Thursday, April 20, 2017
Governor Terry McAuliffe
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
Thursday, December 12, 2013
There are just over three weeks left to campaign for the January 7 special election for the 11th district House of Delegates. So far there have been no forums and no plans for a forum. Let us hope that changes so voters will have at least some comparison between the now three candidates. Sheriff Octavia Johnson withdrew from the Mill Mountain Garden Club forum that was set for Wednesday night. Rasoul accepted the invitation.
Instead of forums to inform the voters Republicans are planning an all out attack on the Democratic nominee. Don’t expect much of any positive messaging from the Republicans.
The back story is that the Republicans or PAC for them and their candidate will hit hard with negative fliers and TV ads. They will be attacking Rasoul on his ethnicity and his religion. When asked about this Rasoul said “some people just like to hate” and there is nothing you can do about it.
The bloggesphere and even progressives like Ben Tribbett hit Rasoul with negative slander in the 2008 6th district congressional race when Rasoul faced Rep. Bob Goodlatte. The Republicans left it alone thinking he had little chance anyway and didn’t want to risk a backlash. Now that Rasoul has a better than even chance of winning. The expectation is that the Republicans or their PAC will hit him with everything they’ve got to get this last Southwest Virginia delegate seat.
Roanokers don’t hate and those that do have no intention of voting for a Democrat anyway.
Tribbett in a tweet is still uninspired by Rasoul’s nomination:
When contacted Rasoul says he refuses to go negative against his Republican opponent Sheriff Octavia Johnson or Kimble Reynolds and will not listen to any advice to do so. Rasoul plans to continue his personal contact with voters and explain who he is and where he stands on the issues. “I won’t go negative – call it a liability but I won’t go negative,” said Rasoul. “I’ll just have to work harder.”
The Democratic Party of Virginia is behind Rasoul with staffers, funding and technical assistance. “They are all solidly behind me,” he said.
Rasoul’s campaign material will tell his story and contain no references or negativity toward his opponents. “I’ll do what my third grade teacher, Dr. Marylen Harmon, told me to do – kill them with kindness and tell my story.”
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Election 2014, Elections, Politics, State Politics
Tags: democrat, Election 2014, Elections, house_of_delegates, Sam_Rasoul