Terry McAuliffe

governor's office

(AP) Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has arrived at WDBJ-TV studios in Roanoke to talk to the staff in private after two journalists were killed on air by a former co-worker.
 
The Friday visit comes two days after the attack during a live broadcast. Reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were killed.
 
McAuliffe spokesman Brian Coy the governor visitinig "with staff and share condolences.  "
 

WDBJ-TV

The suspect in an on-air shooting at WDBJ-TV has has died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after a high speed chase down Interstate 64.

He has been identified by authorities as Vester Lee Flanagan a former report who was known professionally as Bryce Williams

Authorities say he died at around 1:30 p.m. around seven hours after shooting and killing two of his former colleagues.

Becky Coyner with dispatch and records at the Augusta County Sheriff's Office said that 41-year-old Flanagan was from Roanoke.

governor's office

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Republicans are warning Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe not to reappoint his pick to the Virginia Supreme Court next month when her initial appointment expires.

Republicans issued a statement Tuesday suggesting such a reappointment would be "at best dubious and at worst unlawful."

But GOP leaders did not say what they would do if the governor does reappoint Justice Jane Marum Roush, as he has said he plans to do.

Democrats foiled a GOP bid to unseat Roush Monday, and then unexpectedly adjourned the state Senate from a special session.

official photo

Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he will reappoint Justice Jane Marum Roush next month when her initial appointment expires.

McAuliffe told reporters his plans Monday after the state Senate adjourned from a special legislative session meant to produce a new state congressional map and settle a state Supreme Court appointment.

Joe Gratz / creative commons

Republican lawmakers have refused to interview a Virginia Supreme Court justice appointed by Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

Members of a judicial selection subcommittee turned away Justice Jane Marum Roush on Monday before interviewing a Republican-backed candidate for the job: Virginia Court of Appeals Judge Rossie D. Alston Jr.

creative commons

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Lawyers and Democratic elected officials are asking Virginia's legislative Republican leaders to reconsider plans to replace a newly seated Virginia Supreme Court justice.
 
But GOP leaders say they're unmoved by those pleas. They say they still plan to replace Justice Jane Marum Roush with Rossie D. Alston Jr. during a special session that starts Aug. 17.
 
Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe appointed Roush late last month, to the displeasure of GOP leaders who said they were not properly consulted about the pick.
 

official photo

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is helping lead a new national effort to give Democrats a greater say in drawing future congressional boundaries.

The Democratic Governors Association announced Tuesday that McAuliffe will be co-chairman of a new redistricting fund aimed at ensuring Democratic governors in key states hold power in 2020, when states will begin redrawing congressional maps.

twitter arrest

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia State Police have concluded their review of an arrest that injured a University of Virginia student and prompted allegations of racism.

Police spokeswoman Corrine Geller said Thursday that the report was submitted to the state secretary of public safety. She said police are not releasing the report because disclosure is not required under state law.

creative commons

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Republican Party of Virginia is calling for an audit of Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe's political action committee.

Republican officials said Thursday that an outside agency should review donations to the governor's PAC to verify that there are no foreign donors.

governor's office

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he'll make a renewed push to expand Medicaid now that Republican primaries are over and the U.S. Supreme Court recently issued a decision upholding the Affordable Care Act.

McAuliffe said Thursday in a conference call with reporters that the Republican lawmakers who have previously blocked Medicaid expansion will be more open to compromise during next year's legislative session.

official campaign photo

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is asking state lawmakers to meet in Richmond next week to hammer out a consensus on new congressional districts.

The Democratic governor sent a letter to legislative leaders Tuesday asking them to work together in a nonpartisan and transparent way to redraw Virginia's congressional maps ahead of a court-ordered special session on redistricting set for Aug. 17.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

WASHINGTON (AP) - Regional leaders and federal officials are getting together to talk about cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay.

Thursday's annual meeting of the Chesapeake Executive Council, chaired by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, will include an announcement of how officials plan to meet the goals of a federal-led bay cleanup agreement that was signed last year.

The agreement establishes pollution limits in the nation's largest estuary and sets goals for the bay to be fully restored by 2025

creative commons

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - State Republican lawmakers blasted Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe's establishment of a commission to study potential criminal justice reforms and whether Virginia's parole abolition in the 1990s has been good for the state.

GOP lawmakers said at a Capitol news conference Monday that Virginia's criminal justice system works well and that reviving parole in Virginia would hurt victims of past crimes. They spoke just before the commission's first meeting.

Don Rush

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A craft brewery in Richmond is expanding, creating 56 jobs in the process.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Monday the $28 million expansion of Hardywood Park Craft Brewery in Goochland County.

The investment over the next five years involves a new brewery complex to complement its Richmond location. The 60,000-square-foot brewery will include a taproom, an amphitheater and more.

Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore says the expansion creates a "huge opportunity" to expand the craft beer supply chain in Virginia.

Anti-abortion video

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe is rejecting calls from Virginia House Republican leaders for an investigation into how Planned Parenthood clinics handle fetal organs.

Republicans called for an investigation Thursday following an anti-abortion group's release of a video showing a Planned Parenthood official discussing the disposal of body parts from aborted fetuses. The group said the video proves the organization is breaking federal law against selling human fetal tissue.

VWVortex.com

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Southern heritage group that is fighting to keep the Confederate battle flag on Virginia license plates is holding its annual convention in the former capital of the Confederacy.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans began its five-day convention this week in suburban Richmond. The 120th gathering is expected to attract hundreds of members, and possibly some protests. A reception is planned at the White House of the Confederacy.

creative commons

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe has set a tentative date for a court-ordered special legislative session to redraw Virginia's congressional boundaries.
 
McAuliffe's office said Tuesday the governor has informed leaders of the GOP-controlled General Assembly that he intends to call a special session on Aug. 17.
 
A 2-1 ruling in June by a panel of judges directed the General Assembly to draw new boundaries by Sept. 1 to correct a 2012 redistricting plan the court found used race as the predominant factor in drawing boundaries.
 

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe is touting higher-than-expected state tax revenues as a sign that Virginia's economy has recovered from the Great Recession.

McAuliffe said at a news conference Monday that the state's revenues were $553 million more than projected for the last fiscal year that ended in June.

The extra revenues, mostly due to income tax collections, will largely be set aside in the state's rainy day fund. The extra money means the state will be able to go ahead with pre-approved raises of 2 percent for state workers.

governor.maryland.gov

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is warning that efforts to remove references to the Civil War Confederacy are nearing the point of no return.

Answering questions during a news conference on Thursday in Annapolis, Hogan said he supported recalling Maryland license plates with the Confederate flag image, but reviewing Civil War statues or digging up Confederate cemeteries was "political correctness run amok."

campaign photo

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is hailing the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allows about 285,000 Virginians to continue receiving federal subsidies on health insurance plans purchased through on a federal marketplace.
 
The Democratic governor says he hoped the ruling would allow state lawmakers to "put partisan politics aside" and expand Medicaid, another key provision of the Affordable Care Act.
 

creative commons

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he's forming a commission to study potential criminal justice reforms and whether Virginia's parole abolition in the 1990s has been good for the state.
 
McAuliffe said Wednesday on a monthly radio show that the commission will study whether Virginia is holding prisoners unnecessarily long and whether it's doing enough to rehabilitate criminals.
 

Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles

Virginia's governor is moving to have the Confederate flag banished from state license plates.
 
Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the decision Tuesday, citing the killings at an African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, and a U.S. Supreme Court decision that said states can restrict license plate designs.
 
Virginia vanity plates include one that pays homage to the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
 

creative commons

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia advisory panel is recommending that energy companies disclose the chemical ingredients they use in horizontal fracking, a type of natural gas drilling that has spawned environmental concerns.

The proposal is among 14 recommendations that have been sent to Gov. Terry McAuliffe for review.

University of Virginia website

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A task force has issued 21 recommendations to combat sexual assaults on Virginia's college and university campuses.

The recommendations from the Task Force on Combating Sexual Violence were submitted to Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Thursday. He created the panel last summer.

Many of the recommendations build on or complement existing programs and few require new legislation.

campaign photo

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli has settled a lawsuit on favorable terms with a conservative political action committee he accused of engaging in a national fundraising scam.

Federal court papers filed last week show that Cuccinelli and the Arlington-based Conservative StrikeForce PAC reached a settlement that will prohibit the PAC from using a political candidate's name for future fundraising efforts against the candidate's wishes.

Virginia Revenue Up

May 14, 2015
creative commons

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe says Virginia's state revenues in April increased by more than 10 percent from a year ago.

Figures released Wednesday by McAuliffe's office show payroll withholding tax collections increased by 3.5 percent in April. Sales and use tax collections rose by 5.9 percent.

Collections of individual nonwithholding and corporate income taxes also increased.

Total revenue collections are up 7.5 percent so far this fiscal year. A budget approved in the 2015 legislative session projected 4.7 percent growth.

cbf website

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe's administration plans to identify and conserve at least 1,000 properties across Virginia by the end of the governor's term.

McAuliffe announced the Virginia Treasures initiative on Wednesday during a visit to Pocahontas State Park.

Properties considered as treasures include agricultural lands, habitat for rare or threatened plants and animals, trails, scenic byways, rivers and public gardens.

McAuliffe says the goal is conserve land and expand access to public outdoor recreation.

Don Rush

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Newly filed finance reports show Virginia Republican state lawmakers have a large cash advantage over their Democratic counterparts going into this year's campaign season.

But Democrats say they don't have as much in the bank because they're already spending it on efforts similar to what helped their candidates, including Gov. Terry McAuliffe, sweep all three statewide offices in 2013.

Don Rush

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's state revenues are higher than previously projected with March collections up nearly 12 percent higher than a year ago.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe's office released figures Monday showing that total revenue collections are up 7.1 percent so far this fiscal year. That's more than 2 percentage points higher than the growth projected in a budget lawmakers approved in the 2015 legislative session.

McAuliffe said the strong revenues are a sign that Virginia's economy is improving.

official campaign photo

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - An email obtained by The Associated Press shows that Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's office rebuffed interview requests with a federal agent investigating the U.S. government's investor-visa program.

The Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General twice asked McAuliffe for an interview in the summer of 2014 but said in a recent report that the efforts were "unsuccessful." 

Pages