senator Creigh Deeds arrived at 2:30 PM and immediately started making the rounds shaking hands and talking to the media. Roanoke County Clerk of Court Steve McGraw and Sheriff Gerald Holt held signs accompanying Deeds.
Everything was normal until Deeds encountered Betsy Clark, mother of Salem’s Democratic Chair Susan Doyle. As the video depicts Clark was accosted by the opposition (not staffers or volunteers from the Republican booth assured Habeeb).
Clark was visibly shaken by the encounter. She said a man and woman sporting all the Republican stickers began making crude remarks directed at her as she handed out Deeds and Turner stickers. “They got right up in my face yelling,” said Clark. A symptom of the town hall mentality with not much help from Congress in setting an example for constituents these days.
About 4:00 PM both camps started clearing out and hit the Fort Lewis Fire Station for some barbeque chicken. Both candidates Griffith and Turner made the rounds at the tables. Both looked beat. CLICK TO ENLARGE PHOTOS.