Thursday, March 23, 2017
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
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Morgan Griffith elected 9th distric congressman
BRISTOL _ The Republican Party took back the Ninth Congressional seat Tuesday from long-time incumbent Rick Boucher. Morgan Griffith claimed the election with 51 to 46 percent including large chunks of voters in the coal-rich southwest Virginia.
Griffith had criticized Boucher on his vote for the Cap and Trade bill, which the Republican said would hurt coal jobs in the region.
In his victory speech at the Bristol Holiday Inn, Griffith recognized Bill Wampler Sr., who was in attendance. Wampler was the last Republican to hold the seat until 1982 when Boucher started his 28-year run.
“I’m glad to put the fight back into the Fighting Ninth,” Griffith said. “Washington has a lot of problems, and I now I feel the burden to correct some of those. Make it clear-Cap and Trade is not going to pass. I will fight to rein in the EPA, and look at all regulations that have negatively affected the businesses in southwest Virginia.”
Griffith told a boisterous crowd that he will stop the Obama attack on coal. “We need to take the offensive that we have the best coal in the world.”
Boucher called Griffith shortly before he addressed the crowd, offering to help in the transition. Griffith called Boucher’s concession call a move by a classic Virginia gentleman.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Elections, Politics
Tags: congress, Election 2010, Elections, republican