McAuliffe refuses to talk now, but in 2007 said, ‘Shut the borders down’

By   /  July 22, 2014  /  Commentary, Virginia  /  No Comments

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I knew it was going to be a long day waiting outside Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office. So, making sure I had plenty of protein bars and water, I arrived at the lobby on the floor of the governor’s office in the Patrick Henry Building at 7:55 a.m. on Monday, intent on waiting until I had some response from the governor’s press team on the governor’s plans for unaccompanied, undocumented minors in Virginia.

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Expired ID? Cast your vote here

By   /  July 22, 2014  /  Elections, News, Virginia  /  No Comments

IS IT VALID?: Virginia election officials are trying to decide if an expired photo identification is  valid at the polls.

A battle over what constitutes a “valid” voter ID has gone online — and the loosest interpretation is winning.

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Virginia election system gets a new boss

By   /  July 21, 2014  /  Elections, Maryland, News, Virginia, Voter Registration  /  No Comments

IN CHARGE: Edgardo Cortes was appointed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe to the new position of commissioner of the Department of Elections.

Heading into the November elections, Virginia has a new chief of voting operations.

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As Virginians protest illegal immigration, Alexandria facilities house undocumented minors

By   /  July 18, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

A juvenile detention facility in Northern Virginia is set up to help house undocumented minors, in addition to delinquent local youth.

By Kathryn Watson | Watchdog.org, Virginia Bureau
SPRINGFIELD, Va. — Overlooking the cars just outside the nation’s capital from above Route 617 in Springfield, Virginians plan to protest on Friday over the federal government’s handling of the border crisis.
It is one of  many protests planned this weekend by people upset over the border surge.
But just four miles [...]

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A not-so-private plan: Virginia Beach taxpayers fund deal with Chinese

By   /  July 18, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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Another Chinese company plans to invest in the Old Dominion, and Virginia Beach taxpayers will help foot the bill.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced a few weeks ago Shandong Tranlin Paper Co.’s plan to invest $2 billion in Chesterfield County. Now, China Machinery Engineering Corp. of Beijing plans to partner with a Virginia-based company to build an 18,000-seat arena and sports complex.

The 50,000-square-foot facility will cost an estimated $200 million, but that doesn’t include other costs paid by Virginia Beach, an additional $10 million for other costs, or the land the city is contributing to the deal.

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McAuliffe’s office stonewalls on immigration, Watchdog.org resorts to FOIA

By   /  July 18, 2014  /  Immigration, News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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In December, Governor-Elect Terry McAuliffe told a room full of reporters he had a “vision for transparency, of working closely with the media to get Virginians the information they need.”

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