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72nd District Republican Primary – Ernesto Sampson, Edward Whitlock


In preparation for Tuesday's primary elections, the Henrico Citizen invited the candidates for every race that impacts Henrico County to answer several questions about themselves. The responses of those in this election who replied appear below:
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Don’t pass ‘divisive’ proposals, McAuliffe warns

Governor's State of the Commonwealth speech also addresses plans for education, transportation, opioid epidemic

In his final State of the Commonwealth address Wednesday, Gov. Terry McAuliffe warned legislators not to pass bills such as ones banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy or restricting which bathroom transgender individuals can use.

“I want to make it very clear that I will veto any legislation that discriminates against LGBT Virginians or undermines the constitutional health care rights of Virginia women,” McAuliffe told a joint meeting of the General Assembly on the opening day of its 2017 session.

McAuliffe, a Democrat who is entering the last year of his four-year term, discussed strides toward economic development and announced that the Navy Federal Credit Union has agreed to locate 1,400 new jobs and invest $102 million in Frederick County.
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Bourne to seek 71st District House seat


Richmond School Board member Jeff Bourne is the first candidate to formally announce his intention to seek the 71st District Virginia House of Delegates seat that will be vacated by Jennifer McClellan, who Tuesday won a special election for the Ninth District Virginia Senate seat. Bourne is a Democrat and a deputy attorney general for the state.

The 71st District primarily includes the City of Richmond but also includes several Henrico precincts. It is viewed as a Democratic stronghold.
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McClellan wins, but GOP still controls Senate


Democrat Jennifer McClellan of Richmond easily won a seat in the Virginia Senate in a special election Tuesday, but Republicans retained control of the chamber by holding on to a district west of the capital city. As expected, McClellan won the 9th Senate District race, receiving 91 percent of the votes against her opponent, Libertarian Corey Fauconier.

McClellan, an attorney who currently serves in the Virginia House of Delegates, will be sworn in as a state senator on Wednesday as the General Assembly convenes for its 2017 session. During the session, balancing the state budget will be a priority, McClellan said Tuesday night.
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Ninth District Senate election pits McClellan, Fauconier


Voters in Virginia's Ninth Senate District will elect a new state senator Jan. 10.

Voters in the district (which includes portions of Eastern and Northern Henrico, as well as part of Richmond and Hanover and all of Charles City County) will choose between Democrat Jennifer McClellan, a six-time member of the Virginia House of Delegates, and Libertarian Corey Fauconier of Highland Springs, who is running as an independent. McClellan is considered a heavy favorite for the seat, which was vacated by Donald McEachin after he won election to the U.S. Congress in November from Virginia's redrawn Fourth District.
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Assembly sustains all of McAuliffe’s vetoes


The General Assembly failed Wednesday to override any of Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s vetoes of legislation championed by Republicans, including bills to defund Planned Parenthood and let home-schoolers participate in public-school sports.

Overriding a veto requires a two-thirds majority in both the House and the Senate. That was doable in the House, where there are 66 Republicans and 34 Democrats. But it proved impossible in the Senate, where Democrats hold 19 of the 40 seats.
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Lawmakers reconvene for ‘veto session’


Virginia legislators will return to the state Capitol April 20 to consider whether to uphold or override Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s vetoes and recommendations of legislation passed during their 2016 session.

The Democratic governor vetoed 32 bills approved by the Republican-controlled General Assembly. That is the most vetoes since 1998, when Jim Gilmore, a Republican, was governor and most legislators were Democrats.

McAuliffe objected to a slew of hot-button bills – from a measure that would allow some school security officers to carry guns on the job, to the so-called “Tebow Bills” that would allow home-schoolers to participate in high school sports.
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McAuliffe vetoes bill to defund Planned Parenthood


Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Tuesday vetoed anti-abortion legislation that would have cut off state funding to Planned Parenthood’s six Virginia health centers, which provide care to more than 22,000 men and women each year.

McAuliffe rejected House Bill 1090, a measure supported by Republicans to prohibit the Virginia Department of Health from funding groups that provide “non-federally qualified” abortions.

“This bill, aimed at Planned Parenthood, would harm tens of thousands of Virginians who rely on the health care services and programs provided by Planned Parenthood health centers by denying them access to affordable care,” the Democratic governor said in his veto message.
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Smoking in a car with kids soon may be illegal


If the governor adds his signature, Virginians could be fined $100 for smoking in a car in the presence of children. The Senate joined the House by giving final approval to a bill that would make smoking in a motor vehicle with passengers younger than 8 a violation punishable by a civil penalty of $100.

The violation would be a secondary offense, meaning it would affect only individuals who have already been pulled over by police for a traffic violation or other offense.

The Senate passed House Bill 1348 in a vote of 27-12 on March 3. The bill is now in the hands of Gov. Terry McAuliffe. If signed, the law would take effect July 1. McAuliffe has until April 11 to act on the legislation.
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