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06 Jan 2015

Timeline of the McDonnell Case

Bob McDonnell was elected in a landslide and took office as the commonwealth’s 71st governor in January 2010. On Tuesday, just five years later, he was sentenced to prison for corruption. Here are key dates as McDonnell went from a rising star in the Republican Party to the first Virginia governor convicted of a felony.

06 Jan 2015

Ex-Gov. McDonnell Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison

Former Gov. Bob McDonnell was sentenced Tuesday to 24 months in prison after being convicted of 11 felony corruption charges in September.

24 Jan 2014

Trial date set for McDonnells

By James Galloway Capital News Service RICHMOND — A trial date has been set for former Gov. Robert F. McDonnell and his wife Maureen for July 28, following a Friday arraignment at a Richmond federal courthouse. Both pleaded not guilty to all 14 charges. Federal authorities say the McDonnells repeatedly asked Johnnie Williams, a Richmond […]

31 Mar 2013

New Law Declares Parental Rights ‘Fundamental’

Starting July 1, parents in Virginia will have “a fundamental right to make decisions concerning the upbringing, education, and care” of their children.

27 Mar 2013

Governor Signs Law Designating Shakespeare Festival

All’s well that ends well, Shakespeare’s own words, as the Virginia Shakespeare Festival at the College of William and Mary will become the official Shakespeare Festival of Virginia starting July 1.

26 Mar 2013

Gov. McDonnell Amends Moratorium on Drones

Gov. Bob McDonnell on Monday proposed amending legislation to put a moratorium on the use of drone technology in Virginia until 2015. McDonnell’s suggested amendments to House Bill 2012 and Senate Bill 1331 would allow for drone research at college and universities and would let law enforcement officials use drones for certain tasks, such as search and rescue.

20 Mar 2013

Gov. McDonnell Debates Predecessor – Patrick Henry

Gov. Bob McDonnell faced an unusual opponent Tuesday as he debated the role of government with Virginia’s first governor, Patrick Henry, at the historic St. John’s Church for the first “Governors’ Conversation.”

01 Mar 2013

What’s in a Name? ‘Official’ Shakespeare Festival

For Gov. Bob McDonnell, the proposition for the Virginia Shakespeare Festival at the College of William and Mary is simple: To be or not to be the commonwealth’s official Shakespeare festival.

24 Feb 2013

Senate Approves Transportation Compromise

A divided Virginia Senate on Saturday passed Gov. Bob McDonnell’s signature issue of the 2013 legislative session – a bill to overhaul the state’s system for funding transportation.

22 Feb 2013

Opposition Grows to Transportation Compromise

Critics of the transportation funding compromise reached by legislative negotiators say the plan would place a huge burden on Virginia taxpayers.

20 Feb 2013

House, Senate Reach Transportation Compromise

Negotiators from both the House and Senate came to an agreement Wednesday on a transportation plan that, if passed, would be the first transportation funding overhaul in Virginia since 1986.

20 Feb 2013

Governor Signs Bill to Extend Peanut Tax

Gov. Bob McDonnell on Wednesday approved a bill to extend the 30-cents-per-100-pound excise tax on peanuts until July 1, 2016.

14 Feb 2013

Lawmakers Play Ball to Raise Money for Cancer

State legislators and lobbyists exchanged their suits and ties for T-shirts and shorts and headed from the halls of power to the basketball court to raise money for cancer research.

14 Feb 2013

Conference Panel Will Seek Transportation Compromise

A conference committee of 10 legislators has less than a week and a half to hammer out a compromise between the House and Senate versions of a bill to increase transportation funding in Virginia.

12 Feb 2013

Senate Panel Amends Governor’s Transportation Bill

The Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday approved an amended version of Gov. Bob McDonnell’s transportation funding bill, opting to raise the gasoline tax instead of replacing the gas tax with a higher sales tax.

11 Feb 2013

Governor Touts Research on Clinical Trials

Gov. Bob McDonnell on Monday praised the findings of a new study that says clinical trials of new drugs and other medical treatments in Virginia have boosted the state’s economy and created 76,000 jobs over the past 13 years.

11 Feb 2013

Legislators, Lobbyists Team Up Against Cancer

State legislators and lobbyists will battle it out on the basketball court Tuesday night to benefit Virginia Commonwealth University’s Massey Cancer Center.

09 Feb 2013

Governor Urges Democrats to OK Roads Bill

Three days after Senate Democrats derailed his transportation funding plan, Gov. Bob McDonnell urged two key Democratic senators to support the House version of his proposal.

05 Feb 2013

Senate Passes ‘Education Fairness Act’

A bill making it easier to fire bad teachers, part of Gov. Bob McDonnell’s K-12 education reform agenda, won unanimous approval Monday from the state Senate.

04 Feb 2013

House Passes McDonnell’s School Grading Plan

Gov. Bob McDonnell praised the House after delegates on Monday passed legislation that would provide a simpler way to understand a school’s performance and the state’s accreditation system.

02 Feb 2013

Jeb Bush Touts McDonnell’s School Grading Plan

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is helping promote Gov. Bob McDonnell’s plan to rate Virginia’s schools on an A-through-F grading scale. Bush joined McDonnell in a conference call on Friday to praise the Virginia chief executive’s K-12 education reform agenda.

02 Feb 2013

Adopt School Safety Ideas, Governor Tells Assembly

Gov. Bob McDonnell is urging state legislators to approve recommendations from his School and Campus Safety Task Force that would increase sentences for illegally buying guns, require mandatory lockdown drills at schools and establish more comprehensive suicide prevention programs.

31 Jan 2013

Governor Rejoices as Transportation Plan Moves Forward

Gov. Bob McDonnell has reason to celebrate after the House Finance Committee on Wednesday approved a key part of the transportation plan that he hopes will define his term.

19 Jan 2013

Caroline Delegate Supports Transportation Plan

Delegate Bobby Orrock, R-Caroline, has announced his support for Gov. Bob McDonnell’s transportation plan.

17 Jan 2013

Review: ‘Ready Virginia’ App Isn’t ‘Ready’

Gov. Bob McDonnell, in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, released an emergency preparedness app for Virginians to use during disasters. The free application for iPhone and Android phones is called Ready Virginia.

17 Jan 2013

A Toast to Virginia’s Record Wine Sales

Gov. Bob McDonnell has good reason to break open a bottle of Virginia wine and celebrate: Wine produced by the state’s vineyards posted record sales last year.

15 Jan 2013

Conservative Caucus Concerned About Roads Plan

Members of the General Assembly’s Conservative Caucus today detailed its concerns about Gov. Bob McDonnell’s transportation overhaul plan, which would eliminate Virginia’s gasoline tax and raise its state sales tax.

15 Jan 2013

Gov. McDonnell’s Roads Plan Evokes Mixed Responses

Legislators representing the city of Franklin have mixed feelings over Gov. Bob McDonnell’s plan to boost funding for transportation in Virginia by replacing the long-standing gas tax with an increase in the state’s sales tax designated for transportation.

14 Jan 2013

Panel Kills Bills to Restore Felons’ Voting Rights

Gov. Bob McDonnell and other key Republicans, as well as Democratic legislators, say they are disappointed that a House subcommittee today killed proposals to automatically restore the voting rights of nonviolent felons who have served their prison sentences.

11 Jan 2013

Mixed Reaction to Gov. McDonnell’s Transportation Package

Delegate Kirk Cox of Colonial Heights says he supports Gov. Bob McDonnell’s plan to overhaul the system for funding transportation in Virginia and to pump more money into projects especially in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads.

10 Jan 2013

Legislators Give Gov. McDonnell Mixed Reviews

Gov. Bob McDonnell’s goals for his last year in office drew mixed reactions among legislators representing the Williamsburg area.

08 Jan 2013

Area Lawmakers Applaud Governor’s Transportation Plan

With the General Assembly set to convene, Governor Bob McDonnell proposed a plan to increase Virginia’s sales tax and abolish its nearly 27-year-old gas tax, making Virginia the first state in the country to do so.

08 Jan 2013

Gov. McDonnell Outlines Transportation Overhaul

With the General Assembly set to convene, Gov. Bob McDonnell proposed Tuesday increasing Virginia’s sales tax and abolishing its nearly 27-year-old gas tax, making Virginia the first state in the country to do so.

25 Apr 2012

Fairfax County Schools Earn 3 Economics Awards

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Fairfax County won two first-place awards in the 2012 Governor’s Challenge in Economics and Personal Finance competition.

24 Apr 2012

Students Learn There’s No Shortcut to Success

Students at a Richmond elementary school learned about the value of hard work Monday from a trio of Virginia leaders. Gov. Bob McDonnell, Virginia Commonwealth University basketball coach Shaka Smart and former Navy SEAL John McGuire told fifth-graders at Overby-Sheppard Elementary School that there is no easy path to success.

23 Apr 2012

‘Solar Freedom’ Law Won’t See Light of Day

The General Assembly has upheld Gov. Bob McDonnell’s veto of legislation preventing community associations from prohibiting the installation of solar panels on homes. The Senate could not muster the votes to override the veto of Senate Bill 627, which had been sponsored by Sen. Chap Petersen, D-Fairfax.

13 Apr 2012

McDonnell Visits Canada to Promote Virginia

Gov. Bob McDonnell ventured to Quebec, Canada, this week to promote Virginia’s wine, tourism and film industries. The governor and first lady Maureen McDonnell held a reception for journalists and Canadian business leaders Thursday night in Montreal to showcase wines and foods produced in Virginia, including pork, oysters and cookies.

11 Apr 2012

Governor Amends, Vetoes Numerous Bills

Gov. Bob McDonnell on Tuesday recommended changing some of the requirements in legislation requiring voters to show identification on Election Day. His suggestions would make it slightly easier for people who don’t have proper IDs to have their ballots counted. McDonnell announced that he was recommending changes to 130 laws approved by the General Assembly and that he was vetoing seven bills.

05 Apr 2012

Wrongfully Imprisoned Man to Get More Than $1 Million

A Richmond man who spent nearly three decades wrongfully incarcerated in prison will receive more than $1 million in restitution under a bill signed into law Thursday by Gov. Bob McDonnell.

28 Mar 2012

Virginia OKs Offshore Wind Energy Turbine

Gov. Bob McDonnell’s goal to install America’s first offshore wind energy turbine got a jolt of momentum this week from the Virginia Marine Resources Commission. The commission voted unanimously Tuesday to approve construction of a 479-foot-tall, five-megawatt wind turbine generator in the lower Chesapeake Bay, three miles off the Eastern Shore town of Cape Charles.

09 Mar 2012

200 Attend Candlelight Vigil Near Governor’s Mansion

More than 200 men and women lined the sidewalk behind the Governor’s Mansion on Thursday night to protest Gov. Bob McDonnell’s signing of a bill requiring women to undergo an ultrasound before an abortion. The candlelight vigil was the fourth event in response to legislation that some demonstrators say is an attack on women’s reproductive rights.

06 Mar 2012

Protesters Show Up, but Governor Doesn’t

Undeterred by a surprise early vote from Gov. Bob McDonnell, about 30 reproductive rights activists gathered in front of Precinct 607 this morning to protest the governor’s support of anti-abortion legislation. The protest was scheduled to coincide with McDonnell’s vote in Virginia’s Republican presidential primary.

01 Mar 2012

McDonnell Praises Passage of ‘School Choice’ Bills

Gov. Bob McDonnell has praised the House of Delegates for passing two bills aimed at promoting private-school scholarships for low-income and disabled students. The House this week passed Senate Bill 131 and House Bill 321. The bills would establish a tax credit for individuals or organizations that donate money to provide such scholarships.

27 Feb 2012

House Restores Funding for Alicia’s Law

The House of Delegates has restored funding for Alicia’s Law, a two-year-old effort targeting sexual abuse of children, after Democrats said Gov. Bob McDonnell’s proposed state budget shortchanged the program. McDonnell planned to transfer $1.3 million from the Internet Crimes Against Children task force, a police unit created by Alicia’s Law, to the state’s general fund. But in a unanimous vote Thursday, the House approved restoration of the ICAC funding.

24 Feb 2012

Legislators Craft Less Invasive Ultrasound Bill

Both chambers of the General Assembly started revising legislation forcing women to get a fetal ultrasound before an abortion after Gov. Bob McDonnell persuaded lawmakers not to require a vaginal probe as part of the procedure. That change was reflected in the revised version of House Bill 462 that the Senate Education and Health Committee approved Thursday on an 8-7 party-line vote.

07 Feb 2012

McDonnell, Cuccinelli Call for ‘School Choice’

Gov. Bob McDonnell, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and other Republican officials called for more “school choice,” including helping low-income students attend private schools, at a rally at Capitol Square on Tuesday. They were joined by several hundred students from Richmond-area private schools and other school choice supporters.

05 Feb 2012

McDonnell Is ‘Friend’ of Coal Industry

Calling his administration “a friend to the coal industry,” Gov. Bob McDonnell has reiterated his goal to make Virginia “the energy capital of the East Coast.” McDonnell made those remarks last week in delivering the keynote speech at the Eastern Coal Council’s annual legislative breakfast.

03 Feb 2012

Senate Approves Mandatory Ultrasound Legislation

The Virginia Senate has passed a bill requiring the use of ultrasound testing prior to the performance of an abortion. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel, R-Winchester, now goes to the House of Delegates. If passed – a likely prospect in the GOP-controlled House – the measure will be sent to Gov. Bob McDonnell to be signed into law.

29 Jan 2012

A Tasty Tradition: Legislators Enjoy Brunswick Stew

The Red Oak Stew Crew braved a chill in the early morning air to begin cooking their award-winning Brunswick stew at the state Capitol for the 10th annual Brunswick Stew Day.

19 Jan 2012

Governor Wants to Keep Ban on Uranium Mining

Gov. Bob McDonnell is asking the 2012 General Assembly to delay any action on lifting Virginia’s 30-year moratorium on mining uranium. He said legislators should keep the ban in place while a newly created group of officials from various state agencies studies the proposal to allow a company to mine and mill uranium in Southside Virginia.