Tag: gov.-elect bob mcdonnell

McDonnell Inaugural lineup announced

  Staff Report News tips: freepress2@ntelos.net Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell today announced that 47 groups from across the Commonwealth will be participating in Virginia’s Inaugural parade on Saturday, Jan. 16th. The parade will take place immediately after the swearing-in ceremony, starting at approximately 1:15 p.m. The parade lineup will include a number of organizations with personal […]

Robinson tapped to serve as Secretary of Education

African-American is expert on charter schools Staff Report News Tips: freepress2@ntelos.net Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell announced today his selection of Gerard Robinson as Virginia’s next Secretary of Education. Robinson currently serves as the president of the Black Alliance for Educational Options, and began his career as an educator in Los Angeles. He is a nationally recognized […]

Sierra Club: McDonnell misses ‘big picture’ on drilling

   Staff Report News Tips: freepress2@ntelos.net The Virginia chapter of the Sierra Club today issued its response to Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell’s recent letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar regarding Virginia offshore drilling and lease sale. “In his rush to accelerate Virginia offshore drilling, Mr. McDonnell is not considering the big picture,” said Glen Besa, director […]

McDonnell makes three Cabinet appointments

  Staff Report www.bobmcdonnell.com Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell announced three additional appointments to his administration this morning in a press conference at the State Capitol. McDonnell announced that Jim Duffey will serve as the Commonwealth’s next Secretary of Technology. Duffey worked for Electric Data Systems Corporation for 24 years, serving as Vice President and General Manager […]

Letter | McDonnell’s claims on drilling ‘tenuous at best’

  Letter from J.R. Tolbert, Richmond, Va. Submit letters to the editor: freepress2@ntelos.net I am writing in response to Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell’s desire to drill off the coast of Virginia. Mr. McDonnell’s arguments in favor of drilling make claims to thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in revenue to the state. These claims are […]

McDonnell: Va. ‘eager to get started’ on offshore drilling

Gov.-elect writes letter to Secretary of Interior to push ’11 lease sale Staff Report McDonnell online: www.bobmcdonnell.com Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell today released a letter that he sent last week to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar cautioning against any delay in a scheduled 2011 lease sale involving drilling interests off the Virginia coast. The letter […]

McDonnell: Current state-budget system ‘needs to be reformed’

Gov.-elect will propose moving development of budget to odd-numbered years Statement by Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell www.bobmcdonnell.com On Friday, Dec. 18th, Gov. Tim Kaine proposed his biennial budget for Fiscal Years 2011 and 2012. The governor made his proposal with only 28 days left in his single four-year term, carrying out his obligation as determined by […]

Focus | No car tax, but yes, local income tax?

Kaine gets heat for controversial proposed switch Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Goodbye, No Car Tax. Hello, New Local Income Tax. Tim Kaine didn’t exactly say it that way, but that was the sum effect. “Let’s keep the promise. Let’s get rid of the car tax on personal vehicles completely, but do it the right […]

Focus | A move toward equity

Kaine proposes employee-benefits policy change Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net The Kaine administration, in a sort of last act as its final days count down, has proposed a change in state policy that would allow state employees to choose between covering a spouse or an “otherwise qualfied adult” on their employee plus one health-care policies. […]

Charter schools, when explained, get support

VCU survey shows most know little about charter-school concept Staff Report News Tips: freepress2@ntelos.net Virginia residents are not well informed about charter schools but a majority support them when charter school programs are explained, according to a new statewide survey conducted by Virginia Commonwealth University. The Commonwealth Education Poll finds only 8 percent say they […]

Bolling earns job-czar appointment

  Staff Report www.ltgov.virginia.gov Virginia Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell announced tody that Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling will serve in his Cabinet as Virginia’s Chief Jobs Creation Officer. “Bill Bolling is about to become the busiest lieutenant governor in America,” said McDonnell, confirming that Bolling will also chair his Job Creation and Economic Opportunity Task Force and […]

Not as bad as next year

    Column by David Reynolds Columns, letters: freepress2@ntelos.net Last time we painted a bleak budget picture, saying that this year’s public budgets are worse than last year’s, but not as bad as next year’s. In my old Washington Bureau of the Budget days it allowed us to put away the usual governmental garbage that we […]

McDonnell announces first round of staff hires

   Staff Report News Tips: freepress2@ntelos.net Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell announced the first appointments in his incoming gubernatorial administration today during a late-morning press conference at the State Capitol. McDonnell named two longtime senior staff members in the Office of the Attorney General, Martin Kent and Marla Decker, to serve as his Chief of Staff and […]

Focus | ‘One governor at a time’

   Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net With AFP Video “Obviously, there’s only one governor,” and Tim Kaine is the governor of Virginia through early January, and it’s up to Kaine and his staff to put together a proposed budget for the 2010-2012 biennium. Kaine told VirginiaPoliticsToday.com that he met last week with Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell […]

Focus | The next step in Saxman’s political career?

Pol to head up education transition Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Chris Saxman’s career in the House of Delegates is winding down. Could a new avenue be opening up with a possible job in the McDonnell administration? “Obviously that’s natural speculation,” said Saxman, who this week confirmed that he is co-chairing the Bob McDonnell transition […]