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Daily Clip 7/22/13
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TROUTMAN SANDERS

STRATEGIES

Below are newspaper articles from around the Commonwealth that you may find of interest.  If you have any questions please contact Mike Woods at 697.2256.

 

Gubernatorial Debate more personal than Policy-Focused

Business connections as much as policy dominated the first gubernatorial debate on Saturday. Republican Ken Cuccinelli said Democrat Terry McAuliffe was more interested in keeping his union backers happy and showed…

McAuliffe continues to edge Cuccinelli, Poll finds

Virginia's governor's race remains close, with Democrat Terry McAuliffe edging Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli 43-39 percent -- but their running mates have some work to do…

McDonnell Backers start Legal-Defense Fund

Supporters of Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell have established a legal-defense fund for the Republican, the subject of state and federal investigations related to his connection to a businessman who showered the first family with luxury items, monetary gifts and loans…

VRS bought Star Scientific stock, sold it at $87,000 loss

Last year, the Virginia Retirement System purchased — and sold at a loss — 71,900 shares of Star Scientific stock over a three-month period, VRS head Robert P. Schultze confirmed…

Virginia AG’s Office sues Online Payday Lender

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is suing an Internet payday lender alleging it is making illegal loans to state consumers. Cuccinelli’s office filed a lawsuit against Jupiter Funding Group…

In Virginia, call for Ethics Reform growing

It takes major events sometimes to change Virginia law, and as serious as the scandals gripping Gov. Bob McDonnell are, they may be insufficient to radically alter Virginia public ethics laws, rated among America’s weakest…

GOP's Jackson says Jobs are way to woo Voters

A nonpartisan focus on "unifying principles” will help win over moderate and left-leaning voters in November, the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor said Thursday…

Holmes drops from 14th Senatorial District Race

John Cosgrove's path to the Virginia Senate just got easier now that his Democratic opponent in an Aug. 6 special election has withdrawn from the race. Navy veteran Kerry Holmes announced his decision in an email Friday…

Federal furloughs a major blow to Northern Virginia

Furloughs, pay cuts, layoffs. They’re nothing new in the private sector, where workers have been subjected to dramatic losses of income for the past few years. Now the Washington area’s Department of Defense workers…

Moody upgrades Virginia’s AAA Credit Rating

Moody’s Investor Services said Friday that it was returning the outlook on Virginia’s Aaa credit rating to "stable” from "negative.” The move comes a day after the credit rating firm moved the credit rating outlook of the United States to "stable.”…

VA Jobless Rate increases slightly in June

The Virginia Employment Commission says the state's jobless rate increased for the second month in a row in June. The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.5 percent in June. That's up from 5.3 percent in May…

Openband appeals $50M lawsuit dismissal

The Dulles-based telecommunications firm OpenBand is appealing the dismissal of its $50 million lawsuit against the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, the Lansdowne on the Potomac and Southern Walk at Broadlands homeowners' associations…

Bi-County Parkway in Virginia will add congestion, Groups argue

A coalition of groups critical of the proposed Bi-County Parkway has released a report it says bolsters its case that the roadway could worsen traffic congestion in Loudoun and Prince William counties…

·   VRE steams ahead on future expansion plans

·   The Virginia Railway Express on Friday started work on its first ever systemwide plan, a broad ranging vision for the commuter rail’s future...

·   ACLU takes issue with Automatic License Plate Readers

According to a report released by the American Civil Liberties Union earlier this week, You Are Being Tracked, localities with police departments that use automatic license plate readers are subject to police surveillance without knowing it…

Richmond’s spending among highest in VA.

For City Councilman Parker C. Agelasto, who was taking his first crack at amending the city’s $1.4 billion budget in late April, it seemed like a basic concept…

Consultant: No fraud in Prince William’s $5 million budgeting snafu

The Prince William County Board of Supervisors took no action Tuesday to amend the current budget to fix a $5 million error that understated personnel costs, but heard the results of an investigation from an outside firm…

Roanoke Valley leaders planning Broadband Authority

The cities of Roanoke and Salem and the counties of Roanoke and Botetourt announced intentions this week to create the Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority. Their respective government bodies are expected to start adopting resolutions to make it happen on Aug. 19…

Roanoke seeks consultants for new initiative

The city is seeking executive consulting and coaching services to help with what it’s calling an organization culture change initiative, according to a new request for proposals…

Chesterfield ballot: Meals Tax fate affect real estate tax rate

Chesterfield County’s decision to reduce the November meals tax referendum from 4 to 2 percent was intended to limit the ability of a future Board of Supervisors to expand the tax for other purposes, the board chairwoman said last week…

Officials: Tax Money for Regional, not local, projects

Regional taxes that started July 1 are projected to generate $5.5 billion for Hampton Roads' traffic-choked highways over the next 20 years. State legislators who represent the region gave clear direction Thursday to Hampton Roads leaders on how not to spend the windfall…

Southwest Virginia loses only International Port of Entry

The federal government has cut the only customs agent position in Southwest Virginia , which now means the region can no longer receive international flights or shipments unless they first pass through another port…

A new, restructured Institute emerges

The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research is restructuring, returning to directives it was charged with at its inception. Acting Executive Director Jerry Gwaltney says the Institute has spent the last three months working on a plan to get there…

Dominion says burying lines could help avoid power outages

Placing 20 percent of Dominion Virginia Power's most frequently damaged neighborhood electric lines underground could cut 63 percent of power outages caused by major storms, a company official said…

Virginia on hook for Federal Loan if Tunnel Tolls fail

The court case against the Midtown Tunnel project prompted the U.S. Department of Transportation to seek extra assurances that Virginia would help pay back a $422 million federal loan if tolls are not allowed, according to…

 

Michael W. Woods
Senior Manager- Virginia
Troutman Sanders Strategies
Solutions for Business & Government
Troutman Sanders Building
1001 Haxall Point | P.O. Box 1122
Richmond, VA 23218-1122
P: 804.697.2256 | F: 804.698.6466
mike.woods@troutmansanders.com
www.troutmansandersstrategies.com

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