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Guilty! Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, wife convicted on multiple charges

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were convicted on multiple counts of conspiracy, public corruption, bribery and related charges in a Richmond court on Thursday.

News Roundup: Military plane crash, Bob McDonnell trial, Labor Day in Buena Vista

A grim discovery last night in Deerfield, Va., as investigators discovered the remains of Lt. Col. Morris Fontenot Jr., the pilot on a routine flight from Massachusetts to New Orleans whose F-15C jet crashed in the mountains of western Augusta County early Wednesday morning.

Augusta Free Press editor Chris Graham talks news, politics on WREL

Augusta Free Press editor Chris Graham talked news and politics with WREL-1450AM in Lexington, Va., with host Jim Bresnahan. The segment covered the latest news regarding the military jet crash in Augusta County this week, plus the corruption trial of former Gov. Bob McDonnell, and looked ahead to the opening weekend of college football.

Augusta Free Press editor Chris Graham talks politics on WREL

Augusta Free Press editor Chris Graham talks politics on WREL-1450AM in Lexington, Virginia, with morning-show host Jim Bresnahan. The topics covered this week include the ongoing corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and the news that U.S. Sen. Mark Warner has agreed to a series of joint appearances and debates with his two re-election rivals.

AFP editor Chris Graham talks Bob McDonnell, Tony Stewart on WREL

Augusta Free Press editor Chris Graham talks this week on WREL-1450AM in Lexington, Virginia, with host Jim Bresnahan on the latest on the Bob McDonnell corruption case and the ongoing news regarding the fatal on-track accident involving NASCAR driver Tony Stewart.

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Letter: Agree with column on Bob, Maureen McDonnell

I could not agree more with Chris Graham’s column about the McDonnells (“Bob McDonnell trial: Yeah, he’s done”). As a liberal Democrat, I did not vote for the man, but bought into his “curb appeal” image that he was every bit the family-values-Christian-right exemplar he purported to be.

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Bob McDonnell trial: Yeah, he’s done

It’s a stretch to imagine the jury actually returning guilty verdicts against former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, on corruption charges involving loans and gifts that the McDonnells solicited from a Virginia businessman who has admitted that he saw his efforts to aid the First Couple as a way to boost his business fortunes.

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Report: McDonnell legal defense fund raises $92K in second quarter

The Virginia Public Access Project has posted the second quarter (April 1-June 30) disclosure filed by the Restoration Fund, which is raising money to support Bob McDonnell’s legal defense.

Ken Plum: Governor proposes new budget

In Virginia a governor can serve two terms, but the terms cannot be successive. All newly elected governors of Virginia take office at the beginning of a biennial budget cycle where the outgoing governor has proposed a budget for that cycle.

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Analysis: Will Bob McDonnell see jail time on corruption charges?

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, have pleaded not guilty to charges related to more than $160,000 in loans and gifts given to the First Couple by a businessman allegedly seeking favors from state government.

Gov. McAuliffe weighs in on Bob McDonnell indictment

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe released a statement today in response to the news that Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen are in receipt of federal indictments.

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Breaking: Bob McDonnell, wife indicted in Star Scientific gift case

Former Gov. Bob McDonnell, 59 and his wife, Maureen, have been indicted on federal corruption charges. The McDonnells were indicted on Monday, according to a report in the Washington Post.


Virginia posts 0.8% revenue increase in December

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Friday that December 2013 revenue collections for the Commonwealth of Virginia increased by 0.8 percent from December 2012.


Amtrak to extend service to Roanoke

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced today that the Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) and Norfolk Southern Corporation have entered into an agreement to improve rail related infrastructure between Lynchburg and Roanoke.

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Text of Bob McDonnell’s final State of the Commonwealth address

It is my privilege to address you, one last time, as Governor, on the State of the Commonwealth. I must note that because it’s my last speech the Speaker promised me all the time I wanted… so get comfortable.

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McDonnell announces launch of the Commonwealth Innovation and Entrepreneurship Measurement System

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Tuesday the launch of the Commonwealth Innovation and Entrepreneurship Measurement System (IEMS), a web-based portal to track the performance of Virginia’s innovation economy.

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Politics Beat: Virginia still doesn’t get it

Virginia makes it hard for governors already by only letting them serve one four-year term. Then we make it harder for them by only letting them submit one budget. OK, so technically they submit two budgets, one in the middle of their term and one at the end, for their successor to have to deal with.

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Virginia House leaders agree on ethics reforms

The Times-Dispatch in Richmond is reporting that House leaders have reached a deal on sweeping reforms to state ethics, transparency and disclosure laws.

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McDonnell announces task force on mental health services

Gov. Bob McDonnell today announced the membership for the newly-created Task Force on Improving Mental Health Services and Crisis Response. The membership includes leaders in the mental health field, law enforcement communities, the judicial system, private hospitals, and individuals receiving mental health services and their families.

Jennifer McClellan: General Assembly session preview

Last month, Gov. Bob McDonnell unveiled his two-year budget for Fiscal Years 2015 and 2016. The governor presented the budgets in a speech to the Joint Money Committees of the General Assembly.

Gov. McDonnell announces matching tourism grants

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced today that more than $750,000 in matching grant funds will be awarded to 42 local tourism initiatives as part of Virginia Tourism Corporation’s (VTC) Marketing Leverage Grant program. The grants are designed to help local and regional tourism entities attract more visitors by leveraging local marketing dollars.


Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams resigns, company changes name

You won’t have Star Scientific or its CEO, Jonnie Williams, to kick around anymore. Williams has resigned as CEO, and the company is changing its name to Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals. But the legal issues continue for both the company and Williams, who is at the center of an investigation that all but brought down Gov. Bob McDonnell.

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McDonnell announces results of regulatory reform initiative

Gov. Bob McDonnell has announced the results of his Regulatory Reform Initiative. The RRI consisted of a comprehensive review of regulations currently in place, and has resulted in the repeal of regulations that are unnecessary or no longer in use, the reduction of unnecessary regulatory burdens on individuals, businesses, and other regulated groups.

McDonnell releases report on Creigh Deeds tragedy

Gov. Bob McDonnell has released recommendations stemming from Health and Human Resource Secretary Bill Hazel’s review of last month’s tragedy in Bath County involving State Sen. Creigh Deeds and his son, Gus. The governor asked the secretary to conduct the review.

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Virginia Adopts: Campaign for 1,000 achieves goal

The “Virginia Adopts: Campaign for 1,000” effort has met its goal. Gov. Bob McDonnell announced last week that in calendar year 2013, 1,008 children from Virginia’s foster care system have been adopted or matched with a family who is going through the process of adopting.

Holiday Hoops Classic raises over 100 tons of food for Virginia’s food banks

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced the winner of the food and fund drive held in conjunction with the Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic taking place this afternoon and evening at the Richmond Coliseum. A month-long food drive on the campuses of the four participating Virginia universities raised over 100 tons of food for food banks throughout the Commonwealth.

Work to begin on Interstate 64 upgrades in the Shenandoah Valley

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced last week that VDOT is moving forward with technology upgrades designed to improve safety and traffic flow on Interstate 64 over Afton Mountain. The Commonwealth Transportation Board recently awarded a $4.6 million contract to G4S Technology of Springfield to design and build an Active Traffic and Safety Management System.

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McDonnell applauds efforts to aid Syrian refugees

Gov. Bob McDonnell applauded the efforts of the Northern Virginia Regional Commission and its members, Paxton Van Lines, and Maersk to provide over 18,000 blankets to Syrian refugees in Turkey. This initiative began following a recent NVRC cultural exchange trip to the region where local and state government officials from the Commonwealth toured a refugee camp near Adana, Turkey.

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McDonnell sets date for special election in Senate District 33

Gov. Bob McDonnell has set Jan. 21st, 2014 as the date for the special election to fill the seat of State Sen. Mark Herring, who was elected attorney general and is resigning from the Senate effective January 11th.

Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe comments on McDonnell budget

Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe released the following statement following Gov. Bob McDonnell’s release of his fiscal year 2015-2016 Virginia budget: “I congratulate Gov. McDonnell for continuing his record of sound financial leadership with this biennial budget.”

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Gov. Bob McDonnell unveils 2015-2016 state budget

Gov. Bob McDonnell unveiled the Commonwealth’s budget for the next two fiscal years in a morning address to the Joint Money Committees of the General Assembly.

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McDonnell’s budget to provide $55 million in funding for public safety

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced on Friday that his biennial budget will provide $55.3 million in targeted funding to support public safety around Virginia. The governor’s budget proposals include $22.2 million for sheriffs, Commonwealth’s Attorneys, and Circuit Court Clerk Deputies.

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McDonnell’s budget to continue commitment to improving foster care adoption

Continuing his administration’s commitment to children in the foster care system and adoption efforts, Gov. Bob McDonnell announced on Friday his biennial budget will include $27.7 million in new funding for four initiatives targeted at improving foster care adoption.

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McDonnell announces additional $4.1M in Community Development Block Grants

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced an additional $4.1 million in Community Development Block Grants for four projects in Virginia. The seven community improvement projects are in addition to the $6.8 million of funding provided this year. During this year’s competitive cycle, 35 proposals were submitted by 34 localities, and 11 projects received the initial funding.

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McDonnell’s budget to continue commitment to making college more affordable

Continuing his administration’s four-year effort to make college more affordable and accessible for Virginia students, Gov, Bob McDonnell announced today that his FY 2015/2016 budget will include $183.1 million over the biennium in new support of Virginia’s colleges and universities.

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McDonnell announces $2 million in Industrial Revitalization Fund grants

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced more than $2 million in Industrial Revitalization Fund (IRF) grants for five projects in Virginia. The IRF program provides gap financing for construction projects aligned with local and regional economic development strategies, primarily in distressed communities.

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McDonnell continues commitment to K-12 education reform

Building on his commitment to ensure that every child in Virginia, regardless of their zip code, has access to a top quality education, Gov. Bob McDonnell today announced that his FY 2015/2016 budget will include $582.6 million in increased funding for the biennium for K-12 and pre-kindergarten education.

Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe applauds McDonnell’s mental health initiatives

Virginia Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe released the following statement today applauding Gov. Bob McDonnell’s announcement that he will include funding for mental health services in his upcoming budget, and that he will sign an executive order forming a Mental Health Task Force to make further recommendations for reforms.

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McDonnell announces new funding for mental health system

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced budget proposals today to expand crisis response and crisis prevention services for Virginia’s behavioral health system. The governor’s proposals would infuse $38.3 million over the biennium into critical mental health and substance-use disorder programs.

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McDonnell budget includes money for prisoner re-entry, restoration of rights

Gov. Bob McDonnell will recommend substantial new state investments in the areas of prisoner re-entry and restoration of rights when he puts forward his two-year spending plan for the Commonwealth next Monday. The governor has put a focus on the two policy areas over the last four years, establishing Virginia’s first-ever prisoner re-entry statewide plan.

Bob McDonnell to speak at Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce reception

The Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce announced Wednesday that Gov. Bob McDonnell will be the keynote speaker at the Celebration Reception being held at McKee Foods in Stuarts Draft on Monday, Dec. 9, in recognition of the Chamber’s achievement of winning the Governor’s Bowl Food & Fund Challenge.

Tickets available for Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic

Gov. Bob McDonnell today announced Governor’s Holiday Hoops classic tickets are now available for purchase on ticketmaster.com and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. The 2013 Classic will be held on Saturday, Dec. 21 at the Richmond Coliseum.

Gov. McDonnell to host statewide transportation conference ‘Road to the Future’

Gov. Bob McDonnell today announced that he will host the 2013 Governor’s Transportation Conference, themed “Road to the Future,” on Dec. 4-6. The conference, which will highlight Virginia’s continued move towards improvements and expansion of the Commonwealth’s multi-modal transportation system.

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Gov. McDonnell sets date for special election in Virginia House District 11

Gov. Bob McDonnell has set Jan. 7, 2014, as the date for the special election to fill the seat of Del. Onzlee Ware, who has announced his retirement from the Virginia House of Delegates. The governor will not issue the writ of election until Dec. 6 in order to give political parties and election officials time to prepare for the nomination process.

McDonnell announces milestone to advance Interstate 66 improvements

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has issued a record of decision on the 25-mile Tier 1 environmental impact statement (EIS) study of Interstate 66 from the Capital Beltway to Haymarket, clearing the way for the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) to select one or more of the final ten concepts for detailed analysis.


Schools could benefit from change to Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit

More than 1,200 of Virginia’s school buildings and facilities are 40 years or older according to a new study ordered by Gov. Bob McDonnell and concluded at the beginning of this month. The governor ordered the report in August in to demonstrate how a change to the Federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit could benefit the Commonwealth.

UPDATED: Sen. Creigh Deeds stabbed, in critical condition; son dead from gunshot

State Sen. Creigh Deeds, D-Bath, is in critical condition after being stabbed at his home in Millboro, and his son, Gus, 24, is dead from a gunshot wound, according to multiple media reports Tuesday morning. Details about what happened at the Deeds home are still not known.

Gov. McDonnell announces Virginia College Application Week

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Virginia College Application Week (VCAW) at 32 Virginia high schools and proclaimed Nov. 18-22 College Application Week in the Commonwealth. This initiative is designed to provide graduating high school seniors with information and resources about the college admissions process.

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VDACS commissioner says farewell

It’s hard to believe that it has been nearly four years since I was given the tremendous opportunity to serve as Virginia’s 14th Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Teaming up with Gov. Bob McDonnell and Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore to help lead the Commonwealth’s number one industry has truly been one of the greatest experiences of my life.

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Mark Obenshain: ‘It could still go either way’

Democrat Mark Herring is declaring victory and calling himself “attorney general-elect,” but Republican Mark Obenshain isn’t close to throwing in the towel. “No matter what Mark Herring says, with this margin, nobody can predict which of us will be sworn in as Virginia’s next attorney general. It still could go either way. There’s a lot at stake, and I’m not about to give up now,” Obenshain said.