Week in Review: Another week and still no answers

By   /  July 25, 2014  /  Virginia  /  No Comments

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe took the time to do a lot of things since last week. But none of them had to do with answering a growing public concern about illegal immigration in Virginia and the nation.

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Economists: There’s room for improvement in Virginia unemployment

By   /  July 25, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

NOT EVEN CLOSE: Economists say raising minimum wages doesn't result in job growth.

Unemployment numbers in Virginia aren’t too bad, but economists still say there’s room for improvement.

Unemployment is down in Virginia from 5.7 percent a year ago and is lower than the national rate (6.1 percent), according to the Virginia Employment Commission. Virginia’s jobless rate stood at 5.3 percent in June, up from 5.1 percent in May.

Keith Hall, a senior research fellow at George Mason’s Mercatus Center in Fairfax, said he thinks Virginia needs continued growth in the labor market and he’s worried about what the government is doing to raise the cost of hiring.

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With Libertarian shut out, surveillance, cronyism removed from U.S. Senate race debate

By   /  July 25, 2014  /  Congress, News, State Elections, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

THE THIRD OPTION: Libertarian Robert Sarvis is eager to challenge status quo politics in Washington.

As Democratic Sen. Mark Warner and his Republican challenger Ed Gillespie face off on Saturday in the first U.S. Senate debate of the year at the luxurious, four-star Greenbrier Hotel and Resort nestled in the mountains of West Virginia, something will be missing. That is, something will be missing other than the average Virginians who can’t make it out to West Virginia for the debate run by and attended by lawyers of the Virginia Bar Association.

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U.S. judge hands Watchdog a victory over VA governor’s green-car company

By   /  July 24, 2014  /  Mississippi, Virginia  /  No Comments

MISSISSIPPI BOUND: Virginia officials predicted McAuliffe's car-building venture would find itself in a "funding gap."

Part 73 of 73 in the series Terry McAuliffe – Carmogul

By Will Swaim | Watchdog.org
A U.S. judge in Mississippi on Thursday threw out an $85-million lawsuit in which an electric car company founded by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe alleged Watchdog.org had libeled the firm.
Judge Michael P. Mills said GreenTech Automotive failed to prove his Mississippi [...]

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McAuliffe makes time for fundraisers, but not to respond on immigration

By   /  July 24, 2014  /  News, Open Records, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe has yet to respond to any questions as to how he’ll address the border crisis that’s affecting Virginia. He has too many things on his plate.

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Unemployment numbers in Virginia paint an inaccurate picture

By   /  July 24, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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Virginia’s unemployment rate increased for the second month in a row in June, but while the numbers may be cause for concern, one economist says there’s more to the story.

Virginia’s jobless rate stood at 5.3 percent in June, the Virginia Employment Commission reported last week, up from 5.1 percent in May. Virginia is one of only 14 states in which unemployment rose in June, while the rate declined in 22 others. It stayed the same in the remaining 14 states.

But Keith Hall, a senior research fellow at George Mason’s Mercatus Center in Fairfax, said the numbers reported by the Virginia Employment Commission reported are not a good indicator of the real economic situation. That’s because there’s such a high margin of error in the state rate — one percent, versus one-fifth of one percent for national unemployment numbers, Hall said.

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